Monday, August 4, 2014

On Tour: Shadows in the Curtain by Cami Checketts, an Excerpt and a Giveaway!

Shadows in the Curtain

Shadows in the Curtain by Cami Checketts
Paperback, 172 pages
Published June 26th 2014 by Createspace

Every stage actress wants fans, but what happens when one goes too far?

Emmy has the perfect life— a house on the beach, a successful career headlining the local theater, and love. But when a brutal murder brings unimaginable grief, Emmy’s world comes crashing down. As she tries to pick up the pieces, she can’t seem to avoid Josh, the new fireman in town.

Emmy does her best to fight the sizzle in her chest when Josh is near. But with the stalker still out there, terrorizing her and those she cares about, she can’t fall for anyone—especially Josh, a suspect in the murder investigation.

If Emmy allows a man to get close, it’s not just her heart she puts at risk, it’s her life.

My thoughts about Shadows in the Curtain ~~

I know when I pick up a Cami Checkett book that I am going to get lost for a time is a wonderful adventure. I have read several of her books now and I have thoroughly enjoyed them all.

Shadows in the Curtain takes us into the world of Emmaline where it appears she has the perfect life. A great career, a loving husband, and a wonderful beach home.
'His kiss was sure and steady. Maybe not exciting or passionate, but filled with love and the only home she knew. Grayson was hot cocoa and a fire on a chilly Oregon night.'
But things aren't so great for Emmy when she starts receiving disturbing notes from some stranger. Bad things escalate with the murder of someone she loves and then when a creepy guy starts stalking her. Emmy doesn't know who to trust.

Cami wrote this story with so much suspense and drama that I just had to keep reading to find out if Emmy and the people she loved were going to be okay. But she also kept me guessing about who were the good guys and who were the bad ones. I thought I had it all figured out and then, quick as that, something unexpected happened that made me gasp out loud. I love when that happens!

Shadows in the Curtain is a quick, exciting read that will grab you from the start and one that you will not want to put down! Thank you once again, Cami, for another enjoyable read!
“Cami Checketts can spin a tale like no other. Love, suspense, thrills, she has it all, and Shadows in the Curtain is no exception. What a thrill ride! I highly recommend this book. 10 stars!!”
~~ Sherry Gammon, author of the Port Fare Series
“I’m a sucker for the exciting parts, and this book has scenes that had my eyes racing my heart to the end of each page!”
~~ Amanda Tru, author of the Yesterday Series
Shadows in the Curtain 
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Buy it in print here for only $8.63

Cami Checketts' books Poison Me and The Colony are only $.99 for the length of the Shadows in the Curtain blog tour
August 4th - 9th.

Poison Me 

Jake Merrill was raised by his grandmother, Ruby, and her hilarious friends. After a suspicious death at the retirement home where Ruby lives, she enlists Jake and Chanel, the beautiful activities director, to help her find the killer.

But secrets Ruby has kept for decades threaten her family and the man she’s always loved but could never have. Chanel’s unstable ex-boyfriend, a presumably dead relative, and vicious criminals add to the confusion. Time is running out as Jake, Chanel, and Ruby desperately search for clues to solve the murders and fight to save those they love.

Read my thoughts about Poison Me here.

The Colony

To protect her sons from the mistakes of her past, Brinlee Trapper escapes to a secluded mountain home. But there are dangers lurking in the mountains she has never encountered. The little family is saved from injury by Jed, a mysterious hunter. Brinlee is drawn to him, but she worries about his involvement with a peaceful commune hidden deep in the mountains behind her property.

Lance, Brinlee's attentive neighbor, has his own troubled history. Between his obvious attraction to Brinlee and his developing love for her children, Brinlee finds it more than difficult to guard her heart against this tender intrusion.

While Jed offers a life of excitement and freedom, Lance holds the key to the family Brinlee always wanted. When it comes time to choose, she learns that both men have secrets that could shatter her fledgling trust in men and the wrong decision could leave more than her heart exposed to danger.

Read my thoughts about The Colony here.

Excerpt from Shadows in the Curtain

Timothy stuck to her side while people surged passed with compliments, hand squeezes, and the occasional hug. Emmy searched every eye, but only saw excitement from a fun performance or weariness from sitting too long. If anyone had murder in mind, he was as good at putting on a fake face as she was. 

No one piqued her curiosity. Until he came. She had no clue what his name was, but the past few weeks she’d seen him almost every morning at the gym. He was much too good-looking, with his rippling muscles and deep blue eyes. She always avoided looking directly at him, though she knew that was as obvious an indicator of her attraction as staring would be. She couldn’t avoid him now. 

The wide entryway, which featured plush, faded carpet and wood-planked walls, shrank as he drew nearer. The babble of the crowd faded. He reached for her hand, staring deep into her eyes. Her hand fitted itself into his like he was a magnet. Her entire body leaned toward him. 

“You were amazing. So passionate.” He smiled and the room swayed.

Emmy was quite sure the passion she experienced right now had nothing to do with singing or acting. She should draw away but couldn’t force herself to. “Thank you,” she managed, embarrassed by the huskiness of her voice as she tried to catch a breath.

The crowd pressed forward, and he was forced to release her hand and move to the side. His blonde date gushed over Emmy for a second, and then they were gone. 

Emmy continued greeting other patrons but couldn’t forget the allure of his blue eyes. He didn’t seem like the creepy stalker type, but she had to wonder. Could he be the one sending the notes?

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  1. I love a good love story, and this sounds like a good one. I would like to read this book. Thank you

  2. Thank you, Susan! I really appreciate your wonderful review. It was a fun book to write and surprised me at times too :)
    Many hugs,

  3. Thank you for the giveaway. Keeping my fingers crossed!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com


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