Sunday, November 24, 2013

Murder of An Oil Heiress by Candy Ann Little: Interview and Excerpt

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Welcome Candy! I'm thrilled that you are back with a new book!! How did you start your writing career?
My writing started after the death of my daughter. She was stillborn. I started keeping a journal to help with the grieving process. I have to admit I thought it was a dumb suggestion at the time. However I so enjoyed the time I spent writing that I eventually decided to prolong my writing and started a novel. Being able to imagine things and bring them to life in words is the greatest feeling in the world. Even though my career started in sorrow, I have found a passion that – next to my family – only brings me happiness.

Tell us about a favorite character from a book.
Even though Mallory is evil, I have to confess it was fun writing about her.

Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
I have always loved Ireland, but I’m not sure why. My fascination started when I was little. I’d love to travel there someday and set a book there.

Does travel play in the writing of your books?
 I wish I could travel. But I’m stuck sitting at home and dreaming of the places I want to go. I do get to bring some culture experiences into my home by hosting exchange students. I have two this year. One from Brazil and one from South Korea. I love hosting and love these two girls like they are my own!!
 
Tell us about your current release.
Murder of an Oil Heiress is my first full length mystery. It deals with a little of everything: Murder, love, betrayal, forgiveness and the bonds of family.
 
When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?
I prefer to write late into the night. However, I’ve been dealing with a bad back the last few years and have not been very good about scheduling writing time. Now that I’ve slacked off I need to get motivated and start writing again.

What does your significant other and family think of your writing career?
My husband and kids like to tease me about my writing, and how I don’t do anything. Or, it’s not hard to write. But when it comes right down to it I know they support me. My daughter is helping me with a play list for this blog tour.
 
Does your significant other read your stuff?
No, absolutely not. Since I mostly write romance he doesn’t even think about it. And, although this mystery deals with oil rigs and he used to work on one, he won’t read it. But he doesn’t read anything unless car craft magazines and the Play Station code book count as reading. LOL!!
 
 
 
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Murder of an Oil Heiress



The Texas sun isn’t the only thing that is scorching hot. Mallory Dillingham is beautiful, successful and primed to take over the family oil business when her father is ready to retire. However, that isn’t soon enough for the billionaire heiress. She wants it all. And, she wants it now. Mallory will stop at nothing to get what she wants, including seduction, lying and blackmail.
 
Joseph Barnes has stepped into her slippery trap. Can he find a way out before his evil sister-in-law destroys his marriage to Sarah? Will the Dillingham family be able to survive the destruction caused by her devious plot?
 
Love, betrayal, forgiveness and the bonds of family are all intertwined. This story deals with the complicated lives of the Dillingham family and the people caught in the crossfire. As Mallory wages war on everyone, innocent people pay the price.
 
Available 12th November via InknBeans Press, or Candy Ann’s site.
 

Genre: Mystery
ISBN13: 9780957466234
Published: November 12th 2013 by InkNBeans Publishing



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Candy Ann Little grew up in a small town in Ohio. She now resides in Michigan with her husband, two adult kids and 4 cats. 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 only writing brought.


Eventually that pain and sorrow turned into her first Inspirational romance, Unforgiving Ghosts. Since then she has finished 2 more inspirational romances. Her historical romance The Unwilling Bride was published in 2011. She has also tried writing in the genre of mystery, including a novella, Death By Broken Heart, and her first full length novel, Murder of an Oil Heiress. 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.
 
When she isn’t busy writing, you can find her subbing in the public schools, or helping with church activities. Her favorite things to do are reading, cooking, baking and doing crafts.
 
 
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Mallory Dillingham stood on her own two feet. She never gave in to demands, but expected them to be obeyed when ordered. She didn’t need love. Power made her heart sing, calling like a lover’s whisper. She fought for what she wanted. Maybe Sarah got things by being weak and helpless, but she preferred to take her heart’s desire.
Right now the object of her attention was Joseph Barnes. He’d swept onto the scene, working on the oil rigs and quickly advanced into the driller position because of his extensive knowledge and hard work. Of course, she’d pushed for the position, knowing that she’d get to spend more time with him. He’d been grateful to her but never moved the relationship beyond business.
Then, he’d met Sarah. They’d kept the relationship a secret for several months before coming out into the open, and a few months after that they eloped. It wasn’t fair! She had known Joseph first and worked hard at getting him to notice her, and little Miss Sarah snatched him up in six months with her little, help me I’m so defenseless that I need a big, strong man to protect me, routine. 
Well, the tide was turning. It may have taken her another three years, but she’d finally gotten her man. There’s no way he’d stay with Sarah after last night. He may still be in shock, but once that wore off he’d come begging her to take him to bed again.
She smiled and sipped her Martini. She couldn’t wait to see the look on precious little Sarah’s face when she learned that her husband had fallen in love with her sister.
“Mallory, did you hear me?”
She shook the image from her mind and focused on the little toad of a man standing in front of her. “I’m sorry William, I was lost in thought.”
“I was saying that the quarterly figures suggest that Dillingham Oil is losing profits.” She watched his pudgy face flap like a bulldog as he continued on and on about the finances of the company. She didn’t need his long-winded explanation, she heard all she needed to know – the company was losing money.
Thankfully, she was saved from his blubbering by Sarah.
“Everyone, I’d like your attention for a moment.” Her voice was soft and didn’t carry over everyone’s conversation, so Joe whistled, just about causing the drink glasses to shudder.
Everyone stopped talking and looked at him. Sarah’s cheeks had two red spots on them. “I’m sorry,” she hesitated, “but Joe and I have an announcement.” Her eyes darted to Joe. He nodded to go on. “I had planned on waiting and talking with my family privately first. But, seeing as how our closest friends are here tonight, we’ve decided to share the news with everyone.” 
She stopped and took a deep breath.
Mallory noted that Sarah felt uncomfortable. Could this be it? She wondered. Had Joe already decided to leave her?  She couldn’t believe it was happening so fast. Her mind swam with joy.
“I found out a few months ago that I’m going to have a baby.”
Joe smiled and Sarah patted her belly. “I’m just starting to show,” she said, proudly.
The hush over the room was broken by Mallory’s Martini glass shattering on the floor.



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