Tuesday, December 22, 2009

THE SISTER PACT - Cami Checketts - Free Book

Welcome, Cami, to my blog. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.

My husband reads me into every heroine I write. I firmly believe that my characters are their own people. I don’t want any responsibility for the awful things they do.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?

Dressed up to go out on the town with a nasty pink wig and played Laser Tag with a huge gaggle of Moms. We got a lot of comments (few of them positive).

I can imagine that. When did you first discover that you were a writer?

When I tried to take the summer off to enjoy my boys and instead drove us all insane.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.

I’m not as adventurous as I should be. I love suspense, romance, and the classics in fiction. In nonfiction I stick to theological books, books on writing, and fitness-related topics.

What other books have you written, whether published or not?

The Fourth of July and The Broken Path are my first two published books. I don’t think you want to hear the list of books I’ve written. My first two attempts worked great for starting campfires. I currently have three books finished that I need to polish and send off to my publisher. It’s hard to let these babies go.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?

I run. Literally. I’m an exercise scientist and if I don’t get an hour or more of running or weight-lifting in, nobody is happy at my house.

My other relief is Sunday. The Sabbath is truly a day of rest for my family. We go to church and then we enjoy each other. No cooking (okay, I bake, but that’s fun), no cleaning, no writing. This wonderful break makes the rest of my crazy life possible.

How do you choose your characters’ names?

First names are fun. My characters start having conversations in my brain shortly after I have a nightmare that starts the plot. They always tell me their names.

Last names are horrible. Phonebook?

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?

Being a mom. Have you seen how cute my boys are?

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?

A bear. Whenever we read Franklin books I find myself relating with Bear. He loves to eat! I like food far too much and I’m extremely over-protective of my children. Nobody messes with the Momma bear!

What is your favorite food?

Chocolate. Has to be high-quality though. I found my seven-year old sneaking Ghirardelli chocolate from the freezer and whispering to his friend, “You can eat my mom’s chocolate, but you can’t chew it, you have to savor it.”

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?

Confidence. Believing that I’m smart enough, imaginative enough, brave enough to make it in such a tough industry. I’ll let you know if I ever overcome it.

What advice would you give to an author just starting out?

Find a fabulous critique group. My critique group cheers me on and gives me insights I would never find elsewhere.

Tell us about the featured book?

Savannah Compton is devastated when her sister and best friend, Allison, falls into a coma after a tragic accident. Or was it an accident? Even with a charming and handsome detective at her side, it seems Savannah may never discover the truth. But if she doesn’t her family could be in even more danger. And Savannah’s past holds its own secrets that could change everything.

Now she must prove her innocence to the one person who is beginning to matter most. Join Savannah as she struggles to summon faith and rely on hope, even in the darkest of circumstances, and learn how the bond between sisters can overcome anything.

Please give us the first page of the book.

Wesley Richins dimmed the lights, inching to a stop across the street from his target’s two-story house. The Hummer was loud. Too loud. He cut the motor and peered out his windshield. Light radiated from the interior of the house, spilling onto the porch and yard. He couldn’t see the woman. He waited.

Minutes later he received his reward, a glimpse of her at the kitchen window. She filled a glass with water and handed it to her baby.

Wes licked his lips. His eyes devoured her: Dark hair, olive skin, sparkling brown eyes. His heartbeat increased. Three weeks. His fingers tapped a staccato on the steering wheel. Three weeks of watching and waiting. He wrapped his palm around the wheel. Tonight was the payoff.

She walked from the kitchen and moments later passed the panes of glass adorning her front door. A glance at the clock confirmed his wait was almost over—nine p.m., bedtime for her son. He rubbed his hands together. He’d give her some time to relax and then make his appearance.

How would she react? He tilted the rearview mirror and grinned at his reflection. What a dumb question. How did every woman react to him?

She’d melt.

Don't stop there. Okay, everyone, I'm sure you feel like me. You have to get your hands on that book. How can readers find you on the Internet?


Thank you so much, Lena.
Blessings to you all,

And thank you, Cami, for spending this time with us.

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Edna said...

Here I am trying to win another book, I have not read anything of Cami's but this one looks really good.


Renee (SteelerGirl83) said...

This sound so good! I have The Broken Path on my keeper shelf since I loved it so much! I'm really looking forward to reading The Sister Pact!

Merry Christmas!

XOXO~ Renee

Casey said...

This book looks really good- I love the cover! Thanks for the interview, I enjoyed "meeting" Cami! :)

Marjorie said...

After reading the review of this
book, I would like to win it.

Merry Christmas everyone.

cenya2 at hotmail dot com

PatriciaW said...

I'm with you on the Ghiaradelli chocolate (dark, of course).

Talk about suspense! This was a great excerpt. I love the man's confidence, although I suspect I won't like him much as a character.

Please count me in. pwriter1(at)yahoo

Cherie J said...

Enjoyed the interview. Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you!

Katy said...

This sounds really suspenseful! I love a good mystery. :)

Cami Checketts said...

Thanks, Lena, for having me on the blog.
Renee - I'm so thrilled you loved The Broken Path.
Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas,

collettakay said...

Looks very interesting.


Rachael said...
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Rachael Renee Anderson said...

Oops! I accidentally posted under my family account rather than my own--hence the deleted post above.

I loved the interview and would love to read the book. Can you enter my name? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this book! ~Donna


sharon54220 said...

What a great interview.

I love the title.

I would love a chance to win this book.

Thanks for the chance.


Anonymous said...

New author for me......would love to win this and read it. Thanks!

Lady Araujo said...

I'm so happy for reading this interview with Cami Checketts.
Please, enter me in this drawing.

Lindsey said...

Your interview was very encouraging! I really think I need to start running, maybe it would help with my sanity and clear my head. :-)

I would love love love to win the book!

kindredspiritreviews at gmail dot com

Kim said...

I recently read The Sister Pact, and very much enjoyed it. It's on my list of books to buy, so if I win it instead, that would be wonderful. Either way, I'm getting a copy soon.

Stacie said...

Please count me in.

Nancye said...

I would love to win this book! Thanks for the chance!

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Wendy said...

Thanks for the chance.

Linda said...

The closeness of some sisters has always amazed me. I would truly love to read this one. Please enter me. Thanks.
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Deborah M said...

I've never read any of Cami's books but I would love to start. Please sign me up.
Deborah M.

Carla said...

Please enter me in the drawing.

kristen said...

Sounds great!!
Please enter me.

Charity said...

Please enter me:) Thanks!!


Anonymous said...

I would love to read this book....thanks for the opportunity.


Cami Checketts said...

It's so fun to see all these entries.
Kim - I'm so glad you've read The Sister Pact and want to read it again. Thanks!
Merry Christmas everyone!

stampedwithgrace said...

the name of your book drew me in! I have 5 girls, so "sisters" are special to me :)

Cíntia Mara said...

Looks great! Please I would love enter in your drawing.

God bless you!

Brenda said...

I would love to win this book!
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Rosalie Patience said...

Please enter me in the drawing! It sounds like a really really good book. ~Abby

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Sarah R said...

Please enter me in the drawing.

Marla said...

Sounds very good. Thank you for the entry into the drawing. Happy New Year!


The Unsell Family said...

Would love to win!
~Jen Unsell

Eve said...

Please enter me. it sounds like a great book.


Cami Checketts said...

Stamped with Grace - I have three wonderful boys and am praying for that girl. I bet you have a lot of fun with all those daughters!

Andrea said...

Sounds good. Please enter me!

Thanks & Happy New Year - Andrea


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Melissa said...

I think this book sounds really good!! I would love to win it.