Thursday, January 7, 2016

The Saga Continues

This is an addition to the Texas Romance family saga series that I've been so excited to finish and get out to my readers. So many told me how they'd fallen in love with four-year-old Charley in HEARTS STOLEN, book two set in 1844. In JUST KIN, the year is 1861, Charley is twenty-one and leaving for war in the first chapter.

Lacey Rose, born in that same story (HEARTS STOLEN), cannot stand for him to go without knowing of her love. A sweet kiss, her mother's embarassment, the family's reaction, and a letter Charley sends work together to drive her to run away.

Just as runaways today get themselves into all sorts of bad places, the same proved true through the 1860s. After the lady of the house receives a cryptic message, a deathbed order relieves Charley from duty long enough to find for her.

God gave me a new song to go along with this book (He started it for Abraham and Sarah's Biblical fiction Children of Eber, and it works, too, as a love song to Him from me :) "I Couldn't Love You More"
♫♪*`•. I couldn't love You more •*♪¨*I breathe You in and out •♪♫*`•. You came into my life ♪♫•*¨♪ and taught me what love's about. ♪♫.•*♪ I couldn't love You more!*•.¸ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ¸♫♪*`•. Your heartbeat is my song!!•.¸.• ✿I've loved You since forever (̆̃̃ڿڰۣ♫♪* every day and all day long.`º°¨•.¸For so long I was alone •*♪♫•!♪ never knowing love's sweet bliss ♫¸•*♪ then You came and rescued me ♫♪*`sealed me with Your holy kiss!•♪♫*`•. My thoughts are now of You •*♪¨*♥ •♪♫ every moment of my life ♪♫¸¸.•*♪ I will always love You true *•.¸ as Your bride and as Your wife. ♫♪*`!♪♫•*♥*•.¸ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♫♪ 

Enjoy this excerpt:
    May wanted to slap that man or worse. Hadn’t he got word about the girl running off? Everybody else in the valley had! “Any ideas?”
    “How about we write that husband of yours and tell him to send us Levi Baylor and Wallace Rusk? They’ll have our little runaway tracked and back safe in no time.”
    She snorted at her brother’s lame attempt at a joke. If anyone was coming home it would be Henry.     He should’ve never gone in the first place. He’d served his time fighting for Texas, and the Rangers could take plenty good care of themselves.
    If he hadn’t insisted on going, he could’ve kept Houston and Bart home, too.
    “Any real ideas?”
    “I upped the reward.”
    She nodded. Not that they’d paid any out, but if the war wasn’t over soon, she might have to start digging up the gold her dearest had hid all over the ranch. “Anything else?”
    “Not really. If she don’t want to be found…then…” He shrugged again.
    Before she could say more, her baby burst into the room. “Supper’s ready, and Aunt Jewel needs you to come help her, Uncle Chester.”
    “Oh, she does? Since I’m so busy in here talking with your mother, how about you handle my part? You’re getting so big and all.”
    Charlotte grinned. “I’m not that big, and you’re only saying that to try and trick me.” She looked at her mother. “He keeps forgetting how smart I am.”
    “Yes, he does, little darling of mine.”
    “Hey little miss, how about helping an old uncle up, then I’ll assist your mama up, so we can wobble into the kitchen together.”
    Grasping both his hands, she leaned all the way back, and he made a show of struggling to his feet in a cloud of giggles. “Why you’re so old, Uncle, you might just die before you get all the way in there to the table. But it’ll be alright.”
    He put his hands on his hips. “Alright! Alright? What would make you say such a thing, young lady? Wouldn’t you miss me?”
    “Oh, for certain, I truly would, but if you was dead, then I could get your helping of the blackberry cobbler! Don’t you see?” Charlotte giggled more and turned. “You see, don’t you, Mama? You’d let me have it, too. Wouldn’t you?”
    Scooping his niece into his arms, he lifted her high over his head, tickling her ribs. “That’s a terrible thing to say, little girl. You want my cobbler, huh?” May loved the way Chester teased with her precious daughter.
    May smiled.
    She took so much pleasure in her baby girl but worried for her, too.
    Lord knew of late, concern veiled any true joy in the Buckmeyer home."

I'm always so excited to get the real BOOK in my hands! That just never gets old!

The early reviews are in now. Here's what others are saying about JUST KIN:
"I have followed this historical romance series from the beginning and they just keep getting better.  Lacey Rose loves Charley and is devastated when he leaves to fight for Texas with the Confederate army.  Charley doesn't realize Lacey Rose is in love with him but is both surprised and pleased with the goodbye kiss she gives him.  After Charley sends a hurtful letter trying to discourage her from waiting for him, Lacey Rose runs away and ends up in all kinds of trouble.  Charley also stirs up some trouble of his own when he begins looking for her.  Don't miss out on this book.  I loved it!"  --Louise Koiner, Texas beta reader

"Caryl McAdoo has done it again!  This Christian historical romance, "Just Kin", is a page turner that I couldn't put down until I finished. Its message, "Love covers a multitude of sin", is so very true!  A stolen kiss, torn apart by war, rejection, and a letter with news she never wanted shreds Lacey Rose's heart causing her to run away.  Charley figures out something isn’t right, but he is duty-bound to the Confederacy until a deathbed order sets in motion events that tests his love, honor, and commitment. I loved this series. I laughed at "the boys". I felt the hurt of Lacey Rose and the anxiety of the family. And then who is Mr. Dithers? A must read. It is full of so many surprises. I recommend this book and this author. Can the two lifelong friends see past their pain and realize God’s plan for them may be more than just kin?"    --Joy Gibson, Tennessee beta reader  

I loved the research in this story and learning more about Texas' role in the Civil War. You know of course, that patriarch Henry Buckmeyer is against slavery and abhors the idea of one human being owning another, but slavery had grown in Texas, providing labor in the cotton fields.

The 1850 Texas census counted 58,161 slaves, 27.4 percent of the 212,592 citizens of the state, and just ten years later, the census reported 182,566 slaves, 30.2 percent of the total population. Slaves were increasing faster than the population as a whole. But the Buckmeyer clan didn't join the Confederacy for the sake of slavery, they signed up for the love of Texas. You might remember Henry bought a few men but only to set them free then pay them for working in his fields.

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I hope you'll get a copy and enjoy this story! :) Here's the link to it on Amazon

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BIO: Caryl McAdoo is all about loving God! She currently writes four series: the historical Christian ‘Texas Romance’; 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 her 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 God. Besides glorifying Him, she hopes each title 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 with two grandsons.

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