Let’s Chat! Author Becky Melby

Welcome, Everyone!

Becky MelbyThis week Becky Melby is treating us with a visit. Becky writes cozy mysteries, and I just know you’re going to love her. 

Becky is offering a print copy of Family Secrets to the winner of this week’s drawing** (U.S. resident), so join the chat below to enter.

**Congrats, Lucy Reynolds, this week’s winner!

Becky Melby’s Roots

I’m a Midwest girl–born in Minneapolis. I’ve lived in Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin. I married my high school sweetheart 46 years ago. We just celebrated 50 years since our first date! We have four sons, all married, and fifteen grandchildren.

Becky Melby
y writing career began at the age of eight when I started writing stories on anything I could get my hands on. In fifth grade, when my teacher put my bunny poem (with a red “A+ Very Good!” on it), on the bulletin board, I knew I wanted to grow up to be an author. In high school I had a poem published in the local newspaper. That was a huge moment.

I was married with three kids by the time my first short story was published. I still remember dancing around my kitchen like a crazy lady with the acceptance letter in my hand.

A Debut for Becky Melby 

Twenty-seven years ago I was a stay-at-home homeschooling mom. In the midst of the busyness of raising four boys, my writing dream was a fuzzy, distant memory. Then one day my friend Cathy Wienke called and told me she’d just literally thrown a book at the wall because of its trite dialogue and predictable plot. “We should write our own,” she said. And so we did.

A Surprising Turn of Events

Becky MelbyNine months from that conversation, we had a finished manuscript. This was back in the old days before the internet and email. We used Writer’s Market to find publishers that accepted unsolicited manuscripts and started sending out proposals.

Then, after a few rejections, we received a positive response from Barbour Publishing. They were interested in our story for their Heartsong Presents line. There was just one small problem: Their word count limit was 50,000 and our manuscript was 75,000! We faced the bird-in-the-hand dilemma. After a few days of prayer, we decided to go ahead and start slashing. As it turned out, what we thought would feel like lopping off body parts without anesthesia became a hilarious time of “Why did we write that?”

What’s Up With Becky Melby Now?

Becky MelbyCathy and I wrote eight other Heartsong titles and a novella together. I have also written a full-length three-book series called the Lost Sanctuary Series. (Out of print now, but watch for the series re-release later this summer.) I have two novellas in collections with Cynthia Ruchti, Rachael Phillips, and Eileen Key. A Door County Christmas and Cedar Creek Seasons are both set in my home state of Wisconsin.

Family Secrets by Becky Melby

Becky MelbyFamily Secrets, my recent release is the first in a series of Guideposts cozy mysteries called Secrets of Wayfarers Inn. In the series, three retired school teachers find an old warehouse that had once been an inn and hope to restore it to its former glory as a B&B and soup café.

In Family Secrets, someone (or something!) is out to stop them. The inn was once a stop on the Underground Railroad and each of the books in the series will contain a contemporary mystery as well as a glimpse into the life of Prudence Willard, a former slave who became a conductor on the UR and hid people escaping to freedom in the inn’s secret rooms. I am one of eight authors working on this series. One will be released every month. I just finished the manuscript for Book 9 which will come out in February.

Insight from Becky Melby

Tess, LuAnn, and Janice, the three main characters in Secrets of Wayfarers Inn have become my good buddies after all the time we’ve spent together. I love “watching” how they strive to be the hands and feet of Jesus while sleuthing around the beautiful riverside town of Marietta, OH.

Becky Melby
look back at the editing required for that first book as the greatest editing lesson I’ve ever had. Cathy and I basked in the joy of holding that first book baby in our hands. Back then, our readers sent actual handwritten snail mail. To know that our story was touching someone enough to motivate them to sit down and bless us with a letter was such a humbling experience.

Where to Find Becky Melby

Family Secrets can be purchased from Guideposts

You may reach me on my website is www.beckymelby.com.

I’m also on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/becky.f.melby and my author page, https://www.facebook.com/Becky-Melby-Author-Page-147542291976020/

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Lord, what a privilege and blessing it is as authors to realize our words encourage others and bring them closer to You, the Word. From all points in our great country and across the world readers are finding Your messages of hope and encouragement in stories you’ve given authors like Becky Melby. Please bless every word she writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ Sake

11 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Becky Melby

  1. Terri Buchholz

    Hi Becky. I am really excited to eventually read your new series. I read between 2 to 5 Christian fiction books a week. Sometimes I read so long into the night I start seeing double (then I just close one eye and keep on !) Historical fiction is my favorite ,, I collect those I like, loaning them out with subtle threats if not returned. I’m also blessed by a good mystery that is not gory. Bless you and thanks!

  2. Marilyn

    Hi Becky, nice to meet you here on Linda’s blog. I’m in Illinois and heat index is over 100 today.
    Your books are ones I know I’ll enjoy so they are going on My that never ending TBR list. Blessings as you continue to write.
    Linda, thank you for introducing new authors who write Christian genres right here in your blog. Hugs and blessings.

    1. Introducing authors to readers is so much fun! PS: You’re feeling south Texas heat, girl!

  3. Perrianne Askew

    Thank you for the chat. It’s always good to know an authors roots. I would love to be where you are right now, it’s just so HOT here in central Texas. And it’s too soon in the summer to be this hot. Stay cool!

    1. I’m visiting my son and family in central Illinois where it’s 93 today, but I imagine you are in three digit weather in central Texas, Perrianne!

  4. Faith Creech

    I lived in Wisconsin as a very young girl. Thanks for the chat and also a chance at the giveaway!

    1. Happy to meet a former Wisconsinite, Faith!

    2. Hi, Faith. So good to see you in our circle this week. This South Texas girl would love to visit Wisconsin. Thank you for supporting this blog—and Becky. God bless you!

  5. We are about an hour and a half south of Oostburg, Lucy. Beautiful area up there.

  6. Lucy Reynolds

    Loved reading this. Exciting journey. I lived in central WI for twenty years and am in Oostburg now visiting my daughter and family. Have a blessed day.

    1. Thanks for dropping by, Lucy. I love these connections among writers and readers of faith-based fiction. Thank you for your faithful support of this blog and Becky. Bless you!


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Let’s Chat! Author Caryl McAdoo


Welcome, Caryl McAdoo!

What an honor to pull back the curtain and announce, “Ta da! The one and only Caryl McAdoo!

First and foremost, Caryl prays her stories bring God glory. A quick scroll through her novels’ rankings by Christian readers attests to the Father’s faithfulness. You see, she loves writing almost as much as singing the new songs He gives her. So look her up on YouTube to hear a few. Her high school sweetheart husband won her heart fifty-one years ago. 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. 

Now that you know a bit about Caryl, you’ll be excited she’s guest blogging this week. Prepare yourself for a one-of-a-kind. 🙂

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First off, THANK YOU, dear friend and sister, for the honor of visiting with you and your readers, today! Linda and I met in 2013 at our first AFCW Conference, sitting together at breakfast one morning and we’ve just loved each other since. Don’t you love how God does that?


Now, for those of you who don’t know me, I’m Caryl McAdoo, author of Christian fiction with thirty-four titles published! That still amazes me! Traditional publishers released the first ten from 2000 to 2014, and I’ve independently published the last twenty-four from 2014 until now. This makes me a hybrid author!

Texas Romance Family Saga

Readers who know me know of my Texas Romance Family Saga—my best-selling, award-winning series comprised of ten novels that covers from 1832 through 1951, five generations of Buckmeyers, Baylors, and Nightingales—three families I know and love as well as my own real relatives!

They’re such good people—uh—the characters . . . Oh! And my family, too, of course! None, to be sure, are perfect—all have flaws, but down to earth folks who love God and each other.

Finally, at the end of CHIEF OF SINNERS, the tenth and last Texas Romance, Sandy (Sandra Louise Harris Prescott) watches Buddy (Broderick Eversole Nightingale), the love of her life, walk away . . . from her and their son, David John Prescott. Yes, the one-year-old bears the name of his mom’s husband, not his biological father. That was 1951.

Caryl McAdoo
Born in sin, but redeemed by the blood

Now, in my newest release JOHN DAVID’S CALLING, Book One of The Revivalist Trilogy, it’s 1967, before David graduates high school in 1968. Guess who else graduated that year? ME!  ✞♪♫• Laaaaaa! ✫♫♪ And my husband Ron! Isn’t that too much fun?

John David’s Background

David’s maternal grandparents—staunch Church of Christ—John and Miranda Harris reared him. Readers meet John in Texas Romance Book Nine, MIGHTY TO SAVE. David’s mother’s guilt took her to Dallas and eventually France to oversee the care of Harry Prescott—mentally deranged after discovering her unfaithfulness.

So, the boy grows up in the Texas Hill Country, well loved and cared for. Mama visits as often as she can and his paternal grandfather lives only a county away—well-known from Book Eight, COVERING LOVE, and Nine, MIGHTY TO SAVE. Nathaniel Nightingale once held tent meetings around Texas with his wife Evelyn and their young son Buddy. He experienced a certain fame for the miraculous healings that took place in his ministry. 

Texas Hill Country Setting

But in his later years, he settles in the Texas Hill country, quitting the road to pastor a Holiness Church, so as David grows, he sees his grandfather occasionally when Buddy (David’s father, Nathaniel’s son) visits from Alabama. Plus, Gramps always comes to watch him play sports.

This book has been so much fun to write with its go-go boots, smock-smocks, and ratfinks.  All the way from over a century ago with the series Prelude VOW UNBROKEN (1832), I finally got to the best generation (in my humble opinion anyway!) 


And I’m writing—we’re writing—HANNAH CLAIRE’S WILDERNESS now, book two in The Revivalist Trilogy for release next January. I say “we” because I write with my husband. Yes, ALL the books. But he’s fine on only my name on the covers as our New York agent and Simon & Schuster editor insisted. Y’all should know him well 😊All my heroes are fashioned after my strong, humble, silent-type sweetheart.

Our goal for 2018 is to write 500,000 words. That’s 1370 per day, day in day out, and we’re three days ahead right now with TWO two-week vacations coming up in June and July.


Though I’m pretty certain reading the Family Saga in order beginning with its prelude, VOW UNBROKEN would bring readers the most enjoyment, each is written as a stand-alone! So, David’s book if it’s your first to read, you might want to go back and bask in all the family history, read all ten, plus the three (so far) “Companion Books.” I think you’re sure to love them all!

One thing that bothers me is that “genre guidelines” place JOHN DAVID’S CALLING in the historical category—yet, it is the era I lived in as a teen. My beloved and I celebrate our 50thWedding Anniversary THIS MONTH on the 22nd! We both graduated high school in May and married in June! Does this mean “I AM HISTORICAL”?


It’s my blessing to offer a giveaway to one of Linda’s commenters! I’ll send CHOICE of all my titles as ebook OR a print copy of VOW UNBROKEN. Let me know in your comment what year you graduated high school and maybe what you did that summer. 😊

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Father God, source of all creativity …

First, I thank and praise You for our gifts and callings, that You chose Ron and I to write . . . to advance Your Kingdom in the earth, to present the principals of your Word to your children so they may better know Your Way.

As always, I pray our stories give You glory and that my readers will be drawn closer to You through each one. Your sweet blessings and favor continually astound me. Lord, bring peace to Jerusalem, heal the sick and comfort the brokenhearted. Shield all the families under attack with Your righteousness, Father. Rise up and show Yourself strong, make our enemies quake! Praise You! Bless You! Thank you, Father! I ask it all in the name of Yeshua!

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Author Pages:



     Simon & Schuster

     Southern Writers Magazine

     Sweet Americana Sweethearts 

(All First Chapters offered here)
YouTube:  (Hear Caryl sing her New Songs!)                

    The Word & the Music:

    HeartWings (Devotional)

    Sweet Americana Sweethearts (Historical) –


































20 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Caryl McAdoo

  1. Penny

    You’re a joy Caryl, and I’ve never met you. I must say though, you have the most beautiful white hair! I graduated in 1964 from Port Jefferson, LI. Immediately, after graduation we moved away from my childhood home. Sigh. May God continue to bless you on all your creative writing abilities!

    1. Aww, thank you, Penny! I do believe my hair is a reward from the Lord as back in the eighties, I told Him I wanted to be satisfied to be exactly as He made me to. I quit cutting, curling, and coloring my hair, and make-up, too. So this is me as God made me. I saved my husband tons of money over the years! 🙂 Thank you for the blessings, too! I can’t think of where ” LI ” is . . . Blessings to you! 🙂

  2. I love Ann Ellison! Thank you, sweet lady! I finally got to meet her in person last summer and we sand a duet in the parking lot! HUGS, Ann! You are a special lady! <3

  3. Cynthia Smith

    I graduated in 1977 and went on a state sponsored trip for FBLA to Denver Colorado and many popular sites there in Colorado and New Mexico.

    1. Welcome, Cynthia. It’s wonderful to have you in our circle this week. I hope you’ll sign up on my Home page for this weekly blog and quarterly newsletter. You’re entered in Caryl’s drawing!

    2. Hi Cynthia! Thanks for stopping by! I’ve been praying for you. Hope all went well this week 🙂 <3

  4. Rose Blackard

    Would love to have a Vow Unbroken, the book sounds awesome I graduated in 1965. I had a part time job with a local hairdresser, I worked for her, babysat her children and hung out with my friends. Great interview too.

    1. Welcome, Rose! So happy you’ve joined us 😊 I graduated in ‘64, so we know firsthand the turmoil of the ‘60s, don’t we? What a decade! Thank God for the peace in Jesus. Please come back.

    2. Thanks, Rose! Ron’s brother graduated in ’65. It’s sorta hard to believe that was fifty years + ago! 🙂 We met in 66 🙂 BLESSINGS!

  5. Kathy

    Linda, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful interview with Caryl. I just love her and her witness of God in her books.
    Caryl, thank you for telling us about your books, especially the “Texas Romance Family Saga”. I haven’t read the series and look forward to reading them. But, I’m not sure I can read the last one, your description of the end makes me cry already.
    I can tell your family comes first and you love them very much. It’s a blessing now days to have that.
    Blessings to both you and Linda

    1. Welcome, Kathy! Isn’t the Lord using Caryl in a mighty way? You’re entered in the drawing 😊

    2. Aww, Kathy . . . thank you. All of my books are so different. That’s attributed to Father God! It’s okay . . . I won’t tell you what happens, but you can read CHIEF . . . just be sure to read JOHN DAVID’S CALLING after 🙂 Thanks for coming by. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post 🙂 and thank you for your kind words! Hugs and Blessings!

  6. Ann Ellison

    Enjoyed Caryl’s post. Love her and love her books.

    1. Hi, Ann. There’s a lot to love about Caryl, isn’t there? Thanks for stopping by, friend.

    2. I love Ann Ellison! Thank you, sweet lady! I finally got to meet her in person last summer and we sand a duet in the parking lot! HUGS, Ann! You are a special lady! <3

  7. I always love to read about Caryl, she is a wonderful example of how an author can bring God into literature. I love her books but still have not read Vow unbroken, how remiss of me!

    1. Thanks for dropping by, Margaret. Maybe you’ll win Vow Unbroken!

    2. My sister across the ocean! Thank you for your kind words, dear Margaret. Sure would love to be neighbors with you, but you’d have to move to Texas! 🙂 <3

  8. Linda, thank you so much for inviting me to be a guest at Let’s Chat. I’ve enjoyed sharing! Love and hugs and blessings! 🙂

    1. My joy and blessing, Caryl!


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