Let’s Chat! Caryl McAdoo

Welcome, Readers!

Do I ever have a treat for you this week! The fabulous Caryl McAdoo is guest blogging. I met Caryl at an ACFW conference a few years ago and knew at that moment I would never forget her. And love her, too.

I‘m tickled pink to hand the reins to this beautiful, blessed and highly favored author, woman of God, and inspirer extraordinaire!

**Check for Caryl’s giveaway below 🙂

**Congratulations to Rose Blackard, winner of the drawing for a print copy of Caryl’s wonderful historical novel, Vow Unbroken!**

Another First for Caryl McAdoo and at Sixty-seven!

Linda, first off, I want to thank you for inviting me to come to Let’s Chat! as a guest. I’ve loved you since that first morning we met back in 2013, sitting at the same table for breakfast with Joyce and Jim Hart! God joined our hearts that morning, and I’ve only come to love you more.

Well, there’s two ‘firsts’ in my ‘first’ paragraph! Tee hee hee. But the new first for me that I’m talking about is the TWO NEW stories launched in the month of January. I’ve never released two books in one month before! It surprised me how much work it was and when February got here, it was like “Time to rest!”

Son of Promise by Caryl McAdoo

On the fifteenth of January, SON OF PROMISE debuted. The second companion book written after the highly popular Texas Romance Family Saga series—ten full-length books strong—carries on the story of a dear couple readers met in Book TenCHIEF OF SINNERS!

Travis and Emma Lee Buckmeyer, already married ten years in SON OF PROMISE, haven’t been blessed with a baby. Heartbroken, Emma keeps miscarrying, and that’s why Travis kept his secret—he didn’t want to hurt her with the fact that he has a son from a one night stand years before they married.

It’s been so hard to quit these families that I’ve come to love . . . what am I saying? I haven’t “quit” them at all! But how can I? God gave them and I do love them. When I write, I chuckle and I cry! But TEN BOOKS in a series seemed quite enough! SO I came up with “Companion books”! And while ALL my stories are written as stand alone, readers are sure to enjoy starting with Book One, VOW UNBROKEN.

Silent Harmony by Caryl McAdoo

The other book launched in January, the 23rd, is my first historic novella at about forty-five thousand words—half the size of my full-length novels. It’s called SILENT HARMONY and is the second book of my “first” collection ever, Lockets & Lace. The leader of the collection decided when it would be released, so I was along for the ride.

It’s the story of three sisters living together with the eldest’s four-year-old deaf daughter, Harmony. Both the sisters’ father and the baby’s daddy were killed in the Civil War, so they’re struggling to support themselves on a Northeast Texas family farm outside DeKalb in Red River County.

I love the complex relationships between the sisters, and when my preacher/teacher hero comes along to start a school for the deaf, they all swoon. I’m smiling as I write this blog post, remembering all the antics, and how the characters grow. There’s prophecy and lots of love in the story with a bit of a miracle or two. I think you’ll enjoy both!

Silent Harmony: God Uses All Things for Good

God uses all things together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purposes.

Orphaned by the Civil War, three sisters struggle to keep the family farm solvent. Eldest, Lucinda must mother her deaf daughter, Harmony, and mediate between her dueling siblings, Servilia and Melody. The sisters’ fragile truce is shattered by the arrival of the handsome Ezekiel Sheffield, coming to establish a school for the deaf. Miracles, mayhem, and marriage ensue, but nothing ever comes easy.

Silent Harmony Excerpt 

“Uhhhn.” The baby stuck her hand out toward the bowl.

Her mother cocked her head, lifted one brow, and shot the little girl what Melody called ‘the look.’ A warning, but of love and disdain mixed with a tinge of mirth.

The four-year-old rocked her head side to side, lifted her chin a smidgen, and crossed her arms over her chest with a mischievous grin. Oh, how she loved that sparkle in Harmony’s sky blue eyes.

The baby moved one hand enough to pat over her heart.

“That’s better.” Her mother spooned on honey, stirred it in, then poured a little cream over the porridge. “And now you may have your breakfast.” Lucy slid the steaming bowl of oatmeal across the table then glanced toward Melody. “So, you really think sending her to that school might be worth the money?”

“Oh, yes. Absolutely. Of course I do.”

“Well, I don’t see how in the world you could ever justify it.” The sourpuss at the far end of the table always had to put her two negative cents in.

Silent Harmony Reviews  

Silent Harmony is a sweet Christian historical romance that will warm the reader’s heart. Set in the years following the American Civil War, people have lost so much but the love of the Lord remains. McAdoo has created some delightful characters that took up residence in my soul. Grown up sisters were realistically drawn with their sibling quibbles and their loyalty to each other. A perfectly delightful tale. Grab yourself a copy and enjoy it today.     –Julia Wilson, UK reader

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Three sisters, Lucy, Servilia, and Melody Parker, live together in unhappy disharmony. Lucy the peace keeper must constantly separate and discipline Servilia, the sour, and Melody, the sweet, even though they ought to know better. Harmony, Lucy’s daughter, can’t speak, but nothing’s wrong with her mind.

Ezekiel “Zeke” Sheffield loses his mother on his way to his new teaching post. Further along the road, he loses her locket to robbers. Zeke is particularly suited to teach the deaf.

Throw in a tornado, a split old tree, and fields of cotton needing to be picked, all prophesied before they happened, and the story takes off like lightning flashing through a storm. This tale captures the reader’s imagination. A body can almost feel the Texas dust and smell the rain. Caryl McAdoo’s story grips the heart and carries the reader along to the very end. This reviewer absolutely loved it!   ***** Five stars          –Reader       

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To purchase Silent Harmony: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078RT4W63 (eBook)

So here I am at sixty-seven years old …

Enjoying more FIRSTS. I am so blessed and highly favored and stand amazed at God’s mighty love for me! I’d love to bless one of you!

**I’ll send a FREE signed print copy of Book One VOW UNBROKEN to one commenter below who answers this question:

“How can an author quit a family she loves and has known since 1832 and it’s now 1970 in JOHN DAVID’S CALLING, my book #33 coming in May?” Tee hee hee   

Post Script

I also finished another book last Sunday titled I AM MY BELOVED which may be the most anointed and my favorite story of them all. It’s Abishag’s story, the virgin queen of my favorite Bible character, King David. I can hardly believe we wrote it . . . that God gave it to us. It’s amazing! Coming as soon as I can get it ready, hopefully before May.

Caryl McAdoo’s Bio

Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and a quick scroll through her novels’ rankings by Christian readers attests to the Father’s faithfulness. She loves writing almost as much as singing the new songs He gives her—look her up on YouTube to hear a few. Her high school sweetheart husband won her heart fifty-one years ago, and now they share four children and seventeen grandsugars. Ron and Caryl live in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas, waiting expectantly for God to open the next door. 

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     Amazon 

     BookBub

     Simon & Schuster 

     BookGorilla 

     Southern Writers Magazine 

     Sweet Americana Sweethearts 

Website  (All First Chapters offered here)

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12 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Caryl McAdoo

  1. Rose Blackard

    I love getting to know new to me Christian authors. You book sounds great. Not sure I can answer your question though. Hope I am still entered in the drawing thank you

     
     
    1. Yes, you’re entered, Rose. Thanks for chatting with us. God bless you!

       
       
  2. Both books sound like they’re winners. Anything dealing with Texas has to be great. I love Civil War period history as I have heard many interesting stories about family members who fought in the war. My family has historical ties to lots of Texas’s great history. I can just imagine what it must have been like to live during that period. I enjoy reading your books.

     
     
    1. Hello Jane! I’ve lived in Texas all my life and love the Lone Star State! Fifty+ years in the Dallas area, then ten years ago God brought us to Red River County, called the “Gateway to Texas” because it’s where all the famous Texans from its history came in. SON OF PROMISE takes place in the Hill Country, Llano County about five or six hours from where I am now, but SILENT HARMONY is right up here by me. My son and his wife live in DeKalb which back then was Red River County which is now split into nine counties 🙂 Thank you for your comment! I’m so glad you enjoy the books!

       
       
  3. Tanja

    So good, to hear (and read😉) from you again. So encouraging for me, a newcomer in the writing business… I often remember the crave event last September. Such a blessing for me!
    Blessings and hug, Tanja (Switzerland)

     
     
    1. Wasn’t it wonderful that the CRAVE event was happening on your one “free” day? I loved taking you, Tanja, and introducing you to authors like Caryl and readers like Ann Ellison. That half-way-around-the-world connection was orchestrated by God.

       
       
      1. Amen! It was certainly a divine ap[pointment! SO glad you brought Tanja to CRAVE HIM! Linda!

         
         
    2. Tanja! Yes! How sweet to hear from you! So far away! I so enjoyed the very special chocolate! 🙂 What are you writing? Let’s be Facebook friends so we can keep up with each other. Are we already? 🙂 BLESSINGS!

       
       
  4. Ann Ellison

    I love Caryl’s books. I am so blessed to count her as a friend. I have a copy of Vow Unbroken so don’t enter me in the drawing.

     
     
    1. I was thinking of you today, Ann. We’ve just finished two more new titles—May’s JOHN DAVID’S CALLING–a Companion Trilogy to the Texas Romances and a very special, maybe my most favorite of all 34 titles I AM MY BELOVED, a Biblical fiction with Abishag as the heroine. I believe it’s SO ANOINTED. I would have to stop writing and worship all the way through, shedding lots of tears along the way. I love you, Ann! BLESSINGS!

       
       
  5. It’s just wonderful to have you here on Let’s Chat! this week, Caryl. Thank you. You’re a bright, shining star. May God continue to bless you with His favor and readers with many more of your stories of His love and grace. Love you!

     
     
    1. Oh to know you think I twinkle 🙂 Thank you again for having me, Linda! I’m honored to visit and hope to come back soon! Love and hugs!

       
       

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Join Our Author Chat With Caryl McAdoo

15216001_10211688175467834_1791175952_oWelcome, readers! As we say in Texas, I knew the first moment I laid eyes on Caryl McAdoo I wanted her as a friend.

How right I was! 

Gather ’round as we chat with Caryl Lawrence McAdoo. I think you’ll want her as a friend too.

**Caryl’s giving away a signed copy of Vow Unbroken to someone who comments below. *Congratulations to Marilyn Ridgway, winner of Vow Unbroken!*

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Before Caryl McAdoo, the Author 

What a great opportunity! Though born in Long Beach, California, my parents got me back to Dallas, Texas at six months old, so being a TEXAN is all I know! An only child for eight years might have made me think I was special, at least that’s what all my cousins accused me of.

I went to Letot Elementary in Dallas from the first through the seventh grade. Then we moved to Irving, a suburb and my home for more than fifty years.

Love Shows Up

mcadoo_caryl-and-ronIn my sixteenth summer, I met Ron McAdoo and from our first date on, he and I were together, marrying as soon as we graduated at eighteen!

Well, together except for two of the six months we were divorced…we remarried on our sixth wedding anniversary. Added my only born daughter that next year; she had two big brothers. Then when she was seven and the boys teens, God surprised me with another blessing, a third son who just married his beloved October 29.

mcadoo-familyWriting with my husband began in earnest in the mid-’80s, then first published in ’99 after being mentored by some awesome folks at the DFW Writers’ Workshop.

I LOVE being an author and pray my story gives God glory! 




A Debut for Caryl McAdoo

Back in ’98, Ron and I were asked to write a antique guide book for a local, regional press. The best part was seeing McAdoo on the spine!

15224810_10211688175947846_1413082226_oThough I had nine titles when Simon and Schuster bought VOW UNBROKEN, they counted me a “new” author, and THAT release was exceptionally exciting…the entire process…all the different editors and seeing the cover, holding that book for the first time.

I’d love to give a couple commenters a print copy of VOW as a giveaway. *[Readers, Marilyn R. is the winner of Caryl’s Vow Unbroken!)

Writing, a Journey 

Writing is mostly all about sitting at your computer and doing it! (Tweet That!) Keep at it! Keep getting new books out, and you must keep the buzz gong by posting and having contests and attending parties. 



15215916_10211688233189277_1401570473_oWhen Simon and Schuster elected not to exercise their option on book two in the series, many writing friends offered their condolences, but I said, “No, no! I’m not upset at all! This only means God has a different plan!” (Tweet That!)

One day after my contractual release, I independently published book two, HEARTS STOLEN. That was in September 2014. 

In 2015, wholly with God’s help and blessings and favor, I released eleven new titles and marketed successfully enough to get over 250,000 copies of my stories into the hands of readers all over the world.

15153011_10211688226349106_1426731975_oWhen 2016 rolled around, God told me to SLOW DOWN. I want to obey Him since that’s how we show Him we love Him. 

But it was like I didn’t know how. It seemed very hard. So I landed up in the hospital three times in the first few months.

Then He sent me on a month long all-expenses paid vacation on a yacht, island hopping in the San Juan and Canada’s Gulf Islands. I did cut back to three releases in 2016 and many, many more new readers—still learning how to slow down!

Author-ly Advice from Caryl McAdoo

mcadoo-familyMy advice? Study your craft. The elements of creative writing can be learned, but it is different from most every other type of writing. I don’t think you can learn storytelling. It’s a gift.

If God has called you to write, study to show yourself approved. 

Do not rush any step and put out an inferior product. It will only hurt your reputation and writing career. It is HARD to be patient, but those who wait upon the Lord will renew their strength and mount up with wings as eagles! Woo hoo!

15152922_10211688221868994_37908920_oI LOVE being up high! I want to soar in the Kingdom and accomplish every plan He had for me the day He created me in my mother’s womb.

 (Tweet That!

Blessings to you and thank you for stopping by and reading my guest post. Thank you, Linda, for inviting me to come. It’s been a lovely visit because I love you! Linda and I met at ACFW in 2013, that year before VOW UNBROKEN debuted in March. The bonding was instantaneous!

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Caryl is absolutely right. Our bond was instantaneous! My head has been spinning the past three years as Caryl has released title after title after title. This girl’s on God’s mission, ya’ll!

You can find Caryl on Twitter at https://twitter.com/CarylMcAdoo

On Facebook at http://bit.ly/2gWgBFW

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the-delugeDear Lord, only You are AWEsome. We are filled with wonder in Your presence! Whether reader or writer, knowing we’re on mission with the God of Heaven is beyond every dream or desire. Bless Caryl as she spreads the Good News of Jesus Christ in her stories. Touch the hearts of readers and give us writers more and more of You each day. ~ For Jesus’ sake.

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17 thoughts on “Join Our Author Chat With Caryl McAdoo

  1. Milly Grason

    I love learning more about my new friend, Caryl. I’ve read 7 or 8 of her books already and am reading another now. Caryl, your stories never fail to draw me in, inspire me to better myself, and most importantly, draw me closer to my heavenly Daddy. Thank you for putting Him first so that we know you are writing what He gives you.

     
     
    1. Thanks so much for joining our chat, Milly. We’ve enlarged our circle of friends, haven’t we?

       
       
  2. Karen

    I am a Texan as well but at this time we live in Oklahoma. I was born and raised in a town about an hour north east of Dallas.

    I am just starting to read Caryl’s Texas Romance series. I have read so many good reviews on all the books in the series.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

     
     
    1. Caryl’s books are entertaining and inspiring, aren’t they? Thanks for joining the chat! Linda

       
       
      1. Thank you, Linda! As are yours! Is there a sequel in the works for sweet Ella McFarland?

        I wanted to let everyone know that book two HEARTS STOLEN is free through tomorrow!
        https://www.amazon.com/Hearts-Stolen-Texas-Romance-Book-ebook/dp/B00NAXGAZI

         
         
        1. Yes, Caryl, I’m working on Book 2 as we speak.

           
           
    2. Howdy, Karen. I;m sorry you’ve been temporarily displaced form the great Lone Star State! 🙂 But I have relatives in Oklahoma and visited Eufaula often as a child…before the lake was even there! I live in far NE Texas now, only about 30 minute south of Idabel.

      Kaufman? Greenville? Rowlett? What little town did you live in?

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the stories. You’ll like the contemporary romances, too, and the Biblical fiction I think! One grandma read The King’s Highway twice in one day because she didn’t want it to end! Isn’t THAT a compliment? 🙂
      Blessings to you!

       
       
  3. Phyllis

    Good to read about Caryl’s successes and of her dedication to God and family. I want to read more of her books.

     
     
    1. Isn’t Caryl an inspiration, Phyllis? Thanks for joining the chat! Linda

       
       
      1. My friend, you are too kind 🙂 Thank you so much for your prayer and for inviting me for a chat. I’m so blessed to come! 🙂

         
         
    2. Hello Phyllis! I’m glad you enjoyed the visit with Linda as I surely did! I’m glad that reading my stories causes you to want to read more. I pray each one give God glory and draws my readers closer to Him. Blessings!

       
       
  4. Marilyn R

    Always nice to learn more about my dear sister in Christ, Caryl McAdoo. I’m looking forward to reading the complete saga for her Texas Romance series. God bless. Thank you for featuring Caryl.

     
     
    1. Thanks for stopping by, Marilyn. You’re name’s in the drawing for one of Caryl’s books!

       
       
    2. Hello there, Marilyn! I so appreciate you coming by and hope you enjoy every story! I pray God’s blessings on you! Love and hugs!

       
       
  5. Debra Duncan

    I loved reading this. Its always interesting learning about our favorite authors. I have 6 of Caryl’s books on my kindle. Love, love them.
    Yes we definitely need to listen when God tells us to slow down. I didnt and I had a stroke. Now i pay attention. God bless both of you. Linda, thank you for this!

     
     
    1. So glad you stopped by, Debra. Sometimes we need spiritual hearing aids, don’t we?

       
       
    2. Hey Debra! Glad you enjoyed our chat this morning! Slowing down is just difficult for me. Whatever would I stop? But…while I wont say I was ‘stressed’ about everything on my plate, I have figured out the world will not stop spinning if something didn’t get done today! God’s timing is always so perfect!

       
       

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