Shannon here: Caryl McAdoo shares the inspiration behind her latest Historical Romance, Bipartisan Love. Comment or answer the question at the end of the post to enter the drawing for an e-book copy. Deadline: June 29th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Caryl:
What a hoot, reliving the late sixties! In 1968, my husband and I graduated high school in May and married in June (both eighteen years old). My dearest has always been a political junkie, and I record most all the Hallmark romance movies, so it seemed only appropriate to mix the two in a new story. That happened last November as we’d made 500,000 words for 2018 our goal. My June release, BIPARTISAN LOVE (1968) came out of that goal-setting.
One fun thing I love on this cover is that the heroine Cynthia Kramer is wearing the actual ring Ron gave me when we were sixteen—his first-ever gift to me in the summer of 1966. It’s a simple gold dome ring, popular at that time, with three little diamonds. I took a photo of it on my finger, and my graphic designer Chautona Having, worked a miracle, placing it on Cynthia’s to memorialize it!
About the time I discovered I could be expecting our firstborn, Hubert Humphrey lost to Richard Millhouse Nixon (1968 Election). So, my disillusioned heroine, fresh off of a major role in HHH’s losing campaign, seeks the solace of home and lost love. It’d been eighteen years since she’d left Texas to live in Egypt after Senator Lyndon Baines Johnson arranged for her daddy to get the ambassador’s post there.
Of course, liberal-Cynthia’s childhood sweetheart, Cody Wayne Buckmeyer of SON OF PROMISE (1950) fame—she was known as Cindy back then—has not only taken up with Amy Zimmerman, the banker’s daughter, but stands on the total opposite end of the political spectrum being a staunch, Texas, red-necked conservative.
Besides the time period being one I’m so familiar with, another thing that made the story so enjoyable to write was the love triangle with the background of the politics of the day, though I’ve never personally experienced a love triangle. After mine and Ron’s first date almost fifty-three years ago, we’ve been together. I am my beloved’s, and he is mine. No triangle troubles to deal with!
Side Note: I just love the Christian publishing community, authors and readers are so wonderful, but the industry has made a dire mistake in my humble opinion. They’ve designated “historical” as being any time up to and through the Vietnam War, which seems all wrong since I lived through those days! This makes me historical! No, no, no! See how that’s just so wrong? 😊
In romance, the games people play are so much fun, and I so enjoy exploring the deep motivations behind their actions. Readers who’ve read SON OF PROMISE know of Cody’s turbulent childhood. Those tempestuous days ended when his father Travis Buckmeyer entered into his life—that’s when the boy came to placing so much stock in his word being his bond.
Having given up all hope during the eighteen years his lost love gallivanted all over—Who knew where since she quit writing to him?—he’d proposed to Miss Zimmerman who, knowing first hand from her daddy the Buckmeyers’ true wealth, promptly accepted. He gave Amy his word and felt honor bound to marry her as promised—no matter her wrong motives or Cynthia’s untimely return.
Once I came up with the premise—can time truly heal a broken heart or betrayal be forgiven—and the setting—1968 in the Texas Hill Country, Llano County to be more exact. That’s where #1) my husband was born, and #2) Patrick Henry Buckmeyer, patriarch of my ten-book Texas Romance Family Saga series, built his new wife a grand home back in the early 1860s.
Henry is also great-grandfather to Cody Buckmeyer, hero of BIPARTISAN LOVE (1968). Readers first meet him in VOW UNBROKEN (1832) where he’s the hero.
The west wing of the Buckmeyer mansion had burned years ago, the result of a lightning strike, but Travis restored it in SON OF PROMISE (1950). Already knowing that book’s two main characters, Cody and Cindy, twelve-years-old then, now thirty—BIPARTISAN LOVE flowed easily to the page. While I can’t imagine Ron and I being separated eighteen years . . . true love is always true love.
About Caryl: Award-winning Author Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory! And her best-selling novels are blessed with a lion’s share of 5-Star ratings! With forty-four-and-counting titles, she loves writing as well as singing the new songs the Lord gives her—listen to a few at YouTube. She and husband Ron share four children and eighteen grandsugars. The McAdoos live in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County, in far Northeast Texas, waiting expectantly for God to open the next door. Learn more and connect:
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About the Book – Bipartisan Love:
Does time truly heal a broken heart?
Cody thought it had until she walked into the diner like she owned the world and back into his life as if she owned him.
Can betrayal ever be completely forgiven?
Cindy thought it could until she saw him with the bleached blonde. Her Cody!
Separated eighteen years, Cody Wayne Buckmeyer and Cindy think they can put the past behind them and work toward a common goal, a congressional seat . . . but is that possible?
NOTE: SON OF PROMISE Son of Promise Companion Book-ebook will be FREE June 24th-28th in celebration of BIPARTISAN LOVE’s launch on June. Be sure and get your copy if you haven’t read it!
Question for Readers: Do you believe in first love or young love becoming forever love?
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