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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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Christmas...Wyoming Style with Crazy Woman Christmas

Renee Blare Releases First Christmas Novella


Crazy Woman Christmas



     Devon studied her as his words sunk in. He couldn’t decide if she was angry or not as a glow suffused her skin. Bianca Kolceski was as gorgeous as the land outside his window, and from the looks of it, just as tough. Another section of his rigid heart softened.
    Aqua-blue eyes latched onto him and her head tilted to the side. “Can I ask you a question?”
    He shrugged, wincing when his ribs protested. “I suppose.”
    “It’s Christmas Eve. Why don’t you decorate?”
    Devon ignored the sting of tears. He couldn’t cry, especially not now and definitely not in front of her. He brushed a hand through his hair. An ache spread through his chest. He massaged his sternum and swallowed. “My parents died on Christmas Eve. Celebrating this holiday is hard for me, especially since I still can’t believe they’re really gone.”
    A small sound drew his gaze to Bianca. Her eyes glistened with unshed tears and her hand stroked his forearm. “I can’t imagine losing a parent, much less two. My parents and I—we’ve been estranged for a while now, but I would be devastated if they were gone.”
    Her lips twisted and she pushed her knuckle into the corner of her eye. “Not that I’ve been a daughter they could be proud of.”
    His shoulder throbbed and his ribs ached—from his injury or loss, he couldn’t be sure. “I’m sure you’re a better daughter than I was a son.”



About Crazy Woman Christmas:

A prodigal daughter meets a grieving son…

During her move back home, Bianca Kolceski takes a wrong turn in rural Wyoming and buries her car in a snowbank. Snow piles high outside until Devon Dawson knocks on her window. The quiet cowboy whisks her to his ranch to ride out the Christmas blizzard where Bianca discovers life is cold but also beautiful in the “Cowboy” state.
Christmas is the last thing on Devon’s mind, especially when a storm’s in the forecast, and “Joy to the World,” like his dreams, are ancient history. His world is the ranch, his parent’s legacy, and he labors day and night for it. But when he finds a lost Texan stranded on the side of the road, forgotten desires surface.

And Christ is born. It’s time to celebrate.

Release Date: November 18, 2016

Available for pre-order and purchase on release date at:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Smashwords
Kobo




A Note from Renee:

I love Christmas. This world has done much to cheapen this holiday, but I ignore them. Why? Because I'm a Christian and that's not what Christmas means to me. It's something much, much more.

It's the birthday of my Savior, Jesus Christ.

For me, this day is about the enormous gift of redemption and sanctification that Father God offers all of mankind through his Son, Jesus Christ.

The gifts we give to our family and friends are a way that we say that we love them...not with our earthly love but with the everlasting, unconditional love of God. The love He gave us to share to the world.

The decorations with which we adorn our homes...inside and out...do not cheapen the day, but shout to the world that a Savior is born.

We lift our voices in song and announce that we don't need to worry, stress, or mourn. We have a Redeemer. We have a Friend. 

Crazy Woman Christmas captures this excitement and shows our love for Christmas even amidst this world's pain and heartache. I hope you treasure Christmas as much as I do and never let this world steal your joy for our Savior's birth.

And now...

It's time to celebrate.



About Renee Blare:


Raised in Louisiana and Wyoming, Renee began writing poetry in junior high school. After having her son, a desire to attend pharmacy school sent her small family to the University of Wyoming in Laramie, and she's been counting pills ever since. While writing's her first love, she also likes to fish and hunt as well as pick away on her classical guitar.
Once again in the foothills of the Wind River Mountains with her husband, crazy dogs and ornery cat, she serves her small community as a pharmacist and pens her stories any chance she can get. She loves to interact with readers and invites you check out her website, blog, and social media.

Website: http://www.reneeblare.com/
Blog: http://reneeblare.blogspot.com/

Group Blog: http://diamondsinfiction.blogspot.com/




Renee's Releases:

Beast of Stratton
To Soar on Eagle's Wings - Book 1, Snowy Range Chronicles
Through Raging Waters - Book 2, Snowy Range Chronicles
Racing Hearts - Book 12, Love Is Series, A Love Trusts Novella

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Discover Prism's Edie Melson's Alone

Edie Melson's 

Alone



After her family is killed in the cleansing, Bethany’s purpose in life has changed. No longer will she be allowed to work to save her dying planet. As a slave, endurance is her goal as she marks each day as one moment closer to an eternity spent reunited with those she loved. But when her planet is invaded, everything changes. Now she must decide either to align herself with those from her planet who condemned her faith and killed her family, or with the warriors who have conquered her world. Ultimately her choice will mean life or death for more than just her planet’s ecosystem. She alone holds the key to a powerful secret, and the fate of the entire galaxy depends on her decision.