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?

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

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?

2015, Books, life, Uncategorized

The best birthday present ever!

How many of you have one gift you’ve gotten over the years that you never forget? What was it? A Southern Fried Chics dress, a new pair of boots, or even the lastest iPhone? Or have you ever gotten sometime bigger and not materialistic?

For me, it’s what I received on my birthday in 2013 that will is the most memorable. See for me, my life had begun to change. I no longer was just a high school special education teacher, but I was also an aspiring author. Not many people in my small town knew I was publishing a book within the next month, but one man believed in me from the moment I was born. That was my Pawpaw Dover, and on my birthday in 2013 he gained his angel wings.

I know most of you are like what in the world, but for me that was the most precious present I could have received. Let me give you a little insight into that day. Below is a note for readers at the end of Southern Perfection. It was published one year later.

A Note from Casey Peeler

On my birthday, August 23, 2013, my world was rocked. I lost one of the most influential men in my life, my pawpaw. From the day I was born on August 23, 1981, until the day he passed, August 23, 2013, I believed the sun set in him, just as he did me. See, I was “his girl,” but I was also his caregiver in the final days. He has been one of my biggest supporters on this journey as an author, but yet, he didn’t get to see me hit Publish.

     Halfway through the Full Circle Series, I knew Southern Perfection would have to be written, but honestly, until the words were written on the pages, I never knew the impact it would have on my soul.

     Southern Perfection isn’t just a good ol’ country romance. It’s a story of family, taking the good with the bad, always being positive in life regardless the situation, and becoming the person you are destined to become while your loved ones look down and smile upon you each day.

     I hope and pray that every one of you that reads this novel has a Sunshine in your life, because even though mine is no longer with me physically, he still continues to shine through me each day.

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Each of us have memories that stands out in our lives. For me, this day was a blessing and honor. It’s another memory that I will hold dear. So, as we celebrate the “birthday” of the United States independence find a memory to hold close to your heart and take time to hold onto the ones you love!

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