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Texas Tango – A Taste!

TexasTango72webHow about a sample from my next book, TEXAS TANGO, coming Nov. 5, 2013?

Chapter One

Dr. Caroline Graham stood at the side of Angus Fitzgerald’s casket, her oversized sunglasses protecting her eyes from an unrelenting Texas sun. Her gold charm bracelet clanked on the dark-grained wood as she rested her hand gently on the glossy lid. Her heart ached with a soul-deep sadness.

Until she’d moved to Whispering Springs, Texas eighteen months ago, she hadn’t been close to her great-uncle Angus. She’d have never moved here without the encouragement—or should she say demand?—of his sister, Mamie Fitzgerald Bridges—her grandmother. Now she couldn’t imagine not seeing his scruffy face and hearing his gruff voice every day.

“I’m sorry I didn’t spend more time with you through the years, but I’m so glad we had these last months together. Mamie would have been here today if she could. She sends her love.” She sniffed and wiped at the tears. “She said to tell you to prepare to get your ass kicked in checkers as soon as she joins you.” She sniffed again. “I have to be honest, Uncle Angus. I hope that’s a long time away. I’m not ready to lose her too.”

A hand landed softly on her shoulder. She turned her head to look into a pair of blue Montgomery eyes. Kathryn Colleen Montgomery, aka KC, squeezed Caroline’s shoulder.

“I’m so sorry for your loss,” KC said.

Caroline wiped her cheeks free of tears with a handkerchief. “Thanks, KC. You’ve been a good friend to Angus and me. I know how much he thought of you.”

KC hugged her. “I loved the old coot.”

Caroline laughed softly. “I know. So did I.” She pulled out of KC’s embrace to lay her hand on his casket again. She gave a sad chuckle. “I’ll miss his cranky rants about all the politicians and—”

“Their thieving ways,” KC finished.

Both women smiled.

“Yeah, I’ll miss those too,” KC said.

Caroline dabbed at her nose and then turned to lay a single long-stemmed orange rose on his coffin. “Rest in peace,” she whispered. “You deserve it. Tell Great-Aunt Bernice I’m sorry I never got to meet her.”

She stepped back and turned toward the gravediggers standing respectively to the side. “Thank you for waiting. I’m done.”

The men moved in to finish the job of lowering the coffin into the ground and replacing the dirt.

“Are you sure we have to meet today?” Caroline asked as she and KC stepped away to give the gravediggers room to work. “Reading Uncle Angus’s will so soon after his funeral seems so…I don’t know…ghoulish.”

KC nodded. “That was his request, but it doesn’t have to be right this second. Take a break, go home and get some rest. You can come to my office later this afternoon if that works better for you.”

She shook her head. “No, let’s just get it done.”

“Okay then. I’ll meet you at the office.”

KC turned, her leather-tooled cowboy boots grinding in the loose gravel near the grave site, her long skirt whipping around her ankles as she marched toward her battered truck.

After blowing one last kiss toward the grave of her late great-uncle who’d welcomed her with open arms, Caroline left the cemetery. The entire Montgomery clan stood in a cluster in the parking lot. She returned their waves as she drove past. Her stomach clenched when Travis Montgomery removed his hat and dipped his head toward her.

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Looking for Some Real MAVERICKS! to join my Texas Tango Street Team

I’ve never had a street team but that’s going to change!

I’m pulling together some real MAVERICKS to help spread the word for my next book in the Texas Montgomery Mavericks….TEXAS TANGO!  Interested? Want to know more? The street team will be ONLINE activities mostly. 

TexasTango72webWhy join Team Maverick?

  • We have a private group on Facebook where we talk, exchange ideas, and help keep me sane! 
  • Team members who want early access to new books will be given the option for digital Advance Reader Copies of my books for review
  • There’ll be swag for team members…jar openers, trading cards, can coozies and maybe books from other authors!
  • I’ll look to Team Maverick for advice…maybe plot developments, popular giveaways ideas, blog stops
  • If Team Maverick Members attend a conference I’m attending, I’ll host a private function just for us
  • If I’m in your area, or if you’re in mine, we’ll meet for drinks or lunch or dinner.
  • If you belong to a book club, I’ll meet with your club to talk about my books, and the writing world. Maybe I’ll even bring a little gossip! If the book club meets within a 3 hour drive of where I live in Arkansas or Florida, I will drive to your meeting for a face-to-face. Otherwise, we’ll use some type of online connection, i.e. SKYPE, Facetime, Google Hangout, etc. 

Okay, so all that sounds good but now you’re thinking…what do I have to do? It’s easy and painless. 

As a member of Team Maverick, you can do as many or as few of these as you want! 

  • Post reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble and/or any online review site or online book site.
  • Spread the word about Texas Tango (and me) on romance message boards, in chat rooms, other forums.
  • Comment on blogs where I’m blogging (either as a guest or regular blogger)
  • Comment on blogs where Texas Tango is reviewed
  • Attend any chats or radio interviews (all online)
  • Help tag and like positive reviews of Texas Tango
  • Help tag and like comments on Facebook
  • Follow me on Twitter
  • LIKE my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCynthiaDAlba)
  • Hand out postcards or trading cards or swag to friends, family, or folks at concerts or book conventions to help get my name out there.
  • Share my Facebook posts and/or Twitter tweets.
  • Bring my books to the attention of libraries and bookstores.
  • Host animated banners and widgets on your own Social Networking pages/blogs and other profiles which click through back to the my author site (http://cynthiadalba.com/)
  • Lots more things as we brainstorm them.

Rewards JUST for Team Maverick Members – To be announced! 

Interested?

Email me! Cynthia  at  cynthiadalba dot com
Send me a message via my Facebook Page
Leave me a message here! (Be sure to include your email!)

Come on! Join us! We’ll be having FUN! 🙂

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