It’s Never Too Late To Learn

I learned a lot in writing Entrapped. The novel is set in northern Alberta, Canada. I spent some time there, driving around the countryside,talking to farmers and ranchers and rig hands, and the first thing I learned is
that it’s a stunning part of the world, really breathtaking in its natural beauty. The Rocky Mountains, the rivers, the boreal forest, the endless fertile plains.

However, Alberta is super-rich in oil and gas deposits, and the second thing I learned is that there’s a war going on between Big Oil and landowners. In Alberta, landowners cannot prevent oil and gas producers from putting rigs on their land. The producers pay for the right, and pay well, and many farmers are happy to take the money. But many are not, they want no part in oil and gas production, yet by law they can’t stop the producers.

The third thing I learned is that in Alberta a landowner owns only the six inches of topsoil. They can build homes and run livestock and grow crops and that profit is all theirs. But beneath that topsoil the province owns the land and sells the mineral rights to producers.

Finally, I learned a chilling new word: “overburden.” That’s what oil and gas producers call the trees, grass, ponds, wildlife etc. on the land – everything they scrape away to get at the oil and gas. The living things are just a nuisance, and their removal is just another expense for the corporation in getting to the “pay dirt.”

I guess that’s four things I learned. And since I’ve already gone over the limit, let me add one more. I learned that although people, whether in Alberta or anywhere, may feel powerless against the might of
corporations and their bought political enablers, when people take a vocal
stand against corporate environmental abuses, things can change.

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List of works by Barbara Kyle:

BEYOND RECALL (pen-name ‘Stephen Kyle’) 2000, Warner Books
THE EXPERIMENT (pen-name ‘Stephen Kyle’) 2003, Warner Books
AFTER SHOCK (pen-name ‘Stephen Kyle’) 2002, Warner Books
THE QUEEN’S LADY 2008, Kensington Books
THE KING’S DAUGHTER 2009, Kensington Books
THE QUEEN’S CAPTIVE 2010, Kensington Books
THE QUEEN’S GAMBLE 2011, Kensington Books

Entrapped by Barbara Kyle

“A novel of high stakes: life and death, love, and oil.”

Set in Alberta, Canada, Entrapped is the story of Liv Gardner, an ambitious young oil executive intent on stopping farmer Tom Wainwright who is sabotaging her rigs after a spill of lethal “sour” gas poisoned his wife. Desperate to save the company she built, Liv plants evidence to frame Tom. But when the evidence is used to indict him for a murder he didn’t commit, only Liv can save him.

Author: Barbara Kyle
Genre: Fiction – Thriller/Suspense
Published by: Barbara Kyle (June 15, 2011)
Age Recommendation: 18+ For Mild Sexuality
Format: eBook


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  1. Hi Barbara!

    What a wonderful post, thank you for sharing with us today!

    It's nice that you were able to drive around and see some beautiful country.
    Some spots on this earth are just breath-taking, lucky you!
    Hopefully it'll still be around in years to come.

    Isn't it awful how some corporations treat the people and the land.
    Makes you want to slap some of those people in the head or maybe just take a good old-fashioned iron skillet to them!

    Your book sounds intriguing, would like to get my hands on it to see what happens.
    Thank you for this give-away!

  2. I like the setting of the book which isn't too far from where I live 🙂 This sounds like a great story.

  3. Hello Barbara!

    Thank you for your post. I had no idea landowners had no rights regarding the land – how frustrated they must be! I certainly hope they are vocal enough to be able to save the environment.

    Entrapped sounds pretty interesting; thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  4. What an interesting post, its almost like the farmers don't own the land at all! I don't think I would want to own land there.Your book sounds really good and I would love to read it.

    ghurt110 AT bellsouth DOT net

  5. Quilt Lady – you put it in a nutshell: Who owns the land? It's an important question, and one that springs to dramatic life through the characters in "Entrapped." Thanks for your comment.

  6. Hi Barbara, Enjoyed your interview. I love mystery, suspense and romance in my books and Entrapped sounds like a great book for me to read. Thanks for stopping by to chat and share with us.
    I hate to see our beautiful Country disappearing before us. We need the trees, water and animals that are being removed to make way for someone to become rich. If we don't pay attention to what is happening around us we will have destroyed ourselves for money.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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