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?

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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

Before I Go by Colleen Oakley ~ A Review

BEFORE I GO by Colleen Oakley (Gallery Books; January 6, 2015; Hardcover; $24.99)

 Synopsis

A heart-wrenching debut novel in the bestselling tradition of P.S. I Love You about a young woman with breast cancer who undertakes a mission to find a new wife for her husband before she passes away.

Twenty-seven-year-old Daisy already beat breast cancer three years ago. How can this be happening to her again?

On the eve of what was supposed to be a triumphant “Cancerversary” with her husband Jack to celebrate three years of being cancer-free, Daisy suffers a devastating blow: her doctor tells her that the cancer is back, but this time it’s an aggressive stage four diagnosis. She may have as few as four months left to live. Death is a frightening prospect—but not because she’s afraid for herself. She’s terrified of what will happen to her brilliant but otherwise charmingly helpless husband when she’s no longer there to take care of him. It’s this fear that keeps her up at night, until she stumbles on the solution: she has to find him another wife.

With a singular determination, Daisy scouts local parks and coffee shops and online dating sites looking for Jack’s perfect match. But the further she gets on her quest, the more she questions the sanity of her plan. As the thought of her husband with another woman becomes all too real, Daisy’s forced to decide what’s more important in the short amount of time she has left: her husband’s happiness—or her own?

Casey’s Thoughts <3<3<3<3

Before I Go is a heart wrenching story of love and what is to be lost.

Daisy’s cancer has returned and it’s not looking good at all.  There isn’t talk of how to make her better, but how to prolong the inventible.  Her and her husband are so close to reaching their goals- graduation.  They’ve worked so hard, but now the cancer is back.

Jack is an amazing husband who works crazy hours and is Daisy’s perfect match.  Daisy soon realizes that it’s not the leaving that’s the hardest, but what will happen to Jack when she’s gone.

Daisy comes up with a great plan to find him a husband and in doing so several comical things occur as well as things that drive her crazy.  All of which lead up to a head near the end of her life.

This story was a great read, but for me, I figured things out to quickly.  It is real and heartwarming yet heartbreaking all at the same time.  I don’t know if it was being at Christmas and not wanting to connect to such a sad book. (You know the outcome before it really gets going.)  I have lost one of the most important people in my lives to cancer.  A person that to this day continues to impact my life.  When I say this story is real, I mean it.  I could see a wife doing what Daisy did for her husband, and Jack’s reaction after she’s gone it raw and full for emotion.

 Review’s of Before I Go

“Oakley expertly tugs at the heartstrings with well-rounded characters and a liberal dose of gallows humor.” –Publishers Weekly

“Oakley has produced an affecting work that, while avoiding maudlin sentimentality, makes the reader care about Daisy and her determination to live while dying.” –Booklist

“Highly recommended for laugh-out-loud fans and the tearjerker set.” –Library Journal

“This emotional novel will make readers laugh through their tears.” –Kirkus

“An emotional picture of what it means to live and die that will tug at the heartstrings through the final pages.” –RT Book Reviews

 

A heart-wrenching novel written in the bestselling tradition of P.S. I Love You, BEFORE I GO follows twenty-seven year old Daisy Richmond, who is diagnosed with stage four breast cancer and decides to find her husband Jack a new wife before she dies.

 

On the eve of what was supposed to be a triumphant “Cancerversary” with her husband Jack to celebrate three years of being cancer-free, Daisy suffers a devastating blow: her doctor tells her that the cancer is back, but this time it’s an aggressive stage four diagnosis. She may have as few as four months left to live. Death is a frightening prospect—but not because she’s afraid for herself. She’s terrified of what will happen to her brilliant but otherwise charmingly helpless husband when she’s no longer there to take care of him. It’s this fear that keeps her up at night, until she stumbles on the solution: she has to find him another wife.

 

With a singular determination, Daisy scouts local parks, coffee shops, and online dating sties looking for a perfect match for Jack. But the further she gets on her quest, the more she questions the sanity of her plan. As the idea of her husband with another woman becomes all too real, Daisy wonders if Jack could really love another woman the way he loves her—and more importantly—does she really want him to?

 

In a strong and compelling voice, Colleen Oakley tackles the difficult issues of terminal cancer, infidelity, and marriage with an appropriate amount of levity and warmth.  Instantly readable, Oakley writes Daisy’s emotional journey by pinpointing the unexpected ways in which she copes with tragedy—through humor, denial, self-reflection, and a fair amount of tears—in a style that feels very true to life.

 

About the author: An Atlanta-based writer, Colleen Oakley’s articles, essays, and interviews have been featured in the New York Times, Ladies’ Home Journal, Marie Claire, Women’s Health, Redbook, Parade, and Martha Stewart Weddings.  Before she was a freelance writer, she was editor-in-chief of Women’s Health & Fitness. BEFORE I GO is her debut novel.

2013, Books, life, Uncategorized

The day is FINALLY here! Announcement time @HdcoverTherapy

May 25th has FINALLY arrived!  I have had to do everything in my power to NOT give this announcement away before today!  So… with no further adieu …………

NTB FB Cover

Book Synopsis:

After getting involved with Dylan, the bad boy of the Dixon High Swim team, Charley decides to stay close to home for college.  It’s just safer that way. Until she realizes it’s a mistake… just like dating Dylan.  She decides to put the past behind her and leave the small hick town of Grassy Pond.  There is only one problem; she makes this decision 3 weeks before Fall Semester starts.

Charley packs up her Honda and heads to Southern College but on the morning she’s about to leave, Cash walks back into her life.  He has been her best friend since they were 4 and is the only one that knows the REAL Charley.  She leaves her farm in Grassy Pond with all kinds of “what ifs?”

Charley decides to live her college career to the fullest.  She finds a great group of friends, joins the swim team, and meets a guy named Joe.  He’s got eyes that make ya wanna melt!

There is only one problem…Charley has been away from home for only 48 hours before she breaks the 2 promises she made to herself.  Will she be able to overcome her past?  Find new love?  What will happen with Cash now that he is back in her life?  Will she find what she is wanting in Jack-a-lope Joe?  How will her Freshman year end?… Joe, Cash, or alone?

A Little More Info:

No Turning Back is my debut novel.  While I ❤ blogging, working with authors on Cover Reveal Tours, and Book Tours… which I will continue to do!  I have had the desire to write my on pieces of work.

No Turning Back is a book of choices, decision, and how life can come full circle.  I am so happy to have special people in my life to support me on the new adventure.  One that I have to put out there is the amazing Amanda Bennett!  She has been my go to when I was trying to figure out where to start the journey!

Over the coming months, you can check out teasers, excerpts, playlist, dreamcast, and more right here!  If you really want to know more about No Turning Back, make sure you check Amanda Bennett’s Faithless releasing September 2013…. Chapter 1 of No Turning Back will be featured!

Starting in July, I will post new and upcoming info about No Turning Back.  There will be a cover reveal tour in August, and blog tour near its release date!  That info will post soon!  As for now, you can keep up to date with info about No Turning Back from the following places:

Facebook page: Casey Peeler-Author

Website: https://hardcovertherapy.com/no-turning-back-full-circle-1

Twitter: @HDcoverTherapy

Goodreads:www.goodreads.com/user/show/16117017-caseypeeler

 

Also, here’s what is up this week on Hardcover Therapy…

Now- May 31st Girl With Guitar Blog Tour

Monday- No More Wasted Time Review

Tuesday- The Hazards of Skinny Dipping Review

Wednesday- Distorted Review

Thursday- Girl With Guitar Review & giveaway

Friday- Suddenly Royal Review

**Signups are underway for the following tours, click on link to sign up**

Consequences by Aleatha Romig Blog Tour June 19-29
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Undescribible by Shantel Tessier Blog Tour July 23-Aug 3
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Book Synposis:

Samantha Hall needs a fresh start

Broken hearted and alone in a new city, Samantha begins to build a new life for herself while working as a bartender. Focusing on her new friends and rebuilding her broken life, Samantha is content.

Until she meets him – attorney by day and a cocky, foul mouth playboy by night.

All girls want Slade Long, but not one has ever been able to keep his attention for long. Having a different woman in his bed every night is how he prefers it-no emotion, no connection.

Until he meets her – an angel with the sweetest voice he has ever heard and the most enticing green eyes. Samantha makes him second guess his actions and has him wanting something he didn’t know existed. How can a man who has never been in love, be so sure? Can real love happen this fast?

Burned by her past, Samantha struggles to keep up with the overwhelming passion she feels for Slade. She knows that he will be nothing but trouble to her already fragile heart, but how long can she continue to deny the love that she feels for him?

Will Samantha let Slade prove his love is real, or will she push him away?

She thought she knew love……
He thought he never wanted love…..
Together they will show each other what they can’t live without.

Nowhere to Hide by Nina D’Angelo Blog Tour Aug 6-17
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Stephanie Carovella came back to Los Angeles to face her past and nearly lost her future to a serial killer.
Now she has a chance to start a new life with a new man.
But is that what she wants? While she battles Jase Devlin, the man who won’t stop until they are together, she gains the attention of another serial killer.
This time it’s the copycat killer; one who will stop at nothing to possess her.
Can she survive the madness of another killer? Will she give in to Jase Devlin’s advances? And will she see the real threat before it’s too late?
Or will Stephanie Carovella discover she has Nowhere To Hide?

Truth by Aleatha Romig Blog Tour Aug 13-24
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Claire Nichols endured the CONSEQUENCES of Anthony Rawlings’ vendetta. When she first arrived to his home, her goal was survival. Through strength and compartmentalization Claire captivated her captor. Her resilience in the face of his rule threatened Anthony’s well developed plan. Domination became desire and power turned to love. Their passion and adoration in a world of opulence appeared perfect. Yet, reality was a roller coaster of emotion. Claire’s world teetered on the edge of sanity as Antony monitored her every move. When given the opportunity to flee, Claire drove away. A fateful decision which set a well laid plan into motion. However, unbeknownst to either of them, there were others who saw past the perfect facade of Anthony Rawlings. There were others who saw the TRUTH. Conspiracy and unfulfilled promises result in an early prison release for Claire. Not just a release – a pardon. According to the law, her crime never happened! Will it be that easy? Faced with freedom from her past… can Claire seize it? Can she build a new life, mend her broken spirit, become the woman she once was, and seek her own revenge? Or is it all a game? And does the game master have different plans? How does Sophia Burke fit into the puzzle that is Tony and Claire? Will her presence affect the future of this well esteemed man? Can he dominate twice? Is that his goal? TRUTH continues the tumultuous saga of CONSEQUENCES, introduces new players, and uncovers more intrigue. Aleatha Romig skillfully weaves past transgressions through current deception to create a fervent world of obsessed desire. In this reality can an all-consuming relationship survive? When buried sins are discovered they threaten not only Tony and Claire’s future — but their very lives! Will the TRUTH be revealed in time?