The Colony by Cami Checketts 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.
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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: http://fitnessformom.blogspot.com. 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.
1. What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
The heroine, Brinlee, is the sister of the hero from my book Poison Me. I loved her and wanted to write her story. When my good friend and high school English teacher told me about a commune that used to be up Smithfield Canyon I thought, Ooh, that commune is being resurrected and they’re going to put Brinlee through trials she’s never imagined.
2. Who is your favorite character in the book?
Lance. He’s attractive, but oh so caring. I just sigh when I think about him.
3. Which came first, the title or the novel?
Definitely the novel. I hate titles. I always write dozens down then ask anybody and everybody which one they like the best. I think all my friends, family, and critique partners hate me searching for titles also!
4. What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
Whoa, that’s a question. I’m most proud of Brinlee in the scene where she stands up to the father of her first child. I’m most proud of the writing (mostly kudos to my critique partners) in the final fight scene as it just sucks me in and makes me bite off all my fingernails.
5. Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?
Do you stay up at night thinking up tough questions? I love it.
I think the most important thing is not to take myself too seriously. I’m extremely goal-oriented and I want to save the world through my books, or at least donate generously to my favorite charities, and I run the risk of trying to work until I make myself sick and tick off my family and friends. I’ve learned to chill, to not worry if a promotion flops, I get a bad review, or I don’t make a deadline. Writing is a wonderful part of my life, but my family, church, and friends are my life.
6. What do you like most about the cover of the book?
That baby boy. My nephew. Is he stinking adorable or what? I drive to my sister’s house almost daily to squish and kiss.
7. What new release book are you looking most forward to?
Almost Super by Marion Jensen. He’s an amazing writer and friend. My boys were able to read the book in its preliminary stages and we’re all waiting to read and laugh together.
8. What was your favorite book you've read this year?
Really? Not top twenty? You’re killing me here.
I love so many books. Okay. I’m going to go with Esther, the Queen by H.B. Moore. Suspense, romance, history. It’s all there and extremely well-written.
9. What’s up next for you?
A terrifying story of an actress being stalked by a man who has already murdered once to get close to her and the firefighter sworn to protect her. One small problem: she thinks the firefighter is the stalker.
10. Is there anything that you would like to add?
Thank you for having me on your blog! Many hugs, Cami
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