Guest Blog and Giveaway: Cynthia D’Alba

Hi All! Cynthia D’Alba here. Today, we’re going on a picnic. When was the last time you did that? I honestly can’t remember! I even have a cute picnic basket I could use. (okay..quiz…did you read that Pic-A-Nic basket? Who said that? Maybe a prize for the first correct answer!) Honest disclosure…Mine currently has bottles on wine stored in it!

In my new book, TEXAS TANGO, the first love scene starts at a picnic. I thought I’d share the opening of the scene. After the scene, be sure to check the question and post an answer for a chance to win a prize.

She stared into his steel-blue eyes, her breathing coming in deep draws. For a minute, neither of them moved, and then she placed her hand on his face. “Here are my choice names for you. Wonderful. Thoughtful. Caring. Do those work?” She smiled, ready to move on. He didn’t need to know any more about what she really thought about him. She dropped her hand from his face and made a point of looking around the picnic area. “This setting for lunch is perfect. I’m glad we rode over. I can’t believe how much of Uncle Angus’s ranch I’ve gotten to see today. It’s beautiful. I can see why you wanted it.”

He caught her hand and brought it to his mouth, leaving a kiss in the palm. For what seemed like eternity, they stared into each other’s eyes, neither making the move to come closer nor to move away. His warm breath blew on her face. With each inhale, she breathed in his scent, a mixture of woodsy cologne, leather and something that was just Travis. She’d made up her mind to kiss him just as her stomach took that exact moment to rumble loudly. He smiled, leaned over and gave her a quick kiss.

“Sounds like you could use lunch.”

She dropped her face into her hands and shook her head, laughing away her sexual frustration. Travis moved away far enough to get a hand on the basket handle and dragged it over.

“Let’s see what goodies we have in here.”

So here’s the question…You’re packing a lunch for a big, manly cowboy. What’s in the picnic basket?  

Intrigued about TEXAS TANGO? Here’s a little more about the book:

11_5 TexasTango72webTheir wedding might be fake, but there’s no faking the mutual attraction.

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.

TEXAS TANGO is available at your favorite online store or click any on the links below:

Amazon | Samhain  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Kobo

11_5 D'Alba RT BooksigningCurious about Cynthia? I was born and raised in a small Arkansas town. After being gone for a number of years, I’m thrilled to be making my home back in Arkansas living in a vine-covered cottage on the banks of an eight-thousand acre lake. I started writing on a challenge from my 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.

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To send me snail mail, write to: Cynthia D’Alba   PO Box 2116   Hot Springs, AR 71914

Now on the fun stuff! 🙂

In the spirit of Christmas sneaking up on us, I’ll pick among the comments for TWO winners to take home a western-themed ornament. Here’s just a sample…

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Plus, I doing a jewelry-themed For my TEXAS TANGO Jewelry-Themed Rafflecopter Giveaway. Be sure and look for the Rafflecopter widget at the end of the post. Also check out my personal blog for other places you can enter! Here’s the loot you can win…

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AND I have swag 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.

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Thanks for coming by! Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win one of the Christmas ornaments!

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  1. Jessica Sheehan says:

    Congratulations on the release!!!

  2. I wanna read this one!

  3. Margie Hager says:

    I’d pack over-sized very meaty sandwiches, potato chips and rich gooey brownies. And beer! Forget the bottle of wine. The guys usually prefer beer. Maybe not as romantic but the idea is to please the guy. Give him what he likes.

  4. Congratulations, Cynthia! I’ve already read this book and it’s fabulous!

  5. A picnic with a cowboy. I’d say fried chicken, homemade potato salad topped with tomatos and cherry pie.

  6. Dennis Kerr says:

    Just need a ham and cheese sandwich and a bottle of water. And a fishing pole.

  7. Sounds yummy Margie! There isn’t much I love more than rich, gooey brownies!

    I read your sandwich as “meatloaf” sandwich and my stomach growled!

    Now I’m heading to the kitchen to make a meatloaf.

  8. Tracey Reid says:

    Well, when you asked what I would put into my “pic-a-nic” basket, a la Yogi Bear :-), the first thought that came to my mind was a can of spray whipped cream and a bottle of wine. I was gonna decorate myself with the whipped cream and sip on the wine! What can I say?! My mind went directly to the gutter! lol! Loved Texas Tango!! thanks!

  9. Teri Riggs says:

    Who needs the picnic lunch when you’ve got a hot cowboy on the blanket with you? Congratulations on the new release!

  10. Interesting blurb

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  11. Hi! Its wonderful seeing you again! Your book sounds so good! Its fun reading your posts! Im seeing your book all over the place and loving it! Cant wait to grab a copy and read! Thank you!

  12. winner winner!!! Margie Hager You were chosen by to win a Western-themed Christmas Ornament. Contact me at cynthia at

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