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 Ten, CHIEF 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
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
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.
Website (All First Chapters offered here)
YouTube (Hear Caryl sing her New Songs!)
The Word & the Music
Sweet Americana Sweethearts (Historical) –