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Casie Bazay is coming to All By My Shelf on November 5, 2021. You can ask her a question by becoming a member or supporter of All By My Shelf today.

After leaving the teaching profession to become a stay-at-home mom in 2010, Casie decided it was time to chase a dream she’d long had: writing professionally. Following the old adage, write what you know, she opted to focus on horses and found her first break writing for The HorseAround this timeshe also began her blog, The Naturally Healthy Horse. She’s since gone on to contribute to other publications such as Natural Horse MagazineCountry ExtraHorse Network, and Oklahoma Horses Magazine. She even expanded her horizons to write an article about a bull named Fidel No Castro and a teardrop camper built by her husband.

When not working or shuffling her two children to school or activities, Casie can often be found outdoors, hanging out with her kids and/or animals. She has a fondness for rescue animals and currently has six cats, two dogs, two horses, two goats, and three chickens.

Casie was once a competitive barrel racer, but now only rides for pleasure. You’ll be more likely to find her cleaning stalls, trimming hooves, or petting her horses than actually riding these days. When it’s too cold or rainy to be outside, she enjoys curling up with a mug of hot tea in order to read or watch movies. Naturally, she has a penchant for young adult books and loves to compare the book to the movie, but she enjoys reading adult fiction and non-fiction as well. She religiously watches Dancing with the Stars, no matter the weather.

Some of Casie’s all-time favorite books include: The Giver by Lois Lowry, the Twilight series (gasp!) by Stephenie Meyer, the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver, Half-Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls, Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, As Many Nows as I Can Get by Shana Youngdahl,  Lady Long Rider by Bernice Ende, and A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle.

Not Our Summer

Two estranged cousins struggle to overcome a family feud as they travel together on five vacation trips that will change their lives forever.

It’s bad enough that estranged cousins Becka and KJ see each other at their grandfather’s funeral, but when he leaves them a bucket list of places to visit together over the summer, so they can earn their inheritance, it seems like things are about to get much worse.

However, with each trip the cousins complete–like riding mules into the Grand Canyon or encountering a bear and a hot tour guide at Yellowstone–they steadily learn about and begin to trust one another. That is until the truth behind Grandpa’s bucket list, and their family feud, is revealed, testing Becka and KJ far beyond their limits.

Will they find a way to accept each other or will their grandpa’s wish to mend his divided family end up buried alongside him inside his grasshopper green casket?


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Published by J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

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