Guest Author Caryl McAdoo and a Give Away

Hello, Petticoats & Pistols readers! I’m Caryl McAdoo, hybrid (traditional and independently published) author of several Christian genres, and I am so glad to be here with you today!

I grew up in Dallas, Texas and only remember going to Fort Worth one time as a child when my parents took me to their zoo.

I always thought of it as a wild town and not nearly as cultured and refined as Big D! “Where the West begins!” they say of Cowtown, and I believed them!

It wasn’t until my early forties that I visited the city again on an invitation from a writer friend and his wife for dinner and an evening at the Stockyards. I had a wonderful time and was quite amazed with the Fort Worth I never knew! I’ve been back many times since.

The photo is me and a friend on her birthday outing with Bass Hall, our destination, in the background.

So, when I started writing book three in my historical Cross Timbers Mystery series, COERCION at The Cow Palace, I decided to set the story in a notorious half acre in 1870’s Fort Worth history! I loved the research!

The famous Chisholm Trail went right through ”Cowtown”! Its dust and beef weary cowboys would gallop into town shooting their pistols and even riding their horses right into the saloons! A red-light, gambling district sprang up that indulged the cowpokes’ vices.

The area became quite famous for its lawlessness, giving Hell’s Half Acre its memorable name and less-than-angelic reputation. That’s right where I set The Cow Palace, COERCION’s setting for the murder that needed to be solved.

In researching, I also discovered two things that kept the town from flourishing as Dallas had. The first was a faraway bank failure!

In 1872, the Texas & Pacific Railroad had laid track through Dallas—bringing prosperity and growth—and about six miles west of the city to Eagle’s Ford. The company stopped only twenty-four miles from Fort Worth before disaster struck.

Bankers to the U.S. government, Jay Cooke & Company, failed up in New York causing an international panic. Cooke was also major financial backers for the railroads. The bank’s collapse devasted Fort Worth’s future! Almost overnight, the population dwindled from four thousand to less than a thousand.

One former resident reported to a Dallas paper that Fort Worth was so deserted, he witnessed a black panther sleeping in the street. This gave Fort Worth a new nickname, Panther City or Pantherville.

The other factor was a terrible winter in the same year.

So, the city “Where the West Begins” got set back and became known as a wilder, less cultural place than its nearby sister-city Dallas

Excerpt from COERCION:
The youngest woman definitely knew Fort Worth better than either Charity or Vivian, from Dallas County. She filled in a lot of Cow Town’s history she’d learned along the way. Arriving at the new dress shop, the boardwalks were practically empty.

Where were all its customers?

“Well, my goodness, it’s like a ghost town or something.” Vivian stepped out of the carriage first. Virgil offered his hand to help her down. “Where are all the people?”

“There used to be a lot more, but so many left last winter.”

“I know it was a bad one, but why would so many leave?” Charity was last out of the carriage. “Thank you, Virgil. I’m certain you do not want to come into the shop with us, so you may either wait at the door or sit with Gilbert.”

“Yes, Miss Charity.” He hurried ahead and held the shop door for the ladies.

“The weather was only a part of it. You know they just had an orgy of building once everyone heard the railroad was coming.”

Charity glanced at Vivian. The young woman had an odd way of saying things.

“Then in August—or was it September?—anyway, some bank up in the Northeast went under. Supposedly, they’d invested in railroads pretty heavily. In no time, a lot more banks and railroads failed.”

“What a shame.”

“You know the tracks stopped in Eagle Ford and never made it here. Businesses all over town were closing right and left.”

“That’s too bad. Now that you mention it, a lot of new folks came to Delaware Creek last fall.” Vivian turned to face Charity. “The Banks and the Gregorys are from Fort Worth. Oh, and the Winslows, too. They had a gun repair shop here that closed.”

“I’ve met them and the Banks, but don’t think I know the Gregorys yet. You’ll have to introduce me. Do they come to the barn dances?”

“I think they have.”

“Well, that’s a shame some bank up in the North would have such a terrible impact on the city. Morgan has mentioned how the train not coming on into Fort Worth hurt its growth.”

“Oh, it was truly devasting. So many lost their homes, too.”

“How is it you’re aware of all that, Yolanda?”

“Oh, you know, Miss Viv. I hear things from some of the city’s big men of finance who frequent the Palace.”

COERCION at The Cow Palace debuted January 12th, so is now available at Amazon and subscribers to Kindle Unlimited may read it for free—all of my titles (except a few published by New York houses) are in that great readers’ program! I hope you’ll enjoy it and the Texas history I’ve included in the story!

I pray all the great authors and readers at Petticoats & Pistols have a BLESSED and wonderful New Year! May God shower you all in His high favor!

GIVEWAWAY: I would love to offer an eBook of DUPLICITY at The Lowell House, book one in the Cross Timbers Mystery series! Just answer this question to be entered! Have you ever visited Fort Worth, Texas or had an inkling to?


BIO: 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 she also writes Christian contemporary romance, mysteries, Biblical fiction, and also for young adults and mid-grade booklovers. The large majority of reviewers award her stories five-stars and praise Caryl’s characters, counting them family or very close friends. The prolific writer loves singing the new songs God gives her almost as much as penning tales—hear a few at YouTube! Married to Ron over fifty years, she shares 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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46 thoughts on “Guest Author Caryl McAdoo and a Give Away”

    • What fun, Denise! If you come again, let me know and if you have the time, maybe we can grab a lunch in the DFW area or on the highway! BLESSINGS!

  1. Good morning, Caryl. I have been to Dallas many times but to Fort Worth only once — to visit the art museum there with a friend. I enjoyed the day and liked the city. (I’m not entering the giveaway. I already have Duplicity.)

    • Hello and good morning, Janice! It’s so funny how many times that happens! Many times to Dallas, few to Ft. Worth–though it has a lot to offer tourists! Let me know if you head this direction again! BLESSINGS!

    • The city “Where the West Begins” has a lot of fun parts! My son lived in Colleyville in Tarrant County for a while. Many of my nieces and nephews have moved west from Dallas County–my sister, too! BLESSINGS!

    • Hey, Kathleen! We had many folks moving to our great state in 2020 and 2021 because we remained “OPEN” for the most part. I’d love to meet you when you come to visit if there’s time! I live about 3 hours north of the Metroplex now, but only an hour off I30 and I drive to meet readers and authors along the highway a lot! I can also “Plan my trips into town as well if I know in advance! BLESSINGS!

    • Hello, Rhonda! The Metroplex is a great place to visit with such a variety of interesting places to go and see! 🙂 I hope you make the trip in the future! I’d love to meet you as you come into the great Lone Star State! BLESSINGS!

    • I was not aware at first that people from many cultures around the world love Texas and reading about it! Which is great because I love setting my stories in this great state! I love Texas and its wild west history! So glad you love Texas stories, too! 🙂 BLESSINGS!

  2. Good Morning, My Sister to the North! several years ago, I attended a dog show in Ft. Worth. I’d love to return to visit friends in the area.

    • Hey dear sister to the south! I did not know you were in to showing dogs! We bred and showed AKC Chinese Shar Pei back in the early ’90s! We just keep on finding out we have more and more in common, and I love you so although we’ve never got to meet face-to-face YET! I know you’ll let me know if you travel north! BLESSINGS!

    • A city in itself! When my boys were in the cub scouts, I took my den to the DFW airport on a field trip! We walked all over and rode the trams! Watched the airplanes come in! They had a blast. Many had never been to the airport! BLESSINGS!

    • I think that is so cool because you’ll know when you read the story–COERCION at The Cow Palace–you’ve been there! Even if my setting was about a hundred and fifty years ago . . . is that right or is it two hundred and fifty? 🙂 BLESSINGS!

  3. I flew in and out of Dallas/Ft Worth airport at Christmas! I’d love to be able to spend time in both places sometime, though.

    • And I missed you, Trudy! I used to live in Irving (literally next door to the airport–ten minutes away–but I couldn’t have come anyway this December–I could hardly get out of bed to go potty! My dear husband and I were both diagnosed with covid 12-12-21. I’m still working at getting stronger–a NASTY virus! BLESSINGS!

  4. I have visited Fort Worth at leas5 2 times. Once during a business trip and another just passing through. It was a beautiful city. Our trip was very enjoyable.

    • The Stock Yards is a fun place and the BEST place to get a steak! When I was growing up, the “very exclusive” steak place was Cattleman’s in downtown Dallas! BLESSINGS!

    • Hi KariJean! It truly is awash in history! So many years of my younger life, I wasn’t that interested in history . I was quick to tell anyone, including my teachers, it was my least favorite class! But when I wrote my first historical novel and researched for it, as an adult, I’ve come to love it and my favorite part of the research is finding out how the people lived back then and the things that shaped cities and areas! I hope you enjoy this mystery series! BLESSINGS!

  5. Caryl, thank you for visiting again. I’m glad you enjoyed the Fort Worth Stockyards. I’ve been many times and have loved just standing on the sidewalk, imagining what it once looked like. Must’ve been something. Your new book sounds wonderful. Loved the excerpt.

    • Hey, Linda! I always love coming to Petticoats and Pistols! I have a picture somewhere of me riding a longhorn! I loved the longhorn herd coming down the streets of the city! BLESSINGS!

    • Oh, Emma! You would surely love it! The whole history of cowboys and horses and Texas Rangers is so wild and romantic! Let me know if you ever get to head our direction! BLESSINGS!

    • Hi, Meagan! One wonderful thing about Texas is that we have it all–Woods, coastal beaches, prairies, deserts, and mountains!! Mama’s folks were in Dallas, so that’s where I grew up and moved only a few miles to Irving where I lived 50+ years! Ron and I moved northeast to Red River County in 2008 and we LOVE it up here . . . such a more peaceful, quiet life in the country with fields of wheat and cows and LOTS of piney woods, too! BLESSINGS!

  6. Hi Caryl, Welcome. a long time ago when our daughter was in college, we only drove through Ft. Worth, never stopped though. Your book sounds and looks like a great read. (not entering this giveaway, but thank you.) Have a great weekend and stay safe.

    • Hello, dear friend and avid reader! We have SNOW today! Very rare for Texas! And two years in a row?? Just awesome! BLESSINGS!

  7. I have never been to Texas at all. I have a cousin that lives in Dallas, maybe one day I will be able to travel in that area.

    • Hi Connie! That would sure be a sweet reason to visit out great state! Dallas has grown CRAZY big since I lived there, but the roads are great and you can get almost anywhere in the Metroplex in twenty or thirty minutes due to the excellent highway system. If only so many drivers on them weren’t insane!! BLESSINGS!

    • I can testify that you’ll be able to find something you will LOVE visiting here! There’s definitely many FUN things to do and places to go! BLESSINGS!

    • Morning, Debbie! Exciting indeed! It’d be great to meet you! Come on down! You might fall in love and want to stay! 🙂 BLESSINGS!

  8. Yes I have been to Fort Worth for a conference. Went to Billy Bob’s and wasn’t brave enough to get on the mechanical bull. I also drove through the stockyards.

    • Hey, Carolyn! I get called Carolyn sometimes because of my “Y” 🙂 I’ve been to Billy Bob’s! I used to love boot scootin’, but my husband was never a dancer. He grew up Church of Christ so never learned how I guess. I, on the other hand, hardly ever sat down when we went to a honky tonk with a group of friends! Neither of us is a drinker, but we enjoyed the country music. It was good to have him look out for all the purses! BLESSINGS!

  9. A few years ago, my mother and I went to visit my sister in Irving. One day was spent at the stockyards. We really enjoyed it. I even had my picture taken on a Longhorn steer. I had been to the zoo a few years ago so we didn’t go there, but across from the zoo is a log cabin village. The have log cabins they have brought in from all around the state and had people in costume doing demonstrations. I loved it. I really like seeing history reenacted.

    • OH SUSAN! I’m so blessed to have you as a faithful reader and reviewer! We could have met! I lived in Irving 50+ years, you know! What was your sister’s name? I had my pic taken on a Longhorn, too! I have not been to the log cabin village but will try to go there soon! 🙂 <3 BLESSINGS!

  10. We went to Dallas/Fort Worth or an Air Force reunion a little over 10 years ago. We walked around Downtown Ft. Worth, saw the cattle drive, went to the Stockyards, and saw the guy with the longhorn you would have your picture taken with. If we get back to that neck of the woods, we will definitely stop in for another visit.


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