New mystery novel set in El Dorado County

By: Laura Newell Telegraph staff writer
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Whether you are dying for a date or just a good book, one local author can help. Cindy Sample, 60, has lived in El Dorado Hills since 1994 and in El Dorado County since 1978. Her love of the county and writing allowed her to complete “Dying for a Date,” the first novel in her series. The mystery/comedy novel was published in June 2010. She will have a book signing at the Roseville Galleria from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12. Sample said this has always been a dream for her. “I retired on my 51st birthday to write. I was a mortgage banking CEO,” Sample said. “This was a new period of my life and it has been so rewarding.” She said after sitting down at her computer to start the novel, the story and characters came to life. The next part, publishing, was the difficult part. “After sending it to my friends, I was ready to send it to a publisher, and then I discovered I had a lot to learn,” she said. To perfect her dream, she attended mystery writing seminars. Soon after, she got to work on the novel again. She said she revised her novel about 60 times and in 2008 got an agent. By 2010, the novel was published. “I worked very hard on my book and am very proud of it,” she said. “But I’m also very proud to have received all five star reviews by national reviewers including Midwest Book Review, Long and Short Romance Review and Rebecca’s Reads.” She is currently in Kona, Hawaii, working on the sequel, “Dying for a Dance.” It is scheduled for release in August. “The stories answer the question of whether or not she should be dating, and when she does, her dates start disappearing and she is the last to see them. It’s also really humorous,” Sample said. “It’s heavy on the humor and light on the homicide.” Local community members are also enjoying the book. Marti Dunn has owned Books n’ Bears in El Dorado for 19 years. She sells the novel at her store. “She is a very vibrant personable person,” Dunn said. “I love mysteries and it’s also really humorous. I liked the part of how it related to our county because I like reading about places that I’ve been.” The novel, said Sample, is set in El Dorado County and includes specific locations from Placerville through El Dorado Hills. Friend and relator, Gay Berge, 59, of Shingle Springs, also enjoyed Sample’s novel. “I loved it, I can’t wait for the next one,” Berge said. “What I love is its set in my home town and I can relate to it. It’s funny, inspiring and it was written by a real person in a real community.” Sample said the story was important to her because it related to her own life. “I wrote this book because I wanted to write about the challenges of being a single mom with children and dating,” Sample said. Sample is a single mom with two grown kids, Dawn, 30, and Jeff, 28. “I love writing,” Sample said. “I would never move from the foothills, I love the convenience of El Dorado Hills and my neighbors. I am surrounded by beautiful trees and can see Folsom Lake from my house. It’s a great spot for a writer.” For more information and to purchase the novel, visit