Author Archives: Cynthia D'Alba

Hey There! It’s Yogi Bear!

yogi_bear_yogi_bearWell, maybe not Yogi Bear because after all, he was at Jellystone Park, right? And I’m nowhere near Jellystone!

As you are probably aware, I am in Alaska and on Monday, we flew to Brooks Camp at Katmai National Park. We flew from Anchorage to King Salmon, changed to a seaplane (my first time!) and flew to Brooks Camp, landing on water!

Our room. Yes, we had bunkbeds!! Mine on the left. Hubby is on the right.


You have probably seen the Brooks Falls on nature shows. The salmon must migrate UP these falls to get to their spawning area.
The bears? They are fattening up for winter.


Some of the bears got closer than others. The guy below is a subadult.


A couple of  younger bears. Notice that the younger, smaller bears are NOT directly at the falls. The “Big Guys” get those spots!


If you want to check out the CURRENT action at the falls, there is a live cam!

So I’ll share a couple of my videos.

One of the bears most popular with the visitors was a Momma and her FOUR cubs!

The last day, while I was waiting to fly out, I walked out the back door of the dining area and came face-to-face with a large Alaskan Black Bear. He looked at me, shrugged, and walked on!! I, on the other hand, might have hidden behind the door!  LOL LOL

I’m on a train today, leaving from Anchorage and arriving in Denali National Park this evening.

And I’ll leave you with one final video. This was a momma and her three cubs on 1 South between Anchorage and Girdwood.

Leave a comment to be in the running for an Alaskan Souvenir!



I Got So Muddy!!

You cannot believe how much fun we had yesterday! My husband wanted to do an ATV trip while we were in Anchorage. He researched it and chose 49th State Motor Tours. Without a doubt, he picked the best company. We saw other tour companies on our outing and nobody was taking their people over the rough stuff like we did. Through deep water. Through deep mud trenches. Dirt flats (we might have raced through these!) We ended up at the base of the Knik Glacier, where Brian, 49th State Motor Tours owner, cooked fresh salmon quesadillas while we wandered around and took pictures. As a southern, obviously I’ve had quesadillas, but salmon quesadillas? No ma’am and YUM YUM YUM. Worth the ride just for those!  He also had hot coffee, tea, apple cider, chocolate, and just about anything else “hot” you wanted! Also a snack box with chips, cookies, fruit rollups, and probably some healthy stuff. I might have grabbed cookies!

The ride to the glacier was awesome.  Brian (owner of 49th State Motor Tours) is in the lead ATV with Wheeler, his trusty “assistant.” He’s pulled out a stuck ATV. FUN on the ATV tour! on the ride homeIMG_20180803_144356583IMG_20180803_144410832IMG_20180803_144609124

I’m uploading some videos if you want to experience some of the ride!

We made it to the base of Knik Glacier but I admit, it made me sad to see how much it has shrank. My husband at the edge. Look at the flowers!


When we left, our 4-wheeler was bright, clean blue. (You can see the nice blue color in the videos)

Here is it at the end!  HAHAHA

IMG_20180803_161142430After the tour. me

Let’s just say… that smile on my face was that way ALL day and into the evening. AND there was probably mud and dirt between my teeth too! 🙂

This trip was everything advertised and more. Worth every dime!

This morning (Saturday), breakfast was the world-famous Gwennie’s Old Alaska Restaurant.  Let’s just say…OHMIGOD good!

Gwennie's breakfast #2

Now, it’s back to editing. Tomorrow we pack and get ready to move to Brooks Camp.
Check it out! There is a LIVE Bear Cam!

I bought a bunch of Alaskan souvenirs to give away while I’m here. Leave a comment to be in the running for today’s Alaskan Surprise!

Thanks for reading.


North To Alaska!

I’ve been married to Fisherman for thirty-four years (as of Nov. 17, 2018.) For as long as I can remember, he has wanted to go to Alaska…a big item on his bucket list.

Cynd and Phil Alyaska Hotel

So on Tuesday, we flew out from Memphis and landed in Anchorage at 1 a.m. During that time, we went through three time zones, meaning the current time zone is 3 hours behind the one at time. As I write this, it’s 7:30 pm in Anchorage and 10:30 pm at home. My stomach is SO confused!

We’d opted for a Vacation Rental by Owner (VRBO) condo instead of a hotel during this five-day stay in Anchorage. So far, every VRBO we’ve rented has been better than any hotel…this one included. But Oh My Gosh! No air conditioning! No problem. It’s been a long time since I was in a place where I didn’t NEED a/c. We open the bedroom window, put up a small fan, and the room temp is perfect!

When we woke up on Wednesday, we headed to Matanuska Glacier. Sadly, many of the glaciers have shrunk due to heating. Still, it’s a trip to look up and see these incredible mountains with snow and ice…and in August! (

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On the drive to the glacier


Thursday, we hopped on the Alyaska highway and headed down to Girdwood.  Hubby wanted to ride the tram up the Chugach Mountains and have lunch. The weather was lousy today. Rainy. Foggy. Didn’t matter. When we vacation, we don’t let anything like the weather slow us down. Throw on a rain jacket and keep on moving. Usually, I don’t like not being thirty (or forty or fifty!) again. But I’ll confess that the senior discounts are freaking awesome to my wallet.

Here are some pictures from our drive up today and pictures from atop the mountain.

Alysaka HighwayTramView from top of moutain in Girdwood

Here’s a link where you can see how beautiful the area really is!

If you follow me on Facebook ( you may have seen these pictures today. This is Bird Creek (between Anchorage and Girdwood.) Apparently, a fishing heaven.

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The fish above is a Silver Salmon (coho salmon) . No, That is not me in the picture. I did not fish. (um, I do not fish!) but it was an impressive fish and I wanted to show it to my buddy, Laura Drake, who is a fisherwoman!

While you are reading today’s post, we are out on an ATV tour with 49th State ATV tours ( I suspect it’ll be muddy and sloppy and I’ll be filthy when we get home. (It’s raining tonight.) I can’t wait! Look next Friday for pictures from that trip AND from our trip to Brooks Camp in Katmai National Park.

In the meantime, check out the live bear cam from Brooks Camp

Because some of my readers aren’t on Facebook or aren’t in Western Romance Café, I’ll be posting here and on my blog every Friday. There will be a prize link to click at both places. In fact, you can enter more than once by visiting the different posts!

Follow this link!

Thanks for reading! Next post will be next Friday (I’ll be at Denali National Park!!)

See you then!



I have winners from yesterday’s SURPRISE GIVEAWAY!

Here are my lucky winners:

  • Sabrina Gibson  – CLAIMED

  • Marsha Bernabe

  • Kayla Gothier

Congratulations ladies!

Contact me via Facebook PM or email me at to claim your prize!

Today is Thursday 7/20/17

You have until NOON (CT) on Friday 7/21/17 to claim your prize!!

Rafflecopter Winners!!

I have GOOD new and NOT-SO-GOOD news this morning! Since it’s Monday, lets go with the GOOD New first!

My Rafflecopter giveaway ended at midnight. 

Winners HAVE been chosen!

Here is the winner list!

  • Mary Sue Russell (Claimed)
  • Mary Anne Meyne (Claimed)
  • Patricia Wong
  • Mallory Dorman
  • Felicia Thomas (Claimed)
  • Vickie Griffin Carter
  • Nancy Saubert Luebke
  • Mary Ann Cloud (Claimed)
  • Robin Weiss
  • Karen Giasson
  • Denise Fackler Van Plew

If you are on this list, please contact me via email

Now the NOT-SO-GOOD news….

I’m out of town all week at a writers’ retreat so I can’t mail any of prizes until NEXT week!

I know. I know. Not fair!! But it is what it is.

So CONGRATULATIONS!! to the winners!!

THANK YOU to everyone who entered, who bought Texas Lullaby and who reviewed it! I VERY MUCH appreciate you!

Rafflecopter Ending SOON


Did ya know I’ve got a Rafflecopter running for only FIVE more days?  Yep.
Click HERE to enter.

PLUS only TWO people claimed their prizes from last week!


That means either I put those prized back into my closet or add them to the Rafflccopter. Decisions. Decisions. Closet? Or give to someone else?

In the meantime, don’t miss the chance to pick up TEXAS LULLABY for ONLY $0.99! That will be ending VERY soon. How can you NOT take advantage of a $4.00 Savings!


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WINNERS from Last Week



Hope everyone is having a fun and safe 4th of July Holiday weekend. 

I gave away prizes every day last week and had a TON of winners.  YAY WINNING!

BUT only ONE has stepped forward to claim her prize! Shocking, RIGHT?


SO, I’m posting all the winners’ names, date they won and what they won. Today is July 2. They have until MIDNIGHT July 4, 2017 to claim their prize. Otherwise, it goes back into the prize vault and I’ll give it away later! 

Here we go…

  • Ki Lee (Newsletter winner) Orange Cooler (Claimed)
  • Brenda Gremil (Blog 6.30) Orange or White Cooler
  • Fedora Chen (Blog 6.30) Orange or White Cooler
  • Teresa Fordice (Blog 6.30) Orange or White Cooler
  • Therese Lopez (Blog 6.30) Orange or White Cooler
  • Mary McCoy (Blog 6.29) Texas Lullaby Kitchen Towel
  • Linda Herald (WRC 6.30) Orange or White Cooler  (Claimed)
  • Rosie Wiley (Blog 7.1) When Things Got Hot in Texas Towel (Claimed)

You can contact me on Facebook (private message) or email me at

Congrats ladies!! Get those fingers moving! 

AND don’t forget, TEXAS LULLABY is marked down to $0.99 for only 7 more days! Don’t miss the opportunity to save $4.00 on a great read! 


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New Western Romance by Heather Long



Good Morning Gang!

semper-fi-cowboy-3-193x300I want to give a shout-out to my bud, USA Today bestselling author HEATHER LONG, who has a new Western Romance coming out! For more information on Heather, click on her name and you’ll go to her website.

Here’s a little about the book…

A Leatherneck by any other name can still kick ass, which is just what retired United States Marine Corps Captain Tanner Wilks plans to do when he returns to his Texas family ranch to care for his ailing father. And nothing will stop him from achieving his mission—not even a lithe, brown-eyed town veterinarian who seems hell-bent on driving him wild.

Captain Tanner Wilks, honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps, returns home to find his father struggling after his latest heart attack. Worse yet, Julia Heller—the sexy new girl in town that he once spent a hot night with—is the resident veterinarian who’s made a home for herself at Round Top ranch, and doesn’t seem to be in a rush to repeat their time together.

It falls on Tanner’s shoulders to take on the ranch and keep an eye on his father before he falls victim to another heart attack. But Julia doesn’t appreciate Tanner coming in or pursuing her. Even if he’s hot as hell and can make her quiver with just a look. Ousting her may give Tanner the leverage he needs to corral his father, but first he has to wrestle with his own heart.


BUT here’s why I’m mentioning it here! There are 100 copies of this book up for grabs. Cool, right? I’m entering for MY copy. I thought  you might want to also.  Follow the link to Goodreads. That’s where the giveaway is. Click HERE 

ENTER!! And please (please) share this post on Facebook and Twitter! Let’s get Heather a ton of Goodreads’ entries. Okay?

Leave a comment on this post and be entered to win a SURPRISE PRIZE from me!

AND if you want to buy Semper Fi, Click on THIS LINK and find all the purchase sites!

WINNER and Newsletter

Yesterday, I gave away a personalized Texas Lullaby kitchen towel. My winner is kaisquared4. Congratulations Mary! Contact me either via email or on Facebook to claim your prize.

This morning, I sent out a newsletter with THREE CONTESTS in it! Did you get it? If not, you may not be one of my subscribers. (Gasps) Click on the picture before and sign up TODAY! I usually give away SOMETHING with newsletter releases.


TexasLullabyHoltis still ON SALE but only until July 10!

Dig through your sofa, the bottom of your purse, your coat pockets and scrape together a mire $0.99!

AND then click on one of the links below and get YOUR copy before the sale is done.


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How about ANOTHER GIVEAWAY today?

Why, yes. Thank you!

How to enter:

SHARE this post on either FACEBOOK or TWITTER or both!

Come back here and TELL ME in the comments that you did it. That’s it!
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What can you win?  A D’Alba Kooler!

In fact, I’ll give away TWO of them!! One in orange and one in white!

Now! Go forth and share! 🙂

Thank you for coming by. Have a great day!


Good Afternoon!! If you have been following along this week, I’m celebrating

If you missed yesterday’s post, go back and read it here You’ll understand why this is a book of my heart. Besides, how can you not LOVE this cover?

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Now I can use your help on something. I want to add the Holt Medallion to the cover. I have it in the lower left corner on version #1 (left) and upper right in #2 (right)

Here are my questions:

  1. Which version do you like? #1 or #2 

  2. Should the Holt Medallion sticker on the cover be larger? 

  3. Do you notice if a book cover sports a contest winner sticker? 

The last time I gave away kitchen towels, it was for WHEN THINGS GOT HOT IN TEXAS (If you haven’t gotten this FABULOUS collection, it’s only available for one more week!) Here are the links for that book.   (Kobo) (Amazon)  (Nook)  (Apple/iBooks)
Hot in Texas Towel

Now back to prizes… the kitchen towel looked like this..

Brother 10 Needle

BUT This time, I’m making TEXAS LULLABY display towels! I do the design directly on my embroidery machine (see the little screen on the right below? That’s where I do a lot of my work.)

And I haven’t made the design YET but THIS picture will replace the hat on fire…  Isn’t it cute? adp-110swnbear141_4

So I’m giving away FOUR (4) display towels as part of the Rafflecopter. Follow the link to enter!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

But since I need to make one of these for practice, I’ll give one away TODAY!! To enter, answer the three questions above.

Do you have YOUR copy of Texas Lullaby? Why the heck not? It’s ONLY $0.99 until July 10! Don’t miss this opportunity!

Thanks for reading!

Please share the post!

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