Jan 24, 2013

Author Cami CHecketts reveals her books ~ Dead Running & Dying to Run



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.


Dying to Run – Excerpt

A dark-haired man was playing with his phone in the corner, his broad arms covered with tattoos. He looked tantalizing in a gray T-shirt and jeans. Jesse. Joy and safety encompassed me as I studied his handsome profile, wishing he would look up and rush to my side. My legs could hardly support me.  
“What have we here?” The speaker was more tiger than man, right down to the tawny hair and flashing eyes. He looked me over like I was an antelope he wanted to rip apart with his teeth.
Jesse’s head snapped up. “Cassidy!” He jumped to his feet and crossed the distance between us in long strides. The anger in his dark gaze pulsated through the room. I cowered, even though I was pretty sure his fury wasn’t directed at me.
Damon whipped me around to his other side, lifting a hand in a futile attempt to shield us.
Another man yelled, “No, Jesse! Think!”
Jesse ignored the man, pushing Damon out of the way with one arm while pulling me to him with the other. A bull couldn’t have withstood the raw power emanating from him. Damon slammed into a hard chair.
Jesse wrapped his arms around me, his touch a soothing balm to all my aches, pains, and fears. “Oh, Cassidy,” he murmured against my cheek.



Purchase: Dead Running * Dying to Run



My Review of Dead Running:

Dead Running is the first book by author Cami Checketts that I have read.  I loved the main character: Cassidy.  She is hilarious, determined and quirky.  Her character kept my interest in this unique story from start to finish.  
 Through danger, fatigue and being pushed into joining a race, she kept me on the edge of my seat and my funny bone more than satisfied.   There were a few parts, mostly with her family that seemed a bit slow for me, but I think it's mostly due to all the back and forth and humor mixed with crazy danger that made the more "normal" parts seem a bit slow reading. 
Overall this book is well worth the price! I look forward to reading more in this series.



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.


Links:  Website * Blog * Twitter * Facebook * Fitness Blog





Go HERE for a  Great GIVEAWAY for this tour only
Prizes are:
$50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash
$50 Gift Card to Running Chics
Ends 1/31/13 


I received one or more books or products in the post above for review purposes only. I was in no way required to write a positive review. All my reviews are my honest and personal opinion.  If you have any questions or comments, please see my FTC disclosure or Review Policy.

Jan 22, 2013

Would you like to see BIG trucks for FREE? Enter the flash giveaway today!

One Mom Loves 2 Read follower will win a Family 4 pack of Tickets to see the

 Monster Jam monster trucks at the Peoria Civic Center! 
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Do you like BIG trucks? How about BIG trucks smashing and racing other trucks and more?  Then you should go see Monster Jam at t he Peoria Civic Center coming Feb 1 - 2.

The twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will bring you to your feet, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar over or smash through!  Monster Jam provides a massive night's entertainment tailored perfectly for your family's budget, and these colorful, larger-than-life beasts are sure to capture the hearts of both young and old.
 

  • When: February 1-2, 2013
  • Venue: Peoria Civic Center
  • Show Times: Friday: 7pm  Saturday: 2pm & 7pm
  • www.monsterjam.com 
  • Need a discount?  Use the code CRUSH5 to save $5 on online ticket orders. Offer expires Thursday JAN. 31, 2013. Offer valid only on $20 and $15 adult tickets. No double discounts. Not valid on previously purchased tickets. Not valid day of show. Excludes Front Row and Gold Circle seats. Limit 8 tickets. Savings coupon subject to ticket availability. Additional fees may apply.
  • Don't forget to enter the coloring contest - contest ends on 1/25! Click here to download/print the coloring sheet!


I have a 4-pack of tickets to the Friday, Feb 1st 7 p.m. performance for a new or loyal follower here on Mom Loves 2 Read - Enter below - the more you enter, the better your chances of winning!  And remember, you must be able to pick up your tickets from me, or meet me somewhere to get them!  This is a flash giveaway and ends at midnight on Jan 25th - winner will be chosen early on the 26th and contacted as soon as possible - winner has only 24 hours to reply to claim this prize - no reply will result in another winner being chosen.

 

I am a Feld Family Ambassador.  I will receive free tickets to this event for promoting.  If you have any questions or comments, please see my FTC disclosure or Review Policy.

Jan 16, 2013

Start the year off right with a new look from Mia Mariu

Mia Mariu’s high performance products are formulated with the most natural ingredients available helping you achieve vibrant beauty and health inside and out.  Each unique product fuses nature and technology by combining the highest quality botanicals, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and peptides.   

The result is healthy products that provide a perfect balance that reflects itself through youthful, healthy, beautiful, glowing skin and renewed energy and vitality, at an exceptional value.  Mia offers natural skin care, professional makeup artist quality mineral cosmetics and brushes to Reveal Your Unique Shade of Beauty!

Jan 14, 2013

Aurorae Yoga Mats and More - great for your New Year's Resolutions!


Aurorae is an online retailer who offers a huge selection of yoga supplies and great yoga mats in a wide range of colors. They have extra long yoga mats and extra thick yoga mats as well as yoga bags, and yoga accessories.

I was sent a wonderful, extra long slip-free yoga mat and micro-fiber sport towwl in a vibrant purple color - my daughters immediately wanted to lay on it and "exercise." 
The mat is soft on one side and non-slip on the other.  It is longer than any other mat I've seen in my local stores - I can lay on it and only my feet hang off the end - so when exercising, or trying yoga positions, the mat is bigger than I need most of the time.
The towel is very absorbent and can be used for the whole time I am exercising without becoming soaked.

I love using my Synergy yoga mat from Aurorae for simple floor exercises, mild yoga and even when I exercise with my Wii Fit!  I can work out for longer periods of time since this mat has more cushion and is more comfortable to use than any other mat I've tried!  It is not recommended to wash it too often - so there are cleaning sprays available for purchase that can be used in between washings.  I do not sweat a lot on my mat so I usually hang it over my shower rod in the bathroom after each use.  So far it is in great condition still and my kids and I love our yoga mat from Aurorae.  Bags can be purchased for easier travel from class to home, or even on family trips!

Aurorae offers yoga mats in illuminating colors, a focal point icon and extra long in length. Aurorae offers the best reviewed yoga mats, accessories & props online. You can browse their yoga mats, yoga bags, yoga accessories and yoga props here. 

I received one or more books or products in the post above for review purposes only. I was in no way required to write a positive review. All my reviews are my honest and personal opinion.  If you have any questions or comments, please see my FTC disclosure or Review Policy.

Jan 9, 2013

Monster Jam @ PCC ~ Coloring Contest


Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam Coloring Contest!

 

 Feb. 1 - Feb. 2 at the Peoria Civic Center
Fri. 7PM, Sat. 2PM & 7PM - Pit Party: Sat. 11:30AM - 1PM
Buy Tickets at: Ticketmaster.com, Peoria Civic Center Box Office 800-745-3000, and MonsterJam.com

Monster Jam is the hottest edge-of-your-seat, live motor sports property on the planet and largest touring family show in North America!  These stadium and arena events blow the roof off traditional motor sports racing, as 1,500 HP monster trucks fly 30 feet in the air, flattening anything in their path.

We are offering you the opportunity to get in the action by participating in our Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam Coloring Contest where chaos meets creativity!
  
Please mail your entry to:
Monster Jam coloring contest
Peoria Civic Center
201 SW Jefferson
Peoria, IL 61602

One lucky contestant will win a 4-pack of Gold Circle tickets to the show. Entries must be postmarked by January 21. The prize winner will be chosen by a random draw on January 25.

If you have trouble printing this sheet - use this link to download the PDF file:  
http://bit.ly/MonstrJamColor

All coloring sheets will be put on display near the box office at the Peoria Civic Center.



I am a Feld Family Ambassador.  I will receive free tickets to this even as compensation for promoting If you have any questions or comments, please see my FTC disclosure or Review Policy.

Jan 3, 2013

Dead Running ~ Fun, danger and a 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.


Purchase: Dead Running * Dying to Run




My Review of Dead Running:
Dead Running is the first book by author Cami Checketts that I have read.  I loved the main character: Cassidy.  She is hilarious, determined and quirky.  Her character kept my interest in this unique story from start to finish.  Through danger, fatigue and being pushed into joining a race, she kept me on the edge of my seat and my funny bone more than satisfied.   There were a few parts, mostly with her family that seemed a bit slow for me, but I think it's mostly due to all the back and forth and humor mixed with crazy danger that made the more "normal" parts seem a bit slow reading. Overall this book is well worth the price! I look forward to reading more in this series.



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.








#BookBlast Giveaway


Details
$50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash
$50 Gift Card to Running Chics
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.




I received one or more books or products in the post above for review purposes only. I was in no way required to write a positive review. All my reviews are my honest and personal opinion.  If you have any questions or comments, please see my FTC disclosure or Review Policy.

Jan 2, 2013

Monster Jam is coming to Peoria - Get Free Tickets here on Mom Loves 2 Read

 

Monster Jam is COMING to the Peoria Civic Center in February!  Are You Ready?
 
 Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam®, starring the biggest performers on four wheels:
 Monster Jam monster trucks! 

The twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will bring you to your feet, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar over or smash through!  Monster Jam provides a massive night's entertainment tailored perfectly for your family's budget, and these colorful, larger-than-life beasts are sure to capture the hearts of both young and old.
 
  • When: February 1-2, 2013
  • Venue: Peoria Civic Center
  • Show Times: Friday: 7pm  Saturday: 2pm & 7pm
  • www.monsterjam.com 
  • Monster Jam Media sheet & discount code coming soon!


I am a Feld Family Ambassador.  I will receive free tickets to this even as compensation for promoting If you have any questions or comments, please see my FTC disclosure or Review Policy.

Welcome author Cynthia Gail, Winter's Magic and A $50 Giveaway

About the Book:
Beth Sergeant and Nick Chester come from opposite ends of the social food chain. While he sees a beautiful woman without an agenda, she sees a wealthy playboy. Can he convince her to let go of her insecurities and take a chance on love, when challenges from his past force her to reveal her most guarded secret?

Owner of La Bella Vita, a five-star day spa nestled in the affluent suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee, Beth Sergeant knows her elite clientele first hand. She attended their private schools. She was even engaged, although briefly, to one of their most recognized bachelors. But she never fit in to their social-elite world.
After losing his parents to a car accident at a young age, Nick Chester was raised by his grandfather, the wealthiest man in Nashville. When he chooses to socialize, he has a never-ending list of exclusive events and beautiful women vying for his attention. Yet he never lets himself forget that everyone has an agenda.
Beth can’t resist Nick’s charm and accepts an invitation to dinner, despite her deep-seated insecurities. She proves she’s nothing like other women Nick’s dated and learns to trust him in return. But just as the last of their resistance crumbles and true love is within reach, challenges from Nick’s past threaten to destroy everything and force Beth to reveal her most guarded secret.


My Review:
Wow, what a great read!  I loved Beth and Nick.  Nick shows himself to be more than just a "ladies' man" as I first thought him to be.  But just as he comes to terms with his budding feelings for Beth, disaster from the past strikes.  Although most of the story was predictable, there were a few nice surprises along the way.  The story itself is engaging, romantic and has enough suspense to keep this reader's interest.


About the Author:
My husband and I live in the suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee with our teenage son and three dogs. Life is busy, but when I have free time, I love to read. A math/science girl at heart and a retail analyst by trade, I never thought I’d be writing romance. But one day, a story popped into my head and I had to write it down. The fantasy, escape, and wonder of just reading multiplied by ten-fold and I couldn’t stop my fingers from typing my own fairy tales.
I hope you enjoy my stories. Each one touches on modern day issues, fears, and challenges that women face every day. And each one illustrates that love is within reach if you let down those walls and allow your heart to open. Our lives and experiences are so much more meaningful when we have someone to share them with.

Cynthia’s latest book is the contemporary romance, Winter’s Magic (Book 1 in the Music City Hearts series).

Visit her website at www.Cynthiagail.com.



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I received one or more books or products in the post above for review purposes only. I was in no way required to write a positive review. All my reviews are my honest and personal opinion.  If you have any questions or comments, please see my FTC disclosure or Review Policy.