2018, Books, life

Loss. Music. Hope.

 

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Since The Flight of Hope was announced, I couldn’t wait to read it. HJ Bellus and I are “boot” sisters and she had told me about this book when we were in Kentucky. I knew it was different, but as a reader/writer/woman, that’s what helps us grow. Change helps us evolve and become something great. Can you imagine if there was no change in our lives?

At the end of November, I made a few changes. I decided that my full marathon would be bumped up to January instead of March. I also decided to keep all of my businesses going.  I knew if I went all in with marathon training there would be no way to be super momma like some believe. Selfishly, I knew that would also allow me time to read over Christmas break and you guessed it. The Flight of Hope was #1 on my list.

As the break approached, I packed my kindle in my backpack. I was going to read any free moment I had. I didn’t care if it was sitting in my car during my planning period or at Carlee’s dance studio.

Life can be hectic….
Well… have you ever wanted to do something so bad but it’s like there are not enough hours in the day? Y’all I had been running four businesses, marathon training, teaching, and being a mom/wife. How is it that I minimize things and I can’t find time for a book? I’m still clueless on this one.  Have you ever felt this way?

20993043_10211098205996780_761227042784888143_nThe week of Christmas I was determined to start and finish it. Normally, I can read a book within a day or two. It took almost a full week, but y’all, it was so worth it.
Have you ever loved someone so much you can’t image what life would be like after they are gone? What if it was the two most import people in your life? For me, the thought is devastating. I couldn’t imagine Billy and Carlee not living this life with me. They are my heart and soul.  However, we know that God has a plan for all of us and he knows what’s best.
In the Flight of Hope, Marlee loses her heart and soul. She can’t see a light in the darkness.  Jed, a country music star, is struggling with an outside force that will tear your heart out. The two cross paths and the bond created is hope. This story will make your heart hurt, break, shatter, but the light of hope will heal it all.  If you are looking for a novel that will make you feel the entire spectrum of emotions then I highly recommend you download this book today.

Life thoughts…
So many times we as women put everything we have into our families that we lose who we are as individuals. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that at all, but we also need to take time for ourselves… to feel our own cup so to speak.

For me, I do a daily devotion each morning and run 3-4 days a week. Saturday is always a long run day with friends and it’s so therapeutic. Some days I’ll go to the coffee shop alone and read a book.

As women, we need time to fuel our soul. Tell me… how do you refill your cup?

2015, Books, country music, life, Uncategorized

Tutus & Cowboy Boots @AuthorCasey

Title: Tutu’s & Cowboy Boots
Author: Casey Peeler
Release Date: Dec 28, 2015
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Cadence Lewis has been dancing since she could walk. Living in New York with her parents she has the chance to go to the best dance school in the country, but when her father does the unthinkable she’s forced to leave her dreams behind and move to a small southern town with her mom.  Cadence is having a hard time adjusting to her new life when she meets Jade Carpenter.  Jade starts to show Cadence that small-town life isn’t so bad, but when Cadence has a chance to go back to New York she is on the next flight and will do anything to get her old life back.

 

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As I approach the house, I can see that Gran is already in the garden. Knowing this isn’t going to go well with her, I suck it up and just deal with this shit literally.
“Lord have mercy, child. What happened to ya?” Gran says, looking toward me.
“Your boy down there had me take the cow shit to the compost pile and you can see the shit won,” I say with my arms crossed.
“Bless your heart. Did you not use the tractor?”
“Tractor?” At that exact moment, I hear an engine and I’ll be damned. Barrick is using a bucket to haul the rest of the manure down there. He looks toward us and waves. It’s on like donkey kong.
Casey Peeler grew up in North Carolina and still lives there with her husband and daughter.
Growing up Casey wasn’t an avid reader or writer, but after reading Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston during her senior year of high school, and multiple Nicholas Sparks’ novels, she found a hidden love and appreciation for reading.  That love ignited the passion for writing several years later, and her writing style combines real life scenarios with morals and values teenagers need in their daily lives.
When Casey isn’t writing, you can find her near a body of water listening to country music with a cold beverage and a great book.
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2015, Books, life, Uncategorized

Can you resist the #Addiction?

Title: Addiction 
Series: Seven Deadly Sins
Author: Shantel Tessier
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: November 17, 2015
Cover Design: Perfect Pear Creative
Photographer: Dave Kelly Artistics 

Cover Models: Lance Jones & Jami Watts
I’m a sinner with no regrets. I’m a man with no shame. 
I’m a lover with no soul. 
What am I? 

You’re a loner with no friends. 
You’re a beggar with no place to go. 
You’re a face with no name. 
Who are you? 

It doesn’t really matter what I am or who you are. Everyone has sin in common. But I pride myself on doing it better. Through the eyes of another, I am envied. If they only knew the wrath I have endured. Greed can be a motherfucker, but it is what makes us strive to be better. Lust can make you burn, but without it you would freeze to death. Some of us are a glutton for punishment and want to feel the pain that reminds us we’re still alive rather than overcome by sloth. 
The lure of these seven deadly sins is like an addiction. And I intend to indulge in each of these unforgivable sins.
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Everyone is addicted to something.  For me, I absolutely love the sunshine, flip flops, and books.  Other however are addicted to the darker side.
Shantel Tessier’s Addiction is a book that takes you on that side of life, but even those who feel as if they are in control fall to an addiction of some sort.
Taylor doesn’t do drugs and wants nothing to do with them.  Blane, her brother, has made a deal with the devil and without trying Taylor becomes involved.
Cade is the mastermind behind the entire operation, but what he doesn’t expect is to become addicted to an individual.  One whom he will have to break all rules to get his next hit.
Addiction is a story that had my heart beating like crazy.  There’s an element of danger and fear of the unknown.  I wanted to keep Taylor safe, but I didn’t know if that was going to be the case.
Shantel Tessier does an amazing job at creating a dynamic plot with drama, unique situations, not to mention the steam level is through the roof .  This is one that will make you want to believe in the lies, and pray that everything goes according to the plan.  If you’re looking to feed you next book addiction, one click Addiction by Shantel Tessier right now.
I cross my arms over my chest, getting more comfortable. “Come in,” I call out.

The door opens, and she comes walking in as if she owns the place. Shoulders pulled back and chin up. She is dressed much differently than she was last night, but it doesn’t change the fact she’s beautiful. She’s pulled her long, dark hair up into a messy ponytail with loose pieces framing her flawless face. She has an oversized white t-shirt on that hangs off one shoulder. The color of her bra strap gets my attention. Black—my favorite color. She’s wearing a pair of black yoga pants that hugs her thin legs. Even though they cover more of her legs than her shorts did from last night, they seem more sexual. More intimate in a way that makes me want to peel them off her slowly.
“I need to have a word with you …” I arch a brow at her hard tone even though it did sound cute “… sir,” she adds a little softer, and I hide my smile. So she doesn’t have as much backbone as she wants me to think she has.
“I don’t think we’ve been properly introduced,” I say as I stand. I reach out my right hand toward her. “My name is …”
She holds up her hand stopping me. “I know who you are.” She cocks a dark eyebrow. “A word?” She’s all business.
I smirk as I sit back down. “Of course. And please, call me Case.” I gesture to the chair that sits across my desk.
“I’ll stand. This won’t take long.” She takes in a deep breath, and I allow myself a quick look at her large chest hidden behind that t-shirt. I can’t touch her, but I sure as hell can enjoy the view.
“What can I do for you?” I ask with amusement. I can think of several things I could do for her, all of which would require her being naked and bent over my desk. I rub my hands on my thighs as I feel my cock start to harden at the thought of her, open-mouthed, moaning in pleasure.
“My brother told me that he owes you.” She gets right to the point.
My face hardens at that statement. My amusement is replaced with anger. What else did he tell her? “I don’t see where what business I have with your brother is any of yours,” I say flatly.
She crosses her arms over her chest and lets out a huff. The motion blows the dark strands around her face. “That is where you are wrong. I don’t know what he owes you, but I’m willing to pay it.”
I refrain from chuckling at that. I lean forward and place my forearms on my desk. She quickly scans the tattoos on my arms and then looks back at me. “Taylor…”
“Call me Miss Williams,” she informs me lifting her chin.
“Miss Williams, I assure you that you cannot pay what he owes me.”
I watch as her tough act starts to unravel. “I don’t have a lot of money, that’s true. But maybe I can make payments,” she offers, her voice sounding more desperate than demanding.
I shake my head. “This isn’t about money.”
She stomps her foot, and I chuckle. Her beautiful blue eyes narrow on me as she uncrosses her arms and points an angry finger at me. “Name your price!” she demands. “Everyone has a price.”
If she only knew how right she is, but I say, “There is no price.”
She throws her arms out to her side. “I came here …” She pauses as she looks around the room as if it can give her some sort of an answer. Then she mutters a curse in frustration. When she looks back up at me, she looks desperate. Her eyes have softened, making them look lighter than they are. Her lips part as she breathes in a sigh, and her shoulders slump in defeat. And I hate that I like the way it looks. That it makes me feel like she needs me. That I hold all the answers. Too bad she’s not gonna get them.

“Pulled in from page one and I’m still addicted to this book even after finishing it. The twists and turns Shantel takes you on will have your head spinning and your heart pounding.” ~Judy Miracle


“If you’re looking for a new Addiction then this is the book for you!! Shantel will have you Addicted by the first chapter. I couldn’t put it down.” ~Kelly Tucker

“Addiction is a great story with lots twists and turns that will be sure to keep you on your toes.” ~Rachael Duncan (Author)

Shantel is a Texas born girl who now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her high school sweetheart, who is a wonderful, supportive husband and their four year old little princess. She loves to spend time cuddled up on the couch with a good book
She has published five books in the Undescribable series and 2 books in the DASH series. She considers herself extremely lucky to get to be a stay at home wife and mother. Going to concerts and the movies are just a few of her favorite things to do. She hates coffee, but loves wine. She and her husband are both huge football fans, college and NFL. And she has to feed her high heel addiction by shopping for shoes weekly. 
Although she has a passion to write, her family is most important to her. She loves spending evenings at home with her husband and daughter, along with their two cats and dog.

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2015, Books, country music, life, Uncategorized

Missing Dixie @CaiseyQuinn is the missing piece!

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Synopsis:

Fighting for redemption . . .

I’ve lived most of my life in darkness, beneath the shadows of secrets and addictions. The last thing I ever wanted to do was hurt the only girl I’d ever loved—the one who brought me into the light. In my entire life I’d made one promise—a promise I’d intended to keep. I’ve broken that promise and now I have to live with the fallout. Dixie Lark hates me, and I have to tell her that I love her. I also have to tell her a truth that might destroy us forever.

Can she love me, even if she can’t forgive me?

Learning to move on . . .

Gavin Garrison broke his promise to my brother and he broke my heart in the process.I may never love anyone the way I’ve loved him, but at least I won’t spend my life wondering “what if.” We had our one night and he walked away. I’m beginning to move on, but my brother’s wedding and a battle of the bands are about to throw us together again.

Our band is getting a second chance, but I don’t know if I can give him one. How do you hand your heart back to the person who set it on fire once already?

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Oh how I love Caisey Quinn’s writing style, but this book, I’ve been waiting.  The moment Gavin walked away in Leaving Amarillo my heart hurt.
Missing Dixie is the conclusion to the Neon Dreams Series.  It’s one filled with hope.  The growth of both Dixie and Gavin as individuals is monumental, but within my heart and soul I relate so much to Dixie.   Each and every day I work with individuals that are like Gavin and Liam.  I know how much I want each child to survive and make it in this crazy world.
I literally started Missing Dixie and finished within less than 12 hours.  I grasped at the pages and what was going to occur next.  To see the love between them still there, but yet the unsureness of their relationship played with my heart.  This story will fill you with love, hope, and an ending that makes you smile from ear to ear.  I can’t get enough of this series, and can’t help but wonder what is next for the fabulous Caisey Quinn!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Caisey Quinn lives in Nashville, Tennessee and is the bestselling author of the Kylie Ryans series and several other New Adult Romance titles. Her Neon Dreams series about a country rock crossover band paying their dues in life and in love on their rocky road to fame is now available from Avon/William Morrow.

Connect with Caisey:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCaiseyQuinn

Twitter: @caiseyquinn

Website: http://www.caiseyquinnwrites.com

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When Dixie finishes, she takes her place across the altar and I can’t tear my stare from her. Her sapphire eyes shine like diamonds with the promise of tears.

I wish I could give you this.

Right as I’m about to look away, her gaze collides with mine. My heart swells in my chest. I have so much to say and no words to say it.

I’m sorry.
I’m trying.
I love you.
She doesn’t even flinch at the turmoil I know is probably apparent on my face. She just gives me a confident smile and a knowing look as if to say, One day.

One day that will be us. A future.
A forever.

I fucking hope so.

I just have no clue how we’ll ever manage to get there.

2013, 2014, 2015, Books, country music, life, Uncategorized

If you haven’t met #cashmoney, now’s the time! #fullcircleseries @AuthorCasey #sale

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“Casey brings her undeniable exuberance for life to her passion for coming of age stories where she weaves charming and believable stories of love, country music, and small town life.” ~EMI Recording Artist Kelleigh Bannen

“The Full Circle Series is full of heartache, drama, and healing, all tied up in a sweet Southern bow.” Jillian Dodd, USA TODAY Bestselling Author

“The Full Circle Series will wind its way around the reader’s heart. Casey Peeler’s writing will capture your attention, compelling you to continue reading until the very end.” ~ Nicole Reed, New York Times bestselling author

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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

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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?

2014, 2015, Books, country music, life, Uncategorized

Southern Perfection is a Perfectly YA!

Title: Southern Perfection
Author: Casey Peeler
Release Date: Jan 13, 2015
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Life is full of choices: good, bad, and ones you can’t control. 
Raegan strives to be perfect in every way. Varsity cheerleader, honor student, and proud granddaughter of Dover Lowery. By day, Raegan is an over-achieving high school student, but at three o’clock, her real work begins. 
What happens when appearances are not what they seem? Will Raegan be able to hold on to her life as she knows it, or will she be left all alone? 
All of these questions are answered with one night, one song, one story, and one boy.
When Emmett whispers in my ear that it’s time to go, goose bumps rise on my skin.  I bite my lip and nod in agreement as we make our way outside.  Our ride to the farm is filled with laughter and a desire to constantly touch each other.  I hear Dustin Lynch begin to play through the radio, and before I know what’s going on, Emmett has pulled the truck off the side of the highway with the engine running.  I stifle a laugh as he runs to open my door and squeal as he takes my hand and pulls me to the ground and into his perfectly rock solid body. We sing to each other while moving to the beat as random cars continue down the two-lane highway past us.
On the final beat of the music, Emmett takes my cheek in his hand, my mind races as he pulls my lips to his, and he kisses me like his life depends on it.  This has to be the best kiss of my life.  If I thought I saw stars at the field party, I just got caught in an entire constellation.  When I’m brought back to reality, I know that in this moment, this boy is going to change my life.

“Don’t miss this sweet, cute Southern romance with the bonus of a grandpa-granddaughter story that’s sure to land right in your heart.” ~Trisha Leigh, author
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Crashing Tides:
You can predict the tides but not the changes they make. Gunnison Del Valle was the current in the tide that was about to change my life.
Crash one we met.
Crash two we fell in love.
Crash three changed our perfectly planned lives forever.
Our Song:
Belle Montgomery is a small town Carolina girl. She leaves her simple life, family, and friends behind to open for the one and only country music mega star, Jake Bryant. With a break in their tour, sparks are bound to fly when Jake visits the small Podunk town of Lattimore. That is until Belle’s long-time friend Chase McSwain makes his feelings known. Will sparks fly between Belle and Jake, or will Chase extinguish them before they start?
Casey Peeler grew up and still lives in North Carolina with her husband and daughter. Her first passion is teaching students with special needs. Over the years, she found her way to relax was in a good book.
Her perfect day consists of water, sand between her toes, a cold beverage, and a great book!

 

2015, Books, country music, life, Uncategorized

Covering the Carolinas & more @AuthorCasey

Covering the Carolinas, a limited time box set featuring Crashing Tides, Our Song, & Southern Perfection
on sale for $3.99 this week only!
Crashing Tides:
You can predict the tides but not the changes they make. Gunnison Del Valle was the current in the tide that was about to change my life.
Crash one we met.
Crash two we fell in love.
Crash three changed our perfectly planned lives forever.
Our Song:
Belle Montgomery is a small town Carolina girl. She leaves her simple life, family, and friends behind to open for the one and only country music mega star, Jake Bryant. With a break in their tour, sparks are bound to fly when Jake visits the small Podunk town of Lattimore. That is until Belle’s long-time friend Chase McSwain makes his feelings known. Will sparks fly between Belle and Jake, or will Chase extinguish them before they start?

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Casey Peeler grew up and still lives in North Carolina with her husband and daughter. Her first passion is teaching students with special needs. Over the years, she found her way to relax was in a good book.
Her perfect day consists of water, sand between her toes, a cold beverage, and a great book!

 

Books, country music, life, Uncategorized

A week at the beach! #rollercoaster #lukebryan

There’s something about a week at the beach. As a child and as a teen, I lived for each summer. The thought of the sand between my toes while looking out in the ocean…it still is my favorite place to vacation.

As a teen, I can still remember the thrill of going to the beach, taking a friend, and having a carefree week without your preconceived labels from home to follow. You could be whoever and do whatever you wanted for one week. In doing so, you might have dressed a little different, used vocabulary your parents might not approve of, and even picked up a boy or two, or maybe ten.

What would happen if you lived in the moment, but one choice changed your future? Each and every time I hear “Roller Coaster” by Luke Bryan, I can picture Marleigh and Gunnison from “Crashing Tides.” I can see Gunnision and how this song fits his feelings for her, but what happens when the week is over? Do the feelings end? Does life go back to normal in their own towns or will their spring break romance last forever? Their carefree spring break romance is one that many can relate to, but it’s the path their lives go on after that that impacts their future.

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Other songs tied to the ocean:

Beach Town by Chase Rice

Summertime by Kenny Chesney

The Booze Cruise by Blackjack Billy

Pontoon by Little Big Town

Toes by Zac Brown Band

 

Check out Crashing Tides, and these other books that are set at the beach!

 

 

 

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2013, 2015, Books, life, Uncategorized

#tbt Miss Me Not @AuthorTiffany

This #tbt goes way back to January 2013!

Have you ever made a pact with a friend? In Miss Me Not by Tiffany King, that is exactly what happens.

Madison and her friend James are loners. They make a pact to end their lives because no one will miss them. Life will go on like they were never there. That is until another classmate beats them to it. Now what will they decide… Life or death?

When I first began this book, I was totally blown away with the suicide of classmate Mitch as well as Madison’s resentment for church. I didn’t know if I could read it, especially learning about the pact. Even with that on my mind I had to find out what happened next. I had to find out if they went threw with it!

Madison is a loner for many reasons, but I believe mostly due to her mother. Lets just say I have a few choice words for her! Her story is one of a very independent, young lady. She seems to have accepted her life, consequences for her actions, and feels that death would be better than living.

This book pulled at my heart. As a mother, I wanted to take her as my own. I wanted to know why she was never put first. Why her family as a whole didn’t operate as a family? What made her want to end her life, and why she had lived in the “shadows.”

Miss Me Not isn’t a book about suicide. It’s a book about choices. We all have skeletons in the closet no matter how big or small, it’s what we do with them when we free ourselves that matters most. This book is at the top of my must read list. I give it 5 stars if not more. I honestly don’t know if I can put my feelings in words. The only comment I can make is when life is chosen you can change the outcome, write your own story. If you choose death, you leave an open book for other to write!

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