Saturday, November 11, 2023

Author Interview: Settlers & Toffs by Caryl McAdoo

About the Book

Book: Settlers & Toffs

Author: Caryl McAdoo

Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: August 23, 2023

New and old collide in SETTLERS & TOFFS as Ambrose Lee and Blaire build a hotel and a new life together with a remnant from the wagon train he captained in ’49. Settling in Auburn, California, they deal with the gold rush boom town’s growing pangs while the next Earl of Farnsworth, William Cromwell, voyages home to England with his intended Clara and her family. Though separated by a country and an ocean, troubles and trials plague them all. Revisit old friends from Book One WAGONS WEST and meet new ones in this second novel of the New Beginnings Family Saga! This story has been previously published on Kindle Vella with the same title as episodes for Season Two. Season Three, ANSWERING THE CALL episodes are now available at Kindle Vella now.

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About the Author

Award-winning author Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and her best-selling tales—coming up on seventy titles now published—delight readers all around the world. The prolific writer also enjoys singing the new songs the Lord gives her; you may listen to those at her YouTube channel.

She loves working in the yard at The Peaceable, her home tucked away on twenty acres, mowing and planting flowers. She lives there with Ron, her high school sweetheart and husband of fifty-five years, five dogs, two dairy goats she milks daily, a flock of chickens, and a plethora of barn cats.

The couple shares four children and twenty-seven grandsugars, six are greats. Caryl and Ron love their quiet, country life in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas and wait expectantly for God to open the next door so they may do His will.

More from Caryl

I started writing “episodes” for Kindle Vella the first month they opened the new format with WAGONS WEST, season one in the New Beginnings Family Saga Season One. For those who don’t read at Kindle Vella, after the ”season” has been up thirty days, the author can create a book!

The episodes become chapters and WAGONS WEST debuted last November 2022! The SETTLERS & TOFFS story is “Season Two” and I’m tickled pink with it! Book One in the series was an epic wagon train story that ended when they got to the gold fields around Auburn California.

In Book Two, the characters spread out across the globe, and we follow them all. Some of those who arrived in covered wagons began to build the pioneer town of Auburn, making a new home for themselves. Some panning for gold and others building hotels and businesses the miners need.

Some travel to merry old England where one of the wagon train sojourners has been called home after his older brother’s death to be the future Earl of Farnsworth. Having fallen in love, he couldn’t bear to leave Clara behind, so arranges for her family to accompany him. So many of the main characters sail away cross the seas.

The third storyline in SETTLERS & TOFFS becomes another wagon train when the scout in book one decides with his wife to go and bring another group of settlers to the new land—a very lucrative business venture for the captains who knew the way.

There are plenty of characters who come in and out as the story progresses. I’ve come to love the primary ones. There are struggles at every turn. Trials and tribulations fill many of their days, but there are those joyous ones as well!

Through it all, the Lord—still on the throne and in control in 1850—helps His children overcome and blesses them beyond measure . . . just as He does today. He is the Rewarder of those who diligently seek him and obey His commandments—then and now.

My author’s motto is “Praying my story gives God glory!” I also pray that its readers will be drawn into a closer walk with the Almighty as they walk alongside these awesome, stalwart folks who settled the West! They had it rough, but God . . . PRAISE HIM!

They sure do! And so do I!

Author Interview with Caryl

Q: How long did it take you to write this novel?

Caryl: Because this story was originally written as episodes for Kindle Vella, it was written in little pieces here and there, sort of “around” my other books that had deadlines! So we didn’t start this one and write it right through.

But it has north of 350 pages, and at 250 words per page (average), that means a total of more than 87,000 words, that would mean—because we write an average of 1000 words per day that we took 887 days to write it! 😊 They just weren’t consecutive!

Q: Would you share something about yourself that most readers wouldn’t know?

Caryl: I have a herd of 8 Nubian goats and have been milking six of them twice a day! Ron and I love the creamy, raw, fresh milk! It’s delicious!

Q: In what setting do you enjoy writing the most?

Caryl: I don’t “write around”! tee hee hee All of my stories are written on Ron’s computer which is on a desk in our bedroom, usually with the television on Fox News in the background 😊

Q: What are you reading now?

Caryl: I’m reading a book my mother wrote that has Scriptures for all situations and occasions! I’m transposing it as I read so that it can soon be published! Some of the tabs in it are Alcoholism, abortion, anxiety, baptism, depression, forgiveness for starters. She was one of the ladies answering the phones when people called into the Christian TV Station needing prayer. She created this book and I believe many people would love to have her organization and Scriptures for this or that at their fingertips!

Q: Who is an author you would recommend to anyone and everyone?

Caryl: Bodie Thoene. I love her series—all of them! Every book made me laugh and cry! I love books like that! I read them twenty or even thirty years ago and still think of those characters sometimes. Excellent author!

Q: Where can readers find out more about you and your novel?

Caryl: Online, if you google Caryl McAdoo, it’s ridiculous how many pages come up! All of my titles are on Amazon, so that’s the first place I send folks. Also on GoodReads, BookBub, AllAuthor, and so many more! And of course, there’s always my website! 😊

Thanks again for having me! God bless you, Jolene, and your readers!

Blog Stops

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 3

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 4

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 5

Texas Book-aholic, November 6

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 7

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, November 8 (Author Interview)

Books You Can Feel Good About, November 9

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, November 10

Beauty in the Binding, November 11 (Author Interview)

The Lit Lady, November 11

For Him and My Family, November 12

For the Love of Literature, November 13 (Author Inteview)

Exploring the Written Word, November 13

Holly’s Book Corner, November 14

Cover Lover Book Review, November 15

Pause for Tales, November 16


To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away the prize of a $50 Amazon gift card and signed copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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  1. Looking forward to this saga, especially the part that takes place in England.

  2. This sounds like an excellent read. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  3. I have loved following these characters and look forward to more. Authors interviews are so interesting to me and Caryl McAdoo doesn't disappoint.

  4. Thank you for sharing your interview, bio and the book details, I have enjoyed reading this post and I am looking forward to reading Settlers & Toffs

  5. I've added this to my Amazon wishlist!