Texas Timber & TEXAS TIMBERS with Caryl McAdoo

Please welcome guest author Caryl McAdoo to Petticoats & Pistols.

My home is The Peaceable, a twenty-acre wooded property about five miles south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County, in far Northeast Texas. This area is sometimes called the “Piney Woods” part of the State. Almost anytime I get out, I pass several lumber businesses, and usually an eighteen-wheeler or three loaded with cut timber as well. (I don’t like to drive behind them!)

As soon as pioneers began to settle Texas, timber proved to be a valuable resource, then right after the Texas Revolution in the spring of 1836, the lumber production increased steadily in the new Republic. By the 1860s, there were reportedly two hundred sawmills in the state. The construction of rails across East Texas ushered in another boom of the Texas timber industry in the 1880s.

From the time my parents brought me to Texas from my California beginnings (a six-month-old in 1950), until March of 2008 when we move to Red River County, I lived in Northwest Dallas and Irving which falls within the Cross Timbers which stretches from Kansas, through Oklahoma, and down as far south as Central Texas.


In Texas, the forest regions run in two narrow, parallel strips, separating the Black Prairies in the east from the Grand Prairies in the west, from the Red River to the Brazos where the woods play out.

The average width of the Eastern Cross Timbers, which includes Dallas, is around fifteen miles. The eastern strip’s soil is more fertile than the western, lending not only to larger trees but a wider variety and more dense undergrowth.

In the early days the Cross Timbers was a famous landmark and quite difficult for the settlers to get through due to its density. Besides log cabins and providing firewood, the trees served another important function. They prevented rainwater from running off, letting it soak in for the hundreds of wells pioneers dug!

I lived in these timbers for fifty-eight years, then moved to the piney woods. Is it any wonder that a lot of my stories are set in both? My second family saga is named for them, the Cross Timbers Romance series, and is set in the area along the Delaware Creek (that later became Irving) and downtown Dallas.


Book seven just released September 3rd! It’s title? Why, TEXAS TIMBERS!

It’s heroine, Autumn Hope, has had prophetic dreams since she was a child (LEAVING TEXAS, book four), and God has been showing her a man in a dream. She kisses him in the night vision, so figures he must be her husband. The Lord also shows her where he’s working down in the Sulphur River bottoms cutting bois d’arc, too.

She’s deadest on going to find him to convince him she should be his wife. Sean O’Farrell, of course, is a timber man through and through and pretty much thinks she’s crazy.

I hope you’ll enjoy reading the fun story! It’s available HERE



I’d love to gift one of my commenters an eBook copy of book one in the Cross Timbers Romance Family Saga, GONE TO TEXAS! Just tell me where you live and what’s special about your area!  I pray you’ll be blessed!


 Award-winning, Christian author Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory. Of her best-selling novels, readers love her historical Christian romance family sagas most, but also enjoy her Christian contemporary romances, Biblical fiction stories, her new mystery series, and tales for young adults and mid-grade booklovers. The far majority of reviewers award her stories five-stars and praise Caryl’s characters, feeling as though they get to know them well.

The prolific writer loves singing the new songs God gives her almost as much as penning new novels—hear a few at YouTube! She’s been married to Ron fifty-three years. They share four children and twenty-one 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.


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34 thoughts on “Texas Timber & TEXAS TIMBERS with Caryl McAdoo”

    • It is so my pleasure, Karen! I love coming to Petticoats & Pistols! Y’all have a great group of authors and readers both! I appreciate the opportunity to visit and share! I pray you and R&R will be blessed!

  1. Grandsugars! I love that! I live in central Minnesota and enjoy the four seasons of the year, with fall being my favorite. We live in the woods and enjoy the wildlife and lakes around us. Great to read your blog today. God bless you.

    • Aww, thank you Kathy, over and again! My husband’s birthday is in November so he’s an Autumn Man! I was born in May and Spring is my favorite (all the new life and all) but fall is my second favorite! I’d rather it be cold than hot, so summer (especially in Texas) is definitely not my fav! I believe you’d enjoy the book! Blessings to you and yours!

    • Oh how fun to live at Chesapeake Bay, especially since it’s so famous with its own TV show! 🙂 I’ve love to be that close to mountains! Not much a beach person though . . . I do like getting wet. 🙂 Blessings!

  2. I’ve lived in North Carolina all my life. We have some beautiful mountains in the west end of the state, beaches on the eastern end, and rolling hills in the middle. We also have a huge amount of pine trees!

    • I have an author friend in NC and she has posted photos of the beautiful mountains y’all have! I just love to be high and able to see forever! Six Flags’ Tower is so tall and I love to be up there! Haven’t been in so long. Pine trees! Who knew? I never would have thunk it 🙂

    • Aww, what an encourager you are, Lana! Thank you for your kind words of affirmation! I hope to get to see you in Paris in November! Blessings!

    • Well you stayed on the east coast, but I have no doubts FL is quite a bit different from Connecticut! The post is, of course, my pleasure!

  3. I live in Kentucky where the Kentucky derby is run and have never been to a horse race. I have lived here all of my life. I don’t live in the city where the races are. Kentucky is a beautiful state.

    • Hey Quilt Lady! What a wonderful thing to do, make quilts. I’ve always thought it would be so cool and creative! Gotta love the blue grass state! Ron and I had a horse stables back before we moved to the country in Grand Prairie Texas. We were right over the levy from the Lone Star Park Horse Racing Track. We even practiced some of our horses on the track 🙂

  4. Caryl, it’s so good to have you back. I love East Texas and would live there if I could. I grew up in the New Mexico desert and always yearned to live where there were tall trees. Wishing you much success with your new book.

    • Well thank you, thank you! Even growing up on the out skirts of Dallas, there were stands of trees I called woods back then! But I absolutely adore living in these woods of ours! Come on up to Clarksville anytime! Blessings!

  5. I live in southern Michigan. We have lakes all around us – not only the Great Lakes, but have small lakes near us as well. We have at least 5 lakes within about 6 miles of our house.

    • Well, hey, Kari Jean! I have never been to Michigan or seen the Great Lakes! I do love the water. I have a pond in my back yard I named the Pool of Praise. The folks in East Texas call a pond a pool. When I call it a pond, they know I’m not from around here! Blessings!

  6. Hi Caryl, nice to see you here. All your books sound great and the covers are all beautiful! You are such and inspiration my friend. God Bless you and your family. Have a great weekend and stay safe.

    • Howdy, friend! Good to see you here, too! Thank you so much. I’ve always been pretty picky about my covers. I’m so glad you think they’re all beautiful! Wow, to be an inspiration is such an honor from the Lord! I always turn any glory toward Him. He’s the whole reason I am who I am. Y’all have a great weekend, too! Love and blessings!

  7. I’m a Texan. I live 30 miles south of Austin. Every year our town festival is called Chisholm Trail Roundup. Our festival would put on a reenactment of The Battle of Plum Creek.

    • Hey, Carolyn! I get called that sometimes because of my “Y.” We ought to include a Maranantha BookFest at y’all’s festival! PM me if you’re interested! Some of our characters have ridden on the Chisholm Trail 🙂 and I believe were in that very battle, too! I love Texas! Blessings!

  8. I live in Southern Iowa and we have a lot of Amish/Mennonite around us. You don’t usually have to go far to find an Amish store.

    • I would love to visit an Amish community. We have a fair sized Mennonite population between Clarksville and Paris (where my Walmart is about forty-five minutes from home), so I pass by many times in a month. They shop at Walmart, too. One year they planted a crop of sunflowers . . . maybe five hundred acres of golden flowers. I was breathtaking! I can’t believe we didn’t stop and take a picture! They must not have done well with them because they haven’t planted them since. Thank you for stopping by, Megan. Blessings!

  9. We settled in Jonesborough, TN after my husband retired from the Air Force. We live in the country outside of town. Jonesborough is the oldest town in the state and has maintained its early 1800 or so character. There were two fires over the years that destroys most of downtown after which they built brick buildings. The town has maintained it’s early character and they do much to teach that history. There are docents that give tours of town, several museums, historic festivals, and a one room school house with a docent. The international Storytelling Center is located here. Except for last year and this, they have a Storytelling Festival the first weekend of October, Thurs. thru Sun. They have a great farmer’s market and May through Sept. they have Friday night concerts on the steps of the Historic Court House. They close off Main Street, people set up their chairs, some picnic or get meals from the diners in town, and the band sets up on the steps. There is much history in the area – Davey Crocket’s birthplace, President Andrew Johnson’s home National Park, and a reproduced preRevolutionary fort to name a few. Another bonus, we are in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

    • Hey, Patricia. It certainly sounds beautiful there and a great place to live. I so appreciate places that celebrate their history and would love to attend some of your festivals and spend some time in Jonesborough. I was so thrilled when we moved to Clarksville from DFW and I learned the rich history of Red River County, noted on Welcoming signs as “The Gateway to Texas.” Most the names in our Texas history came right through here. One of my favorite characters of all sixty books is Henry Buckmeyer who in my story was good friends with Sam Houston and knew David Crockett–he even name his sons after these two men. I hope you enjoy the Cross Timbers Romance Family Saga. Blessings!

  10. I life in Toledo, Ohio. We are close to all the Great Lakes. We are close to Lake Erie. It is just about 15 minutes away. Toledo has an award winning zoo, Tony Packos which was made famous from the television show MASH. Toledo also just hosted the Solhein Cup. Thank you for letting me share a bit about Toledo.

    • I’ve been in Toledo and had a best friend named Toledo when I was younger. I didn’t know those things! So glad you shared! Blessings!

  11. I want to thank everyone at Petticoats and Pistols for the opportunity of coming today to visit and share a little about my state and my new release! I so appreciate the invite! Blessings to y’all!

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