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Friday, March 25, 2011


Weird Laws Still on the Books

Did you know, in California, it is not permitted to wear cowboy boots unless you already own at least two cows.  Huh?  It may have been years ago, but still a group of people sat around a table, debated, and wrote that into law in California.    

            Butter substitutes are not allowed to be served in state prisons.  So, I pay my taxes and can’t afford real butter, but convicted felons with free room and board get real Land O Lakes or Grassland Dairy butter.  Meanwhile I eat chemically induced, artificially flavored, tasteless, butter-like substitute.  Hardly seems fair.      

            In Sun Prairie Wisconsin, cats are forbidden from entering cemeteries.  Really?  Has there been a big rush of people taking their cats to visit deceased relatives in the cemetery?  I want to know what the police officer did to get demoted to standing guard at the cemetery to issue fluffy a ticket. 

            In the state of Virginia, there is a state law prohibiting corrupt practices of bribery by any person other than candidates.  Well that clears up a lot of questions about politics.

My favorite law still on the books is from Racine Wisconsin.  Missiles may not be shot at parade participants.  So, I’m wondering if it’s legal to shoot missiles at the spectators.  Do they have a big problem with missiles being launched at the Miss Racine float as the girls are waving princess style…elbow, elbow, wrist, wrist? 

            In my action thriller, BOLT ACTION from Champagne Books, Detective Leslie Bolt would never have participated in a Miss Racine pageant.  She is a tough talking, gun hording, motorcycle riding investigator.  After a childhood of abuse suffered at the hands of her father, Leslie stashes a collection of pistols, revolvers, and even keeps a Browning A-Bolt Stalker Rifle in her broom closet.  She is stand-offish and down right rude and having to work a serial murder case with her handsome ex-lover, Detective Lance Kestler doesn’t improve her disposition.

            Is the “State Quarter Killer” taunting police?  As the body count mounts, Leslie begins to fall for the sexy medical examiner Jack Donington.  Detective Bolt’s brash disposition begins to soften.  Perhaps a couple of Harley’s, paint drumming to music, and a new romance can help Detective Bolt conquer her own demons from the past to solve the “State Quarter Case”.

            BOLT ACTION is available in paperback at:  

            Victoria Roder is also the author of paranormal romance, The Dream House Visions and Nightmares, Asylett Press. She lives in Central Wisconsin with her husband and a house full of pets. 



Allison Knight said...

I love some of the old laws. I guess at one time they made sense. But why didn't they take them off the books? So we could laugh a hundred years later?

The book sounds like fun.

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

I love the old laws. You gotta chuckle.

Thanks for sharing!

Naomi Musch said...

As I was reading your post, I thought, Ah... the weird Wisconsin website. haha! I only say that because I grew up in central Wis. also (Wis. Rapids) and now live a few hours north. I love perusing those sites that tell about all the sometimes strange and bizarre histories. Some of them tend to wind up in my fiction! Nice post!

cindystubbs said...

they need a law enabling them to remove old laws. I think a heroine who is rude would be a breath of fresh air, it is how people are really after all.

Christine H said...

Those laws are crazy! I don't think any of them make sense no matter when they were written. lol Thanks for sharing. That gave me a good Laugh. lol