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1.21.2014

The Colony ~ Review, Excerpt, and Giveaway

The ColonyThe Colony
By Cami Checketts

Brinlee has trust issues where men are concerned and now she has two in her life vying for her attention.  But where do her children stand with these two men and can she ever learn to trust a man with her heart?

Lance was hired to keep watch over Brinlee and her sons, but when she manages to capture his heart he refuses the money.  But Brinlee's money and her beauty offer an appealing package to Jed and The Colony.

Unable to trust herself and her judgment Brinlee has determined to avoid men but Lance has touched her in a way she never expected and he cares for her children.

Jed sees what Brinlee can bring into their community ad what he can get out of her joining.  And he is determined to bring her in using her to secure his future leadership.

But Brinlee has changed her life, giving it over to God.  And she is determined to remain a clean new creation and to be the example her sons need.  But first she needs to be able to forgive herself for her past and the mistakes that she made along the way.

The Colony takes a look at the dangers of living in a community that is secretive and under the control of an individual who loves the power and control they have over the lives of others.

This is an exciting and intense reading experience and it takes a look at the difference between love and lust.  Cami has created yet another story that will draw you into the characters lives.  She makes you care and in a way speaks to the heart in an honest and heartfelt way.

I was provided a digital copy of this book in conjunction with this blog tour so that I might honestly review it.

Excerpt:

Brinlee jumped from the branch and aimed her heels at the monster’s head. Both of her feet connected with the snarling jaws and bloodstained chin. The mountain lion’s body flung away from the tree. Brinlee yelled, a deep primeval war cry, as she fell with the lion. Small tree branches scratched at her hands and face. She landed on top of the animal with a thud. Her leg throbbed with pain, but the adrenalin helped her ignore it.

The lion yelped. Brinlee rammed her knee into its blood-tinged teeth, scrambled off of him, and hobbled away from her children. Her heart screamed in prayer, pleading with a merciful Father in Heaven to protect them.

“Mommy!”

Trevor’s call yanked her head around. His dark eyes flooded with tears. His lip trembled. Oh, heavens. How could she leave them? A roar snapped her to attention. Her legs churned away from her boys. Leaving was the only hope she had of saving them.

The lion leapt into the air. Brinlee darted to the side. A loud boom mingled with the baby’s screams, the lion’s roar, and Brinlee’s pounding heart. She had no clue where the noise came from. The lion’s claws scratched past her head, missing her by inches. Brinlee changed directions and sped off again, but her legs weakened, especially her injured one. She risked a glance back. Blood gushing from its shoulder, the lion pivoted and jumped again.

Not watching where she was going, Brinlee slammed into a tree and fell to her knees. She couldn’t escape. She could feel, hear, and smell the animal as she ducked her head and braced for impact.

Another boom filled the air. The lion’s body knocked her flat. Pinecones, dirt, and rocks embedded themselves in her face and hands. Buried underneath mounds of fur, she waited for the lion’s teeth to sink into her neck.

Warm liquid oozed onto her back. She heard footsteps, then a grunt, and suddenly the lion’s carcass was thrown off of her. Cowering on the ground, Brinlee didn’t dare believe it was over.

Calloused fingers searched her neck until they found her carotid artery.

“I’m alive,” she muttered into the dirt.

She was rolled over onto her back and stared into a pair of concerned sapphire eyes instead of the hungry jaws of the mountain lion. It was like an ice-cold lemonade after days of thirst.

About 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.




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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.  
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