2018, Books, life

Blessed. Stressed. Reading Obsessed.

WOW, Y’all!   How in the world has it been TWO years since I last wrote on this blog?  I honestly can’t believe how fast that time has flown.

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Hardcover Therapy is back and I’m so excited I can hardly stand it.  I might have to cut a cartwheel… or maybe not.  Instead, I’ll go and run a few miles.  However, there will be a few changes.  Did you see that tagline?  Blessed, Stressed and Reading Obsessed?  What did you think?

For me personally, I know I’m not alone.  My cup is running over and I truly am blessed with my faith, family, career(s), and so much more.  The past two years I have had some ups and downs, but no matter what, I have remained positive.  I want to always show a positive light on life.

Life can get a little stressful at times, but I wouldn’t trade my life for the world.  I think all of us women can relate to that. (The everyday things that have to be done at home, running our children to extracurriculars, the extra bill showing up in the mail, etc.)

Hardcover Therapy will now be a place for us as women to come to enjoy the little things in life called blessings, find ways to remove the little stresses, and of course, discuss the books we are obsessing over.

Since I took a break from this site here’s what has happened in my life…

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My WORLD

Carlee & Billy are still my top priorities.  I love spending every moment I can with them and my family/friends.  The past two years I’ve grown so much in my own skin it’s crazy. For the first time in my life, I’m okay with me inside and out.  I’ve realized that as long as my faith is strong, my family is by my side, and I remain positive through the hard times that I will be fine in this life.  I’ve truly started to embrace the small moments in life.  I can put down my phone or laptop and take a moment to bake cookies with Carlee or to have a lunch date with my husband with my phone on silent.  It can wait… they are what truly matter in life.

Author Casey Peeler has written a total of nine full-length novels and five novellas.  It has been amazing and I’ve learned so much about myself as a writer as well.  I’m def still that #SweetSouthernReads kinda girl.  I’ve got a new release in March with several WIP currently.

I’ve dilly-dallied in two direct sales companies- Plunder Design & NuSkin.  Plunder Design was brought to me by one of my fabulous readers, Olivia.  She had the cutest jewelry and it had a very unique southern style to it.  She stayed on me for six months before I gave in.  It’s very southern chic and super affordable.  Y’all like the average price is $20 or less!  Now, I just dilly with it and have an online site.

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NuSkin Cooperate Office Provo, UT

NuSkin however changed my life with one little tube of toothpaste.   In February, I came across it and said why not.  It’s free to join.  Needless to say my husband was like what in the heck are you selling now. LOL. Little did we know that our lives were about to change.  My husband worked for an assisted living facility and wanted to step out on his own.  This business allowed us to be able to do that without the worry of making sure we had a roof over our heads and bills paid.  Ya know what I mean?  I didn’t know at the time that I would fall head over boots for this company, products, and beliefs.  The company is one I believe in and will be going to South Africa in March as a reward for my success.  Why does this matter?  Well, here’s where things get interesting.

As a child I was obsessed with Africa.  My Mom always believed I’d be her missionary in Kenya.  So for me, this is a dream come true to visit.  Their Nourish the Children foundation has touched my heart, and soon I’ll be an ambassador for the company.  What does this mean?  I will be able to go and do the outreach my Mom believed I’d do as a child.  It’s funny how things come full circle isn’t it?  Has that ever happened to you?

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Shug & Honey tee accented with Plunder earrings

Last May,  my sister and I launched a women’s shirt line called Shug & Honey which is featured in my stories.  It’s been fun to work with her and create southern style shirts along with unique watercolor designs.  There have been some ups and downs with this business.  We are both mom bosses and sometimes this is what gets put on the back burner.  It’s an adventure we enjoy but def more of a hobby for us.

All of these items are featured under my SHOP tab.

Now to life…

During the past two years, I’ve discovered who I AM.  I am strong, goal oriented, determined who loves her faith, family, and living life to the fullest.

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JuneBug Jam my 1 year RUNiversary

If you would have asked me a little over a year and a half ago to run a marathon, I’d have laughed at you!  Y’all in SEVEN days I’ll be running 26.2 miles at the Charleston Marathon!  I use to only run if something was chasing me, but two friends changed that with a 5k.  Needless to say, it created a fire in my feet and I LOVE it.  I’ve had some BIG goals for this race, and it’s all about mindset.  So bring on that 3:45 and keep pushing for the 3:40!  I promise to let you know how it goes.
Running has seriously helped me realized a lot about myself.  I’m strong, determined, consistent, and it’s the time I take for myself four days a week.  It’s like when I sit down and escape in a good book.

So tell me…

How has your life changed the past two years?  Are you looking for a place to connect with women who are busy moms who want to escape the everyday hustle with a good book?  If so, stay tuned because I’ve got the place for you.

With Love & Mason Jars!

Casey

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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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2013, Books, life, Uncategorized

Here’s to 1 year blogging & the Top 20 of 2013 @HDcoverTherapy

Wowza!  Is about the only words to express how I feel!  This year has been ah-maz-ing!  Who ever thought a little ole country girl from NC would start a blog, fall in love with it, host tours for amazing authors, write her own debut novel, and feel like she’s on top of the world?  (Well not really, but I do like to think so!)

I do know that I wouldn’t have survived this year without Chelly, my cousin.  She loves to read as much as I do!  (Yeah, our hubby’s never thought they would marry book nerds!  But they did!)  She has handled the reviews while I was trying to finish No Turning Back & Finding Charley.  We tackled Book Bask and NASW together, and I can’t wait to see where we go next!  There aren’t words to thank her enough!  She totally gets me and my book addiction!

I never imagined one year ago how one post could change my life!  IT DID!  Here’s to you- Rebecca, Jennifer Roberts-Hall, Tiffany King, Casiey Quinn, Shantel Tessier, & Aleatha Romig!  Y’all changed my life!  So, here’s to another year of blogging, writing, and anything released to books we <3!

To celebrate our one year blogging, here’s a giveaway hosted by Author Casey Peeler!  Over 20 books both digital and signed!

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Without further a due … Hardcover Therapy’s Top 20 of 2013

Casey’s Top 20 of 2013

**If books are in a series, they are listed together.  Being the author of No Turning Back, I didn’t include due to bias.**

  1. A Brand New Ending by S.A. Rolls (Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire ties for #1 because Travis is my permanent book boyfriend!)
  2. Miss Me Not by Tiffany King
  3.  Misguided Heart by Amanda Bennett
  4. Girl with Guitar by Caisey Quinn
  5. The Keatyn Chronicles by Jillian Dodd
  6. Heartbeat by Faith Sullivan
  7. The Coincidence Series by Jessica Sorensen
  8. Nowhere to Run (Stephanie Corvella Series) by Nina D’Angelo
  9. The Raine Series by Amanda Bennett
  10. The Bluegrass Brothers Series by Kathleen Brooks
  11. Untouchable Series by Lindsay Delagar
  12. Saving Angels Series by Tiffany King
  13. Crash Series by Nicole Williams
  14. Consequences Series by Aleatha Romig
  15. Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
  16. Undescribable Series by Shantel Tessier
  17. Flat Out Love by Jessica Park
  18. Suicide Note by Teresa Mummert
  19. Searching for Someday by Jennifer Probst
  20. 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

  1. No Turning Back – Casey Peeler
  2. Slammed – Colleen Hoover
  3. Walking Disaster – Jamie McGuire
  4. Fallen Too Far – Abbi Glines
  5. Metamorphosis – Erin Noelle
  6. Miss Me Not – Tiffany King
  7. Sins & Needles – Karina Halle
  8. Flat-Out Love – Jessica Park
  9. The Edge of Never – J. A. Redmerski
  10. The Sea of Tranquility – Katja Millay
  11. Girl With Guitar – Caisey Quinn
  12. The Perfect Game – J. Sterling
  13. That Boy – Jillian Dodd
  14. Lover At Last – J. R. Ward
  15. Wallbanger – Alice Clayton
  16. White Trash Beautiful – Teresa Mummert
  17. The Keatyn Chronicles – Jillian Dodd
  18. The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden – Jessica Sorenson
  19. Reckless – S. C. Stephens
  20. Rock Chick – Kristen Ashley

Want another chance to win?  Show some love to Author Casey Peeler on Amazon!  Like her Amazon page for a chance to win a signed copy of No Turning Back & an ARC of Finding Charley that releases Feb 18, 2014!  Giveaway ends at midnight!