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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Let’s Chat! Author Elaine Manders

Welcome, Readers! And Welcome, Elaine Manders!

Elaine Manders

This week independent author Elaine Manders, who writes Christian romance novels laced with suspense, history, and adventure, treats us with a visit to our chat circle.

Elaine is offering a give-away to someone who comments below, so read to the bottom to get the scoop! Join the conversation, ya’ll.

Congratulations to blog reader Paula Shreckhise! You’re the winner of Elaine’s Regency novel, The Duke’s Dilemma!

Readers, comment on the interview each week, and a book may be coming your way too. 🙂 

Who Is Elaine Manders?

I was born in rural South Georgia and grew up in a one-traffic-light town. If you ever watched Mayberry RFD, you know the type. A place of community spirit, Christian values, and strong family ties.

After college, I became a government accountant at a huge AF base about fifty miles away. I married and divorced. My life was as busy as any single mother building a career can be. All during this time, it never occurred to me that I should write down the stories percolating in my mind. But when my mother passed away, and my daughter went off to college, I found myself alone and at a turning point. (Click to Tweet!) 

Learning to Write, Elaine Manders Style

After completing a two-year correspondence fiction writing course, I joined a local writer’s group and began work on my first novel, a saga set in Austria during the Napoleonic Wars. This book, still unpublished, showed me what real romance was. Not a series of relationships, which is all I’d pursued since my divorce, but a meeting of the hearts where two become one. I began to pray that God would bring a hero into my life.

Without that book I would never have met my soul-mate. As I was doing research into the Lipizzaner horses mentioned in my novel, I heard that a Lipizzaner horse show was coming to a nearby town. Trouble was, I hate driving in a city and none of my friends cared for horseshows. Then I remembered an acquaintance of a friend had mentioned he liked horses. We’d been out on a couple of casual dates, and I had his phone number. I called him about going to the show with me.

A Love of Her Own

He was fascinated with my writing and specifically the romance I was working on. Six months later, I married the answer to my prayers. We were blessed with 23 years of happiness. He inspired and encouraged my stories and became my best salesman.

I lost my partner, my hero, my sweetheart last year, but the memories live on in my heart and in my writing.

Debut and Beyond for Elaine Manders

When Amazon opened markets for independent publishers, I jumped at the chance to put my books on the fast-track. The formula-type books traditional publishers want from new authors didn’t suit me.

My first published works were a trilogy of mail-order bride novellas, In the Annex Mail-Order Brides, which were a prequel series to my Intrigue under Western Skies series, four friends become among the first women to attend Harvard College. Three of them travel west for husbands, the mail-order bride series. The full length novel series that follows is the fourth woman’s story.

Two of the Intrigue books have been published to date, and I’m currently working on the third, due to be released in October.

What’s Up With Elaine Manders Now?

This year I began a new novel series, the Wolf Deceivers, with two books published so far. My latest release is The Duke’s Dilemma. If I have time this fall, I hope to release a second Christmas novella.

Next year I’ll begin a new series entitled Women in Peril, two historicals and two contemporary novels about women in dangerous situations, and the men who rescue them.

Each of my stories follows a different Christian theme, and all have suspense elements as well as the romance. The first goal of my writing is to bring glory to the Lord, after that I hope to inspire and entertain my readers. (Click to Tweet!) 

I‘m offering an ebook copy of The Duke’s Dilemma to anyone in the world. Or a print copy to anyone in the United States. 

Where to Find Elaine


Links to Elaine’s Books:

Annex Mail-Order Brides Boxset 




The Perfect Gift






Cloaked in Love 


















The Chieftain’s Choice 






The Duke’s Dilemma 






Oh, Lord, how marvelous are Your ways—far beyond telling. We praise You for walking alongside us, Your lowly creatures, and throwing petals of blessings along our path. You’ve done this for Elaine, and we thank You. Please bless every word Elaine writes for You. 
~ For Jesus’ sake













16 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Elaine Manders

  1. Paula

    Thanks for my winning the book! Blessings.

    1. Thank YOU for enriching the conversation!

  2. Elaine Manders

    Thank you, Linda, for this beautiful post and the opportunity to meet some of your followers. You blog is amazing.

    1. Thank you, Elaine. The author interviews are one of my joys. Thank you for being a part of it. You’ve blessed me and the readers, many of whom don’t comment but are still blessed.

  3. Trixi

    Wow Elaine, what a real life story! I’m so glad you found the love of your life and was able to spend some wonderful years together. I’m also sorry to hear of his passing! I can’t imagine losing a spouse, or the heartache that goes with it. I pray you have found peace and comfort in our Lord.

    I really enjoy Christian historical romance stories with suspense threads…now that’s a mouthful! I’ve not had the pleasure of reading anything by you, but “The Dukes Dilemma” sounds really good. That cover is gorgeous! Thanks for the chance to win a copy. Blessings to you dear one!

    1. Elaine Manders

      Hi Trixi, thanks so much. I had trouble fitting my stories into the typical genres. There’s not a category for historical suspense, much less romantic historical suspense, but hopefully they’ll recognize it before long because I can’t write a plot without some suspense, and the ending always surprises me, which makes the writing fun.

    2. Welcome to our chat circle, Trixi. Your comments buoy both Elaine and me. Please visit against. God be with you.

  4. Marilyn R

    A wonderful interview with Elaine Manders. I’ve gained some new tidbits about this amazing talented author. I have read several of her books and have been captured into each story that shows the glory of God’s love and faithfulness.

    1. Elaine Manders

      Thank you Marilyn. You are such a wonderful encourager.

    2. I’m tickled to see you in our chat circle, Marilyn. You encourage both Elaine and me. Thank you! You’re entered 😊

  5. Ann Ellison

    Enjoyed the interview. Elaine is a new to me author and her books sound like good ones.

    1. Elaine Manders

      Hi Ann, I’m happy to meet you. Bringing enjoyment and inspiration to my readers is my greatest pleasure.

    2. Oh, Ann, how wonderful to see you join our circle of friends. What an encouragement you are!

  6. Paula

    I would love to win a print copy of the book. Thanks for the informative interview. Sorry you list your husband but I’m glad you had a wonderful marriage. Blessings!

    1. Elaine Manders

      Thank you, Paula. It’s been a tough year and a half. I’m so glad my sweet husband was Christian, as I am, because we’ll see each other again someday.

    2. Greetings in the name of the Lord, Paula. I love having you join the chat. You’re entered!


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