Tutus & Cowboy Boots
by Casey Peeler
Genre: Small Town Sweet Romance
Spoiled yet broken-hearted New Yorker meets gorgeous, kind-hearted southern gentleman.
Cadence Lewis has been dancing before she could walk. Living in New York with her parents she has the chance to go to the best dance school in the country, but when her parents divorce she’s forced to leave her dreams behind and move to her mom’s small country hometown.
Cadence believes that all men are like her father: cold, unloving, and selfish. Barrick Carpenter has made Candace's life eventful since the day she stepped onto her Grandma’s farm.
After witnessing Cadence’s heart shattering a million pieces, can Barrick put it back together and show Cadence that everyone isn't like her father? Can he convince her to let love in?
As the bell rings for the end of the day, I stand and take my time walking from class because let's face it, who wants to have everyone know you drive that clonker? When I’m almost to the door frame, I’m met by Jade.
“Hey, Cadence, right?” she says.
I look her direction. “Yup. That’s me,” I say with a fake smile. Why can’t these people leave me alone?
“Just wanted to introduce myself. I’m Jade,” she says as she walks beside me.
“Yeah. I got that from what’s her face.” I toss my head back toward the classroom.
She giggles. “You’re funny.”
I crinkle my nose. I’ve never been called funny before. “Why’s that?” I question.
“’Cause you just called Ms. Luckadoo what’s her face and not to mention you look like you’re about to run the catwalk at fashion week. You do realize where you are?”
“Well, I couldn’t remember her name and I live for fashion. It's obvious people around here do not feel the same way.”
“Oh they do, but it’s a different kind.”
“What do you mean?”
Jade takes a moment to gather her thoughts. “Okay, let me give you the run down.” I can’t wait to hear this. “Most girls around here are up on the latest southern preppy trends from either Simply Southern, Southern Charm, and Southern Fried Chics. Every girl here owns boots to work in as well as boots to go out in. Jack Rogers are a must and we monogram everything.”
“Are you serious? You monogram everything?”
“Yeah. Just look around.” I do and notice every backpack as well as vehicle has initials on them. What the heck? “Oh and don’t forget the more glitter, the better.”
“That’s insane. Are people afraid they are going to forget their names or something?” I say smartly.
“Nope, it’s just a southern thang,” she says with a deep southern drawl. “See,” she says as she shows me her car. Oh gosh, she’s one, too.
“So, tell me more about Lawndale High?” I ask.
“Well, there’s not much to say. I mean, it’s school. The guys here are your typical country boys. They drive trucks and miss a lot of days the first day of the season.”
“Why would they miss school on the first day of Autumn?” I question.
“Please tell me you didn’t just say that.”
“Um, yeah. The first season to occur while in school is Autumn.”
She starts to shake her head. “Girl, you’ve got a lot to learn around here. Let me spell it out for you. Bambi, big bucks, big boy toys, trophies on the wall, and food in your belly.”
Tutus & Cowboy Boots
A sweet, small-town romance that will take you on an emotional roller coaster of tears and laughter.
After an eventful Christmas break, Cadence Lewis is shaken to her core, but someone she doesn’t expect is there to hold her together.
Barrick Carpenter didn’t plan on falling in love with the sassy, New Yorker, but now he will do anything to protect her from her father.
When a second bombshell is dropped on Cadence, she has two options: guard her heart forever or risk letting love in. Will Cadence push Barrick away or fall completely head over boots?
Casey Peeler grew up in North Carolina and still lives there with her husband and daughter.
Growing up Casey wasn't an avid reader or writer, but after reading Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston during her senior year of high school, and multiple Nicholas Sparks' novels, she found a hidden love and appreciation for reading. That love ignited the passion for writing several years later, and her writing style combines real life scenarios with morals and values teenagers need in their daily lives.
When Casey isn't writing, you can find her near a body of water listening to country music with a cold beverage and a great book.
Can you, for those who don't know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
It’s actually quite interesting. I wasn’t an avid reader or writer growing up, but after I had my daughter, reading was a way to escape the everyday business. That soon turned into a blog, Hardcover Therapy. One year later, I began writing my first series- the Full Circle Series.
Where were you born/grew up at?
I was born in Gastonia, North Carolina, but have lived in Shelby, North Carolina my entire life except while in college.
If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
With my family at home
Who is your hero and why?
My mom. She’s always been a fighter in life. She also is one of the most caring individuals I know.
What kind of world ruler would you be?
Fair. I’m a teacher by day and I’m one that is a rule follower. There is no grey areas with me.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
I unwind and relax on the back deck at home with my husband, daughter and any friends that stop by. I also enjoy a great cider or muscadine wine while reading a book. You also can usually find me hitting the pavement running 4-5 days a week.
How to find time to write as a parent?
This use to be a very easy question. When I first started this writing adventure, I had a lot of time on my hands as a mom. Carlee, my daughter, has danced competitively since she was four. Therefore, I had 2-3 hours per day to write while she was at the studio. She has now decided to golf and cheer which has changed this time. Lately, I write when I have down time at work or home alone.
Do you have a favorite movie?
Hope Floats and Sweet Home Alabama are so equal in my eyes <3 They also are the style of my writing as well.
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
Actually, a very close writing friend and myself have written the screenplay for Tutus & Cowboy Boots. I think it would make an awesome series for teens. However, I’d love to see Southern Perfection.
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
A mason jar because I’m all about a sweet clean southern romance.
What inspired you to write this book?
This book actually was written when I would spend hours at my daughter’s dance studio. However, the storyline was inspired by watching the hallways of the high school I taught.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Currently, I have two full length novels that my agent is shopping to be published traditionally.
Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Tutus & Cowboy Boots? Cadence- 17 year old NY trendy female, ballet dancer. Bitter over her parents’ divorce. She’s attempting to navigate her new world outside NYC. Confident and stubborn. She is very annoyed by Barrick and her opposing force due to their strong personalities in different ways, tons of chemistry and lots of romantic tension between them Barrick- 19 year old male, farmhand to Ms Mae, fit and attractive. Kind hearted and genuine. He is hometown but wise above his years. He is a true southern gentleman but not willing to put up with Cadence’s crap. He is clearly attracted to her physically but patiently waiting for her to attitude to transform and change.
Who designed your book covers?
Most of my covers have been designed by my sister, Pamela Baldwin at Paperclutch. Over time I have used other designers like Lori Jackson.
If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
Gran 100% She’s not a main character but is extremely important in the story. She’s based between a combination of both of my grandmothers. We’d spend it just like Cadence does on the farm shucking corn. That is one of my fondest memories of my Mawmaw Ocia. I added it into the storyline with a current twist.
Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
Usually it’s a combination of both.
What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
That will vary based off the storyline. For example, my first series required understanding what would happen legally with several things that happened. I spoke with my school resource office, the Assistant District Attorney and a local judge. However, most require researching an area/setting. I love to write realistic and fun novels. I want my readers to escape, enjoy, laugh and sometimes cry.
Do you see writing as a career?
What do you think about the current publishing market?
That’s a tricky question! There are some amazing writers out there, but the market is also full of folks trying to make a buck using ghost writers. I believe it’s all what you make it!
Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?
I love to read and love to read romance or young adult. However, I will read all types of genres.
Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
One at a time, but I usually have the next story plotted and mapped before I finish the current book.
Pen or type writer or computer?
Advice they would give new authors?
From day one, treat this as a career. If it’s treated like a side hustle or hobby, it will always be on the back burner. Also, writing the book is the easy part… marketing- that’s a whole other ballgame.
Describe your writing style.
Sweet, clean, small town romances. The women are always strong and there is always a HEA. The stories are light reads, written in the tone/age of the characters.
What are they currently reading?
The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers
What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?
Usually, I have a hook for the story and the basic problem. I do a quick outline and make a few notes.
As I’ve progressed in my writing, I now use it as a time for Carlee, my daughter, and I to create together. She will usually give me names for characters, describe their look, career, etc. It’s a way to get her involved in the writing process. It’s always a super fun way to create together.
I usually write the ending first then will go back to the beginning.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want? Original.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Start to finish with edits- 3 months.
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