Sunday, September 29, 2013

Release Day Launch: No Turning Back by Casey Peeler


After getting involved with Dylan, the bad boy of the Dixon

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?


“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


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.


“Hey, let’s hit the dance floor.” I take Caroline’s arm while the rest of the Kluft girls

follow us, and we hit the make shift dance floor in the living room. They are playing

Mobb Deep’s “Quiet Storm.” It’s old, but I love the beat. We hit the middle of the floor

and start swaying our hips to the music. We giggle like school girls as we notice the guys

in the room taking note. A few others join us, Crystal and Lucas included.

“If they’re watchin’, let’s show them how we Southern girls have a good time,” I say to


“You got it!”

We add just a little more emphasis to our hips and start dancing with each other. Before I

know it, the song is over, and we walk back to the kitchen to grab another drink.

“Caroline, I’m so glad Crystal got me to come with y’all tonight. I’m not big on

partying, but it looks like I might have to change that thought if we have this much fun!”

“Girl, anytime! I can tell already that Georgia and us are gonna be tight because we are a

lot alike. Only thing is she’s super quiet. We are from ‘round here. Most of the students

here are Yankees. Not that it’s a bad thing. They just piss me off when they make us

seem stupid by the way we talk. I mean they chose to come to school here.”

“I understand you completely! But aren’t those Yankees too damn cute? I love me a

country boy, but I might have to widen my horizons.”

I’m about to pour myself another round when I hear the sexiest voice known to women. I

look up and there is Jackalope Joe. If his voice does that to me, I can only imagine what

will happen if those perfect lips touch mine.

“Let me get that for you.”

“Thanks, Joe? Joe is your name, right?” Play dumb Charley.

“Yeah, and you’re Cougar Charley.” We both laugh.

“You know all I want to call you is Jackalope Joe,” I say with a half smile.

I think I might fall out looking into those make ya wanna melt, piercing blue eyes. Keep

it together, Charley. I’ve gotta keep in control. Good lookin’ or not, guys are like a bad

habit I can’t break. The last time I got involved with someone that could make panties

drop by just lookin’ at me almost ended my life. I have to stay in control, no matter what

my emotions are screaming at me.

“Miss Cougar, ya wanna try out the dance floor? Joe smirks. This is not good.

“Sure, see if ya can keep up.” I smile.

My review:

No Turning Back is a story of making life choices, putting yourself back together, freeing yourself from the past and being proud of your ancestory.
In simple words it's a testimony of a healing girl, finding a way to confront her fears, sticking with reliable and trusted choices, rather than winding up hurt.
As nice and exciting as some options can be, there are always consequences for being young, wild and reckless.

That's what Charley got to find out when getting involved with Dylan, the bad boy of the Dixon High Swim team, than with man candy Joe, after leaving her old life and good spirited, lifelong friend Cash behind...

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 30th. 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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