Story Spark: One and Done by Caryl McAdoo (and Book Giveaway)


Caryl McAdoo has a vibrant personality that shines through our email threads. Please welcome her as she shares the inspiration behind her latest release.

My new July release One and Done is book three in my Red River Romance series. These novels standalone, connected only by River County, Texas. In this fun story, peppered with exciting fantasy baseball, my heroine Samantha Danielle fulfills a dream. She partially sparked writing this contemporary romance.

And baseball, too, in order of fair representation; I do love baseball when my sons and grandsons are playing. I’ve lived so many summers at the city baseball parks—all those practices and all those games…you know the old cliché…if I had a nickel. All our boys were wonderful athletes, and I proved quite the boisterous fan. I was never thrown out of a game, though Blue turned and spoke to me more than once.



But my secret idea behind writing it was to get all those young, male family members—nephews (and brothers) included—to read one of my books! J When my first romance (mature inspirational) came out, I took my son to the airport and had to shed tears to get him to take a copy for reading on the plane. Though he reported being pleasantly surprised, I don’t think he’s read another, but he loves baseball!

In most Christian romance novels, the heroine is the follower of Christ, but in One and Done, it’s my most awesome hero George Herman Walter Johnson. His grandfather named him and didn’t know if he would be a slugger or hurler.

BenNO'PaAbout the Story

One and Done is an unlikely love story born of prophesy, grown in full view of the probing public eye, and seemingly doomed because of the bride-to-be’s heathen condition. The pitcher follows Christ though, but can his faith that she is God’s woman for him carry them through to their happily ever after.

Meet Caryl

caryl-bulldogs-teamgramiCaryl 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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Book Giveaway

To enter the drawing for a copy of Caryl’s book, please leave a comment before Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. (Central time). After a random drawing, the winner’s name will be announced on Monday, July 13th.

Thank you for reading the Story Spark behind Caryl’s novel and participating in the giveaway.

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28 thoughts on “Story Spark: One and Done by Caryl McAdoo (and Book Giveaway)

  1. Love this story. My son-in-law is a high school baseball coach, so naturally my daughter’s family lives at the baseball field for the 1st half of the year. I also love baseball. Great picture, Caryl. Johnnie, thanks for this story spark. I can sure recommend Caryl’s Biblical fiction, so I’ll bet I’d like this one.

    • Hi, Janet. When my son was still in high school, we lived by the throwing area at the track field. He threw discus and sometimes shot put. I’m not much of a baseball fan, but seeing Caryl’s photos does bring on the nostalgia for those track meets.

      Thanks for the recommendation, too, of Caryl’s Biblical fiction. It’s always great to get a reader’s endorsement.

    • Hey, Connie. Always glad to have you here. Do you know of any other stories where the hero has this kind of role? The only one I can think of is Kept by Sally Bradley. But my reading time has been limited lately so there may be others.

    • Hello Connie 🙂 Samantha Danielle didn’t know what she was missing 🙂 God loved her though, and He had a plan! It’s so wonderful to know He has a specific plan for each of us! I’m so glad that way back in 1993, He sent me to the DFW Writers’ Workshop where I learned to write. I pray my story gives God glory! Thanks for commenting!

    • Oh, it’s been my pleasure! Thank YOU for having me, Johnnie! I just discovered this week that I’m going to welcome #16 in February! Sixteen wonderful grandsugars! Be blessed for your support of other Christian authors, Johnnie! Blessings!

    • I know the feeling well, Sherrey, but God surely knew what he was doing when He surrounded me with so much testosterone 🙂 Sure do love those pink, frilly little girliegirls though! 🙂 Thanks for coming by!

    • I know the feeling well, Sherrey, but God surely knew what he was doing when He surrounded me with so much testosterone 🙂 Sure do love those pink, frilly little girliegirls though! 🙂 Thanks for coming by! Blessings!

  2. This sounds like a really good book. I know someone at work who loves baseball that I could share your book with

    • Music to an author’s ears, Karen : ) I do hope you’ll think it is a good book when you read it. I know I laughed and cried both when I was editing. I know that sounds silly. I like to let the story get cold before I edit. And then I can enjoy it almost just like I didn’t write it! Thanks for stopping by. Be blessed 🙂

    • Hey, Karen, just read that part aloud when he laughs next time. I’ve already had several male readers who’ve bragged on my…but my husband helped a lot with the pro-game lingo 🙂 Thanks for commenting! God bless!

  3. Johnnie, Thank you again so much for having me and giving me the opportunity to share my new release! Blessings and favor to you! And congrats on your new Barbour contract for the Courageous Bride series! 🙂