Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Levi Shares Bitty Beck's Letter

The third of the Hearts Stolen Prequelettes - sharing letters back and forth between Levi and his sister-cousin Rebecca. If you've not read the first two (each is very short), here are the links: 1st Letter from Rebecca    2nd Letter also from Rebecca

Wallace whacked him on the knee. "Come on, finish it. She's been writing on it a month."

June 22, 1836
Daddy said we were going to town tomorrow, so I’m going to write one more little bit before I post this letter then.
He finally hired a carpenter and his son to help get the new big front of the house dried in. That’s what they called it, and I suppose it means to where it’ll keep the rain out. It’s ace high to be sure. Mama and I still had to help because you were gone. Come home now.
That thing I wanted to talk to you about? Well, I figured it out myself with Sassy and Sophia Belle, because you were not home. Mama bought me a new dress with an empire waist and puffy sleeves at the top, but they’re more a fit elbow to wrist. It’s a beautiful green. Boss, and I love it.

Rebecca dipped her quill in the ink, tapped it twice on her blotter, and left herself a moment to picture her new beau. She hated it that Mama and Daddy caught her staring at him instead of working, but well, she was coming fourteen. Already marrying age by some accounts. She tapped the quill again then returned to her missive.

Yes, sir, you will not recognize the place when you finally come home. Have I mentioned I want you here and not running all over the Republic?
Jean Paul has been working hard on getting more land ready for spring planting. He and daddy have been talking a lot about busting out more bottom land. He’s got that thirty acre block west of the smoke house laid by, says he’ll need to run it again before he plants, but it sure looks good.
Bless the good Lord we don’t live there anymore. At the time, I didn’t mind it at all, but we didn’t know any better. Just wait until you see the new front of the house. I mean before it was nice, but now… Well, come home like a good brother should, and you’ll see for your own self. I hate you not being here, please be safe and careful and don’t go and do something stupid.
I love you, brother. We’re all praying for you, Levi. Mama says you’ll be fine, and I agree, but I’d like it a whole lot better if you were here.
It’s getting late. Mama says I’ve got to turn the lamp off, so I’ll start another letter when I have something new to write about. Write back and post it as quick as you can.
                                                                                    Love as always,
                                                                                   Your Bitty Beck

Levi folded the three pages and slid them back into the envelope she’d mailed it in then placed it in his wallet. That he tucked inside his saddle bags, then retrieved the piece of paper and pencil he’d been carrying for better than a month. He’d already read the thing three times to Wallace, and now that they were almost back to Austin, he needed to get something down to send back.
“How old is your sister, Levi?”
He looked to his friend. “Fourteen.”
Wallace tossed another branch on the fire. “Be sure to mention me when you write her back. Maybe tell her about those yaps that ambushed us last month.”
Levi laughed. “No, I am not writing about that. And you need to stop bragging on me like you’ve been doing everywhere we go.”
“God’s own truth. You got three of them.” He laughed. “I loved it when you took that last one’s Arkansas toothpick away from him and slit his throat.” He dragged his finger across his own neck.
Levi couldn’t argue with the truth, but Wallace Rusk had made him out to be some kind of hero. “True, and you bagged the other two. But still, trust me, my friend. Girls don’t want to hear about us killing Comanche.”
“Well how about that lady you met in San Antonio? Now she’s worth writing home about.”
“Wallace, I’m not interested in that girl. She wasn’t much older than Rebecca, and not half as pretty.”
His friend laughed. “She sure was smitten with the great Levi Baylor, famous Texas Ranger.”
“Will you stop that? I’m not great or famous. Really, you’ve got to stop bragging on me.”
“Hey. It ain’t brag if it’s true.”
Levi waved him off. “Don’t you have the first watch?”
“Nope, me and Nick traded.”
He nodded. “Well shut your trap. I got to figure out something to write. We should make Austin tomorrow.”
“How about that band of Kiowa?”
“No, now hush.”

October 13, 1836

Dearest Rebecca, Aunt Sue and Uncle Henry, and my little sisters Mary Rachel, Gwendolyn, and Baby Cecilia.
Hope this missive finds you all well and happy. I’m good. Wallace Rusk, Nick Ward, and I are about back to Austin, so I thought I’d get this written to mail while we’re there. The Major said maybe some leave was in order if the Comanche didn’t start something. If he lets me loose, I may hightail it home for a visit.
Sorry I haven’t written sooner, but we’ve been down south, and I didn’t figure a letter would have much chance of getting to you.
Sure do miss everyone. Is the baby walking yet? How’s the house building coming along? Sounds great that Jean Paul’s going to plant more cotton, not that I care much for hoeing or picking or having anything to do with lint—you can vouch for that Auntie—but I know what a money maker it is.
Uncle, I’m sending a full head right I traded for. Use it however you see fit, or save if for that little valley we found along the Llano, either way I trust your judgment.
Auntie, sure miss your cooking and hearing you nag me about any and every thing. Wallace’s grammar sure needs help, I’m sure everyone will like him if you ever get to meet him.

A low two note whistle drew his attention. He set the paper down and pulled out his pistol. Wallace nodded toward the south. Levi agreed then eased north.  

From Huckleberry Hill all the way to Texas!

 I'm part of a HOP this week! My friend Jennifer Beckstrand, author of the Huckleberry Hill novels - wonderful Amish romances full of fun since she enjoys making her readers laugh and fall in love! - You'll find her answers on her Facebook page. So, I'm supposed to answer the following same four questions then send my readers on to Holly Michael's Facebook Page where she'll answer the questions next!

1) What am I working on?
I'm working on book four of my Texas Romances, 1800s series SINS OF THE MOTHERS. It follows VOW UNBROKEN (1832 - Simon and Schuster's Howard Books debuted in March 2014), book two HEARTS STOLEN (1839-1844, debuts September 2014), and book three HOPE REBORN (1850 -- 1851, planned January 2015 debut). My work-in-progress is the first of the series where the majority of the story takes place outside Texas when young Mary Buckmeyer marries and flees with her new husband to California.
          Though born in Long Beach, California, I was in Texas for my first birthday and have always considered myself a Texan! Still, when the Beach Boys sang 'I Wish They All Could be California Girls' when I was but a teen, I proudly declared my birth state!  

Book One Debuted March 4th, 2014
Book Two debuts September 5th

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?  It's seems difficult to compare my stories to others in my genre. I guess the setting being Tejas, then the Republic of Texas, then the State of Texas makes it different from many historical romances. My characters don't all have it so easy, they work long and hard and test their unction against nemesis that aren't always men, but nature and the time period when living in Texas hurled troubles most different from the Eastern Seaboard of America and across the ocean in England and the European countries.
          I hope my characters will become friends of my readers and keep them interested enough to read all in the series, as well as encourage them to read other novels and novellas I've written to make new friends!
          I believe most all Christian authors desire to honor the Lord and advance His Kingdom with their stories, but if they don't, then that would be a difference, too. I try never to be preachy or judgmental, but tell life the way it is and work in--through the faith of my characters--scriptural principals that the Holy Spirit will use to convict readers and draw them into a closer relationship with the Father through His Son.

3) Why do I write what I do?
I believe most all Christian authors desire to honor the Lord and advance His Kingdom with their stories. In my writing, I try never to be preachy or judgmental, but tell life the way it is. I've been called bold and am not ashamed of my God or His Good News. I try to work in--through the faith of my characters--scriptural principals that the Holy Spirit will use to convict readers and draw them into a closer relationship with the Father through His Son. I write what I do because I believe it is God's will for my life.

4) How does my writing process work?
I've come to know my characters, and so just write to tell their stories, their life experiences, the tragedies and ecstasies. I usually spend most my early moring hours on the computer and then my late night hours back at the computer again.
That would be when the boys are off to school, and after
they retire for the night! O'Pa and I have had four grandsons for eleven years. This year, our household lost the two oldest--one to graduation, Matthew's off to college, and the other to his maternal grandparents. That granddad fell and broke his hip and Gregory asked if he could go to live with them to be a help. So we still have Christian, a fourteen-year-old and eleven-year-old Benjamen.
          Since my husband is also a writer, he makes sure my heroes are strong and manly. I'm so blessed that God made me in my mother's womb to be his wife. He is, to me, the epitome of Christ on earth and shows me daily the example of God's love for His bride. The fact that he writes, too, means he understands the time I spend at the computer -- not only writing, but on marketing, too. That's a huge part of a writers' 'job' if they are to be successful. God always opens doors and blesses me beyond comprehension.

From here, I will introduce you to the next hop on this BlogHop who would be a dear friend of mine, Holly Michael. I met her just last year at ACFW but believe our coming together was in God's divine plan. Holly is published in various magazines, newspapers, and in Guideposts books, and CROOKED LINES, a 2012 ABNA quarterfinalist, is her debut novel, August 2014. She has her second novel, a 2014 Genesis semifinalist, I'LL BE SEEING YOU coming soon, and also is co-authoring a devotional with her NFL tight end son, Jake. She and her husband, Anglican Bishop Leo Michael, regularly travel from their home in Kansas City to India, and she loves watching her sons play football--Jake (NFL) and Nick (Rajin' Cajuns)--and visits from her daughter, Betsy. 

On the shores of Lake Michigan, Rebecca Meyer seeks escape. Guilt-ridden over her little sister's death, she sets her sights on India, a symbol of peace.
Across the ocean in South India, Sagai Raj leaves his tranquil hill station home and impoverished family to answer a higher calling. Pushing through diverse and challenging cultural and religious milieus, he presses toward his goals, while wrong turns and bad choices block Rebecca from hers.
On similar paths midst twists and turns, and bridged across oceans through a kindly priest, the two desire peace and God's perfect will. But vows and blind obedience at all costs must be weighed...and buried memories, unearthed.
A review: Crooked Lines, a beautifully crafted debut novel, threads the lives of two determined souls from different continents and cultures. Compelling characters struggle with spirituality through despair and deceptions in search of truth
                      GET YOUR COPY NOW!

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Music Loving Heroine ~ My Kind of Story!

“The Hesitant Heiress” by Dawn Crandall

    With the rare ability to play the piano by ear, Amaryllis Brigham wants nothing more than to someday found a music school. However, someone keeps undermining her hopes and dreams at every turn. 
    Despite her own misgivings, she soon finds herself quickly falling in love with the most unlikely of men—the son of the very man she suspects has been bent on ruining her life. However, Nathan Everstone turns out to be much more than he seems… and everything she never knew she wanted. But can she trust an Everstone man?



Dawn Crandall writes long inspirational historical romantic suspense. She has a BA in Christian Education from Taylor University and lives in northeast Indiana with her ever-supportive husband and their newest addition, a little baby boy. Learn more about Dawn and The Hesitant Heiress from the August 2014 blog tour: http://www.dawncrandall.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-hesitant-heiress-blog-tour.html

Friday, August 15, 2014

Maranatha BookFest / Kansas City ~ First Annual Christian Event!

"And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen."     John 21:25 

Highlighting CHRISTIAN AUTHORS for CHRISTIAN READERS! Bringing together Christian Literature to advance the Kingdom!

Every thirty minutes, an author will present or read from their book. Then be available for Q&A! A wonderful opportunity to get to know the Christian authors you love to read!

Please go to the Event Page for all the details: Maranatha BookFest Event

Christian Authors and Readers: Please go to this site and forward and tweet to your friends. Especially if you know you have frineds in the Kansas City area. It's in Missouri, but close to Western Kansas and semi-close to North Arkansas! 

Authors: If you can’t attend, consider donating books for our Review Table. Book there will be sold at half price and/or given away as door prizes in trade for a review.  

Readers: Please check out the site and tweet and share on Facebook.  It’ll be a great event!

Planning a Children's Corner, so it'll be a family event!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I Believe! I Believe! THE TURNING

Christian Blog says Do What God Asks of You
Do what God Asks of You!
Kudos and three cheers to Davis Bunn for writing an awesome book about the marvelous ways of of our awesome God. How He plans and directs and sends us help and encouragement and victory in the face of our enemies. Davis weaves a tale so believable, I could have been seeing it all happen on Fox!

He brings together the most unlikely candidates: John, middle aged father with a secret and a wife who adores him, Jenny, the young highly intelligent oriental girl at odds with her father, Alicia, a black choir leader who loves nothing more than praising God, a doctor trying to finish his residency, and a beloved lady, Ruth, widow of America's greatest evangelist.

God calls each of them for His purpose. With human frailties, fears, and self preservation instincts, will they choose to do the hard thing God asks of them? The answer - to my heart's thrill and God's glory - is a resounding YES! But can they follow through when the going really gets tough? I was reminded of "God works all things together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28

You know, as an author, learning the craft of creative writing has truly detrimentally affected my reading, and editing professionally for thirteen years hasn't helped either!. It's very hard to get into a book that was'es me to distraction and jumps all over the place introducing characters that don't seem to go together, getting into each one's head, but I promised to read THE TURNING and kept at it. I'm uncertain when the story took over and all the was'es faded from my view and the characters became friends I loved and could easily keep them apart, but I can say it happened early in this book, and I did not want to put it down again until I found out what happened.

And while these brothers and sisters consider or go straightaway to the turning God speaks to each about, another young man on the rise is taking the money moguls to town. Dripping with success, money, and the beautiful girl Trent Cooper plays a bad guy you're praying for! With his career on the line, he's out to convince the world Hope is Dead!

But God has a plan.

You will not be sorry you pick up THE TURNING! It's a wonderful book with heart warming messages filled with truths of God's love. It will lift your spirit and build your faith. And if you do not know Christ as your Lord and Savior, read it because you will enjoy it, too, and you may just get saved!    

Davis Bunn
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BIO: Davis Bunn is a self-proclaimed renaissance man who left his career in business to start a successful writing life. He has been honored with Christy aad Carol Awards for contemporary and suspense fiction. A sought after speaker, Davis teaches in the creative writing programme at The University of Oxford. He and his wife Isabella split their time living between Oxford and Florida.

CONTEST TIME! I have a book to give away courtesy of Davis' publisher Moody!
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Friday, July 18, 2014

It's Hard to be Thirteen!

Rebecca fumed silently. Nothing could be better than having Daddy home, except if Levi had come with him. After the third full day’s work and once Mary Rachel and Gwendolyn’s breathing eased into a rhythmic chorus, she turned up her lamp and carried it to her desk. She retrieved paper and ink, then dipped her quill and wrote in a swoopy loopy cursive. She loved how pretty she could write.

May 29, 1836

Levi Bartholomew Baylor –
            Why didn’t you come home before you lit a shuck to join the stupid rangers? Daddy’s been home three days, and it’s taken me this long to calm down enough from being mad at you to write.
            When I first looked out and saw him riding in alone—without you—my heart stopped. I thought you were… Never you mind what I thought. You should have come home! We prayed for you and Daddy every day and night. Do you know how worried we were?

          The night breeze caused the light curtain to dance. She looked up and gazed out the window at the stars, then sighed. She wasn’t really ever worried…

           Well, as you know Mama always says worrying only hinders every promise of God, but you know what I mean. Of course we trust God to watch over and keep you—even if you are nothing but a heathen. And now you’ve gone and signed up to put yourself in more danger. I hate it! What’s wrong with you?
           I hate you being gone. And I hate how angry I am with you that you made me think for even one minute that you were…
          Oh, bosh! That’s all I’m writing tonight because I know all I’m doing is gripping and complaining. Mama told me men folk don’t like that and even the Bible says it’s better to live in the corner of an attic, than in a big house with a nagging woman! I’ll write more when my insides are calmer.
          I had something I really wanted to talk with you that I’m all balled up over, but now you’re not here and you’re not coming home. You best be proud I love you so much, ’cause if I didn’t, I’d hate your guts for sure and certain.

                                                             Your teenaged sister, Rebecca

What would he think about her being in love? Lifting the partial page of writing, she waved it in the air, blowing gently on it while she corked the inkwell. She wanted to ask him about the best way to tell Chester Robbins how handsome he was, and how wonderful she thought he was. Once the ink dried, she folded the paper, stuck it inside her novel, and climbed into bed next to Mary Rachel. Sure would be nice to have her own room.

June 7, 1836
           Me again. I guess I’m not angry with you anymore, but I’m still very sad. I don’t know when Daddy will want to post my letter, but I’ll keep writing until he does. May be my first book! He says we have to send it to the Ranger Office at Washington-on-the-Brazos, and you can pick it up when you’re by there. So I guess I won’t know when you might actually get it.
           I can tell I am not going to like this arrangement. I miss you so much every day. Things here are getting back to normal. Nothing will ever be normal again though without you here.                                                     Can’t you just come home?
         Daddy’s working on the house again. Him and Mama said I could go ahead and move into your room if I’ll box all your things. That’s a benefit to you being gone, but I’d rather have you here even if Mary Rachel is a terrible bed partner, rolling and kicking and climbing over me all night. Best hurry back or you won’t have a room to come home to.
She dipped her quill again. What did she want to tell him? What might he find interesting? How she could possibly persuade him to come back home and forget rangering altogether? What was it that caused men to like fighting and danger, wars and the like? She hated it all and wanted everyone to mind their own business and stay home and get married and have babies.

            I guess you know since you aren’t here, me and Mama have to haul the boards up the ladder for Daddy. He’s putting on a second story to double the space and make bedrooms for all the baby girls. Anyway, it’s hard work for women to do, and if you were here, we wouldn’t have to.
          Oh, and guess what! We have a cook now. Captain O’Mally sent them to Clarksville and Daddy picked them up from town. Are you wondering why I keep saying them? It’s on account of Mammy, that’s the cook, has a son. His name is Jean Paul, but he isn’t as dark skinned as her. He’s all grown up, older than you, and he knows powerful lot about cotton. They used to be slaves!
         Can you imagine what it would be like if somebody owed you like we own our horses? Mammy said their old master’s done gone to Glory and he set them free in his will. Freedmen is what they are now. Don’t tell Mama I said, but Mammy sure can cook. Ha! You don’t even know what you’re missing? When are you coming home, Levi?
          Gotta go, Mama’s calling me. Mary Rachel’s hollering, too. She’s really talking up a storm all of a sudden and says the cutest things. Ask me the other day if I ever ate a worm! If you don’t come back directly, she’s liable to forget who you are. Think you’ll be here afore summer’s gone? I hope so.
                                                                        I love you and miss you heaps.
                                                                        Your Bitti Beck

p.s. um, guess you figured out Jean Paul’s actually carrying most the boards now, but that’s no reason for you to stay gone!

“Long live the Republic, Levi! Now come home!”
Daddy described this as our  new flag.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Cover Reveal Party x2 for Holly Michael's CROOKED LINES --and-- Caryl McAdoo's HEARTS STOLEN


          As the author of this book, I am so very blessed to have my cover designed by DogEared Design, amazing graphic artist Kirk DouPonce. He did the cover to VOW UNBROKEN as well and I may even love this one more! See at Kirk's website 
          Starting with Rosaleen "Sassy" Fogelsong Nightengale, also called Rose, my beautiful heroine: She's young, almost sixteen in Chapter One. That summer of 1839, two Comanche braves captured her and carried her far from home.Then in Chapter Two, it's 1844, and she's turned twenty-one and weary of being held captive.
          Enter Levi Bartholomew Baylor, famed Texas Ranger, who rides into the peace camp of Bold Eagle (teepees on the cover) that October with a detail sent to recover white women who've been stolen according to the Tehuacana Creek Treaty negotiated by Sam Houston.
          But Sassy's name wasn't on the list. She determines that she will leave with her four-year-old son Charley, named after his father Charles Nightengale, but born as the son of the Comanche chief. She'll either be free or she'd be dead. That she recognizes the handsome Ranger as the brother of her childhood friend Becky makes her more determined. Freedom or death, she won't spend one more day as a third wife.
          I wholeheartedly believe that the only other character who earned a spot on the cover of HEARTS STOLEN is sure to steal your heart away like he did mine--that's Charley. Born in the Comanche camp, he was raised as the chief' own son though he's blonde and blue-eyed. To say the least, he's a little wild man, but all together adorable and a big scene stealer!

For the Veggies and dip Lovers

Fruit-n-herb flavored water
  I hope you'll enjoy some refreshments:

Sweet Tea
Jalapeno Cream Cheese Meatballs

Watermelon Hedgehogs
Peach Salsa Dip
Chicken, Broccoli and Cheese muffins
Banana Cream Pie Bites

Pecan Poe Cupcakes

Yum, guess you could call me a pepper belly because I do love those jalapenos! And no gathering in the south is a party without Sweet Tea to drink, but for those of you health conscious party-goers... That flavored water is excellent as well and I chopped and peeled all those veggies just for you! 

1840s farm dress 
And here's what I'm wearing to the party today - it's period 1844! and GREEN! What an elegant and feminine time, when ladies wore such beautiful, modest dresses. I still wear only modest dresses, but do enjoy my modern conveniences such as washing machines (clothes and dishes) and dryers and for sure, I do enjoy my conditioned air!!  

Here is a code you will need in the scavenger hunt:
Scavenger Hunt Clue #2

          I love writing historical (1832, 1844, and 1850) Christian (glorifies God!) western (Texas) adventure (lots!) romance (love) novels! Having Simon and Schuster publish VOW UNBROKEN was an experience to be sure! I thrilled that so many men are reading and enjoying it, too! And many HEART STOLEN readers (helpers to get reviews ready and catch errors and type-Os) are saying they even like it better!
          Music to an author's ears :) Y'all be blessed! Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to hear from you! 

All together, I cannot choose a favorite between this and VOW UNBROKEN's (my first historical Christian western adventure romance :) cover. Which do YOU like best?
HEART STOLEN debuts September 5, 2014 and I'll send one copy to the winner of this contest. 

#1 Leave a comment on this post answering WHICH DO YOU LIKE BEST? (and your email so I can contact you)! 

#2 Like my Facebook Author's page at www.facebook.com/CarylMcAdoo.author for another entry

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BLESSINGS from Texas!