Monday, October 24, 2011

DYING FOR A DATE?

Hi all - I've asked my dear friend Laurel to guest blog for me as I have to keep the baby from teething on the Jack-o-Lantern! You can check in with me at www.dianaorgain.com - until then - Happy Halloween!

by Laurel McKay from Cindy Sample's Dying for a Date


Hi everyone. My name is Laurel McKay and today I’m visiting this site from my home in the gold country of California, in a town formerly known as Hangtown. The old hangin’ tree which was used to eliminate troublemakers is long gone, but troublemakers are definitely still around.

I’ve lived here all of my life and married my high school sweetheart right out of college. Unfortunately a few years ago my contractor husband decided it would be more fun to nail his client than nail her shingles so now I’m a 39 year old single soccer mom about to start dating for th

e first time in over two decades. What I haven’t decided is if I’m looking for Mr. Right or just Mr. Every Other Saturday Night.

I’m also trying to figure out how I let my best friend talk me into joining the LOVE CLUB, a dating agency that claims to be the safe alternative to on-line dating. I don’t know anything about on-line dating, but so far my LOVE CLUB dates haven’t been all that safe.

Especially for the guys, who are all…well there’s just not a good way to say this.

Dead!

It’s tough enough juggling two kids and a career. Adding murder suspect to my resume is enough to make a mother forget h

er snack mom detail. The one plus is Detective Hunk, I mean, Hunter, the big burly guy with the Godiva brown eyes who’s been interrogating me right and left. He’s a widower and sometimes he actually seems empathetic to my situation. But that crotchety partner of his, Detective Bradford, whom I refer to as Tall, Bald and Homely, is positive I’m a killer.

Detective Bradford is so certain I’m guilty that he even flirted with my mother to get her to testify against me. Fortunately she came through for me and told him I was too disorganized to commit murder.

Thanks, Mom?

It’s going to take a lot of chocolate to get me through this investigation. It’s going to take a lot more than that to keep me alive.

Laurel McKay is the star of DYING FOR A DATE and the just released sequel, DYING FOR A DANCE. You can contact Cindy Sample at cindy@cindysamplebooks.com Website: www.cindysamplebooks.com











24 comments:

  1. If Detective Hunter is worth knowing, he won't let his partner run roughshod over you.

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  2. Thanks, Liz. We'll see if Detective Hunk can keep his partner out of my hair. As far as my mother, there's no telling what she'll do.

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  3. Hi, Cindy,

    What a wonderfully, creative post! I definitely feel I know your character now and want to find out more about her.

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  4. Hi Cindy,

    Dying for a Date sounds like a fun book. Looks like I just added another book to my TBR pile.

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  5. Godiva eyes? You just 'Godiva' in there, girl!! LOL.

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  6. Chocolates & a Hunk? Two of my favorite things. Sounds like a fun read. Looking forward to it.

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  7. Cindy, very creative! I'm eading Dying for a Dance now and enjoying it.

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  8. Hi Cindy,

    Your launch party for Dying For a Dance sounded extreme! Wish I could have been there. What a great idea--chocolate stilettos. Good luck to you!
    This series is a winner.
    Claire Applewhite

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  9. Thanks Jacqueline, Dru, Victoria, and Erika for your comments. Laurel (and her creator) do have a tendency to "godiva" into life. But whether it's Godiva in a box or Godiva eyes, it's all good.

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  10. Thanks Betty and Claire for your comments. I'm so glad you enjoyed DYING FOR A DANCE. Yes, the launch was a blast and the chocolate stilettos were absolute killers!

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  11. Cindy,

    When you create a memorable character, do you ever find yourself asking in your "real" life: "What would Laurel do?"

    Rae J

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  12. Hi Rae. Great question. Yes, I frequently wonder what Laurel would do in a particular situation. Although for some reason whether I'm in a spa or on a winery tour, that situation usually involves a dead body. Which my non writer friends seem to think is quite odd!

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  13. I'm looking forward to reading about your latest adventures. One thing about Hunky's Godiva eyes is he almost makes me forget I'm married! Way to go Laura.
    Pat

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  14. Thanks, Pat. You gotta love those homicide hotties!

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  15. Is it wrong to want chocolate and hotty for Halloween? I think not! Fun post, esp. on a Monday morning! : )

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  16. I think that's a perfectly understandable request. IF you can't find a hottie with Godiva eyes, the salted hot chocolate at Starbucks might do the trick. And way less work!

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  17. Welcome to Killer Characters! This book sounds like so much fun--to the bedside pile it goes! Good luck with finding Mr. Right. I'm looking too and it ain't that easy. Love, Hayley Snow from AN APPETITE FOR MURDER

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  18. Thanks for commenting, Lucy. It sounds like Hayley and Laurel should hang out together. It certainly would be safer for the men in their lives!

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  19. The first was a blast and very excited to read the second! Nice post, Laurel ;)

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  20. Thanks for the compliment, Jenny. You know how Cindy is. She just loves getting me into trouble:-)

    Laurel

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  21. Detective Bradford resorts to dirty tactics, pitching the mother against the daughter. I'd keep a close eye on him, Laurel. Look forward to reading how you get your way of this fix.

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  22. You know, Jenny H., when you read DYING FOR A DANCE, that question will be answered!

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  23. It sounds like Dying For A Dance is a good example of what the best fiction writers do to their characters: Chase them up a tree and then throw rocks at them. LOL

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  24. Thanks, Rox. We do make our characters work for a living don't we? Fortunately there are enough laughs and a few "hot" moments so I don't feel too bad.

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