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Plethora of Players Continues — Caryl McAdoo character interview for “One and Done”


On George Herman Walter Johnson / One and Done, released 7-8-15

Hi, This is Mary Findley, Fox News reporter coming to you live from the beautiful Globe Life Park, home of the Texas Rangers. And though he has only heretofore given live interviews to Samantha Davenport, a Fox colleague, the phenom has agreed to speak with me briefly today to talk about Caryl McAdoo’s new contemporary Red River Romance One and Done. We’re waiting for this afternoon’s game to start. Here he comes now! Mister Johnson! I so appreciate this opportunity to –”

Please, Mary, call me G.H. or I’ll think you’re talking to my grandfather.

My pleasure. So, G. H., what do you attribute your meteoric rise to such phenomenal success and fame?

To God be the glory. All of it. I ruined my shoulder at fourteen, and ended up at third base in high school then at Texas. Over a year ago, the Lord healed it. A real life miracle. Though some might not like me calling it that, sure is what it was.

I guess since it’s your arm, you have every right. I have to say that I’m so flattered to be the only reported other than Sammi Dan who you’ve spoken to. Would you share why you put it in your contract that you only have to accept live interviews with her?


You know, she came down to Mexico City when the Rangers were still undecided. Seemed like the thing to do, you know a way to get to get to know her better. She seemed like an intelligent, fun lady. Everyone can see she’s beautiful.

Really? Simple as that? Wanting to know her more personally. I never would have guessed, but from a female’s point of view, wow! She must have been really thrilled. So G.H., you’re facing the Diamond Backs today, World Series winners back in ’01. Do you feel good about getting the win for Texas? Are you worried any?

Oh, I’ve made it a habit not to worry, hate insulting God that way. No, when you’re trusting Him, there’s just no need for it. I’m fine with facing Arizona, feel ready. They have a good team, but we’ve been right on point, and I’m expecting a victory!

The park is sold out again. After that first shutout of yours, it has been every game. What can you tell us about how that makes you feel?

Texas fans are the best in the World. This winning streak we’ve been on is definitely drawing them in, and that feels great, of course. The team is rocking, and every Ranger is playing their best. Put all that together, and you pack the ballpark. I love playing to a full house.

I don’t mean to pry, but it’s been reported that your grandfather named you after the Babe and his great uncle, arguably the best pitcher of all time, and here you are pitching like crazy, with even some pop in your bat. How about some insight before you go.

It’s true, my grandfather named me—that’s a long story I won’t get into—but he didn’t know if I’d be a slugger or a hurler, so he said he was only trying to cover all the bases. There was only one Babe Ruth, so I don’t like taking anything away from him, and my great-great-great-great Uncle Walter does still hold a few records, but you can’t forget the Rangers’ Nolan Ryan. The man’s a legend. I guess I could’ve been George or Walter, but when PawPaw asked—I think I was seven—I chose G.H. Thought it sounded grown-up or something.

Well, G.H., it was great talking to you this afternoon and we’re all cheering for you to keep your shutout sting going. Thank you so much.

You’re welcome, Mary. Thank you. Blessings!

And there you have it folks! The man of the day. You can read more about him in Caryl McAdoo’s brand new release (last week!) One and Done, book three in her Red River Romance series.

GIVEAWAY! Caryl has graciously offered a free digital copy from Amazon Kindle to one blessed commenter, so do not leave without telling her how much you’d enjoy reading ONE AND DONE!


Caryl and the gang loving the game

About the novel:
God can pull a fish out of water and make that thang smell like a rose. ONE AND DONE is an unlikely love story born of prophesy, nurtured in full view of the probing public eye, and seemingly doomed at its inception.
In this love story—sure to be enjoyed by men and women—with its Texas Ranger baseball backdrop and strong pitcher/batter hero, Samantha Danielle, cutest weather girl on Dallas TV, only dreams of sports reporting. Then her station sends her to scoop an interview with a pitcher Rangers’ management is hot after. George Herman Walter Johnson is undeniably a phenomenon on the mound, playing for a Mexican team. His charm and debonair bowls her over, but turns out, he’s such a goody two-shoes, she can’t even get him to first base.
Conflict flies as the wealthy ex-poker player, oldest Ranger rookie ever lays everything on the line in his quest to win her heart. She remains wary of his resistance. Will her bunt snag the man of her dreams…or his homerun drive her home?
ONE AND DONE is an unlikely love story born of prophesy, grown in full view of the probing public eye, and seemingly doomed because of the bride-to-be’s heathen condition. The pitcher follows Christ though, but can his faith that she is God’s woman for him carry them through to their happily ever after?
Faster than a major league outfielder pulling down a popup fly ball, Caryl McAdoo’s romance is guaranteed to snag baseball lovers and romance readers alike. This Christian story is written with wit, verve and Caryl McAdoo’s usual flare for dialect and spicy dialogue. Be warned. Those readers searching for a saccharine, man-meets-woman story will soon discover this is no sanitized romantic fairy tale.
From the beginning, the reader will identify with real people who live clearly in the mind, so much so, that a person can almost smell locker room sweat or the mouthwatering scent of spicy Mexican food. Identification with the hero and heroine is nearly immediate. With so much to rave about, this review cannot begin to cover all the delightful surprises, so the reader simply must buy “One and Done” to see for themselves.
–Cassandra Wessel, a Pennsylvania reader

Caryl has done it again. Another wonderful story with characters and a story line that had me hooked from the first pages. The author also gives a fun glimpse into the world of professional baseball and the players. It was enjoyable reading about G. H., a ball player, and Sammi, a TV reporter, and following their ups and downs in their spiritual journeys as they discover their love for each other. I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review, and it is another one”” from this author that I definitely recommend.”
–Ann Ellis, a Texas Reader

Bio: Caryl McAdoo currently writes three series: the historical Christian ‘Texas Romance’; a contemporary ‘Red River Romance’; 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 her story gives God glory, she hopes each one 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.


Caryl is a true fan!

Links –

All Books – http://tinyurl.com/CarylsAmazonPage

One and Done – http://www.amazon.com/One-Done-River-Romance-Book-ebook/dp/B0119YGNSS

Website – http://www.CarylMcAdoo.com (All 1st Chapters here)

Newsletter – http://carylmcadoo.com/sign-up-to-the-caryler/
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Reviewer? – http://carylmcadoo.com/christian-evaluaters/
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Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/CarylMcAdoo.author

Blog – http://www.CarylMcAdoo.blogspot.com

GoodReads – http://tinyurl.com/GoodReadsCaryl

Google+ – http://tinyurl.com/CarylsGooglePlus

Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/CarylMcAdoo

Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/CarylMcAdoo


Please keep touring or you’ll miss out on the Plethora of Characters we have in store for you this summer!

Also join us on the fb event page here! https://www.facebook.com/events/484708925025501/

Four authors have joined in this tour: Mary C. Findley, Shawn Lamb, Pamela Funke, and Caryl MacAdoo.

Four authors — twelve characters — one whirlwind tour!

Here’s the tour in a nutshell (or a plethora of nutshells)

Our authors:


Shawn Lamb http://allonbooksblog.net/


Caryl McAdoo http://carylmcadoo.blogspot.com/


Pamela Funke http://authorpamfunke.blogspot.com/

sophronia pic alone

Mary C. Findley https://elkjerkyforthesoul.wordpress.com

The Schedule

Shawn Lamb — On Elk Jerky For the Soul June 22 – On Pamela Funke’s Wed June 24th – On Caryl MacAdoo’s Friday, June 26.

Mary C. Findley — on Caryl’s Monday July 6 – on Shawn’s Wed 8th – on Pam’s Fri 10th

Caryl – on Shawn’s Mon July 13th – on Elk Jerky Wed July 15th on Pam’s – Friday 17th.

Pam – on Shawn’s Monday July 20 – on Caryl Wed July 22 On Elk Jerky’s – Fri July 24.

Authors may award prizes at their discretion, and we are working up a grand prize package for faithful followers throughout the blog tour!


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Guest Post: Author Traci Bonney — Of Hula Hoops, Jewelry Making and The Women of Atherton

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Today we welcome author Traci Bonney. We’re talking about her writing process and her two published novels, Chantal’s Call and Brigitte’s Battle, Books 1 and 2 in The Women of Atherton series.


Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a Mississippi girl with the heart of a nomad and the soul of a child who refuses to grow up. I love hula hoops, shiny things I can snap up for a good price at yard sales, and pretty things I can point my camera at in celebration of God’s creativity.

What do you do when you are not writing?

I hoop, make jewelry, crochet, stalk yard sales in good weather, and think about what I’m writing. I’m also a fan of a few TV shows, Castle and NCIS in particular.

Do you have a day job as well?

That’s up in the air at the moment. Have any leads for me?

When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

I started at the age of 7 with poems. From there, I began writing short stories, often in response to school assignments. My first completed book, Chantal’s Call, was finished in August of 2010 but didn’t see publication until March of 2012 when I took the self publishing plunge.

How did you choose to write contemporary Christian fiction?

I didn’t. It chose me. When I started writing longer stories, I was into science fiction and fantasy, but everything I tried to create sounded like fan fiction based on what I’d been reading. When the idea for Chantal’s Call came to me, it was a contemporary story. Turns out I’m not bad at it. As for the Christian part, I’m writing from my worldview and belief system. I believe God called me to write, so it’s only fitting that my firstfruits honor Him.

Where do you get your ideas?

Mostly from observations and “what if” type questions.  The first book in my current series evolved from a couple of ideas:

  1. The church folks I know are Bible literate, but when it comes to cults and other world religions, they aren’t as well versed. What would happen if someone came into a town of such people and started a cult, calling it a new work of the Lord? Would anyone recognize it for what it was, and how many people would get sucked into it before it was exposed?
  2. What would happen to a dead body if you put it in a kudzu patch?

What is kudzu?

Good question!  Commonly known in my part of the world as “the vine that ate the South”, it’s a fast growing plant that can generate up to 18 inches of new growth in the summer. It was imported from Japan early in the 20th century as a means of erosion control and a resource for feeding cattle. Problem is, cows don’t like it, but it loves the temperate climate of the southern U.S. So, it took over.

People do all sorts of things with it, including making jelly from its flowers, frying and eating the leaves, and using it in soaps, artisan paper and other fiber items.  Its abundant supply in the part of Mississippi where Chantal’s Call is set makes it an ideal resource for artistic expression, and its rapid and invasive growth makes it a great place to dump a body.

Do you often think about great places to dump bodies?

(Laughs) No. I needed a dramatic way to start Chantal’s Call. A corpse in the kudzu fit the bill and allowed me to introduce Chantal and her cousin Sue, the kudzu artist, in a memorable way.

Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?

My biggest challenge was overcoming my own prejudices and fears. I thought I needed an agent and publishing house to validate my work. After talking with other self published writers, I decided to cut out the middlemen. If I didn’t believe enough in my work to offer it directly to the public, why should I expect an agent or publishing house to take an interest in me?

If you had to do it all over, would you change any aspect of writing or publishing your novel?

No. It has been a valuable learning time, and I’ve created an excellent online support network in the process. If I’d gone the traditional publishing route, my first book would still be waiting for someone to like it enough to publish. Instead, I have two novels in the online marketplace, nine more in various stages of pre-publication, and plans to release a novella, some poetry chapbooks and a non-fiction book.

How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?

Facebook has been my best friend. My personal account, author page and interactions with FB friends have been my main online marketing tools. I’ve also marketed directly to family, friends and the local community through personal interactions and local newspapers (via press releases).

I’m considering joining the Twittersphere too, but not until after Christmas. I want to focus on Twitter after the holiday hoopla is settled and the decorations are back in the attic.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

There are bits of me scattered throughout Chantal’s Call in the characters and the way they interact, but Brigitte’s Battle draws directly from my personal experience. Of the two books, it is the more true to my life in terms of a particular secret Chantal shares with Brigitte. How she ended up in the situation was different from my life, but the outcome was the same for both of us.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

That’s a tough question. There were parts of both stories I had to push myself to put into words because they were so personal. Other parts, mostly the ones where humor broke the tension or kept the romance from getting too intense too fast, were almost a relief to write.

In Chantal’s Call, I enjoyed researching and writing the section regarding the Fall Festival.  In Brigitte’s Battle, there are a few scenes that made me laugh as they went from brain to fingers to computer. Not to post any spoilers, but three of my favorite scenes involve crayons, a busybody getting her comeuppance, and hula hoops.

Are there certain characters you would like to go back to or a theme or idea you’d love to work with?

Yes there is. One day while I was playing Freecell on my computer and thinking about the camping trip I was incorporating into Brigitte’s Battle, Krystal the red-haired hooper introduced herself by telling the story of her name. She also said she’d be at the campground the Athertons were going to, hooping at the gazebo there around sunrise if Chantal and Brigitte wanted to meet someone new.

She was such a memorable character with a couple of my beta readers that she made an appearance in my yet-to-be-published fantasy trilogy. I plan to give her a book of her own and possible cameos in my other novels.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

Criticism: An author whose opinion I value said some of my descriptions of character actions slowed the flow of the story for her. However, other readers liked those very passages. The fact is, reading is a highly subjective experience. What one person doesn’t like, another will. We have to write with our own voice and style, and trust that readers will either like it or get used to our quirks.

Compliment: People telling me I couldn’t wait until next March to release Brigitte’s Battle, as originally planned. Any time readers clamor for the new book, that’s an excellent thing.

Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?

Thanks for the support, encouragement and requests for the next book. If it weren’t for y’all, I wouldn’t have the courage to share my writing with the public.

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

Stop talking about it. Write. Publish. But before you do, edit, edit, edit your writing. Especially if you self publish. The public expects our books to be more polished and error free than traditionally published novels. So give them what they expect – your best work.

If editing isn’t your strong suit, get help with it. Join writing groups online and locally if possible. Ask for feedback, and use it. Don’t let ego or fear keep you from sharing your words with the world.

You mentioned your current series. How many books are in it, and when can we expect them?

There are four books. Chantal’s Call was released in March 2012, and Brigitte’s Battle launched November 20 in e-book format and November 27 in print format. Helene’s Hope is next; I plan to release it in March 2013. The final book, Sue’s Salvation, is tentatively set for release in November 2013.


Where can readers purchase your books?

The links are available through my blog Tracings on the Books page: http://tracibonney.com/books.

Sample downloads for both Chantal’s Call and Brigitte’s Battle are available via the books’ links on my Smashwords profile page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/TraciB



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An Unbelievable Intersection of Lives

Deep in the Heart

This is the third contemporary romance I have read recently, and the second by a Christian writer. Normally I don’t read this genre because the stories tend to focus on the self-centered “sufferings” of a heroine who doesn’t have any real sufferings. I have been blessed, however, to find two out of three gems in the genre.

You know Maggie Montgomery has seen real trouble from the very beginning. But you also know she’s learned to “pray without ceasing” in the most down to earth sense. Don’t make the mistake of thinking this is “The Nanny” with tacked-on Christianity. This is no comedy. Grab your box of tissues and follow Maggie through her stunning discoveries and what people discover about her, themselves, and her God. Who becomes her only real friend? Someone who’s totally off-limits. Who does she teach to pray? Not just the sweet little four-year-old boy she cares for. Whose lives does she change? Almost the entire rest of the cast of the book.

I thought the scenes at church were a little strange. They never met a single church member. Didn’t even shake hands with the pastor or say his name. Some of the sermon illustrations were application rather than strictly correct interpretation, but the points made were easy to understand. The focus was on Maggie’s living faith, and that shined clear. Romantic tension seesaws through everything, but was a little repetitive in the way was portrayed sometimes.

The characters were well-rounded, even the secondary ones. Plenty of internal and external conflicts keep the reader going and guessing. It’s an excellent read with a resolution of so much more than just the impossible romance.

Image of Staci Stallings


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They Got More Than Hannah’s Blessing — A review of Hannah’s Blessing by Collette Scott

If any contemporary romance gave excellent advice to its readers, it’s this one. It tells lovers, and readers, not to make assumptions. It reminded me a lot of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. There is a small amount of language and non-graphic sexual reference in the book dealt with appropriately for any adult or young adult reader.

I mostly read romance because I write romance. Sometimes after I finish one I want that piece of my life back. This one charmed me from beginning to end. Collette Scott writes about real people. The book explores the consequences of our assumption-making. It also makes an excellent point about how many people we can affect or hurt with the best of intentions. There are so many fun and interesting secondary characters in the book.

Diana, the main character, starts the story as a wronged woman. The fate of her husband was a perfect “let the punishment fit the crime” irony. The title character, their daughter Hannah, unwittingly brings into Diana’s life her late husband’s stepbrother, Devlan, who has made his niece his sole heir. Devlan’s rich, handsome, brilliant, successful, and yet can’t manage to communicate clearly to the one person in the world who matters most. It’s not Hannah. She loves, trusts, and relies on him with all the sweet innocence of a child in spite of his social blunders.

Diana is deeply wounded after six years of marriage to the wrong brother. She has listened to lies, tried to trust, and felt the pain of betrayal too long. Devlan, experienced with business, celebrity and all the rest of life, is too inexperienced with “real” women to win her trust. Diana is a runner, and how and why she runs from Devlan is pretty stunning. How and why he finally decides it’s time to chase her, and how that turns out is also stunning.


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