Wednesday, September 30, 2009
You will not believe the list of books I've had donated to my October fitness contest. Seriously amazing. I am so excited and motivated to work hard.
Here's the link:
Friday, September 25, 2009
Interested in a fitness and healthy eating contest to help you look good before those darn holidays hit?
Check out this link - http://fitnessformom.blogspot.com/2009/09/fitness-contest_25.html
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I've got a couple of crazy weeks with book signings. If any of you live in Utah, I would love to see your beautiful faces. Here's a list of where I'll be next.
Tuesday, September 22nd, 7-9 p.m. - Barnes and Noble - University Crossings Plaza 330 East 1300 South Orem, Utah
Saturday, September 26th, 10 - 11:30 a.m. - Seagull Book - 1720 S. Redwood Road, Salt Lake City, Utah
Saturday, September 26th, 12-2 p.m. - Barnes and Noble - The Pointe at 53rd 5249 South State Street Murray, Utah
Tuesday, September 29th, 7-8 p.m. - North Logan Library - Speaking and book signing
Saturday, October 10th, 5-7 p.m. - Heart of the West conference book signing, The Lodges at Deer Valley, Park City, Utah
Saturday, October 17th, 5-7 p.m. - Seagull Book, 1114 North Main Street, Logan, Utah
Saturday, October 24th, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Seagull Book, 1102 Washington Boulevard, Ogden, Utah
Saturday, October 24th, 2-4 p.m. - Seagull Book, 4031 South Riverdale Road, Riverdale, Utah
After all of this I'm going to take two months off to write, love on my kiddos, and enjoy Christmas!
Hopefully I'll get to meet some of you at the signings,
Another chance to win a copy of The Sister Pact - http://justanothernewblog.blogspot.com/2009/09/giveaway-and-review-sister-pact-105.html - if you already have a copy, you can start compiling Christmas gifts for your neighbors!
Some great reviews of The Sister Pact lately.
"I always love to read a book by a new, recently found author. It is like trying a new food at a restaurant. There is some excitement and hopefulness that it will be something that you will really like. I have to say, I struck gold with this new romantic,mystery-suspense novel.
This book has a great mix of Romance and mystery. Even though you know who did it...the angst comes in seeing how Savannah is able to prove her innocence. This was a quick read for me. I did not want to put it down until everything was resolved."
The Sister Pact is a suspense novel but it's also a book about love. Not just the romantic kind but the love that bonds sisters, a husband and wife, a father and daughter, a mother and child. Not the sappy kind but the kind that gives people strength to overcome hardship and suffering.
"The Sister Pact is quite a gripping page-turner, too - once I started reading, I could not put it down. The main characters are complex, passionate people who carry their own baggage and have to deal with their past before they have a shot at happiness. Whether they succeed or not, the tragic event that puts Allison into a coma will change their lives. None of them is perfect but neither are they fatally flawed. Their insecurities only make the characters more human and believable."
"This is the first of Cami Checkett's books I've read, and I was not disappointed.
I would have to catagorize this as a "Whydunit". In the 1st chapter the author tells us "Whodunit", the mystery is how will they prove it, and will they prove it before he strikes again. Another mystery, will Savannah figure out she is in danger before its too late, or will her stuborn pride just get her in more trouble.
I loved this book from the beginning to the end, even though I knew who the bad guy was, there were a lot of twists and turns in the story to keep me guessing and interested.
This is another book I would recommend for Mystery/Suspense/romance lovers."
Thanks to these wonderful reviewers! I hope one of you wins the book,
Monday, September 21, 2009
Happy Monday friends. Today I get to share with you an amazing new novel by Rachel Ann Nunes, a writer I have enjoyed since I was a teenager. First a little about the story:
"As a public defender, Caitlin McLoughlin dreams of someday locking the bad guys in prison instead of defending them. But prosecuting jobs are scarce, and Caitlin’s future seems bleak. When her current client is about to walk away from a brutal crime, she risks her career to make sure he doesn’t hurt anyone else. Yet what if her choice means sacrificing her career and the means care for her mentally disabled sister?
Then Caitlin meets Parker Hathaway, charged with kidnapping four-year-old Madeline. Just another criminal, another job, Caitlin thinks.
But Parker tells a far different story. Can Caitlin believe him, as her heart urges? Is she willing to put everything on the line to defend her client—a man who claims to be protecting the child he loves? Or is her trust better placed in the handsome deputy district attorney with his undefeated record in court? Caitlin’s pursuit of the truth swiftly thrusts her into a maze of unanswered questions and unexpected heartache.
Meanwhile, time is running out for Madeline. If Caitlin doesn't find the proof she is looking for soon, there may not be a future for any of them."
Inspired by real life stories, this novel tore my heart apart. One moment I found myself aching for Madeline and Parker, the next rooting for Parker to kiss Caitlin. I was afraid the romance in the story would seem false when interwoven with such a serious subject, but it felt very real.
Rachel delves into the critical issues of drug abuse, protecting precious children, and how sometimes our legal system can injure the innocent. It is obvious the author knows her subject well and feels passionately about it. This is a book that I will not soon forget. I would highly recommend you all read it.
To purchase Saving Madeline, please refer to the publisher's website - http://rachelannnunes.com/SavingMadeline_book.php
To win your free copy, just post a comment below. You can also post a comment on the other blogs participating in the Saving Madeline tour to increase your chances of winning. Please refer to Rachel's blog - http://rachelannnunes.blogspot.com/2009/09/more-chances-to-win-saving-madeline.html
Thanks Rachel for sharing this thought-provoking book with me,
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Hi, friends. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in Josi Kilpack's new series and wanted to share it with you.
Sadie Hoffmiller tries to solve the murder of her neighbor, a single mother who was killed while a lemon tart baked in her oven. Sadie must also rescue the woman's two-year old. Whoever took the child must be the murderer, but Sadie is certain the police are looking at all the wrong suspects including her.
Lemon Tart was fun and intriguing. Sadie is a delightful, 56-year old woman who refuses to listen to or obey anyone. This fast-paced novel held my interest and kept me guessing until the murderer revealed himself and I bit off all my fingernails praying for Sadie and the missing two-year old to find safety.
I would highly recommend Lemon Tart. I can't wait to read the sequel, English Trifle.
Cami: I loved all the references to cooking and baking in Lemon Tart. What inspired you to write a culinary mystery?
Josi: It didn’t start as a culinary mystery—just a mystery novel. I wanted a domestic ‘gumshoe’ and she cooked. It wasn’t until after Deseret Book accepted the story that we thought to put recipes in it, but it worked so well it seemed as though it had been our intent all along. The initial inspiration for the book itself was due to a writing contest hosted by Jeff Savage. He’d challenged writers to write the first chapter of a mystery novel that involved food. I had such a great time with it that I kept it going here and there for a couple of years. Eventually it became an entire story.
Cami: Sadie is such a quirky, lovable heroine. I noticed she is in your newest release, English Trifle. Is Sadie the main protagonist or does this book focus on her daughter?
Josi: No, Sadie is the main protagonist; Breanna fills the role of side kick, sorta. She has her own part to play, but it’s Sadie who remains front and center.
Cami: Please tell us a bit more about English Trifle:
Josi: In Lemon Tart it’s mentioned that Breanna has a boyfriend—someone she’d met several years earlier and has recently reconnected with. In English Trifle, the relationship has blossomed to the point where Liam, the boyfriend, had divulged a secret—he’s the heir to an English Earldom. Breanna, with Sadie in tow, travels to England between Christmas and New Year’s in order to get a taste of what this part of Liam’s life is like—a part of his life that will take over when his father dies, which might be sooner than anyone thinks. As they prepare to leave after the week long vacation, Sadie and Breanna discover a body pinned to the wall of the sitting room with a fireplace poker. And, well, Sadie can’t help but try to piece things together, which gets her into trouble in more ways than one.
Cami: The recipes included at the end of each chapter in Lemon Tart sounded wonderful. I'm sure you're an amazing cook. Would you please share your favorite recipe with us?
Josi: Gosh, that’s a hard one. I really like to cook :-) But here’s one of my favorite, super easy, ones.
1 can chicken broth
1 can black-eyed peas, rinsed
1 cup Salsa
1 can corn
Heat all ingredients and simmer 5 minutes. Scoup up with Frito Scoop chips.
I can't wait to try this recipe. I love easy!
Josi's website: www.josiskilpack.com. Read the first chapters of my books as well as find purchase information.
Josi's blog: www.josikilpack.blogspot.com.
Josi is currently working on the third book in the series, Devil’s Food Cake, which should be in stores spring 2010
Saturday, September 12, 2009
You may have noticed the blue cup on my blog. I'm participating in a huge book giveaway through http://whiterosesinbloom.blogspot.com. Here's the info on the contest:
Our Cup Runneth Over contest details:
Each week, over the next seven weeks, you will have the chance to win free e-books courtesy of the White Rose Publishing authors.
How? By joining our scavenger hunt. Each Saturday two to three new author’s web-sites will be added to the White Roses' blog. Your job is to locate the WHITE ROSE PUBLISHING cup hiding somewhere on their site. Jot down the author’s name and what color cup is on their web page and e-mail the correct answers to email@example.com (Please place in the subject line WRiB Contest) Each Saturday, starting September 19th, a winner’s name will be drawn and your prize will be awarded.
But that’s not all, each time that you send in an entry—regardless if you win that week or not--your name goes into a larger kitty for the grand prize drawing October 31st! (That prize consists of: seven e-books, a box of White Rose Organic tea, your very own beautiful White Rose mug, and a little basket of Arbonne skin care products.)
Check back tomorrow - http://whiterosesinbloomblogspot.com - where the first two web-pages will be posted so you can start your hunt. There will also be a listing of the books which will be awarded.
If you enjoy reading on your Kindle, this is a great chance to add some fabulous books. I will be giving away my second novel, The Broken Path.
Hope you all have a lovely Sabbath,
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Congrats to Jennifer Kindrick, winner of Don't You Marry the Mormon Boys. Thanks to all who entered. I'll try to get another review and giveaway going soon. It's so fun to win free books. Wish I could enter too!
Friday, September 4, 2009
Tomorrow is the last day to enter the giveaway for Don't You Marry the Mormon Boys. Don't miss this chance to win a fabulous book.
Hope you all have a fabulous Labor Day weekend,
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