Saturday, September 13, 2014

Heart Stolen by Caryl McAdoo

Back Cover Blurb:

Unbeknownst to loved ones, a headstrong young wife is snatched off the prairie by two Comanche braves, carried north of the Red River, and traded to their war chief for ponies. After five years, a small detail of Texas Rangers rides into camp, and she determines that day will bring freedom or death. She’ll remain captive no more.

Sassy Nightengale almost gives up hope until a company of Texas Rangers rides into Bold Eagle’s peace camp. She learns they’ve come for the negotiated exchange of stolen white women, except her name isn’t on their list. Purposing in her heart to escape captivity with her blue eyed, four-year-old that day, she does everything she can to be noticed.

Famed Texas Ranger Levi Baylor spots the red headed beauty and agrees to the war chief’s price adding his personal horse and weapon to the Republic agents’ offerings. The trade propels the couple on a trail of joy and sorrow. Sweet love blossoms but must be denied. His integrity and her faith in God keep them at arm’s length, not allowing even a kiss. Sassy’s still married to her son’s father, and Levi’s honor bound to deliver her home—to her husband.

Can their forbidden love be made holy? God hates divorce. Is it wrong to hope, expect Nightengale to relinquish his wife and son? Will Sassy and Levi find the redemption they seek for their troubled souls?

Read an Excerpt:

Chapter One
Just thinking about him made Sassy want to stick her tongue out like she used to do to her father when he ordered her around. But Charles had married her, and she promised to love, honor, and obey him. She loved the man alright, leastwise she guessed she did. If he’d only treat her like a wife, not a child... Of everyone, he should understand most that she was grown; coming on sixteen, as mature as she would ever get.

Rosaleen he’d called her. She hated her given name. Pshaw, she could do both, visit her mamma and have his ol’ supper ready. As the sun peeked over the treetops, Sassy leaned forward and tickled the mare’s ribs with her heels. “Haw, pretty girl; we don’t have all day. He said he’ll be back by dark.” 

Stretching her gait, the mare flew over the rolling terrain. The wind whipped Sassy’s hair behind her. Oh, how she loved riding, always had. In barely any time, she slowed the mare into a lope and topped the last hill before Kickapoo Creek where she always let Bliss get a sweet drink, but not too much, from the easy flowing stream. With only another eight miles to her folks’ place, she might make it in time for some breakfast leftovers. She clicked her tongue.

Bliss cleared the far bank then her snort and shiver pulled Sassy’s attention to follow the mare’s gaze. Two bare-chested Indians sat on painted ponies. The bigger one pointed a long handled club at her and whooped. Sassy hammered her heels into the mare’s ribs. The gray shot forward hitting a full gallop in fewer than ten strides.

Calm, stay calm, but her heart beat like the nines. She’d never lost a race in her life, not on Bliss. She definitely couldn’t lose this one. With a good lead, she’d outrun the little ponies. But as much as she pressed the mare, Sassy didn’t feel the horse giving the normal punch she counted on.

Never should’ve run almost the whole way to the Kickapoo. Should have thought…

She glanced under her arm. They cut the butter and were closing in. Her heart skipped a beat. She tensed and held her breath. Willed her horse to run faster. She slapped the reins back and forth across Bliss’ neck. Laid low on top her mane.

Where should she go? Was anyone nearer than her Daddy?
The whoops behind her moved closer.
Everything happened in slow motion.
One of the Indians came even. He glanced over and smiled a sickening grin.
She couldn’t breathe.
No God, no.

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About Caryl:
Caryl McAdoo and husband Ron—high school sweethearts—live with two grandsons in the woods south of Clarksville, the county seat of Red River County in Northeast Texas. She enjoys four-wheeling over the 916-acre McAdoo Ranch, horseback riding, and singing the new songs God gives her. For every blessing in her life, including ten children (counting in-loves) and fourteen grandsugars, Caryl credits her relationship with the Lord, and her heart’s desire is to glorify Him.

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CARYL is giving away a copy of Heart Stolen. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown


Diana Flowers said...

Ughhh. I waited so I wouldn't be first comment bc it never wins. Oh wellll... lol! Would love to win a copy of Caryl's book! It has been on my wishlist since I first read about it on FB! Thank you!


Wendy Newcomb said...

I would love to win "Heart Stolen"! I just know it is one I'd enjoy, thank you for sponsoring this contest.


Deanna Stevens said...

What a lovely cover. Sassy Nightengale, what a name! would love to win this one!
dkstevensne @

PriviesAndPrims said...

The writing brings you right into the tenseness of the moment!

Would love to read the entire book and winning it would be even better!


Danie Walther said...

I love the cover of your book I would love too read book.

Amy C said...

I have been patiently waiting for this one to release. I can't wait to read it.
Campbellamyd At gmail dot com

Jackie McNutt said...

I am looking forward to reading Caryl's new book ! The excerpt looks great.
Her book Vow Unbroken was one of my favorites . I love her writing style and great characters.
Thank you

Boos Mum said...

This book sounds absolutely amazing. Thanks for the excerpt and letting me know it it out there. Please enter me.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Patricia Bradley said...

I'll have to have this book one way or the other!And I don't usually like historicals, but this one... Great excerpt.

Judy said...

I do love the cover of this book. This story sounds like a great read.

It will be a joy to win a copy.

Judy B

Anonymous said...

Hello Carole and thanks for having Caryl here. If I enter many of her give-aways, maybe will finally get lucky. I sure want this book. I know it will interest me.Please put my name in the drawing. And, Diana, I have won a lot of times in the first comment. GOD bless you all. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

Caryl McAdoo said...

Thank you Diana, Wendy, Deanna, Doreen, Danie, Amy, Jackie, Boo's Mum, Patricia, Judy and Maxie! I appreciate you coming by and leaving a comment and for all your kind words! I failed to get the Amazon link to Carole, and I'm so sorry! Here it is for copy and paste :) Hugs and Blessings! Caryl

Joy said...

I would love to own this

Anonymous said...

Caryl is a great writer. I love all her books. She gives all the credit for her talent to the Lord.

Unknown said...

The back cover blurb and the first chapter have me hooked! Thank you for the "new-to-me-author" spotlight and for the chance to win!
Kelly Y.
kelly *at* dkcountryarts *dot* com

Ann Everett said...

Wonderful author and I never get tired of looking at that cover! So beautiful. Absolutely fitting to have such a great cover wrapped around such great writing! All of Caryl's stories are fantastic. If you haven't read one, you owe it to yourself to do so!! ~Ann

sm said...

I would love to read and review your book about Texas Rangers. sm wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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