Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Giveaway--Dead Running by Cami Checketts

This book was SUCH a fun read! Suspense, humor, and romance (my favorite) were all woven together in an engaging tale that kept me guessing the entire time. If you're a fan of romantic suspense, be sure to check it out. I also LOVE the cover and can't wait for the sequel, Dying to Run, which will be available in November. Enter to win a copy of your own below.

About the Book:

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. A light-hearted suspense with a side of PG-rated romance, Dead Running will have you lacing up your running shoes and impatiently waiting for the sequel.

Excerpt

   I inched down another stair, hoping the soft creaks wouldn’t give me away to whoever was arguing in my living room. My dad was visiting me this week, gathering medical supplies for another one of his projects. I’d been gracious and allowed him to host his meetings in my living room. The support from the medical community in our little corner of Northern Utah was actually impressive, but did one of the doctors have to show up in the middle of the night?
   I was in that luscious almost-asleep phase when I heard the banging on my front door and crawled out of bed. Irritation turned to fear as I listened to the conversation. The man threatening Dad wasn’t one of his supporters.
   “You interfered with the wrong shipment this time.”
   “Shipment?” Dad asked. “These are human beings, not some profit margin.”
   I reached the bottom step and peeked around the wall. My dad stood near the fireplace with a mixture of shock and revulsion on his sunburned face.
   Just inside the front door, a man peeked out from the shadow of a hooded sweatshirt. He yanked out a wicked-looking blade. I covered my mouth to stifle the scream. My stomach knotted. My legs felt like ice. I didn’t know if I could move, let alone help.
   The knife sailed through the air. My father darted to the side. The blade jabbed into his upper arm. Dad yelped. The pain in his face lodged in my own gut. He grabbed at his arm and yanked the knife out, spraying the wall with blood. My dad’s blood. Help. I had to do something.
   The hooded figure closed the distance and wrenched the weapon from dad’s fingers, lifting it above his head.
   “No!” I leapt from my hiding spot, grabbed a heavy picture frame off the end table, and smacked the man with it.
   “Cassidy!” Dad inhaled quickly, hazel eyes widening.
   The attacker knocked the picture frame out of my hands and pointed the bloody knife my direction. Dark eyes swept over the skin not covered by my t-shirt and cut-off sweats. I squirmed, his look scaring me as much as his knife. I backed up a step, eyes focused on the blade.
   My dad planted himself between me and the man. The man’s white teeth flashed against leathery skin. “She’s beautiful, Doc.” His tongue darted across his lower lip. “The dark hair and pretty brown eyes. Looks just like her mom.”
   Dad held up his uninjured arm and shoved me behind him, his breath coming in ragged gulps. “Leave her out of this, Panetti.”
   Panetti cocked his head to the side. “I’m supposed to kill you, but I could bring her in alive for some extra compensation. How old are you, sweetheart?”
   I glared at him over my dad’s shoulder. “Twenty-one and going nowhere with you. Get out of my house before I call the police.” It was a lame threat since I was visibly shaking and had no clue where my phone was.
   The man threw back his head and laughed. “I like her, a bit of attitude. Ramirez and I will both enjoy her.”
   I swallowed the sickening taste of his threat. Sweat trickled down my spine. I clung to my injured dad, who was currently no match for this psycho. How could I protect either of us?
   “You’ll never touch her.” Dad pushed me toward the kitchen doorway. “I can’t believe you would betray the children for Ramirez.”
   “Not for Ramirez. I betrayed the children for lots and lots of money.” Panetti revealed his perfect teeth again.
   Dad looked back at me. “Run,” he whispered.
   I swallowed, trying to catch my breath. No matter how scared I was I couldn’t leave him.
   “Run, Cassie!” He shoved me and faced the madman.
   Panetti let out a warrior cry and lunged with the knife. Dad ducked. The blade sliced air instead of flesh, throwing Panetti off balance. Dad plowed into the man’s abdomen, knocking him into the front door. I screamed, running towards them to try to help.
   “Get out of here,” Dad yelled.
   Stumbling away from the fight, I slammed into the wall. A yell of pain from my dad forced me to keep moving. I ran into the kitchen and nearly collapsed with relief when I saw my phone. Placing all my hopes and prayers on three numbers, I stilled my trembling hands enough to dial: 9-1-1.
   The call connected. “A guy is trying to kill my dad!” Grunts and the sound of bodies slamming into furniture reassured me Dad was still alive. I told the dispatcher my address, but then she started asking more questions.
   “I’ve got to help my dad.”
   “Officers are en route.”
   “Good!” I clung to the phone but stopped listening as I sprinted back into the living room. Dad was on top of Panetti. The knife was on the floor, Panetti reaching for it. I covered the last couple of feet, kicked the knife farther away, and stomped on his hand with my bare foot. Pain radiated up through my leg but I heard a crunch that hopefully meant I did some damage. How awful that I really wanted to hurt him.
   I held up my phone. “The police will be here any second.”
   Dad strained to keep Panetti pinned. “Go back to the kitchen.” “I am not going to the kitchen while you fight for your life.”
   “Cassidy,” Dad groaned. “For once in your life listen to me.”
   Panetti shoved Dad off of him. Dad banged his injured arm against the sofa, blood mingling with the leather finish as he yelped in pain. Panetti leaped to his feet, pushed me out of the way, and ran for the front door. Dad struggled to stand up. I regained my footing and hurried after Panetti, but Dad grabbed my arm before I got outside, allowing Panetti to disappear into the darkness.
   “We should go after him,” I said.
   “Not tonight.” Dad shut the front door and slid to the floor, clutching his bleeding arm. “I’ll find him.” The sheer determination in his eyes made me glad I wasn’t Panetti.
   “That guy wasn’t one of your Mexican orphanage supporters.”
   Dad laughed, patting the floor next to him.
   I clenched my hands together to stop the shaking. A few more deep breaths and I might feel like I wasn’t going to pass out. “You need something for the blood.”
   He reached up a hand to me. “I’ll be okay. It’s you I’m worried about.” I sank next to him and threw my arms around his neck. My entire body was trembling now. Dad patted my back and whispered that I was safe. It was exactly what I needed to hear, but still had a hard time believing. Several minutes later I could hear sirens approaching the house. I wiped at my nose and bit my lip to hold back more tears.
   “Someday you’re going to tell me what that was all about.”
   Dad shook his head. “Hopefully you’ll never know.”

About Cami

Cami is a part-time author, part-time exercise consultant, part-time housekeeper, full-time wife, and overtime mother of four adorable boys. Sleep and relaxation are fond memories. She's never been happier.

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Giveaway--SMART MOVE by Melanie Jacobson

Reading Smart Move was like watching a fast-paced romantic comedy with a large dose of Melanie's signature snark. So much fun! Her writing style is fluid and entertaining, making it easy to get lost in one of her books. And don't get me started on all the awesome one-liners. If you are a fan of romantic comedies, you will love all of Melanie's books.

A blurb about the book:
The spark was undeniable the night Sandy Burke met the devastatingly handsome Jake. Conversation flowed easily, so after they parted, she waited eagerly for his call. It never came. A high-powered career woman at the ripe old age of twenty-seven, Sandy feels she has had her heart broken one too many times, and now the redheaded trendsetter is facing a major quarter-life crisis. After some introspection, Sandy determines that helping others may be the key to helping herself. When she's presented with a job offer in Washington DC as the director of New Horizons, a nonprofit organization benefiting women in poverty, it seems providential.

But now that she's moved, two major obstacles threaten the success of her first assignment: The first is her mother and her constant fog of less-than-helpful New Age advice. Secondly, plans to build another New Horizons outreach center have come to a screeching halt, thanks to the interference of a pesky lawyer and his attempts to reverse zoning approval for the building project.

 After weeks of verbal sparring over the phone, Sandy is in for a shock when she comes face-to-face with her foe. The smooth voice at the other end of the line is a heart-wrenching blast from the past. In this twist of fate, Sandy sees the perfect opportunity to ensure the success of the outreach center — and to enact a little payback on this man she thought she'd left behind. And so the battle of wits begins. Will Sandy's "flirt-to-convert" plot sway her nemesis' determination to block the center, or will his charming and undeniably attractive ways convince the sassy redhead to give love a second chance?

BIO: Melanie Bennett Jacobson is an avid reader, amateur cook, and champion shopper. She consumes astonishing amounts of chocolate, chick flicks, and romance novels. After meeting her husband online, she is now living happily married in Southern California with her growing family and a series of doomed houseplants. Melanie is a former English teacher and a popular speaker who loves to laugh and make others laugh. In her down time (ha!), she writes romantic comedies for Covenant and maintains her humorous slice-of-life blog. Visit Melanie on her website or blog.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

All I Want--Finally HERE!!!

Yay! After an incredibly stressful month of early mornings and late nights, I can finally announce that All I want is now available on Kindle.

It should be up on Barnes and Noble by tomorrow, and will be available as a paperback sometime next week.

So excited about this one! If you're on the lookout for three short and fun holiday romances, be sure to check it out!

Blurbs:
Pretty Near Perfect by Jolene Perry
The last thing Norah needs is to be attracted to anyone – especially in her deceased fiancé's parents' home. Collin’s starting a new career, and has no business getting involved – especially while staying with his roommate’s family, who very kindly offered to take him in for the holidays. Unfortunately, you just don’t always pick the most convenient time and place to fall for someone.

Six Days of Christmas by Kaylee Baldwin
When Natalie goes home with her best friend for Christmas, she expects plenty of quiet time to work on a winning ad so she can turn her dream internship into her dream job. Instead, she gets time-consuming Christmas festivities, a house full of children, and Jimmy, her best friend’s brother - someone who makes her question everything she’s always thought she wanted.

Twist of Fate by Rachael Anderson

When a postcard meant for Kenzie winds up in Ty's mailbox, Ty's faced with a decision. Should he tell her that her fiancé is breaking up with her and let it ruin her favorite holiday, or should he do what he’s wanted to do since he met her - make a move and hope that he can win her over before she discovers there won’t be a wedding after all?

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Blog Tour Stop--The Unlikely Gift of Treasure Blume


 I'm so excited to be part of the blog tour for a wonderful soon-to-be-released book by a fabulous new author! If you're looking for a fun romance with lovable characters, this book is for you. And if that doesn't convince you, simply read some of the excerpts below. So fun!

Blurb:

With her love of sweaters, goofy hair, and awkward manners---not to mention her family curse---Treasure Blume knows love is not in her future. That is, until she matches wits with Dennis Cameron, a divorced chef with a six-year-old daughter. Full of mischief, mayhem, and laugh-out-loud humor, this is an unlikely love story you'll want to read over and over again!"


Excerpts:
"Treasure held her breath until the bowl began to fill. She did not want to explain a dead salamander in a toilet to Bonnie. 'Excuse me, ' said Mr. Tillotson, the librarian, suddenly appearing with a newspaper. 'I thought this was a bathroom.' 'It is. We'll just get out of your hair,' said Treasure. Mr. Tillotson ran a hand over his bald head. 'Not that I meant anything about your hair,' Treasure blurted. 'See, we were just having a funeral and . . .' Mr. Tillotson held up a hand. 'I just need to use the bathroom,' he said. 

"The snotty fifth-grader eyed the wiener tot that Dennis Cameron held in his gloved hand. 'Do those have meat in them?' she asked. 'I don't eat the dead bodies of dead barnyard animals.' Dennis considered a tot. Nuggets of hot dog deep fat fried in a corn meal crust. They horrified him. 'Trust me, I doubt any of these animals ever saw a barnyard,' he said, slamming them down on her tray."

"'The superintendent!' said Grammy with a start. 'That nasty secretary's brother? I didn't know he was real! I just thought he was a myth, like narwhals.' 'Narwhals are real,' said Treasure tiredly. Grammy decided not to argue about the obvious fictional nature of a horned fish. The poor girl probably thought unicorns were real, too."

"'No!' LuNae yelled. She reached out to grab Ruby's arm, but her depth perception was off and she grabbed air instead. Grammy took advantage of the situation and put LuNae in a headlock. 'I'll kill you!' LuNae said. 'I'll haunt you,' said Grammy, unperturbed."

"Randy grinned. 'Look, Treasure, now everyone will know you're an angel. You've got the halo to prove it.' Treasure snorted. 'Yep. Angel to cats, kids, and codgers. That's me.'"

"Grammy waxed philosophical. 'Good underwear, it's like fine architecture. Now some undies are just cheap and sleazy, like the hotels down on the strip: all facade and no support. But these: solid and elegant and firm, like gothic arches. This underwear will bear you up on the toughest of days.' Treasure was oddly comforted by the thought of being buoyed up by your underwear. 'Gothic arches, huh. Should I insert the flying buttress joke here?'"

 "Grammy whipped her head around and met Dennis's gaze. 'Sometimes, boy, I fear you are so dumb you might try to milk a duck.'"

"Dennis let go of her hand and copied her posture. 'So people hate you, huh?' he asked the ceiling tiles. Treasure nodded. 'With a hatred usually reserved for members of washed-up boy bands." 

Bio: Lisa Rumsey Harris grew up writing stories and riding horses in Southeastern Idaho. She received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English from Brigham Young University, where she now teaches writing classes. Lisa lives in Orem Utah, with her ancient Siamese cat, her husband Griffin (who cooks nearly as well as Dennis) and her two adorable daughters. When Lisa began writing this book, her oldest daughter was in first grade. Her youngest daughter finished first grade this year. Check out her world at www.treasureblume.com or on facebook under Lisa Rumsey Harris, author.

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Tag, I'm It--The Next Big Thing


What is your working title of your book? Twist of Fate - one of three Christmas novellas in the book ALL I WANT

Where did the idea come from for the book? A year ago, I approached both Jolene Perry and Kaylee Balwin with this idea. They thought it sounded like a fun idea, and well, here we are.

What genre does your book fall under?
Contemporary romance.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
No idea. Possibly Amy Adams and  a younger Hugh Jackman?

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
When a postcard meant for Kenzie winds up in Ty's mailbox, Ty's faced with a decision. Should he tell her that her fiancé is breaking up with her and let it ruin her favorite holiday, or should he do what he’s wanted to do since he met her - make a move and hope that he can win her over before she discovers there won’t be a wedding after all?
  
Okay, so it's two sentences instead of one. Woops. :)

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Self-published-yay! Love being in control.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? May we see an intro?
About three weeks. (It's only 25K words). Yeah, I'm slow. :)

Intro:
   Two booted feet rested on the top stair as Ty McKenzie walked into the Lakeland Hills apartment complex. He followed the boots up to slim, denim-clad legs. Two hands rested on top of the woman’s knees, clutching an opened letter that blocked her face.
   “Your mom wants to come and visit you.” The letter moved down, revealing Kenzie Tyler’s face. Long, curly auburn hair fell to her shoulders, with a ringlet dangling near one of her blue eyes.
   Ty raised an eyebrow and lifted a key to his mailbox. “How many times do I have to tell you that opening other people’s mail is a crime? Just because it shows up in your box doesn’t mean it’s yours.” Not that Kenzie would care. When it came to letters from his mom, she had absolutely no respect for privacy laws.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Kaylee Baldwin's Six Days of Christmas--another story included in the book.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I can't really say for sure. Christmas? :)

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
Pretty Near Perfect, by Jolene Perry--a cute story about a displaced girl finding love in the home of her deceased fiance's parents' home.

Six Days of Christmas, by Kaylee Baldwin--a totally fun story about a girl who's trying to write a winning ad campaign during Christmas chaos at her best friend's home, while attempting not to fall in love with her best friend's brother.

Check it out on Goodreads or add it to your to read list HERE.

I'm tagging:
Rebecca Talley
Braden Bell

Cami Checketts
Karey White
Rebecca Jamison

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