Sunday, January 6, 2013

"Dead Running" and "Dying to Run" Blog Tour: Review/Guest Post/Giveaway (Ends 1/31) WW

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.

Dead RunningDead Running by Cami Checketts
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It seems that human trafficking has become something that has become a popular theme of books.  I have lost track of how many books I have read about this horrible crime in recent times, and I sometimes forget how prevalent this truly is.  Books like this are fantastic for pointing out the horrors of this slave trade.

I was completely immersed in this book from the beginning.  I almost could not put it down.  I found myself on the edge of my seat for the last third of the book.  I kept saying, "I just want to find out what is going on."  Because Cami Checkette has woven a story with so many twists and turns that you will not be certain who is on which side.  It will definitely keep you guessing.

I loved Cassie, and most of the story was told from her perspective.  Once in a while the author steps in and fills in some "holes" in the story.  This story has so many elements to it--marathon racing, romance, truth vs. fiction, and much more.  And guess what--the book is clean!  That's right--no sex, profanity, or any gratuitous violence.  You can read this, and your teens can, too.  There are so many positive messages throughout the book.  Cassidy learns that she is not a quitter, and she can follow through.  She works very hard, and she accomplishes more than she could ever imagine.

I am grateful that the author threw in some good humor.  I found myself laughing out loud a couple of times.  Oh, and the romance is never sappy.  I think the book is too action-packed for anything to be called cheesy or sappy.  I would invite anyone who likes an action-packed romance to pick this book up today!

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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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.

This review will be forthcoming.  I am certainly looking forward to it!

Dead Running * Dying to Run

Guest post by the author

How did you get started as an author?
I’ve always loved books, but never dreamed I could be an author. After the birth of my second son, I suffered from postpartum depression. My mom found me in bed in the middle of the afternoon. She told me, “Get out of bed and go write me a book.” I’m an obedient child. I got out of bed and started writing a book. Haven’t had time for a nap since.
Describe your typical writing process.
I am an unorganized mess. I start writing a story after I’ve had a nightmare about the inciting incident. Then I start daydreaming scenes and writing them down or using old and new nightmares to flesh the book out. When I get everything written I have to go back and revise. I joked with one editor that I was on revision #27. Sadly, it isn’t much of a joke. Someday I’m going to plot and outline. But where’s the fun in that?
Thanks for having me on the blog!

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:

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.


Blog Tour Giveaway!

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

Ends 1/31/13
Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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  1. hopefully i will get to read these books soon! :)

  2. Thank you, Ruth! I'm so happy you enjoyed the book. Cassidy cracks me up too, it's been fun starting the third book.


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