Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Unwilling Bride by Candy Ann Little : Interview

Historical Romance
Beautiful and high-spirited Caitlin Gallagher has no desire to be married. When she’s forced into an arranged marriage, she vows to loathe the man. Her anger is kindled even more when she finds out he was born in England. Her family was forced to flee Ireland and move to America because of the war with England. Now this Englishman is stripping her freedom away. Dillon Cade is her enemy twice!

Gentle Dillon Cade has lived a quiet life for thirteen years in Norfolk, Virginia. When he agrees to marry a young maiden so she can stay in America while her parents are deported back to Ireland, he gets more than he bargains for. As he uses his newspaper to fight President Adams’ sedition acts and help Thomas Jefferson get elected, he must also deal with an unwilling bride, who now disturbs his peaceful life.

Can Caitlin work through her anger, finding faith in God and love in Dillon’s arms? Can Dillon tolerate her behavior long enough to win her trust?

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“He does not seem happy about working with me,” Caitlin commented after escorting Mr. Barclay to the door.

“I am sure he will come around in time.” Dillon smiled. “He’s just not accustomed to working with women.”

“I believe he is accustomed to swindling people.”

“Come, now. Let’s not be rude.”

“Why not?” she asked. “’Tis only my bad manners and unladylike behavior.”

“So you overheard that comment.” His chortle rubbed the already raw wound.

“I do not wish an incompetent nincompoop like him to do any work on this house.”

“He is not incompetent, my dear. He comes highly recommended.”

“Nevertheless, I do not want him stepping foot in here again.”

“You are upset. You will see reason once you calm down.”

“I, sir, do not intend to calm down. Nor do I want to work with the likes of someone so mean and nasty.”

“Caitlin, you cannot go through life firing everyone you do not get along with.”

“You could if you had any backbone.”

“I do not agree with every article I publish in the paper, but I must be fair and impartial. You have to learn to get along with people even if you don’t like them.”

“If you want to justify being spineless by calling it fair and impartial, you can. I, however, am not a journalist. I see things in black in white and call them as I see them. A spade is a spade, and a coward is a coward.”

“And you think Mr. Barclay is mean and nasty?”

Caitlin put her foot on the first step, but quickly turned around at that comment. “Exactly what are you implying?”

“I am not implying anything. I am saying that your tongue is sharper than a two-edged sword. You can shred a man to pieces with it.” Hurt flickered in his eyes. “You, Caitlin Cade, are the meanest, nastiest person I have ever met.”

“How dare you!” she screeched. “I am your wife.”

“Then start acting like one!”

“I do not have to stand here and listen to this.” She lowered her voice, hoping the servants weren’t listening. “You knew full well that I wanted no part of this charade.” Her green eyes misted. “But you insisted on pursuing this marriage and agreed that it would be in name only. Now you stand here, insulting me because I am not behaving as your wife. Perhaps I would be apt to be kinder if you ever took my side.”

“I am on your side, Caitlin. I stood up for you with Mr. Barclay, did I not?”
“Of course you do with a stranger but you won’t take a stand against a simple cook.”

His silence only fueled her anger. “See what I mean? The hired help are more important to you.” She turned to go up the stairs but he grabbed her arm, twirling her around.

“You and Martha are going to have to work this out on your own. I will not be in the middle.”

“Of course not, you take the cowardly way out. Do not get involved then you don’t have to make a decision. You can continue being fair and impartial.”

“You need to grow up, Caitlin. Only children run and sulk in their bedrooms, expecting someone else to defend their bad behavior.” He leaned closer tightening his grip when she tried to pull away. “Adults must learn how to work problems out on their own.”

His breath rushed past her cheek, nipping the tip of her ear causing tingling sensations. She felt the same sensations travel up her arm, where his hand still held her in place. She could feel the heat of his skin through the cotton sleeve. How could her body react so intimately when his touch was anything but gentle?

Angry at her body’s response and the harsh words he spoke, she lashed out. “You, Mr. Cade, can go straight to the devil.” Struggling to free her arm and not able to, she raised her other hand to slap his face.

He clutched her wrist in his hand. “Oh, no you don’t,” he seethed. “I have put up with your rude behavior long enough. I have given you every benefit of doubt because I have felt sorry for you. I have made all kinds of excuses and pardoned your contemptuous acts all in the hopes that you’d come around someday.” Bending her arm behind her back, he leaned so close that his chest brushed against hers. “But no more, Caitlin. I will not put up with your behavior anymore.” His tolerant temperament had been stretched to the limit.
His body felt like a torch as he pressed closer. Even in anger, he still felt desire for her. What was it about this woman that set his pulse racing and every nerve on edge?  Unable to control his own body, he claimed her lips.
She struggled against him, but that proved futile and only ignited the flames already devouring her body. Anger and desire merged into one emotion.

Everything else faded away leaving only this moment impressed in their minds.
 Knowing she should push away, step back, or do something to end this madness, yet her body didn’t budge. His kiss left her immobile and thirsty for more like the scorched fields drinking in the rain after a summer draught. She felt a chilling sensation when his hands released her arms. A moment later they were gliding up her back, creating a whirlwind of emotions. She wound her arms around his neck, clinging to him helplessly, her fingers played with his curly mass of hair. She felt faint from lack of oxygen but didn’t move or take any steps to stop him.

Dillon finally broke the kiss, silently chiding himself for taking such liberties. Looking into her startled green eyes he saw something else, although he was not sure what. Love. Hate. Desire. Anger. These emotions so closely mirrored each other that it was hard to tell which one she felt. He certainly felt confused about his own feelings. “I am sorry, Caitlin.” He turned on his heel and left.






How did you start your writing career?


My writing journey had a rocky start. Although I remember writing some poetry in high school and a short story while serving Saturday detention, I never thought much about writing. I did love to read but even that fell by the wayside after I graduated, and got married. It wasn’t until I was 27 and pregnant with my third child that my career began. My daughter, Megan, ended up being stillborn. Something happened the night before I went into labor and by the time I got the hospital, she was gone. The nurse suggested I start a journal to help with the grieving process. I thought it a dumb idea at the time, as I’d never kept one as a teenager, but as grief overwhelmed me and I felt angry at everyone, including God. I decided to try it. I soon found a freedom and healing in writing that I never expected. After two years, I started reading romance books again. And, somehow, out of the blue, I thought to myself, why don’t I write a romance novel? Crazy!! But I know now that it was God giving me a new love and a way to heal. So, I plotted out my romance and named my character after my daughter, Megan. I sat down and started typing. Two years later, I had my first romance novel completed. After that I was hooked and could never stop. 

 

Tell us about your current release.



I released my Inspirational, historical romance, “The Unwilling Bride” in February of 2011. I printed out the hard copies in October. Then, in December, I released an ebook of my cozy mystery novella, “Death by broken Heart.”


Tell us about your next release.

I’m currently working on editing and formatting my other Inspirational, cotemporary romance “Unforgiving Ghosts.” This is the fist novel I wrote, it deals with my real life experience of losing a child. I also named the main character after my daughter. I’m hoping to have this out as an ebook by Spring. I’m also writing the sequel to “Death by Broken Heart.”   
 
Has someone been instrumental in inspiring you as a writer?



I would be remiss in not giving God the credit for my inspiration.


Who is your favorite author?



As a teenager I loved to read Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. I still love her work but as a Christian I prefer to read less on the sex scenes. I feel my work has the passion her novels produced without all the graphic details.


When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?



I like writing late at night. However, at the moment, I try to write whenever I have time. I don’t have a set schedule and haven’t been doing much writing. Marketing and promoting are taking up a lot of my time. Making more time to write is one of my goals for this year. I need to be more organized, and juggle all my tasks better so I have time to write new stuff.


What is the hardest part of writing your books?



Right now, finding time to write. And, secondly, grammar. I’m not good with spelling and still have no idea where those stupid commas go!! My strength lies in the creative part of plot and characters. Hopefully, someday I’ll get the grammar down and then I’ll feel more professional.


What does your significant other and family think of your writing career?



My kids were really cute when they were little. They would pray every night, especially my daughter. She’d always pray for me to get my book published. But, as the years dragged on and I only received rejection letters, they stopped praying. And now my son is twenty and hates reading anything!! My daughter is seventeen and says she doesn’t like reading. Her biggest problem is having a learning disability in reading so it’s very hard for her. I also think she says that to piggyback off her brother. However, she is very creative and likes coming up with short stories. My husband has never been very supportive of my writing. I think he’s taking it a little more serious now that I actually have my novels out there and people are buying them.


Does your significant other read your stuff?



No! But he doesn’t read anything unless Car Craft Magazine and the Playstation code book count as reading!!


Tell us about your family.


I met my husband when I was a senior. I had just turned nineteen and he was twenty-four. He did take me to my prom so I always joke that I married my prom date. My kids are growing up too fast! I’m having trouble grasping the fact that I had to change my info in January from being the mom of two teenagers to having an adult son when he turned twenty. It’s also hard to grasp that I was engaged and planning my wedding when I was his age. My daughter is seventeen and beautiful. She is my ray of sunshine! Thankfully she hasn’t had a serious boyfriend or really bothered with boys that much. I’m not ready for that day!! I’ll have to lock her up like Repunzel.


Who are your books published with?



I decided to self publish. I started my own company Kingdom Kastle Publishing, Inc. and formatted my novel as an ebook. My neighbor did my cover and later she formatted the entire book for print. God has given me great friends who have encouraged me and now are helping me make my dream come true. I also have friends who help me edit. As I said earlier, I need them really bad!!



As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

 
I wanted to be a teacher, but never made it to college. Then, I homeschooled my kids for five years and found out why God never led me in that direction. I’m not big on patience!! But now I sub in the public schools for parapros and teacher assistants, mostly working with kids with learning disabilities and autism. I feel I’m more useful in this occupation.



What group did you hang out with in high school?



I was the nerd, but not like the smart computer type. More like the loser type!! Then in seventh grade my best friend moved away and I felt lost. I was tired of the preppy kids picking on my clothes, which I do admit were pathetic but we were poor and I made do with what I had. Anyway, I started hanging out with the “hoods” as we were known back then. Not sure what they are called today, but it was the partying crowd. I didn’t really fit in with them but I noticed the preepy kids stopped picking on me, or at least didn’t say things to my face. So, I hung out with them through tenth grade. I did get in a little during those years but nothing serious. Then I got saved that summer and I knew God didn’t want me smoking and partying. Thankfully, I choose to take Child Care classes at the vocational school my junior and senior year so that took me away from my old friends. At the JVS, I was known as the Christian. Although some kids picked on me for that, I felt strong enough to handle it. After all God was on my side, I wasn’t lost or alone anymore. To this day, I try to be servant of the Lord.



What is it that you like to do when you’re not reading/writing?



I love to cook and bake. I watch Food Network all the time. I’ve had friends tell me I should start a catering company or a bake shop. Of course the down side with this hobby is it’s very hard to lose weight!! I also like doing crafty things like flower arrangements, scrapbooking and decorating.
 
 
 
How do you react to a bad review of your book?



Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I try not to let bad reviews get me down. It’s easy to let the bad go when I have more positive ones to balance it out.


What would we find under your bed?



Dust bunnies, probably going back over several generations!!



What makes you happy?


God, family, friends and writing.


Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?



Ireland!! I have always had a fascination with the Irish, not sure why? I want to go there without a plot. I want to let the land and the locals give me my story and characters.

Do your friends think you are an introvert or an extravert? Why?

Extravert!! I’m not shy and talk a lot.

 




Candy Ann Little grew up in a small town in Ohio. She moved to Michigan with her family when her husband got a job there. She began writing in the aftermath of tragedy - her third child was stillborn. The nurse suggested keeping a journal to cope with the grief. Although she thought it a dumb idea at the time, she soon found a freedom and healing that writing brought.

Eventually that pain and sorrow turned into her first Inspirational romance. Candy Ann finds it therapeutic putting her thoughts into the words and action of her characters. She also finds that discipline is the biggest lesson learned in her writing life. Since then she has finished 3 novels and one novella.

When she isn't busy with her husband of twenty-one years and her two teenage kids, you can find her subbing in the public school system, or helping with church activities. Her favorite things to do besides writing is reading, cooking and baking.

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