Blog Tour: Dead Running & Dying to Run

I was happy to read and review Dead Running last year and am happy to announce that author Cami Checketts has released a sequel!  Check it out!!

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.

There is something so tempting about sequels to much loved books that it is compulsive for you to pick it up and go. This one didn’t take too much time to warm up because like I said last year I had reviewed the prequel to this one.

However, I feel that if a reader picks this one up first instead of the one preceding it, he or she won’t feel lost in the plot. And that I think is the beauty of her craft. To check out a little more detailed review of this book click on this hyperlink.

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: 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.

Blog Tour Giveaway!

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash from Author Cami Checketts3 Sets of iFrogz Earbuds & Armbands

Ends 1/31/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com 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 http:// iamareadernotawriter.blogspot.com and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Author Interview: Anne Albert

Anne Albertauthor, Frank Incense and MurielGive us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures)

I grew up in a small town close to Toronto, Canada, but now live a six hour drive north of the city. I spent my childhood with my nose in a book. The adventures of Nancy Drew, I have admired everything about Nancy Drew. She was a teenager, and her efforts were fearless. She went all the way to set things right. Visit this page to know of some of the best Nancy Drew books. She was bold and was ready to fight situations even when the elders asked her not to do so. the Hardy Boys and Trixie Belden began my love affair with mysteries and who dunnits. I love to travel and have visited 22 countries to date. That number should increase in the next few years as my husband and I housesit. We began doing it for friends five or six years ago and realized we enjoy it so much that we now offer our services to strangers. A stranger, we’ve quickly learned, is really just a friend we haven’t yet met. 🙂

What is your favorite genre to write?

I write the kinds of books I enjoy reading. They’re light, sweet and designed to entertain. If my stories sweep the reader into a fictional world where good triumphs evil, the bad guys get their comeuppance, the hero and heroine fall in love on their journey to a happily­ever­after, and the reader smiles or laughs out loud along the way, well, I’ve done my job.

What got you started on your writing journey?

Oddly enough, I never thought ordinary, every day people became writers. Then, 25 years ago I was introduced to the computer. The sound of fingers flying across the keyboard was, and still is,
one of my favorite things in the entire universe. It’s literally music to my ears, and I knew I’d found an instrument I could actually play!

Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance?  Do you write steamy romance as well?

As I mentioned earlier, I write the kinds of stories I want to read. I have no desire to squirm, fidget, or blush either as a writer or reader. I believe falling in love or solving a who dunnit does NOT require a physical time out. When it does, it can easily take place behind closed doors. Do I write steamy romance? No. Will I? Never! I’ll stop writing first.

What other things do you have planned with your writing for the next year or so?

Readers are demanding books number two (and three!) for both the Muriel Reeves Mystery series and Piedmont Island romantic suspense series, so this coming year I’ll be doing just that.

What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?

Making readers smile. Life’s too short to be unhappy.

How many books have you written, and how many of those have been published?

While I’ve completed six or seven complete manuscripts, the first few will never see the light of day. They were my training ground on how to write. When a friend read one of my first stories and mentioned she had tears in her eyes while she read one particular scene, I knew I would succeed.

The ability and power to manipulate a reader’s emotions is a superpower, and like any superpower it should be used responsibly. 🙂

Two of my books are available on Amazon: (1) FRANK, INCENSE, AND MURIEL, book 1 of the Muriel Reeves Mystery series, and (2) DEFENDING GLORY, book 1 of the Piedmont Island romantic suspense series. A collection of 4 short stories, (3) LOVE & JUST DESSERTS, will be released November 18, 2013.

Please share about your book

FRANK, INCENSE, AND MURIEL is set the week before Christmas when the stress of the holidays is enough to frazzle anyone’s nerves. Tensions increase when a close friend begs Muriel to team up with a sexy private investigator to find a missing woman. Forced to deal with an embezzler, kidnapper, and femme fatale is bad enough, but add her zany family to the mix along with their desire to win the coveted D­DAY (Death Defying Act of the Year) Award, and the situation can ONLY get worse.

FRANK, INCENSE, AND MURIEL is recipient of the 2011 Virginia Romance Writers HOLT Medallion Award of Merit for “Novel with Strong Romantic Elements”. It also received 5 stars and is a Top Pick on Night Owl Reviews.

DEFENDING GLORY: Suffering from survivor’s guilt and unable to resume his career with the FBI, Mac McKeown moves to northern Minnesota to start over as a general contractor and forget that fateful day that changed everything. When he discovers the body of his nemesis on Glory Palmer’s property, along with a warning for her to leave while she still can, Mac realizes his past has come back to haunt him and an innocent woman’s life is in grave danger. He vows to keep her safe until the completion of the construction project, but how will he protect his heart?

Prior to publication, DEFENDING GLORY placed 1st in the Inspirational Romance Category at the 2008 Rose City (Portland) Romance Writers Golden Rose Contest, and 1st in the Romance category of the 2008 Charter Oak Romance Writers Golden Acorn Excellence in Writing Contest. In 2009 it was 1st in the Inspirational Category of the Southern Louisiana (SOLA) RWA Chapter Dixie Kane Memorial Contest.

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?

Anne K. Albert ‘s award winning mystery and romantic suspense stories chill the spine, warm the heart and soothe the soul…all with a delightful touch of humor.

Author Links:
Website: http://www.Anne­K­Albert.comFacebook: http://on.fb.me/11q8nHiTwitter:  @AnneKAlbert https://twitter.com/AnneKAlbertAmazon: http://www.amazon.com/Anne­K.­Albert/e/B004C68YPQ/
Thank you so much!

Author Interview: Yael Levy

Yael Levyauthor, Brooklyn Love
Thank you so much for your interview!

I’m really drawn to characters who are forced to grapple with moral choices and access their faith in God to help them through life’s challenges. In my debut novel Brooklyn Love, Rachel is forced to choose between what she knows in her heart is right for her vs. communal expectations. As for heroes, I love them strong! Though their physicality is at best immaterial, at worst a liability to me. I want to love their soul: their choices, their sacrifices, their character and values.

On my nightstand I am currently reading:

From Sacrament to Contract Marriage, Religion and Law in the Western Tradition by
John Witte Jr.
Lost Love The Untold Story of Henrietta Szold by Baila Round Shargel

I’m looking forward to reading:

In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist by Ruchama King Feurman (who is also one of my writing teachers!) and A Guide to the Perplexed by Dara Horn

I enjoy reading non-fiction and thoughtful fiction or books that make me laugh. Elmore Leonard was a hoot, I’m sorry that he’s gone.

Most of them are not clear about what exactly categorizes a book under fiction and non-fiction. See this website to understand the difference. In a fiction book, the plot, characters, and settings are from one’s imagination. In a non-fiction book, the stories are factual, and they are actual people and events.

I don’t have a favorite genre yet in terms of my own writing. I tend to write for the story instead of the genre. So far I enjoy writing Young Adult, quirky romantic comedies and thoughtful fiction. But I do hope to take a jump into non-fiction and then sci-fi when the time is right!

My ideas come from…God? I think. I don’t know, really but I’ll take a guess. They tend to come when I am sitting around the table with my family on the Sabbath and we are all eating together, laughing and talking and in the banter and chatter that makes up a great conversation I start with a “what if?” and then the day progresses and that “what if” continues to dance in my head and the scenarios start jumping around like popcorn kernels in a pot for a week or so, the plot and characters are all moving around and don’t shut up until I write them out.

Brooklyn Love is my debut novel which takes readers into the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn and dating practices there. My next books are quirky romantic-comedies: Starstruck–a frustrated Jewish homemaker’s life literally collides with a soap opera star, followed by Touchdown–a Jewish spirit takes over the body of a Southern football hero and refuses to leave until he agrees to stop the wedding between her fiancé and the witch who killed her. (They are all published by Crimson Romance.)

The projects I’m working on now are serious Women’s Fiction set in Orthodox Jewish communities and then I hope to develop a few humorous Young Adult novels which have been hammering me in the head, trying to get out!

All my work is family-friendly. I feel the essence of a great story are the spiritual and emotional components so that is what I enjoy focusing on and writing about. And I want to write books that my kids could enjoy, too!

My books could get readers thinking about a community and characters that are different from their own– yet similar enough to engage the reader in looking at their own lives through another lens.

Favorite characters:

Brooklyn Love– Hindy. Suri.
Starstruck–Sara. Boris.
Touchdown–Leigh.

Thanks so much for this interview!

All the best,

Yael

Fire and Earth

Meredith Mansfield
Fantasy Romance

“Stealing her mount would be a pretty poor way to repay the … very scary woman who had just saved his life.”

Casora is a warrior.  Raised to lead the Deathless, an elite fighting group…who can now never return home.  The curse of her kind is upon them and they are forced to live as mercenaries to the highest bidder.  It just so happens the the highest bidder pulls them into a war and involving them with a prince Casora cannot easily ignore.  Tiaran doesn’t want to marry for political reasons, especially to a girl he hates.  He’d rather fight – a glory denied to him by his father.  But when he sneaks off to avoid his fate, he’ll collide with Casora, and a future neither of them expected even existed.  Can they work together to save his people and hers?  Or are their worlds too far apart – as different as fire and earth?

My Opinion: This was a great romance and a great story.  The characters pulled you  into its intricate and lightly complicated world.  Both main characters were strong in their own ways and developed slowly and satisfactorily.  Good side characters supported them and the story.  The war in itself was surprisingly exciting and involved you emotionally without getting either gory or boring.  In fact, the war distracted you as the reader as much as it did the characters, making you feel as they did every step of the way.  Very enthralling story.  I would definitely recommend this one.

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I received a free copy of this book to review.  No other compensation was given.  The summary and review are 100% my own.

SMT: Better Than Catnip

Better Than CatnipRuth J HartmanContemporary Romance
Roxy Williams adores cats. Always has. That’s why she devotes her life to running her stray cat shelter. But is that enough? Isn’t there a man out there who will love her for who she is? A special man who won’t try to change her or ask her to choose between him and her cats?

Cats are emotional support animals. Cats can live in their world; however, when you need them, they can also offer you with comfort and support. If you are suffering from loneliness, then get an emotional support cat. It will be bliss in your life. More helpful hints on how to get an emotional support cat registered.

Cats can mesmerize you, and they are also one of the most lovable creatures in this world. Life starts to get less complicated when you have an emotional support cat. All that you need to do is to pet them and see how your stress starts to melt away. If you are suffering from some mental problem, then getting an emotional support cat can help you fight your condition.

If you want to get a cat, then you can get them from a shelter, adopt it, or buy it from a pet store. The next step is to get your emotional cat registration done for the cat to be an emotional support animal. You need to get an emotional support cat letter, and it takes no time to get your cat registered as an emotional support animal.

It is now easy to get an emotional support animal registration done. You do not have to go anywhere as the process is online. It just takes a few minutes to apply for an emotional support cat registration. Just visit the official website and fill in the form, and the ESA doctor will get in touch with you on a video call. If the doctor approves, then you will get a recommendation letter in a few minutes on your email. The process is easy.

Max Weller has a problem. His son, Derek, must complete community service for fighting at school. The only available place is the stray cat shelter. But Derek is terrified of cats from a frightening childhood experience. How will they get through this traumatic experience?

Roxy and Max feel the strong attraction pulling them together as Max volunteers at the shelter, too. Will they be able to keep the spark alive? Or will Derek’s fears come between them? 

Life on the Edge

“I didn’t know if I was looking at Sergei as if he was my whole world, but he certainly was making me feel like I was his entire universe.”

In the world of ice skating competition, relationships between a skater and a coach is frowned upon.  Emily knows this.  But it doesn’t stop her from falling for her coach Sergei.  True, she doesn’t know a lot about his past, but she knows the electricity she feels for him.  But acting on it could jeopardize both of their careers, and let down her partner.  Should they try to be together in secret or can they manage to convince everyone that their being together is ethical?  And can a relationship actually survive the coach/coachee relationship?  Perhaps it’s too much to ask for a gold medal and true love…but which one do they want more?

I have often wondered how a writer manages to do so much research on a field that they are not even remotely associated with! I know of authors who have spent months researching on the premises even before beginning on their writing itself. I feel they are learners for life!

Isn’t it wonderful to be able to learn about ice skating and how people in that field live their lives? I would give a limb to have that kind of patience to be able to read and research so much and then put them on paper such that the ideas are expressed in a completely differnet manner! Click this link to read on all the research intensive books that I have read this year.

I am very impressed with some of the books that I come across and I genuinely appreciate the kind of hard work that goes into getting a book from the mind to their hands. Its months of research and when the readers like what they read, all the efforts come well worth it. What more can a writer ask for eh.

My Opinion: This was a much more enjoyable read than I had expected.  Although there is a lot of technical jargon relating to the sport and it covers a lot of time, the author does it skillfully and keeps you interested and excited.  Every time I thought the story might be resolving, a new twist was thrown in to give it new life.  Sergei was a good character, though fallible and very human.  Emily is a strong character with easy to relate feelings and reactions.  Their romance is sweet and fun and a roller coaster.  The side characters were wonderful and filled in the world of ice skating, friends and competition.  Everyone came to life well.  Altogether an exciting and fun read.

I received a free copy of this book to review.  No other compensation was given.  The summary and review are 100% my own.

CLOSED Giveaway!!! A Man For Mia

Well it’s time for another wonderful giveaway!  Don’t you love being able to get free books!  Today’s giveaway is for a wonderful contemporary romance book, A Man for Mia by Linda Kage.  Linda is generously offering 1 paperback copy to one lucky winner and 1 eBook copy to another winner.  Awesome!

For more information on how to enter, please navigate to this site.

We have been thinking of doing this more often. We know how our subscribers love book giveaways from the number of entries that we receive. It is very encouraging.

The whole idea of beginning with a giveaway contest was to encourage and promote newer writers to reach the kind of audiences that they write for. As busy professionals, housewives and seniors who have not much access to the shopping areas, we decided to bring the shopping areas to them.

So far, it has worked extremely well. We have had writers whose books giveaways that we had hosted come hither and tell us how they have sold out thanks to the creative buzz that we created.

We would like to invite opinions and ideas from our readers and patrons as to what more we can do to spread the good word. We have also created a feedback form for all the winners of the books to come back and tell us how the book went for them. Of course there is no compulsion since everyone’s reading speed differs.

What is more heartening is that most of the winners offer suo out to review the books. We think it is a great quality to be able to reciprocate the author’s gift with a review.

And let me make this loud and clear: we are never particularly looking for any flattering reviews but honesty is a given. No one can force you to like a book if it doesn’t fall under your type. So, go ahead and review as many books as you like; only be a little sensitive to the writer and the readers. You do owe them a world of decency. Okay? Okays!!

For my summary and review, please click here.
So, how do you enter to win?  Easy!  Just use the Rafflecopter form below!

Official Rules:  Entrants must be 18 years old or older.  The paperback prize is open to anyone who has a US mailing address.  The eBook prize is open internationally.  This contest will end at 11:59 PM on April 20, 2012. All entries must be submitted before then.  The winner will be notified via email and have 48 hours to respond.  If there is no response, a new winner will be chosen.

A Man for Mia

Reading romance novels is a reward at the end of the day and nothing is better than getting wrapped up in another’s adventure to fall in love. However, there is nothing worse than getting half-way through a story only to realize that the giddy romance has turned into a raunchy bedroom scene. I decided to put my own experiences from hours of reading to good use. On this site, you’ll find reviews of the many, many romance novels I have read. All books reviewed here are clean with no “bedroom scenes”. I hope this helps to improve your romance reading experiences.

Linda Kage
Contemporary Romance

“Maybe she was freaked out from you trying to murder her.  It’d sure jumble my brains a bit.”

Drew was practically raised by his sister and he would do anything for her.  So when he finds her, insisting that her husband is cheating on her with the woman living at 410 South Elm Street, Drew offers to investigate for her.  The problem is, Mia doesn’t seem like the type to date a married man.  She’s more the type….for him.  There must be some other explanation.  For Mia Stallone, it’s been a long and hard three years since tragedy struck.  She had never wanted to move on, that is until she met Drew.  But Drew is so desperate for answers for his sister, Mia isn’t sure she can trust the feelings budding between them.  Mia’s owes her roommate a lot – certainly keeping a secret.  Loyalty puts them on opposite sides, but love wants to pull them together.  Is there any hope?

Now this is a book that I read recently and I could not help but wonder how wonderfully the characters and the premises are sewn together to coherence. The plot and the characters were all so realistic that at times it felt like something like that was happening with me in the center. I keep going through a lot of resource to keep finding a book like this. Now we cannot be lucky all the times, can we?!

My Opinion: This was a fabulous book.  To be honest, I thought it was going to be a little depressing considering the deep subjects it deals with, but the author does a wonderful job with it.  Mia is tortured with the guilt of trying to move on, but excited at the prospect of love.  Drew is torn between loyalty to his sister and his interest in Mia.  Their romance is a sweet roller coaster and incredibly believable.  The side story of Mandy and her husband is well written and almost more of a second story rather than a side story.  Though I felt little sympathy for Piper, she played her role well.  The plot was well formed and kept your interest.  Altogether it was a wonderful story that pulled you in and eventually made you smile (after a few tears). 

I received a free copy of this book to review.  No other compensation was given.  The summary and review are 100% my own.