Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Winter Blahs

How are you all surviving winter so far? Our little valley gets inversions and bitter cold so I struggle not getting depressed or just sitting around drinking hot cocoa all day! Luckily this year I have a really busy writing schedule (seven books due before June - yikes) and lots going on with the boys and lacrosse so it's kept me too crazy to consume as much hot cocoa as usual.
What do you do to keep busy and positive through the yucky days of winter?
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

My Fair Gentleman by Nancy Campbell Allen


My Fair Gentleman by Nancy Campbell Allen

A regency twist on My Fair Lady!

Jack Eliot dreams of being the captain of his own ship. But then his grandfather, the Earl of Stansworth, names Jack as his heir — with a caveat. Jack must impress the aristocracy, or else his mother and sister will remain in poverty. Can a rough-and-tumble captain be transformed into a gentleman of society?

Ivy Carlisle is willing to try. Employed as his tutor, she begins teaching Jack the ways of high society, but she quickly discovers that this dashing sailor is brash and bold, opinionated and passionate. If she's not careful, Jack might end up teaching her a thing or two about romance.

Sparks fly when the sailor meets society, and Jack soon learns that his challenge isn't surviving the ton, but surviving the conspiracies against him — as well as keeping himself from falling madly in love with his new tutor.

My Review:

Nancy Campbell Allen has been a favorite writer of mine since teenage years and she has just gotten better with time. I loved every character from Jack and Ivy to her grandmother and his sister and mother. This is such a delightful story and I would highly recommend it.
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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Julia's Banana Bread - Recipe from Kahakuloa, Maui

My husband and I were blessed to go Maui for our twenty-year wedding anniversary last year. We loved it and I was thrilled when I could use the beautiful island as the setting for my first Billionaire Bride Pact Book, The Resilient One. 
The food on the island was expensive but divine. I especially loved the papaya, pineapple, fresh fish, and Julia's Banana Bread from the little village of Kahakuloa. I had to include the bread and fun village in the book and I wanted to make sure to share the recipe with all of you. I found it on Bon Appetit. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. I especially love how simple the recipe is.

Julia's Banana BreadIngredients

Oil or butter for greasing the pan
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup mashed *ripe bananas (about 2 large)
3/4 cup vegetable oil (I use either coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil)
Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°. Coat a 9x5x3” loaf pan with oil or butter.

Whisk flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.

Whisk eggs, sugar, bananas, and oil in a large bowl until smooth. Add dry ingredients to banana mixture and stir just until combined. Scrape batter into prepared pan and smooth top.

Bake until a tester inserted into the center of bread comes out clean, 60–70 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack; let bread cool in pan for 15 minutes.

Run a knife around inside of pan to release the bread. Turn out onto rack and let cool completely before slicing.

*For more intense ripe banana flavor I set my two peeled bananas in a glass bowl and microwave for 1-2 minutes. Whisk the liquid that has accumulated with the banana pulp and use. This will help ripen a "less ripe" banana and intensify the banana flavors.



The Resilient One by Cami Checketts
Alyssa Armsworth, a world-renowned photographer, has no intentions of honoring the Billionaire Bride Pact she made as a teenager to avoid getting her bra hung from the camp flagpole. Marriage is the last thing on her to-do list and when her father forces his wealthy friends on her, she runs to Maui.

She plans to lay low, take some great pictures, and eat fresh fish--until Beckham Taylor arrives. Stuck in the same hotel and spending days on the white sand with the handsome ex-NHL star wouldn't be all that bad except Alyssa's done something in the past that Beckham could never forgive. Before she can confess, her misdeeds are thrust onto the front cover of a well-known magazine. Alyssa must overcome her fears or live without Beckham.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Billionaire Bride Pact

Release day party for the Billionaire Bride Pact books!
Don't forget to enter below to win $25 Cash. Thanks for stopping by!


The Resilient One by Cami Checketts
Alyssa Armsworth, a world-renowned photographer, has no intentions of honoring the Billionaire Bride Pact she made as a teenager to avoid getting her bra hung from the camp flagpole. Marriage is the last thing on her to-do list and when her father forces his wealthy friends on her, she runs to Maui.

She plans to lay low, take some great pictures, and eat fresh fish--until Beckham Taylor arrives. Stuck in the same hotel and spending days on the white sand with the handsome ex-NHL star wouldn't be all that bad except Alyssa's done something in the past that Beckham could never forgive. Before she can confess, her misdeeds are thrust onto the front cover of a well-known magazine. Alyssa must overcome her fears or live without Beckham.

Available now for only $2.99 - Amazon or free for Prime and KOLL members.

The Passionate One by Jeanette Lewis
As the creator of the Billionaire Bride Pact, Erin Parker is determined to see it through. And now that wealthy, gorgeous Brennan Avery has been cast as her costar in a play destined for Broadway, things couldn’t be better. But Erin’s best friend, Matt Walters, isn’t ready to give up on her. He has a plan to escape the friend zone and prove to Erin that there are more important things than money and fame.

Available now for only $2.99 or free for Prime members - Amazon


Excerpt from The Resilient One

“I promise you, Alyssa, this is the guy for…” Maryn’s voice trailed off. “He’s a super-nice guy. Don’t shut yourself off before you even talk to him. Be nice to him and get that date offer.”
Alyssa turned and Beckham Taylor stood at the bottom of the stairs on the other side of the courtyard, watching her like she was a cat who might leap and scratch his eyes out any minute. She sighed. This was going to be harder than Maryn could understand. She forced some gaiety into her voice. “Sounds great. I’ll talk to you later.”
“He’s right there? Oooh,” Maryn squealed. “This is going to be sweet. Ta-ta.”
Alyssa restrained from rolling her eyes and dropped her phone into her purse. She took a deep breath and tried to release the tension in her shoulders. He was still watching her. Go on the offensive and introduce herself? Tell him how amazing he was rescuing the little girl this morning? Or head for the food and hope he came to her? She glanced at his slightly-mussed dark hair and the hopeful expression in his impossibly blue eyes. His jaw line was firm, just like she liked, and from his build she could tell he’d probably been a fabulous hockey player. She darted toward the food. What a wimp.
Piling her plate with papaya, boiled eggs, and a bagel, she grabbed some POG juice and sat at one of the tables. Of course today would be the day the breakfast wasn’t busy. Only her and some famous, hot, rich man. Where was Jerry? Where was the cute elderly couple, Simon and Kendra, who always told her about their Maui adventures every morning? Maryn was exaggerating, this bed and breakfast wasn’t a dump, but still why would a super wealthy dude stay at one of the least expensive places on the west side of the island?
Beckham helped himself to food while she started eating. She tried not to watch him out of the corner of her eye. It was impossible not to look when he marched straight up to her table. “Is this seat taken?”
“All the other tables are full?”
His welcoming smile faded. He looked like she’d just busted his Lego creation.
“I’m just teasing. Please.” She gestured toward the seat. He settled his food on the bamboo table. As his juice tipped precariously to the side, they both reached out to steady it. His hand came around hers. The warmth of his rough fingers sent tremors up her arm. Their eyes met and neither of them moved. Awkwardness settled in quickly. “If you’ll let go, I can put your juice in a safer spot.”
He nodded but didn’t move his hand. “What if I don’t want to let go?”
She moved her hand quickly and he barely caught the juice before it spilt. Studying her plate, Alyssa forced herself to peel a boiled egg and hoped he couldn’t see how he was making her shake. Maryn was so dead.
“I apologize again about this morning. Did I hurt you?” His eyes lowered to her legs and she knew he’d noticed her limp.
“No. You did a great job of protecting me with your body.” Her face flamed red and she took a quick drink of her juice.
A slow grin appeared on Beck’s face. “I’m glad you’re okay.”
She nodded her acknowledgment, her stomach fluttering like it was full of fireflies. Oh, my, he looked good when he smiled like that. They ate in silence for several minutes. Alyssa didn’t know what to say to break the awkwardness that settled in again.
“So, um, I hear you’re a Maui veteran.” He forked a bite of eggs, sneaking a glance at her then focusing on his food.
“Where did you hear that from?” Alyssa realized there was too much bite in her voice. She couldn’t be herself around handsome, wealthy men. Maryn was going to have to find someone else to quote for her article and just deal with disappointment, Alyssa couldn’t handle this.
Beckham’s eyes widened and she was caught off guard studying the brightness of the blue. Caribbean blue, sky blue, or maybe almost aqua blue? She couldn’t quite decide and she couldn’t tear her gaze away from his. What she wouldn’t give to photograph him, for her private collection this time.
“Jerry,” he said.
“Oh.” She spread cream cheese on her bagel, wondering if the air was really crackling around them or if she was going nuts. He had this draw that was so exciting she wanted to either snuggle up next to him or hide in her room.
Beckham set his fork down and cleared his throat. “I don’t have anything planned the next couple of days. Would you be interested in… showing me around?”
Alyssa hated that she wondered if this would qualify as him asking her on a date. She wanted to meet his eyes and get lost in the blue again, but she just couldn’t do it. What if he was like Hugh? She couldn’t be alone with a man and risk being vulnerable. If she couldn’t escape from a wiry guy like Hugh how could she protect herself from someone built like Beckham? She could still feel Hugh’s manicured fingers trailing down her neck and then ripping her shirt off. Nausea rose in her throat.
She set her bagel down and mumbled, “Excuse me. I’m not feeling very well.” She pushed away from the table and Beckham hurried around to pull her chair out. He wrapped one hand around her elbow and the warmth of that touch made her already shaky legs turn to pudding. Her eyes were drawn to his.
“Thanks,” she murmured before withdrawing from his touch and those eyes and fleeing up the stairs. 

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Sick Day

I got a horrible head cold Saturday night and spent Sunday in bed re-reading Shadows in the Curtain, Redeem This, Dead Running, and Dying to Run. I know that's pathetic to re-read books I wrote, but it made the day so much fun!
Do you re-read books or once you've finished a story it's a good memory but not something you'd go back to?

Monday, January 11, 2016

Billionaire Bride Pact Romances

I'm thrilled to announce the release of my first Billionaire Bride Pact book, The Resilient One. I'm writing this series with my amazing friend, Jeanette Lewis, who came up with the idea of twelve friends making a pact at summer camp to marry only billionaires or they'd have to sing the humiliating Camp Wallakee song at their wedding without telling anyone why. Jeanette's book, The Passionate One, is also available now.


The Resilient One by Cami Checketts
Alyssa Armsworth, a world-renowned photographer, has no intentions of honoring the Billionaire Bride Pact she made as a teenager to avoid getting her bra hung from the camp flagpole. Marriage is the last thing on her to-do list and when her father forces his wealthy friends on her, she runs to Maui.

She plans to lay low, take some great pictures, and eat fresh fish--until Beckham Taylor arrives. Stuck in the same hotel and spending days on the white sand with the handsome ex-NHL star wouldn't be all that bad except Alyssa's done something in the past that Beckham could never forgive. Before she can confess, her misdeeds are thrust onto the front cover of a well-known magazine. Alyssa must overcome her fears or live without Beckham.

Available now for only $2.99 - Amazon or free for Prime and KOLL members.

The Passionate One by Jeanette Lewis
As the creator of the Billionaire Bride Pact, Erin Parker is determined to see it through. And now that wealthy, gorgeous Brennan Avery has been cast as her costar in a play destined for Broadway, things couldn’t be better. But Erin’s best friend, Matt Walters, isn’t ready to give up on her. He has a plan to escape the friend zone and prove to Erin that there are more important things than money and fame.

Available now for only $2.99 or free for Prime members - Amazon

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Monday, January 4, 2016

Free Print Copy of The Resilient One

Win a free print copy of The Resilient One, A Billionaire Bride Pact Romance on Rockin' Book Reviews. Click here to enter. The print books are available now and you can pre-order the ebook on Amazon.


Alyssa Armsworth, a world-renowned photographer, has no intentions of honoring the Billionaire Bride Pact she made at girl’s camp to avoid getting whipped cream smeared on her face while she slept. Marriage is the last thing on her to-do list and when her father forces his wealthy friends on her, she runs to Maui. 
Her plan to jog on the beach, take some great pictures, and avoid men works—until Beckham Taylor arrives. Spending days on the white sand with the handsome ex-NHL star is ideal, but Alyssa's guilt for past transgressions begins to consume her. She doesn’t think Beckham could ever forgive what she’s done to him and his family. Before she can confess her misdeeds are thrust onto the front cover of the tabloids. Now, Alyssa must face her past or lose her future. 

The Resilient One, by Cami Checketts, has it all: falling in love on the beautiful island of Maui, a handsome ex-NHL player, and a granny that puts the 'm' in mischief. It's all a great combination for a yummy romance you won't be able to put down. I'd highly recommend it and all of the Billionaire Bride Pact romances.
Taylor Hart, author of Last Play

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

I'm awful at Christmas cards but wanted to wish all of you a belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year too! I am so excited for new possibilities and growth in writing, family, and church. I spent the past week with an amazing FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) lacrosse team for my oldest son in Tampa Bay, Florida. They welcomed us in and loved us like family. So grateful to all the amazing examples I am able to interact with who have the true spirit of Christ.
Many hugs and love to all of you and thanks for all you do for me, Cami



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