Today, I'm so blessed and excited to highlight my upcoming historical Christian Texas Romance - SINS OF THE MOTHERS - at Faith, Friends, and... Chocolate! It debuts on my 65th birthday, May 3rd, 2015! (eBook now available for pre-orders!) Yeppers, I was born in the wonderful year of 1950!
This novel is book four in the series that began March 2014 when Simon & Schuster's Howard Books released VOW UNBROKEN set in 1832. Vow Unbroken features Sins of the Mother's heroine Mary Rachel's parents, and envelopes you into Henry and Sue's love story.
Then book two HEARTS STOLEN launched in September that year set in 1844 with Sue's fourteen-year-old nephew as its hero. His heroine Sassy is the friend (name mentioned in Vow Unbroken) of his younger sister-cousin Rebecca. She's nine in Vow Unbroken and so, 21 in Hearts Stolen and has alerted her Texas Ranger, cousin-brother Levi to be watching for her friend Sassy who just disappeared one day, but Indians had been spotted in the area. His Aunt Sue and Uncle Henry are brought in at the end of the story and you meet their four little girls.
Starting Tomorrow - SUNDAY, April 26th - HEARTS STOLEN (eBook format) will be FREE and HOPE REBORN on sale for less than 50% regular price: $3.33!Each book stands alone, but as with most series, better enjoyed read in order. So book three then is HOPE REBORN. It's set in 1850-1851 and the heroine, Millicent May Meriwether is a New York dime novelist bored with the same old stories. An article on a couple of Texas Rangers catches her attention and causes her to leave almost immediately for the Lone Star State to interview the real-life heroes for new inspiration. She finds way more than she ever bargained for in the wild west.
Henry and Sue's oldest daughter Mary Rachel Buckmeyer is seventeen and a big fan of the famous author and is thrilled to transcribe her latest novel so the original can be sent to her New York publisher before its deadline. So readers get to meet her in book three Hope Reborn before she carries her own story SINS OF THE MOTHERS.
Propelled by blind love, Mary Rachel Buckmeyer defies her father to elope with Caleb Wheeler. The newlyweds run off to California then partner with his cousin in his dry goods business. Unbeknownst to the young bride, her new husband sends his kissing cousin ahead. He wants his love and his new wife’s money, too. Betrayal and murder drive Mary, soon a young mother, to the depths of despair. But she hates the man who loves her enough to cover her sins and deliver her out of the horrible pit she’s dug for herself. Or does she?
Mary Rachel travels from frontier Texas to the raw bone boomtown of 1850’s San Francisco gold rush days, then all the way to genteel New York to find redemption for the sins of her mothers.
Would you enjoy a short excerpt?Here's how Sins of the Mothers starts off...
With everyone on the porch for the clan’s sendoff, Mary Rachel decided for sure and for certain and could wait no longer. She took a deep breath and hugged his neck. “Daddy, I’m sorry. I really am, but I can’t go. No, I mean I’m not going. I can’t leave. I won’t.”
He leaned back and stared at her for too long a minute, his face suddenly stone cold. “What did you just say?”
She grimaced; steam rose to her cheeks. He softened just like he always had when her mother turned on him. Saying it aloud made it all the more real, strengthened her resolve. “I cannot be gone for seven months. I thought for a while maybe I could, but I can’t, Daddy.”
Her new mother stepped close. “But Mary Rachel, why? It’s the trip of a lifetime. I promise you’ll adore Europe.”
“It’s just Mary now, please. No Rachel. That’s what Caleb calls me.”
His voice lowered to almost a whisper, he slipped some of the steel back on. “So. This is about that boy.”
“He’s a man, Daddy, and you know it. We love each other.”
“If he loves you, baby, then he’ll wait. It’s only seven months. He should be thrilled you have this opportunity to travel Europe.”
“Well, I’ve made my decision, and I’m not going.”
“We’ve booked your passage.”
“I know, and I’m sorry. I should have told you sooner, but I knew you wouldn’t be happy about my decision.” She looked off at the tree line, hating the disappointment in his eyes. But that was a coward’s way, so she faced him again. “Like I said, I thought I could. Anyway, let Bonnie take my place.”
From somewhere, her youngest sister burst into the middle. “Can I, Daddy? Please take me! I’ll be good. Mama, tell him how good I’ll be.” She turned those doe eyes on him. “Pleeeease.”
* * * * *
Six miles, north by northwest as the turkey vultures soar from Clarksville, Texas, the very reason Mary stayed home, rode his best mule as he skidded the black walnut saw log back to his cabin. Caleb looked behind. “Slow, girl, almost there.”
He nudged the animal a bit further, the timber only feet from his makeshift hoist. Two more steps, then he eased Harley Sue to a stop. He hopped down then rubbed the old girl’s near ear. “You sure are a good mule.”
The distant rattle of trace chains turned him east, for a minute he stared, then she waved. “Well, look here what the cat drug in.” He unhooked the skid and led Harley Sue to the barn’s corral; got back before Lanelle had the brake set on her wagon. “She go?”
He nodded. “You sure? Saw it with your own eyes?”
“Yep, he took the three younger girls, but not the princess.” She stood and threw him a smirk. “Help me down.”
“Sure.” He stepped toward her with his arms held out, she fell into them. He caught her then twirled her around as she wrapped hers around his neck. He set her feet to the ground then stepped back a bit. Business first. “Anyone see you turn on my road?”
“No, but what difference would it make? I’m only bringing supplies for my kin.”
“True, you get it all?”
“A pound of salt pork, two ounces of salt, and a pound of coffee, but you best get yourself to town. Old man Hobbs wants a word with you. Wasn’t too happy when I told him to put it on your bill ‘stead of Pappy’s.”
Caleb nodded toward his wagon. “I should have this lumber loaded by Saturday. I’ll see to him on my way to Jefferson.”
She shrugged then turned and moseyed toward the cabin. “That last batch any better?”
Heading the opposite direction to the well, he soon went to cranking; retrieved the jug, pulled the cork, and sipped a taste. When he didn’t follow, she looked around then trotted to him grinning. He extended his home brew. “You tell me.”
Always a sight to behold, she accepted the jug without an ounce of pretension. Licked her lips then took a short pull and wiped her mouth. “Boogers, Caleb.” She grinned then got herself a real drink. “Woo! I’d say that may be the best you’ve cooked yet.”
He took the jug back and sipped a few gulps more. Burned good all the way down. Replacing the cork, he nodded toward the cabin. “You got time?”
OH DEAR! Mary Rachel's love is a cad!
Here's what beta readers (those who read SINS OF THE MOTHERS early) are saying...
I've often wondered if the past can repeat itself in a person's life and Mary Rachel Buckmeyer gave me my answer. Love, betrayal, despair, the sweet faith of little children, and the perseverance of a miner. These all made for a wonderful story of what life was like in San Francisco during the gold rush of the 1850's. When I finished the last page of Mary's story, I smiled and thought... I loved this story! But... There had better be another book coming because I want more of these Buckmeyer's! I'd recommend this story to anyone who enjoys reading a good Christian, historical fiction of the 1800's.
--Deanna Stevens, Nebraska reader
Another great story of Christian love. It has strong characters and great story of second chances. The story of Hosea marrying the harlot is interwoven into the plot. The witness of God's voice speaking to you, forgiveness, and God giving you the desire of your heart if you listen to His voice is also interwoven into the plot. I love the romance, history, and faith. Can't wait for the next book. Caryl McAdoo is an awesome writer.
--Joy Gibson, Tennessee reader
BIO: Christian, hybrid (Simon & Schuster & Indie) author Caryl McAdoo is currently writing three series, all from a perspective of faith: her historical Texas Romances; the contemporary Red River Romances; 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 fifteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings believing all good things come from God. Praying each story gives God glory, she hopes it 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.
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