Thursday, May 31, 2012

My Favorite Reads Giveaway Hop



My Favorite Reads Giveaway Hop, hosted by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer and Rachelle Christensen, is such a fabulous opportunity to win some of your favorite books. I'm excited to be a part of it. I'm giving away my favorite book of the year, Gifts and Consequences by Daniel Coleman, and an autographed copy of Dead Running.


How far would you go? Jonathan Wheeler is determined to find out.

The eccentric billionaire agrees to his dying wife’s request—that he give away his fortune—but his methods are dangerously unconventional. He offers a teenager tickets to the concert of the century as long as the boy takes the school’s least popular girl. He pays a son’s tuition if the mother gives up drugs. He offers life-saving medical treatment to a man’s wife, if he walks across the country.

But there’s a catch—along with the gifts come consequences if they don’t succeed. But who will suffer the consequences when Jonathan goes too far?


Buy Gifts and Consequences - $2.99 Kindle, $8.99 Print




Cassidy Christensen is running.

Running from the mercenaries who killed her parents.

Running from a scheming redhead intent on making her life miserable.  

Running from painful memories that sabotage her dreams of happiness.

With two very tempting men competing for her attention, she hopes she’ll finally have someone to run to, but can she trust either of them? When secrets from her past threaten her family, Cassidy decides to stop running and fight for her future.
Buy Dead Running - $2.99 Kindle, $14.99 Print




Enter to win simply by following this blog and leaving a comment below. If you'd like, I would love to hear your favorite read of this year. For bonus entries, follow me on Twitter, like me on Facebook, or share the giveaway through Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or your blog. Thanks so much for stopping by! Don't forget to check out all the other blogs involved in the giveaway.


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Contest closes June 6th




Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Winners of Fitness Giveaway

Thanks to everybody who participated in the fitness giveaway, especially our fabulous sponsors and bloggers. It was a lot of fun! Here are the winners:


Hugger Mugger Yoga Packages
Christine Jensen
Kelly Delrosso


MIO Global Active Watches
Vicki Newell
Kristi Peshke


Altra Zero Drop running shoes
Leslie Mackey

Online personal training from Fitcore Fitness
Charity Bradford

Fitness Apparel from Running Chics
Jennifer Ballard
Serena Debolt

Lebert Stretch Straps
Cathy Lunn
Allison Brooks-Juengeld
Carol Evans

iFrogz Earbuds or Armbands
Steven Richtsmeier
Yolanda Robinson
Seyma Bennett
Beth Talmage

Brenda Callahan

Smithfield Recreation Center Membership
Jennie Kunz

Crossfit UAC
Haley Dahle


Autographed copy of Dead Running
Lexie Hogan


Thanks again to all my wonderful sponsors. You can click on their links above to find more information on their products. I will paste in all the participating blogs below because I love them all so much! If you're looking for a great blog to follow you should check these ladies out.




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  • Friday, May 25, 2012

    The Duke's Undoing by G.G. Vandagriff

    Meet the Duke of Ruisdell, the unlikely hero of this traditional Regency Romance, after the manner of Georgette Heyer and Candice Hern.

    The duke has just returned wounded from the Napoleonic wars. He is weary, cynical, and very bored. Known as the worst rake in England, he finds he has no interest in upholding that distinction, when his friend, the Marquis of Somerset, proposes a bet: "Five thousand guineas says that seducing Miss Elise Edwards will cure your ennui." Because his friend has just lost a packet to him, he agrees that the bet be posted in White's famous Betting Book.

    The following day, while walking in Green Park, he spies a mysterious young woman, veiled, and obviously grieving. A disembodied voice, sounding strangely like that of his late adjutant, informs him, "The jig is up. That is the girl you are going to marry!" He scoffs, but is nevertheless intrigued by something about the slight figure. He even sketches her and asks if he can be of assistance to her. She declines his offer kindly.

    At the opera that evening, he is captivated by a beauty across the Opera Hall. He hears the same voice, saying the same thing. The marquis informs him that the woman in question is Miss Elise Edwards. When he meets her, he recognizes her voice as that of the woman in the park. Now she is surrounded by a surfeit of ex-fiance's, one of them dangerously unbalanced. Ruisdell discovers an actual bond between them which renders him honor bound to protect her.

    Thus begins a train of unstoppable events--dangerous, humorous, devilish, and amorous--that carry his life along at such a pace that the duke soon knows not whether he is on his head or his heels. And then there is that bet . . .

    Enjoy this delicious romance that will carry you back to the Regency period in English history, where manners were dictated by strict rules of fashion. It is the Jane Austen era, populated by gentlemen and ladies of leisure. These books are best enjoyed with a box of chocolates, and are guaranteed to enliven any boredom (ennui) that you may be experiencing!

    My Review:

    Elise is my favorite kind of heroine. She's caring, feisty, and tough. I especially loved that she organized a soup kitchen for the veterans of war and didn't think herself above anyone else even though many of that era were extremely concerned with social heirarchy.
    The Duke's Undoing was romantic and well-layered. Each of the characters were developed into people you'd want to be like, or at the very least be friends with.
    If you're a fan of regency romance, you will love this book.

    Buy The Duke's Undoing
    G.G. Vandagriff's Website

    Tuesday, May 22, 2012

    "Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers"

    I'm excited to be featuring Kate Hopper's book, "Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers." As a busy mom and author it is extremely difficult to balance writing and life. While I type this post I can hear my 21mo talking to himself in his crib. He's supposed to be napping but obviously doesn't agree. So I'm torn, do I go and rock him or keep typing and pray he goes to sleep?
    I just ran downstairs to check on the baby and we had a situation of stinky bum. Wow. Thank heavens I didn't just keep typing. I'm sure you all know exactly what I mean about finding the balance. Whether you are a writer or have other hobbies or talents you are trying to pursue it is hard to fit everything in (especially sleep, which I have almost given up on). This is why I love Kate Hopper's book, which focuses on writing the stories we need to write and how writing can be therapuetic. 

    Today you get a chance to write a story of your own. Respond to the following writing prompt in 600 words or less and email your submission to me  before May 30th, camicheckettsatyahoodotcom. If your submission wins you receive a free copy of "Use Your Words" and consideration for the grand prize. At the end of the tour, Kate Hopper will choose the best piece for publication on Literary Mama the first week of June and Kate will award the winning writer a free hour-long phone consultation. (If you haven't been to literarymama.com, check it out. It is a lovely online magazine.)

    Here's your prompt. Thanks for stopping by!


    Motherhood Models
    Take a few minutes and describe your mother. If you didn’t have a mother growing up, did someone else play a mothering role in your life? Describe her. Maybe you didn’t feel you had a “good” mother and maybe you didn’t know anyone who fit this description. So what would a “good” mother look like? How did/does this ideal affect your own parenting? How have you parented your own child the same or differently?




    Friday, May 18, 2012

    Fitness Giveaway Ends Today!

    Today is your last chance to enter the fitness giveaway. Hurry, my friends, and enter on all the sites you can. I really, really want my followers to win most of the prizes - hee, hee!
    Click here to enter. I'm going to draw a name per 50 entries so don't hesitate to enter on every blog, even those that have hundreds of entries, your chances are still really good for being drawn.

    I drew a winner for the LDS Authors Blog Hop. Kelly Fox won Dead Running. From her email I gather that she's a delivery RN. How cool is that? I love those nurses the very best!

    To thank everyone for entering the fitness contest and the blog hop, we've lowered the price of Dead Running Kindle version to $2.99 until the end of May. Click here to download it.
    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

    A little romance

    Michelle Paige Holmes taught an amazing class at the LDS Storymakers Conference on spicing up the romance in your writing without going into the danger zone. She used clips from favorite movies and songs that had us all sighing, "Ahhh."

    A couple of tips that really resonated with me.
    "What your hero does is more important than how he looks." This is so true in fiction and in life. Watching my honey play catch with our boys or stop and change some stranger's tire or plow through that list of honey-do's is even more attractive than his six-pack abs used to be (though I still have a picture to prove he had them).
    "The hero is focused oh so intently on the heroine." Don't you love when you feel that in a book, movie, or real life? Everyone wants to feel like they are special and sometimes when our husbands forget it's nice to read about!
    "What is the impossibility that seemingly can't be overcome?" This is one of those things that makes romance so wonderful. Love conquers all. We could probably all use a little bit of that in real life - focusing on the love and why we love that person and getting past the obstacles.

    Michelle is an amazing romance writer as well as a sweet and inspiring lady. Check out her books here.
    Monday, May 14, 2012
    Finally - the woman's answer to growing rich safely! Women today face more money challenges than ever before, from managing careers and families to finances - the demands on their time and resources are increasing. Bad financial advice abounds, and it can be hard to know what to do. Award-winning author Tristi Pinkston teams up with bestselling authors Brett Kitchen and Ethan Kap to bring you Million Dollar Diva. Experience Tristi's real-life transformation from stuggling in debt to million-dollar retirement!

    In this book, you'll discover:

    The 5-step, simple, safe, and predictable process to change living paycheck-to-paycheck to enjoying wealth and security.

    How to give yourself a $400 per month raise without asking the boss or working a minute of overtime.

    "Spend Like a Diva." How to have anything you want - nice vacations, eating out, trips to the mall. It's all part of the plan!

    My Review:

    I believe that every woman should read this book. I learned so many things about how to get in control of my finances and improve everything from savings to investments to fun money. I loved how the authors focused on me being in control. I've seen many sad situations where people get so overwhelmed with their financial trouble and give up, losing their self-worth and their ability to find joy in working hard and being successful. The authors address that issue right up front. Let me share what they say, "If you understand the difference between ownership and entitlement, you will have the difference between control and freedom, or chains and disappointment, for the rest of your life. Feelings of entitlement kill ambition. They kill the spirit of creation, of work, of being in control of your life." I love how they don't beat around the bush. Million Dollar Diva will teach you how to find the extra money to take control of your finances and feel empowered, free to make the choices that will safeguard your family. I highly recommend this book.

    Through June 15th you can receive a copy of Million Dollar Diva for only the cost of shipping ($5.95). Go to the website to get your copy today.

    Buy Million Dollar Diva on Amazon
    Thursday, May 10, 2012

    LDS Authors Giveaway Hop - Win Dead Running

    I'm excited to be a part of the LDS Authors Giveaway Hop. Hosted by I am a Reader, Not a Writer.
    There are 95 blogs involved in this hop. How fun!
    I am giving away an autographed copy of Dead Running.

    Cassidy Christensen is running.
    Running from the mercenaries who killed her parents.
    Running from a scheming redhead intent on making her life miserable. 

    Running from painful memories that sabotage her dreams of happiness.
    With two very tempting men competing for her attention, she hopes she’ll finally have someone to run to, but can she trust either of them? When secrets from her past threaten her family, Cassidy decides to stop running and fight for her future.

    Buy Now only $3.99 Kindle - $14.99 Print

    Enter to win Dead Running: please follow my blog and leave a comment below. You can get bonus entries by liking me on Facebook or following me on Twitter.
    The contest ends May 17th.
    Open to residents of U.S. and Canada.
    Click on the following links for more great giveaways.

    Tuesday, May 8, 2012

    Reviews of Dead Running

    It's so fun when the first reviews on a book start popping up. Here are a few from some wonderful reviewers.


    "First of all, I read this in a day. I love a book that pulls me in and keeps me to the end. This book had a nice mystery, loveable and believable characters with great voice. I loved how real Cassidy was. Her sense of humor and off the wall bluntness had me smiling the whole time. And the end of the 10K race? OMGosh I couldn't stop laughing. It was just a great story that let me slip out of my life and into someone elses. That's why I read."
    Author Charity Bradford.
    Click here to read the full review.


    "Page by page I found myself flying through this book. The characters are real, interesting and engaging. Yes I too want to meet Damon and Jesse… I am just saying… :D Tie in a big mystery and a lot of danger and I was sold. Cassidy’s sister-in-law Rachael “El” would be the sister-in-law I had always dreamed of, a friend and confident… and her BFF Tasha cracks me up.
    Bottom line is – this book gave me all the good vibes of an early Stephanie Plum (Evanovich) novel without the ditsy main character, but with the hot guys, a meatier read, and just a lot cleaner all the way around. I really loved it.
    Not many books will keep me in the house on my day off in my pajamas past noon just because I can not put it down long enough to take a shower and get ready for the day. This one did exactly that. Do yourself a favor and give Cami Checketts a try, I adored her touching book Sister Pact, and really think she has grown even more as an author in Dead Running."
    Sheila DeChantal, Reviewer, Book Journey
    Click here to read the full review.


    "Dead Running is infused with inherent conflict. From page one I was hooked. Setting, tension, character: this book accomplished so much right from the get go.
    Author Cami Checketts has a distinctive voice, and MC Cassidy Christensen is a character anyone can empathize with. And she has a huge sense of humor!"
    Author Lo Johnston
    Click here to read the full review. 

    "Dead Running is my first book by Cami Checketts and I absolutely loved it. Cassidy is funny, brave and quirky and I loved her philosophy on relationships. She’s attracted to two very different guys in the book. One seemingly likes her back and the other doesn’t want anything to do with her but can’t stop showing up just at the right moment when she’s in danger. Then you throw in a very snarky “Hot Red-Head” as competition and hilarity ensues."
    Monie G. Reviewer, Reading with Monie
    Click here to read the full review.
    Monday, May 7, 2012

    Dark Room by Joshua Graham


    After scattering her mother's ashes in Vietnam, photojournalist Xandra Carrick comes home to New York to rebuild her life and career. When she experiences supernatural visions that reveal atrocities perpetrated byAmerican soldiers during the Vietnam War, she finds herself entangled in a forty-year-old conspiracy that could bring the nation into political turmoil.

    Launching headlong into a quest to learn the truth from her father, Peter Carrick, a Pulitzer Prize Laureate who served as an embedded photographer during the war, Xandra confronts him about a dark secret he has kept--one that has devastated their family.

    Her investigations lead her to her departed mother's journal, which tell of love, spiritual awakening, and surviving the fall of Saigon.

    Pursued across the continent, Xandra comes face-to-face with powerful forces that will stop at nothing to prevent her from revealing the truth. But not before government agencies arrest her for murder, domestic terrorism and an assassination attempt on the newly elected president of the United States.


    My Review:

    Darkroom was everything I enjoy in a novel - intrigue, action, romance, family drama. As a reader my heart went out to Xandra time and again. I have to admit that the beginning was a bit slow, I don't think I would've continued reading if I hadn't been asked to review the book but I was so glad I did keep reading. The plot was intricately woven and needed the slower setup at the beginning to work all the details in that made this book so interesting. I would highly recommend Darkroom and look forward to reading Joshua Graham's other novels.

    Joshua Graham's Website
    Buy Darkroom
    Saturday, May 5, 2012

    LDS Storymakers Conference

    The LDS Storymakers Conference was amazing (as always). In my experience, the LDS Storymakers put on the best conference - fabulous presenters, fun events, great food, and a wonderful feeling of camraderie.

    The coolest moment was when JoLynne Lyon, a friend and critique partner, won the Grand Prize in the First Chapter contest. What an amazingly talented lady. I can hardly wait to announce that she's secured a huge book deal.  

    Another critique partner, Amber Argyle, presented a superb class on Magic. Her book, Witch Song, is my favorite paranormal read of all time.

    I was able to meet in person some wonderful friends who I formally only knew as online buddies. I also made some great new friends, laughed until I cried, and was very grateful for a supportive husband and family so I can pursue my dreams of becoming a writer.

    Thank you to the LDS Storymakers Conference Committee for a wonderful weekend.

    What's your favorite conference?
    Tuesday, May 1, 2012

    Opportunities to win Dead Running

    Julie Coulter Bellon is giving away four different ebooks. Dead Running, Snarky and Sweety by Susan Denney, Defenders of the Covenant by Angie Lofthouse, and a book of your choice from Trina Boice. Great variety -  romantic suspense, romantic comedy, sci-fi adventure, and nonfiction self-help.  
    Click here for more information on all the books and to enter the giveaway.

    There are also two print copies of Dead Running available on Goodreads giveaways.


    Goodreads Book Giveaway

    Dead Running by Cami Checketts

    Dead Running

    by Cami Checketts

    Giveaway ends May 18, 2012.
    See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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