Friday, January 19, 2024

New Chicks at the Peaceable by Caryl “Grami” McAdoo



About the Book


Book: New Chicks at The Peaceable

Author: Caryl “Grami” McAdoo

Genre: Children’s Animals Picture Book

Release Date: November 23, 2023

Chickens from newborns to old hens have a “pecking order” but bullying is never right! What to do if you’re bullied by those around you!


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I received a complimentary copy of this book, and all opinions given are my own and not an endorsement of all author’s opinions. 

Author Interview

 1. Why did you want to become an author? 


I always loved reading and writing. It seemed the natural thing to do. My mother wrote a book (HOW TO HEAR GOD AND KNOW HIS VOICE)  and her father wrote a book, so I came from a long line. My granddaughter Lillian became a published author at age six, so she’s the fifth generation!

As an adult and a Christian, I wanted to write stories that would give God glory and bring my readers into a closer walk with Him. 


2. What step of writing this book was the most challenging and why? 


Hearing God as to its premise. From the beginning I thought NEW CHICKS at the Peaceable was to be about bullying. When I finally asked His help to finish it—I was getting nowhere fast—Holy Spirit clearly showed me it was to be about fear . . . not being afraid.

3. What/Who inspired you to write on the main themes found in the book?


That would be Almighty God. Yes, He cares about me writing a children’s book for preschoolers. He inspired a friend to ask me to give her flock a new home because she was moving. I had no chickens before that.

Then I loved my hens sitting a nest and hatching sweet fluffy peepers and wanted to share!

4. What did your research process look like for this book? 

I loved going outside and just sitting with my chickens to watch the chioks antics and hen’s teaching them. Of course, I carried my camera (my phone) with me! I did look up/google  a few facts for questions I had, but that was the extent of my research for this book! 😊


5. What message do you hope readers take away from your book? 

That fear is a sin. I know it will be subliminal for the little ones, but there will be a grownup reading it, right? Too many Christians will argue that it okay—even beneficial—to be afraid, when that is totally opposite to God’s Holy Word.

Scripture tells us that God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of love, power,  and a sound mind. He tells us three hundred and sixty-five times in the Bible to “fear not!’ “Be not afraid!” That’s once for every day of the pagan Romans’ calendar we complacently follow. 


How did He know their pagan calendar would have exactly 365 days? As the books in this series says, He knows everything!  




About the Author

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 their contemporary cousins, Caryl’s Biblical fiction, her new historical mystery series, and tales for young adults and mid-grade booklovers as well as the new picture books for the still younger set. The majority of reviewers award her stories five-stars and praise Caryl’s writing style and the depth of her 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-five years, and they share four children and twenty-seven grandsugars. The McAdoos live at The Peaceable in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas, waiting expectantly for God to open the next door.

More from Caryl

As the chicken population grows at The Peaceable Farm & Bookery, troubles come–all based all on the true story! One of our beautiful ‘Golden Laced Wyandotte’ hens got broody and wanted to sit on a nest and hatch a clutch of chicks!

The wee peepers, designated the “Songsters” and named Reba, Celine, Loretta, and Miley (the last by a reader’s daughter), experience the famous and proverbial “pecking order” chickens are so famous for. In human terms that can be called bullying though, and so Goldie, their mother teaches the girls how to respond those bully chickens!

Grami loves her “backyard birds”, and so does O’Pa! She expects the name of the twenty acres she and O’Pa live on in Red River County—The Peaceable—to be the spur for all its inhabitants to cohabitate peacefully with one another—and that includes the chickens!

She and O’Pa, her husband of fifty-five years have bought an incubator to hatch purebred chicks then raise fine, healthy birds to their laying age—usually four to five months—before finding them forever homes. We love our flock, and the babies grow so fast. Watching them is so much fun and relaxing, too!

Grami knows each hen and rooster by name, and they all are so affectionate! They come running whenever I head out the door (mostly because they want to see if I brought any food! 😊) I love thinking about what they are saying to each other with all their clucking and purring and cackling!

This is why the books are partially written from the hens’ point of view as our first animals’ series, The River Bottom Ranch Stories featuring horses and goats and dogs among other wild animal characters. And all those farm animals were real ones that we owned and loved, too—like the chickens!

This series ‘Grami’s Stories for Children’ also has a narrator speaking throughout—that’s me, Grami McAdoo! I talk to the children through a few pages full of dialogue to teach them about poultry and things of God. In NEW CHICKS at the Peaceable, I talk about bullies and how Jesus teaches us to respond, how they can be scary, but God is always with us and sends His angels to protect us!

The illustrations are photographs of our real chickens and The Peaceable Farm & Bookery. In the back of the book, there are a few pages of “Chicken Terminology” and fun “Chicken Facts” to teach the little ones more about the wonderful world of chickens!

I pray the precious little ones so dear to God’s heart will love the story and be blessed by it! 😊

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A Reader’s Brain, January 20 (Author Interview)

Lights in a Dark World, January 20

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Fiction Book Lover, January 22 (Author Interview)


To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away the prize of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.