Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SINS OF THE MOTHERS - Caryl McAdoo - One Free Book

Dear Readers, I met fellow Texas author Caryl McAdoo at an American Christian Fiction Writers national conference several years ago in another state. The first book in her A Texas Romance series had just released, and I scheduled her with an interview on this blog. Her novels really have a Texas historical feel about them. I’ve loved them all.

I’m almost finished reading Sins of the Mothers. This story travels from Texas to California and New York. I haven’t gotten to the New York part yet. The characters are strong people, who make serious mistakes that affect many others. The story contains many layers of plotting and characters that won’t let go of your heart.

Welcome back, Caryl. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
God’s unfailing love, trusting God which results in no fear or worry; repentance and salvation no matter how bad you’ve been; walking in obedience, modesty, mercy, and redemption; holiness, the power of prayer; how He will lead and guide us; that His promises and miracles are still for us today if only we’ll believe and not doubt—and sometimes, even if we do. Grace and mercy. I could go on and on and on. I pray my story gives God glory. J

What other books of yours are coming out soon?
In July, a Christian contemporary novel titled ONE AND DONE, book three of the Red River Romance series will be released during baseball’s All Star Break as it has a Texas Rangers backdrop. TOKEN OF THE COVENANT—likely to be renamed REPLENISH THE EARTH—volume three of my Biblical fiction series The Generations debuts in August. September’s launch is the next in the historical Texas Romance series, book five, DAUGHTERS OF THE HEART. Then in October, my fourth contemporary in the Red River Romances ACQUIRING A WIFE comes, and last for 2015, but not least, CHILDREN OF EBER, volume four of The Generations series. That’s a total of ten new releases in 2015. But in 2016, I’m only planning six! All, of course, God willing.

If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
Without thought or hesitation, Benjamin Netanyahu! I would love to sit and visit with such a statesman. Share my love for Israel and discuss Yahshuah Ha Mashiach’s (Jesus the Messiah) imminent return.

What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
King David has always been my favorite Biblical hero, and I’d pick him!  He loved God from his youth, was such a sinner, discouraged by his failings, a singer of God’s praise, a worshipper, a dancer, repentant, and in his later years, he sinned no more. We have so much in common. I think we’d get along great! I could sing harmony to his melody, and we’d praise and worship Him Who sits on the Throne together.

How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
Dig in to learn more about your craft, deep point of view, breaks and beats and tags, scene and sequel, natural dialogue, how to show not tell and be active rather than passive. Make your story better! God will help you! He will lead you and guide you. Find a critique group! I would never have been published but for God leading me to the DFW Writers’ Workshop.

But if you know He wants you to write, never give up. Refuse to be discouraged, knowing deep in your knower that His perfect time has not yet come, but for everything under the sun, there is a time! Keep at it with open ears to His Words.

If traditional publishers continue to reject your work, pray about going Indie. Sometimes, a novel isn’t rejected because it isn’t a great story or even that it isn’t well written. Many turned down are only unusual stories that don’t fit their formulas. This is the time for Indies! But before you do take such a route, pray and make certain your work is ready and the best it can be.

Tell us about the featured book.
Set in 1851 through 1853, SINS OF THE MOTHERS is definitely a story of redemption. Misguided by blind love, my young heroine, Mary Rachel Buckmeyer (Sue and Henry’s oldest daughter) defies her father to wed Caleb Wheeler then flees with her new husband to San Francisco to partner with his cousin in a mercantile. The gold miners need everything! But nothing is as planned, and she finds herself in dire straits. It is book four in the Texas Romance series, and while each book stands alone, I believe readers will enjoy each one more if read in sequence.

Please give us the first page of the book for my readers.
 With everyone on the porch for the clan’s send-off, Mary Rachel decided for sure and for certain and could wait no longer. She took a deep breath and hugged his neck.

 “Daddy, I’m sorry. I really am, but I can’t go. No, I mean I’m not going. I can’t leave. I won’t.”

He leaned back and stared at her for too long a minute, his face suddenly stone cold. “What did you just say?”

She grimaced, then steam rose to her cheeks. He softened just like he always had when her mother turned on him. Saying it aloud made it all the more real, strengthened her resolve.

“I cannot be gone for seven months. I thought for a while maybe I could, but I can’t, Daddy.”

Her new mother stepped close. “But Mary Rachel, why? It’s the trip of a lifetime. I promise you’ll adore Europe.”

“It’s just Mary now, please. No Rachel. That’s what Caleb calls me.”

His voice lowered to almost a whisper; he slipped some of the steel back on. “So. This is about that boy.”

“He’s a man, Daddy, and you know it. We love each other.”

“If he loves you, Baby, then he’ll wait. It’s only seven months. He should be thrilled you have this opportunity to travel Europe.”

“Well, I’ve made my decision, and I’m not going.”

“We’ve booked your passage.”

“I know, and I’m sorry. I should have told you sooner, but I knew you wouldn’t be happy about my decision.” She looked off at the tree line, hating the disappointment in his eyes, but that was a coward’s way. She faced him again. “Like I said, I thought I could. Anyway, let Bonnie take my place.”

From somewhere, her youngest sister burst into the middle. “Can I, Daddy? Please take me! I’ll be good. Mama, tell him how good I’ll be.” She turned those doe eyes on him. “Pleeeease.”

How can readers find you on the Internet?

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Thank you, Caryl, for sharing this new book with me and my blog readers. I know they'll love it as much as I do.

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Caryl Kane said...

Lena, I am so jealous that you have met Caryl! SINS OF THE MOTHERS sounds like a great read. :)

Caryl in TEXAS

Lyndie Blevins said...

I would be interested in reading this book

Lyndie in Duncanville

Melanie Backus said...

Hi Lena and Caryl! Thank you for a great interview. Caryl gives her wonderful smile freely and is a very interesting person to be around. I would love Sins of the Mothers. I thoroughly enjoy Caryl's books!

Melanie Backus, TX

Mary Preston said...

A wonderful first page thank you.

Mary P


Cindy W. said...

Sins of the Mothers sounds like a wonderful read. Thank you for the chance to win a copy..

I live in Indiana.

Cindy W.

Angela Holland said...

This sounds like a good book. I am in Florida. Thank you for the chance to win

Beth Gillihan said...

Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance to win!

Beth in Montana

Library Lady said...

We have the first book in this series in the church library.
Thanks for giving me the chance to win Caryl's book.
Janet E.

Patty said...

I'm reading the first book in this series right now!

Patty in SC

Sierra Faith said...

That cover is so pretty!!


Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me in your awesome contest!!
Conway, SC.

Caryl McAdoo said...

Hello all! Good to see some old friends here - my other Caryl :) Melanie, and Mary - and so many who I hope will be new friends, too! SO glad Patty's reading VOW UNBROKEN now and that Library Lady has it in their church library. I send you all blessings! Thanks for stopping by and I can't wait to see who wins either! HUGS!

deana dick said...

Sins of the Mothers sounds like a great book with characters that make poor choices and the struggles they face as they rely on their faith to help them overcome obstacles. I would love the chance to read it and be happy to do a review for the book.

Wendy Newcomb said...

This sounds like an interesting read, I think I'll have to check this series out. Thank you for the chance to win this book.

Wendy in FL

wfnren at aol dot com

Caryl McAdoo said...

Thank you for stopping by, Deana and Wendy! I am so humbled by all the five star reviews that keep flowing in! I was sharing with Lena that a "Top Fifty" Amazon reviewer said he forgot to eat reading Sins of the Mothers!! And one lady said of another in the series that it was THE BEST historical Christian romance she'd ever read. Those kind of remarks usually make me cry :) Blessings to y'all!

Caroline said...

Great interview and loved your answers, Caryl! Looking forward to reading this book someday.

Anonymous said...

This looks great. I live in Davenport, Iowa

Britney Adams said...

I love Caryl's Texas Romance series and am eager to read Sins of the Mothers! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful interview and giveaway.

Britney Adams, TX

Samantha said...

What a beautiful cover for what sounds like a great historical novel!
I would love to read it!

Thanks for the giveaway!

Samantha in Qc, Canada