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?

INTRODUCTION

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.

NEW RELEASE by CAROL MCADOO
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!) 

WORK IN PROGRESS & WRITING

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.

WRAP UP

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”?

GIVEAWAY by CARYL MCADOO

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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     Amazon

     BookBub 

     Simon & Schuster

     BookGorilla
    
     Southern Writers Magazine

     Sweet Americana Sweethearts 

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(All First Chapters offered here)
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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
    Kathy

     
     
    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 Carolyn Miller

Welcome, Everyone!

Aussie Author Carolyn MillerWelcome, Carolyn Miller, our guest author this week. Carolyn writes inspirational Regency romance novels that are completely beautiful. The covers will take your breath away!

Grab a cup o’ whatever suits you and gather ’round. Carolyn is offering Winning Miss Winthrop (either ebook or paperback) to someone who joins our chat. Can’t beat that, ya’ll! 

**Congratulations to Kim G, winner of the drawing for Carolyn’s Winning Miss Winthrop!**

Carolyn Miller: Life Before Writing

Author_Carolyn Miller_AussieI’m an Aussie who grew up in a Christian family in a small town southwest of Sydney, New South Wales. I’ve always enjoyed reading (it probably helped that my mum was a high school librarian!) and enjoyed school, especially English and Music. After completing a Bachelor of Arts and then a teaching degree at Wollongong University I started my first job as an English teacher at a Christian school. I married my best friend that first year of teaching (what a big year that was!) and worked as a teacher for four years whilst serving in our local church.

My husband was asked to pastor a small church, so I left teaching and assisted in this. Over the ten years we saw many lives touched and God’s miraculous provision in the form of healings, breakthroughs, and a wonderful church building. We were also extremely blessed to welcome four gorgeous kidlets into our lives.

Carolyn Miller Begins to Write

Author_Carolyn Miller_AussieHowever, this time of ministry took a toll, especially for my bi-vocational husband, who still had to work long hours to support our growing family. Eventually we needed to resign, which led to a hard few years. We still loved God, still went to church every week, but it was tough. During this time I began to write as a way to deal with some of the emotions I was experiencing. Writing became a form of therapy for me. (Click to Tweet!) 

Eventually my husband began budding and grafting work for different orchards and large scale horticultural companies, and I returned to teaching, this time at our local public high school, while writing down these stories I kept dreaming.

Carolyn Miller’s Debut Experience

Author_Carolyn Miller_AussieAfter writing my first story, I had no idea what to do next – or even if it was any good. So I entered online writing contests, a great place to get unbiased feedback (and develop a thick skin). After some time I started to final, which was encouraging. Maybe this writing thing will work after all! Then I wondered if it might lead to something more substantial. But the only way this little Australian could get a foot in the door of US publishers was to win a contest, and maybe get the notice of an editor or agent.

Subsequently, I made contest finals often but never won. So I eventually said to God, “I’ll enter this last one, but if I don’t win, I’ll take it as a sign you want me to focus in something else.”

That last contest was the American Christian Fiction Writers ‘First Impressions’ contest – which I won for my category (Romantic Suspense). I finaled in the ACFW Genesis Contest, which led to notice from agent Tamela Hancock Murray, who agreed to represent me.

A Genre for Carolyn Miller

Aussie_Author_Carolyn Miller_Regency Brides seriesThen I had to decide what genre to write. Since I’ve always enjoyed Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, I decided to focus on Regency, a historical period usually set in England from 1811-1820. (Click to Tweet!) A story I’d written called The Elusive Miss Ellison was picked up by Kregel Publications, which became a series of three. I wrote The Captivating Lady Charlotte and The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey in 2016 during the days when I wasn’t teaching at the high school.

February 2017 saw the release of Miss Ellison, then later Lady Charlotte and Miss DeLancey in June and October respectively. This meant last year was a crazy time as I learned to juggle social media, marketing, writing more novels, and solo parenting as my husband worked interstate and overseas. But God’s grace sustained me. Thank You, God!

What’s up With Carolyn Miller Now?

Aussie_Author_Carolyn MillerToday we are healthy, happy, and worshipping in a different church. Three children are enrolled in our local public high school and one in our public primary school. My husband works away for a great part of the year. This means I make the most of my child-free hours and write!

Having Kregel Publications has been wonderful for me (their first Aussie author)(Click to Tweet!) I have since signed two (!) more 3-book series contracts. My next Regency romance, Winning Miss Winthrop, releases March 27. It is the first in my new Regency Brides: The Promise of Hope series. I’m so excited about this book as it’s set in the beautiful English city of Bath (Click to Tweet!). I was blessed to see Bath in 2015 whilst visiting my sister who was living in the UK. The next in the series, Miss Serena’s Secret, releases July 24, and the third The Making of Mrs. Hale releases November 27.

Aussie_Author_Carolyn Miller_inspirational Regency romance
Bath, England

Currently, I’m juggling various rounds of edits on these stories. I’m also writing and polishing the stories for my new series, Regency Brides: The Daughters of Aynsley. I love the way these characters weave in and out of each other’s lives. (Click to Tweet!) Their stories continue, even as each novel focuses on a new hero and heroine’s journey to faith, hope and love.

God Is Good

I’m constantly surprised by God’s enabling of things this little Aussie from a little Aussie town could never have dreamed. Currently my first series is available in paperback, e-book, hardcover, audiobook. There are plans to have German and Dutch translations of Miss Ellison. What can I say except God is good? (Click to Tweet!)

How to Find Carolyn and Her Books

Social media:

 www.carolynmillerauthor.com

www.pinterest.com/camillering

 www.facebook.com/CarolynMillerAuthor/

 twitter.com/CarolynMAuthor

Purchases:

 Amazon

Amazon.com.au

Amazon.co.uk

Barnes & Noble

Book Depository

Christianbook

GooglePlay

Koorong

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Dear Lord, we bow before You in worship, thanking You for the countless ways in which You make our paths straight. Your provision is boundless, your love unending. And Your grace unspeakable. Thank You for blessing readers with Carolyn Miller and her beautiful stories. We pray You’ll bless every single word she writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

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21 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Carolyn Miller

  1. Diane Estrella

    I love your journey to publication story. You have come a long way with God’s prompting. I look forward to more of your books!

     
     
    1. Hi, Diane. It’s lovely to have you in our chat circle this week. Your presence and participation encourage us. Please come back. God bless, Linda

       
       
  2. I love author interviews – reading and doing them.
    So glad to see how Carolyn’s writing journey is going and she is one of the few romance writers I’ll read.

     
     
    1. Thanks for joining us, Christine. You encourage both of us. I’m tickled to have both of you. You’re entered!

       
       
  3. HI everyone! Thank you so much for your lovely encouragement. That means a lot to this Aussie author! I hope you can all get the chance to read some of my books soon 🙂

     
     
  4. Marilyn R

    Nice interview with Carolyn Miller. Her book covers are beautiful and books I need to add to my ever growing TBR list.

     
     
    1. Hi, Marilyn. I agree about Carolyn’s gorgeous books! Thank you for joining us. God bless!

       
       
  5. Really enjoyed reading this blog interview. Thank you, Linda and Carolyn! Even though I am another Aussie author and have met you, Carolyn, I did not know the details of your journey to publication. Well done for persevering through it all and a big congratulations on those ongoing book contracts!

     
     
    1. Welcome, Jo-Anne! It’s lovely to see you in our circle. Thank you for joining into the round of applause for Carolyn.

       
       
  6. Brandi

    I found Carolyn’s series last year and was immediately hooked. They beautifully capture the human heart and the beauty of God’s goodness in each of the stories. I walked away from each book more encouraged than when I started. I loved that they happen to be regency as well! 😍

     
     
    1. Welcome, Brandi! Thank you for your encouraging comments. Please visit again.

       
       
  7. Anne L. Rightler

    Thank you for the reminder that I need to read these books! A couple have been on my TBR pile for too long. Always fun to hear from the author about her books–thank you for sharing.

     
     
    1. Hi, Anne. Thanks for dropping by. You’re entered! Hope to see you in our circle again. God bless!

       
       
  8. Arletta

    Oh, I want a paperback copy of this book! I’ve read all of Carolyn’s books and have loved them all. I think each one gets better than the one before.

    I can relate to the hard journey of leaving ministry. My husband has served on our church council for a number of years and the church split over the “firing” of our pastor about did my husband in. We’ve taken a step back from serving to rejuvenate our spirits. Still going to church, just trying to limit our involvement for the time being.

     
     
    1. Welcome, Arletta! Isn’t it amazing how we, being many, are one body and share one another’s ups and downs? So glad you joined us. Please visit again.

       
       
  9. I enjoy Regency romance and appreciate authors who keep it clean and inspirational! Thanks for sharing about your writing journey 🙂

     
     
    1. Welcome, Heidi! I agree about loving clean and inspirational reads. Carolyn’s life journey inspires me too. Please come again.

       
       
  10. Kim G

    Really wonderful interview! I have not read any of these books but I am definitely interested after reading this. What a great story of perseverance! Congratulations!!!

     
     
    1. It’s great to see you in our circle this week, Kim. I agree. Carolyn’s books and life inspire!

       
       
  11. Paula Shreckhise

    I am so excited to be on Carolyn’s team and just started Miss Winthrop last night! Can’t say enough good things about her writing and gorgeous books! Loved every one of the first series! Blessings to you both! Thanks for the interesting interview!

     
     
    1. Hi, Paula. It’s wonderful to see you in our circle. I’m tickled pink to be hosting Carolyn this week and am delighted to have “met” both you and Carolyn here on this blog! Ya’ll come back, hear?

       
       

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