Wednesday, July 15, 2015

One and Done by Caryl McAdoo

Hello, Pam Funke coming to you from Fox Southwest live in Red River County in far Northeast Texas. Folks, I’m almost to Oklahoma and less than an hour from Arkansas—way out in the country, and I must say it’s beautiful and quiet and peaceful. I’m in Annona, Texas the only place in all of Red River Co that sells and beer, wine, and spirits.

Right now I’m with the owner of Bear’s Liquor Store, a longtime resident and Samantha Danielle’s uncle.

Honorary only. We’re actually fifth or sixth cousins, don’t remember exactly, but me and her dad go way back. How about them Rangers? When G.H. and Sammi Dan came along, the team was struggling. His pitching and her reporting sure give us a shot in the arm. We’re liable to go all the way.

(clears throat) So you’ve known Miss Danielle her whole life. Could you tell us about her childhood?

Good kid. Nothing else to tell. Now G. H., different story. He was a phenom as a kid. It’s all over the net. One out away from throw a no hitter when he’s fourteen. Hurt his shoulder and lost the no-no, but finished the game. He’s a tough little booger. Reminds me now of Walter Johnson…not that I saw him pitch, but I seen clips of him. They did an overview on ESPN the other night. You see it? Looked like one and the same to me when they super imposed the two.

Customer: Hey, couldn’t help but overhearing. I know Sammi Dan real well. We almost got engaged.

Oh, you did? Uh, thank you, Bear. (turns to customer) May I ask your name, sir?

Sure! Rex Reynolds. Sami and I went steady through most of high school. Saw her the other day, I sure made a mistake dumping her for my ex, but you live and learn. Hey, is this going to be on TV? Hey, Sammi Dan, you get tired of that rookie, give ol’ Rex a call, and I’ll be there, girl.

Don’t you have cows to tend, Rex?

Hey, Bear, how about you tend to your business, and I’ll tend to mine.

Well, do it across the street, and don’t be coming back. I’m still mad about you telling them reporters where Danny lives.

Rex storms out. Report turns back to Bear. Care to tell me about Sammi Dan and Rex?

Not much to tell. She was crazy about the quarterback. He fell hard for another gal’s money and dumps my girl. Interloper was a Dallas transplant, Missy, but the Alsips didn’t last. Lot of folks don’t. Like I said not much else to tell.

What about Danny? Would that be Sammi Dan’s father?

Matter of fact, it would, but you had to hear what I just told the boy. Now do you want any wine, ma’am, or what? I’ve got inventory to get out.

(Back in Clarksville)

Hello again, viewers. I was thankful to find the Dairy Queen open in Clarksville, Texas, and I’m speaking now with owner Kim Mahlstedt. I’ve never seen a DQ so quaint, I love your interior.

Oh thanks, we’ve been working on it, trying to making it homey and comfortable for all our customers.

And I see you keep books on this wall. What’s that all about?

Well, I love books. My husband might call me a book-a-holic. I put some of the ones I’ve already read there, and customers bring their been-read books in to, then they take the ones they want to read. Most the time paperbacks, just a little service we offer.

That’s so nice! So, Kim, I was in town to ask about Samantha Danielle Davenport. Do you know her, and if you do, could you tell our listeners a little about her?

Well, we’re new to town, came about ten years ago, so I didn’t know her when she lived here and was growing up, but everyone knows our own personal weathergirl, even if we don’t get the Dallas channels.

Sammi Dan’s a sweetie, home-grown and the prettiest little thing. We’re all so excited that she’s interviewing Johnson, that new Ranger’s pitcher.

Yes, G.H….well, George Herman Walter Johnson. That’s a mouthful! Has he been in since he and your hometown girl have been an item?

Oh, yes. That sweet girl has a serious addiction to our banana splits—likes hers with two chocolates on the ends and strawberry in the middle, with extra nuts and whipped cream—I’m pretty sure she has one every time she’s in town. Call it the ‘Sammi Dan’ ! And her Dad and Corrie Cate came with them last time—the whole family. Excuse me, ma’am. (turning from reporter) Hey! Welcome to DQ! What can I get you?

Well, thank you for speaking with me, Kim.

You’re welcome, Pam. Thank you! (turns to customer) A Hungerbuster with cheese and mayo, no onions; and what to drink?

And there you have it folks! You can read more about Sammi Dan and her man in Caryl McAdoo’s brand new release (last week!) One and Done, book three in her Red River Romance series.

About the novel:

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—sure to be enjoyed by men and women—with its 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, playing for a Mexican team. 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?

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?


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

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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