Shannon here: Caryl McAdoo shares how she met her husband and how her characters’ meet in her latest Historical Romance, Texas Times (book 9 in the Cross Timber Romance Family Saga). Comment or answer the question in this post to enter the drawing for an e-book copy of Gone to Texas – book 1 in the collection. Deadline: Aug 19th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Caryl:
A Good Meeting Place
First off, I want to give a big Texas THANK YOU to the “Inkslinger” extraordinaire for the invite to be with you today! I just love meeting new people, and Shannon’s blog gives me that wonderful opportunity every time I stop by! I’m grateful to be here and look forward to your comments!
As my grandsugars face a different world as far as dates and finding prospective mates, I think back to meeting my husband, Ron. At sixteen, the summer before our junior year, we met at Lee Park Recreation Center where I was a recreation leader. He also worked for Irving’s Parks and Recreation Department but with the “parks” part and had come by to mow the grass.
I checked out basketballs and games, taught a cooking class for seven-to-ten-year-olds, loaded the ceramic kiln daily and fired the pieces from the ceramic class among other things. I didn’t teach ceramics, but I joined it whenever I had time! Ron had come into the building on his lunch break to eat and cool off in the AC.
After scarfing down his food, he came to my window and checked out a basketball to shoot a few hoops with a boy I went to Irving’s new high school with. Ron was a football jock at Irving High. Oooo, boy, was he ever tall and handsome with the prettiest, deepest blue eyes! When he checked the ball back in, he asked me out for the following Friday, June 17th.
I remember this because our first date wasn’t until the 24th since he stood me up! Yes! An uncle in South Texas had died, and his mother signed him out in the middle of the day, and the family left. (No cell phones in ’66!) Besides, he couldn’t call me at school.
When he returned, he called and apologized—I promptly accepted. Truth be told, I didn’t KNOW he’d stood me up because I’d stood him up! 😊 See? I had a record going…a date every night since we got out of school, and I didn’t want to take any chances, so I actually accepted three dates for the 17th!
I know! I know! It wasn’t right, but I was young, probably a little foolish, and I had that record to uphold! You’ll never believe I was supposed to go out with a Ronnie, Ricky, and Randy that Friday night! I told Mama I’d leave with the first one who got there, and she could tell the others whatever she wanted.
Uh…I didn’t mention the three dates thing to Ron; he found out years later. SO, we dated every night the rest of the summer and on into November when his mother put her foot down.
He’d told her he was going to marry me after our second date. Ron gave me an engagement ring the following June 22, ‘67, and we married June 22, ‘68. This year we celebrated FIFTY-FIVE years of marriage!
Work IS a good place to meet a spouse… also evidenced by my hero, Amos Humble, and heroine, Alexandria Bell, in my soon-to-be-released novel TEXAS TIMES, book nine of my “” and my contribution to the 2023 multi-author Sixth Annual Thanksgiving Books and Blessings
In this story Alex, a single, prim and proper country girl coming up on thirty years old, inherits her uncle’s portion of a big city newspaper and his Dallas home.
This propels her on a journey she never expected. Guess who she meets at the paper though… it’s always a little obvious in a romance, isn’t it? But suddenly, she has three men vying for her attention.
Amos, the son of Arlene and Laundry Humble, is a character whose parents’ love story filled book three, TEXAS TEARS. He’s the top reporter at the Texas Times! So, whether its 1877, 1968, or 2023 . . .work has always been a good place to meet a mate! So, let the adventure begin!
Question for Readers: Where did you meet your spouse or where do you think would be a great place to meet a potential mate!
About Caryl: Best-selling author Caryl McAdoo, praying her story gives God glory, loves God, husband Ron, their children, and twenty-five grandsugars—writing stories and singing new worship songs! Her historical family sagas are loved around the world. The McAdoos live in Clarksville, Texas—waiting expectantly for God to open the next door. Learn more & connect:
About the book – Texas Times: Thanksgiving Books & Blessings Collection Six (Cross Timbers Romance Family Saga – Book 9)
He shall choose our inheritance for us . . .
A prim and proper country girl is thrown into a mayhem of madams and mercy killing when Alexandria Bell inherits her estranged uncle’s portion of a big city’s premier newspaper, the Texas Times. She does find the pickin’s better in Dallas as before she knows it, three suitors vie for her attentions. One makes her laugh, one speaks to her heart, and the third possesses such a way with words, he makes her envious of his talent . . . but she’s his boss. Come along on Alex’s new career adventure and see if any are successful in winning her heart and hand.
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