Please welcome author Cynthia D’Alba to So Many Reads!
How Big is a White Lie?
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?
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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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).
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.
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.
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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.
Thanks so much for having me here today! I’m looking forward to hear what you guys have to say about white lies.