Blog Tour Kick Off – Dead Running & Dying to Run by Cami Checketts

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.

Love the Body You’re In

With a belly full of hot cocoa and cookies, I’m planning my New Year’s diet makeover and I still have a houseful of chocolate I need to consume. Have any of you ever been on a diet? If you’re like most women the answer is probably, “I start a new one every morning!”

One study found that 86% of women want to lose weight. (i) Really? 86% of us are not happy with our shape? With 66% of Americans overweight (ii), it does make sense that many are struggling to lose those extra pounds. Of course we want to be healthy, but do we really have to be perfect?

If we can drop the desire to look perfect we can take charge of our health and love the body we’re in. The really cool thing about embracing your shape and unique beauty is if you feel good about yourself it will be easier to improve your health and lose weight.

Here are a few ideas to help:

1. Bury the scale under your laundry pile – try to focus more on how your clothes are fitting and how you feel. If you want a true indicator of improvement try a fat percentage test or measure yourself regularly.

2. Lift weights in front of a mirror (it’s okay to do this in a sports bra, at least if you’re in your bedroom without your teenagers laughing at you). Watch how your muscles contract and realize that you are a strong, beautiful woman.

3. Don’t compare yourself – Everyone has their own strengths. It might be easy for your friend to stay thin, but maybe she couldn’t lift her 95-pound ten-year old and carry him to the doctor when he broke his arm (that was a proud moment). Try to compliment and be happy for other people instead of letting that darn jealousy take over. Looking for the best in others will help you feel better about yourself too.

4. Exercise – whenever you allow negativity to creep in, go on a walk or bike ride, turn on some music and dance, drop and do twenty pushups, try some yoga moves. Make yourself move. The endorphins will start dancing with you and you really will feel better. (iii)

5. Fake it until you make it. I know this seems, well, fake. But I promise if you put a smile on your face and pretend you love your body, you can change your attitude and eventually the smile will feel more natural than the frown.

6. Be grateful for the health you’ve got. Whenever I’m on a run and want to quit I tell myself, “Some people would give anything to be able to run and they can’t.” Focus on the blessings of being able to move, breathe, and serve your family, neighbors, and those in need with your healthy body. 

7. Write down the things you love about your body. If you get a bit depressed about the dimples on your thighs (please tell me someone else has those too) focus instead on how toned your calves look or the fact that your biceps are really responding to all those curls.

I’d love to hear what all of you do to love your body. Please share in the comments.



i. Addressing Body Image in Eating Disorder Treatment
Author: Meghan Vivo
Date: 3/11/2009
An Interview with Anna Treacy, MPH, NCHES

ii. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

iii. The Most Important Exercise Tip By Robin Lloyd, Special to LiveScience

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.


Blog Tour Giveaway!

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

Ends 1/31/13
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Tour Schedule

December 27th
I Am A Reader, Not A Writer – Tour Kick Off
Blkosiner’s Book Blog – Tens List
Pandora Poikilos – Peace from Pieces – Interview
Min Reads and Reviews – Review

December 28th
Bookworm Lisa – Review & Excerpt
The Bunny’s Review – Excerpt & Tens List
Reviewing Shelf – Review

December 29th
Musings From An Addicted Reader – Review & Tens List
Mom with a Kindle – Excerpt
Janet Kay Jensen – Interview
A Storybook World – Interview

December 30th
The Book Diva’s Reads – Review
Lovely Reads – Guest Post or Tens List
Blooming with Books – Review & Interview

December 31st
Books, Books, the Magical Fruit – Interview
StoreyBook Reviews – Review

January 1st
Happy New Years!

January 2nd
Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews – Character Interview & Excerpt
Rachael Anderson – Review & Exceprt

January 3rd
Book Blast – Multiple Blogs

January 4th
Getting Your Read On – Review & Excerpt
Cuzinlogic – Review & Interview
Gamila’s Book Review – Review
Clean Romance Reviews – Spotlight

January 5th
Four Sisters and a Book – Review
icefairy’s Treasure Chest – Excerpt
Easy Writer – Excerpt

January 6th
My Devotional Thoughts – Review & Guest Post
Why Not? Because I Said So – Guest Post & Review
Rachel Ann Nunes – Interview

January 7th
Debbie’s Inkspection – Review
Charity’s Writing Journey – Review

January 8th
Literary Time Out – Review of Dying to Run
Promiscuous Diva – Guest Post or Tens List
Sarah Ballance – Tens List

January 9th
Rachelle’s Writing Spot – Guest Post
My Book A Day – Review
We All Make Mistakes in Books – Review

January 10th
Oh the Books You’ll Read – Review
Bibliophilia, Please – Guest Post or Tens List
LDS & Lovin’ It – Guest Post & Review

January 11th
Kaisy Daisy’s Corner – Review
KatrinaDoes – Review
Christian Book Notes – Review

January 12th
Up All Night Reviews – Guest Post & Excerpt
Pieces of Whimsy – Review & Excerpt

January 13th
A Diary of a Book Addict – Review & Guest Post
Jen’s Blog of Random Thoughts – Review
January 14th
I Love to Read and Review Books 🙂 – Review & Tens List
Crazy Four Books – Review
Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf – Review

January 15th
Book Worm Brandy – Review
Sweeping the USA – Excerpt

January 16th
The Book Bug – Review of Dying to Run & Excerpt
Book Broads – Review & Guest Post

January 17th
Hardcover Feedback – Review & Tens List
Fly High – Excerpt
Guerilla Wordfare – Guest Post

January 18th
Beck Valley Books – Excerpt
Charity’s Writing Journey – Tens List

January 19th
Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf – Review
Bookhounds – Interview or Guest Post
Book Journey – Review

January 20th
Snifferwalk – Tens List
Book Flame – Guest Post

January 21st
Vonnie’s Reading Corner – Review
My Life. One Story at a Time. – Guest Post & Review

January 22nd
Magical Manuscripts – Review
The Book Mark Blog – Review
Scribbler’s Sojourn – Guest Post

January 23rd
Seaside Book Nook – Excerpt
I’d Rather Be Reading At The Beach – Guest Post
Taking Time for Mommy – Review

January 24th
Mom Loves 2 Read – Review & Excerpt
LovLivLife Reviews – Guest Post
MK McClintock – Tens List

January 25th
Vampandstuff – Excerpt
Tristi Pinkston – Spotlight
Socrates’ Book Review Blog – Guest Post & Review
Libby’s Library – Review