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I’m pleased to be part of the Celebrate Lit Blog Tour for Covering Love, and I’m also pleased to welcome the book’s author Caryl McAdoo to the blog as part of that tour! I got to meet Caryl at CFRR2016 in Nashville, and she has such a sweet spirit.
Caryl McAdoo loves writing stories for all ages that glorify God, thrilled that Christian fiction fits her life purpose so well. Bold not bashful, she’s quick to share the Bible principles she lives by through her characters. She hopes each title ministers His love, mercy, and grace. Known as the “Singing Pray-er”—with a YouTube channel to prove it, the prolific hybrid author also loves praising with new songs the Lord gives her. She and high-school-sweetheart-husband Ron moved from the DFW area—home for fifty-plus years—to the woods and seat of Red River County. After him, Caryl counts four children and sixteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings. The McAdoos live a few miles south of Clarksville in the far northeast corner of the Lone Star State with two grandsons.
Caryl’s newest book, Covering Love, released January 26 and is the 8th book in her Texas Family Romance series.
Love may cover a multitude of sins, but not knowing all the facts can also get a man killed.
A family calamity gathers the clan, then a dying request tests loyalties and changes lives. New York City’s posh society, living on a rugged Texas hill country ranch, and the isolation of Alaska’s frozen tundra share little commonality and make going from one to another difficult at best. Still, destiny drives Crockett and his sister Charlotte where neither wants to go or thinks they belong. Second and third generations of the Buckmeyer progeny encounter danger, challenges, heartaches, and joys. But then reunions are all the sweeter for it.
This tale continues the breathtaking—and sometimes heartbreaking—family saga of the Buckmeyers, Baylors, and Nightingales that readers around the world have come to love.
Hi Caryl! I’m delighted to have you on the blog! Thank you so much for chatting with me! 🙂
Caryl: It is my pleasure to join you, Carrie! I’ve been a fan since CFRR in Nashville! It was so good to meet you and get a hug! I hear y’all are going to Cincinnati this year 🙂
Carrie: We are indeed!
Caryl: Oranges. I love the little sections and the juiciness
Carrie: Apples were the clear winner on this question until just recently. Now everyone seems to be saying ‘oranges’. Curious!
Caryl: Oh, WINTER. #1 I like my winter wardrobe better 🙂 and #2, in Texas, there’s only a few days here and there that gets cold. If we’re blessed with snow, again, only lasts for a short while!
Carrie: A lady always has to consider her wardrobe when choosing favorite seasons 😉
Caryl: Dogs. Because my dear husband doesn’t care for cats in the house 🙂 I actually love kitties, too, and horses are my fav. I’m definitely an animal person.
Carrie: Zuzu, my canine blog mascot, thinks your husband is a smart man lol.
Caryl: Coffee. Because it’s hot and black and faithful—gets me going every day!
Carrie: It does seem to be a prerequisite to being an author 😉
Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Caryl: My first thought was praying then singing, then encouraging, but I think the most truthful answer would be Motivating is my superpower! Since the 2nd grade I’ve been an award winning salesman about everywhere I’ve sold, and I love coming up with ideas and motivating myself and others to get ‘em done!
Carrie: I think praying and encouraging nicely compliment a motivating superpower! Singing could go either way, depending on who is singing of course. If it were me? My singing would be motivating… but the motivation would be to run the other way. Fast! lol!
Who is your favorite book character from childhood?
Caryl: Black Gold, a beautiful, brave horse with a heart as big as Texas! Marguerite Henry wrote the book. Reading every book about horses I could get my hands on, I discovered this one in my elementary school library! I read mostly animal stories.
Carrie: Elementary school libraries are the source of so many enduring favorites, aren’t they?
If I asked your characters to describe YOU as an author, what would they say?
Caryl: I’m hoping they would tell you that:
“Caryl is the real deal, praying her story gives God glory, and we can depend on her not to dishonor Him in any way. That’s important to us.”
“Mercy, she’s altogether trustworthy—never puts an ugly word in my mouth or anyone else’s for that matter.”
“That’s true. And I love it that she never embarrasses us, letting intimate moments go too far before closing the door, giving all of us respect and privacy.”
“Well, I like it that she’s a singer and loves to include songs and singing whenever it fits.”
“But it’s her love of God that we all appreciate most, and it’s obvious she’s a Word woman. Yes, ma’am. We’re blessed to have her write our stories.”
Covering Love continues the story of the Buckmeyer, Baylor, and Nightingale families – a story that spans nearly 10 books. How difficult is it to keep up with all the different characters and who belongs with which spouse and which children, etc? LOL I think I would need a big family tree on the wall! 🙂
Caryl: Well, I do have a ‘character’ document to remember birthdays, but these folks are my imaginary family and friends. and I know them all so well. I never have to look to see who’s married or who’s the parents of someone. Think of your family.
Before we moved to the country, I had over a dozen American quarter horses having foals every year and a herd of eighty-plus Nigerian dwarf dairy goats with two kidding seasons each year. I knew all their names, too, and whose baby was whose. I did always name the new kids using the first letter of their mother’s name. Like Sheila had two doelings, and I named them Shelby and Sherena.
Carrie: I love that they become your family!
In Covering Love, we follow Crockett and his sister Charlotte “where neither wants to go or thinks they belong”. Describe Crockett and Charlotte for us. How are they alike, as siblings?
Caryl: These two are alike in their good business sense and their confidence in that whatever they do, they will be successful and the best at it.
And how are they different?
Caryl: Crockett, the firstborn is more cunning and calculating. He’s a man’s man that abhors violence, but is his father’s own son who can take care of himself in about any situation. Charlotte, on the other hand is passionate and compulsive. She’s rather demure—on the outside—and would rather not display any of the survival skills her father taught her.
Carrie: They both sound like really interesting characters!
What do you most want readers to take away from Covering Love?
Caryl: To start, a smile and warm feeling in their bellies. Enjoyment from having lived in the 1880s on the surface, but on a deeper level, a realization that God works in mysterious ways in diverse places. That even if one goes to the frozen tundra or the bustling streets of New York City, He is ever present to cover us with His love and sing over us a song of renewal and redemption.
Carrie: Yes, so true! Even in the deepest pit, He is there.
Caryl, thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂
Caryl: Oh, Carrie! I have so enjoyed the visit and your thought provoking questions! Thank you so much for having me over to get to know you!
You’re so sweet! Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Caryl: Yay! It’s one of my most exciting stories yet, MIGHTY TO SAVE, scheduled to launch in May, 2017. It’s the sweet story of first love fulfilled and a secondary tale of a slave become queen. Book nine of the Texas Romance family saga features Nathaniel and Evelyn with an introduction of John Harris, father to the heroine—his daughter Sandy—in book ten coming this September CHIEF OF SINNERS. Sandra Louise’s love is someone you met in Covering Love, Buddy.
The fun part to realize in this series, is that the CHIEF OF SINNERS story was the first written back in the 1990s, over twenty years ago!
Carrie: Oh wow!!! How exciting for you to watch it all come together! 🙂
To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away:
GRAND PRIZE: Complete set of the Texas Romance Family Saga series; all eight books, print copies: Vow Unbroken (1832), Hearts Stolen (1839-1844), Hope Reborn (1850-1851), Sins From the Mothers (1851-1853), Daughters of the Heart (1853-1854), Just Kin (1861-1865), At Liberty to Love (1866-1867), and Covering Love (1885)
FIRST PLACE: Firsts of four series: Vow Unbroken (Texas Romance), The Preacher’s Faith (Red River Romance), A Little Lower Than the Angels (The Generations Biblical fiction), and The King’s Highway (Days of Dread)
2 SECOND PLACES: each get: CHOICE of any book in any of Caryl’s series with a surprise.
3 THIRD PLACES: each get: print copy of Vow Unbroken, book one of the Texas Romance Family Saga
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What about you? What’s a song that always encourages you?