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Guest Post & Giveaway: TEXAS TANGO by Cynthia D’Alba

Please welcome author Cynthia D’Alba to So Many Reads!

How Big is a White Lie?

lying.fingers.crossed (1)Hi All. Cynthia D’Alba here today talking about lies. How big does a lie have to be before it moves from a little “white lie” to a flat out lie? Where’s the line in the sand? If you tell your friend that her new haircut looks great when in reality it looks like a dog groomer gave her a poodle cut, did you do her any favor?

Babylock Ellegante 2 (1)Lying is weighing heavy on my heart today as I write this. I made a big purchase today—a new embroidery machine—and haven’t told my husband what it cost. He hasn’t asked and if he does, I’ll fully prepared to lie! The problem is I am a horrible liar. I know my husband will know I’m lying.

This is the problem my heroine has to face in TEXAS TANGO. She’s told her dying grandmother (Mamie Bridges) a little white lie. Her grandmother so wants Caroline (my heroine) to find a love like Mamie had with Caroline’s grandfather. Caroline doesn’t have a special man in her life so she grabs onto the name of the man who happens to be standing outside her office…Travis Montgomery. It’s not that she doesn’t like Travis or isn’t attracted to him. She is. Very much so. But they’d never had a date, much less a relationship. Her grandmother is very relieved that Caroline has found THE special one for her. Caroline lives in Texas while her grandmother lives in Arkansas and while Caroline feels horribly guilty about keeping her grandmother in the dark, Caroline has only six month left in Texas and then she and Travis will have a tragic break-up.

Fate is funny. Just when you think you have everything under control, Fate steps in and throws a banana peel right where you’re walking. Wham! Before you know it, you’re spinning out of control. Just like Caroline and Travis’s perfect tit-for-tat plan, fate throws in a whammy that changes everything.

We’ve all lied. Some bigger lies than other but where’s the line? When does a white lie stop being innocent and move into something else?

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D'Alba RT Booksigning (1)Cyndi’s Bio: I started writing on a challenge from her husband in 2006 and discovered having imaginary sex with lots of hunky men was fun. My first book, Texas Two Step, released in 2012 to outstanding reviews, was a Samhain Publishing best seller.

The second book in the Texas Montgomery Mavericks series, Texas Tango, released November 5, 2013, again from Samhain Publishing. In February, 2014, Texas Fandango, a Novella in the Texas Montgomery Series will be released by Samhain Publishing. I am currently at work on book 3 of the Texas Montgomery Mavericks series (Texas Twist).

I love love love to hear from readers and there are lots of ways to find me. Online, you can find me most days at my website or my group blog.

Follow me at Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Goodreads or Pinterest or email me at cynthia@cynthiadalba.com

To send me snail mail, write to: Cynthia D’Alba / PO Box 2116 / Hot Springs, AR71914

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Here’s a little more about Caroline and Travis’s book, TEXAS TANGO.

TexasTango72web (1)Texas Montgomery Mavericks, Book 2

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.

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Now the FUN stuff! 

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 of all the Christmas I have to give out.

Western Ornaments (1)

AND there’s more! Beginning TODAY, I am hosting a month-long TEXAS TANGO Jewelry-Themed Rafflecopter Giveaway. I’m at a number of stops throughout November, so check out my personal blog for other places you can win ornaments and enter for big prizes! (Awarded at the end of the tour.) To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter widget below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

AND I have freebies for the asking! But when it’s gone, it’s gone. Pens, jar openers, postcards, bookmarks, trading cards…just go by my contact page and send me a note.

Tour Freebies (1)

Thanks so much for having me here today! I’m looking forward to hear what you guys have to say about white lies.

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  1. Cynthia D'Alba

    Thanks for having me here today! Hopefully we can find some Saturday traffic 🙂

    1. Amy

      It is always fun learning about new authors so it is my pleasure!

  2. Teri Riggs

    I’ve never told a lie! Oops…that may have been a lie!

  3. Cynthia D'Alba

    Hi Teri! I think I’d say to you…liar liar pants on fire! hee hee

  4. Kari Lynn Dell (@kidell)

    I prefer to believe my husband is happier not knowing how much my new boots cost, so I’m not really lying for my own sake, I’m lying for his. Which makes me about the best wife ever.

  5. Cynthia D'Alba

    exactly, Kari! My hubby would be upset if he knew what I spent. So by not telling him, I’m saving him from undue stress.

  6. SnarkyMom

    Cynthia – just remember, it’s easier to get forgiveness than permission . I think that white lies are wrong when it is something that could potentially hurt the person. Like… if you had $10 left in your bank account to get you through the rest of November, and you used it on the machine – yeah, that’d be a bad white lie since you’re affecting basic needs – food, shelter, etc…. Otherwise, my theory is that what my husband doesn’t know won’t hurt me, and since he travels each week, I make darn sure to time my Amazon purchases so they are delivered on the days he is gone .

  7. Lorena

    I’m pretty careful, although I try not to hurt anyone’s feelings (even if they look like a poodle). You should probably just have a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for any purchase over $500….. 🙂

    1. Cynthia D'Alba

      Hi Lorena!! Congrats! Random.org choose your entry to win the Christmas ornament! Please contact me at cynthia at Cynthiadalba.com

      1. Amy

        Congratulations, Lorena! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Cynthia D'Alba

    HAHA on your Amazon purchases! One of the unexpected benefits to my Kindle is all the book buys and the mountain sized TBR pile. inside the machine. He can’t see them so he doesn’t know.!

    And yeah, I wouldn’t have taken the last $10 we needed for food, etc.

    Thanks and be sure to hit the Rafflecopter widget at the end of the post

  9. Stephen

    Very proud of you my friend

  10. bn100

    when someone gets hurt
    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  11. Amy

    Thank you to Cynthia for stopping by the blog and sharing information about her new release!

  12. wyndwhisper

    Hi Cynthia,
    Congratulations again on the wonderful book.

    i tried to join your street team via the rafflecopter but kept getting this error code
    “Contact Form Shortcode Error: Form 1 does not exist”. i would love to join if you can tell me if there is another place to join besides your website.

    tammy ramey
    trvlagnt1t@yahoo.com

  13. Cynthia D'Alba

    I’m still trying to reach “LORENA” about her prize.

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