Monday, September 30, 2013

Release Day Launch & Giveaway

No Turning Back
(Full Circle #1) 
 by Casey Peeler 

~ 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. Later, 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 three weeks before the fall semester begins.

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

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!

At college, she encounters a new problem. Charley has been away from home for only forty-eight hours before she breaks the two 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 Jackalope Joe? How will her first semester of college end? Joe, Cash, or alone?

~ Excerpt ~

“I know.  I don’t know what I’m going to do without y’all for a month!”  Georgia exclaims.

“I could care less about exams.  I’m just ready for Study Day!”  Caroline squeals.  Why the hell is she so excited about Study Day?  You study all damn day!  “It’s only the biggest party day of the year at Southern.  Y’all thought Homecoming was epic.  Y’all aint seen nothing yet!”

“Explain.” Tori states.

“Well, undoubtedly on Wednesday at noon the campus goes to quiet hours to study for exams.  No class, practice, or anything.  Pretty much people put off studying until Thursday afternoon, and spend Wednesday partying like it’s 1999 or something!”

We all look at each other, and know that it’s legit because somehow Caroline always is in the know. 

Anna speaks up, “So, if Hank’s isn’t open, where does everyone go?”

Caroline gets up and walks over to her wall and points to the number eighty-eight sticker on the wall.  “That’s easy, Whiskey River!”

“What’s that got to do with racing?”  Anna asks.  Georgia, Caroline, Tori and I look at each other like she has got to be kidding.

“Anna, hunny, bless your heart,” I speak compassionately.  “Dale Jr. owns Whiskey River.”

“Awwwwwww.  I don’t know anything about racing.” 

“We know,” we all say in unison.

~ Review ~

What an amazing debut novel from Casey Peeler.  This book had it all! I absolutely loved this book and Char-coal and Cash Money!!

Charley a/k/a Char-coal was such a compelling character.  Scarred by the events of one night a year ago in an attempt to heal and find herself she leaves the small town of Grassy Pond and her childhood love to experience college life.   

Cash a/k/a Cash Money has been a true friend and more to Charley over the years.  He is the one person who knows what happened the night that turned her world upside down and he has made it his personal mission to protect her, even from afar.

I loved Charley’s determination to overcome the event that changed her.  I enjoyed the ease of the conversation and the level of comfort that Charley and Cash found in one another.  I could feel their chemistry and underlying love radiating from my kindle so you could imagine my surprise when Charley starts to experience some feelings for “Jackalope Joe” at college.

Joe and Charley meet at “Freshman Fun” Orientation.  Joe seems to take every opportunity to be close to Charley and they pair up for their Freshman Seminar project.  Joe seems like a nice enough guy but I just didn’t fall for him like I did for Cash.   I was waiting and hoping that this was not going to become a love triangle.   I hate love triangles and I found that I was already picking sides in my mind as to who Charley should be with. 

Joe and Charley spend time getting to know one another at school but she lets her feelings for Cash be known.  You can feel the testosterone levels rising as you see them each vying for Charley’s attention and affection.  But when Charley’s past is thrust into her present Cash and Joe find a common ground to insure Charley’s safety.  But is Charley really safe?

 The author did a wonderful job of taking you on the journey with these characters but you will have to pick up Finding Charley (Full Circle #2) when it releases in Spring 2014 so see where it will lead.  I know I will be.

~ Rating ~

 ~ Links to Buy~

~ About the Author ~

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.

After reading Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston her senior year of high school and multiple Nicholas Sparks’ novels, she found a hidden love and appreciation for reading.

Casey is an avid reader, blogger (Hardcover Therapy,) and now author. No Turning Back (Full Circle #1) is her debut novel releasing September 30, 2013. Finding Charley (Full Circle #2) will release spring 2014.

Her goal is to one day be an author who is recognized nationwide like Jamie McGuire, Colleen Hoover, Tiffany King, and Amanda Bennett.

When Casey isn’t reading, you can find her listening to country music, spending the day at the lake, being a wife and dance mom, and spending time with friends and family.

Her perfect day consists of water, sand between her toes, a cold beverage, and a great book!

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~ Giveaway ~

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