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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Love Contemporary Romance Stories? Try This Book About a Dallas Weather Girl & A Texas Ranger Pitcher

       Ever get tired of the depressing cycle of disasters on the news? What better way to enjoy your summer, then to curl up by the pool with a romance novel? Read more about this Christian contemporary romance by a friend of mine, Caryl McAdoo, below. Comment for a chance to win a free copy! (Deadline for giveaway July 25th, 2015).

        God can pull a fish out of water and make that thang smell like a rose. One and Done is an unlikely love story born of prophesy, nurtured in full view of the probing public eye, and seemingly doomed at its inception.  
      In this love story for men and women with a Texas Ranger baseball backdrop and strong pitcher/batter hero, Samantha Danielle, cutest weather girl on Dallas TV, only dreams of sports reporting. Then her station sends her to scoop an interview with a pitcher Rangers’ management is hot after. George Herman Walter Johnson is undeniably a phenomenon on the mound. His charm and debonair bowls her over, but turns out, he’s such a goody two-shoes, she can’t even get him to first base.
       Conflict flies as the wealthy ex-poker player, oldest Ranger rookie ever lays everything on the line in his quest to win her heart. She remains wary of his resistance. Will her bunt snag the man of her dreams...or his homerun drive her home? Can his faith that she is God’s woman for him carry them through to their happily-ever-after?

Faster than a major league outfielder pulling down a popup fly ball, Caryl McAdoo’s romance is guaranteed to snag baseball lovers and romance readers alike. This Christian story is written with wit, verve and Caryl McAdoo’s usual flare for dialect and spicy dialogue. Be warned. Those readers searching for a saccharine, man-meets-woman story will soon discover this is no sanitized romantic fairy tale.
From the beginning, the reader will identify with real people who live clearly in the mind, so much so, that a person can almost smell locker room sweat or the mouthwatering scent of spicy Mexican food. Identification with the hero and heroine is nearly immediate. With so much to rave about, this review cannot begin to cover all the delightful surprises, so the reader simply must buy “One and Done” to see for themselves.
--Cassandra Wessel, a Pennsylvania reader

Caryl has done it again.  Another wonderful story with characters and a story line that had me hooked from the first pages.  The author also gives a fun glimpse into the world of professional baseball and the players.  It was enjoyable reading about G. H., a ball player, and Sammi, a TV reporter, and following their ups and downs in their spiritual journeys as they discover their love for each other.  I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review, and it is another one"" from this author that I definitely recommend."
--Ann Ellis, a Texas Reader

Excerpt from Once and Done :
“Your passport up to date?”
Passport? She nodded as a tsunami slammed her backwards. No box seats, no sports position, but a stupid storm. Bologna! She hated covering hurricanes. “Yes, sir.” She hadn’t meant for that to sound so dejected. “Where do you need me to go?”
    He stuck out the envelope. “Take what’s her name from the bullpen with you. This might be good. Joe caught wind of a rookie phenom the Rangers are hot after. He’s pitching tomorrow night in Mexico City. Be there. Get ahead of this story for us.”
    She took the offering. “Yes, sir, whatever you say, sir. But… Why me? I’m the weather girl.”
    “I know who you are, but your numbers are trending.” He backed toward his office. “You want to go, or not?”
    “Yes, of course. Very much so, sir. Thank you. I mean for thinking of me. Woo! I am plenty excited about this, I can tell you.” Oh why couldn’t she just shut up?
    He didn’t even crack a smile. What a geezer!
    “There’s a Visa in there.” He pointed to the packet. “But best be wary of the sharks in accounting.”
    A company card! What a wonderful old, generous geezer. “Yes, sir. And thank you for your confidence in me. I won’t let you down, Mr. Yancy.”
    He waved her off like getting a shot at sports meant nothing and retreated to his office. Must be nice being general manger of DFW’s biggest television station. She spun around then turned back. What’s her name in the bullpen? Okay, that left her choices wide open. Hmm, who’d be the most fun camera girl to fly south with? Or should she choose a guy?
    Exactly six hours and forty-seven minutes later, Sammi Dan flopped down on one of the Hilton’s double beds as though a kid again. Wow, she could hardly believe how fast it all happened. But there she was in Mexico City!
April What’s-her-name Meadows stood in front of the dresser and smirked unpacking her suitcase into the drawers. “Shouldn’t we hurry up and get ready and go back downstairs? Aren’t we running out of time?”
“Oh, girlfriend, lighten up for the sake of the team, will you? You’re not being any fun.” Sammi Dan pointed to the little refrigerator. “See what they’ve got to drink in there. And if there’s any chocolate.”
Her camera girl slash producer slash assistant shook her head. “You’re unbelievable. I’ve already made arrangements for you to do a preliminary with this G.H. Johnson guy in exactly…” She slid her phone open. “Fifty-two minutes in the lobby.”
“Heavens to Mergatroid, girl, that’s almost an hour away. Why the rush?”
“Whatever. You’re supposed to be the talent here, Sam. Don’t you want to freshen up, get downstairs early for a lay of the lobby—choose the perfect shot for your interview? Or do you plan on lounging there sucking up the AC and drinking tequila with your chocolate truffles?”
Sammi Dan sat up and exhaled slowly. Logical April was right of course, but she sure knew how to spoil a perfectly great trip south of the border. Should have asked Christie, she wouldn’t be such a party popper. Sammi got up and riffled through her bag.
“I don’t know why you’re unpacking. What’s the point when we’re only spending one night? We do leave tomorrow after the game on the redeye, right? They could’ve let us fly home the next morning, but no, the sharks in accounting didn’t want to spring for two nights. Tightwads.”
G.H.  Johnson showed early, but Sammi Dan had gotten there earlier. She loved that. Her chosen place for her first ever sport’s interview offered a lovely tropical backdrop of palm trees, ferns, and falling water. She stood and stuck out her hand. “Good afternoon, Mr. Johnson, and thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me. I’m Samantha Danielle Davenport from KBTL in Dallas. Won’t you have a seat?”   
“I know who you are.” He grinned.
He did? How in the world?

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Caryl McAdoo currently writes three series: the historical Christian ‘Texas Romance’; a contemporary ‘Red River Romance’; 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 fourteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings believing all good things come from God. Praying her story gives God glory, she hopes each one 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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