Monday, January 21, 2013

Dead Running & Dying To Run by Cami Checketts (Guest Post, Review)

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.


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.


Guest Post:

When did I realize my preferred writing genre?
Every book I've written has been some form of romantic suspense. I've tried to write a straight romance but that suspense angle just creeps in and vice versa when I've tried to write suspense. I have horrific nightmares and base most of my suspense scenes off of those. The suspense part of my books is like therapy for me, but sometimes it still terrifies me. I have certain books I can't work on late or night or if my husband is away on business. The romance is just fun. I notice that any show I'm watching, or book I'm reading, I'm waiting and hoping for some romance and if the author or producer doesn't give it to me I start twisting the plot in my head to create the romance!
The genre I would really love to write is romantic comedy. I actually tried with Dead Running, but the suspense angle was just part of the story. Cassidy is so funny (at least to me), I'm hoping to start a new genre - clean romantic comedy with a side of suspense. Not sure if that's going to take or not.
Thanks for having me on the blog,

My Review:

I really enjoyed both of these books. It has been a long time since I've read a book that kept me guessing as to who the bad guys were. I normally figure out the who did it in the who dun its in the beginning. The story was so well written that I kept wavering between a few different characters - a couple I pegged, but one completely baffled me. 

The book was an enjoyable read. It was a little part romance, a little part intrigue, a little humor (literally left me crying from laughing) and sarcasm thrown in for good measure, and a whole lot of mystery. It keeps you on your toes with trying to figure out what will happen next.

I put together a few quotes that you might enjoy. 

(after winning entry to a marathon) "I finally won something. Fabulous. "Hey, I'm entered into the St. George Marathon too," a male voice said. "Whoopee for you," I muttered, printing my identity for anyone to steal. "Myabe we could train together," the deep voice interrupted again. "Maybe," I drawled, obviously this guy was too thick to realize I wasn't interested in him or this stupid race. "If you could keep up with me." A sharp jab in my abdomen jerked my eyes from the paper. Oh great, my sister-in-law had returned. "Ouch, wha..." My voice trailed off as I stared in awe (at the guy).

Raquel knew exactly what to say to rope me into something I didn't want to do. She believed in me. It was worse than the nail in the coffin. She'd thrown the last bouquet of daisies on the embossed lid, shoveled in the dirt, and laid sod over my grave.

(increasing speed on treadmills) "You're going to kill yourself." She was still able to keep up, but it takes a treadmill a second or two to respond to changes in speed. The belt would increase its rotations soon and I didn't think Tasha could keep up to...Tasha flew off the back of the treadmill, hit the brick wall, and slammed to her knees. "Tasha!" I flipped sideways, my left foot caught between the belt and the edge of the treadmill. I went down. The belt ripped at my exposed skin, then slingshot me on top of my downed friend.

I turned to Tasha just as she dive-bombed a chunk of mashed potatoes into her milk and winked at me. Luckily for her, Nana didn't notice. Tasha politely nibbled at a slice of homemade bread, looking innocent of any meat and potato subterfuge...(looking at Tasha) "You need your calcium," Nana said, gesturing with her hand. "Drink up." She watched as Tasha lifted her glass and took a tentative sip. (you can only guess where this is headed!) 

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the great review! I'm plotting the third book and it's been fun living in Cassidy's head again.


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