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What Would the Founding Fathers Think: A Young American's guide to understanding the mess our country is in and how we get out
Isabelle Webb: Legend of the Jewel
Captive Heart
Cobble Cavern
Caller ID
Summer of Secrets
On Little Wings
We Lived in Heaven: Spiritual Accounts of Souls Coming to Earth
Christ's gifts to women
A Woman's power: threads that bind us to god
Scary School
Hope's journey
Targets in Ties
Crater Lake: Battle for Wizard Island
With a Name like Love
Sean Griswold's head

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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Blog Tour Reviews and GIveaway For Dead Running and Dying To Run by Cami Checketts

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 Reviews:
Dead Running Review:
Cami Checkett's new book, Dead Running, is about a runner, but your heart will also be running fast as you read this story! You are kept on constant edge as Cassidy's life is in danger. To compound things, she also doesn't know who the good and bad guys are. Cami does an awesome job of blurring the lines of suspicion, where eventually you think everyone is out to get Cassidy, the main character. 

Speaking of! She is a "kick-'butt" gal who pushes the limit and doesn't give up. As I read this I truly felt like a wimp. I don't think I would ever have the resolve that Cassidy did as she trained to run a marathon. I am not a runner, thanks to my bad knees that don't have much cartilage left.
Even if I did, I'm not sure I could/would train like she did. I fully admire all of my friends out there that are runners. You are awesome!!

Another part I enjoyed about the book are the thoroughly "delicious" men that are chasing Cassidy. One is, Damon, fellow runner and handsome businessman, and the other is the  ruggedly built Dr. Jesse "Tattoo"; they reminded me of vanilla and chocolate ice-cream. As a reader you end up just as confused as Cassidy about who you like the best. You will be very surprised by the ending, but also very satisfied. I recommend this romantic thriller to all those who want to be reading on the edge of their seat. I know that anyone that runs will especially love and relate to this main character. Those of us that are not runners can just sit back and enjoy the mystery and romance that will be found in Dead Running.

Dying To Run Review:
Dying to Run is a novella (short story) that picks up two weeks later where Dead Running left off. Even though this is a shorter book, only 66 pages,it still has a lot of kick to it, just like Dead Running did. Cassidy finds herself in trouble again, very quickly, by someone she trusts. She is kidnapped and then has to find her way out of a very scary situation. Once again there is good romance, plus some nice kissing scenes. Even though the novella brings a pretty good ending to the story, I feel like Author Cami Checketts left the door wide open for another book in this series. I hope that we get to read more about Cassidy. She is a great character.

Make sure that you enter the giveaway below and also read some health tips given to my readers by Cami! This lady knows what it means to be healthy.


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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I asked Cami to share some tips for all of us to start 2013 healthier. I love all of the advice she gave!!

Healthy Tips for 2013
I love sharing health advice with readers, but I want everyone to realize as they read this advice that each one of us is different - physically and mentally - so some of these tips will be very helpful for you and some you will have to tweak to fit your lifestyle.

1. Strength train. Strength training is the single best thing you can do to be fit, lose and maintain weight, improve your confidence, and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. If you can add some kind of strength training (lifting weights, using bands, calisthenics, plyometrics, Pilates, or Yoga) at least once a week you will increase your muscle strength and density. Muscle is extremely hard to maintain so you burn more calories around the clock ,helping you to lose or maintain a healthy weight. If you strength train properly (good form, make sure you work the upper and lower back and other major muscle groups) you will appear thinner and more confident, even if you haven't lost any weight. I know it's hard to fit in one more thing, but strength training should be a top priority for any woman.

2. Find a physical activity you enjoy doing and schedule it into your busy life. I know I said you have to strength train, but as I listed earlier there are a lot of different ways to strength train than just hitting the gym with the muscle heads. There are videos you can do at home or classes at your local rec. For your cardiovascular exercise, you can do so many different things - walking, biking, swimming, racquetball, aerobics, kickboxing, basketball, cross-country skiing - basically anything that gets you moving. Try different activities if you can, any time you learn something new it burns more calories until your body gets used to the activity, at that point you have to vary the speed or intensity of the activity to keep burning the same amount of calories in the same amount of time.

3. Baby steps. Don't make a long list of New Year's Resolutions and get frustrated with yourself when by January 6th you're already struggling to keep up. I recommend one change a month (or if you're really ambitious one change physically, spiritually, and mentally a month). Write it on the top of your calendar, pin it on your fridge, have your phone beep reminders at you so you keep your one goal in your mind and do it. If you can stick with a goal for at least 21 days it will become a habit, so when you move onto another activity the next month you should be able to keep up with the previous month's goal without too much stress. Some examples are: lift weights once a week (you knew I had to include that!), drink at least eight glasses of water a day, try a new physical activity this month, only have one treat a day (killer for me), use the stairs every time you can (for me this means actually running down to talk to my children instead of hollering over the banister), try a new vegetable or fruit each week. Choose a goal that you're going to do and will get you closer to your ultimate goal. Baby steps will add up to great results over a year's time.

4. Don't diet. It's been proven that 95% of dieters gain their weight back. So depressing after all that miserable work! Most diets are impossible to maintain longterm so we revert to our old habits, get frustrated, and usually start eating worse than ever. I recommend eating as many healthy, whole foods as you can (single or few ingredients, unprocessed), allowing yourself one or two indulgences a day (for me it's always chocolate, but we each have something unhealthy that we adore), and paying attention to serving size. Focus on being healthy for the long term instead of trying to lose ten pounds for some party or trip.

5. Give up on perfection. I once asked my husband what his advice would be to any woman as I was heading out the door to a speaking engagement for a large group of women. He said to tell them that no one is perfect, every man has a different version of perfect, men focus much more on overall attractiveness where women pick apart a single imperfection, and a smile on a woman's face makes every woman beautiful. I think we are all pretty hard on ourselves. Don't worry so much about perfection. Focus on your strengths. Be confident. Smile. Know that you are beautiful in your own way.
I hope you all have a wonderful and healthy New Year.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you, Sheila! I really appreciate your fun reviews.


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