Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Book Review + Giveaway: Dead Running

Dead Running CoverFirst, let me do the teaser here, then I’ll tell you how I really feel…

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.

Let me be frank. Cassidy bugged me, at least at first. She seemed full of herself and as if she thought she was better than all us silly runners. I kind of wanted to kick her a little bit at one point following the 5K in the beginning. Her and that race director. (GEEZ! Give that race entry to someone who appreciates already! Would ya?!) But then I had to remind myself of that whole second line up there in the teaser. Her parents were killed by mercenaries and certainly that’s justification enough for why she’s not acting like any sort of rational human being because we all know here that going out and enjoying those runs IS at all times the rational thing to do right? ;-)

But despite my lack of enthusiasm for Cassidy at the start, she grew on me and I really wanted to see her through to that BIG finish line, both in running and in life. I needed to figure out her story. And let me tell you, Author Cami Checketts is gonna string you along until the final pages to get that full story. Once I thought I had the drama figured out, I found out I didn’t have a clue.

I love fiction. Love. It. Would like to write some myself someday actually. But I rarely have the time to sit down and read The Little Miss’ notes from school much less a novel just for the fun of it. Unless somebody had really pumped it up to me, I’d have never taken the time except for the fact that I needed to read it in order to be able to give away a copy to one of you lucky mamas. I’d  have been sorely missing out though had I not read it, so let me do for you just what I’d have needed somebody to do for me and tell you that you will NOT be disappointed in this book if you choose to pick yourself up a copy. It’s far better than anything you’re going to see on tv PLUS there’s all kinds of running jargon weaved in there for you to get your fix. You’re totally gonna dig this suspense filled novel.

Want to win a copy for free? You’ve got TWO chances to win a copy of Dead Running for yourself as part of the BIG giveaway. If you haven’t already entered, you need to! Trust me. There’s more than $1500 worth of running gear and goodies up for grabs including: watches, yoga packages, gift certificates, compression wear from 110%, race entries to Rock the World, and the list goes on. I’ve never seen a blog giveaway quite this good and who knows when the opportunity will come around again so what are you waiting for? Go get in. It’ll take you all of two seconds. You’ll thank me if you’re one of the names I pull out of the hat, or in this case, big bowl I make cookies out of.

And if you’ve already entered, GO TELL SOMEONE to enter. I think we’re just under 70 or so entries. If we hit 100, I just found out we get to pick an additional winner. So your odds will be one in 50 rather than one in whatever number we end up with that’ll probably be really close to 100 and then we’ll all be kicking ourselves we didn’t push for a couple more.  Did I say go now? Look, I’ll give you the link again so you don’t have to scroll back up. It’s right here.

 'Til next time...

P.S. If you just can’t wait to read Dead Running, no problem. Cami Checketts just lowered the Kindle price to $2.99 for the rest of May! 

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