Welcome Caryl McAdoo–win a signed copy of Vow Unbroken

Good Monday morning, readers. Today I am delightful to welcome Caryl McAdoo, a fellow Seymour Agency sibling to Home Thoughts. Caryl’s debut romance, Vow Unbroken, releases tomorrow 3-4. If you leave a comment at the end of the post, you’ll be entered in a drawing for a free copy.Caryl McAddo

Caryl, please tell us a little bit about your book: A spunky young widow hires a veteran with a bad reputation to help her get her cotton to market in Jefferson, and sparks fly—but can she marry a man without the blessing of her estranged father? Susannah Baylor believes her cotton crop is sold to a local businessman and waves goodbye to her neighbors’ wagon train. Four days later, the charlatan buyer tries to bilk her offering only half what he originally agreed to pay. Left with few choices, she reluctantly hires Henry Buckmeyer to help get both her wagons along the Jefferson Trace, the hard trail between her Northeast Texas farm and the cotton buyers at the port. It won’t matter that it’s her best crop ever if she doesn’t get a good price; she’ll be forced to sell off the land her husband and his brother left to her and the children. Henry’s reputation as a drunken lay-about is well known, and she’s prepared for insolence, but not for his irresistible good looks or gentle manner. Romance soon entwines her heart with his, but she’s made a vow to marry only with her father’s blessing, and learning Henry doesn’t really know God further complicates everything. Plenty of dangers arise on the trace—but none so difficult as the desires of her heart. Will love overcome all? Can she get her crop safely to market and sell it for enough? In this heartening and adventurous tale, Susannah’s family, fortitude, and faith are put to the ultimate test.

Sounds divine! Now I’ll tell you a little bit about this debut author: Caryl McAdoo and her husband Ron—high school sweethearts—live with four grandsons in the woods south of Clarksville, the county seat of Red River County in Northeast Texas. She enjoys four-wheeling over the 916-acre McAdoo Ranch, horseback riding, and singing the new songs God gives her. For every blessing in her life, including ten children (counting in-loves) and fourteen grand-sugars, Caryl credits her relationship with the Lord, and her heart’s desire is to glorify Him.

I asked Caryl 3 questions: What prompted you to write Vow Unbroken…what was your inspiration? Mary Sue Seymour, my agent, was my sole prompt to write VOW UNBROKEN. We met at a little East Texas writers’ conference, and she liked my writing from a sample chapter sent, but it didn’t fit her favorite genre. She told me, “If you write
me a historical Christian romance set in 1800s, I will sell it.” Reminded me of if you will build it, they will come. They did, and so did Mary Sue!  My inspiration came from a colleague’s read at our Red River Writers’ Workshop in Clarksville. The retired teacher researches and writes of this area’s rich history. He’d read about the early farmers who joined together in wagon trains to carry their harvests to market. Sounded like a hard journey for a young widow with two wagonloads of cotton who missed the train! Voila!

What to you hope your readers will take away from the story (besides pure enjoyment!) and what did you learn about yourself during the writing? I hope readers will get to the last page of VOW UNBROKEN and know how great and faithful and merciful and awesome our God is; that they will know they are closer to Him and trust Him more after reading my book. I pray every reader will take away a better understanding of how very much God loves them! From writing VOW, the Lord made it crystal clear to me that if He forgives me and the Blood has wiped my slate clean, then I’m bound to also forgive myself or I mock that precious Sacrifice at Calvary.

What are you working on now? The next Lone Star Novel HEART STOLEN is already complete and at Howard. The third of the Red River County Chronicles HOPE REBORN is more than halfway done, but I started a new contemporary novel that needed some titles as there are many writers in it. When the title THE BEDWARMER’S SON came up with this first line ‘He sold us right before he married that fancy lady from England then bought us back the next Spring.’ And refused to be forgotten, so I dropped all the rest and that is my new work-in-progress, set in 1858 and 1928. I love how a story wants to be written, won’t leave you alone! I suppose it’s Holy Spirit in me, wouldn’t you agree? He always has a purpose and I always try to listen and trust and follow where He leads!




VOWUNBROKENCOVWhere can readers find your book: 

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Vow-Unbroken-Novel-Caryl-McAdoo/dp/1476735514

Deeper Shopping http://www.deepershopping.com/item/mcadoo-caryl/vow-unbroken/5982209.html

Readers, answer this question for a chance to win a free copy of VOW UNBROKEN: What have you faced that seemed too big to ever accomplish, but with God’s help, you surprised yourself and did it?

Drawing in one week! Good luck everyone, and have a great week. ~ Mary

30 thoughts on “Welcome Caryl McAdoo–win a signed copy of Vow Unbroken

  1. I loved the interview with Caryl. She is a great lady, and her books sound wonderful! I was given a challenge a few years ago to write a poem or song. I went home and didn’t think a thing about it until around midnight that night, I got out od bed and we straight to the computer. My fingers flew on the keys as the words began to flow. It was amazing and the end result, a beautiful song.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

  2. Thanks Cindy and Emma! And blessings to you!

    Diane! Did you get to go to Heaven? I’d love to hear your whole testimony.

    Michelle, there’s no greater gift than a baby, is there? Thanks for the cover compliment, I LOVE it, too! I got to tell the graphic designer that green as my favorite color and sent him a picture of our dog so he could see how Blue Dog looked, and our ROO (Franklin Doganor Roosevelt) made it on the cover! How cool is that? God loves you!

    Paula, I thought it would make a good adventurous story for a young widow rearing two children to have to get her cotton to market – glad you agree. After rearing my four, Ron and I had an empty nest one year, then God filled it back up with four grandsons! The oldest is a senior this year! They’ve been a blessing, but no way could I have done it without God and His grace–and my dear husband!

    Anna, I know all that stuff is hard to get through, but isn’t it AWESOME how God just moves you through every trial and trouble and provides every need along the way! Sounds like He has given you an amazing testimony! Thank you for sharing!

    Thank all y’all for your comments. My debut day was today and I had three parties so was away from the computer since morning. Yesterday I had to travel back home from Dallas where I thought I might get stuck because of the bad weather (ice) But God got me home safely, and I had a WONDERFUL day. Still I apologize for taking so long to respond. Hope I didn’t overlook anyone 🙂 Blessings to all!

    And thank you, Mary! I loved visiting your blog and with your friends/fans!

  3. Susan, I cannot imagine and don’t even want to try the pain you must be going through losing your sweetheart. I will pray for you. It has to be comforting to know that your Heavenly Father will never leave you or forsake you. My Daddy is 85 and always saying he wants to go to Heaven, that he’s ready. Mama went to live there at the age of 66 when I was 47 and I still miss her. You’re very blessed to have your parents and your Daddy sounds awesome! My sister-in-love lost both her parents this past October. They’d been married 67 years! She passed into eternity first and he joined her five days later! What a love story!

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