Cindy Sample’s humorous romantic mystery series, set in the California gold country, features single soccer mom Laurel McKay. Her national best selling series includes Dying for a Date, Dying for a Dance and Dying for a Daiquiri, the latter two finalists for the LEFTY award for best humorous mystery. Dying for a Dude is her latest release and features a never-seen-before chase scene. Cindy is a past president of Sacramento Sisters in Crime. www.cindysamplebooks.com
When I was a pigtailed kid, I would spend nights glued to the TV set, mesmerized by the chase scenes taking place on my tiny black and white screen. Back then those incredible chases consisted of cowboys riding after bad guys. You could identify the bad guys by their black hats and masks. (Occasionally a TV writer would go crazy and cover the hero’s face as well.)
Zorro was my favorite. You can’t beat the combination of a dude wearing a mask, a sword AND a cape! To this day, I’m still enthralled with chase scenes. And cowboys. And dudes. Okay, getting a little off topic here.
As I matured, so did the film industry. And the chase scenes just got better. Bond, James Bond and big screens meant chases with tuxedo-suited men who could take out a villain while simultaneously drinking a martini. Soon moonshine truckers were outracing local cops. And my personal favorite, the chaotic Mini Cooper getaways in The Italian Job.
In Dying for a Date, the first book in my series, I was determined to write a truly unique chase. Unless some other author has crafted a scene consisting of dueling backhoes, I think I succeeded! Slowest chase scene ever, but it will make you giggle.
My first chase was so widely applauded I decided to expand on the theme. If Stephanie Plum could experience exploding cars in every book, certainly Laurel McKay could devise creative ways to catch a killer.
Dying for a Dance upped the suspense when I created the coldest chase scene ever. Trust me–– you do not want to celebrate New Year’s Eve riding a snowmobile on the shores of Lake Tahoe dressed in a flimsy bridesmaid gown.
Sorry, Laurel, I do it for the readers. In Dying for a Daiquiri, the action moved from frigid Lake Tahoe to balmy Hawaii. This time I was determined to create a zip-line chase, which I personally thought was hilarious. Laurel declared it so harrowing her screams could be heard 2,500 miles away in Sacramento.
On to book four, my new release ––Dying for a Dude. At last, I could write a chase scene worthy of those fine cowboys I’ve been worshipping for so many years. Laurel and I both live in the gold country of northern California, an area known for its rolling hills, beautiful apple farms and award-winning wineries. It’s also known for its annual Wagon Train event.
Local residents hook up their horses to covered wagons, stagecoaches and buggies for an eight- day trip that begins in Reno, travels up the Sierra Mountains and back down again, culminating in the annual Wagon Train Parade in Placerville AKA Hangtown.
With material like that, it was easy to create what one reviewer claims is the funniest chase scene ever. Picture a stagecoach, a surrey with the fringe on top, a motorcycle and a horse that can evidently leap over tiny cars.
Cowboys, Harleys and Mini Coopers––this book has it all! Hangtown will never be the same.
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