Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Grandmothers are GRAND!

Congratulations to "Jonetta", the winner of Cynthia's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Hi All! Cynthia D’Alba here. Mega thanks to Just Contemporary Romance for having me here today to talk about my newest release, TEXAS TANGO. In the book, the heroine’s grandmother, Mamie Bridges, plays a major role in setting the stage for the story. Mamie is dying. She’s raised Caroline Graham, the heroine, since Caroline was five years old. Caroline will do just about anything for Mamie. So today, let’s talk about grandmothers.

I am lucky enough (or maybe rather have great family genes!) to have known my grandparents on both sides (maternal and paternal.) In addition, I knew my GREAT-grandparents on both sides of the family, the exception being my maternal grandfather’s parents as they died long before I was born. Let’s focus on my grandmothers today.

Lydia Orene was my maternal grandmother (mother’s mother.) Mamie was my paternal grandmother (father’s mother.) Both of them lived into their nineties so I was fortune enough to have them far into my adult years. Both were country women. Both grew up way out in the rural area of my county. Both of the quilted. Both of them cooked fabulous (and fatty!) meals. And in personality type, they couldn’t have been further apart. (A quick funny side note:  My Paternal grandmother dated my Maternal grandfather! HA)

My paternal grandparents had a gas station and store and I spent many happy hours with them at the store. My goal in life was to grow up and pump gas. (What can I say? I’m an over-achiever.) I can’t think of my Grandma Mamie without tasting fried baloney sandwiches. I called her Grandma. All the older grandkids did. The younger grandkids called her Mamie. There were thirteen grandkids.

My maternal grandparents lived on a farm. Grandma Lydia Orene worked in town at a dry cleaner to help make ends meet. We ate at her house after church on Sundays. A typical spread would include fried chicken, green beans, lima beans, black-eyed peas, mashed potatoes and gravy, baked sweet potatoes, corn, fried okra and cornbread. Yes, that was a small, typical lunch at her house! My sister and I called her Grandma. The three other grandkids called her Granny.

When you read TEXAS TANGO, you’ll see my salute to both of these fabulous women. Mamie Bridges for my paternal grandmother and Lydia Henson for my maternal grandmother. I couldn’t have picked better role models.

So tell me about your grandmothers. Did you know them? Do you still have them in your life? Did they have old-fashioned names like mine? What did you call your grandmother?

Curious about TEXAS TANGO? It’s the second book in the Texas Montgomery Mavericks Series. Here’s little more… 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.

Is this first time you’ve run across me? Want to know a little more? 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.
or email me at cynthia@cynthiadalba.com

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

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  1. Both my grandmothers have passed on but still live in my heart rather vividly. My maternal grandmother used to prepare a Sunday feast for us each week. She was part Indian and had gloriously long, steel gray hair that she allowed us to brush and plait. Her old fashioned name was Emma and I'm her namesake.

    My paternal grandmother was a pretty savvy business woman who taught me how to bake. I'm the safe keeper of her old recipe books, which are peppered with instructions that don't include measurements:) She was tough and passed that on too me when doing business. I miss her terribly.

    Thanks for this post! I enjoyed remembering my two grandmothers today.

  2. Thank you Jonetta. I'm glad to know today's post stirred up some nice memories. I was SO lucky when it came to grandmothers. Sounds like you were too. Thanks for coming and for leaving a message. Don't forget to do the Rafflecopter entires

  3. Ahhh... grandmas. I was lucky enough to know both of mine. And, while he wasn't biologically my grandpa, my maternal grandma's live in loved and was loved as my gramps. Yes, my maternal grandma, Luella, "lived in sin" for many years. She was feisty and outspoken. Loved her to pieces.
    My paternal grandma, Allie, had 14 children with my dad the youngest. I can remember her babysitting my brothers and me. One day we were complaining we were bored.... she took us in ger back yard and taught us how to throw knives well enough to stick in trees. Mom and Dad caight her and us.... still don't think mom is quite over that one. We were 10, 7 and 4 years old.

    Both grandmas were unconventional... but, they loved us with everything they had and us them.
    Julie O
    jo1963jo at gmail dot com

    1. I LOVE the knives story. My grandfather bought me a BB gun after mom said I couldn't have one! hee hee

  4. they like to cook

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com


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