Friday, January 18, 2013

Giveaway! The Broken Path by Cami Checketts

First off, I LOVE that Cami is donating a portion of the proceeds of this book to The Child and Family Support Center. That alone should get you to buy a copy. (Hint, hint :))

About the book:

Injured in a debilitating accident at age six, Ethan Searle believes women eye him with a mixture of pity and disdain. He’s tried love before. He won’t again. He meets his match in a precocious two-year old who loves him despite his disability, even while her mother seems bothered by everything about Ethan.

 Autumn Reader escaped her abusive marriage with her beautiful daughter and a stack of fear. She can’t make the mistake of trusting a man again. Autumn’s daughter becomes enraptured by Ethan. Despite Autumn’s best intentions, she finds herself following her daughter’s example. When her ex-husband reappears, threatening everyone she loves if she won’t submit to his demands, Autumn has to learn to trust or lose her chance at real love.

Praise for The Broken Path:
Characters to fall in love with, action to keep you turning pages, and the most adorable little girl ever, The Broken Path is a compelling tale of strength and trust, courage and heart. I truly enjoyed this book. – Maria Hoagland, Author of Family Size 

 The Broken Path is sweet romance with heart, suspense, and plenty of story twists that kept me turning pages. Add in a romantic hero with a cane, a struggling single mom, and an adorable little girl and this book has it all! --Heather Justesen, author of The Switch

Excerpt: 

   The back door of the chapel flew open and Brittan raced in.
   “Effan,” she called out.
   “Shhh,” her mother and grandmother both admonished, trailing behind her.
   Brittan bounded onto his lap. “Effan,” she whispered loudly. “My mama marry you?”
   Ethan couldn’t answer. He blinked a few times. Maybe he’d misread how Autumn felt about him. He looked to Autumn with a questioning glance as she slid in next to him at her mother’s obvious insistence.
   She averted her eyes. Her skin tinged pink. “I’m sorry. I don’t know where she got that idea.”
   “Effan marry Mama,” Brit chanted. “Effan marry Mama.”
   Miss Sue looked over her shoulder, mouth open, painted-on eyebrows lifted. A look from Autumn silenced any comment the woman might have made. She turned back around with a “humph.”
   “Effan marry Mama,” Brittan repeated.
   “Brit,” Autumn whispered, “if you say ‘Ethan marry Mama,’ one more time I’ll put your nose in the corner with the spiders.”
   The threat shocked Brittan into silence. Ethan stared at Autumn. It seemed he hadn’t misread how she felt about him. She didn’t want him getting any ideas and obviously wasn’t interested.
   “I’m sorry,” she whispered again, fumbling for the hymnal and turning from his shocked expression.

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About the Author:

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. A portion of the proceeds from Cami's books will be donated to The Child & Family Support Center. For more information on this worthy cause, please go to:


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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Dying to Run Blog Tour and Giveaway



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.



Dying to Run

Cassidy Christensen wants to run.

Captured by the traffickers who killed her mother, her only hope is Dr. Tattoo, a man she loves but nobody trusts. When she finally gets a chance to run, someone else she cares about is taken. Running might be her only chance at survival, but she won’t allow another family member to be killed in her place.

This must-read sequel to Dead Running will have you laughing, biting your nails, and hoping for more.


My Review

This was such a fun, quick read, and a wonderful sequel to Dead Running! It has everything I look for in a book: an engaging plot, witty characters, and a hearty dose of romance. I especially loved how it left things open for a third installment and am hopeful that Cami will continue the story. If you're looking for a fun romantic suspense, definitely give this one a try!

Excerpt from Dead Running 

   “Cassidy,” the man called.
   I whirled, peering through the gloom. My stalker knew my name. I couldn’t decide if I was relieved or more creeped-out. I yanked the screen door against my chest, clinging to it for supposed protection and gasping for air.
   He took a few more steps across the grass and pushed back the hood of his sweatshirt. The porch light illuminated his face. My heart beat quickened, but in a good way.
   “Dr. Tattoo?”
   His eyebrows arched. “Nice to see you again too.”
   I released the door handle and descended a step, obligated to gawk at him for a few more minutes. This man had rescued me on Saturday. Surely he wouldn’t hurt me now. “You scared the bejeebees out of me.”
   “Forgive me.” He bowed like I was some princess from whom he begged pardon. “You were fast. I could hardly catch my breath to yell at you.”
   “How’d you know my name?” I asked, the unease in my abdomen warring with my attraction to him. We hadn’t done formal introductions as he doctored me at the race or afterward when he held my hand until the police separated us for questioning.
    His dark eyes warmed to creamy chocolate. “I heard the announcement that you won the St. George Marathon. Congratulations.”
   I crept down one more stair. How much of a threat could he be with eyes that amazing? “Yeah, great prize.”
   He laughed. “I wouldn’t have minded winning it.”
   “You want to train with Damon, too?”
   “Damon?” He searched my eyes until I had to look away. “Nobody.” I shivered, the chill of the rain almost overcome by the heat from his gaze.
   “You’re cold,” his voice softened to a caress. “You’d better head inside.”
   I wished I looked cold enough that he’d wrap me in his arms the way he did on Saturday. I shoved my hands under my armpits and instead of going inside as he suggested, I flirted. “Are you still intent on never seeing me again?”
   His cheek crinkled. “Now that I know where you live I’m sure I can arrange more coincidental meetings.”
   I shoved my fears to the back burner, where they should remain, and gave him my most brilliant smile. “Any kind of meeting sounds good to me.”
   He shooed me with his hands. “Go get warm.”
   Reluctantly, I started back up the stairs.
   “Cassidy.”
   I spun around. Was he going to bring up the dead guy? Please don’t let him ruin this. Seeing him again hadn’t stirred those frightening thoughts and I didn’t want it to.
   “My name isn’t Dr. Tattoo.”
   I waited, unable to hide a tremor of pleasure at the thought of hearing his name.
   “It’s Jesse.”
   Jesse. Like the Old West outlaw, Jesse James. The name fit him perfectly. I couldn’t imagine Jesse James being scarier or more appealing.




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Author Cami Checketts

Cami Checketts is married and the proud mother of four future WWF champions. Sometimes between being a human horse, cleaning up magic potions, and reading Bernstein Bears, she gets the chance to write fiction.

Cami graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Exercise Science. Cami teaches strength training classes at her local rec and shares healthy living tips on her fitness blog: http://fitnessformom.blogspot.com.

Cami and her family live in the beautiful Cache Valley of Northern Utah. During the two months of the year it isn't snowing, she enjoys swimming, biking, running, and water-skiing.


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Blog Tour Giveaway!

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash from Author Cami Checketts
3 Sets of iFrogz Earbuds & Armbands


Ends 1/31/13
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