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Dancing with the Baby Boomers (or What an Author Will Do to Sell Books)


Congratulations to contest winner Marcy Cox.



Cindy Sample - Lefty Award FinalistAs far as I’m concerned, you’re never too old to wear pink fringe, although some folks may dispute this statement after watching my video. And if performing a cha-cha solo and shaking my booty helps sell books, then I’m in!
 
My ballroom journey began a few years ago. Having unsuccessfully dragged an ex-husband or two to ballroom dance classes (unsuccessful being defined by the word “ex”), my dream of learning ballroom dancing remained unfulfilled. Mesmerized by images of actors, singers, and athletes performing on Dancing with the Stars, I thought if Emmett Smith and Donald Driver could waltz across the floor in size fifteen shoes, how hard could it be? If I couldn’t at least keep up with Carson Kressley, I would hand over my feather boa.
 
To him!
 
Armed with a free coupon and shiny new satin heels, I signed up for a private lesson, assuming my natural sense of rhythm would instantly prove me a star.
 
Wrong. Sure the rules say guys are supposed to lead, but everyone knows women learn dance steps faster. But in ballroom dance, the woman has to follow, even if her partner has no sense of rhythm and waltzes to tango music. Eventually, I realized it wasn’t so bad letting someone else be in charge. Once I stopped fighting, I started gliding.
 
After somewhat mastering the smooth dances, we moved on to the smoldering Latin dances. Since my hips remain titanium free, I figured rumba and cha-cha would be a piece of shortcake for me. Nope. Evidently my hips only swivel in one dimension. Not that anyone has ever complained. But Latin dances require Cuban motion: a three- dimensional figure eight using your hips. It turns out practicing my rumba walk down the local Safeway’s aisles makes grocery shopping very entertaining. Especially for the other shoppers.
 
My teacher was amazed that I learned my lessons so quickly. Unfortunately, I forgot them even faster. After instructing me in the same steps four weeks in a row, I asked if our lessons reminded him of the movie Ground Hog Day. He smiled and replied, “Give it time.”
 
He was right. I’ve not only mastered the art of following, my short-term memory has improved so dramatically I may try out for Jeopardy. My hips are now awesome in several dimensions, and they only creak occasionally. While it’s unlikely I’ll ever out swivel Karina Smirnoff, Gladys Knight better watch out. Shoot. I might even take on all of the Pips!
 
Although most of my dance partners make me feel as graceful as Ginger Rogers, occasionally I have a Three Stooges moment, much like my protagonist, Laurel McKay. In Dying for a Dance, she trips her instructor and crashes into a pair of dancers, breaking the heel of her shoe in the process. It’s amazing how much she and I have in common. Fortunately I’ve never stumbled over a dead dancer.
 
Yet.
 
Either way I’m having a grand time. And if I have to don pink fringe to sell a few books, why not? If you can’t have fun as an author then you’re in the wrong line of work!
 
So how far will you go to sell books? Is there a secret hobby you’ve been dying to try?
 
Leave a comment by midnight May 15, and you’ll be eligible to win an 8 inch chocolate stiletto (yum yum) or if that doesn’t entice you, a $20 gift certificate of your choice.
 

 
 

114 Comments

  1. L.J. Garland on May 8, 2012 at 8:42 am

    You look amazing in pink fringe! Love that color!! Fun blog. And having been a middle, high school, and college professor, I’ve had a few Groundhog days myself! LOL

    • Cindy Sample on May 8, 2012 at 9:50 am

      Thanks, L.J. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one with those Ground Hog Day moments!

  2. Linda Lovely on May 8, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Wow! I’m impressed. You look like you’ve been dancing forever and pink becomes you. I’d need a stand-in. Ballroom dancing isn’t in my future since my husband isn’t an ex and we both have two left feet. What would I do to sell my new book-NO WAKE ZONE? Hmmm. My main character, Marley Clark, loves coffee and chocolate–maybe I could find an all-you-can-snarf-down contest? I’m with Marley when it comes to swimming and kayaking, but haven’t mastered her tae bo moves. I could take tae bo classes but I’m sure someone (me) would get hurt. Congrats on your ballroom accomplishments and your very funny, delightful books. I’m a big fan.

    • Cindy Sample on May 8, 2012 at 9:52 am

      Thanks, Linda. Hmmm. I’m visualizing you in a Tae Bo moment. My 86 year old mother is now taking Tai Chi. Maybe you can give Marley a more relaxing hobby. I love your series as well!

  3. Bev on May 8, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Cindy. I am mega impressed! I thought your grace and style was divine! Bravo!!

    • Cindy Sample on May 8, 2012 at 10:12 am

      Aren’t you sweet. I’m not sure about my grace but I gave it my all!

  4. Jacqueline Seewald on May 8, 2012 at 10:42 am

    In college I took ballroom dancing and loved it. B.C.–before children, my husband and I would go dancing and it was great fun. We should definitely take it up again! Such fun.

    • Cindy Sample on May 8, 2012 at 10:49 am

      Dancing is the best exercise for the brain and the body. It burns off at least two candy bars per hour!

  5. Donna Wierzbowski on May 8, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Although you look good in that pink dress, if I wore it I’d look like a giant bottle of Pepto Bismal! Very funny blog. I know what you mean about dragging husbands (or ex-husbands) to ballroom dancing classes. I’ve tried this with Joe a number of times but the attempts have never improved his rhythm. He proves the old cliche that white men can’t dance. Usually, I’ll bribe him with: “If you come to dance class with me on the cruise ship, I won’t nag you about your gambling in the casino all night.”

    The only two men I dated who were great dancers, I was never attracted to–darn! It’s a wonderful form of recreation and much more fun than (sigh) golf. Why do I always pick the golfers instead of the dancers?

    • Cindy Sample on May 8, 2012 at 11:11 am

      Hey, Donna. The best way for couples to learn how to ballroom dance is with separate teachers! The secret to a happy ballroom dancing marriage.

  6. Cordelia Smythe Mysteries on May 8, 2012 at 11:12 am

    You look fabulous, darling! My husband and I took lessons at the local jr college. At first, I was annoyed at having to rotate partners. That was until I realized my husband wasn’t really trying and some of the other men were really wonderful dancers, expect for those rather energetic few…

    • Cindy Sample on May 8, 2012 at 11:54 am

      It is interesting to change partners although those energetic guys can yank your arms right out of their sockets!

  7. T.W. Fendley on May 8, 2012 at 11:27 am

    What fun! You really dance well (and look great).

    My current husband and I have tried ballroom and Argentine tango. I think you have a good point about learning with separate teachers–we’ll have to look into that.

    How wonderful that they promoted your book at the competition!

    • Cindy Sample on May 8, 2012 at 11:43 am

      Thanks, T.W. I see some tango in your future – either with or without your hubby. I’ll even lend you my pink fringe!

  8. Jennifer Sander on May 8, 2012 at 11:39 am

    OMG! The whole time I was worried your dress would come off, it looks rather flimsily attached… too much fun, Cindy. You are one fabulous woman.

    • Cindy Sample on May 8, 2012 at 11:44 am

      Trust me. I was as worried about a wardrobe malfunction as I was about tripping my teacher. There is a limit to what even I will do to sell books!

  9. catriona mcpherson on May 8, 2012 at 11:49 am

    As one has also (once!) been conned into doing an exhibition cha-cha I can really appreciate the number of steps and moves you packed into that, Cindy. Good job! See you soon, I hope Cx

    • Cindy Sample on May 8, 2012 at 11:51 am

      Hi Catriona. I have a feeling your cha-cha was far superior to mine. I’m just glad I remained upright since I’ve managed to land on my pink fringed booty more than once!

  10. Betty Gordon on May 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Oh, Cindy, what fun, fun, fun. You did a good job–next step “Dancing with the Stars.” You’d show ole Lynn a thing or two.

    I think I told you I taught ballroom dancing in the past and what I found with most of the male students who had a hard time came down to not hearing the beat. The ones that studied the music did grreat, but there were some who just never heard it.

    Enjpoyed your book.

    • Cindy Sample on May 8, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      Thanks, Betty. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post and DYING FOR A DANCE. It’s always amazed me that some people can NOT hear the beat but I’ve learned to follow them no matter what tempo they are playing in their own head!

  11. Betty Gordon on May 8, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    I do know how to spell great, but on second thought maybe it shouod be grrrreat!!

  12. Liz jasper on May 8, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Way to go the extra mile! Loooooove this video. I’ve watched it three times in awe. Thanks for another fun blog to make me laugh over lunch 🙂

    • Cindy Sample on May 8, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      I’m always happy to provide a little lunch time laughter!

  13. Dana Fredsti on May 8, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    You rocked the pink fringe and the dancing! Cindy, this is SO COOL!!!!

    • Cindy Sample on May 8, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      Dana, that pink fringe was rocking on its own. My teacher said he felt like he was dancing in a car wash!

  14. Deirdre on May 8, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Cindy – I am forever impressed by all that you have accomplished and should I ever write a book I can’t imagine having the guts (let alone your fabu sense of style) to openly dance as you so wonderfully did. You go girl!

    • Cindy Sample on May 8, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      From pin-striped suit to pink fringe. Now that really should be a blog post!

  15. sara hyman on May 8, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    i’m impressed that you’re going for it. I’ve thought about trying, but probably never will. Keep it up and enjoy the fringe!.

  16. Joyce Mason on May 8, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Cindy, you’re not only “pretty in pink,” but a great dancer, too. The lessons paid off! Now that I’m doing Jazzercise again, albeit the Lite version, I’ve rediscovered my love for dance, too … but I won’t be wearing a leotard anywhere soon, if I can help it, even though that’s what we wore at Jazzerclasses in the ’80s. The protagonist of my book wears one as the base of her costume at the masquerade Crystal Ball in my book, and unless my figure shrinks between now and publication/launch, I’ll have to find some other less revealing way of walking in your dancing shoes. 🙂 Bravo to you for having so much fun with your book and promoting it. The video is a great idea!

    PS – I agree on the Pin-Stripe to Pink Fringe post. I want to read that!

    • Cindy Sample on May 8, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      Joyce, your characters wear far more intriguing costumes than my pink fringe. You’re one of the most creative women I know!

  17. Pat Foulk on May 8, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Cindy

    You look so “hot” in that dress. Just fabulous. Luv the car wash comment. Laurel would kill to look so great and move with such grace. You’re a cheetah!

    Cheers from Pat who is green with envy. Will you go to my class reunion in my place?

    • Cindy Sample on May 8, 2012 at 1:21 pm

      Ooo. I love being a cheetah unless that makes me older than a cougar! The BEST thing about all of that fringe is that it is a great cover-up! You just have to whirl around so fast no one can see the real you! I’ll even lend it to you for your reunion!

  18. Linda Townsdin on May 8, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    You looked great out there! You’re an inspiration in so many ways!

    • Cindy Sample on May 8, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      Thank, Linda. If nothing else I can inspire people to go out there and have fun. Life is too short not to make the most of it!

  19. Laura DiSilverio on May 8, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Cindy–Love the pink fringe. Good for you. My hubby and I just started taking ballroom dance lessons this spring . . . it’s great to have something new to do together. I’ll vote for you when you’re on DWTS!

    • Cindy Sample on May 8, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      I don’t know about DWTS but I definitely think it’s time for a new reality show – DWTBB! PS – love your new ballroom series!

  20. Pauline Baird Jones on May 8, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    You go, girl! You looked great! How fun! I had a character do dancing to work out with a friend in The Key. It was fun to imagine it in my mind, but yeah, don’t think my body would go that way. Let’s see, hardest thing I did for a book? Climbed part way up Long’s Peak? In sandals in the snow? Congrats on the book!

    • Cindy Sample on May 8, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      Long Peak in sandals in the snow is way more work than moving my hips around the floor. Kudos to you!

      • Pauline Baird Jones on May 8, 2012 at 7:58 pm

        Well, we didn’t get as far as I would have liked, but long enough to feel the burn in my lungs and seriously chill our toes. LOL! It’s an interesting Peak. Going to blog about it in June. 🙂

        • Cindy Sample on May 8, 2012 at 8:26 pm

          Can’t wait to read about YOUR adventures!

  21. Linda Westphal on May 8, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Cindy,

    Your dress is AMAZING! You look beautiful.

    Linda

    P.S. I loved your dancing, too. 🙂

    • Cindy Sample on May 8, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      That was my best EBay purchase. I might even wear it to my next book event (with a robe covering the back)! Thanks, Linda.

  22. Charlene Wright on May 8, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    I am inspired. You are awsome.

    • Cindy Sample on May 8, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      So, Charlene, maybe I can drag you and Chris along with me???

  23. Peggy on May 8, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    I couldn’t have done it better and you know how I love to dance! Wow! You look pretty sexy there! Love the fringe! You’re the prettiest “Baby Boomer In Pink” I’ve ever seen!

    You are multi-talented. Is there anything you can’t do? Or try? Hum? :O)

    • Cindy Sample on May 8, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      Maybe I should make fringe my permanent statement! Next time you and I should do a routine, Peggy. LIke the DWTS threesomes last night!

  24. Bev Moglich on May 8, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    HI Cindy,

    YOU certainly qualify for DWTS. Keep it up and you will be there before you know it. I,too, love to dance and so pleased to know I’m not the only woman who feels comfortable taking the lead.
    Bev

    • Cindy Sample on May 8, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      Thanks, Bev. I’m ready to be the understudy for any of those stars tonight!

  25. Sparkle Abbey on May 8, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Wow, great job! You’re a natural.

    • Cindy Sample on May 8, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      Wow. Thanks. I don’t believe those words ever crossed my teacher’s lips. His middle name is “patient.”

  26. Barb on May 8, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Love it Cindy! You are absolutely fantastic in pink! I could not master the step ball change in tap class. Someone had a post that I came across who was a dancer. I was so impressed and told her that I envied anyone who could dance. She responded with practice makes perfect. I told her that I have been practicing walking for the last 55 years and still don’t have it down! I practice in the grocery store; the park; walking down Main Street; around the house; in the garden…you get the picture. My sister talked me into a jazz dance class led by this petite French woman. For some reason, even with practice, I was turning right when everyone else was going left. Weeks, I am talking weeks, my sister and I practiced…Still didn’t have it. Swivel is the only thing that I can sort of do gracefully on the patio chairs as long as I hang on to the arms! I do have issues getting out of the chair though. I do have good eye hand coordination, so that is at least something! Loved this post, and hugs to you my friend!

    • Cindy Sample on May 8, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      You’re so funny. You should let Jim Clark, my teacher, take charge. He would have you bouncing all over the floor (occasionally with him)!

  27. Stan Kirst on May 8, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Cindy,
    You not only look amazing but glide on the dance floor like an angel!
    To think that you are not only a brilliant CEO, master story teller but can dance like the wind, I’m breathless.

    • Cindy Sample on May 8, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      Not sure about that dancing like the wind but that is one fast paced cha-cha hustle combination! Now if I only did it 2 hours every day:-)

  28. rolynn anderson on May 8, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Cindy, you are such a go-getter. I’m thrilled to see you followed your dream. I’m a fan of DWTS…I’m such a clutz, but I know a good dancer when I see one…and you’re one! I’m sure your protagonists are as gutsy as you are. Way to go! Rolynn

    • Cindy Sample on May 8, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      Thanks, Rolynn. Laurel is equally gutsy and slightly less klutzy – although she does keep tripping over those bodies!

  29. TIFFANY on May 8, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    YOU ARE AN AWESOME WRITER!!!

    • Cindy Sample on May 8, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      Thanks for making me smile, Tiffany:-)

      • TIFFANY on May 8, 2012 at 9:34 pm

        U R SO WELCOME MRS. SAMPLE!!!

  30. Jenny Milchman on May 8, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Cindy, *you* are definitely not too old to wear pink fringe!! You look great out there.

    • Cindy Sample on May 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm

      Thanks, Jenny. There’s always a new day and a new challenge for me!

  31. Paisley Kirkpatrick on May 8, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    That pink fringe is awesome, Cindy. You totally rock!!

    • Cindy Sample on May 8, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      Who knew pink fringe would be so popular? Thanks, Paisley.

  32. lois hirt on May 8, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Good for you- with the dancing. Pink fringe looks good on you and looks good when you shake it while dancing. i like the profile=that should sell books.
    Enjoy,
    Lois Hirt

    • Cindy Sample on May 8, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      Thanks, Lois. Still working on that toothy scene for you!

  33. Sue miller on May 8, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    After Judy L told me tonight that I HAD to see you on You Tube I rushed home to connect…You’re AWESOME, my friend! You’d better order more books to be printed – I predict a huge demand after people see your many talents. At the Opera event we had Flamenco….get to work on your “signature” dance for the next one!

    • Cindy Sample on May 8, 2012 at 9:34 pm

      Ooh, Flameno, now that would really be a challenge. How about something tamer like an Argentine Tango? I wonder if I’m ready for a lift!

  34. Anita Page on May 9, 2012 at 5:01 am

    Cindy, you look fabulous! The compromise we’ve reached in our marriage is slow dances only. That doesn’t mean I can’t grab another partner for the fast ones. I look forward to reading the book.

    • Cindy Sample on May 9, 2012 at 8:29 am

      Thanks, Anita. I like your dance compromise with your hubby. And you get to dance the slow romantic songs with him!

  35. Marcy cox on May 9, 2012 at 7:17 am

    With legs as long as yours no wonder you can glide across the dance floor! Loved the blog always the funny gal!

    • Cindy Sample on May 9, 2012 at 8:30 am

      Marcy, believe it or not those long legs really get in your way. Or my teacher’s way since I have managed to trip him every now and then.

  36. Ron Chicaferro on May 9, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Why am I not surprised you can do things like this!! You’ve always been a star in everything you do! And, with the dancing, at least you look better then Laurel McKay out there – – well, almost better – – actually maybe the same. Keep up the great work (and the practicing!) !!

    • Cindy Sample on May 9, 2012 at 8:31 am

      Poor Laurel. Dancing and dead bodies. I don’t make it easy for her!

  37. Pat Hamilton on May 9, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Dear Cindy! wow, this is so wonderful! What a great job and what a tremendous sacrifice you’ve done to support your craft (mystery author)! Truly, I have taken zumba class (mostly Latin style dancing) several nights a week for years and I still can’t get all the moves down. You look just beautiful! But truth time: how many takes to get this? best wishes! Pat

    • Cindy Sample on May 9, 2012 at 9:04 am

      Believe it or not this was a last minute decision and we only practiced the entire routine during one lesson because my teacher came down with the flu. But we have been dancing on and off for a couple of years (unfortunately mostly off since my books were released). And even though my hips can still swivel, they aren’t always happy about it!

  38. Heather Haven on May 9, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Adding my comments to the bazillion. That video was great! You can dance, girl. And what a clever way to promote your books. You have such ingenious methods! Applause, applause, applause!! Love ya!

    • Cindy Sample on May 9, 2012 at 9:21 am

      I’m a firm believer in marketing “outside of the box” and pink fringe is definitely WAY OUT! Tks, Heather.

  39. Patricia on May 9, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Well okay then – that settles that – you look good in pink!

    I’m kidding, that was awesome! Good for you for never giving up on your dreams. Keep at it and maybe we’ll see you some day soon as one of the new pro dance troupe on DWTS.

    Fun stuff, Cindy!

    I suppose if I’m going to sell my first book, I’m going to have to learn to barrel race. Given the fact that I’ve never done more than sit atop my horse at a fast welk, I don’t think that’ll be happening any time soon. Unless they change barrell racing from a timed event, but then it would just be called barrell and that’s stupid.

    Fun post my friend. When are we going to see you at one of our SVR meetings again? Soon I hope!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    • Cindy Sample on May 9, 2012 at 9:44 am

      HI Patricia. I love the idea of a slow mo barrel race. Wouldn’t that make a great video! I’ll be at SVR in May, finally. Too many conventions and not enough days in the week!

  40. Nancy G. West on May 9, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Cindy, you are great. Way to go! You’re courageous and graceful—a rare combination. My Aggie Mundeen character, who fears nothing but aging, pokes her nose into situations where she’s apt to turn up dead. I thought I was fearless until I tried zip-lining. Hip-swiveling is out, sailing above trees at mach speed is horrifying, and the gear they make you wear is worse.

    Nancy G. West

    • Cindy Sample on May 9, 2012 at 9:57 am

      Thanks for the zip-lining tips, Nancy. My protagonist is going to attempt that in DYING FOR A DAIQUIRI but my research will consist of watching my fearless kids attempt the journey. BTW, your Aggie is a riot!

  41. Nancy G. West on May 9, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Cindy, you are great. Way to go! You’re courageous and graceful—a rare combination. My Aggie Mundeen character, who fears nothing but aging, pokes her nose into situations where she’s apt to turn up dead. I thought I was fearless until I tried zip-lining. Hip-swiveling is out, sailing above trees at mach speed is horrifying, and the gear they make you wear is worse.

    Nancy G. West

  42. Sharie on May 9, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Cindy….you are too cool………you look lovely !……..and remember that “Groundhog Day” was filmed in our hometown (which looks like puxatownee more than puxatownee, and is easier to spell)…….

    • Cindy Sample on May 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm

      I love “Groundhog Day.” Watching it is like being back home hanging out on the Woodstock Square.

  43. pat canterbury on May 9, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Wow Cindy, what an inspiration. I don’t know my left foot from my right probably because I have two left feet. Love your dress, pink is your color. I hope you sell tons.
    Pat

    • Cindy Sample on May 9, 2012 at 6:42 pm

      Sometimes my feet get confused as well, especially when one of them steps on the other!

  44. Janet Rudolph on May 9, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Way to go, Cindy. Fabulous. You can do anything! And, you do!

    • Cindy Sample on May 9, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      Now what is it my mother says? Never let a lack of ability stand in the way of success! How true that is. Thanks, Janet.

  45. Alyx Morgan on May 11, 2012 at 10:19 am

    WooHoo! You look great, Cindy! You & your partner moved along the floor so smoothly. Congratulations. :o)

    • Cindy Sample on May 11, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      Alyx, my partner was on major cold meds so I still can’t believe he actually remembered the routine. I do believe we were winging some of it:-)

  46. Diane Dellicker on May 11, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Wow! If I looked like you do, I’d wear that fringe dress, too! I loved the dance you did, as well as your nerve to get out there and do it.

    I’m looking forward to reading your books, because they saund as if they will be fun reads.

    • Cindy Sample on May 11, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      Thanks, Diane. I’m just happy it was low definition video coverage! Life is short and I’m all for making the most of it. Maybe next time we’ll do some outtakes – that would really be worth a few laughs!

  47. Margie Yee Webb on May 11, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Cha-cha, ha, ha! Hmmm, will you be true to your word? “And if I have to don pink fringe to sell a few books, why not?” So how far will you go to sell books? Will you dare wear your pink fringe dress to your book signing on Sunday, May 20, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the new Face In A Book in El Dorado Hills Town Center??!!

    • Cindy Sample on May 12, 2012 at 5:40 pm

      How about if I wear the shoes and show everyone a step or two!

  48. Harry Leman on May 13, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Cindy,
    You look great in pink! Nothing short of outstanding. Dance like that and the guys are almost afraid to ask… Liked the way you used your arms and really moved. Very impressed! Hope to see you sometime soon.
    Harry

    • Cindy Sample on May 14, 2012 at 10:41 am

      Thanks, Harry. I’m no Jim Clark and Tania Chegini, my teacher and his partner, who danced at my launch party, but at least I didn’t land on my keyster. Just think of the fun we’ll have with my DYING FOR A DAIQUIRI launch. Homicide, humor and hula!

  49. Robin Padilla on May 14, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    I think you did a great job! Ball Room Dancing is so much harder than anyone thnks until they have tried it. The Pink Dress is your Color! I can’t wait for your next book to come out. I have never been a mystery reader before, but my friend Jacqui (your mail lady) gave me a copy for my birthday and I loved it. Love the humor in your stories.

    • Cindy Sample on May 14, 2012 at 10:35 pm

      Thanks, Robin. It’s so nice to hear from a new fan. I’m diligently working on DYING FOR A DAIQUIRI. At least the research is easier than DYING FOR A DANCE.

  50. Norma Jean on May 15, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    EXCELLENT marketing Cindy!

    Love your comments … fun read.

    Who do you think is going tonight on DWTS? I felt so bad for Katherine last night.

    • Cindy Sample on May 15, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      I think the final four are all equally amazing. I’m always surprised that they don’t have more falls and incidents during the show. I just hate for DWTS to come to an end although I’ll be prepared when they decide to do DWTBB!

  51. frances kakugawa on May 15, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    You read it here first….You will be Dancing with the Stars soon, because the stars have already danced with you. I have two left feet so will be joining you for Daiquiri. Now, that I can do….congratulations!

    • Cindy Sample on May 15, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      Frances, I doubt very much that anyone as elegant and graceful as you could possibly have two left feet. But maybe we can tour the Hawaiian islands together when DYING FOR A DAIQUIRI is released. What fun author events we could have!

  52. Ken Umbach on May 15, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    I look forward to the video that will accompany Dying for a Daiquiri.

    • Cindy Sample on May 15, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      I’m thinking luau for the DYING FOR A DAIQUIRI launch so maybe we’ll have a video of you dancing at that one!

  53. Carol Anita Ryan on May 15, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    I used to love East Coast Swing and boy do I miss twirlling around! It’s good to see you out there on the ballroom floor.

    • Cindy Sample on May 15, 2012 at 3:11 pm

      Carol, I thought of you when I wrote that post. I bet you were a dancing diva!

  54. phil silver on May 15, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Now how cool is that? you looked very elegant and comfortable out on the dance floor. Your dress was enticing, and you know what, pink has become the new “in” color for both boys and girls. May by the time you have a 2nd printing of the book, there will be a way for you include this film clip. Great way to sell books.

    • Cindy Sample on May 15, 2012 at 5:40 pm

      I love the idea of providing a video with the book. See how creative you are!

  55. Holly Rittenhouse on May 15, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Cindy- I am amazed at your talent and creativity you have as a x- mortgage banker. You were always a role model in this industry and you still are as you expand your writing and dancing talents. You are truely amazing. Yes Dancing with the Stars should be calling you for next year’s cast!

    • Cindy Sample on May 15, 2012 at 10:24 pm

      Pink fringe is definitely more fun than pin stripes!

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  57. Edith Maxwell on August 31, 2012 at 6:02 am

    I love the video, Cindy! Marvelous. It looks like a lot of fun.

    • Cindy Sample on August 31, 2012 at 8:16 am

      Thanks, Edith. I had a blast. Nothing like pink fringe to get those endorphins going!

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