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Write to the Point with Caryl McAdoo (Part Seven) November 11, 2015

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GreenspedssoftUntitledToday we get write to the point with Caryl McAdoo. Today she shares an interview with a character in her book. 

An interview with Elijah Eversole from Daughters Of The Heart, book five in the historical Christian Texas Romance series of author Caryl McAdoo.

 

Hello sir, excuse me. Are you Mister Eversole, Mister Elijah Eversole?

 

Yes, ma’am. That’d be me.

 

Oh, good! It’s such an honor to have this opportunity, Mister Eversole. I’m with the Clarksville01 Front - Daughters Standard, and while I’ve read plenty of stories about California and all the gold out there, but I’ve never ever even met anyone who’s actually been there before. Is it as beautiful as they say?

 

It surely is soothing on the eyes, ma’am. The big old sun setting over the Pacific Ocean…well, it can take your breath right away. And the mountains rising up… Yes, Ma’am, it’s beautiful alright. If you’ll excuse me, please…

 

I only have a few questions. I’d really like to write an article for the paper, and you’re so interesting. So you own a goldmine? I mean you don’t look like it. No one would ever think you were rich by looking–no offense intended.

 

None taken, ma’am, but I can hardly keep from grinning. Wouldn’t want you to think I’s laughing at you or nothing you said…it’s just I’ve heard tell about the rumor mongering goes on in Red River County, and your information is tea partyway off from the Truth. I do own a small percentage in the very successful Jones and Risen Mining operation. God blessed me the day Moses Jones walked into my shop.

 

So you were in another business. What was that?

 

Well, you could say I was a smithy, but I prefer machinist. Gold bug nit my pa and he and Ma left when I’s still in my teens. Though smithin’ kept bread on the table, I loved making machines, figuring out how to help a man do his job easier.

 

Wow. How admirable is that? So you must so intelligent like a genious. Is there a Mis’ess Eversole, or a special girl back in San Francisco, Elijah?

 

Ha! I don’t know that I’d say genius, but no, ma’am, no mis’ess. There is a very special young woman there. But you probably know her. Mary Rachel Buckmeyer…Wheeler…er, uh Risen.

 

Well of course I do! Mary Rachel and me were in school together. I’s a couple of years behind her in her sister Gewndolyn’s class. Do you know Gwen, too? Or Cecelia? Because if you don’t, I’d be happy to show you around Red River County. I could pack a picnic dinner and show you the Red….

 

That’s right nice of you ma’am.”

 

Oh, please, you’ve just got to call me Ronnie, well, or Veronica if you prefer. Daddy wanted a boy I guess—I’m the oldest –and hung that nickname on me ’fore I could walk.

 

Yes, ma’am, I mean Miss Veronica. I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Mary’s sisters, but I’ve come to build a steam engine for their pa, so I suppose I will. Most every man within a hundred miles tried to win Mary’s heart after that husband of hers got himself killed. My partner, Jethro Risen, he’s the only one could win her over. He’s a good man, but I sure was hopin’… Anyway, I best be on my way, Miss Veronica. I understand the Buckmeyer place is about five miles south? Is that right?

 

And a few miles east. I could show you where they live, ride out there with you. You going to rent a rig? I could bring it back to town for you. Wouldn’t be no trouble. None at all.

 

I do appreciate your kindness, ma’am, but I’m thinking I might as we;; but me a horse and buggy since I’ll be here a while. Could you be so kind as to point me to a livery?

 

Oh, yes! I’ll do better than that. Come on. I’ll walk you right over to Duck’s. Ain’t far, and he’s got the best deals in town.     

Thanks for visiting us again, Caryl. 

 

 

 

Write to the Point with Caryl McAdoo (Part 6) October 14, 2015

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01 Front - DaughtersAn interview with Elijah Eversole from Daughters Of The Heart, book five in the historical Christian Texas Romance series of author Caryl McAdoo

Hello sir, excuse me. Are you Mister Eversole? Mister Elijah Eversole?

Yes, ma’am. That’d be me.

Oh, good! It’s such an honor to have this opportunity, Mister Eversole. I’m with the Clarksville Standard, and while I’ve read plenty of stories about California and all the gold out there,  I’ve never ever even met anyone who’s actually been there before. Is it as beautiful as they say?

Plenty soothing on the eyes, ma’am. The sun setting over the Pacific…well, it can sure take your breath. And the mountains… Yes, Ma’am, it’s beautiful alright. If you’ll excuse me…

I only have a few questions. I’d really like to write an article for the paper, and you’re so interesting. So you own a goldmine? I mean you don’t look like it. No one would ever think you were rich by looking–no offense intended.

None taken, ma’am. Sorry, I can hardly keep from grinning. Wouldn’t want you to think I’m laughing at you or anything you said…it’s just, I’ve heard tell about the rumor mongering goes on in Red River County, and your information is way off from the Truth. I do own a small percentage in the very successful Jones and Risen Mining operation. God sure blessed me the day Moses Jones walked into my shop.

So you were in another business. What was that?

Well, you could say I was a smithy, but I prefer machinist. After the gold bug bit my pa, he and Ma left. I was still in my teens and took over his business to keep bread on the table. My love is making machines though, figuring out how to help a man do his job easier. Maybe more efficiently.

Wow. How admirable is that? So you must be so intelligent. Is there a Mis’ess Eversole, or a special girl back in San Francisco, Elijah?

No, ma’am, no mis’ess. There is a very special young woman in California, but you probably know her. Mary Rachel Buckmeyer…Wheeler…er, uh Risen.

Well of course I do! Mary Rachel and I went to the same church. Growing up, I spent a lot of time with her and Gwendolyn both. Do you know Gwen, too? Or Cecelia? Because if you don’t, I’d be happy to show you around Red River County. I could pack a picnic dinner and show you the Red….

That’s nice of you, ma’am.

Oh, please, you’ve just got to call me Ronnie, well, or Veronica if you prefer. Daddy wanted a boy I guess—I’m the oldest–and he hung that nickname on me ’fore I could walk.

Yes, ma’am, I mean Miss Veronica. Haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Mary’s sisters, but I’ve come to build a steam engine for their pa, so suppose I will. If they’re anything like their older sister, I was hoping…. Anyway, I best be on my journey, Miss Veronica. I understand the Buckmeyer place is about five miles south? Is that right?

Yessir, and a few more east. I could show you where they live, ride out there with you. You going GreenspedssoftUntitledto rent a rig? I could bring it back to town for you. Wouldn’t be any trouble. None at all.

I do appreciate your kindness, ma’am, but I’m thinking I might as well buy me a horse and buggy since I’ll be here a while. Could you be so kind as to point me to a livery?

Oh, yes! I’ll do better than that. Come on. I’ll walk you right over to Duck’s. Ain’t far, and he’s got the best deals in town.     

 

Daughters of the Heart

 

BLURB:

God’s perfect plan is oft so hard to determine.

In his life, Henry Buckmeyer has never been so beside himself. His little girls are so young, just babies, too young. He hates the whole idea of men coming to take them away and is inclined to shoot every one of them, but praise God for a level-headed, loving wife and step-mother! She helps keep him sane amidst the female chaos. Packed with fun, romance, deception, action, heartbreak and tears, this delightful Christian novel keeps the twists and turns coming.

Gwendolyn, Cecelia, and the youngest, Bonnie, make a pact never to break their father’s heart like their big sister did. Then their determination is sorely tried when suitors show up, and he gets so pigheaded with his rules.

Will Henry survive his daughters coming of age? Will they endure and keep their promises to each other?

From one man asking to court her—who Daddy sends packing—Gwen goes to three! How can she ever decide? Cecelia knows exactly who she wants, but she’s still a year away from Daddy’s acceptable courting age. What if her beau doesn’t know or won’t wait? And Bonnie hates being the baby and wants to be grown-up more than just about anything…except her man. She is for sure and for certain in love.

Will the Buckmeyer home ever be settled and peaceful again? Will any of his daughters find true love…a man he’ll approve and to whom he can give his blessing?

REVIEWS:

Oh those teenagers! Raging hormones, sibling rivalry, heads that are empty of anything except the cutest boy on the ranch, rebellion against parental control, full of themselves, conniving, conspiring to get their way . . . on and on it goes. Teenagers! To think, all of us were teenagers once upon a time back in medieval ages . . . at least that’s what teens think about their parents. Everyone knows Mom and Dad are so out of touch and old fashioned!

Judging from Daughters of the Heart, nothing has changed today from the 1850s. Caryl Lawrence McAdoo has penned a book to tickle the funny bone and warm the heart. Her characterizations are spot on, her plot believable and her writing compels the reader to turn the page. With a villain or two who give rise to a span of time when the reader’s heart leaps into their throat and three teenage daughters whose common sense has been doused by a healthy dose of hormones, not to mention, two parents who are kept on their toes from the antics of their brood, for sure, Daughters of the Heart will take you hostage and keep you up well past your bedtime.

This reviewer loved Daughters of the Heart. I do believe it is Caryl McAdoo’s best book yet. Now up for pre-order, the reader would be well advised to reserve their copy. Can hardly wait to see what comes next from Mrs. McAdoo’s rich imagination and gifted pen.

–Cass Wessel, multi-published author of devotionals

http://www.wordsabouttheword.com/recent-historical-fiction-release.html

 

A fun packed Christian romance novel with plenty of action, heartbreak, tears, deception, twists, and turns. Henry’s daughters, Gwendolyn and Cecelia are coming of age. His oldest daughter, Mary, had broken his heart when she eloped. Therefore they along with their younger sister, Bonnie, made a pact never to break their father’s heart like their big sister had, but when suitors show up, it’s hard for them to stay determined to keep their promises to each other. Will they ever know God’s will for their life? Will they find true love? Will Dad accept a suitor for them and give his blessings? Their loving stepmom helps them by helping their dad to see they are growing up, and he can’t hold them back. Will they realize that stepmom, May, loves them as daughters of her heart?

–Joy Gibson, a Tennessee reader and pastor’s wife

 

EXCERPT:

“Pa is going to be mad.”

Cecelia shot her little sister the look. The one that seemed to work less and less of late. “No, he is not.”

Bonnie leaned back on the surrey’s seat and crossed her arms over her budding chest. “Well, ten cents isn’t enough.”

“Bonnie Claire Buckmeyer! We made a deal. You know how Daddy feels about welching. You gave your word.”

“But I’m not talking about today. If you ever want me to chaperone you again, I want a quarter.”

“Mercy, girl! A dime is too much. Two bits is highway robbery.”

“Don’t care. I didn’t know we were going to just sit here and watch them work. It’s so boring. Why do you want to? Let’s just leave it.”

“They’ll break for dinner soon enough. I did not come all this way to just drop off the basket and hightail it back home.”

“Fine. Fifteen cents, and that’s my best offer.”

 

BIO:

Award winning author Caryl McAdoo currently writes four series: the historical Christian ‘Texas Romance’; a contemporary ‘Red River Romance’; The Generations, her Biblical fiction and a mid-grade The King’s Highway. The prolific, bestselling novelist loves singing new songs the Lord gives her and painting. In 2008, she and her high school sweetheart-husband Ron moved from the DFW area—home for fifty+ years—to the woods of Red River County. Caryl counts four children and sixteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings believing all good things come from God. Praying her story gives God glory, she hopes each one will also minister His love, mercy, and grace to its readers. Caryl and Ron live in Clarksville, the county seat, in the far northeast corner of the Lone Star State with two grandsons, Christian and Benjamen.

 

LINKS:

All Books   –        http://tinyurl.com/CarylsAmazonPage

PRE-ORDER Daughtershttp://www.amazon.com/Daughters-Heart-Texas-Romance-Book-ebook/dp/B012EBN35G

Website       –        http://www.CarylMcAdoo.com

(All First Chapters are offered here)

Newsletter –        http://carylmcadoo.com/sign-up-to-the-caryler/

(Get FREE books for subscribing!)

Reviewer?   –        http://carylmcadoo.com/christian-evaluaters/

                                     (Join Caryl’s Street Team!)

Facebook    –        http://www.facebook.com/CarylMcAdoo.author

 

Blog            –        http://www.CarylMcAdoo.blogspot.com

GoodReads –        http://tinyurl.com/GoodReadsCaryl

Google+       –        http://tinyurl.com/CarylsGooglePlus

LinkedIn     –        https://www.linkedin.com/pub/caryl-mcadoo/23/623/5

Twitter        –        http://www.twitter.com/CarylMcAdoo

Pinterest     –        http://www.pinterest.com/CarylMcAdoo

Thanks for visiting us again, Caryl 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Write to the Point with Caryl McAdoo (Part 5) September 16, 2015

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atTablePM (1)Today we get write to the point with Caryl McAdoo for the fifth (but not final) time. Read on to see what she is up to and how you can win a copy of her book.

Thank you so much for the opportunity to visit Genesis 5020 again, Melissa! 

You’ve just released book five in your historical Texas Romance series, and book one, Vow Unbroken only launched eighteen months ago. That’s a release in the series every three to four months. How exactly are you doing that? Would you like to tell us about it?

 

Of course, I’m just thrilled to! And the answer is pretty easy, too. Simon and Schuster took about eighteen months from contract to shelves on VOW UNBROKEN, and I kept writing the whole time. When it debuted in March 2014, I already had book two HEARTS STOLEN completed and book three HOPE REBORN well on its way.

Now the farther along I get, they’re catching up with me more, and I have to write faster to meet my self-imposed deadlines. I try to release one every four months, three a year. It just so happens, I wrote ‘The End’ today on JUST KIN, book six! It’s scheduled to release in January 2016. I’ll start book seven, AT LIBERTY TO LOVE, pretty soon though I don’t need it until March for a May release.

How are you getting so many stories for the series?

Well, book five, DAUGHTERS OF THE HEART, is the second story of the ‘next generation’. The story started with book one in01 Front - Daughters 1832 with Sue and Henry. Book four SINS OF THE MOTHERS was the first book with a heroine who was their daughter—the oldest, Mary Rachel. She defiantly eloped and carved out a hard life for herself, breaking her daddy’s heart.

So the next three daughters made a pact to obey him no matter what, and this became the theme of book five.

His stubbornness of course tests their promise—especially once suitors started showing up asking permission to court Gwendolyn, the oldest still at home at eighteen and Cecelia, seventeen and not yet old enough to court per Daddy’s strict rules. The youngest sister Bonnie, twelve going on twenty, is smitten as well and just as ready to be courted in her estimation.

The story is filled with laughs and loves and misguidings, and heartbreak. And it’s a wonderful read for teen readers since it’s so squeaky clean.

I know you’re on track to release eleven new titles this year. How many are you planning for 2016?

   I’ve already mentioned two of the three historicals planned for 2015, JUST KIN coming in January and May’s AT LIBERTY TO LOVE. In September 2016, THE BEDWARMER’S SON will debut. It has two parallel storylines running, one in the 1860s and the other in 1929, and the Buckmeyers may not be in this one, though a few Nightingales will be. I want to introduce a few new characters who will show up in 1950 when the series culminates with THE CHIEF OF SINNER…or maybe not. After all, the Viet Nam era is considered historical now. Imagine that.J

What inspired you to write Daughters of the Heart, Caryl? 

I just have to say the Lord. He’s been so faithful and blessed me with these wonderful stories. There are three books of the first generation, I figured three of the next generation was appropriate, and I wanted at least one of those to be Charley’s (the four-year-old in book two) because the readers loved him as much as I did. So between Mary Rachel’s and his, I needed to work in the three other girls.

Bonnie may still get another book to find her true love in, but this and Charley’s will be three of that generation and get us up to the Civil War period. I’m might write a couple of stories without all the family members to introduce some more of the characters who will show up in THE CHIEF OF SINNERS. Hope that wasn’t all confusing.

But as with any plans I make, they are all subject to God’s will. I’ll follow where He leads!

  How does this story differ from the others?

 DAUGHTERS is very different in that I have two heroines. It’s the biggest family story yet. There’s no traveling in it as in the first four books—well just a little, but ninety-five percent takes place at home in the Buckmeyers’ house. Another difference is that no one gets saved in this story as all the others. There’s one rededication of sorts, but everyone in this book are Christians. This one also includes a little politics of the time, too.

What kind of research did you do for this book?

 Each one of the books requires research to keep up with the history of that, or those, particular years. But with this one, being mostly at home, it didn’t take quite as much.

What’s one piece of advice you have for aspiring writers?

   Well, before, I always said find a good read and critique group to be active in. While I still believe that’s important, I now would highly recommend that they get the title I released in June 😉 STORY & STYLE, The Craft of Writing Creative Fiction. It’s a little book packed with ways to avoid all the mistakes new writers make.

Its friendly conversational format and all its examples help beginners to understand point of view and the difference between passive and active voice. I took the time to write what I’d learned to help other writers, and I definitely believe it will! It’s hasn’t jumped out there and sold a hundred, but I’ve had a couple of great five-star reviews that thrill my heart. J

 I want to thank you for visiting at Genesis 5020 and you’ll be back next month, right?

 It’s always my pleasure to get by here! And I’d like to offer a free copy of DAUGHTERS OF THE HEART to your visitors. I’ll put in an entry for commenting here, another for Liking my Facebook page (I’m on my way to 1000!), and a third for tweeting(copy and paste) this:  #NewRelease  Historical Romance, Texas, 1853 http://www.amazon.com/dp/1512273791 5-Star #ChristianFiction Great for teens and YA, too! @CarylMcAdoo

BIO:

Award winning, bestselling author Caryl McAdoo currently writes four series: the historical Christian ‘Texas Romance’; a contemporary ‘Red River Romance’; The Generations, her Biblical fiction and a mid-grade The King’s Highway. The prolific novelist loves singing new songs the Lord gives her and painting. In 2008, she and her high school sweetheart-husband Ron moved from the DFW area—home for fifty+ years—to the woods of Red River County. Caryl counts four children and sixteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings believing all good things come from God. Praying her story gives God glory, she hopes each one will also minister His love, mercy, and grace to its readers. Caryl and Ron live in Clarksville, the county seat, in the far northeast corner of the Lone Star State with two grandsons, Christian and Benjamen.

 

LINKS:

All Books   –        http://tinyurl.com/CarylsAmazonPage

PRE-ORDER Daughtershttp://www.amazon.com/Daughters-Heart-Texas-Romance-Book-ebook/dp/B012EBN35G

Website       –        http://www.CarylMcAdoo.com

(All First Chapters are offered here)

Newsletter –        http://carylmcadoo.com/sign-up-to-the-caryler/

(Get FREE books for subscribing!)

Reviewer?   –        http://carylmcadoo.com/christian-evaluaters/

                                     (Join Caryl’s Street Team!)

Facebook    –        http://www.facebook.com/CarylMcAdoo.author

Blog            –        http://www.CarylMcAdoo.blogspot.com

GoodReads –        http://tinyurl.com/GoodReadsCaryl

Google+       –        http://tinyurl.com/CarylsGooglePlus

Twitter        –        http://www.twitter.com/CarylMcAdoo

Pinterest     –        http://www.pinterest.com/CarylMcAdoo

Thanks for visiting with us. We’ll see you again soon 🙂

 

Write to the Point with Caryl McAdoo (Part 4) August 12, 2015

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carylToday we get write to the point with Caryl McAdoo. She has been on here a few times before. You can click here to see her other posts and find links to connect with her. Today she is sharing about writing Biblical Fiction. Enjoy!

Biblical Fiction – Truth & Imagination Merge

I’ve always had a love hate with Biblical fiction. My first exposure was as a child with such classic as Ten Commandments, Exodus, and Ben Hur, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Daddy took me and a girlfriend to El Chico and to see the The Greatest Story Ever Told for my fifteenth birthday! My introduction to reading the genre came much later, but I fell in love with the way fictional stories brought the familiar characters to life.

The first book I wrote for publication was in the ’80s IN THE BEGINNING, a 380 page hand-written manuscript I paid to be transcribed so I could submit it to New York publishers. (Now think of that ’64 Terry Stafford song ‘Suspicion’, to that tune:) Rejection! Woe filled my mailbox! Rejection! Kept us apart! Rejection! Why don’t you leave me alone! Sorry, everything reminds me of a song. Point is, no one brought sacks of money to my door.

The Lord led me to a writers’ workshop where I learned right off I’d made every conceivable mistake a new writer could, so I studied, read, and paid close attention to my mentors and learned my craft.

I loved writing Christian fiction for my historical Texas Romance and contemporary Red River Romance series, but didn’t get back to Biblical fiction until 2014 when I went back to rework A Little Lower Than the Angels written roughly off the first 80 pages of that original handwritten, multi-rejected manuscript.

During the ’90s and ’00s (my 40s and 50s), I came to know God’s Word much more intimately. I suddenly realized every little wrong jot and tittle in the movies. I’d anticipated all the new Bible-based movies. But I HATE it when the writers, producers, and/or directors change God’s story! If they want to create Biblical fiction, do they really think mortal man can improve what The Creator wrote?

A reviewer gave Then the Deluge Comes a one-star rating because ‘the author [I] totally left out how Noah preached to the multitudes while they mocked him…and the people clamoring trying to get into the ark.’ But that isn’t scriptural, it’s Hollywood. And she’s taken it as “Truth” not because she read it, but because she saw it. It’s so important for movies to be accurate.

By its genre’s very name, The Generations series is presented as untrue, not real—the definition of fiction is a story concocted purely from a writer’s imagination. On the other hand, Biblical—from the Bible—indicates Truth and nothing but the Truth! Every Word in the Bible is true. So no question about that; absolutely set in stone far as I’m concerned.

Jesus is the Truth. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6.

Jesus is the Word. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1; and again, And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. Revelation 19:13.

So Biblical Fiction is an untrue, imagined story based on absolute truth. We could assume a writer of Christian Fiction is a Christ follower, so why don’t they all adhere perfectly to the facts? I mean facts are the facts, after all.

Personally, I get very frustrated with writers of Biblical Fiction who stray from the truth of the Word. Fiction gives them the right through imagination to flesh out the story, bring characters we know so well to life, but why do they need to rewrite the story? Change truth, you only have a lie.

I present The Generations series labeled Biblical Fiction, praying imagination enhances the Word’s stories and searching for clues to flesh-out the facts. I include a section called ‘Search the Scriptures’ in every book to show where I got some of my clues. I purposely examine the Word to find a new perspective.

In Mark, 7th chapter, in red letters: “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions! …Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down…” I now consider all those Sunday School stories taught as a child to be suspect. They are nothing more than traditions of men. Some  may be spot on, others—like three wise men traveling to the manger—are not true according to the Word, yet we believe them.

I invite you, should you perceive by the Word that any part of any of my stories are contrary to God’s Holy Book, to let me know where and how. I stand ready to alter my opinion any time it is shown not to line up to the Word.

 

  • 01FrontCov low-resVolume One A Little Lower Than the Angels follows Adam and Eve in Adam’s Valley, Cain after he kills his brother and flees to Nod, and Abel in Paradise with a wise old cherub as a teacher and companion.

5-Star Review: “Well done, good and faithful servant of God, Caryl McAdoo: my first thought after reading A Little Lower Than The Angels. This Biblical Fiction fleshes out the creation stories we all know so well and brings God’s beloved first couple and their sons to life. A Little Lower than the Angels does not take away from the truth of the Scripture, or add to them (as it is Biblical Fiction), yet it fills in blanks with what could be a possibility.

Like Caryl’s other works, A little Lower than the Angels is very well written. What this book did for me: Revelations of what could be stirred my soul. My heart soared from its reminders of how the Father loves us, and I raised my heart in praise to The Creator. It refreshes my knowledge and love of Scripture and of angels, too. The only other book that has done that for me on such a level is the Holy Bible, and like the Holy Bible, this small book is one that you will want to pick up again and again. I especially appreciated the end of the book, Search the Scriptures, where Caryl lists a few of the Biblical clues (from the King James Version) that guided her work of fiction.                –Holly Michael, Author of Crooked Lines and others, Kansas City, Missouri

 

  • Volume Two Then the Deluge Comes begins with Adam and Eve’s deaths and the first couple’s reunion in 000Front Cover2 Paradise with Abel. It continues through to the 8th Generation of Noah and his sons, ending the day it starts raining for the first time on earth.

5-Star Review: Then The Deluge Comes by Caryl McAdoo is beautifully written. This novel concentrates on the story of Noah, leading up to the flood. She takes nothing away from the biblical story, but enhances it. The characters are fully developed, becoming more three dimensional than in the Bible.

As with book one, not only does the reader see the earthly version of the story, but there are glimpses of the heavenly one too. This helps to remind the reader that all of life is a spiritual battle against the forces of darkness. One must always be ready and wearing the full armour of God.

Then The Deluge Comes can actually help to understand the original Bible story. Parts of the Old Testament that can be confusing, are made much clearer. There is so much beauty in Caryl McAdoo’s retelling of the traditional story that the reader just revels in the language. It will leave you feeling calm and peaceful, and you will be glad that you picked it up.                                –Julia Wilson, teacher and reader, United Kingdom

 

  • 001 FRONT ReplenishVolume Three Replenish the Earth opens right where Volume Two leaves off. God closes the door and the eight souls are lifted from the surface of the earth by the fountains of the deep and forty days and nights of rain. Spend the year aboard the ark with them, working alongside them as they tackle daily chores. Feel their elation when it’s finally time to leave the ark.

5-Star Review: Caryl McAdoo has retold the familiar Genesis flood account with clarity and sensitivity. While remaining faithful to the King James Version, the human story beneath the print page comes alive drawing the reader into the pathos and joys of real breathing people faced with the most devastating natural disaster ever known in human history, one which survives in the mythology of every culture and race, but which is most fully and literally told in the pages of the Bible. This reviewer loved this segment of The Generations Series and heartily recommends the whole work.

–Cass Wessel, multi-published author of devotionals

Thanks so much for sharing with us again, Caryl. Can’t to see what you are to next month 🙂

 

 

Write to the Point with Caryl McAdoo (Part 3) July 1, 2015

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Today we get write to the point with Caryl McAdoo. She has visited us before. You can check out her other interviews here and here. Read on to see what she is up to now.

HI Melissa! Great to be here again. Thank you for inviting me!

 

Tell us about your newest book.

 

Well, my ‘newest’ is a non-fiction book I wrote titled Story & Style, The Craft of Writing Creative Fiction. It’s written in a conversational tone and makes the tools of this craft easy to understand with lots of examples. Some of the chapter names are Hooks, Point of View,caryl non Characterization, and Dialogue, and there’s a lot as to using an active voice rather than passive. I count it a part of my payback for all the wonderful mentoring I received as a new writer.

Now my almost newest fiction title is one I’m excited about. A contemporary Red River Romance, third in the series, is my thickest book released yet with 101,000 words (375 pages). One and Done has a fun weather girl heroine, Samantha Danielle, who meets her hero, George Herman Walter Johnson, when the station sends her to Mexico on the rumor that the Texas Rangers are interested in a pitcher playing for the Rojos. She’s the everyday girl today, a little full of herself with a Godless, anything goes attitude. He’s loved the Lord since childhood caryl one and doneand isn’t looking for any one-night-stands; he wants a wife. His tight relationship with his God threatens to end one with Sammi Dan before it even gets started. The Rangers sign him alright, and the unlikely couple is set on an almost fantasy journey finding love on the way to the World Series.

 

What inspired you to write this book?

 

We’ve been a baseball family since having three sons with my one girl. My husband (of 47 years this month!) coached all our boys in little league, and we spent our summers at the ballpark. I’d spread out my three sons, so by the time the last one was old enough not to play little league, our grandson was! So Ron kept coaching and I kept being the Team Mom, and Team Grami, too! With eight grandsons, that meant we didn’t stop until

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recently. He always coached T-ball, the five and six year olds, staying down for the next grandson as the older ones moved up. He said it was like organizing earthworms, but talk about fun! J      I wrote One and Done for the fun of the game, but in the back of my mind, I’m thinking if I can just get ANY of those boys to read it, they might decide their Mama or Grami can pen a worthwhile story and go on to read the rest! What is it in scripture about a prophet having no honor in his hometown?

 

What was your favorite part to write?

 

The games were the most fun. My husband, also a writer, helped a LOT with all the lingo and baseball terms. One man at my writers workshop couldn’t believe I had it so right on! J Of course, I also loved Sammi Dan’s growth and the romance part. G.H. is the kind of man every girl surely dreams of. He’s a lot like my husband.

 

 

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What was the hardest part to write?

 

Right back to the games for me…while I hollered the loudest at the ballpark cheering on my little Bulldogs, the Major League was never as much fun of non-stop action! So keeping those games exciting—leaving out all the boring part of a real game—didn’t come easy.

 

 

What kind of research did you do for this book?

 

Well, a little, but my Dearest knows more than most people have forgotten about the game and was my go-to-man on all the management and intricacies of America’s game! Sure made my life a lot easier have my own personal walking research man!

 

 

What’s the best thing about being an author?

 

Being able to reach so many and touch their hearts with a bit of God’s love. I pray my stories will cause them to remember a Truth they already knew or introduce them to one they hadn’t thought of. L love to hear that something I wrote sent them to the Word to check something out. I’m so blessed that God called me to His purpose and gave me this awesome outlet to share his Good News with the whole world in an entertaining manner!

 

 

What’s the hardest thing about being an author?

 

Staying organized! I keep trying to implement new SOP to keep me in line – my latest being colored, pocketed file folders to keep “piles” assimilated J I’m sure attempting to launch eleven titles in 2015 has a lot to do with feeling behind all the time J

 

 

What’s one piece of advice you have for aspiring writers?

 

Get into a great read-and-critique group, not a slap shop but one where the other writers almost make you feel bad telling you so much is wrong. Toughen up and keep going, listen and learn. If the people only tell you always, good read, I liked this or that, go find another one J Iron sharpens iron! (I started to say Get my new Story & Style, The Craft of Writing Creative Fiction book! I believe it will help writers in almost any stage. Why, it’s already helped me! J)

 

 

If you were writing about your life what would the title be?

 

Lady Who Loved the Lord

 

 

Anything you would like add?

 

A great big THANK YOU, Melissa. God bless you a hundred fold as you’ve blessed me! J

Thanks so much for stopping by again, Caryl. It’s great to hear what you are up to:)

 

Write to the Point with Caryl McAdoo (Part 2) May 13, 2015

Filed under: Author Interviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 11:12 am
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caryl2Today we get write to the point with Caryl McAdoo. She visited us a few weeks ago. You can read her first interview here. Read on to learn about her newest release.

Tell us about your newest book.

I love writing this TEXAS ROMANCE series and am so very blessed that it seems readers are liking each story better than the last. Music to an author’s ears, right? I’m saying! And I love music!      SINS OF THE MOTHERS, book four of these historical Christian, western-adventure novels is set in 1851-1853 and continues the saga of Henry and Sue Buckmeyer. Their offspring are growing into young adults, and this story begins the next generation featuring their oldest daughter, Mary Rachel.    Blind love propels my seventeen-year-old heroine to defy her father and elope with Caleb Wheeler. The newlyweds run off to California and partner with his cousin in a dry goods business. Unbeknownst to the young bride, her new husband sends his kissing cousin ahead, wanting both his love and his new wife’s money.    Betrayal and murder drive Mary, soon a young mother, to the depths of despair. But she cannot stand the man who might be the only one to love her enough to cover her sins and deliver her out of the horrible pit she’s dug for herself.      Mary Rachel travels from frontier Texas to the raw bone boomtown of 1850’s San Francisco gold rush days, then all the way to genteel New York to find redemption for the sins of her mothers.

 

What do you do when you’re not writing?

Marketing probably takes up the most of my non-writing time. If only it were finished when I wrote ‘The End’ on my manuscript, but in reality, it’s only the beginning of the new phase—namely getting the news of your novel out to the masses of readers.    The industry changes so much—it seems every day, but a few months race by and there’s new technology and software, promotion groups, and places to build your platform.      Though a sixty-five-year-old Grami, I still am primary guardian to two of my fifteen grandsugars (ages fifteen and twelve), so I still have school and sports events and sixth-graders to pick up from band practice. Those boys are always hungry, bottomless pits! And they create mounds of laundry weekly, too.      We go to church three, sometimes four times a week. I have two or three Writers’ Workshops a month and a book club. I love gardening and plating flowers, working on making my little space on this world God loves so much a beautiful garden.      And, last but so close to the top of my most favorite things to do, I sing! Praise and worship songs—many that God’s given straight to me—scoop me up and carry me to His throne room where I love to bask in His presence. Certainly, I stay plenty busy!

 

Where do you get your ideas?

Life, personal experiences and those of my close friends, and the Bible. It’s full of wonderful stories!

Do you outline or are you a seat-of-the-pants writer?

A panster, though I prefer to say that I write ‘for discovery’. Much classier for an older lady who loves the Lord? Besides, I don’t wear ‘pants’ because God said He doesn’t want women wearing any garments that pertain to a man.      When I was little, in the 50s’, I wore dresses. It was the norm. I still do, by choice, trying to please my Father. Fashion needs no statement for me. Long full skirts are a thousand times more modest. I take “Be ye Holy as I Am Holy” quite seriously.      Since my thirties (in the ’80s), my heart desire has been to please Him, be satisfied with myself as He created me. This led to quitting make-up and coloring, cutting, or curling my hair.    Back to writing for discovery. One reader asked me if I knew how Hearts Stolen would end in the beginning, and I can truthfully say, as the mess got deeper for my hero and heroine, I had no clue how it could ever work out. Didn’t know until I got to the end, what would happen, how God was going to untangle the knots I’d created.

Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?

Well, yes. A historical romance that is set in the Texas hill country though it also takes readers to be beaches of Normandy, too. It opens in 1926 and ends in 1950. One of the first novels I wrote back in the ’80s, THE CHIEF OF SINNERS, proved too ‘religious’ for the secular publishers and too secular for the Christian houses. When I acquired a New York agent, and she asked for a historical Christian romance set in the 1800s, I used the last names of the characters in the Texas Romance series – – – Buckmeyer, Nightingale, Baylor, and Abbott. I knew the backstory of those families already, so I included that, but in the present in the 1800s.      For example, in the early ’50s, Travis Buckmeyer starts renovations of the old family mansion. The west wing had burned due to a lightning strike. So in the 1800s’ story. His ancestor—Henry Buckmeyer—builds that house.

 

Are you like any of the characters in your book?

Oh, yes, of course. There’s a part of me in every heroine and the villains, too. And I have such strong wonderful heroes because they are all in-part, my husband Ron. Many of my friends appear, too, some only in attitude or dialogue patterns, and some by name as well. I can’t imagine writing any character totally different from someone I know.

Are you working on a new project now?

I am. Book five in this series, DAUGHTERS OF THE HEART, due to release in September, four months away, and we all know how fast the summer flys by!

 

Anything you would like to add?

Only that I pray my story gives God glory!

 

carylBio: Christian, hybrid (Simon & Schuster & Indie) author Caryl McAdoo is currently writing three series, all from a perspective of faith: her historical Texas Romances; the contemporary Red River Romances; and The Generations, her Biblical fiction. The novelist loves singing new songs the Lord gives her, and she paints. In 2008, she and her high school sweetheart-husband Ron moved from the DFW area—home for fifty-five years—to the woods of Red River County. Caryl counts four children and fifteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings believing all good things come from God. Praying each story gives God glory, she hopes it will also minister His love, mercy, and grace to its readers. Caryl and Ron live in Clarksville, the county seat, in the far northeast corner of the Lone Star State.

 

Links

Sins of the Mothers – http://tinyurl.com/SinsMothers

All Books       –           http://tinyurl.com/CarylsAmazonPage

Website         –           http://www.CarylMcAdoo.com

(All First Chapters are offered here)

Newsletter   –           http://carylmcadoo.com/sign-up-to-the-caryler/

(Get FREE books for subscribing!)

Reviewer?    –           http://carylmcadoo.com/christian-evaluaters/

                                     (Join Caryl’s Street Team!)

Facebook      –           http://www.facebook.com/CarylMcAdoo.author

Blog                –           http://www.CarylMcAdoo.blogspot.com

GoodReads  –           http://tinyurl.com/GoodReadsCaryl

Google+       –         http://tinyurl.com/CarylsGooglePlus

Twitter          –           http://www.twitter.com/CarylMcAdoo

Pinterest       –           http://www.pinterest.com/CarylMcAdoo

Thanks so much for visiting us again Caryl 🙂 See you next month.

 

 

Write to the Point with Caryl McAdoo April 22, 2015

Filed under: Author Interviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 10:36 am
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carylToday we get write to the point with Caryl McAdoo. You will see her popping up a lot over the next few months as she is a very busy author. Read on to learn more about her.

Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?

Born in Long Beach, California, I was brought to Texas before my first birthday and consider myself a Texan through and through. In 2008, with my husband and four grandsons, I moved from the DFW area—where we’d lived fifty-five years—to Clarksville, Red River County seat in far Northeast Texas, about three hours from the Metroplex. Our house sits a half-mile off the paved road back into the woods. I do love the small town, country life!

We have five dogs, three outside: Zoe, a Great Pyrenees, Faith the Border Collie, and Bodark the walk-up mutt who’s probably part lab, part bulldog, but as sweet as you can imagine! And two come inside, aRed River County in Texas map mother Berri Bitti Belle and daughter, Sassy, Markie duo (half Maltese-half Yorkie). Plus, a varying number of barn cats hang around depending on the day you count.

We’re surrounded by trees, and I can look out over a pond in the back from the dining room or kitchen or utility room window. We’ve found a wonderful Church of God with a great youth group for the boys only about twenty-five minutes away, and toward Paris which is where my Walmart is.

I am so blessed to share my life with my best friend since I was sixteen years old, the wisest, most Christ-like man I’ve ever known. With him, I brought four little McAdoos babies into the world, three sons and a daughter. All live in north Texas and all but the youngest is married giving me more children-by-love and fifteen grandsugars.

Four of those special grandsons have lived with O’Pa and me (Grami) twelve years, but last year, two of them left—one off to college, and one to his other grandparents’ because that granddaddy fell and broke his hip. Our sixteen-year-old asked to go so he could be a help to them. So we’re down to two now and enjoy our little family of four.

I enjoy the Brown Bag Book Club once a month at the Red River County Public Library, my Luncheon Ladies group that also meets once a month and two writers group meetings, and am hoping to set up an ACFW Chapter soon. I love working in the dirt, planting flowers, but getting up and down isn’t so easy anymore.

Though in the Seventh Grade, back in 1962, I wrote in an essay on what I would be in the year 2000 that I’d be a famous author—jetting from planet to planet signing books—I didn’t start writing seriously for publication until the mid ’80s (my mid-thirties).

 

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

My parents reared me in a little Southern Baptist Church in Dallas. When old enough, I got to go to Mt. Lebanon Summer Camp in near-by Cedar Hill. I accepted Christ as my Savior during one of the nightly tabernacle services. I remember staying in my place crying, and a lady came and asked me if I wanted Jesus to live in my heart. She led me through a prayer then went with me to the front where I confessed my decision. I was so excited, I couldn’t wait to tell my parents. It was a wonderful night. I ran up to the payphone by the concession stand and called them that night to tell them what Jesus had done for me! I was a nine-year-old in the summer of 1959.

 

Tell us about your latest book(s). What do want your readers to take away after the last page?

Motivated by an effort to get my titles out as quickly as possible, which I believe God led me to do, I’m?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? on pace of releasing a book a month for 2015. Last year beginning with Simon and Schuster’s debut of VOW UNBROKEN in March, I published three more titles independently including LADY LUCK’S A LOSER in April then book two HEARTS STOLEN in the historical series, and A LITTLE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS, starting a Biblical fiction series The Generations.

During the time S&S took from contract to shelf and the six additional months I had to wait before another book could come out, I wrote six titles. My 2015 plan started with these and I plan four additional, taking June and December off. So, my latest books are January – HOPE REBORN, book three in historical Texas Romances; February THE PREACHER’S FAITH, a new contemporary Red River Romance series; March, THEN THE DELUGE COMES, volume two of The Generations, and April SING A NEW SONG, book two of Red River Romances.

I pray my story gives God glory, and hope at the end of every one, my readers feel closer to Him and have some issues to ponder on achieving just that. Life—to my way of thinking—is all about getting closer to Him, daily improving and deepening our relationship with our Maker.

 

How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?

I admit that I blog sporadically at my personal blog, mostly sharing my author’s life, new releases. I love supporting other Christian authors with interviews and book reviews. I’m a co-founder on India’s Crown in Christian Literature Excellence where we post an author’s interview each week, my turn comes up once or twice monthly. I’ve recently joined two other blogs: Stitches Thru Time – I post once or twice a month with a devotional or fun craft post—every day there is for something different; and Faith, Friends, and Chocolate where I also blog once a month. Always, every post, I desire to bring God glory.

 

Can you share with us a favorite book you have read?

Most recently, THE TOMB by Stephanie Landsem. It’s a Biblical fiction about Martha and her family. As Christians, we’re all familiar with the story of that famous Bible family who entertained and were good friends with Jesus. Later, the sisters send for Christ when their brother gets sick, but He doesn’t come in time, and Lazarus dies and is buried. In THE TOMB, Lazarus is the younger brother, a ten-year-old when we first meet him. Stephanie spins a wonderful, wholly believable story that absolutely lines up with the Word. I quit reading a book or watching a movie that detours one iota from the Bible’s Truth. I can tell you this, regarding this five-star-fiction, you will never see Martha in the same way again. I loved THE TOMB and highly recommend it.

Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?

Welcome to RRCI spoke earlier of moving to Red River County in early ’08. In the fall of ’07, our mortgage payment went from $750 each month to over $1500. Then in December, the City of Grand Prairie sent six or seven departments out to our River Bottom Ranch and shut down our only source of income. For five years, we ran a stable and took care of other people’s horses on the 113 acres God supplied us to use in the Trinity River bottoms between Dallas and Ft. Worth. Suddenly, we had these huge house payments and no income. Evidence that the enemy meant to destroy us.

Friends and family asked repeatedly, “What are you going to do?” We didn’t know. We only trusted God and prayed for Him to show us. On visiting Red River County, to ascertain if a little old farm house on the hunting property Ron’s brother had purchased the summer before might be inhabitable, we both immediately knew this was where God wanted us. But the house was too far gone. With assurance this is where we were meant to be, we rented a 1000 square feet farm house (one bathroom, no interior doors). When we met the owner to get the key, he refused our rent money. Told us to use it to fix the place up, that it was such a blessing to have us in his Mama’s house—although we’d never met before. That was God’s first confirmation we were in the right place. Many more followed.

 

What the enemy meant for evil, God used to move us into position to fulfill His plan. Of course, I fully expected revival to break out within two weeks. My time is never God’s! It’s been seven years, and I still fully expect any day that the Gateway to Texas—that’s Red River County’s claim since most all the men of Texas history came through this county in the 1800s—will be gloriously overwhelmed by the presence of God’s Holy Spirit and the revival will spread throughout the Lone Star State. All in His time. Those who wait upon Him will renew their strength and mount up with wings as Eagles. I will run and not be weary, I will walk and not faint.   Isaiah 40:31

Wow, so encouraging. God is amazing and His timing is always perfect. Praying right along with you for my small town in Michigan 🙂

Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?

Habakkuk 2:3   For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

I have been waiting a long time. God gave me this verse three times on one early Sunday morning back in 1987. I was waiting before that. My Mama asked me once, “How long, Caryl? How long are you going to believe that vision and wait?” I told her, “Mama, until it comes to pass, or I go on to Heaven. I would rather believe and wait and be in obedience than give up and miss Him. He knows my heart. I trust Him.”She went to live with Him in 1997, and surely now cheering me on as I wait upon the Lord.

Where can we find you on the web?

All Books        –           http://tinyurl.com/CarylsAmazonPage

Sing A New Song        http://tinyurl.com/NewSong

Website           –           http://www.CarylMcAdoo.com

(All First Chapters are offered here)

Newsletter       –           http://carylmcadoo.com/sign-up-to-the-caryler/

(Get FREE books for subscribing!)

Reviewer?       –           http://carylmcadoo.com/christian-evaluaters/

                                     (Join Caryl’s Street Team!)

Facebook         –           http://www.facebook.com/CarylMcAdoo.author

Puzzle              –           http://tinyurl.com/SingPuzzle

Blog                –           http://www.CarylMcAdoo.blogspot.com

GoodReads     –           http://tinyurl.com/GoodReadsCaryl

Google+          –        http://tinyurl.com/CarylsGooglePlus

Twitter           –           http://www.twitter.com/CarylMcAdoo

Pinterest         –           http://www.pinterest.com/CarylMcAdoo

 

Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add?

Nothing except to thank you for the opportunity to testify, Melissa! We shall overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and the Word of our testimony, loving not our own lives, even unto death!  Revelation 12:11 Blessings to you!

Amen 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing with my readers and we look forward to you visiting again soon.