Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Interview and Giveaway! Candy Ann Little ~ Author of The Unwilling Bride!


Welcome to Christian Bookshelf Reviews, Candy!! Will you tell us a little about yourself?

Thank you for having me. I’m the mom of two great kids. I used to say teenagers but my son just turned twenty, so now, I guess I have to say adult children. Although my daughter is still a teen, but at 17 she is closer to adulthood than I’d like!!  I have been married to my husband for almost 22 years.  And, I’ve been a Christian for 25 years.
What is The Unwilling Bride about?

PhotobucketIt’s 1798 and Caitlin finds herself in an arranged marriage to Dillon. Her parents set up the marriage for her protection. However the groom is from England. Caitlin’s family was forced to flee Ireland four years before because of the Irish Uprising, which was fighting against England to gain their independence. Caitlin feels that Dillon is her enemy. She is also struggling with her faith. This a romantic story of getting married first then falling in love.

What's something the average reader wouldn't know about you? 

The Unwilling Bride started out as a writing assignment for my writers’ group. I was supposed to write 500-1,000 words in the style of my favorite author. I choose Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. I started surfing the internet looking for a time and place to set my story. I stumbled upon The Irish Uprising. Then, the pieces of the plot just started clicking into place. I found out that the Sedition Acts were passed in America around the same time as Ireland was fighting for their freedom. Thus, a full fledge story emerged. 

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

About 13 years ago. I had a stillborn daughter and the nurse at the hospital suggested I keep a journal to help with the grieving process. After a few years, I decided to turn my feelings and emotions into a romance novel. It took about 2 years before I finished. But the writing of that story launched a love that fills the void where my daughter should be. And now, all these years later, I’m living my dream of being an author!! I give all this glory to God who has been with me every step and blessed me with my overactive imagination.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?  

PhotobucketThat writing truly is a source of healing. I find it therapeutic putting my thoughts and feelings into the characters and plots.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?

I love to cook and bake.

Do you have a favorite time of year?

Yes, autumn. I love all the colors and how the leave crunch under my feet.

Do you have a favorite song and/or movie?

I do but too many to list. I like old country love songs and romantic comedies for movies.

Do you have a favorite Bible verse? 

Psalm 31:24 “Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.”

Are you currently working on any new novels?

Yes. I’m going through and editing the very first romance I wrote, “Unforgiving Ghosts.” Although I don’t feel the writing is as good and Megan isn’t as strong of a character as Caitlin in “Unwilling Bride,” it is the romance that deals with my emotional state about losing my daughter. This story is the nearest and dearest to my heart. I’m also working on a sequel to my “Death by Broken Heart,” series.   

Thank you, Candy, for being here! Where can we find you on the web? 

Thank you so much for having me. May God bless your journey!!

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4672789.Candy_Ann_Little

Book Giveaway!!

Enter to win an eBook copy of Candy's book The Unwilling Bride. Open Internationally, as long as you can receive an Amazon gift. :)

Enter using the Rafflecopter below. Just a note, you don't have to have a Facebook account to enter - you can sign in with your name/email (right below Facebook button).

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Sandra VanHoey said...

Thanks so much for this giveaway. Both my sister and daughter are such big readers
sandy1955 at comcast dot net

Monique said...

I'd like to enter but I'm unable to see the Rafflecopter form. Normally I am, so maybe there's something wrong?

Monique said...

Okay, now I can see it. This book looks like fun. I like historical fiction.

Reviewing Shelf said...


Unknown said...

Happy Valentine's Day and for the opportunity to win your novel. Sounds great, as does your post!


Unknown said...

Sounds like a fascinating book. Wonderful interview, I love finding new authors through interviews like this one.

ihhcheryl said...

Great interview! I love the cover of the book, it already tells a great story. Thanks so much ! Cheryl

Christine A. said...

Great interview. I am so sorry for your loss Candy, I can not imagine. This book sounds great and fiesty. Congrats on the release. Thanks for the giveaway Melanie!

your1chef at aol dot com

Merry said...

I love historical romances set in England and Ireland. Please add me!

Unknown said...

Oh, I must have this book. I love books set in the late 1700s, especially those that take place during the French and Irish Revolutions! There just isn't enough of them. Thanks for this opportunity!


lindafast said...

Sorry for your loss Candy. I would love to read this book and I know my mom would love to read it as well. Happy Valentine's Day!

rubynreba said...

Enjoyed the interview. This is a book I would really enjoy.

Patty said...

Thanks so much for the chance to win this book! The Unwilling Bride sounds great.


Anonymous said...

This book sounds really good!
And the cover is gorgeous!

Ingrid said...

Thank you for the great Interview, I would love to be enteret in the Contest, the Book sounds so good.
Blessings to all

apple blossom said...

thanks for a chance to win this book

Kate Scott said...

Great giveaway!

Naomi Rawlings said...

Sounds like a great story, especially with the Irish Uprising thread.

Eve Victorie said...

That looks like an interesting book! The cover is lovely too!

Anne Payne said...

Sounds like a good book! Thanks for inviting me to come by and enter :)

bas1chs said...

Thanks for offering up this book!

Unknown said...

What a beautiful cover and I love those get married, fall in love books. So awkard and entertaining. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

Ann McCauley said...

A really good interview. I'd love to read the book

Rebecca said...

Great interview. Journaling is a great way to keep your memories - and share them later with yourself! Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. It sounds very good!

Jackie S. said...

Sounds like a great read....have a new Kindle so would love to win a copy! Thanks.

Loraine Ertelt said...

Sounds like a great book. Your interviews are always so interesting.

Ingrid said...

Thanks for the Interview, love reading about the Authors.
Please enter me in your Giveaway.

The Book Blogger said...

What a lovely cover! I'd love to win this:)

Kandra said...

Great interview. The first chapter of the book got me hooked, and I've got to get a copy somehow! Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

V.J. said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

kaewink said...

Very nice interview and the book sounds wonderful!
Thanks for hosting this giveaway - am going to put this book on my tbr-list, like Kandra, I feel like I need to get a copy of this!

kaewink said...

Tried to comment once already, but my comment vanished :(.
However - I loved the interview and the book sounds wonderful.
Looking forward to reading it.
And thank you for opening the giveaway internationally.

Diana_Dimovska said...

Thanks so much fr this giveaway! :)

Best regards, Diana

Sarah.S said...

Great interview :)
I love historical romances, one of my favourite genres.
Thanks for the giveaway also :)

Pain SUX said...

I can't wait to read the sequel to the death of broken heart series


Unknown said...

wow. sounds really interesting. inspiring interview! blessed to know about her life:)

Courtney Wyant said...

I adore the cover. I really really want to read :)

wanda f said...

Your book sounds great I realy enjoy historicals .Thank you for this giveaway


Ingrid said...

Thank you for the Interview :). Please add me to your Contest.

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