Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Part 2 of the Women Who Wrote Christmas Kisses: An Echo Ridge Anthology

The Echo Ridge Christmas Anthology (available here for the introductory price of 99 cents!) has been an incredible experience! I can't praise these women enough! Each of them has such great skill in writing but also in all areas of life. The amount of talent in this group is inspiring and mind-boggling. I feel so grateful to have my name beside each of them. I'm taking some time to spotlight each of the four authors who joined me as part of the anthology. Today I'd like to tell you a little bit about ...

Bestselling Author Cami Checketts.

FIL6891 Cami Checketts is an idealist who dreams of helping children around the world but can't keep up with the four in her own home. She regularly donates part of her proceeds to charity and has a heart of pure gold. (Check out this link to help children in need: www.cachecfsc.org.) Cami lives in a beautiful valley in Northern Utah where she enjoys running, biking, and swimming during the two months of the year it isn't snowing. She recently completed the St. George Marathon and we couldn't be prouder of her. You can check out Cami's website and find out about her recent releases at www.camichecketts.com or https://www.facebook.com/CamiCheckettsAuthor or https://twitter.com/camichecketts

On the Lighter Side

Here are five random facts about Cami:
  1. Cami is the proud mother of four future and present lacrosse stars.
  2. Cami has run three marathons.
  3. Cami has amputated three of her fingers (two were stitched back on and aren't too horrific looking). Though she wouldn't recommend amputation, it is a great conversation starter with four-year olds.
  4. Cami has milked a cow with her bare hands.
  5. When Cami met her husband, he asked her friend to, "Introduce me to my wife." She laughed and hasn't stopped laughing since.

Snippet from Christmas Makeover

No author highlight would be complete without a sample of their writing so here is a Snippet from Christmas Makeover written by Cami Checketts.

“Drew?” Chelsea’s breath hitched. As in my dream man who I’ve loved since before Jessica started waxing my unibrow at sleepovers?
Drew ended the call, put his phone in his suit pocket, and spun to face her. “Chels?”
Chelsea didn’t know if she was in a daydream or real life. The warm look in Drew’s eyes and excitement in his voice sent quivers throughout her body. It wasn’t a dream because he didn’t lift her off the ground and kiss her passionately, but the lingering hug he gave her was worth writing lengthy journal entries about.  
“What are you doing in town?” Chelsea asked.
“What are you doing shopping?” Drew asked at the same time.
They both laughed awkwardly. Kiera arched an eyebrow and turned back to her office. “See you two later.”
“Bye,” they both said then stared at each other again.
Chelsea broke the moment, turning and walking toward the center of the store. Drew fell into step beside her. She nudged his bicep with her shoulder, he was one of the few men who made her feel short. “I haven’t seen you in six years and all you can ask is what am I doing shopping?”
Drew chuckled and she just had to look again. His throaty chuckle was still the same, maybe a little deeper. His brown sugar eyes and wavy dark hair hadn’t changed much, but his face had matured, if possible he was even more handsome than her fantasies about him, and oh, those lips, those perfectly sculpted lips. She withheld a sigh. If only he spent half as much thought on her as she did on him. Men never think that hard about their buddies and since Chelsea could outscore Drew on the court, the only time he probably spent thinking about her was when he strategized ways to get around her defense.
Drew turned to her, taking one of her hands in his. “You look great, Chels.”
A jolt of warmth raced through her body. She inhaled quickly and his spicy cologne messed with her brain waves. She leaned toward him before her good sense caught up with her hormones. It was a wonder that he didn’t seem at all affected by the connection because it was strong enough to wipe out a power grid. Wait, this was Drew. Of course he wasn’t affected by the connection, he thought of her as a little sister. No, that wasn’t quite right. He’d have to admit both of her chromosomes were X to think of her as a sister.  


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