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When Dr. Alex Murdock is demoted to a university in rural Virginia, the last thing he expects to find is a future. But country charm never looked as good as it did on Rainey Mitchell.

Rainey Mitchell does not need a high-class flirt in her wounded world, but trouble and temptation wafts off the new professor as strong as his sandalwood-scented cologne.

When circumstances thrust them together to save her tutoring clinic, can the troublemaker find the hero inside and encourage the reticent Rainey to open her heart again?


She growled and slowed her run, glancing back the way she’d come. Oh no!

Alex was headed directly toward Old Man Spencer’s and the ferocious pack of dogs. She hesitated, a little fight-or-flight mamba dancing through her mind, then sprinted up the hill.

“Alex,” she called to him, but he didn’t turn. Against the burn in her legs, she pushed harder up the hill toward him.

Misty morning woods framed the road on both sides, and Rainey’s attention honed in on her target. He had a nice stride in his run, solid and smooth, accentuating the tight shape of his backside in those sweats.

Oh, for heaven’s sake! She groaned at her own mental plummet, and the image loosened in her mind. “Alex.”

He turned his head, plucking one of his earbuds out as he slowed. “Miss me?”

“I’m being neighborly.” She jogged to him, the two of them moving in place. “A pack of unfriendly dogs live at the top of the hill, so unless you want to get a rough country greeting, you’ll turn at the top of the hill and head back down.”

“You warned me? I figured you’d rather feed me to the dogs.”

Rainey opened her mouth to respond and then snapped her lips closed, the uneasy flicker of shame flaming to life in the warmth on her face. She tugged both of her earbuds out and worked up a smile, maybe. It didn’t feel very friendly. “No one deserves that kind of fate.”

“Wow, must be pretty bad.”

“Midas is the worst. He’s a boxer with jaws the size of … of…”

“Jaws?” His lips tilted with his stupid grin, and hers twitched in response.

“Something like that.” She shook her head. “Anyway, just thought you ought to know.” She turned back toward the hill, and within seconds he was beside her, his smile beaming too brightly for  anyone pre-coffee.

“So … you run?” He fell in stride beside her.

Every fiber of her being wanted to bathe him with her most obvious ‘duh’ look, but her devotions from the morning pricked at her annoyance like a seven-year-old with a scab. “I started in college. Mornings are my favorite time.”

Oh great, why did she admit that to him?

“Mine too. You can watch the world wake up.”

She turned to look for a sarcastic expression but found none. Why did she get the weirdest vibes around him? Half the time she wanted to slap the smile off his face, and the other half left her wondering if something much … more was going on behind those seafoam-colored eyes.


rem:  Hullo Pepper and congratulations on your newest book baby! If you could live in the era and setting of any one of your books (past, present, or future) which one would it be and why?

PEPPER:   Well, I really love England so the Derbyshire countryside would be super. I also love history, particularly the Edwardian era, but I’d only want to live in that era if I could be in the upper class 😉

rem:   I think I’m with you on that one! Where did you find this story idea?

PEPPER:   While writing A Twist of Faith something about Alex Murdock pinched at my heart. I started asking questions about why he acted the way he was and…well, this story came to life.

rem:   Ya, something about Dr. Alex pricked my heart too… Who was the easiest character to write and why? The most difficult?

PEPPER:   Actually, this book was full of characters who were just FUN to write. Alex was probably the easiest. Once I figured out his personality, his quips would just jump onto the page and surprise me. Sarah was also really easy (and fun) to write. I guess Rainey might have been the most difficult, but I feel like I’ve known her for two books now, so that helped in writing her.

rem:   Don’tcha just love it when they do that? Jump onto the page like that? What do you munch on while you’re writing / researching / editing?

PEPPER:   I NEED to munch on something healthy and sometimes I will munch on Veggie Straws. I usually have some sort of tea along with me, but my love is chocolate. Especially kisses and hugs chocolate 😊 (Maybe they inspire me)

rem:   Well, yeah, ya gotta have the chocolate!! #kissykissy  #huggyhuggy What do you do to recover once you’ve typed “THE END?”

PEPPER:   I usually take a writing break for a week or two. Distance myself from the story and little before going through it again. And I usually bake something I love in celebration 😊

rem:  Baking is good! Distance, too, so the new peeps can percolate, right??  Thanks so much for being part of my blog today, Pepper!

Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of 5 great kids, speech-pathologist to about fifty more, lover of chocolate, jazz, and Jesus. Her debut historical novel, The Thorn Bearer, released in May 2015 and has garnered awards such as Reader’s Favorites Award, finalist in the Grace Awards, shortlisted for the Inspy Awards, and a finalist in ACFW’s Carol Awards. Her second historical novel, The Thorn Keeper, released in Feb 2016 and her first contemporary romance, A Twist of Faith, released in April 2016 with a 4 star review from Romantic Times. In December 2016, her third historical in the Penned in Time series, The Thorn Healer – released with a 4 1/2 star review from RT and a Top Picks rating. You can get to know Pepper on her website, http://www.pepperdbasham.com, on Facebook, or over at her group blog, The Writer’s Alley.







They fit together, not quite like biscuits and gravy, but a solid shrimp and grits.



Ms. Basham has done it again! Sweet and swoony, Charming the Troublemaker will tickle your funny bone and warm the cockles of your heart.


Rainey Mitchell fell hard—and was betrayed, leaving deep wounds and deeper scars. Now she’s  raising a five year old as a single mom, and romance is the last thing on her mind. Especially if it involves the arrogant and pretentious Dr. Alex Murdock.

Alex Murdock is hiding his own deep wounds and scars. And hides behind a mask of humor and arrogance.

Then they’re forced to work together. As Rainey and Alex spend more time in one another’s company, they begin to let their own guard down to discover truth of the person behind the mask.


The Queen of Swoony doesn’t disappoint with her newest release. The emotions are real, and the heart both warns and shies away—and plunges deep into the danger zone. As each layer of Alex’s shell fell away, this reviewer sympathized with him more and deeper. I fought with him as he struggled to find a true sense of worth, and rejoiced as that began to break through. I felt Rainey’s hurt and distrust as it began to dissipate, and I swooned my own self as love rushed in and enveloped her.

Ms. Basham knows her characters well, and portrays them and their personal fears and angst most realistically. Her prose is elegant and her dialogue crisp and sparkling, with scenarios that leap off the page, after page after page.



I received a free copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.



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Book 2 in Mitchell’s Crossroads Series by Pepper Basham

Releases November 1, 2017

About the Book

When Dr. Alex Murdock is demoted to a university in rural Virginia, the last thing he expects to find is a future. But country charm never looked as good as it did on Rainey Mitchell.

Rainey Mitchell does not need a high-class flirt in her wounded world, but trouble and temptation wafts off the new professor as strong as his sandalwood-scented cologne.

When circumstances thrust them together to save her tutoring clinic, can the troublemaker find the hero inside and encourage the reticent Rainey to open her heart again?


About the Author

As a native of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Pepper Basham enjoys sprinkling her Appalachian into her fiction writing. She is an award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance, mom of five, speech-language pathologist, and a lover of Jesus and chocolate. She resides in Asheville, North Carolina with her family. You can learn more about her on her website, www.PepperDBasham.com or connect on Facebook or Twitter.







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Author Interview – PEPPER BASHAM


Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of 5 great kids, speech-pathologist to about fifty more, lover of chocolate, jazz, and Jesus.”




“I wrote my first story when I was a nine year- old, freckled-faced tomboy in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Coming from a long line of oral storytellers, weaving a good yarn seemed a typical part of my life.”



rem:  Welcome to my blog, Pepper. Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?

PEPPER :  I was raised in Andy Griffith country on the Blue Ridge Mountain line between North Carolina and Virginia. The Blue Ridge Mountains have always held a special place in my heart and I’m sure these mountains have all kinds of told and untold stories. Now, my family and I live in the mountains of western North Carolina near Asheville.

rem:  I always did love Mayberry, takes me back to my childhood. My maternal grandmother grew up I West Jefferson, and the farm there was a special place to me. Tell us three things about yourself.

PEPPER :  I LOVE my kids!! Pepper is my real name. I’m a Marvel/DC/LOTR/Merlin/Fantasy nerd. J

rem:  And I love your name! If you could have any super power what would it be?

PEPPER :  The power of healing.

rem:  And (ahem) seems your stories reflect that passion in you! Coffee or tea? Sweet or un? Flavored or not?

PEPPER :  TEA! Is that even a question? And I’m southern. SWEET, of course J

rem:  Me too on tea.  I’ve got enough Britain in me to enjoy it hot, but enough Colorado in me to drink it unsweet. LOL Superman or Batman?

PEPPER :  Ugh…I cannot answer this. It’s too much pressure. Superman for his goodness, Batman for his intelligence.

rem:  Good non-answer. Vacation: beach or mountains?

PEPPER :  Mountains…in SCOTLAND J

rem:  Aye! And can I goe with ye? What is your most treasured possession?

PEPPER :  My children.

rem:  Best.answer.ever. What do you most value in a friend? What quality do you most admire in a man or woman?

PEPPER : In a man or woman – I’m going to mention my top three J (I’m terribly indecisive) 1. A generous heart. 2. Kindness 3. A sense of humor

rem:   They do kind of go hand in hand, though. When reading, what makes or breaks a story for you? Your fiction pet peeve?  

PEPPER :  A weak hero or heroine

rem:  Ya, I mean, who roots for a wimpy hero? Who is your favorite hero of fiction?


rem:  Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read?

PEPPER :  Laura Frantz, Denise Hunter, Siri Mitchell, Becky Wade…too many to list.

rem:  I know right? Which is more important: plot or characters?

PEPPER :  Characters! Those are the people we remember.

rem:  Like, say, Ashleigh and Sam? Catherine and David maybe? Or Jessica and August?   wink wink How long have you been an Alleycat? How did you become an Alleycat?

PEPPER :  Well, I was one of the original two to brainstorm The Writer’s Alley – so since it began J

rem:  And what a superb brainstorm it was, too. Tell us a little about your writing journey.

PEPPER :  Well, I come from a long line of Appalachian storytellers, so I grew up listening to my Granny give oral history back 5 or 6 generations. I think that was one of my early influences, but I do believe it is a God-given desire. I still have my first ‘long’ story I wrote when I was 10 years old.


And since I’ve kind of lived in a little ‘fairytale,’ with a brain-full of stories since then, I finally started writing them down in novel format. It’s been a long journey, but I’ve met some of my favorite people along the way J I started pursuing publication 11 years before I received my first contract – and then I received two within two months. Here’s hoping for many more.


rem:  I agree 100%, it is a God given desire and passion. (Psalm 37:4)  What is your Writing Routine? Where do you write: In a cave, a coffeehouse, or a cozy nook?

PEPPER :  Right now, my writing space takes place in the middle of the house so that I can keep an eye on my five kids, sneak in a paragraph here and there while I cook supper, clean, or plan for work the next day.

A window is a definite favorite…as well as any tokens from my writing buddies nearby. For example, I have these writing pads and Jane Austen quote book from my crit partner that I keep close. I also have a tendency to find English Breakfast tea or dark chocolate quite inspiring J Oh, and I write late at night, usually every night, for about an hour solid. I also squeeze snippets of writing in throughout the day, but those are only about 10-15 minutes of time.

rem:  Classic writer speak! What makes you struggle as an author? How do you handle it?

PEPPER :  Discouragement is my biggest foe, and my discouragement comes, I guess, from looking outside of myself instead of focusing on Jesus. It’s easy to wish for publishers to recognize your stories and snatch them up instead of just keeping your eyes fixed on Jesus’ calling on your heart and writing those stories.

rem:  Just don’t stop! Don’t ever stop! Do you prefer the creating or editing aspect of writing? Why?

PEPPER :  Hmm…probably creating. I’m not great at editing and that’s why I NEED an editor.

rem:  What do you enjoy most about being a writer?

PEPPER :  I LOVE BRAINSTORMING!!! It’s my favorite part of writing! And one of the most rewarding parts is hearing how my stories have touched readers. Oh my goodness, WHAT a blessing!!

rem:   I have so many voices in my head, I brainstorm with myself! BWAHAHAH  I do love to bounce ideas around with other writers, though.  Shall we have a brainstorming tea party? What was the hardest thing about publishing? The easiest?

PEPPER :  Time management is the hardest!!! The easiest? Coming up with story ideas J

rem:  No, really? With ALL you do, time management?  (sorry, couldn’t resist the snark!) What are your top 3 recommendations for a new writer? What 3 things would recommend not doing?

PEPPER :  Dos:WRITE! Be involved in a writing community. Be teachable.

Donts: Lose sight of WHY you write. I write because God has stories burning in my heart to be told. Stories to bring hope. But sometimes I lose sight of that in the whole comparison game. His calling feeds my creativity. Don’t put too much stock in contest results. Again, be teachable, but remember those are subjective. Don’t try to go on this journey alone. Encouragers are necessary and God-given comrades on the path of publication. They’re invaluable.

rem:  Teachable—so many people (not just writers) aren’t, and it shows. Where do you get your greatest ideas for writing?

PEPPER :  Ideas come from all sorts of places! A book I’m reading, a conversation I overhear, a true-life situation. Just this week I thought of a new idea based on watching the movie Austenland. My upcoming release, The Thorn Healer, evolved from a book I discovered at a yard sale J

rem:  They’re everywhere, aren’t they? As authors we sometimes give our characters one or more of our personal traits. Have you ever taken on a trait of your character that you didn’t have before?

PEPPER :  Hmm…you mean like craving raspberries 😉 I’m not sure that I have.

rem:  Ya caught me! Yes, I mean like craving raspberries! LOL What is one take-away from your book(s) that you hope readers identify with?

PEPPER :  There is always hope.

rem:   Tell us a little bit about StoryCraft.

PEPPER :  It’s an opportunity to brainstorm story ideas if you need some help or guidance. Like I said earlier, I love brainstorming – and one of my ‘gifts’, I think, is seeing the big picture of stories – so I want to help others with that.

rem:  I might like to be part of that! You are also a speech-language pathologist, working with children with Autism. How did you get interested in that?

PEPPER :  I’ve always loved hanging out with kids, but when I was in my first year of work I met a little boy who completely changed my view of Autism. I wrote an article about it here:


rem:  Tell us a little bit about Autism and Asperger’s.

PEPPER :  Autism is a neurodevelopmental disability which impacts a child’s way of processing the world. Most of the ways you may see Autism displayed in a child is in the way they communicate (or lack of communication) particularly in their social communication. It’s difficult to give a super brief summary because Autism is extremely varied. As the saying goes, when you’ve met one child with autism…you’ve met ONE child with autism. It’s called a spectrum disorder because of the many variants and nuances associated with how it looks in each child. The hallmark characteristics are communication difficulties (both verbally and nonverbally), repetitive/stereotypic behaviors (hand flapping, spinning, etc) and in many cases, sensory issues. Again, it’s such a specialized disorder that it manifests itself differently in different kids – and it can range from a child being nonverbal and mentally disabled to being a happily married father of kiddos.

rem:  Anything else you’d like to add?

PEPPER :  I LOVE reader engagement. I think it’s one of my best surprises in the ‘published author’ phase so far.

rem:  Pepper, we love YOUR engagement! Thanks so much for joining us today, it’s been a pleasure having on my blog!


“So…now I’m a 38-year old, freckled-faced mommy enjoying life, learning to write, and laughing often.  My mom says that I must have a small bit of insanity because I don’t realize how stressed I ought to be.”











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