Author: Cindy Sample
Publisher: CreateSpace, October 2013, 264 pages, soft-cover and ebook versions available
“Dying for a Daiquiri” whisks the reader away to Hawaii via El Dorado Hills and murder. It’s Cindy Sample’s third book in the mystery/romantic comedy series.
“Dying for a Date” and “Dying for a Dance” are Sample’s previous books with El Dorado Hills single mom Laurel MacKay as an unwilling, semi-klutzy Sherlock Holmes who tries to balance murder with soccer practice, a job as a mortgage loan officer and romance.
In “Daiquiri” Laurel’s romantic Hawaiian vacation is interrupted by the death of a beautiful hula dancer and the absence of her hunky almost-boyfirend, an El Dorado County detective. While Laurel’s racing thoughts try to find out who might have murdered the dancer, she has enough encounters with near-death and with a ship captain hottie to set her pulse racing, too.
Sample’s previous books were published by L&L Dreamspell, but a death in the company personnel (not murder), closed the company, derailing some of the publications slated for release, one of which was “Dying for a Daiquiri.”
“My book, along with the books of other writers, was locked into her computer and no one had access, ” said Sample. In true Laurel MacKay fashion, Sample put “Daiquiri” back together, found a publisher in CreateSpace, re-edited the first two books and released them along with “Daiquiri” as e-books on Amazon in a frenetic six weeks.
“Since I had already lined up speaking events for the fall, I needed a quick outlet for my books” said Sample. “It was something I was forced to do, but it’s been very liberating.”
If you’re familiar with Sample’s previous two books, you’ll note that the new covers of her books are no longer red, but a combination of bright colors and eye-popping graphics.
“Dying for a Daiquiri” already had a cover for the print version and new covers for the previous two books were needed to tie in with it,” said Sample. That was part of the six weeks’ activity, too.
Sample was a finalist for the 2012 Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery for “Dying for a Dance” and in 2011 was nominated by the Northern California Publishers and Authors for Best Humorous Mystery.
She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America and Northern California Publishers and Authors. She is a much-requested speaker and lives in El Dorado Hills like her main character, Laurel.
She has said that her first book “Dying for a Date,” was “half-memoir and half-fiction,” but admits to having to go to Hawaii and sample the daiquiris in order to do the proper research for her newest book. “It’s my favorite book, so far,” said Sample.
After gulping down “Daiquiri,” Sample’s fans will be delighted that she is already at work on a fourth Laurel Mackay book — “Dying for a Dude” in which Laurel becomes involved with the Highway 50 Wagon Train and her mother discovers a 150-year-old body in a gold mine.
A launch party for “Daiquiri” will be held at California Backyard, 12210 Tributary Way in Rancho Cordova, on Sunday, Oct. 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. Hula dancing with the Aloha Dancers of Cameron Park begins at 2 p.m. and there will be books, daiquiris, dessert and drawings. The public is invited.
Another book signing event will be on Sunday, Oct. 27 at Face in a Book, 4359 Town Center Boulevard in El Dorado Hills Town Center, from noon to 2 p.m.
All of Sample’s books are available in e-book format and in softcover print on Amazon.com and from her Website at cindysamplebooks.com.