Let’s Chat! Blessings from Caryl McAdoo

Welcome, everyone

Blessings. One of Caryl McAddo’s favorite subjects. This popular Christian historical romance novelist is guest blogging for me this week. Gather ’round for the latest on blessings from Caryl . . . 

P.S. Be sure to check out Caryl’s giveaway below. 

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A Divine Idea Blesses All = God’s Economy

How God works astounds me! Far in advance He knows what’s coming and prepares His children, gets everything in motion so that when the time arrives . . . I LOVE His economy!

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After participating in my first-ever multi-author series, Lockets and Lace with my SILENT HARMONY (https://www.amazon.com/Silent-Harmony-Lockets-Lace-Book-ebook/dp/B078RT4W63) that debuted in January, my Father suggested I create a new multi-author series. Coming up in November—this is all happening in 2018—would be my 5th Annual “Thanksgiving Books & Blessings” Facebook Party.

Hmm, what if those participating authors wrote a special Thanksgiving story?

Thanksgiving Books & Blessings

In February, I invited authors to participate not just in the November Party, but to write a Thanksgiving story! The rest is history—nineteenth century history to be exact—and romancing pioneers settling the wild west. Doesn’t that just sound like too much fun?

Almighty God arranged everything for me—the authors for starters! I have (in alphabetical order) Heather Blanton, P. Creeden, Lena Nelson Dooley, Kristin Holt, George McVey, Kit Morgan, Lynette Sowell, and Suzette Williams joining me this year for the First Annual Thanksgiving Books & Blessings Collection!

Our launches begin Thursday, September 6th with my GONE TO TEXAS, book one in the collection and also book one in my personal new Cross Timbers Romance Family Saga. I suspect it will be nine to twelve novels before that’s finished. For my first saga, the Texas Romance series, I wrote a prelude plus nine stories, but loved those people so much, added SEVEN more ‘Companion’ novels! It’s time to start fresh.

After mine launches, one historical romance set in the 1800s will release each day until Friday, September 14th, from eight more best-selling, award-winning authors! The Lord gave me the idea. He called the authors. I count the Thanksgiving Books & Blessings Collection His work; I’m only His hands and organizer-daughter.


I’m so excited to see what He will do with it, to watch His plans unfold!

With His help, I’ve worked since February on this project to bring Him glory. It’s been such a pleasure getting to know these awesome folks participating and learning so much from them. A large amount of organizing went in to recording all kinds of information. Then in July, revealing our lovely covers at our Facebook Extravaganza party, and now we’ve come to our Launches!

Gone to Texas

Thursday, September 6, GONE TO TEXAS becomes a book! See how blessed I am? I don’t deserve it, but I am blessed and highly favored every day! It’s wild! It’s so amazing! Pre-orders are available now.

So please accept my invitation to join our Thanksgiving Books & Blessings Group:

Then come to the Launch Day Celebration by the same name on September 6! It starts at 10 a.m. and each author will have an hour to debut their title, ending at 7 p.m., but the party will stay open with authors dropping back by for all to have an opportunity to participate. Prizes will be awarded the following morning by 10 a.m. 

I am confident God will bless our readers with hours of wonderful entertainment. I believe the authors have been blessed already through the process but will be even more so as the titles are released into the world! The Lord blessed our graphic designer Evelyne LaBelle at Carpe Librum Book Designer with ten print and ebook and audio covers, including the Collection Cover.

I pray that YOU get blessed, Linda Davis, for inviting me to come and share about our new collection. Thank you so much! I’d enjoy blessing one of your readers with a GIVEAWAY of an eBook copy of GONE TO TEXAS! See? From start to finish, everyone gets blessed—and that’s God’s economy!

**To enter, all you have to do is comment! I’d love to hear what your favorite family tradition is for Thanksgiving Day!**

Before I leave, please let me speak on your Thanksgiving Day Gathering this year. May loved ones surround you, the good food fill you, and God’s precious Holy Spirit be in attendance, bringing His peace, joy, and abundant blessings to all!

13 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Blessings from Caryl McAdoo

  1. Kingsley

    Wow! Awesome!
    My first attraction was your hair ma. It’s beautiful, spotless and angelic. Now I know why the scripture said the glory of the old is their grey hair. Though yours has a glorious white appearance.
    You have really blessed lives with your books. God bless and keep you Ma.

  2. Jane Quail

    What a wonderful way to meet other authors on Linda’s “Let’s Chat”. The current posting by Caryl McAdoo is so exciting and full of opportunity, that others of us authors out there can be excited about her opportunities and the evidence of God’s Hand in her life. Many blessings and more evidence of our Lord’s moving His gospel message through Christian authors and the inspiration that only He can give each of us.

    1. Jane Quail

      Addendum: My favorite part of Thanksgiving is the Turkey (an honorable offering) being prepared by Grandma (me), and the mmm’s and ahhh’s of family surrounding the table, and the sweet prayer of gratitude for blessing beyond our imagination!
      God bless all who respond, and you, Caryl, as well as the other authors. May He bless you richly now in the future!

    2. Welcome, Jane! And thanks for your sweet addition to the conversation. Bless you!

  3. Rose

    Your books sound awesome. Hope to read them soon. Really enjoyed the party. It is so great to have so many Christian authors.

    1. Hi, Rose. You’ve blessed us by joining us.

  4. Teri DiVincenzo

    I’ve been so excited about these books! The covers are gorgeous, and what’s not to love about the 19th century? We always get together with our immediate family, and enjoy the worlds biggest kids table! I also make my brother and sister stand still for an annual selfie!
    Terirose22 (at) hotmail (dot) com

    1. Hi, Teri! It’s great to have you in our circle this week. You’re entered in the drawing 🙂

  5. Looking forward to the new series . It is truly rom God this divine pairing of wonderful authors with you also running the show and giving God the glory for your part in getting it together. We usually have a big dinner with my boys and my two grandkids when they are able to join us..they all watch football and we have also p,aged a few games..thanks for a chance to win your book..blessing Caryl

    1. Welcome, Rory! You’ve blessed us. 🙂

  6. Thank you so much, Faith! Our family usually has several games going before and after dinner> I love word games best 🙂 Charades is fun, too.

  7. Faith Creech

    Love your books! Thanks for the chance to win!
    Our favorite tradition is ea In-Game dinner together, and the putting up the Christmas tree!!

    1. Aren’t family traditions wonderful? Love seeing you here, Faith.


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Author Chat: Peter Leavell

Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.
Psalm 27:14

Reader and Author Friends,

Waiting is hard for everyone, isn’t it?

Psalm 27:14 is a favorite verse of authors. Mainly because we wait. A lot. It’s downright grueling as an author keeps plugging along, keeps writing, keeps creating. And keeps praying and trusting God. (Check out Peter’s words at the bottom of this interview for a peek into who he is as a writer before God.)

In the process of Googling “Peter Leavell, Author” I decided he’s someone I’d like to know personally. I sense the spirit of Jesus in Peter. I suspect there’s wisdom tucked into his stories of adventure. So I intend to read everything he’s written. You might too.

Gather ’round as we chat with award-winning author, Peter Leavell.


Leavell-PeterThank you for joining our circle today, Peter. It’s an honor to have you as a guest.

~How were you inspired to be an author—in particular, a historical novelist?

History was always the passion, but historical fiction is the game. I feel that history is made on the backs of the common people, and I love coaxing out what it was like living in the past, without all the luxuries we have today.

Peter Leavell, winner of Operation First Novel 2011

~Your debut novel, Gideon’s Call, won the 2011 Operation First Novel contest and was published in 2012. Where did the idea for the story come from? 

Sitting in my Civil War history class at Boise State, my professor mentioned in two sentences how the Union took islands off the coast of South Carolina, and 10,000 slaves were freed in a single day. The North sent missionaries down to teach the freed slaves. The rest of the class period, my mind was in another world. I almost walked out of the lecture and started working on the book!

Gideon’s Call by Peter Leavell

~What was your greatest challenge as an author while writing Gideon’s Call

I had no idea if I was a good writer. I didn’t have a critique group. Instead, I hired an editor and boy-howdy, you should have seen all the red. But with some extra work, we wrestled it into shape! I learned so much from the editor.

~In your view, what is the book’s most important take-away?

Education is vital, hard work pays off, and the color of your skin means nothing. We are all people who love and need love. (Tweet That!) 

~Tell us a bit about your writing for publication journey since 
 Gideon’s Call.

Peter Leavell’s beautiful family

Slow. I’ve two teens in the house, and a gorgeous wife, so I spend a lot of quality time with them. Winning awards makes publishers interested in you, but when your family is as awesome as mine, you want to be near them. So I write when they go to bed. I’ve a western published as well that’s won awards [West for the Black Hills], and I’m working on book two of the series, plus another two projects.

~What’s your most important take-away from this journey as an author?

I could work hard and have my picture on the cover of Newsweek. But I know that someday, I would trade it all in to spend one more day with my kids. So I’ll work my tail-end off when they leave home.

West for the Black Hills by Peter Leavell

~Describe your typical weekday.

Roll out of bed at 6:46, day job by 8:05AM. I can’t really write on the job, but I get about 5 hours reading time. Then I take my daughter to ballet until 7:00PM or 8:00PM, hang out with the kids for an hour, then write until 11:00PM! Then I reach under the nightstand and pull out whatever book I want to read, and finally drift off to sleep!

~What do week-ends involve at your house?

Ballet all day Saturday, and church on Sunday. We follow the daily routine pretty closely.

~What’s on your “drawing board” presently?

I’m working on a kid’s book with an illustrator that takes place in the 1920’s—dinosaur archeologist adventurers. And I’ve always an epic historical fiction in the works.

Sounds intriguing, Peter. Can’t wait to take a peek!

~What’s one piece of advice for aspiring authors? 

Delayed gratification. You’re not going to feel good today about your work. Or tomorrow. Or in a month. But perhaps, with enough effort, in ten years you’ll see results. Depressing? No! The writing path is a spectacular path of self discovery. But even more, if God calls you on this journey, writing will lead you closer to Him. (Tweet That!) And there the rewards are indescribable.

Contact Links:
Website: peterleavell.com
Goodreads: bit.ly/1UoBGFt

Purchase Links:
Amazon: amzn.to/1TcpJxg
Mountainview Books: bit.ly/1TCFdgZ


Lord, You are the Great Creator. You’ve set within each human heart a longing for You–for Your purpose and passion. You’ve given each of us unique gifts, fit for Your purposes.  Will You come alongside us as Your children and give us clarity of purpose? Bless us with Your passion. And keep us patient as we wait, all the while trusting You.
For Jesus’s sake …


3 thoughts on “Author Chat: Peter Leavell

  1. I met Peter (via email) when we were co-finalists in the Operation First Novel Contest that Peter won. The year later I met him in person at the ACFW Conference in Texas. The five finalists plus one editor have been friends ever since. Peter is who he says he is: a man of God first and a devoted husband and father next. He also happens to be an excellent writer. Can’t wait to read the second in his West for the Black Hills series.

    1. Thank you for your comments, Clarice. It was an honor to interview Peter Leavell.

    2. Clarice, so glad you stopped by! I remember when we first started sending emails back and forth, the six of us. So much fun. Now we have an amazing prayer group! And we’re all published! Cool to see God working.


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