Friday, November 30, 2012

Dead Running and Dying to Run - Only $.99

Just in Time for Christmas 
Dead Running - Dying to Run 
Price Drop & $20 Gift Card 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.


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.


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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Hard Work

"Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration." (i)

Genius or any kind of success in life isn't usually based on how smart or talented we are. I'm sure you know many talented or brilliant people who haven't accomplished as much as those who have learned how to work. My sons groan every time I tell them that I'm more proud of how hard they work and how nice they are than how smart they are. Don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled that they do well in school but my oldest has never been in more trouble than when he got a hundred percent on the test and eighty percent on his homework assignment.  

As an adult it's easier to recognize that hard work in and of itself brings satisfaction. When I make the time, I actually enjoy cleaning. I love working hard to produce a new novel. You probably have interests and hobbies that you enjoy, even though they're difficult.

Becoming physically fit is one of those areas that is hard work. Most people exercise because they want a certain result such as weight loss, strength gains, or a more toned appearance. But what if you exercised because you actually liked it? Is that really possible?

It is possible to enjoy exercise, even during a really hard workout. Here's the secret: perception. If you can shift your perception and convince yourself that fitness is enjoyable it can be. I can talk myself into or out of quite a few things. Fitness is one of those areas that I've learned to talk myself into a good attitude. It doesn't work every time, but as I'm running (and wishing I could lay down on the side of the road and call my husband to come get me) I say to myself, "I feel good, I feel great, I feel wonderful." Most of the time my body buys into mind's perception and I feel better.

How do you talk yourself into working out?

(i) Thomas Alva Edison Quotes -

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Monday's Workout

I was having so much fun with this workout and my cute friend entitled it the, "Crazy Cami" workout, which made it even better! You can just imagine the maniacal gleam I get in my eyes.

Warm-up with medicine ball
Repeat the following exercises 4-5 times as a circuit:
Plate push - 25-35 pound plate pushed across gym floor and back
Wall-balls - 20-30 reps
Burpies - 5 reps, we made it harder and after the pushup jumped feet in and out ten times, then did ten jumping jacks between each rep
Overhead press with dead lift - 10-12 reps
Side lunge - 10-12 reps on each side, we used a medicine ball and lifted it up high then touched it past the toe and twisted as we lunged to the side.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Dying to Run - Only $1.29


I’m so excited to announce that the short sequel to Dead Running, Dying to Run, is available. Click here to purchase the ebook for $1.29. Click here to buy a print copy for $5.99.
Cassidy Christensen wants to run.
Captured by the traffickers who killed her mother, Cassidy’s 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 Cassidy 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.
“Cami does a great job of grabbing the reader right from the get-go with a siege on the main character's home. Throw in an abduction, cross country run, hostage situation, and some explosives and you'll get a good idea of how this piece starts with action and doesn't stop until the very end.”
E.M. Tippetts, author, Castles on the Sand
Dying to Run is a fast read with plenty of action and humor sprinkled throughout. And what a perfect title! Whether you like to run or not, you'll enjoy this one!”
Lo Johnston, reviewer
The door opened and closed. My stomach plummeted, but I still tried to act tough, “Try and touch me again, loser, I’ll bite off something you might want to keep.” 
He didn’t say anything. I whirled around, ready for the battle.
Jesse stood there, eyes focused on my face instead of my brassiere; that was a first for me today. The tattoos on his forearms distorted as his muscles clenched. He was ready to hurt someone. “Who . . . touched . . . you?” he whispered.
“Oh, Jesse!” I launched myself at him. He opened his arms and I didn’t hesitate to wrap myself around him. He smelled like himself, musk and sunshine. I inhaled deeply, loving the pressure of his muscular form, this incredible sense that I was safe and right where I should be. 
“Who?” he asked again.
“Later,” I murmured, aligning my lips with his.
He sighed, softly brushing his lips over mine. I tingled from his touch, but needed more. Jesse moaned against my mouth, pulling me closer as the kiss intensified. I clung to him, not willing to ever be separated. Several minutes of happiness I didn’t know I’d ever experience again passed before he released my lips and stroked a hand down the side of my face. I flinched. Jesse pulled back to examine the red marks on my cheek, his sculpted face taut with anger. “No more stalling. Who hurt you and where is your shirt?”
“It was a good stall, right?”

Able to Walk

I could walk easily the next morning after this workout, so I guess I'll have to make next week's a bit harder!

We combined bands and weights to get better resistance through the whole range of motion.
10-12 reps of the following:
Bent-over row
Upright row
Overhead press
Biceps curl
Triceps dip

30-40 reps of the following:
Box Jump

Repeat through the entire routine 3-4 times.

Hoep you have a great weekend,

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Toilet Legs

Last week's workout gave us toilet legs. You know, when your backside hurts so bad you can't sit down on the toilet without crying. One lady swore she was installing bars in her bathroom! Let me know if you feel the love when you try the workout.

Using balls and bars


Holding medicine ball - lower to right toe, swing up to left side, high above head and twist, repeat 20-30 times then switch sides
Ab twist - sitting, lean back and touch ball side to side on the ground, twisting

Lunges around the entire gym with weighted bar on shoulders - Our gym is huge, two basketball courts, we were shaking halfway through.
Run around the gym with weighted bar over head
Run backward around gym
Jumping Jacks

30-50 reps of the following:
Dead Lifts
Squats (with jumps)
Biceps Curl
Triceps Kickback

Cool down with plank, side plank, and yoga.

Fun, eh?

Friday, November 2, 2012


It's only Friday and I'm posting Monday's workout. Wow, I am with it.
This workout about killed me. My glutes were sore until Thursday. Loving that!

We did the workout four times through, each time we did a different exercise (12-20 reps) for each muscle group and a different plyometric to finish off. I'll list each muscle group and the exercises we did then you can format it how you like.

Legs - Forward lunge, back lunge, side lunge, and jump and lunge
Shoulders - Overhead press, lateral raise, frontal raise, upright row
Chest - Pushups with feet on bench, chest press, flies, regular pushups
Back - Bent-over row, reverse fly (used bands once on each and weights once on each)
Biceps - Front curl, side curl, hammer curl, twisting curl
Triceps - Overhead press, kickback, dips, overhead press lying down
Abs - Plank (different kinds each time)
Plyometrics - Jacks, squat leap, box jump, plie jump

Hope you all have a great weekend,