Thursday, November 7, 2013

The incomparable and very Southern Cynthia D'Alba

Get Lost in a Story readers, I love the woman I'm about to interview, and let's just say...I do not snort, and I do not use profanity...much ;)  Please welcome Cynthia D'Alba.

 
 
Ring…ring…..

 

Cynthia D’Alba answers….Yello  (Southern for Hello. Southern translations will be provided as needed)

 


Donnell: Sorry, I was calling Progresso soups.  Who’s this?

 

Cyndi… Who do you think it is? Your ghost writer?

 

Donnell:  I’m calling because your soup says it only has 100 calories per can.

 

Cyndi: And I’m telling there isn’t a damn thing in the world that tastes decent with only 100 calories.   Donnell, is this you?  How many times have I told you to erase my phone number from your contacts?

 

Donnell:  Well, guess what, girlfriend. I’m not erasing your phone number. What are you going to do about it? Oh, and by the way, I don’t have, or need, a ghost writer.

 

Cyndi: Well, I guess that means I’ll keep calling you every time I write my characters into a totally unsolvable corner.

 

Donnell: Oh, like when your editor told you to rewrite the ending to Texas Tango and you called me all whiny and bitchy?

 

Cyndi: I did not whine. I might have bitched a little, but just a little.

 

Donnell: **Snorts into the phone**

 

Cyndi:  Did you just snort in my ear?

 

Donnell: Of course not. Now, let’s go back to how I talked you off the ledge by helping you come up with a totally new ending for your book. What was the title again?

 

Cyndi:  Texas Tango.

 

Donnell:  Right. Did ever sell that book?

 

Cyndi:  *Sighs* Yes, Donnell. Remember? My editor loved the new ending. Texas Tango came out two days ago.

 

Donnell: Really? That’s great. Um, remind me what Texas Tango is about.

 

Cyndi: In a nutshell,  Their wedding might be fake, but there’s no faking the mutual attraction.

 

Donnell: Sounds great. What’s the book blurb?

 
Dr. Caroline Graham is happy with her nomadic lifestyle fulfilling short-term medical contracts. No emotional commitments, no disappointments. She’s always the one to walk away, never the one left behind. But now her great-uncle is gone and her grandmother is on her deathbed, more concerned about Caroline’s lack of a husband than her own demise. What’s the harm in a little white lie? If a wedding will give her grandmother peace, then a wedding she shall have.

Travis Montgomery has one dream left—to build the ranch he and his wife planned before he lost her to cancer. There’s just one thing standing between him and the last bit of acreage he needs—a last living heir who has one traveling foot out the door…and an unusual request that challenges his determination to never again place his heart at risk. The land he wants in exchange for a faux marriage. Everyone wins. Until things start to snowball…and the hearts they stand to lose are their own.

Warning: This book contains a tortured widower who doesn’t want a wife and an independent doctor who doesn’t want a husband. Hot stuff between the sheets and failed efforts to avoid emotional involvements.

Donnell: Do I get a free copy?

Cyndi: No.

Donnell: Can our blog visitors at least win something today?


Cyndi: You know it.  In the spirit of Christmas sneaking up on us, I’ll pick among the comments for someone to take home a western-themed ornament. Here’s just a sample…


 
 
 
Should have asked Cyndi if I got one of her homemade trinkets she's been killing herself making for her readers, but I know, I know....they're for all of you.  Aren't they adorable? 
 
So in order to be entered in the drawing to win Texas Tango, answer this:  Have you ever told a white lie?  Did it work out or did it backfire?
 
Cyndi, always a pleasure -- and with results like these, I'll brainstorm with you any day.
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26 comments:

  1. OMG,,you guys crack me UP! Is it possible for me to win enough of those adorable things to cover my whole family? Because I'm on deadline, and I don'thave time to shop because it isn't going well, and -- hey, Donnell, will you rewrite MY ending?

    In fact, that's what you could give ME for Christmas! Well, if that's asking a lot, my Birthday IS in November...

    Cyndi, your book sounds super! I'm off to buy it now!

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    1. Ha Laura :) I feel your pain! I didn't rewrite Cyndi's ending. Just brainstormed a better one. Happy Birthday, friend and hey, I'll bet you could twist Cyndi's arm into giving you one of those ornaments.

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    2. SURE you can win! Thanks for heading off to buy the book.

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  3. Hmm... most recent white lie... I told a new mom-to-be that her labour won't hurt that much and that it will be over quickly. Probably will hurt a lot but I don't want to scare her!

    Congrats on your book! Sounds great!

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    1. That is an adorable very considerate white lie, May. Well done

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    2. I taught OB nursing for years and I was ALWAYS stunned what people told pregnant women. "I was in labor for 18 hours and once that baby came, I tore from here to here." that sort of thing. EEP. Amazing that any woman would want to go through labor if they heard the stories I heard! LOL Thanks May.

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  4. I can't remember telling white lies. That doesn't mean, of course, that I HAVEN'T. Only that they didn't backfire. LOL

    Very funny interview, you guys!

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  5. I would NEVER lie. That would be so wrong. And immoral. Possibly even illegal. (Did you buy all that???)

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  6. No, don't do that

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. REALLY? Never ever? Good for you. Thanks for coming by

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  7. I have to admit that I do sometimes lie by omission.

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    1. I'm more likely to lie by omission than anything else. Truth is, I am a horrible liar!

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  8. I'm a horrible liar too, which is why I won't run for office :) Had fun doing this interview with you, Cyndi, and I can't wait to read Texas Tango.

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  9. Yello!! Yup! Tho, they really dont work out for me. Im a terrible, terrible liar. My family and friends tell me all the time im an open book. So, im definitely not one to bullshit my way out of murder. lol Great interview! I love how you summed up your book. I love fake marriages with explosive attraction! Im sold! lol Thanks for sharing!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I get "shifty eyes" when I'm lying! LOL Thanks for coming by and leaving a message

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  10. I loved the interview and the book sounds great. I love a tortured hero. *insert evil laugh here* Sorry. LOL

    The *best* white lie I told was when my kids were little and the noon whistle would go off in town. I had them convinced it was the nap whistle. ;)

    Marcy Shuler
    bmndshuler(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. OMG!! BRAWHWAHAHAHA the Nap Whistle! That's is so awesome.

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  11. I tell "white lies" to protect people's feelings when the truth would be hurtful.

    yenastone at aol dot com

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    1. I think all of us have crossed our fingers and told a friend that her new hair style looks nice. :)

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  12. HEY CINDI !
    Sorry I missed your actual day, yesterday. I was lucky to spend the afternoon with the hubby!
    Best of luck with the books.
    ~Angi

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    1. How nice for you! Hope you and hubby did something fun!

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  13. I think about everyone will tell a white lie from time to time just to keep the piece. So yes I have told a few and have had a few back fire from time to time.

    quiltlady110 AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Don't you HATE when you told a little white lie ALL IN GOOD FAITH and that baby comes back to bite your bottom? EEK!

      Good to see you here, Quilt Lady. Thanks for coming by

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