Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Cynthia D' Alba Two Steps her way into Get Lost in a Story

Hello, everyone:  We've got a star in the house.  (Cyndi's Note:  HA! Star?  Not hardly) .  Would you quit interrupting me?  This is my intro, now knock it off.
Now where were we?  Oh, yes. Our guest today is a very popular lady who has worked as hard for other authors as she has on her own career.  So now it's her turn, which makes me happy.  Let's give a big ol' two-stepping welcome to Cynthia D'Alba, author of TEXAS TWO STEP!  ~ Donnell

Their love never died, but her secrets could break his trust beyond repair.   

AboutTexas Montgomery Mavericks, Book 1

After six years and too much self-recrimination, rancher Mitch Landy is ready to admit he was wrong.  He'd loved Olivia Montgomery, but commitment wasn't high on his list back then.  That was his first mistake.  He's just divorced his second, and he's set to do whatever it takes to convince Olivia to give him another try.  

Through hard work, determination and more than a few tears, Olivia survived the break-up with Mitch.  She's rebuilt her life around her business and the son she loves more than life itself.  She's not proud of the mistakes she's made--particularly the secrets she's kept--but when life hands you manure, you use it to make something better of yourself. . .lest you get stuck in it.

At a hot, muggy Dallas wedding, they reconnect.  Olivia's first instinct is to play it cool, but after one devastating kiss things flare out of control, real fast.  Maybe a quick roll in the hay will get him out of her system once and for all.  Funny thing about hay though, once it's tangle in your hair, getting it out risks revealing things that were never meant to see the light of day.

Warning:  Contains hot sex, a vindictive ex-wife, and hot chocolate chip cookies.


DONNELL:  Welcome friend.  What's your favorite room in your house?
 CYNTHIA:  My favorite place ISN'T in my house!  It's on the swing on my deck.  Want to see? 

DONNELL:  Okay, thanks a lot.  I'm just green.  Where were you born?

CYNTHIA:  In a hospital?  Where were you born? ;)

DONNELL:  (What are you...2?  Behave.)  Coffee or tea?

CYNTHIA:  Champagne.

DONNELL:  (Sigh.) What's in your refrigerator right now?

CYNTHIA:  See the above answer.

DONNELL:  Are you a good dancer?

CYNTHIA:  Am I sober?  Not so much.  Drunk?  I'm awesome!

DONNELL:  Speaking of dancing, you don't know this yet, but ABC heard about TEXAS TWO STEP and added you to Dancing with the Stars.  Who's your partner?

CYNTHIA:  Honest confession...I've only watched DWTS for one season, but my oh my, could those men move it! It would be hard to pick one but if REQUIRED to pick just one (and of course we would win the season we danced!), I'll go with either Maksim Chmerkovskly or Derek Hough.  Both were so supportive of their dancing partners.

DONNELL:  Follow up dancing comments with, high heels or hiking boots.

CYNTHIA:  Bare feet.

DONNELL:   What makes a hero?
CYNTHIA:  For me, a hero is made up of a variety of traits.  No singular trait defines a hero.  He's a man who knows what he wants and goes for it.  A man who loves with every fiber of his being.  A protector of the people he loves.  But he has a wonderful sense of humor, about himself and the world around him.  He's fair and honest.  For my writing, all my heroes have great bods, beautiful eyes and dance like a dream.  In my real life, he wears glasses, sometimes a pair on his head while another sits on his face.  He stops what he's doing to find a picture of our dogs for this post.  He loves me with all my faults, bad moods, and even worse jokes.  He reads my books and tells me they are wonderful.  He has patience beyond description.  A hero is the love of your life.  Want to see mine?

DONNELL:  Okay, I love version two.  Rule number one on this blog is you do NOT make interviewer cry.  Now Ms. would you please, focus.  

This is your debut novel.  What's the one thing you want to share with readers that you didn't know before?

CYNTHIA:  Writing fiction is SO much harder than I thought it would be.  Some people may be aware that I have a slew of degrees (BS, MS, MBA, EdD).  I thought writing my doctoral dissertation would be the toughest writing task I ever tackled.  Not so!  Fiction writing wins hands down.

DONNELL:  Cat or dog person?

CYNTHIA:  Own dogs but love cats.  Can't have a cat because of a mean parrot.  Want to see pictures of my "children?"

DONNELL:  If you could meet one person in this world, past or present, who would it be?

CYNTHIA:  This was the toughest of all the questions!  I've been fortunate to meet so many people in my lifetime.  Rather than meet a new person, I'd like a day to visit with my grandmothers (both deceased.)  There ar eso many questions I'd like to ask them. . .so much family history I'd like to know NOW that I didn't care about when I was younger.  Lesson learned . . .PEOPLE!  Listen up!!  If your grandparents are still alive. . .GO TALK TO THEM!  Listen to their stories.  Ask them about dating, marriage, political happenings, anything and everything you can think of.

 DONNELL.  In violation of Rule No. One again.  Cynthia, now it's your turn.  We need a question for readers.

QUESTION FOR READERS:  I suspect it's a question many authors want to know:  How do you find a new author?  Do you read the reviews at book review blogs?  Reviews at online book stores like Amazon or Barnes & Noble?  What suggestions do you have to this newbie author on how to draw attention to my book AND get people to buy it.

Answer Cynthia's question and those who do will be entered in a drawing to win TEXAS TWO STEP!!!

Texas Two Step is available at Samhain, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble or your favorite online bookstore.

 Here’s Cyndi hoping everybody buys Texas Two Step!

Cyndi, it's been our pleasure!  Best wishes on fabulous sales and come see us on book two.

Note: Offer void where prohibited. Prizes will be mailed to North America addresses only unless specifically mentioned in the post. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants. Winners of drawings are responsible for checking this site in a timely manner. If prizes are not claimed in a timely manner, the author may not have a prize available. Get Lost In A Story cannot be responsible for an author's failure to mail the listed prize. GLIAS does not automatically pass email addresses to guest authors unless the commenter publicly posts their email address. 

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Angi Morgan said...

Welcome, Welcome, Miss Cyndi, Miss Cyndi!

Two-steppin' for you here in Texas. And wishing you every success with your debut!


Angi Morgan said...

Okay...forgot to add that this interview was absolutely AWESOME ! I love the chemistry you two have. Hugs to you both.


Eli Yanti said...

i found new author from facebook, blog and book store. i love reading review before i buy book from new author. i think giveaway is help author to promote their book, i dont know other people but when i won book from author whatever a new or old author especially when i love the author and their book, i will try to make review and tell my friend to buy their book

your book soon great ;)

molli said...

I find new authors from recommendations by other readers, and on my yahoo groups. I really like when the groups have author chats, and promote a book on release day. I've found many new authors that way....just ask hubby who gets the book bill. :)

Joanne said...

Fun interview. I love that your favorite room in your house isn't in your house but it is the swing on the dock. I find new authors from recommendations from friends, author chats, reviews on B&N , Amazon, and Goodreads, and a lot of times, just from stopping in the book sections of stores and seeing if anything catches my eye. Congrats on the new release. Can't wait to read it.


Cynthia D'Alba said...

One of the great things about digital books is that my husband can't SEE my TBR pile! LOL AND I send him lots of free digital books so he thinks all the books on my Kindle were free. Hee hee Since I pay the bills, I can keep his prying eyes off my Amazon bill. Whew.

Thanks for coming over, Molli!

Cynthia D'Alba said...

Hi Eli! I can't begin to emphasize how important reviews are for authors. The fact that you do that makes you an author's favorite reader!

Thanks for coming by and leaving a message

Pommawolf Emeraldwolfeyes said...

Great interview! Thank you for sharing about yourself. I love trying authors I haven't read before, and I have had my eye on this one for quite some time..would love to read it and loved the excerpts that I've read...*S*
Thank you for the giveaway!

pommawolf @hotmail.com

Cynthia D'Alba said...

Joanne! Girl. You go get my book and read it RIGHT NOW! LOL

I do like to stand in a bookstore to look at books. That makes the book cover all that more important. Have you ever bought a book just based on the cover?

Cynthia D'Alba said...

Hi Darcy!

Texas Two Step was a fun book to write. The reviews have been great too, so the readers seem to be enjoying it.

If you get a chance to read Texas Two Step, please let me know what you thought.

Thanks for coming by and leaving a message

Tammy Yenalavitch said...

Great interview and your book sounds great. I find most of my new authors on this blog and on Fresh Fiction. I also read most new Harlequin authors.

Sylvia Rochester said...

What an entertaining interview. Love your favorite location, too. I wish you lots of sales on your new release. I find books via blogs, Yahoo groups and word of mouth and try to post reviews when possible. Thanks for visiting.

girlygirlhoosier52 said...

Great interview... Love your 'favorite' room... it would be mine also... I find new authors via blogs, reviewers, friends making recommendations... I love the title of your book -- it is really a stand out one..

Judy said...

Fun blog, Cyndi! I'm like a kid in a candy store when I go to a book store. I pour over covers, read blurbs, etc and go to the sale shelves. So, often, I discover a new writer that way, though word of mouth and the NYT list definitely influence me too.

Donnell said...

The thing is when she says it like this, I want to salute and say yes, ma'am!

Donnell said...

Thank you, Ms. Morgan, I don't know if it shows, but I'm one of Cynthia Morgan's biggest fans, professionally and personally. She's a fine, ethical woman... but shhhhh don't tell her that!

Donnell said...

Sorry I'm late... I was at Toastmaster learning to talk. Loved Texas Two Step, and I'm green, green, green about your favorite room in your house.

I think I'm discovering authors these days by word of mouth. Thanks for joining us, Cyndi.

Leslie said...

I used to find new authors by browsing the bookstores . . . sigh. I think those days are over. Now I rely on word of mouth and buzz but that's a big hurdle for a debut author.

TEXAS TWO STEP has the buzz. Congratulations!

joye said...

This book sounds great. I like reading stories about Texanx.

Cynthia D'Alba said...

Oh! If you like new Harlequin authors, my friend, Pamela Hearon, has her first Super Romance out this August. Look for it!

If you like category style books, then I think you'd really enjoy Texas Two Step.

Thanks for coming by and leaving a message

Cynthia D'Alba said...

The only thing my swing is missing is a crank handle like the wind-up swing for babies. I'd love to pull my feet up onto the swing and let my mind drift with the rocking. Aaah. Bliss.

Thanks for coming by. Hope you're feeling good today

Cynthia D'Alba said...

I love my title but I know another very popular Samhain author has a short story out (self-published maybe) with the same title. But maybe people will buy mine thinking it's hers! :)

thanks for coming by. And thanks for following my blog tour.

Cynthia D'Alba said...

I know! I can be dangerous in a bookstore...or at least my husband thinks so! LOL

BTW - headed down to your area to look around today.

Thanks for coming by

Cynthia D'Alba said...

Yeah, I need to do Toastmaster, right? BRAWAHAHAHAHAH

Thanks for having me here.

Cynthia D'Alba said...

Hi Leslie. I am very proud of Texas Two Step. I am thrilled that readers are enjoying it.

But it is hard for a debut author to get noticed in all the "noise". Thanks for saying TTS has the buzz.

Thanks for coming by!

Cynthia D'Alba said...

Hi Joye. Thanks for coming by. I've been very fortunate with my readers and the reviews. So far Texas Two Step is getting well received, which makes me HAPPY!

Donnell said...

Ha Ha Ha! You need to do AntiToastmasters, the one where you're shy and go sit in the corner with me :))))

Barbara White Daille said...

Hi, Donnell and Cynthia - great interview!

I find authors mostly by looking at books at the stores and online and from personal recommendations.

As for drawing attention to our books and getting people to buy, I'd love to know those answers myself.


jan said...

I signed on @ twitter to find new authors, other author reccomendations. I have found amazon reviews not reliable. Other readers and If I like a particular synopsis and/or book cover I will investigate it further. Good Luck Cynthia! Jan

StacieD said...

Hello Cynthia!
I learn about new authors on Twitter and from blog posts. If the author has an awesome website with excerpts of their work then it really catches my interest.

geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

Gabby said...

I do love it when the blog host and the interviewee have some sort of humorous banter! Great Interview ladies!

As for how I find new authors? Well for me I more often then not come across them during blog hops,online group parties,publisher events,and review site parties! Oh and book tours are also an awesome way to find out about new authors!

I don't get to the book store as often as I used to so going online and being apart of lots of blogs and newsletters is one of the best ways for me to find out about new author/books.

I'm an aspiring author so I don't know how helpful I can be. I really like being apart of release parties or contests when I'm finding out about a new author!

Texas Two Step looks great, best of luck with it!


Megan Mitcham said...

I find new authors by word of mouth. Am I old fashioned? Probably. So many of my reading friends find new authors on Goodreads and I'm beginning to also.

And as I am trying to become one of those newbie authors, I'd love to know the answer to the second question!!

I love your book Cynthia! What a great story!! Congratulations on a job well done!!

Barbara E. said...

I enjoyed the interview, it was fun! Definitely I find new authors by reading the reviews and interviews at book review blogs. I also check out reviews at Amazon and Goodreads. I think you're doing a good job so far, I've seen you and your book on several blogs, so I'd say keep doing what you're doing. The more word of mouth out there, the better. Of course encourage those that read your book to post about it, hopefully favorably, and you might post free short stories on Amazon or your website to get people interested in your writing. I've discovered new authors that way as well.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

Quilt Lady said...

Great interview, love the cover of your book also love me some cowboys.

flchen1 said...

Very lovely interview! I tend to find new-to-me authors through blog visits to blogs I frequent, or through a couple chat loops I participate in. And a friend's recommendation will definitely carry weight :) My TBR is enormous, but I can't stop adding to it ;) And once I find a great new author, I do tend to follow them and pick up their future stories.

Please don't include me in the draw--happily Texas Two Step is on top of my TBR! Woot!

chey said...

Great interview!
I find new to me authors by word of mouth, anthologies and free books. Book blogs will send me to author pages and I'll decide from there.

Cynthia D'Alba said...

Hi Barbara! At least you are "on the shelf" at Walmart, Target, etc. Readers, especially romance/category readers CAN find you.

Digital is like the wild wild west. Lots of gunfire. Some of it good. Some of it a mile off.

Thanks for coming by and leaving me a message.

Cynthia D'Alba said...

Hi Jan. Interesting to hear you say you signed on to Twitter to find new authors. I wondered how effective that social network was.

As far as book cover...have you seen mine? YUM! :)

Thanks for coming by and leaving a message

Cynthia D'Alba said...

Hi Stacie. Good statement about author website. As a reader, what makes an author site "effective"?

Thanks for coming by. You were SO AWESOME to follow my blog tour.

bn100 said...

Very fun interview! I find new authors through Amazon and blogs.


Cynthia D'Alba said...

Hi Gabby! Reaching readers online is great when you have savvy readers like Joanne, StacieD and Fedora. They "get" the online world, but there are readers who aren't as connected to the internet world. Reaching those is tough!

Good luck with your writing.

Cynthia D'Alba said...

Thank you Megan. I am SO thrilled you enjoyed it.

From what I understand, word of mouth is the most powerful tool for reaching new readers.

See you at the retreat!

Cynthia D'Alba said...

Hi Barbara. If you haven't discovered the prequel I wrote for Texas Two Step, it's available for online for free! It's here...http://texasmontgomerymavericks.wordpress.com/

You might enjoy it. You can certainly get a feel for my voice.

Thanks for coming by!

Cynthia D'Alba said...

Hi Quilt Lady! Yep...I get worried about a women who does love herself come cowboys! :)

Thanks for coming by

Cynthia D'Alba said...

YAY. can't wait to hear from you after you read TTS.

Thanks for coming over from the Samhain Cafe. I knew I could count on you. :)

Cynthia D'Alba said...

Hi Chey! So glad you enjoyed the interview. I'm pretty sure Donnell wanted to spank me for all my pictures. :)

What do you look for on the author websites?

Cynthia D'Alba said...

Hi Bn! Good to see you again. I really appreciate you following my blog tour last month.

Karilyn Bentley said...

Hi Cynthia,
I loved the interview! Looking forward to reading the book too! And I really wish your deck was on my property. ha!

Good luck with your writing!


Mary Marvella said...

Hey, Cyndi! Loved the interview and learning more about you.

Alexa said...

Hey, I used that same little girl on my blog not too long ago! LOL! I love your answers, Cyndi, and your question to the readers. To find new authors, I listen to word of mouth suggestions, I look at covers and I read blurbs & first few pages.

Cynthia D'Alba said...

Thanks Karilyn. I LOVE my swing. There's something about water that I find so calming, don't you?

Appreciate your coming by

Cynthia D'Alba said...

Hi Mary! Donnell does a great interview!

Thanks for coming by!

Cynthia D'Alba said...

Hi Alexa! Isn't that a GREAT picture!

Word of mouth is invaluable!

Thanks for coming by

Christy said...

Great interview! I love what you said about a hero being the love of your life and your fav place looks so calming and relaxing. I find new authors through sites such as trs party site, coffeetime, one of the yahoo groups I am a part of, or author's blogs that have guests. My fav. place for reviews is amazon and goodreads. Contests are a great way to let people know about your book and posting your excerpts. christina_92 at yahoo.com

Cynthia D'Alba said...


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