Cynthia D’Alba – Happy Sighs

Hi friends!

Welcome to the 5th Annual Read-A-Romance Month!

While I read romance all year long, August is the month we celebrate this awesome genre! Come back every day to read all three “Power of Romance” posts. Check out the full calendar of authors here. You can also find links to the last four years’ posts from the boxes in the sidebar, and if you’d like, you can follow RARM on Facebook.

Happy August!

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The HEA Sigh

When I sat down to write my blog post, the magnitude of the subject overwhelmed me. The Power of Romance. Wow. There are books written on this subject and I get 400 words? Whew. I confess that it has taken me four or five false starts to get words on paper. You would think that an author of romance could just sit down and pound out a simple answer about the power of romance, but that’s not what happened. Instead I thought about all the books I’ve read (tens—if not hundreds—of thousands over my lifetime.) Like most authors, I started reading on my own early in life at about three, or so my mom tells me. From that time until I fell asleep last night, I’ve pretty much had a book in a hand. Growing up, I lived at the public library. I read everything from Trixie Belden mysteries to the Autobiography of Malcom X. I’ve read gritty crime novels, and gory horror, urban fantasy to light paranormal. But I always return to my romance base. Why? It’s the high of falling in love, over and over and over.

Admit it. When you read a griping tale with a heroic male (or female) lead who says the right things, touches his (or her) heroine in all the right places, and even puts down the toilet seat, who doesn’t want to fall in love? I’m joking, of course. Scientists believe that falling in love is a biological process that involves the release of oxytocin and dopamine. These two hormones made you feel good, feel happy. While I know of no studies that have looked at the release of those particular hormones when reading romance, I propose that’s exactly what happens. We read, we get drawn into this relationship, we fall in love along with the story’s main characters.

So how did I come to write romance? That would be Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ fault. I remember reading First Lady and laughing my way through the book. I immediately read Lady Be Good and snickered and chuckled through that one. At that time, I had given no thought to writing a book but many years later, when the idea of writing formulated in my brain, I thought to myself, I want to give people what Susan Elizabeth Phillips gave me… A complete escape from what was happening in real life, some grins, some tears, and an HEA that made me close the book with a sigh, sad it was over but loving the time I’d spent with her people. I hope I can do that for my readers.

(Watch this quick, cute ad that shows how I want my readers to feel when they read my books.)

 

Cynthia recommends:

Needless to say, if you haven’t read Susan Elizabeth Phillips, you are missing some of the finest writing to be read.

Susan Elizabeth Phillips   –      susanelizabethphillips.com     –   @Amazon

 

Within my well-known genre of Western Romance, check out:

Laura Drake   –      www.lauradrakebooks.com     –  @Amazon

Carolyn Brown   –      www.carolynbrownbooks.com     –   @Amazon

Maggie McGinnis   –     www.maggiemcginnis.com     –   @Amazon

Katie Lane   –    www.katielanebooks.com      –   @Amazon

Lori Wilde  –      loriwilde.com     –   @Amazon

Kari Lynn Dell   –      karilynndell.com     –   @Amazon

Local/Arkansas Favorites are Maggie Wells, Parker Kincade, Elle James, Mandy Harbin, Megan Mitchum and Lindsay Cross.


Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment when you felt or were aware of the power of romance.

I didn’t have an answer for this until RITA night at RWA this year. The topic was friends but that message was so much more powerful than that. It was Sept 11, 2001. Julie Leto was thinking of giving up writing. Putting out simple stories seemed such a waste of time in the face of the tragedy America faced on that date. But in the air on that day was Diane Peterman. Because of what was happening, her plane was forced to fly many hours longer than scheduled, no planes being given landing permission. She had one book with her…a Julie Leto romance. She read it, read it again, read the author bio, studied the book, really lost herself in the book instead of the horror and fear around her. The power of romance carried her through that day. Afterward, she wrote Julie a letter to tell her all this. Today, Diane is also a romance author and she and Julie are close friends.

The thing about being a writer is you never know who your words will hit or when. You hope your reader finds your book when she needs that story.

Tell us about an object that has powerful memories for you.

I confess to not being a collector of sentimental mementoes, so there isn’t an “object,” as such. It’s people. I still have my group of girlfriends (eleven of us) that formed in the seventh grade and we still meet at least monthly for dinner. In June, we had a sleepover(!) at my house. Two of them I have been friends with since first grade (56 years ago!) Those ladies hold my memories. Being with them brings such powerful memories that it’s like living all those years again.

Tell us about a word that has power for you.

Friendship. Falling in lust, falling in love, living your life with another are all great but the foundation has to be friendship. You can’t love and build a life with someone you don’t like. Life, which is hard enough, would be almost impossible without the power and comfort that friendship gives you.

Tell us about a powerful book you read this year (or one that’s so powerful you’ve never forgotten it).

Talk about an insurmountable mountain! I’ve read so many but I’m going to pick Gaining Visibility by Pamela Hearon. Pamela is a good friend and, like me, a breast cancer survivor. Her book is a mainstream fiction with a central romance about a woman rebuilding her life after successful breast cancer treatment, how the disease, treatment aftermath affected her personal life, her outlook, and her view of life. It’s upbeat and forward-looking, and I liked that.

Tell us about a person who’s had a powerful influence on your life.

Dr. Issam Makhoul, my medical oncologist. Now, I know you all think I’m giving his name because “he saved my life,” but nope. That’s not it. It is his love of romance! He is a huge romance reader. Loved talking about my work. Insisted that I bring him a book with each visit (and then he proceeded to read them aloud!) While I was so impressed with his work, he was impressed with mine. I’ll always be indebted to him for continuing to motivate me to keep moving forward.

Main Drawing:

Cynthia is generously giving away a digital copy of ANYTHING from her backlist (excluding collections and anthologies that have other authors) . To enter, leave a comment below by 11:59 pm PST August 23, 2017. (US only)

 

She’ll be giving away a copy of either Texas Daze or Texas Justice as part of the US bundles, and is participating in the international bundles (winner must be able to accept  ePub or Mobi digital formats, plus she’s sponsoring the tote & cup giveaway (more info. below)

There are many more drawings too—including international book bundles! See the bottom of the post for more information.

 


New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Cynthia D’Alba started writing on a challenge from her husband in 2006 and discovered having imaginary sex with lots of hunky men was fun. She was born and raised in a small Arkansas town. After being gone for a number of years, she’s thrilled to be making her home back in Arkansas living on the banks of an eight-thousand acre lake.

When she’s not reading or writing or plotting, she’s doorman for her border collie, cook, housekeeper and chief bottle washer for her husband and slave to a noisy, messy parrot. She loves to chat online with friends and fans.

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MORE DRAWINGS!

Each RARM post will have one main drawing each day (posted above). Authors are also contributing to weekly (US only) bundles, which will be drawn at the end of the week. Each bundle will consist of at least five books and the amount of bundles will depend on the amount of books the authors contribute.

(Cynthia is contributing to the US and international bundles, and sponsoring the cup/tote giveaway.)

To enter to win these bundles, send an email to Week3@ReadARomanceMonth.com with “Bundles” in the signature line. (1 entry per email address per week)

International friends!

Rather than individual drawings off posts, this year we’ll do sets of books, 3+, depending on how many authors contribute. To enter, send an email to Week3@ReadARomanceMonth.com with “International” in the signature line. (1 entry per email address per week)

Week 3 contests are Aug 17 through Aug. 24

For the 5th Annual Read-A-Romance Month, many of the contributing authors  are supporting an extra-special drawing – high quality tote bags and mugs printed with a fun, pro-romance image (see below).

Read-A-Romance Month, through the generous support of many of the authors, is giving away at least 30 mug & tote combos.

Plus, at least two lucky winners will win a Read-A-Romance Month “Month of Books” Mega Bundle, consisting of 31 books!

To enter these exciting drawings,  send an email to August@ReadARomanceMonth.com (US only, apologies to international friends – though keep an eye out later in the month.

(US only, apologies to international friends – though keep an eye out later in the month. I may include an international cup/tote combo.)

You will not be automatically added to a newsletter, and I promise not to sell or give your email addresses to anyone. I do reserve the right to send you an invitation to sign up for my newsletter, which will also have opportunities to win more prizes and great romance reading tips!

 

 

Check out all three great posts everyday in August at ReadARomanceMonth.com.  Or you can find the posts on the RARM Facebook page.  Also consider joining the Read-A-Romance Book Club page, where we discuss romance of all kinds and will have drawings and events throughout the year.

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