Thursday, October 26, 2017

CHIEF OF SINNERS - Caryl McAdoo - One Free Book or Ebook

Dear Readers, we have one of our favorite authors back with the last book in her Texas Romance Family Saga. I’m eager to read the newest book.

Welcome back, Caryl. As an author, I know it takes a lot of people to birth each book. Who were the people involved in the birthing of this book, and what were their contributions?
Since the beginning of writing for publication (1985), I’ve written with my husband Ron. Way back when we joined the DFW Writers Workshop (1993), we used to say he was the story and I was the style, and our mentors—bless their hearts for teaching us our craft—could tell when he was writing and when it was me. Then the more years that went by, we got comments that they could no longer distinguish who wrote what.

 Past Ron and me ... there are many blessings God sent to me: My proofreader Lenda Selph, my cover designer Roseanna White, and my chief promoter, Sandy Barela at Celebrate Lit. I’m also blessed with many beta readers including Louise Koiner, Cass Wessel, Marilyn Rigeway, Mary Ann Hake, Judy Jordan, and more; and my “Christian Evaluaters” (Street team or influencers) Ann Ellison, Kathy Watts, Amy Cambell, Joy Gibson, Cheryl Baranski, Julie Wilson, Susan Johnson, Amy Lawrence, Debbie Gomes, Alan Daughtery, Michelle Beach and more.
Since going Indie in 2014 after Simon and Schuster published VOW UNBROKEN (my/our tenth book published), I’ve launched twenty titles! CHIEF OF SINNERS is number thirty. I do all my own interior designs (except for the first one LADY LUCK’S A LOSER, but intend to re-do it one day soon J 

If you teach or speak. What’s coming up on your calendar?
After a very busy, packed September and October, I now have nothing until next year. I’ve founded a teaching seminar company WordWyse Exposytions with my Marketing Social Media Meister Janis McAdoo (daughter-in-love) and we have day or weekend workshops for authors on Writing, Publishing, and Marketing--all three, two, or just one.

If you had to completely start over in another place, where would you move, and why?
God moved me to Red River County (Clarksville, Texas) from my home of fifty-five years (Irving, Texas), and this was my complete-start-over. If I HAD to move and could CHOSE where, I’d say I’ve always wanted to live in a mountain cabin in Colorado. I love being high and surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation.

If you could only tell aspiring novelists one thing, what would it be?
To learn their craft! So many writers decide to write a book and just start and don’t know the first thing about the tools of their craft and how to use them—like a carpenter deciding to build a house, but don’t have a hammer or saw. So as a professional editor for over a decade, I saw thousands of manuscripts, and newbies all make the SAME mistakes. I made them all until God led me to the DFWWW (mentioned earlier).
There’s so much more than spelling and punctuation, adjectives and adverbs. Most new writers want to TELL their story and don’t know how to SHOW it. They have no clue for Point of View. Their writing is passive rather than active which can also mean . . . boring.
I’ve written a book called STORY AND STYLE, The Craft of Writing Creative Fiction that is SURE to help writers of many experience levels, but especially beginners. It’s written in an easy to understand, conversational tone with tons of examples. Plus, if the reader has any questions, the author is available by facebook or phone! J I love helping new writers!

You’ve been asked to be in charge of a celebrity cruise. Who would you ask to take part, and why? (AS in what program, singers, etc. [it doesn’t have to be writing related])
I’ve never been on a cruise, but if . . . going into fantasy mode . . . I’d invite singers Paul Wilbur (with his crew and dancers) and Sandy Patty to lead praise and worship four times a day. I’d ask artist Judy Levine to join us and teach a painting class. I’d send an invitation to authors Bodie and Brock Thoene to read from their Zion series and take us all back in history to the early days of Israel. I think Benjamin Netanyahu would enjoy that, too, and I’d have him on the program for a Q and A panel with President Trump. Would you buy a ticket to be on that cruise, Lena?

Sure. I love cruises, but I’ve only been on two. Tell us about the featured book.
Almost twenty-five years ago, I wrote my first Christian historical romance CHIEF OF SINNERS about a traveling tent preacher and his young son Buddy, but it proved too secular for the Christian publishers and too religious for those more secular. Then a NY agent asked for one set in the 1800s. We wrote VOW UNBROKEN about a widow and for her hero, used Buckmeyer, a family name from CHIEF set in 1926-1950.

From that book, the Texas Romance Family Saga series was born and followed five generations of three main families all the way to 1926 where CHIEF OF SINNERS picks up—a total of ten novels from VOW to CHIEF; 1832 to 1950. And though no major changes were necessary to the twenty-four year old manuscript, a few areas needed minor adjustments to line up with the first nine books in the family saga.

Paragraphs of well-placed backstory remembrances offered a bit more of the enhancing detail that my readers say they love. Through five generations, over a century of love and romance ensued, and I loved every story.

So creating the Buckmeyers, Baylors, Nightingales, and Harrises with all their supporting players has been a labor of love, praying my story gives God glory. From reviews I’m glad my readers find each installment of the family saga able to stand alone, entertaining, inspiring, thought provoking, and real to life.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Fall 1926
God always tests His sons.

From Adam on, He’s required absolute obedience from those He calls to greatness.
Such a man, Broderick Eversole Nightingale, known to all as Buddy, came into the world in the afterglow of the Azusa Street Revival. From his earliest memories, his father preached and practiced the power of the Holy Ghost while his saintly mother led the singing under the canvas canopy of the family’s traveling Gospel meetings.
Buddy’s first test came at the age of ten when his mother fell deathly ill. He never dreamed to blame God when she went home. But his father did. And for that first year after she left, the Reverend Nathaniel Nightingale drowned his sorrow in moonshine.
Broke of heart and pocketbook, the boy’s father returned to the only solace he knew, preaching the Good News. Though he no longer invited people to come be healed, reports of past miracles and his fiery oratories always kept the revival tent full.
The second test came fourteen months later in a small Texas Hill Country community. That fateful day started like so many others.
After obtaining their permit, the Nightingales pulled into the fairgrounds, unloaded their tent, and began work. By midmorning, they had the canvas spread and the poles up.
Buddy held the first peg while his father tap-started it. He stood back. Five whacks later, he tied off the guy rope then scooted to the next peg. A second passed before he squinted against the sun and looked up at his dad.
For October, the day heated unseasonably warm, and the old reverend’s face glistened with sweat as he leaned on the double-headed mallet.
“What’s the matter, old man? Not getting tired, are you?”
“Who you calling old?”
Buddy smiled. “Here, let me have that thing. I wouldn’t want the great Nathaniel Nightingale too tuckered to preach tonight.”
“Have at it.”

Where can we find you on the Internet?
Links : 
Author Pages:
~ Simon & Schuster -
~ Sweet Americana Sweethearts - 
Website:  /  (All First Chapters offered)
YouTube:  (Hear Caryl sing her New Songs!)
~ The Word and the Music XXXXX
~ HeartWings (Devotional) -
~ Stitches Thru Time (Misc.) -
~ Sweet Americana Sweethearts (Historical) -

Thank you, Caryl, for sharing this new book with us. I’m eager to read it.

Readers, Caryl is happy to offer a print book of the first one in the Texas Romance series, VOW UNBROKEN or an eBook of CHIEF OF SINNERS if you’ve already read VOW UNBROKEN! :) 

Here are links to the book.
Chief of Sinners (Texas Romance) (Volume 10) - Paperback
Chief of Sinners (Texas Romance Book 10) - Kindle

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Elly said...

Definitely looking forward to this series! I don't know where I first heard of it, but I've been wanting to read it ever since!
Elly -Indiana-

Shelia64 said...
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Shelia64 said...

sounds like a great book! Shelia from Mississippi

Brenda W said...

It sounds like an interesting book. I think I have read all this series except this new one.
Amazed that the first book became the last book.
I think that Vow Unbroken is my favorite! Brenda from TN

Cindy W. said...

Would love to win a copy of this one! Thank you for the chance.

Cindy W. from Indiana

Vivian Furbay said...

Sounds like a very interesting book. I've heard about the revival that was on Azusa St. Would enjoy reading this book. If by chance I won, I would like the paperback copy.

Caryl McAdoo said...

Hey Elly, I am so glad you've heard of the Texas Romance Family Saga! I think you'll really enjoy it. I appreciate your comment! And hope mine will come through. I've been having trouble posting on Blogspot. They disappear! :) Blessings

Caryl McAdoo said...

YAY! My comment posted!
Hey, Sheila from Mississippi! I have been so overwhelmed by some of the reviews on CHIEF OF SINNERS! I've never got 100 stars! I think this is the second book in the Family Saga that was compared to GONE WITH THE WIND! Sometimes I just have to cry a little I'm so thankful to God! :)

Caryl McAdoo said...

I'm cooking with gas now! Woo Hoo!
Brenda W! That's great you've read all the books in the Texas Romance Family Saga! Wouldn't you say the books are all different? Well, CHIEF OF SINNERS is, too. Buddy and Sandy definitely make some bad choices that lead to crises, but then, don't we all. I'm so glad those days are behind me now! God is good!
Blessings and hugs!

Caryl McAdoo said...

Hi Cindy from Indiana!
You are so welcome. I love giving books away and blessing readers! Thank you for your comment and for stopping by Lena's!

Caryl McAdoo said...

Vivian, I love that name! So pretty! I know Kindles can carry so many books in one thin little pad that fits in your purse, but I have to admit, like you, I love a holding a paper book ! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

Caryl McAdoo said...

Dear Lena, thank you so much for having me for a visit! I have a funny story! I dreamed of you and then when I was awake, for a little bit, I thought it was real :) But you are a very special lady, and I appreciate you!
Love and hugs and blessings!

Connie Porter Saunders said...

Hi Caryl. I follow you through social media and I love this excerpt you've shared.
Connie from KY

Caryl McAdoo said...

Great, Connie! Thanks for stopping by and for loving the excerpt. When you know this was the FIRST book written almost 25 years ago, you can see why some of the previous stories had to go as they did :) Hugs and Blessings!

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me in your awesome giveaway!!
Conway SC.

Caryl McAdoo said...

Hey, Sharon! Thank you for stopping by! I'd be thrilled to enter you! Hugs and Blessings! <3