Sunday, December 4, 2016

Let Go and Let God

In the Midst of Chaos




The last thirty days has been a bit crazy…well, in most everybody’s world. I’m not kidding or assuming! Ask around. Between politics, weather, and work, life hit hard and turned this big ball upside down.

One nutty night in November, the Presidential election flipped this nation on its ear and lit up the entire planet. People have been reeling ever since. Many are still stomping and crying. As for the impact on my life, well, I’m a conservative Christian at heart but I do live in one of the few liberal towns in Wyoming. Need I say more?

I love this little town, although it is rather cold at the moment. But that’s what winter’s like in the Rockies. Cold and snowy. Speaking of weather, have you seen what the disastrous drought conditions brought to our nation? The beautiful Smoky Mountains are all but destroyed by fire. Again, we watch and weep as the world turns upside down.

Romans 12:2  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

I’m thankful for the Lord’s protection and guidance during this crazy time. I’ll admit it, I haven’t reflected Him recently. I do have a bit of a temper and don't tolerate stupidity well. But without His renewal, I wouldn’t have hope or made it through the last month. I also wouldn't have lasted a day on my two week hunting vacation! (No, I didn't bag a buck. I missed...twice...three times. Sigh. I can't lie. I love to hunt but I'm not the best marksman in the world.)

But let’s forget about the election or the blister I have from my muck boots for a moment. Without His grace, I have no doubt that work woes, two releases in two months, writer’s block, hunting failures, and holiday stress would've brought me to the brink of insanity. But Prism Book Group’s closure definitely would’ve have sent me over the edge without the Lord holding my hand.

Through it all, God showed how good He is and reminded me this world is a lot bigger than I am. A tiny prod here, a gentle shove there, and once again, I was able to let go and let God. I remembered that I’m the vessel and He is the captain. And wow, do my fingers hurt! I didn’t realized how tightly I had a grip on that wheel.

My world may have turned upside down, but I learned that life does go on. And oh, things may not be as crazy as I thought. I just realized I'd been standing on my head the whole time.


Psalm 64:10  The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and trust in Him. And all the upright in heart shall glory. 

P.S. Prism Book Group didn't "close" but joined Pelican Book Group as an imprint! As I say, God is good. All the time!


Monday, November 21, 2016

Fun with Caryl McAdoo on the Coffee Corner (with Giveaway)

The Coffee Corner Welcomes Caryl McAdoo


Caryl McAdoo

Renee: Please welcome Caryl McAdoo to Inspirational Moments! Caryl’s a great friend and awesome writer and I know you will love her as much as I do. She writes amazing stories and has a heart of gold. In addition to this interview for the Coffee Corner which of course I dropped on her at a moment’s notice, she’s offering TWO of her books for giveaway prizes! Did I mention she has a heart of gold? Oh, yeah, that’s right, I did! So…without further ado, let’s get started. Caryl, can you tell us about your new book? What special or unique about this one?

Caryl: The Bedwarmer’s Son insisted on being written. Back in 2013, I’d started a story I called The Pitch about a new TV reality show where the producer follows 3 teams (each has an agent and a writer) to writers’ conferences filming the author-wannabes’ pitches… looking for the next great American Novel.

For this story, I needed lots of titles and skeletal premises. The Bedwarmer’s Son was one of those. I stopped after thirty-five thousand words to write my next historical for the Texas Romance series, but that title proved so intriguing that I couldn’t get it off my brain…so I wrote it! 

It launched this past September. A top fifty Amazon reviewer who’s read all my books, said it earned his personal SIX-Star rank; that the story was perhaps my magnum opus to date, certainly a piece de resistance. It has 79% 5-Star ratings and 21% 4-Star! Woo Hoo!

Renee: Wow. That’s so cool! So you put it on the backburner so to speak until you could really get it cooking. LOL By the way, I love the title. How do your pick your titles, anyway?

Caryl: I love naming books and characters and pets and goats.  I had a herd of eighty Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats and knew everyone by name! For titles, I choose a theme that goes with the story. I hope that they will be interesting enough to grab a reader’s attention. I loved it when Simon and Schuster kept my title for book one in the Texas Romance Family Saga series, Vow Unbroken! Since it’s book one, I’d like to offer a couple of FREE PRINT COPIES to one of your friends who stops by and chats with us!

Renee: You are such an angel, Caryl! That’s such an awesome gift. Thank you! Did you hear that, folks? See what I mean? This lady has a heart of gold. Check out how to win one of these PRINT COPIES after the interview! Until then, onward with the interview we go…Caryl, what’s the favorite part of your novel and why?

Caryl: My favorite part of The Bedwarmer’s Son is near the end when its two stories collide! I hadn’t thought of it and as I wrote, it just came out. Holy Spirit helps me write all the books!  He’s good, too!
In Vow Unbroken, I love the scene where nine-year-old Becky gets Mister Henry to sing. I’m a singer lady…I love music. But I married a man who is tone deaf. Really. My family (all singers) used to love for birthdays to roll around to get to hear him sing the Happy Birthday song. I used that (my Ron is my inspiration for Henry, my hero) for a heartwarming scene I hope everyone will enjoy!

Renee: I’m laughing so hard right now that I’m almost in tears. My husband can’t carry a tune in a bucket, but he loves to sing. In fact, he raises the rafters. He turns heads! I have to admit…he actually sounds BETTER the louder he gets. He puts new meaning in the words “joyful noise.” I may have to borrow that for one of my characters too! Do you have any hobbies or things you like to do when you aren’t working?

Caryl: Singing is what I love to do. Husband has banned show tunes, but he never makes me stop singing praise or worship songs!  God’s given me many ‘new songs’ and recently I’ve been trying to get them all up on YouTube… I think I have nine up so far. I haven’t got the most beautiful voice you’ve ever heard, and may not be much to look at when I sing, but I love the songs He gives me and want to share them.

I also really enjoy gardening, making my surroundings more beautiful. Getting up and down isn’t so easy anymore though.

Renee: I can understand that! Although, you don't want me gardening. I don't have much of a green thumb. I’ll have to check out your YouTube channel. I’d love to see (and hear) you sing. I can’t believe I haven’t yet! What about vacations? If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

Caryl: Jerusalem! If God provided the funds, I’d be off in a flash! I can;’t imagine how it would be to walk in the Holy City. One day soon, I believe I’ll get to go there once a year to pay homage to the King of Kings Who will be sitting on the throne there ruling over the world. Can you imagine? It gives me glory bumps just thinking about it!


Renee: What about a bit closer to home…do you have any pets? If so, I’d love to hear more about them. We already know you love goats!

Caryl: I’m an animal lover. Right now we only have three dogs. Sassy lives indoors and is ¾ Yorkie and ¼ Maltese. She loves me more, but has my husband wrapped around her little paw! Outside, we have a Border Collie named Faith who always greets us faithfully and a big lummox three year old Great Pyrenees Zoe who keeps me smiling because she refuses to grow up. She’s like an eighty pound puppy who still minds Faith even though she’s twice as big.

Then there’s my horse, Bliss. We inherited a herd of American Quarter Horses when Ron’s father passed—from no horses to twelve almost overnight. When clearing out PawPaw’s house, I found a note he’d written that said “Bingo foaled May 3, 2001” We knew Lady Bingo. She was PawPaw’s first horse and ALL the others were her descendants, so the six-month-old filly at her side that November had to be the one who shared my birthday! I claimed her and we have a fun relationship.

I love putting animals in my stories. The dog on the cover of Vow Unbroken is my dog! His book name was Blue Dog, at home, we knew him as “Roo”, short for Franklin Doganor Roosevelt. And in book eight Covering Love that debuts in January has a pony named Twinkle Toes…that was my first pony’s name and the character is my pony!

Renee: I think it’s cool that you use things (animals, traits, etc.) close to you in your books. I do that as well. It makes your stories come to life. It makes them real, both the good and “bad” parts.
It’s been awesome to have you here, Caryl. I love you so much! In closing, is there a special quote or saying you wish to impart to the readers? Something that comes to your mind in times of need or adversity?

Caryl: The thing that I always say, no matter what is going on…how bad something gets, is “It will all be okay because God is still on the throne and in control!” Trusting Him has made my life so wonderful. I am at peace. I never worry. I have no fear—ever, all because I know He is altogether trustworthy. He has proven it o’er and o’er, and my heart is full with gratitude that He loves me so!


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CARYL’S AMAZING GIVEAWAY

***TWO PRINT COPIES OF VOW UNBROKEN***



ENTER BY LEAVING YOUR EMAIL & ANSWERING:
What is the most memorable animal in a story you’ve read?
And/Or 
What’s your favorite quote?

(Winners will be selected by Caryl McAdoo. 1 Print Copy will be given away for every five commenters from valid entries via blog comments. A maximum of 2 Print Copies of Vow Unbroken by Caryl McAdoo will be awarded.)


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About the Book, Vow Unbroken:

Love and determination conquers all on the Jefferson Trace in the fall of 1832. Desperate young widow Susannah Baylor recruits War of 1812 veteran Patrick Henry Buckmeyer to help transport her cotton from the Red River Valley to market in Jefferson, Texas. Along the trail, snakes, drunks, wolves, thieves, black bear, and nature thwart her efforts at every turn. With her daughter, nephew, unsaved hireling and his dog, Sue overcomes each obstacle. At her destination, she learns travel on to New Orleans is necessary to sell her crop. Her mission finally achieved, more travel to Tennessee is required for her love to be realized. She’s made a vow to God, and will not wed again without her father’s blessing.


About Caryl McAdoo:

Caryl McAdoo loves God, and currently writes four series: the historical Christian ‘Texas Romance’ a family saga; a contemporary ‘Red River Romance’; The Generations, her Biblical fiction, and the newest Days of Dread Trilogy for mid-grade readers. Known as the “Singing Pray-er”, she loves praising with new songs the Lord gives her and prays her story gives God glory! In 2008, she and high school sweetheart-husband Ron moved from the DFW area—home for fifty-plus years—to the woods of Red River County. Caryl counts four children and sixteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings, believing all good things come from the Lord. Besides glorifying Him, she hopes each title also ministers His love, mercy, and grace to its readers. The McAdoos live in Clarksville, the county seat, in the far northeast corner of the Lone Star State with two grandsons.

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