Wednesday, July 13, 2016

AT LIBERTY TO LOVE - Caryl McAdoo - One Free Book

Dear Readers, Caryl and I have been good friends for several years now. We met at ACFW national conference and really connected because we’re both Texans and we both write historical novels. I will be a speaker at a mini-conference she’s directing in August in Southlake, Texas. It’s the second conference I’ve taught at that she was the director. And I love her books.

Bio: Caryl McAdoo is all about loving God! She currently writes four series: the historical Christian “Texas Romance”; a contemporary “Red River Romance”; The Generations, her Biblical fiction, and the newest Days of Dread Trilogy for mid-grade readers. Known as the Singing Pray-er, she loves praising with new songs the Lord gives her and prays her story gives God glory! In 2008, she and her high school sweetheart-husband Ron moved from the DFW area—home for fifty-plus 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. Besides glorifying Him, she hopes each title 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.

Welcome back, Caryl. How did you come up with the idea for this story?
This is a fun story as it was the title that spoke to me while finishing up book six in the series JUST KIN. In a very poignant conversation between Charley and the Texas Ranger Wallace Rusk, the elder tries to explain why he will absolutely not saddle his beloved Rebecca with a cripple who can never give her children.
He knows that she married him because he wore her down. She’d been the love of his life even before he ever met her in person (in book two HEARTS STOLEN), but though she surely loved him, he always knew he was not the love of her life. Now, he told Charley, “She will be at liberty to love.”
This phrase so spoke to my spirit, that I knew Rebecca’s book…her romance…had to be written, and its title would be AT LIBERTY TO LOVE. So basically, I wrote the book for its title! J From there, knowing Rebecca so well—since she was a nine-year-old in book one VOW UNBROKEN—I started with what she would do upon becoming a widow, and started chapter one.

If you were planning a party with Christian authors of contemporary fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
What a great question! Contemporary, huh? Well, let me see…of course every book I’ve read that’s coming to my brain are historicals! Well, there’s Holly Michael, a Missouri author who I love with my heart. She wrote CROOKED LINES that I so enjoyed and has its sequel coming out this summer, TRUE PATHS. She’s the wife of a dear Anglican bishop and loves the Lord!
 I’d invite DiAne Gates, a fellow Texan who wrote ROPED, a great contemporary book for young adults…I love reading books for the younger set. DiAne is a lovely and wise lady and I enjoy her company as I know all would.
This would be so easy if we were talking historical Christian authors!
So…oh, I know! Tanara McCauley! Her first book is written and sure to come out soon! She is the dearest woman and smart as a whip. A delight to visit and worship with, and I’d know if she came to my party, everyone would enjoy her. She’s that kind of lady.
 And speaking of enjoying someone’s company, Amy Lillard! She’s a good friend, and I get a big dose of laughter every chance I get to spend time with her. Amy writes Amish and contemporary novels that make you giggle all the way through. So that’s four.
I know I have so many author friends who write contemporary, yet my mind is drawing such a blank. Plus I know so many more than six, so I’m concerned of hurting someone’s feelings! I want to invite them all. That’s what I’ll do…if it’s alright with you. I’ll just issue an open invitation and make room for everyone!

Ask and ye shall receive. Now let’s do that for a party for Christian authors of historical fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
Whew! Thank you! But will this really be easier or harder?
 I’d invite you right off, Lena Dooley because I admire your McKenna’s Daughters series and would love to get to spend an evening socializing and picking your brain! And my good Virginian friend, Carrie Fancett Pagels would get an invitation. She is a wonderful lady who loves the Lord, too. I enjoyed her Civil War books, and the lumberjack series, too.
Sandy Mauck would certainly get an invitation. She’s written her debut novel, MORE THAN SHE DREAMT and will be following it with a sequel this fall I believe. We share a likemindedness in our love of God and praising and worshiping Him. It would be my delight to finally meet Sandy in person and hug her neck and sing with her!
Mimi Milan, who wrote REBEL IN JERICHO, I met at my first ACFW Conference—met Carrie and you there, too, come to think of it. Anyway, Mimi, a.k.a. Michele Claudio and I were roommates there, and I haven’t got to see her since. She has a sequel coming out soon, and a portion of her books goes to stop human trafficking.

I’d like to meet Cathy Gohlke after recently finishing her novel SECRETS SHE KEPT. I thoroughly enjoyed it, so I’d invite her to come. I’d love discussing how she wove Corrie Ten Boom into the story...what a dear surprise that was for me. Lastly, I’d invite Bodie Thoene because she’s one of my all-time favorite authors of those I’ve read and never met, and it’d be awesome to meet and visit with her, let her take me back to Jerusalem with her stories. I know I could learn a thing or four.

Many times, people (and other authors) think you have it made with so many books published. What is your most difficult problem with writing at this time in your career?
I think that would be the juggling required of an Indie author—or hybrid—to market as well as write. Some authors who come out of the gate selling a million books may not have to market, but the majority of us do. I truly thought I had arrived when I sold VOW UNBROKEN to Simon and Schuster, but I still had to do almost all the marketing.
So the biggest problem is that I’m not twins! With the wee bit of success that has come my way, I find it hard making enough time for keeping up with dear readers who mean so much to me…they are the life of my career. I’d hate to think any one of them felt I’d neglected them in any manner.
Then there must be time to market. An author is always marketing to acquire new readers. Writing then is forced to vie with my life for its fair share or when will the new book come out? And all the readers want the next book, right? J

Tell us about the featured book.
AT LIBERTY TO LOVE is a book of surprise and obedience. It’s indicative of how we so often face many of the same things our parents did, a scriptural principle that it happens in real life. Rebecca never dreamed she’d #1 be a widow like her mother, #2 meet another man who was the one…that special one made for her by God to be her soul mate or that, #3 be in the same position as her mother when it came to unequally yoking herself.
When stubbornness made her a widow, Rebecca Baylor Buckmeyer Rusk didn’t know what to do with her life, but the Holy Ghost placed the seed of desire in her heart…the natural longing to be a mother…and an idea of how she might save a parentless child while adding a rich full love to hers again. And what a boon that her sisters in San Francisco happened to have the Mercy House Orphanage!
The plan worked itself out, and against her daddy’s advice and her brothers’ counsel, she decided to make the long journey alone. She’d go to California and adopt herself a baby—or maybe even two. Have a nice visit with her sisters then return to Texas to share her life with her children.
Never did she ever consider another man would be any part of that plan.
But as often happens, God’s plans turn out higher than our own. And who wants to miss Him? I mean really, who among us wants to miss anything He has in store?
 Marcus Ford was as shocked as she was, too! He’d heard aplenty about the beautiful wife of his bunk partner in the War, serving under General Buckmeyer. And more of her personality and intelligence from the Major Levi Baylor, a good friend and the woman’s brother.
But he never ever either.
 Yet there they were, and she wasn’t anything like any woman he’d ever known. Only he blames God and is uninterested in any relationship with a big man in the sky who let his wife and baby girl die in the yellow fever plague of New Orleans. He gives Him no credit for being on the same stage as Rebecca, but at the port, she goes south then west, and his plans to work as a professor will take him east.
No breaks for the widower or the widow.
I enjoyed this being a “mature” romance as both my heroine and hero are in their forties. Haven’t had one of those since book three HOPE REBORN.
Please give us the first page of the book.
Clarksville, Texas, October 2, 1865
“Are you sure about this?”

Rebecca nodded. “Yes, Daddy. I’ve considered every angle and studied long and hard on it. I’m certain, and my mind is made up.”

He closed his eyes as though he couldn’t stand watching her leave. “I hate it.”

A chuckle threatened, but he was being so pathetic. She swallowed the giggle. “I know, but don’t worry. I’ll be back before you know it.”

His lids lifted, then he leaned in a bit and lowered his voice. “You’ve got both Derringers?”

“Yes, sir.”

“And you’re wearing the petticoat Laura made you?”

Mother May punched his arm. “Henry, leave her be. She’s a grown woman.”

“Mercy, baby. I hate this.”

“You’ve already said that, Daddy.”

Movement caught her eye. The driver hustled from the stage’s boot up to the front then climbed aboard next to the guard. “Looks like he’s ready to go, and that I’m his only hold-up.”

“Don’t mind him.”

She reached up and kissed his cheek then hugged Mother May. “I love you both.”

More hugs and kisses followed. One each for her to pass along to all the west coast clan. She thought they might never stop, but soon found herself waving from her window until the dust cloud blocked her view.

Hard even for her to believe it, but there she was. Really doing it. A big part of her heart remained on the boardwalk in front of the Donoho with her parents.

Except they weren’t, not really. Neither one of them.

Another wonderful start to one of your books, Caryl. How can readers find you on the Internet?
Website: (All First Chapters are offered here)
Newsletter:  (Get all the latest news FREE books and sales!)
Reviewer?: (Join Caryl’s Street Team!)
YouTube: (hear Caryl sing new songs the Lord gave her! J)

Thank you, Caryl, for visiting us again today and sharing your new book with us. I'm eagerly awaiting my copy.

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Melanie Backus said...

Hi Lena and Caryl! I am glad to see you here Caryl and I absolute love the cover and title of At Liberty To Love. You are an amazing woman and you give your wonderful smile so freely. Thank you for being you and this great opportunity.

Melanie Backus, TX

J.C. said...

Wow! This sounds so good! I'd love to read it!
J.C. -Indiana-

Caryl McAdoo said...

Hello J.C. Thanks for stopping by today! Be blessed! :)

Caryl McAdoo said...

Hey Melanie! I tried to respond this morning on my phone. I guess it didn't go through! I wanted to thank you for your kind words! I suggested a visit soon over a glass of iced tea at Weezy's! Hugs and blessings!

Wendy Newcomb said...

This sounds like a great read and I love the cover. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

Wendy in FL

wfnren at aol dot com

Lucy Reynolds said...

Hello from WV. Thank you so much for the chance to win. God bless you ladies.

Nancy Griggs said...

Hi, I'm from Duluth, MN. Caryl is one of my favorite authors. Just love her books.

Brenda said...

Hi from Northeast MS! This book sure looks like a good one. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

Anonymous said...

Hi to you Lena, and to Caryl. Enjoyed this interview . I have some of Caryl's books and would like more. Thanks for a chance. Maxie (TX) > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

Winnie Thomas said...

Hi Lena and Caryl! I really enjoyed this interview. Caryl, your story sounds fascinating, and the cover is beautiful! I'd love to win a copy of it!
Winnie T. from Utah

deana dick said...

I love everything you write. Every story is beautifully written and always packed with God's word.

Mary Preston said...

The marketing side would be time consuming.

Very interesting thank you.

Mary P


Beth Gillihan said...

Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win!

Beth in Montana

Melissa Henderson said...

A great interview!
Melissa in Mechanicsville VA

apple blossom said...

sounds like a wonderful book thanks for the chance to win
live in ND

Kim hansen said...

Love her books. North Platte Nebraska.

Patty said...

Caryl seems like a delightful lady ! And as someone who got married at the ripe old age of 41 I look forward to reading the story .

Patty in SC

Caryl McAdoo said...

Aww, thank y'all for coming by and all your kind words! I appreciate you!

Lena! You know I love you and I want to thank you for inviting me back to visit! See you soon in August at the WordWyse Expo! Hugs and blessings!

rubynreba said...

The cover and first page of the book draw me into this book!
Beth from IA

Caryl Kane said...

Lena, thank you for the wonderful interview with Caryl. Caryl congratulations on your release of At Liberty To Love. I love both the title and cover.

Caryl K in TEXAS

Connie said...

This story sounds fantastic and the cover is beautiful! Thanks for sharing.
Connie from KY

Lindsay McDonald said...

Sounds great and thank you for the chance to enter!

Lindsay McDonald

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me!!
Conway SC.

Beth Rumbaugh said...

I have read a few of your books that are in the local library and have enjoyed them. I would love to be able to read Gold Digger
Beth Rumbaugh
Spur, Texas

Terrill R. said...

I always excited for a new release by Caryl McAdoo. I enjoy her no-nosense approach to her faith and how it translates into her writing.