Thursday, September 8, 2016

Real Reasons Change on a Dime - Thoughtful Thursday

Hey, y'all! Caryl McAdoo here! :)

I recently returned from Nashville where I attended the Christian Fiction Readers’ Retreat (CFRR) and the American Christian Fiction Writers’ (ACFW) Conference’ Marketplace. Carting my books, forever optimistic me hoped to sell enough to offset the cost of the trip; I drove, too. It’s so funny that after all these years, I still carry way too many and barely sell a fraction of what I fully expected to.

But you know what, I like that about me. Was I disappointed? Not for a minute! I was having way too much fun hugging necks and making face-to-face contact with so many Friends I’d met on Facebook over the years!

Joy & me
One of my eVALUaters (that’s my group of influencers who help promote my novels) Joy Gibson drove over three hours to have lunch with me. She’s been a wonderful supporter and fan of my writing for two years, but we’d never met in person! Her dear husband drove her all that way because she can’t drive anymore. What a blessing for me. Joy has a wonderful testimony! I love her! The lunch at Cracker Barrel was perfect!

Susan & me
On the first night in Nashville with the CFRR the next morning, a reader, Susan Lindsey Rogers got in touch with me through my phone’s facebook messaging, and we went to Panera Bread for supper together! It was such a great time visiting and getting to know one another!

Bonnie & me

That next morning, one of my dearest supporters, Bonnie Roof—she founded the CFRR with two others—came in and I could not wait to hug her neck! I’ve loved my Bonnie for years. She’s been such a blessing in my life!

Connecting with authors who are good friends I’ve met and seen the last three years at ACFW and others I’ve met on Facebook but never seen face-to-face thrilled me yet again!

I met bloggers, too, from blogs I'd visited!

My Thursday Thought : In the end, the amazing time that I had didn’t have a
thing to do with books, but the blessings God has brought to my life in this one-of-a-kind community I’m a part of…the Christian fiction authors and readers.

They hugged my neck and we visited! Truly such a divine appointment. I pray you all have the opportunity to go to such an event and have as good a time as I did! catalyst to get me      


I love to give books away, so if you’ll leave a comment here on how God’s blessed you recently, I’ll put your name in the hat to be gifted a print copy of VOW UNBROKEN, book one in my historical Texas Romance series!

Hugs and blessings, y’all!

BIO: 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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  1. I'm so happy for you, being able to meet those wonderful ladies. God has blessed me and my hubby, Jack, in so many ways over the past 2 years. He has had 2 TIA strokes (which he completely recovered from), had Bladder Cancer (after surgery, it's all gone) and other minor problems that are being taken care of. Jack has been blessed with the most wonderful doctors throughout all of this. We are truly thankful for all that God has done for us.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win your book.

    1. Praise the Lord, Chappy Debbie! What an awesome testimony! Thank you for sharing and coming by, too! Y'all be blessed! ! ♥✞♥

  2. It sounds like such a wonderful time to connect. Just look at all of the happy faces.

    I am blessed with two wonderful children. Just thinking about them makes me smile.


    1. Awww, Mary, I always say babies are the best blessings God has to give! Thank you for coming by and commenting! Hugs and blessings! ! ♥✞♥

  3. Caryl,it was a joy to meet you at CFRR. Love all the pictures you shared with you, authors and readers. I enjoy your songs on You Tube. I do not need in the giveaway since I purchased Vow Unbroken from you at CFRR. marilynridgway78[at]gmail[dot]com

    1. Well, if you win, I'll just have to send book two Hearts Stolen! It was awesome to hug your neck, Marilyn! Blessings! ! ♥✞♥

  4. It's wonderful to read about your enjoyable retreat and conference. Your enthusiastic words and laughing pictures convey your joy and I know that this happiness will give your readers equal joy in your future books.

    1. Awww, thank you, Connie! And for coming by and commenting, too! Have a blessed day! ! ♥✞♥

  5. Caryl, knowing your loving heart as I do, I can imagine the pure joy you felt as you met so many of your FB friends face-to-face!

    You exhibit such profound love of God in your life, it glows on your face and in your mega-watt smile as it spreads to every life you touch.

    I adore you and cherish our sisterhood and friendship beyond measure and praise the Lord for bringing us together! j

    1. It is a wonderful thing to SEE those faces you love actual size! I can hardly W.A.I.T to see yours hug your neck in person! Your words humble me and sit me back. I know it's all God and Him in me as I do my best to yield always in obedience to His will. I loveLoveLOVE how He joins hearts--the miles mean nothing to Him! I love you, too! Be blessed today and every day!

  6. I loved meeting you! I am blessed and highly favored! I enjoyed hearing you sing your songs. I love you!

    1. And there you are! Love and hugs and Blessings, dear Joy! I L.O.V.E. singing the songs He gives me!

  7. Caryl, loved your post and loved meeting you and giving you a hug at CFRR - after "talking" to you for years online!! Your smiling face was the first I saw at CFRR, I can't thank you enough for your participation in CFRR!! Friends in Christ are such a blessing and you are a huge blessing in my life - thank you!! Hugs!!

    Shared post!!

    1. Amen, I'm so honored to be your sister-friend, Bonnie! You were most definitely the highlight of my participation in the first annual Christian Fiction Readers Retreat. Thank you for inviting me! I love you!