Showing posts with label #Caryl McAdoo. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #Caryl McAdoo. Show all posts

Friday, September 2, 2016


In July, Pen-L Publishing and myself offered a contest to all who pre-ordered the upcoming Worth Forgiving, Book 2 of the Wharton Rock series. The book released yesterday, Sept 1, so the winner's name was drawn from the pre-orders.

A family celebration
Our grandson's high school graduation in June

Last night, Pen-L notified me of the winner's name.

The winner is
Caryl McAdoo.
I couldn't be happier. I met this sweet lady at a book festival in Denton, TX. in 2015. She's a treasure. Caryl, I hope you enjoy your copy free from Pen-L and myself. I'll sign it before it's sent. Thank you, and thanks so much to all who pre-ordered.
And now, the book can be purchased anywhere. At the top of this page, three links are listed for the purchase. If you'd like to know what the book is about, either click on the book cover to the right of this post, or click on the page titled, "My Books" on the left of this post.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Biblical Fiction with Caryl McAdoo and a Giveaway

In April, I met a phenomenal Christian lady and author, Caryl McAdoo. She blessed me with her attitude and her songs. I bought one of her books and read her work for the first time. I asked her to be my guest today. Not only did she accept, but she offered to give a book away free. Scroll to the end to find out how to enter the contest.

P. S. Find my impartial book review after I introduce Writing With God's Hope blog followers to Caryl.

Hello, Janet! Thank you for having me at your blog! It was a blessing to meet you face to face at the North Texas Book Festival.

I longed to interview you so others could get to know you as I did, so here goes:

Did you ever feel like giving up on your writing?  And how did you press through this?

Oh no…l’ve had times when I couldn’t write as much as I liked. My husband and I took in four little grandsons, ages 6, 4, 3, and newborn after one year of an empty nest. The baby is twelve now, and the oldest graduated and off to college. But when we were fifty-two, corralling four little wild men turned out to be very time consuming. I pressed through living one day at a time. After we got them in school, I had more time—but it was never that I didn’t want to. I just had to put the boys first as they were obviously God’s plan for me and my dear husband.


What gave you the idea for this book?

Then the Deluge Comes is volume 2 of The Generations Biblical fiction series. I actually started it many years ago, and in a way it was taken from my very first full-length manuscript. I’d read books in that genre and really loved the way the well-known Biblical characters came to life. But I always strongly dislike it when authors or movie makers and storytellers—anyone—changes the living Word. As far as I’m concerned, it is written in stone. The Biblical part must remain it tact and not be altered one jot or tittle. The fiction is where I make them come alive and real to my readers. I do my best to put them there, in the Garden of Eden in A Little Lower Than The Angels, volume 1, and with Noah and his family in Then The Deluge Comes. Basically, to answer your question, I wanted to start at the beginning. The idea for the story was really not mine, but the Lord’s.   


How do you feel this book will encourage readers, or did you have something in mind like this when you wrote it?

One issue that I hope to bring out is that the Bible folks weren’t saints, just people like us. I hope to offer a bit of an untraditional perspective for each one, too, then in the ‘Search the Scriptures’ section in the back of each volume, let the reader know how I came to my conclusions. I challenge them to find anything in the new telling of the age old story that does not line up with the Word. I had one reviewer say I didn’t go far enough, that I didn’t put in how all the people mocked Noah and how he preached to the hordes of lost souls. But she did not read and ‘know’ that from reading  Scripture, she got it from a movie that did not line up with the Living Word of God. That’s one reason I so dislike any media that puts out Biblical fiction but strays from the Bible telling of God’s story!


How did you find your publisher?

I am blessed to say that I am my publisher. After Simon and Schuster released the first in my historical series, Vow Unbroken, and in taking eighteen months added to another six after its release (two years)—during which time I could not contractually sell another title—I was blessed to publish Indie (or independently). God provided the exquisite cover-art through an artist I met online, Judy Downs Levine in Arizona. She’s creating original paintings for each cover in the series. In this way, I have complete control over the title to have sales or give the books away as I wish (offer them free for a special time). I’ve donated many copies to church libraries all over the country. I love being a hybrid—traditionally and Indie published—author.


If you were a song, what would it be?

Oh, Janet, what a wonderful question! No one has ever asked me this. My name Caryl means ‘joyful song,’ and I adore music. Maybe more than any other creation God made for us to enjoy. I love that it carries me to His presence. What song would I be…? I love Michael W. Smith’s This Is the Air I Breathe with phrases like ‘I’m desperate for You’ and ‘I’m lost without You’, and Kari Jobe’s rendition of the Revelation Song takes me to His Throne Room when I sing with all creation ‘Praise to the King of Kings, You are my everything.’
    But the song I have to choose to be is Andrae Crouch’s To God be the Glory. It embodies what I try to make my whole life about: thanking Him for everything He’s done for me that I did not deserve, but He gave them to me only to show his love for me. As an author, I’ve adopted the life premise: Praying my story gives God glory!


As I said before, I love your attitude and your songs. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

First, be with Ron – eating, going to movies, traveling—even to Dallas and back—conversing. Past God, Ron McAdoo has been my everything for forty nine years, and God’s seen us as one forty-seven this month! On the twenty-second! But I love singing new songs the Lord gives me and painting or crafting. Just have so little time these days since I’m committed—God willing—to releasing ten titles this year, maybe eleven!

Oh, wow, congratulastion ahead of time, Caryl and Ron.

Series: The Generations series brings to life the famous men of God’s Word beginning with the first Adam an ending before the birth of the second.

Evil overtakes earth, but Noah walks in obedience and builds the ark. His story comes to life from a new perspective including glimpses into the Heavenly realm.

Excerpt : [The flesh of earth’s first man has just died after nine hundred thirty years of living. His soul and spirit descend now to Paradise.]
Downward, Adam floated. Eve’s arms wrapped tight around him and seemed so much stronger. He held her firmly. Winged men surrounded him slowing his decent, and his wife snuggled in closer, covering her scar in his side like she had so many times in the past. Blue sky, greenery, and flowers…just as he’d seen in the vision.
Then it all vanished, and he found himself back in Eden. The Great I Am Himself, bent down on one knee and scooped a handful of clay.
The Father’s heart swelled with love as he fashioned his man. Tears welled as Adam witnessed his own creation and knew Abba’s overwhelming, everlasting love. What a wonderful gift, being allowed to see such a marvel. Then the first time he successfully climbed onto Lion’s back and raced through the garden with his hands flung high into the air. He laughed aloud. What fun!
How he had missed his old friend, yet so many years passed without thinking of him in the valley. Hadn’t realized how lonely he was without his Lion and all the rest to run and romp with. And now, he’d see Him again and be able to thank Him for His great sacrifice, repent for his sin that had separated him from the best friend he’d ever known.

This is my unsolicited, unbiased review of the above book. What is Biblical fiction anyway?

I love reading the Bible. It's God's guidebook--the Word from God's mouth. This book is many things; poetry, history, memoir, letters, and law, but one thing it is not is fiction.

Because its pages fill with examples of real people, we're given knowledge of how others dealt with similar problems as we do. This scroll could not hold everyone's story in detail, so we only read brief excerpts or scenes of the lives of its heroes, heroines, or villains.

Have you ever wondered about the rest of the story, the part not told? What was it like to be a brother or sister growing up with Jesus? How did Bathsheba adjust to Solomon? Did she love him, hate, or resent him? What was it like to live in the early years after the creation of man when there was no one to marry except your brother or nephew?

That's where Biblical fiction comes in play. A wonderful author, like Caryl McAdoo, reads the Bible story and thinks "what if."

I read her book Then The Deluge Comes. This story traces humankind from the sixth generation through Enoch, Methuselah, and on to the time of Noah and the flood. The book is the sequel to her first one, A Little Lower Than the Angels. Not only does, McAdoo address the idea of marrying your sister, but about what happened to Cain after he killed his brother.

The characters are true-to-life with layers, complications, likes and dislikes as we do today. They coped with the trials and dangers of that time period. They quarreled and loved and hated just like us.

The book gave me new insights into the Old Testament time of Genesis and how then, as well as now, we choose individually whether we will follow God's laws or rebel. I liked the romance between Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and the women Lamech found at God's direction. I loved seeing through Shem's wife, Jemri's eyes the building of the huge boat.

Another interesting factor about this book envisions a parallel universe between mankind and the angels in heaven.

I loved reading Then The Deluge Comes and highly recommend it. Be sure to leave a comment below along with your contact information for a chance to win a free copy of Then The Deluge Comes or the first in the series A Little Lower Than The Angels, your choice if you're the winner.

Christian, Simon & Schuster, hybrid author Caryl McAdoo is currently writing three series, all from a perspective of faith: her historical Texas Romances; the contemporary Red River Romances; and The Generations, her Biblical fiction. The novelist loves singing new songs the Lord gives her, and she paints. In 2008, she and her high school sweetheart-husband Ron moved from the DFW area—home for fifty-five years—to the woods of Red River County. Caryl counts four children and fourteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings believing all good things come from God. Praying each story gives God glory, she hopes it 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.

Where to find Caryl and her books: 

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Thank you so much for having me Janet, and giving me the opportunity to share THEN THE DELUGE COMES! May God bless you with all His love and favor!

And, thank you, Caryl, for being my guest. I'm honored.

Don't forget to write a comment below along with contact information for a chance to win one of Caryl's Biblical fiction books. I'll draw names on June 14. Don't delay.