About the Book


Book:  Bitter Honey

Author: Caryl McAdoo

Genre: Historical Christian Romance

Release Date: March 23, 2020

With God, all things are possible.

But can lost love be found again or two wounded hearts knitted together?

Young love, sweeter than honey, is separated by a natural disaster and turns bitter. After five years, a miracle reunites Samantha Adams and Silas Mercier, but it seems it’s too late. Will love prevail?

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About the Author


Praying her story gives God glory, award-winning author Caryl McAdoo continues prolificity with her new Cross Timbers Romance Family Saga series. Readers around the world enjoy her best-selling novels and shower them with 5-Star ratings galore. With forty-eight titles—and counting—her love for writing is obvious; the lady loves singing the new songs the Lord gives her as well! (Check out YouTube). Caryl gave Ron four children and the couple shares eighteen grandsugars. The McAdoos live in the woods south of Clarksville, the seat of Red River County, in far Northeast Texas, waiting expectantly for God to open the next door.


More from Caryl


Are you ready to revisit the Adams and Corbin families (from UNIQUELY COMMONE and REMI)? Five years have passed, so it’s 1853, and life has gone on.

Samantha, only fourteen back then, wrote faithfully to Silas back in New Orleans as she traveled west on the Oregon/California Trail. She expected a tall stack of letters waiting on her at the General Store in Napa, but alas there were none.

BITTER HONEY is a story of puppy love time tries to dissipate, but Samantha never forgot Silas—or forgave him either! Though she had no way of knowing what tragic events had kept him from mailing the return missives, he never quit thinking of the beautiful girl who’d written of her love for him.

However, each day that passed only made it harder for him to write. Until he decided only a face-to-face talk would suffice, he worked with the man who’d always loved his mother, Claude, to rebuild his family’s vineyard, catching gators on the side.

This story has a second love story, that of Claude and the prostitute he rescues Odette, so there’s plenty of action to keep readers flipping pages. A story of first love and late, second-chance love with a taste of the Cajun life in Louisiana, BITTER HONEY is about restoration and following God’s will.

I hope you enjoy BITTER HONEY and all the other Lockets and Lace stories!

Author Interview


Thank you so much, Sarah, for inviting me to visit your blog! I’m blessed for the opportunity to share my new release BITTER HONEY with your friends and readers!



Describe your book in five words.


Tragedy. Hope. Love. Mentors. Truth.



When/how did you decide to become a writer?


I often answer this question with a story about when I was in the seventh grade in 1962. The teacher assigned an essay on what we’d be in the year 2000. I wrote about being an intergalactically famous author jetting from planet to planet to sign books.

So writing was a dream that far back. But NASA let me down. What can I say?


But your question is aimed at the decision, and I believe I’d have to fast forward to the boom-and-bust 1980’s. My asphalt and concrete paving company boomed with over a million in sales our third year in business then busted the next year when we closed the doors.

The IRS came calling, wanting to audit us. I’d hired accountants but they were no longer employees, so I did my best coming up with all the information the agent wanted. He ascertained there’d been no fraud (good thing) but that we owed FORTY THOUSAND DOLLARS (bad thing).


WHAT! The CPA had said we’d get money back . . . oh well, they couldn’t get blood out of a muppet. We’d already closed the doors on the company . . . To avoid garnishment of wages—that’d leave our family nothing to live on—my husband took a job that paid cash daily and started driving a taxi.


This gave him a lot of reading time, sitting in queues waiting for his next fare. He read a book called NOAH, and it was awful. He said it should’ve been named Joe and the Big Boat as the story had nothing to do with the Biblical super hero. He thought is that woman could get published, we could. He and I talked about it, and that’s when we decided to write.

We hand wrote (didn’t own a computer then) a 387-page novel we named IN THE BEGINNING with Enoch as our main character. New York publishers rejected it over and again. It’s never been published.  



What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?


Though only my name is on the cover per the advice of our NY agent and Simon & Schuster editor, it’s no secret Ron—my dearest husband of fifty-plus years—write together. He gets up at three or four o’clock every morning, prays an hour or so, then gets on the computer.

He checks Amazon (sales and pages read the previous day), plays spider solitaire (he’s like a grand master), and then writes on our work-in-progress. When I wake, after my first cup of coffee in bed, I go to his computer and catch up. From Chapter One to the end of the story, we write back and forth like that, always going over what the other one did then adding to the story.

So, we usually write every morning first thing, then sometimes, go back to it of an afternoon or night, Whoever wrote last tells the other, “You’re behind.” 



Do you prefer traditional books, ebooks, or audiobooks?


If I ever got started, I believe audio would be my favorite because I could listen to the story while I did something else. I’m not one to sit down and curl up with a book. I’ve enjoyed doing that at times, but I’m a go-go-go doer. I like to get things done, and there’s always so much I want to do.

When we were rearing our grandsons, I had sitting time—at doctor or dentists appointments or sports practices (and games. Don’t tell them I said that!)—and I used that time to read. Paperbacks are favorite, but I do have a Kindle.



What are your hobbies?


Hobbies are activities you spend a lot of time doing because you get to, you can. For that reason, I’m listing a new “hobby”! I take a lot of pictures and enjoy editing them—usually with my iPhone, although my husband bought me a 35mm Nikon a few years back.

I also enjoy cooking—as a hobby, not a chore. Evidently, I’m really good at it, but I don’t do it often. Ron is the main provider of food in our household, day in, day out. But I’ll get to wanting a certain dish and cook it up. There’s always leftovers because I can’t make a little of anything, so I share it with neighbors or at bridge club! 

Thanks again for inviting me to come visit! I appreciate you choosing to participate in my BITTER HONEY Blog Tour with Celebrate Lit! Blessings to you and your readers!



Blog Stops


Inklings and notions, April 23

deb’s Book Review, April 24

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 25

For Him and My Family, April 26

Simple Harvest Reads, April 27 (Author Interview)

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, April 28

Texas Book-aholic, April 29

Betti Mace, April 30


For the Love of Literature, May 2 (Author Interview)

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 3

Artistic Nobody, May 4 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Connect in Fiction, May 5

Lukewarm Tea, May 6 (Author Interview)




To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.