Friday, January 27, 2023

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Wagons West by Caryl McAdoo

Book: Wagons West

Author: Caryl McAdoo

Genre: Historical Christian Romance

Release date: November 22, 2022

In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.

Besides the God-fearing, decent folks seeking new beginnings, adventurers, miners, risk-takers, fugitives, perverts, and runaways alike—even royals—comprise a few of the characters in book one of the ‘New Beginnings Family Saga’ titled WAGONS WEST. The two-thousand-mile journey is wrought with danger, trials, troubles and tragedies, deprivations, and of course, romance, but the lure of gold and a fresh start urges the sojourners on to the Promised Land!

Blaire Beechy, a widow with two almost grown daughters, Adeline and Beatrice, and a twelve-year-old son Tucker sells everything to go for the gold only to discover the rules of wagon master Ambrose Lee forbids them to join his wagon train, but the widow is determined. Though the disgruntled and handsome widow turns his head, the man deals with troubles of his own. His train isn’t full, he has yet to hire a scout, and his integrity thrusts him into saving a troubled young woman called Birdie. The journey is an arduous undertaking, but he’s done it before and is up to the task.
Wagon Ho!

This story was first published in episodes at Kindle Vella, Season One, by the same name. Season two SETTLERS & TOFFS continues the story and episodes are now being published and are available at Kindle Vella.


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Caryl McAdoo is one of my favorite authors. I started reading her books a few years ago and have LOVED every book that I have read by her. Wagons West is Book 1 in the New Beginnings Family Saga Series, her most recent series. I was very excited to read it recently. 

The time is 1849 and it is the period of the California Gold Rush.  Blaire Beechy is a widow with 2 young adult daughters and a 12yr old son. Blaire has recently sold everything her family owns to head West to the Gold Rush. She is not deterred when she discovers that the Wagon Master, Amborse Lee, has forbidden her family from joining his Wagon Train. Ambrose is very frustrated with things at the moment. He is still needing a Scout for his Train, his Wagon is not full yet and now he finds himself helping a young woman named Birdie. Will Blaire and her family make it on the Wagon Train? Will Ambrose achieve the task of getting the Wagon Train Westward bound? 

Caryl McAdoo does it again, another GREAT book!  I was captivated by the Storyline from the very first chapter. I have always been a fan of the California Gold Rush Era and the Wagon Train Era.I really enjoyed all the Characters in the book, Blaire was probably my favorite. She is a very determined woman who only wants what is best for her family. Ambrose Lee was a super interesting character in the book. I LOVE how detailed the book was about the Wagon Train history and Gold Rush Era. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Fiction. WONDERFUL Book!

Award-winning author Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and her best-selling stories—over sixty published now—delight readers around the world. The prolific writer also enjoys singing the new songs the Lord gives her; you may listen to a few on YouTube. Sharing four children and twenty-four grandsugars (six are greats), Caryl and her high-school-sweetheart-husband of fifty-four years Ron live in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas. The McAdoos wait expectantly for God to open the next door.


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What a fun, new adventure writing WAGONS WEST! Ron and I stepped up to try a new program Amazon offered authors called Kindle Vella where we’d write episodes rather than chapters. In a year’s time, WAGONS WEST had thirty-five episodes and was over one hundred thousand words, about four hundred pages.

We continue to write Season Two of the “New Beginnings Family Saga” SETTLERS & TOFFS, with the same characters going into the following year, 1850, scattering into three settings: those from Season One’s wagon train who decide to settle Auburn, California, those just starting the sojourn west with Emmerson Pierce, scout in Season One, now wagon master, and we sail the Atlantic to England when the son of the Earl of Farnsworth receives word of his older brother’s death.

The characters in WAGONS WEST made it so special for me, and I believe you’re sure to love them as well. Robert E. Lee’s older brother Ambrose is our wagon master and the story’s main hero. As all my heroes (thanks to Ron’s part of our collaboration) he is strong but flawed.

Our matriarchal heroine Blaire Beechy, recently widowed, has sold everything and uprooted her three children—two almost grown daughters Adeline and Beatrice and their twelve-year-old brother Tucker—only to discover Captain Lee’s idiotic rules forbid an unmarried woman from traveling in his wagon train. Why must there be a man at the head of each family?

WAGONS WEST offers readers adventures with a colorful cast of characters who support, cause trouble, act a bit crazy, and play ball to make the story one you just can’t put down. All along the way, God is questioned,  given praise, denied, and surrendered to, saving sojourners again and again—not only in the spiritual realm.

It’s a story I’ve certainly enjoyed writing, and I’m hoping you’ll enjoy reading WAGONS WEST as much!

As always, I’m ‘Praying my story gives God glory!’ Hallelujah! There is no one like Him! He alone is the Great King over all the earth! Not a man that He could lie, but worthy to receive all glory and all praise!

Blessings, y’all!

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To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away the prize of a $50 Amazon gift card and a 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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Lori Smanski said... Best Blogger Tips

thank you for your thoughts. I too love her writing. I also love the gold rush period and the wagon train period. would love to read another of her books. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

Debbie P said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds like a great book.

Roxanne C. said... Best Blogger Tips

It sounds like the reader will feel she s traveling west on the wagon with the characters.

Bea LaRocca said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for sharing your wonderful review of Wagons West, I love the cover and synopsis and I am looking forward to reading this story myself

Caryl McAdoo said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for participating in my WAGONS WEST CelebrateLit Tour! Blessings!

Caryl McAdoo said... Best Blogger Tips

@Lori Smanski

Hey there, Lori! Thanks for stopping by! I hope you get to enjoy WAGONS WEST sooner than later! :) Blessings!

Caryl McAdoo said... Best Blogger Tips

@Debbie P

Hey Debbie P! I hope you'll think so after reading it for yourself! Blessings! :) <3

Caryl McAdoo said... Best Blogger Tips

@Roxanne C.

Hey there, Roxanne! Every time I write a wagon train story. "I" feel as if I've been on the trail with them! :) Ron and I actually drove the Oregon Trail for research! What an awesome trip!

Caryl McAdoo said... Best Blogger Tips

@Bea LaRocca

I'm so glad you liked the cover! It was a new one for me! A painting by an early American artist rather than a model posing as my heroine on the front. I just wanted something new and different for this "New Beginnings"' series! :)

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