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Guest Blogger: Cynthia D’Alba (Contest)
Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

This post is proudly a stop on the TEXAS TWO STEP Blog Tour. For a complete listing of all stops on this tour, please visit here. All contests are for U.S. residents only unless otherwise noted. Comments left on this blog will be counted toward the Texas Two Step Faithful Follower Gift Certificate. To see a complete listing of Blog Tour Prizes, click here. Be sure to check out the freebies. Yours for the asking as long as they last.

A mega-thank you to Delilah for hosting this stop on my blog tour. DD has been an unfailing supporter and friend. She listened to me whine, complain, and basically kvetch about everything from a muse who took an ill-timed vacation to judges who just didn’t like my voice. When I sold to Samhain, DD was one of the first authors I turned to for advice, and she’s never led me wrong…well, maybe astray a few times, but there was alcohol involved and we agreed never to mention it again.

The hero of Texas Two Step (Mitch Landry) doesn’t have a sister, but like most men, he knows the rule about messing with a friend’s little sister…which is, Don’t Do It. In college, he was in a fraternity with Travis and Jason Montgomery. During that time, he heard a lot about their little sister, Olivia (the heroine of Texas Two Step) and even met her once. But she had been in high school…just a kid, he’d thought to himself at the time. Now at SMU (Southern Methodist University) law school, he shares classes and a friendship with Jason Montgomery. He remembers Olivia as a teenager until he meets her at The Bourbon Cowboy bar on her twenty-first birthday.

Texas Two Step opens about ten years after this inadvertent meeting at The Bourbon Cowboy. So much of the time when a story opens and the couple has a history, we only get to hear about it in flashbacks or musings during the story. But Olivia and Mitch have such a love affair that I thought it only fair to share snippets of their past in a Texas Two Step Prequel. Today’s installment is The Meeting-Part Two. If you missed part one and want to read it before today’s episode, click here.

I never had an older brother to “watch” out for me or shoo the boys away. I had an older sister, but I’m thinking that’s different.

What I want to talk about today is the older-brother-younger sister dynamics. Did you have an older brother? Was he protective of you like we romance authors like to portray older brothers? Did you ever date one of his friends? What are the rules of dating your brother’s friend?

Today’s TTS Blog Tour Prize

Many guest bloggers can offer a copy of a backlist book to be given away as a potential prize for a blog commenter. As a debut author, I don’t have a backlist. But I do have some awesome author friends who have stepped forward and offered one of their books as a prize.

Today’s TTS Blog Tour Author Sponsor is Turquoise Morning Press author Keri Ford. Keri will send Uninhibited in Apple   Trail, Arkansas Vol. 2 to one lucky person who leaves a comment. To find out more about today’s Blog Tour Sponsor, you can visit her website, Twitter or Facebook.

To learn more about me check out these links:
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Remember! Leave a comment for a chance to win Keri’s book!

Texas Two Step is available for preordering at Samhain, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble and I will be forever in your debt if you would buy it!

Tomorrow’s Tour Stop is at Riding With The Top Down Blog and episode Three of The Meeting. Hope to see you there!

35 comments to “Guest Blogger: Cynthia D’Alba (Contest)”

  1. Delilah
    · February 14th, 2012 at 9:27 am · Link

    Yup. There was lots and lots of whining! :mrgreen: Congrats on the release of your first book!

  2. Betty Hamilton
    · February 14th, 2012 at 10:00 am · Link

    I actually have 2 older brothers, I am the third in a family with nine siblings. My oldest brother and I are probably the closest. I never dated any of his friends (did date several of my YOUNGER brother’s friends as an adult), however he was a very big influence in my childhood. He used to take me fun places to learn about nature. Frogs and tadpoles were enough to keep us both busy for days on end. LOL He was and still remains to this day…my protector. He has never been ‘over powering’…just there with whatever I need. Big brothers are so great.
    bettysunflower at

  3. AprilR
    · February 14th, 2012 at 10:20 am · Link

    Congratulations on the new release. Cover is beautiful. Sounds like an awesome read. Please count me in.I have an older sister and I don’t think that counts either.
    Thank you for sharing!!

  4. Joanne B
    · February 14th, 2012 at 10:21 am · Link

    I don’t have any brothers but I do have an older sister. We also had the rule of not dating either ones friends, so I guess it’s just not a brother thing. Can’t wait to read this book. Thanks for the blog tour.


  5. Leigh Duncan
    · February 14th, 2012 at 10:25 am · Link

    No older brothers–or even cousins–to ride roughshod over my boyfriends when I was younger, Cyndi. But my grandson is the oldest in a family that includes two absolutely gorgeous little girls. Hubby and I joke all the time about all the “friends” our grandson will have hanging out at his house in order to catch a glimpse of his sisters.

  6. Lynne Marshall
    · February 14th, 2012 at 10:47 am · Link

    I love off limits little sister stories, and this one is already on my Kindle TBR shelf. Now off to read the requels so I’ll be all set when the story begins.

    Great idea, btw – :mrgreen:

  7. Sandy Blair
    · February 14th, 2012 at 11:36 am · Link

    Love the cover and back stories, Cynthia. Cute premise!

  8. StacieD
    · February 14th, 2012 at 12:47 pm · Link

    I wish I had an older brother. I am the oldest in my family. I don’t think I would have the guts to date a friend of a sibling. It would be too weird for me.

    Congratulations on the upcoming release, Cynthia! I love cowboy heroes.

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

  9. Cynthia D'Alba (AKA ArkansasCyndi)
    · February 14th, 2012 at 1:37 pm · Link

    Thanks DD for having me here. And you just wait until we get our office set up next month. WHINEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

    hee hee

  10. Cynthia D'Alba (AKA ArkansasCyndi)
    · February 14th, 2012 at 1:39 pm · Link

    Thanks Betty. How cool to have such a close and special relationship with your older brother. Older brothers make such great fodder for romance stories!

    Thanks for coming by and leaving a message

  11. Cynthia D'Alba (AKA ArkansasCyndi)
    · February 14th, 2012 at 1:40 pm · Link

    Hi AprilR

    I have to admit…my sister was NOT the same as having Betty’s older brother! LOL

    Thanks for loving my cover! I’m in major lust with it myself.

  12. Cynthia D'Alba (AKA ArkansasCyndi)
    · February 14th, 2012 at 1:41 pm · Link

    HI Joanne. You are definitely in the lead for blog follower! 🙂 I hope you’re taking the time to read The Prequel as we go along.

    I’ll be looking for you tomorrow! 😀

  13. Cynthia D'Alba (AKA ArkansasCyndi)
    · February 14th, 2012 at 1:43 pm · Link

    Hi Leigh. Everybody!! Leigh was a critique partner for Texas Two Step. I swear she read it more than any one person should have to read a book…unless they are being paid and trust me, she wasn’t! 🙂

    Won’t it be fun to watch your grandson torture his sisters!

    Thanks for coming by 😆

  14. Cynthia D'Alba (AKA ArkansasCyndi)
    · February 14th, 2012 at 1:44 pm · Link

    Hi Lynne. Thanks for coming by. And YES! I love the older brother protector aspect of a romance. There is so much fun to be had with those.

    Thanks for going by and reading my prequel!

  15. Cynthia D'Alba (AKA ArkansasCyndi)
    · February 14th, 2012 at 1:46 pm · Link

    Hi Sandy! Hope you enjoy the back story of Mitch and Olivia.

    And CONGRATS on The King’s Mistress winning the
    CataNetwork Reviewers’ Choice Award for 2011, single title category. Woo-Hoo!!!

  16. Cynthia D'Alba (AKA ArkansasCyndi)
    · February 14th, 2012 at 1:47 pm · Link

    Hi StaciD! Love seeing you on my stops.

    I think you’ll enjoy Texas Two Step!

    Thanks for coming by. Let me know what you think of the prequel

  17. Judith Keim
    · February 14th, 2012 at 2:33 pm · Link

    Hi, Cyndi! Following your tour…so happy for you! Good luck with everything! 😉

  18. Margaret A. Golla
    · February 14th, 2012 at 2:37 pm · Link

    I have six older brothers and two older sisters . . . I’m the youngest of nine. And the youngest of the boys is 4 years older than me, so by the time I started dating he was long gone off to college. So the dating part of the question is a moot point.

    But here are a few interesting details:
    1) My bro always made fun of his French friends
    2) He harassed me for being too short (my 5’1″ to his 5’11”)
    3) AND he claimed he would NEVER date anyone my age.

    Guess what?
    He married a short French woman who is only three months older than I am. . . ain’t karma a bitch?

  19. Heather
    · February 14th, 2012 at 3:02 pm · Link

    My brother was 7 years older. His friends were too old for me to think that way.

  20. Cynthia D'Alba (aka ArkansasCyndi)
    · February 14th, 2012 at 3:09 pm · Link

    Margaret! That’s hysterical! Love Karma. She has a wicked sense of humor!

    Thanks for coming by.

    BTW- I’ll be a Margaret’s blog on Monday!

  21. Cynthia D'Alba (aka ArkansasCyndi)
    · February 14th, 2012 at 3:10 pm · Link

    HI Judy. So glad you’re enjoying The Prequel. It’s been fun to write. I loved those characters.

    See you later this month at Super Saturday!

  22. Cynthia D'Alba (aka ArkansasCyndi)
    · February 14th, 2012 at 3:11 pm · Link

    Hi Heather. 7 years is to old? Oh my! Don’t tell my seven-years-older-than-me husband that! LOL But I do tell him that he robbed the cradle when he got me. 🙂

    thanks for coming by and leaving a message

  23. Michael Guelph
    · February 14th, 2012 at 4:49 pm · Link

    hahah am I too late to win this book? Wish you all the success Cynthia

  24. Karilyn Bentley
    · February 14th, 2012 at 9:26 pm · Link

    Congrats on your release!! Looking forward to reading it! Good luck!!

  25. Cynthia D'Alba (AKA ArkansasCyndi)
    · February 14th, 2012 at 9:29 pm · Link

    HI Michael. You are NOT too late for this book! I won’t pick a winner until tomorrow.

    Thanks for your wishes for success!

  26. Cynthia D'Alba (AKA ArkansasCyndi)
    · February 14th, 2012 at 9:30 pm · Link

    Hi Karilyn! I hope you enjoy Texas Two Step. Please drop me a line and let me know what you thought after you finish.

    Thanks for coming by and leaving a message.

  27. bn100
    · February 14th, 2012 at 10:17 pm · Link

    Congratulations on the book! It sounds very good.

  28. Myla Jackson
    · February 14th, 2012 at 10:38 pm · Link

    Hi Cynthia!!! Congrats on your upcoming release! It’s got so much going for it. Hot cover, great story and you as the author! Go, girl!

  29. Sharon Archer
    · February 15th, 2012 at 12:31 am · Link

    Cynthia, I thoroughly enjoyed your prequel! Looking forward to part 3 tomorrow!

    No brothers for me. I always thought it’d be WONDERFUL to have one… but I suspect that the reality wouldn’t have been a far different story! 🙄

    Congratulations on Texas Two Step – it sounds like a fab read! And the cover fairy sure has done it justice!


  30. Naomi Bellina
    · February 15th, 2012 at 9:35 am · Link

    I had a crush on a friend’s brother one time, no wait, twice. I wish they would have flirted back, but probably a good thing they didn’t. Congrats on your book, see you at future STAR meetings. 😆

  31. Cynthia D'Alba (AKA ArkansasCyndi)
    · February 15th, 2012 at 4:00 pm · Link

    Hi bn100. Glad to see you made it by!

    Hi Myla. You’re a love for supporting me

    Hi Sharon. I am THRILLED to hear you are reading and enjoying The Prequel!

    Hi Naomi! Thank you for coming by and for leaving a message. I’ll see you next Saturday for Super Saturday!

  32. Betty Hamilton
    · February 15th, 2012 at 8:25 pm · Link

    I am the oldest sister in a family of nine siblings. One of my younger brothers married off two of his best friends to two of our sisters. I am older …moreI am the oldest sister in a family of nine siblings. One of my younger brothers married off two of his best friends to two of our sisters. I am older than that brother is, but after my divorce I dated a few of his friends and was actually engaged to one of them. I guess you can tell… he had some nice friends. LOL

  33. Shadow
    · February 17th, 2012 at 3:39 pm · Link

    Your book sounds wonderful! Congrats! I dont have a older brother but i always wished that i did. lol The best part about having one is his friends. ;D

  34. Susie K Williams
    · February 18th, 2012 at 8:36 pm · Link

    Yep, my older bro sure looked out for me!! He tried like HECK to get me elected cheerleader when I was in the 7th grade and he was in the same school as a TOP DOG 9th grader but, alas, I fell 2 votes short to a girl, Melissa, who later became one of my close friends. As far as dating, he actually set me up with one of his very best friends for my FIRST real date in senior high school. Unfortunately, they both led me astray and into my first ‘date’ with the porcelain bowl!! Needless to say, Steve never asked me out again and brother Joe never set me up with another of his friends…until he introduced me to the man who would become my husband!! Thanks, Joe R, for my SECOND set-up!! 😀

  35. Cynthia D'Alba (aka ArkansasCyndi)
    · February 21st, 2012 at 7:02 am · Link


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