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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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.


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!

        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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