2015, Books, country music, life, Uncategorized

I’m ready for an amazing #Storyteller @carrieunderwood!

TGIF!  AND…. Storyteller is live today!  It feels as if I’ve been waiting on this forever, and if the four singles that have been released are any indication of what’s to come… it’s going to be ah-maz-ing!

A few weeks ago I heard Smoke Break by Carrie Underwood, and it made me smile.    It’s life, and totally makes perfect sense.  It made me reflect on my life right now.  It’s crazy busy with balancing family life, writing, blogging, and my full time job.  Sometimes when life gets out of control and we want to take a few moments for ourself we should pause and take a “smoke break.”

It also made me think about several novels, but one in particular-Crashing Tides. Crashing Tides is about how one moment can change your life.  At the time you think your world is closing in, but as time moves on you realize that was your life plan.

Remember, at the end of the day, life is precious, cherish the ones you love, and take a moment for yourself every once in a while!

As for me, I can’t wait for work to be over today so I can listen to #Storyteller on repeat.  Country music is my biggest inspiration as an author, and Carrie Underwood never ceases to amaze me.   She’s not only a phenomenal role model, but she stays true to herself. In the world we live being true to yourself is SO important!

Check out Smoke Break by Carrie Underwood and download #Storyteller which is live today!

Check out these other FABULOUS country songs that include a little smoke!

Smoke A Little Smoke by Eric Church

Smoke When I Drink by Kelleigh Bannen

Smokin’ and Drinkin’ by Miranda Lambert featuring Little Big Town

Smoke by A Thousand Horses

Crashing Tides is currently on sale!

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Other book recommendations for when life doesn’t go as planned:

 

Tell me… what kinda things make you want to take a break from life?  What’s you’re favor song from the #Storyteller album?

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2013, 2015, Books, life, Uncategorized

#tbt is in full effect @HDcoverTherapy

What’s new for Hardcover Therapy?  #tbt is in full effect!

Each and every week you will see a previous post from myself!  It’s a way to showcase some of my favorite books and authors.  I figured I’d start where it all began!  Below you will find the top 20 books of 2013… in my FABULOUS opinion! 🙂

Check out the Authors I ❤ page for more of my favorites as well as links to connect!

Casey’s Top 20 of 2013

**If books are in a series, they are listed together. **

  • A Brand New Ending by S.A. Rolls (Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire ties for #1 because Travis is my permanent book boyfriend!)
  • Miss Me Not by Tiffany King
  •  Misguided Heart by Amanda Bennett
  • Girl with Guitar by Caisey Quinn
  • The Keatyn Chronicles by Jillian Dodd
  • Heartbeat by Faith Sullivan
  • The Coincidence Series by Jessica Sorensen
  • Nowhere to Run (Stephanie Corvella Series) by Nina D’Angelo
  • The Raine Series by Amanda Bennett
  • The Bluegrass Brothers Series by Kathleen Brooks
  • Untouchable Series by Lindsay Delagar
  • Saving Angels Series by Tiffany King
  • Crash Series by Nicole Williams
  • Consequences Series by Aleatha Romig
  • Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
  • Undescribable Series by Shantel Tessier
  • Flat Out Love by Jessica Park
  • Suicide Note by Teresa Mummert
  • Searching for Someday by Jennifer Probst
  • Beautifully Awake by Riley Mackenzie

This list was EXTREMELY  difficult!  I have read well over 100 hundred book this year alone.  Each book I am asked to review or read for pleasure, I read entirely.  I am not one to put it to the side because I’m not into it… that’s not fair to the author.  These books cover several genres, but are fabulous.  Some are series others are novella’s… regardless they were great reads for me.  Def check them out!  Especially A Brand New Ending… it touched my heart and left me speechless!  Here’s to another year!  I’m bring it in right with Behind His Eyes by Aleatha Romig!

Chelly’s Top 20 of 2013

  • Losing Charley – Casey Peeler
  • Slammed – Colleen Hoover
  • Walking Disaster – Jamie McGuire
  • Fallen Too Far – Abbi Glines
  • Metamorphosis – Erin Noelle
  • Miss Me Not – Tiffany King
  • Sins & Needles – Karina Halle
  • Flat-Out Love – Jessica Park
  • The Edge of Never – J. A. Redmerski
  • The Sea of Tranquility – Katja Millay
  • Girl With Guitar – Caisey Quinn
  • The Perfect Game – J. Sterling
  • That Boy – Jillian Dodd
  • Lover At Last – J. R. Ward
  • Wallbanger – Alice Clayton
  • White Trash Beautiful – Teresa Mummert
  • The Keatyn Chronicles – Jillian Dodd
  • The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden – Jessica Sorenson
  • Reckless – S. C. Stephens
  • Rock Chick – Kristen Ashley

 

2015, Books, country music, life, Uncategorized

I need a #SmokeBreak!

I don’t know about y’all, but somedays I feel that I can’t catch up, nothing goes as planned, and life is just flat out insane.  There are days I even joke about needing a cigarette, and I don’t even smoke! LOL!  Please tell me you can relate?

Last week I heard Smoke Break by Carrie Underwood, and it made me smile.  (I’m so excited about her upcoming album!!!!)  It’s life, and totally makes perfect sense.  It made me reflect on my life right now.  It’s crazy busy with balancing family life, writing, blogging, and my full time job.  Sometimes when life gets out of control and we want to take a few moments for ourself we should pause and take a “smoke break.”

Check out Smoke Break by Carrie Underwood?

Check out these other FABULOUS country songs that include a little smoke!

Smoke A Little Smoke by Eric Church

Smoke When I Drink by Kelleigh Bannen

Smokin’ and Drinkin’ by Miranda Lambert featuring Little Big Town

Book recommendations for when life doesn’t go as planned:

 

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Tell me… what kinda things make you want to take a break from life?

2015, Books, life, Uncategorized

There’s always an end to a chase! #ChasingCarson by Amanda Bennett is live!

AVAILABLE NOW

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Chasing Carson (U.S. Marshal Series 2) by Amanda Bennett

Synopsis:

Carson: My life was flipped upside down when my sister miraculously came back from the dead, and unfortunately I was left feeling like I was back in her shadow, yet again. But all that seemed to fade away once he came strutting through my front door. He was beautiful beyond words, and had a way of talking that would make any girl fall for him, but that was the problem. Now I found myself fighting every urge to be with him, regardless of how much my heart ached for him.

Ruger: I had never met anyone like her in my entire existence. She was snarky and sassy, and that was exactly what I loved about her. She wasn’t susceptible to my charm like most other girls, and that made the chase, that much more rewarding. I need her and want her all the same, but unfortunately for me my life and career tend to get in the way. Sometimes you have to have faith to get the one thing you’ve always wanted, but would she want me in return after knowing the real me?

Casey’s Thoughts <3<3<3<3<3

Chasing Carson is a story of a girl. One who pretends to be someone she’s not, but in doing so, she puts herself in danger. After the return of her sister Lyndley, Carson feels life is back to how it used to be- she’s just imaginary.

Ruger, her future bro-in-laws bff and another US Marshal knows that there is something between he and Carson. Each time he thinks things might work between them, Carson pulls away and hauls ass the opposite direction. Not to mention her daddy is anti-Rugar.

As their worlds collide, Carson sees something she shouldn’t. They are forced to rely on each other. When Ruger is put in harms way, Carson realizes she can’t live without him. It's time to stop pretending to be someone she not and to be Carson.

This story is another fabulous read by Amanda Bennett. There’s love, hottness, suspense, action and a few other surprises you won’t see coming. If you loved Protecting Lyndley then you will love Carson’s story… not to mention fall head over heels for Ruger!

Purchase Link: http://tinyurl.com/kr5nfpj

To keep up with all things Amanda Bennett:

http://www.facebook.com/authoramandabennett

http://www.authoramandabennett.com

http://www.twitter.com/AmandaBennett81

http://www.instagram.com/AUTHORAMANDABENNETT

2014, Books, life, Uncategorized

@HDcoverTherapy Top 10 of 2014

It’s hard to believe that 2014 has come and gone!  It’s been a FABULOUS year, and I can’t wait to see what 2015 will bring!  Below is the TOP 10 Books of 2014 from Casey and Chelly!  Here’s to a new year of hardcover therapy!

Like what you see?  Just click on the cover to one-click on #Amazon!

Casey’s Top 10 of 2014

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~Side note~  Southern Perfection is tied for #1 on this list, but as the author, I will not place it in my top 10 because that’s a little tacky.  HOWEVER, I will say that book by far had the biggest impact on my life.  Currently, it has been revised and up for preorder.

Chelly’s Top 10 of 2014


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2014, 2015, Books, life, Uncategorized

Cover Reveal —–> Chasing Carson by Amanda Bennett

Cover Reveal for Chasing Carson (U.S. Marshal Series 2) by Amanda Bennett
Release Date: January 2015
Cover By: Robin Harper/ Wicked By Design

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Synopsis:
Carson: My life was flipped upside down when my sister miraculously came back from the dead, and unfortunately I was left feeling like I was back in her shadow, yet again. But all that seemed to fade away once he came strutting through my front door. He was beautiful beyond words, and had a way of talking that would make any girl fall for him, but that was the problem. Now I found myself fighting every urge to be with him, regardless of how much my heart ached for him.
Ruger: I had never met anyone like her in my entire existence. She was snarky and sassy, and that was exactly what I loved about her. She wasn’t susceptible to my charm like most other girls, and that made the chase, that much more rewarding. I need her and want her all the same, but unfortunately for me my life and career tend to get in the way. Sometimes you have to have faith to get the one thing you’ve always wanted, but would she want me in return after knowing the real me?

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To keep up with teasers and all things Amanda Bennett:
www.facebook.com/authoramandabennett
www.authoramandabennett.com
www.twitter.com/AmandaBennett81
www.instagram.com/AUTHORAMANDABENNETT

2014, Books, life, Uncategorized

Protect the ones you <3! Protecting Lyndley by Amanda Bennett

PLkindle Protecting Lyndley (US Marshal Series #1) by Amanda Bennett

Synopsis:

My name is Lyndley, or Sarah I suppose, depending on who you ask. My once amazing dream of a life had all been taken away from me one tragic night. A night that I wouldn’t soon forget. I knew my job was a dangerous one, but it never crossed my mind that one day it could all just disappear right before my eyes. Now I was trapped in a never-ending nightmare and living a life that was no longer my own. At least I wasn’t completely alone, but Ky Wakely was the kind of man that made you wish you were. Sure he was easy on the eyes, but everything else about that man drove me utterly insane. I suppose every dream comes with a price, but when it’s your life, was it a price I was willing to pay?

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Casey’s Thoughts <3<3<3<3<3

Protecting Lyndley is a story about putting your feelings on the back burner to protect the one that means the most to you, but there’s one big problem.  You’re not suppose to fall for the one you’re protecting.

Lyndley is a young lady who has witnessed a horrific event due to her current case she is working.  When this happens she is forced to leave behind everyone that is important to her, lead them to believe that she is dead, and have a husband who is   a total prick.

Ky has been dealt a rough set of cards lately, and not only is he having to protect some rich chick, but he’s also gonna have to lay off the booze as well.  When he gets the call about Lyndley, he never expected her to have such an effect on him, but he keeps his guard up until one night it comes crashing down.

Protecting Lyndley is a story about protecting someone you don’t know, letting your guard down, doing what you think is best, and then realizing how wrong you were.

Amanda Bennett is one of my all time favorite authors.  Each time she never dissapoint me, and in fact, I can’t wait until she releases again.  Protecting Lyndley left me hurting for both sides, on the edge of my seat, ready to kill someone, and never wanting the story to end!

Excerpt

I never imagined my life turning out the way it had thus far. Life can be a tricky road to navigate. Unfortunately, I had to find that out the hard way. I never took for granted the things I had or the people that completed my life, until the day I was forced to abandon everything.

I wish I could tell you that I was at least happy to be alive and well, but I would be lying. I missed my family and friends terribly, but to keep them safe this was what had to be done, for now. At least I wasn’t alone in the situation, but I almost think being alone would be better than the hell I was currently living in.

Author Bio

Amanda currently lives in Utah with her many men (her husband, two little boys, and two dogs). She is an avid San Francisco 49ers and Dexter fan. In high school she developed a love for writing and storytelling, and in the past couple years has made it her passion as she just released her ninth book.

You can connect with her at the following links:

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2014, Books, life, Uncategorized

Cover Reveal ——> Protecting Lyndley by Amanda Bennett

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Coming May 2014

Synopsis

My name is Lyndley, or Sarah I suppose, depending on who you ask. My once amazing dream of a life had all been taken away from me one tragic night. A night that I wouldn’t soon forget. I knew my job was a dangerous one, but it never crossed my mind that one day it could all just disappear right before my eyes. Now I was trapped in a never-ending nightmare and living a life that was no longer my own. At least I wasn’t completely alone, but Ky Wakely was the kind of man that made you wish you were. Sure he was easy on the eyes, but everything else about that man drove me utterly insane. I suppose every dream comes with a price, but when it’s your life, was it a price I was willing to pay?

Add it to your TBR on Goodreads 

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2014, Books, life, Uncategorized

Cover Reveal ——> The Likeness Within by Amanda Bennett

Cover Reveal for The Likeness Within by Amanda Bennett
COMING MAY 2014
SYNOPSIS:
         I’m not your ordinary twenty year old. I’m the last of my kind on this earth, and I’ve spent every minute of every day for the last hundred years, trying to find someone, anyone, who is like me. My search has taken me far and wide, but I always end up back here, in my own personal hell. Every time I think one of my kind has returned for me, I am sadly mistaken. But this time, all I see is her.
I need her in a way that is beyond words, and I want her even more. Not because of what she could do for me, but because my absent beating heart longs for her. I want to know her, to touch her, and to make her mine, but she’s human…and…I am not.
2014, Books, life, Uncategorized

Forever and Almost Always by Amanda Bennett

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SynopsisWhat do you do when the one person you have always wanted, you can almost never have?

We found each other by chance and it was perfect, easy and everything I could have asked for. Our love was one for the books. When he moved next door, my entire world flipped upside down and inside out, but it was the best feeling I had ever experienced. Until the time came to choose between him and my family. I was young and in love, but in the end, I chose my family. I’ve regretted that decision since the day I made it. Now fate has given me a second chance with the one person I knew I was always supposed to be with. But this time so much more was standing in our way.

Can I choose him over the life I’ve come to know?

Will he be able to forgive me and give us a second chance?  

Is true love really enough to conquer everything standing in our way?

Sometimes the hardest decisions in life, are the most liberating, I just hope that this time I made the right one.

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Casey’s Thoughts ❤

We all hope and dream to find that one person that makes us whole, the one person who will love us no matter what,  and the one person that makes life worth living.

Dax and Charlee’s relationship is what most girls dream of as little girls.  Falling for the guy next door, perfect body, perfect voice, just damn perfect in every way.  Their relationship is one that is hot from the get go… once it gets going.  These two have never had a problem with the opposite sex, but for some reason, they act like total goof balls!  Weather it be Charlee at a loss for words, giving Dax the wrong impression with his roommate, or Dax going stalker on her.  Once they make their feelings known, the rest is history… that is until…

If you had to chose between your family that has had your back forever and the love of you life… what do you choose?  How do those choices impact your life?  What happens when you realize you were wrong?

This is exactly what happens in Dax & Charlee’s relationship.  Can they find their way back together or is it to late?  The ending of this book pulled at my heart.  I wanted them to be together, but what about the futures they had built?  Could they let go of their present?  This had me pulling for Dax and Charlee, but also made my heart hurt for Dax’s wife.  Knowing that someone doesn’t love you like another women has got to be one of the worst feelings on the planet, but what his wife does is phenomenal!  I sure don’t know if I could be the bigger person.

While Dax and Charlee are the main characters, there are several characters that play major rolls in the events in this book: Trevor, Taylor, Aaron, and Rachael.  Each of these individuals bring different rolls to the table… some are good and others well… I’ll let you be the judge of that!

Forever and Almost Always is another fabulous read front he AMAZING Amanda Bennett.  She never ceases to amaze me, and I wait impatiently for her next release.  Two other tie bits I just loved were Charlee and Casey… I think that speaks for it’s self! 😉

 
 
Teaser
DaxAs I sit here in my truck staring at the note her best friend left me, I can’t help but replay the first day I told her I loved her over and over in my mind. I had never said those three words to any other girl in my entire life, and when I said them to her, she melted. I melted right along with her, but I clearly remember her melting. I had the one woman I had ever wanted in my arms as I made love to her in her pool. With every moan and every look, the feeling intensified. I never wanted to let this girl go, and as I whispered those three little words into her ear, as I thrust myself deep inside of her one last time, I knew in that instant that she would forever have my heart.



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Amanda currently lives in Utah with her many men (her husband, two little boys, and two dogs). She is an avid San Francisco 49ers and Dexter fan. In high school she developed a love for writing and storytelling, and in the past couple years has made it her passion as she just released her ninth book.

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