I love authors Interview 4 this is Jen Beckstrand

I love authors Interview 4

Jennifer Beckstrand

This is Jennifer Beckstrand

Welcome readers to “I love Authors Interview 4” in this interview we meet, Jennifer Beckstrand – Let’s all give Jennifer a warm welcome.

Hello, Jennifer, you are the author of A Courtship on Huckleberry Hill which is currently on tour with Celebrate Lit. It’s a pleasure to have you sitting on my couch today.

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Jennifer – Thank you, Margaret, I am delighted to be here.

Ok down to the serious stuff now!

Now I want you to imagine that you are on a desert island. This means you are going back to basics.

So tell me Jennifer…

What luxury would you like to have washed up on the beach?

Jennifer – I don’t know if this is a luxury, but I would love to have an endless supply of pens and blank notebooks so I could write stories. Well, first I would make several to-do lists because I love crossing off tasks when I finish them. Then I would write my own crossword puzzle, and then I would write a novel. I suppose it would depend on when I got rescued as to how many novels I would write, but considering I’m kind of slow, it might end up being the first couple of sentences. Also, I hope this isn’t cheating to mention more than one item, but I would really need a case of toilet paper.

I’m sure there would be lots of to-do lists on a desert Island Jennifer. Sounds like you wouldn’t be stuck for things to do. Oh, I am with you on those toilet rolls!

Jennifer, you are going to need something to read as you watch the sunset.

What book would you crave to read (you already have the bible, so please pick another book)?

Jennifer – It would have to be Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It was the first romance I ever read. I still pick it up every few years and read it just for fun. It’s so rich with humor and delightful characters that I don’t think I’d tire of reading it over and over. And Mr. Darcy. Oh, my heck!

Tall, dark and handsome… oops sorry about that Jennifer, I just went off on a cloud there.

Let’s hear something about your latest book Jennifer.

What favourite sentence do you like from your most recent published book?

Jennifer – There are so many! I’ll give you the first two lines of “A Courtship on Huckleberry Hill”: Elsie Stutzman forced a smile and took the last bite of asparagus potato raisin casserole on her plate. She swallowed decisively, and it slid down her throat like a cup of wet cement.

Ohh sounds like she is struggling there, but I like the image you are portraying. Personally, I like a cup of tea.

Onto question four

You are allowed to invite another person to stay with you on the desert island, which of your characters would you choose and why?

Jennifer – I’m going to have to cheat again and choose two: Anna and Felty Helmuth, the eighty-something matchmakers in my Huckleberry Hill series. Anna is a terrible cook and Felty makes up words to songs when he can’t remember the lyrics, but there are no two people more resourceful, more fun to be with, or more loyal to their grandchildren. Anna could knit hammocks for us, and Felty could whittle toothpicks out of coconut shells.

They sound like great companions Jennifer, I can see why you would choose them.

Ok so onto the next question

I know you like writing but do you have another passion?

Jennifer – Well, Margaret, I love music and theatre. When my kids were younger, you could often find me at the elementary or junior high directing a play in one of their classes. On more than one occasion, I’ve organized my kids and their friends in Shakespeare productions, musical numbers, and dramatic presentations. I also used to drag all six kids to sing with me and my husband in church and other programs. I think they mostly enjoyed it. One of my daughters was a music major, and my son is the lead singer in his band. Something must have stuck.

It sounds like it did Jennifer!

The final question now

So to leave the island, you have to describe your main character in five words, can you tell me what they would be?

Jennifer – Puny, feisty, determined, compassionate, unconventional.

She sounds like an interesting person to meet.


And now to wrap it all up

Jennifer, I have thoroughly enjoyed our time together.  It has been a delight sharing my couch with you. I hope you have a successful blog tour.

And thank you, Margaret, it has been fun.

A round of applause for Jennifer Beckstrand. ♥

Oh, I nearly forgot, Jennifer has a GIVEAWAY to offer. Scroll down to the bottom of this page and see what Jennifer is giving away – but first please read all about Jennifer and her book A Courtship on Huckleberry Hill below.

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About the Book

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Title: A Courtship on Huckleberry Hill

Author: Jennifer Beckstrand

Genre: Christian Amish Fiction

Release Date: December 26, 2017

Elsie Helmuth’s plain-spoken ways got her in trouble once before, so she needs to make a good impression at her new teaching job. But she’s not about to let disabled student Wally Sensenig work below his potential. And she definitely won’t put up with his hot-headed older brother sabotaging her efforts, no matter how handsome he is. . .

Sam is nearly at the end of his rope caring for his ailing, widowed mother, working their farm, and raising his siblings. He’ll admit Elsie’s ideas are bringing Wally out of his angry shell—but why does she have to be as stubborn as she is pretty? Yet as it turns out, Elsie has taught Sam something about himself as well. And he’ll do whatever it takes to make up for his mistakes—and win her heart forever.

Click here to purchase your copy.

About the Author

Jennifer BeckstrandJennifer Beckstrand is the RITA-nominated, award-winning Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hillseries and The Honeybee Sisters series for Kensington Books. Her much-anticipated Amish series, The Honeybee Sisters, has created a lot of romantic buzz. Sweet as Honey received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and Sweet as Honey and A Bee in her Bonnet were both awarded Top Picks from RT Book Reviews. Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth and the Honeybee sisters’aendi Bitsy. Jennifer has a degree in mathematics and a passion for Jane Austen and Shakespeare. She and her husband have been married for thirty-three years, and she has six children and six adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.




To celebrate her tour, Jennifer is giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to three winners!! https://promosimple.com/ps/c6cf

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I love Authors Interview 3 this is JoAnn Durgin

I love authors Interview 3

JoAnn Durgin

This is JoAnn Durgin

Welcome to “I love Authors Interview 3” in this interview we meet JoAnn Durgin, author of The Valentine Verse – Let’s all give JoAnn a warm greeting.

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I am delighted to meet you, JoAnn! It is a pleasure to have you sitting on my couch today.

JoAnn – Thanks so much. I’m looking forward to answering your questions!

I’m so glad you are doing a blog tour with Celebrate Lit as it gives me an opportunity to get to know you better.

JoAnn – It’s my first blog tour. I’ll admit I’m a bit nervous, but at the same time, I’m also very excited!

I’m sure you will have a ball – I’ve done one and they are great.

Shall we start? Now I want you to imagine that we are on a desert island. This means we are going back to basics.

JoAnn – Fine by me! Let’s hear your questions.

My first question then is…

Who would you like to be marooned on the island with and why?


JoAnn – Very intriguing question. At the risk of making the rest of my family mad, I might say (above all others) my granddaughter, Amelia Grace. She’ll be three in early February, and she’s the light of our lives (first grandchild). Why Amelia? Because I raised her mother, and I have a wealth of memories and supposed wisdom gained from years of living. What a joy it would be to see her learning new things every day. It would keep me smiling and my spirits uplifted! As it is, I adore hearing her string words into sentences and seeing her embrace new concepts. Without a doubt, she’s the cutest, smartest child who ever walked the planet! Plus, she has really great skin that doesn’t burn like mine, so she’d be “brown as a berry” as my mother used to say and she loves the ocean!

Sounds like Amelia would be great company for you – and the things you could learn together. I see you and Amelia having the time of your lives together! Sun, sea, fun and laughter.

So onto the next question JoAnn

What luxury would you like to have washed up on the beach?

JoAnn – Lipstick, lip balm, chapstick or something, anything, to protect my lips. I live simply and don’t ask for much, but if I don’t have something to moisten my dry lips, I will bite them to death. Trust me, that would be a miserable existence. Oh, a dual-purpose lip balm/toothpaste would be ideal! Has anyone invented that yet? Sounds gross, but I can’t sleep with myself if I don’t brush my teeth. Hmm. Perhaps I should rethink. A good peppermint-flavored balm might do the trick. Or maybe I should ask for a strong medicating drug…

I’ll tell you what, JoAnn, we shall be generous and allow you the two as you are being modest in your request. We might even throw in the medication too!

JoAnn, I think you will like this one

You find a piece of paper with a pencil left behind from the previous Author who was shipwrecked here, what encouraging message would you leave for the next castaway?

JoAnn – Well, assuming it’s yet another author/poor soul stranded on the island, I’d most likely write something like, Don’t Stop Writing! And, of course, God is Faithful! I’d encourage them to write on whatever they could find until the pencil is a nub, and then find something to sharpen that nub and keep on going. Even if the writing is discovered posthumously, it’s bound to be fascinating! (Can you tell I enjoyed Swiss Family Robinson and Robin Crusoe as a kid?)

Two very good suggestions JoAnn, I suspect they will take your advice especially if they don’t find any skeletons! Which means you would have escaped like the Swiss Family Robinson thus bringing hope to the castaway.

Question number four

On the island you have time to think, can you tell me why you decided to become a writer?

JoAnn – It wasn’t a conscious decision where I sat down one day and announced, “I’m going to be a writer!” I’ve actually known a few people who did that, and guess what? They’re still writing their first novel—20 years or more later. That puts undue pressure on a person to state such a thing, and it can be very intimidating.

I honestly feel that I’m following the Lord’s leading in this writing journey. He put the plans in place and literally three things came to pass (doesn’t that sound literary?) before I could leave the financial security of my full-time paralegal position three years ago. Systematically, and somewhat miraculously in the case of the last thing that fell into place (a reason why I named my hero Thornton in The Valentine Verse, as a matter of fact), the way was paved for me to “transition” into the role of full-time author. I realize how few writers can enjoy the freedom I do to pursue my passion full-time. I work harder now that I have ever have, and truly love every minute. In the case of writing for the Lord’s glory, it’s a high honor and a privilege!

I love your answer JoAnn, and as you say it is a high honour and a privilege to write for the Lord’s glory. I hope your book is successful.

Sadly this is the last question

I know you like writing but do you have another passion?

JoAnn – Sleeping would be a passion, but I get so little of it! Seriously, besides writing, reading is a serious passion of mine. I begin and end each day reading—devotionals and the Bible in the morning and generally fiction at night. Another passion of mine is travelling, and I was blessed to have done quite a bit BC (before children), as well as in the last few years since I haven’t been, um, chained to the old 9 to 5 desk. If I’d been taller, I would probably have been a pilot or a flight attendant. I adore flying, and I love to visit most anywhere.

It sounds like you have had an interesting life so far JoAnn. I pray that your writing ventures will take you to other lands in spirit if not in body. You know, this has been such a pleasure having you beside me on my couch.

Time to round up

Thank you, JoAnn, for being such a good sport.  I hope you have a successful blog tour.

JoAnn – Thank you so much for your interest in my book and for encouraging Christian authors!

What a lovely lady, JoAnn Durgin ladies and gentlemen. Yes, a round of applause.

For more information on JoAnn and her book, The Valentine Verse along with a great GIVEAWAY continue reading……

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Click here to purchase your copy!

About the Book


Author: JoAnn Durgin

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: May 5, 2017

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for February 14th anymore! Love should be celebrated every day of the year. That’s Thornton Fielding’s philosophy. In spite of a few false starts in the arena of love, he holds out hope he’ll eventually find the woman of his dreams. The problem? He loves his job, and there’s no end in sight to his travels. But when Thornton returns to his tiny hometown of Cherish, Minnesota, he meets a beautiful and intriguing woman he believes might be God’s answer to ending his bachelor status—permanently.

Vara Alexandris is soured on love and scoffs at the notion of soul mates. But soon after meeting the handsome and unconventional Thornton, the speech and language pathologist suspects he might be the perfect ally to help jump-start her stroke patient’s recovery—if only Vara can keep Thornton grounded in Cherish long enough. This man who spouts romanticized and idealistic ideas about love seems all too eager to resume his world travels. Could it be Thornton actually prefers globetrotting in order to avoid a romantic relationship?

Is it time for Vara to call the dreamer’s bluff? And can Thornton convince Vara to put past heartache behind her and trust in God’s plan for her heart?

Join Thornton and Vara in USA Today bestselling author JoAnn Durgin’s latest release full of her trademark humor, romance, and lively, small-town characters in a story of God’s fierce passion and loving guidance for His children—if only they pay attention! The Valentine Verse is sure to warm your soul during any season of the year.

About the Author

JoAnn Author Photo (Princess Cruise)JoAnn Durgin is the USA Today bestselling author of the beloved Lewis Legacy Series as well as Prelude, the prequel to the series. Her other works include the Amazon bestselling Catching SerenityHeart’s Design and its sequel, Gentle Like the Rain, The Wondrous Love Series, Echoes of EdinburghPerchance to DreamWhisper to My HeartThee Will I CherishThe Christmas Challenge, and the popular Starlight Christmas Series.

A former estate administration paralegal, JoAnn now writes contemporary Christian romance full-time and lives with her family in her native southern Indiana. Writing Christian fiction is her passion, and she loves nothing more than sharing the hope to be found in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.



e5f4939d-cd96-45de-b748-8fb15bc1a0afTo celebrate her tour, JoAnn is giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c5dd

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I love Authors Interview 1 this is Mimi Milan

I love Authors Interview 1


This is Mimi Milan

Welcome to “I love Authors Interview 1” in this interview we meet Mimi Milan author of The Angel Paw’s Collection.

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Let’s all give Mimi a warm greeting.

Meet Mimi Milan an interview by Margaret Kazmierczak

Welcome, Mimi. It is a pleasure to have you sitting on my oranges and lemons VIP couch today.

I’m so glad you are doing a blog tour with Celebrate Lit as it gives me an opportunity to get to know you better.

Mimi – Thank you, Margaret for inviting me.

Now you are comfortable I want you to imagine that we are on a desert island! Sun, sand and solitude!

Meet Mimi Milan an interview by Margaret Kazmierczak

My first question Mimi is, who would you like to be marooned on the island with and why?

Mimi – My family, of course. My children are young (all three of them are under nine years old). I would be worried sick that they were well cared for.

Ah, so there won’t be any solitude with three youngsters around!

Tell me, Mimi, what luxury would you like to have washed up on the beach?

Mimi – A satellite phone to get us out of there! 😀

Um, I suppose I did ask what luxury you would like – I fell into that one Mimi!

Something a bit different now – you are given one wish, but there is a clause which means you can only ask to be an animal. What creature would you like to be Mimi?

Mimi – Well, if I’m stuck on an island, then I guess I’d wish to be an eagle or some other bird that could fly away.

I love eagles Mimi – that reminds me of my favourite song.

In some undergrowth Mimi you find a rowing boat hidden in a cave, what name would you paint on it and why?

Mimi – Hope Floats (like the movie). Mostly because I would be hopeful it would float me away to safety!

I like that name, Mimi. It could catch on.

I think you have escaped the desert island!

Finally, back on homeland, I am curious to know what favourite sentence you like from your most recent published book?

Mimi – By the time this blog takes place, my most recent publication will be The Dancing Lady. It’s a Christmas story, and I absolutely LOVE it (so do my beta readers – which is a great thing). My favorite line in it is this:

“I would sacrifice a thousand dances in any life if only to love you forever in this one.”

That’s beautiful Mimi. I hope your latest book is successful.

Sadly our time is up, so thank you, Mimi, for being such a good sport.  It has been a delight sharing my couch with you and I hope you have a great blog tour with The Angel Paws Collection.

Please give a round of applause for Mimi Milan, and if you would like to purchase her book click here.

For more about Mimi Milan The Angel Paws Collection plus a great giveaway continue reading…..

The Angel Paws Collection

About the Author

mimiMimi Milan is an award-winning, bestselling author of both historical and contemporary romance. Currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Queens University, she spends most of her time in the suburbs of Charlotte, crafting stories her family and imaginary friends inspire.

About the Book

Name of book: The Angel Paws Collection

Author: Mimi Milan

Genre: Multicultural, Contemporary Romance

Release date: December 7, 2017

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To fight… or fall in love?

The only thing Tanner McKoy wants is to disappear into the backwoods of North Carolina, hopefully forgetting about his tour in Afghanistan. However, forgetting seems improbable. And disappearing is impossible when a determined grad student uses her new shelter rescues to track him down.

After a miserable breakup with her fiance, Eva Perez returns to grad school to complete her thesis and become a physical therapist. Unfortunately, that means assisting on several case studies – one of which includes a surly army veteran who refuses help. How can she win a battle with someone still stuck in combat mode?

Touched by an Angel

*Sweet Contemporary*

An explosion during a tour in Afghanistan took Rhett Marshall’s sight, but not his mind. Too bad his family can’t seem to grasp that fact. He’ll do anything to regain control over his life again… even take drastic measures like marrying a complete stranger just so he can call his own shots.

Luciana Lopez came to the United States on a student visa – which is about to expire. Unfortunately, finding an employer to petition for her so she can stay in the country has proven impossible. Could marriage to a desperate army veteran be the answer to her immigration problem?

Enjoy the second novel in the groundbreaking, heartwarming series, Angel Paws Rescue, that donates twenty percent of proceeds to help army veterans and shelter animals.

When Angels Sing

Fast food, fast cars, and fast women…

Eddie Rivera, a Chicano rock star hoping to break into the American music scene, has always lived life in the fast lane. The last thing he planned on was a country cutie with the belief that a guy “won’t buy the cow if he’s getting the milk for free.” Can a shot at her lifelong dreams and a rescue kitty help him change her mind?

From boys to battlefields, Rachel Linden may have lost her hearing but she has never lost a fight. Of course, she’s never had her dream of singing dangled in front of her either. Is there a strategy she can employ to win a war of wishes… without losing her heart?

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To celebrate her tour, Mimi is giving away a grand prize of The Angel Paws Collection Celebration Tour Giveaway!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c5db


Ten best reasons to love Caryl McAdoo

10 best reasons

It’s official there are 10 best reasons to love Caryl McAdoo.

My interview with Caryl McAdoo

I am so excited to introduce my lovely friend Caryl McAdoo whose latest book Chief of Sinners has recently been released. Congratulation my friend on this achievement. You can read more about Caryl’s new book at the end of the interview.

What a blessing Caryl is to her friends and readers.

Welcome, Caryl (round of applause please).

My interview with Caryl McAdoo author of the Texas Romance Family Sage series

Margaret, thank you so much for inviting me to visit! I’ve just loved getting to know you over the years since e’meeting you! This is an honor, and I’m thrilled to be with you!

Let’s begin. You have written many books during your time as an author, have you visited the places in your books?

My interview with Caryl McAdoo author of the Texas Romance Family Sage seriesFor the most part, my novels are set in Texas, even to placing my original heroine of the Texas Romance Family Saga, Susannah “Sue” Baylor right on the 900 acre McAdoo Ranch in Northeast Texas where Ron and I live—the land isn’t ours, it belongs to my brother-in-love and his wife. I grew up in Dallas and one of its suburbs, Irving, and Ron’s maternal grandparents lived in the hill country. I was born in Long Beach California and have visited to San Francisco. He’s been to Alaska, but we’ve never been overseas.

Sounds like your life has been busy enough!

Tell us, have you ever been on a literary pilgrimage of a favourite book that you have read if so where you have gone?

Never. I’ve had children in my care since the age of nineteen. I spread my own four out over fourteen years so that before my youngest left the nest, we’d taken on four grandsons and reared the last fourteen years, so . . . not much opportunity for literary pilgrimages! The only place I want to go in the world is Jerusalem.

Yes, I agree, Jerusalem would be an awesome place to visit.

My Interview with Caryl McAdoo author of the Texas Family Romance Stores seriesYour books are written with emotion, can you tell me what was the first book that made you cry?

Oh, I cried in book one, VOW UNBROKEN, and most every one of the historicals since. It wasn’t until book eight though that my emotions were such that I could barely read the chapters at our bi-monthly read and critique group for weeping.

Oh, those characters do tug your heartstrings, Caryl.

I like this question, if you could tell your younger writing self-anything, what would it be?

Start earlier, self-publish, and write more! I wrote for twenty years for traditional houses and VOW UNBROKEN—that Simon & Schuster’s Howard Books published (their Christian imprint)—was my tenth book to be published. It debuted in March 2014, and three years later, as a hybrid author (published traditionally and independently) here I am, having just launched CHIEF OF SINNERS, book ten in the family saga series, overall my thirtieth title published. So in twenty years, ten books released, and in the last three years, twenty more! Woo Hoo! See what God can do!

He certainly is amazing Caryl.

Now I am interested in this question as I love research. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

Oh, I just jump in and then research as I go. 22nd Century writers have it so good. I’ll be writing along in Word, come to a point where I want to write about something I don’t know about, so I click right over to Google and find out whatever tiny piece of information I need. Like how much postage cost in 1867 from Texas to California, or how long it would take to get from one place to another, or what book launched in 1885 then am able to talk just like a historian, plugging in interesting little tidbits. I have a whole document where I keep slang of the 19th century! But I do it as I go.

That is what I am like, but sometimes I get carried away!

My Interview with Caryl McAdoo author of the Texas Family Romance Stores seriesI find names difficult sometimes so how did you decide on your Characters names?

Naming the characters is one of my favorite things. It’s like I had that many babies, only these don’t get me up in the middle of the night! I had a herd of eighty dwarf Nigerian goats and knew all their names. Some characters are named after people I know and some after my animals.

That makes me laugh – I wonder if anyone can tell which have been named after your animals!

My Interview with Caryl McAdoo author of the Texas Family Romance Stores seriesOkay, next question, your latest book, what did you edit out of Chief of Sinners?

Plenty! We wrote it twenty-five years ago, back when we were in our forties—‘we’ being Ron and me. Back then, it was written to a more secular audience to get them to read a story in which the Lord worked miracles and sinners got saved. It still had the same theme back then, that obedience to God can overcome ruinous choices, and with the repentance of wicked ways, His faithful forgiveness and mercies never fail. But it had more secular elements that its new ‘cut’ version—mostly too much steam for my tastes as a sixty-seven-year-old Christian and Grami.

The scene is there, but we close the door earlier, allowing the couple much more privacy. And there was some moderate cursing, too—all taken out. We even took out words like heck, dang and shoot as expletives. Out of our story and our own vocabularies; didn’t allow our children or grandsugars to use them either.

I think that is what cuts it with your books Caryl. They are very visual and gritty but clean in a way that makes the scene real with action but without the actual action written down.

My Interview with Caryl McAdoo author of the Texas Family Romance Stores seriesCan you tell us what was the hardest scene to write in your latest book?

That would definitely be a spoiler, but I can say when one of these people I love died and leave it there. It hurts my gut. I cry and can hardly see to type for the tears blurring my sight.

Having read your book I can see why it was hard to write it.

Last question, what was your favourite childhood book?

BLACK GOLD by Marguerite Henry about a horse. I also loved MISTY OF THE CHINCOTEAGUE by the same author. NATIONAL VELVET, MY FRIEND FLICKA.  All the horse stories! As I grew older, I think the DIARY OF ANN FRANK was a favorite and touched me very deeply.

Yes, the diary of Ann Frank was one of my favourites too, we had to read it for history in school.

My Interview with Caryl McAdoo author of the Texas Family Romance Stores series


I have really enjoyed our time together Caryl. Thank you for visiting today and sharing with me and my readers some of your pearls of wisdom. It has been enjoyable learning more about you and your writing. I hope your book(s) bring many blessings to those that read them.

Thank you so much for having me again, Margaret. This was fun! I send love and hugs and blessings right across the ocean to you!

Thank you, Caryl.

There you go, friends, 10 books and 10 best reasons to begin this marvellous series if you have not already done so. Check out the series below and to read more about Caryl’s latest book, her bio and where to find and connect with her.

Chief of Sinners is a great read and you can find my book review of it here.

Here are my 10 best reasons for loving these books.

  1. They are written with real passion
  2. God the Father has an important role in all the books
  3. No sin is too big to be forgiven
  4. The characters are gritty and flawed
  5. The writing is beautiful
  6. The books are believable
  7. You grow to long for the next book
  8. The solutions to the dramas are not always easy
  9. The period, characters and language are of their day
  10. You grow to love the characters, warts and all

About the Chief of Sinners

Genre : historical Christian romance  My Interview with Caryl McAdoo author of the Texas Family Romance Stores series

ISBN-13: 978-154-8578-329  /  AISN: B074JGVY3L
ISBN 10: 154-8578-320



Series : book ten of the TEXAS ROMANCE Family Saga

Jacket Copy : Obedience can overcome ruinous choices, and with the repentance of wicked ways, God’s faithful forgiveness and mercies never fail.

Set in the afterglow of the Azusa Street Revival, this epic addition to the Texas Romance family saga sweeps through three decades of triumphs and tragedies—from the Texas Hill Country to the beaches of Normandy and beyond.

The faithful flock to his father’s revival tent where Buddy Nightingale leads praise and worship, but like King David, the young psalmist battles a generational curse, lust. On his first night back in Marble Falls, Texas—the place he heard the angels sing fifteen years prior—he beholds Sandra Harris, a beauty attending strictly for the entertainment of the Spirit-filled meeting. Love strikes both, but her Church of Christ father wants no part of any holy roller—not for his daughter.

Sometimes choices we make take us places we never intend to go, but God . . .

Excerpt : Lightning lit the dark sky, revealing a pale slender thread dipping out of an ugly boiling mass of blackness.

“Papa! Did you see that? What was it?”

“Where? What?” The truck slowed.

“Over there. Watch. It’s real white. Like God’s finger coming down out of the storm.”

He pulled the truck up on the side of the gravel road and watched the sky intently. Electricity rolled again through the black clouds.

“There.” Sandy pointed.

The truck leapt forward, and he gunned it when he shifted into second. “It’s a twister. Watch it, Sandra. Tell me which way it’s going.”

Almost constant flashes confirmed the finger had grown thick and black. “It looks like it’s coming straight at us, Papa.”

He glanced over his shoulder. “Oh my God.” He skidded to a halt, grabbed Sandy’s arm, and pulled her out of the truck. A deep rumbling like a herd of trains running side by side drowned out every other sound. The roar deepened as though the trains raced to Hades with the devil as engineer.

Reviews : 

I believe this one is my favorite, the most gripping and emotional. A few times I wanted to grab a couple of tissues. I just could not stop reading. So many twists and turns involved. Such a wonderful story that show the power of forgiveness, letting go, moving on and having second chances. The book is full of faith and inspiration. Christian Fiction cannot get better than this. Chief of Sinners is most definitely a must read. 100 stars! – Amy Campbell, reader

Caryl and Ron McAdoo’s storytelling never ceases to amaze! At over 400 pages Chief of Sinners is a tome! Dealing with tough topics, I’d not categorize this book as a classic romance, nor is it chic lit, but it rings true to life! Very believable characters, their struggles described in vivid terms, totally grab the imagination. No sanitized, saintly Christian read dealing with issues like mental illness and infidelity, but so good it took me hostage. Couldn’t put it down. If you’re looking for a sweet romance to cuddle up with, this isn’t the book for you. But if you loved the gritty, “Gone with the Wind,” you’ll love “Chief of Sinners!”

– Cass Wessel, mulit-published devotional author, and wordsabouttheWord.com

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Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and a quick scroll through her novels’ rankings by Christian readers attests to the Father’s faithfulness. She loves writing almost as much as singing the new songs He gives her—look her up on YouTube to hear a few. Her high school sweetheart husband won her heart fifty-one years ago, and now they share four children and seventeen grandsugars. Ron and Caryl live in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas, waiting expectantly for God to open the next door.

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The Texas Romance Family Sagas

Book #1 VOW UNBROKEN, 1832

Book #2 HEARTS STOLEN, 1839-1844

Book #3 HOPE REBORN, 1850-1851

Book #4 SINS OF THE MOTHERS, 1851-1852

Book #5 DAUGHTERS OF THE HEART, 1853-1854

Book #6 JUST KIN, 1861-1865

Book #7 AT LIBERTY TO LOVE 1865-1866

Book # 8 COVERING LOVE 1885-1886

Book #9 MIGHTY TO SAVE 1850-60s &1918-1925

Book #10 CHIEF OF SINNERS 1926-1950