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BLOGWORDS – Saturday 23 November 2019 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-SATURDAY – BOOK REVIEW – A MATCH FOR EMMA by PEPPER BASHAM

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-SATURDAY – BOOK REVIEW – A MATCH FOR EMMA by PEPPER BASHAM

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour & Giveaway for A Match for Emma by Pepper Basham, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: A Match for Emma
Author: Pepper Basham
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 21, 2019

 

THE BLURB

Emma Mitchell may enjoy sprinkling romance into the lives of others, but her own plans involve a single first-class ticket to culinary school in Europe.

When her best friend, Jon Noble, suddenly moves back to Ransom, Emma’s fairly certain her life can’t get any better…until her matchmaking schemes nosedive, her culinary future falls flat, and a life-long friendship begins to teeter on the brink of something unexpected.

With a little inspiration from Jane Austen’s classic and a touch of Blue Ridge charm, will Jon and Emma discover that what they need the most may be the last thing they’re trying to find?

PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | AmazonBook Depository

 

THE AUTHOR

Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor with southern Appalachian flair. Both her historical and contemporary novels have garnered recognition in the Grace Awards, Inspys, and ACFW Carol Awards. Her historical romance, The Thorn Healer, was a finalist in the 2018 RT Awards. Her most recent historical romance, My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge, showcases her Appalachian heritage and family history, as well as her love for humor and family.

She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of five great kids, a speech-language pathologist to about fifty more, and a lover of chocolate, jazz, hats, and Jesus. Her upcoming release, A Match for Emma, is the third book in her popular Mitchell’s Crossroads series.

Pepper loves getting to know readers and other authors through social media. You may also learn more about her on her website!

CONNECT WITH PEPPER: Website | FacebookTwitterInstagram

 

MY REVIEW

Pepper Basham never fails to disappoint! The #QueenofSwoony delivers kissable characters and tantalizing kisses. #allthekisses Her love for the Blue Ridge Mountains shines all throughout the story with lovely and vibrant descriptions, inviting the reader to visit via the pages of the story.

Of course it’s human nature but don’t you just want to clobber people, fictional or otherwise, when they can’t see what’s good for them right in front of them plain as the nose on their face?

Such was the case with both Emma and Jon.

Emma’s efforts were all well intended, but sometimes the best laid plans fall far short. Mice and men and all that! It crushed me that Emma felt herself a failure—a sentiment this reader once knew far too well. Ms. Basham takes Emma on a rigorous heart journey to discover her own worth.

Jon, too, comes face to face with a grief he thought was buried.

Ms. Basham has a magical way with words, casting a story-spell that brings the story to life and invites the reader right into the midst of the action. Personally, I could go for one or ten of those swoony kisses!

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

FOUR FEATHERS

 

 

I received a complimentary 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.

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a Paris cube decorative tote, paperback copy of Jane Austen’s Emma, paperback copy of A Match for Emma (or another one of the Mitchell’s Crossroads books, if preferred), a ‘love’ ornament,  a mug that reads “You’re my cup of tea”, and Misty Mountain handcrafted soap (made locally) – the scent is Mountain Berries!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule shown below. Giveaway will begin at midnight November 9, 2019 and last through 11:59 PM EST on November 16, 2019. Open internationally except where prohibited by law or logistics. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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Follow along at JustRead Tours for a full list of stops!

*NOTE: This post contains affiliate links.

 

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BLOGWORDS – Monday 2 September 2019 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – PEPPER BASHAM – GIVEAWAY WINNER

 

NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – PEPPER BASHAM – GIVEAWAY WINNER

 

WINNER! WINNER!

 

Congratulations to

VIVIAN FURBAY

Pepper will be in touch with you to send your gift!

Thanks to everyone who entered!

 

 

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.

 

https://pepperdbasham.com/blog/

https://www.amazon.com/Pepper-Basham/e/B00W0IZ1F4

https://www.facebook.com/pepperdbasham/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13561411.Pepper_D_Basham

https://www.instagram.com/pepperbasham/

https://www.pinterest.com/pepperbasham/

https://twitter.com/pepperbasham

 

 

GIVEAWAY

Pepper is offering a print copy of My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge (U.S. address only) OR an e-copy of winner’s choice of Pepper’s books.

 

 

#Blogwords, New Week New Face, Guest Post, Pepper Basham, Giveaway Winner, #WINNER

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BLOGWORDS – Monday 26 August 2019 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST and GIVEAWAY – PEPPER BASHAM

 

NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST and GIVEAWAY – PEPPER BASHAM

 

You want me to talk about Street Teams?

ONE. OF. MY. FAVORITE. TOPICS!!!!

Why?

 

Because, my team is just super duper and I don’t know what I’d do without them sharing this writing journey with me.

 

I’ve had people ask me what works, but to be honest, I think the dynamics of each street team is different based on the members and the author. I don’t think there is a one-size-fits-all.

I’m a naturally engaged person. I LOVE chatting with my team and sharing information with them. That may sound exhausting for other people, but it’s just how I roll.

So, here are some questions I’ve had asked about street teams and I’ll give MY answers, but remember, those are just one perspective on a varying spectrum of possibilities for a team.

 

Why a street team?

Street teams, sometimes called influencer teams, are groups of people who help support you and your stories They can be set up as a team for each book OR as a team for you, as the author. Mine is set up more long-term than over each book, though they have to sign up within the team for each book release.

 

First of all my street team provides a great deal of encouragement to me. That might be the most IMPORTANT personal bonus of a street team – or it is for me, anyway. They are such great people. So kind and fun! And when I share sneek peaks or cover or ask their opinions, they are all so willing to share and celebrate. This writing journey can feel solo lots of the time AND it comes with natural insecurity, so having a team can be a real boost to the heart.

 

Secondly, and the main reason they were created, is for ‘influence’. Street teams help spread the word about your books. They share on social media, write early reviews, some create fun graphics to share, others offer opportunities to be a part of their blogs. It’s just a great networking opportunity…and did I mention I LOVE MY STREET TEAM!!!

 

How do I start one?

My street team came about fairly organically, if I remember. I’d been writing and involved in ACFW for a while before my first book debuted, so I had some nice relationships throughout the industry, but when my first book came out, I started paying attention to the bloggers who seemed to like it. Dawn Crandall, Julie Lessman, and Laura Frantz, who all read my first book, quickly spread the word about it. I didn’t have a clue what I was doing.

 

I started a private group on Facebook, and eventually approached bloggers and reviewers who seemed to like my writing style and asked them if they’d like to be on my team. Dawn announced on her team that I was looking, so that brought some too. I had NO script for how it all worked, I just wanted to have some fun sharing stories with people who liked stories…and that began my group. It started with about five people (Carrie Schmidt being one of those early guinea pigs…poor thing. And she still stuck around 😉 We kept things conversational and positive. That’s been my desire ever since.

 

Since my team has gotten so large, I do have a bit of a vetting process now, but I’m always looking for positive, book savvy people to include on the team.

 

What do I share?

Lots of things.

I share sneak peeks from my WIPs, graphics (and get their opinions), early book cover ideas, character pic inspiration, setting stuff…oh just lots. I usually ask their opinions on things too.

I love finding out what they’re reading – and sometimes we’ll chat about fictional crushes.

I also share life stuff and ask them life stuff too. Fun memes are always welcome 😉

 

What makes it work well?

If I had to list three things that seem to work for my team it’s:

  1. Engagement – Since they’re so willing to invest their time/energy into me and my books, I want to invest some of my time into them. Now, there has to be a balance with this, because there are 70-ish of them and only 1 of me, but it’s important to me that they know I’m grateful for them and their involvement in my writing journey. Time shows that, since I usually don’t have as much fun free stuff to send their way (or the $$ to do it). Time, consistency, and gratitude goes a long way, IMO.
  2. Positivity – It’s very important to me to keep the team positive and hopeful. That’s another reason why I make sure the people I invite match that ideal. It creates a much more enjoyable environment when people respect one another, bring joy, and spill that joy out on others around them.
  3. Secrets – I LOVE sharing behind-the-scenes stuff about writing, life, etc, that I don’t regularly share on social media. I can’t tell you more because…well…it’s a secret 😉

 

There you have it!

Bottom line!

I am SO GRATEFUL for my street team and just love them!

Authors really do appreciate readers! Your words and support matter so much to us!

Thank you for all you do to join us in our journeys and encourage us along the way!!

Pepper

 

P.S. Though I’m not accepting new members into my street team at this time, I DO have a Reader’s group on FB called Blame it On A Basham Book Reader’s Group. If you’re interested in learning more about me and my books, this is a great way…and there are some super people involved in this group.

 

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.

 

https://pepperdbasham.com/blog/

https://www.amazon.com/Pepper-Basham/e/B00W0IZ1F4

https://www.facebook.com/pepperdbasham/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13561411.Pepper_D_Basham

https://www.instagram.com/pepperbasham/

https://www.pinterest.com/pepperbasham/

https://twitter.com/pepperbasham

 

GIVEAWAY

Pepper is offering a print copy of My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge (U.S. address only) OR an e-copy of winner’s choice of Pepper’s books.

Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway will begin at 12:00 A.M. on Monday 26 August and end at 12:00 A.M. on Monday 2 September. Giveaway is subject to the policies found on Robin’s Nest.

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 12 July 2019 – WREADING WEDNESDAY-on-FRIDAY – FEATURED BOOK COVER REVEAL – A MATCH FOR EMMA by PEPPER BASHAM

WREADING WEDNESDAY-on-FRIDAY – FEATURED BOOK COVER REVEAL – A MATCH FOR EMMA by PEPPER BASHAM

THE BLURB

Emma Mitchell may enjoy sprinkling romance into the lives of others, but her own plans involve a single first-class ticket to culinary school in Europe.

When her best friend, Jon Noble, suddenly moves back to Ransom, Emma’s fairly certain her life can’t get any better…until her matchmaking schemes nosedive, her culinary future falls flat, and a life-long friendship begins to teeter on the brink of something unexpected.

With a little inspiration from Jane Austen’s classic and a touch of Blue Ridge charm, will Jon and Emma discover that what they need the most may be the last thing they’re trying to find?

 

THE AUTHOR

 

Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes historical and contemporary romance novels with grace, humor, and culture clashes. She’s a Blue Ridge Mountain native and an anglophile who enjoys combining her two loves to create memorable stories of hope. You can connect with Pepper over at her group blog, The Writer’s Alley, her websiteFacebookInstagramPinterest, or Twitter.

 

 

 

 

THE REVEAL

Isn’t this just a lovely cover!!!

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – Monday 18 March 2019 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – PEPPER BASHAM – GIVEAWAY WINNER

 

NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – PEPPER BASHAM – GIVEAWAY WINNER

 

WINNER! WINNER!

 

Congratulations to

LORI SMANSKI

Pepper will be in touch with you to send your gift!

Thanks to everyone who entered!

 

 

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.

Blog | Facebook | Goodreads | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter | Website

 

 

 

 

 

 

GIVEAWAY

Pepper is offering a paperback copy of My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge. (sorry, U.S. addresses only.)

 

 

 

#Blogwords, New Week New Face, Guest Post, Pepper Basham, Giveaway Winner, #WINNER

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BLOGWORDS – Monday 11 March 2019 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST and GIVEAWAY – PEPPER BASHAM

 

NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST and GIVEAWAY – PEPPER BASHAM

 

My Heart Really Does Belong in the Blue Ridge

 

I LOVE doing research for books, especially for my historical books.

 

There’s something special about stepping back in time in search of gems to add to the story or to help the readers ‘see’ what the author is seeing. I don’t know about other writers, but the research often inspired other stories too. Inevitably, I’ll stumble upon a nugget of information that inspires a new story idea.

 

Doing research for My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge was a little different because a lot of it came from my Granny Spencer.

I grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and was blessed to have a wonderful, storytelling Granny who could trace family history stories back about five generations. Granny would talk about her, her mama’s, and her grandmama’s way of life, painting pictures for me to ‘see’ into a world I’ve never experienced.

Of course, Appalachia is known for being several decades behind the rest of the world, so my childhood held parts of an ‘old-timey’ feel anyway. I remember visiting my great granny’s house and having to use her outhouse. So, the pictures Granny painted with her words helped me step even more into the world of my ancestors.

My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge originated five years ago as I was going through the notes I’d taken from my Granny before her death in 2010. When people say fact is stranger than fiction, they sure got it right! Some of the stories she told were unbelievable, which sparked all sorts of creativity in my writer-brain. Kizzie and Sam McAdams (my great grandpa) stories weaved into the fabric of the fictional people I’d started crafting, influencing them, changing them, creating the world readers get to know as Maple Springs and the McAdams family.

Now, I did have to do a little bit more research besides my notes from my Granny.

I read Catherine Marshall’s Christy again (for fun).

Stalked a few of my favorite Appalachian blogs likes The Blind Pig and the Acorn and Appalachian Magazine.

Contacted a few of my family members, old and younger, to clarify some of my notes.

Took a physical trip to Christy counter (in southeaster TN) to get a ‘sense’ of place for a world encapsulated by mountains.

And, of course, delved into a few of my favorite Appalachia books like The Encyclopedia of Appalachia, Foxfire books, and Our Southern Highlanders by Horace Gephart. I LOVE the discoveries I made to help inspired future books in Maple Springs, but I think the research dearest to my heart, wasn’t research at all.

I’m Appalachian. These Blue Ridge Mountains are a part of who I am. They’re a part of who my Granny was.

They become a part of the story in their own right. I know that may sound weird, but it’s the best way I can think to describe it.

 

When I write these stories, I feel like my granny is peeking over my shoulder and grinning at the way her words – and the lives of generations before her – are being celebrated for the glory of God.

 

Is there a place that speaks to your heart?

 

 

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.

Blog | Facebook | Goodreads | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter | Website

 

 

 

 

 

GIVEAWAY

 

Pepper is offering a paperback copy of My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge. (sorry, U.S. addresses only.)

 

Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

 

Giveaway will begin at 12:00 A.M. on Monday 11 March and end at 12:00 A.M. on Monday 18 March. Giveaway is subject to the policies found on Robin’s Nest.

 

RAFFLECOPTER

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#Blogwords, New Week New Face, #NWNF, Guest Post, Appalachia, Pepper Basham, Giveaway

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 26 February 2019 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – BETWEEN STAIRS AND STARDUST by PEPPER BASHAM

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – BETWEEN STAIRS AND STARDUST by PEPPER BASHAM

                                                                             

 

THE BLURB:

Stella Faye Emory has known a life of loss. Orphaned at the age of eleven, she is sent from her home at the Biltmore Estate to become a companion for a wealthy family in Boston. As she grows into a kind and talented young lady, a benefactress recognizes Stella’s artistic skills and funds her education but Stella’s fame as an illustrator inspires jealousy and an unwanted rumor that sends Stella fleeing back to the Biltmore.

James Craven is the second-born son of an automobile tycoon. Following his family to their new estate in the Blue Ridge Mountains, James finds his place among the forests and mountains of the countryside. When his little sister is saved from drowning by the mysterious, “Faye”, James’ interests take a new turn in the direction of this fairy-like artist who seems to appear and disappear at the most unexpected times.

As James and Stella’s friendship deepens, Stella’s past finds her and threatens her newfound romance. Can a charm bracelet and an unanticipated visitor restore hopes for a happily-ever-

 

ABOUT THE COLLECTION

Experience a touch of magic with these four fairytale-ish novellas that span over one hundred years. Linked by an illustrated book of fairy tales, each novella is an enchanting combination of a beloved classic sprinkled with the author’s own brand of fairy dust.

Stairs and Stardust is set in 1913 Asheville, NC at the beautiful Biltmore Estate and includes a budding children’s book illustrator, an out-of-the-box heir, and a teensy bit of Cinderella romance.

Entanglements has a Rapunzel twist and is set in 1920’s Boston between a reluctant heiress, a charming piano tuner, and a game of chess.

Twice Upon A Time is a Beauty-And-The-Beast inspired tale that brings a romance novelist back home to her family’s pecan farm… and the ex-fiance she left behind.

Once Bitten is a nod to Snow White that includes a fake date with a handsome woodsman, seven geeks, and the world’s best apple tarts.

Amazon | Goodreads

 

 

THE AUTHOR:

 

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 five great kids, a speech-pathologist to about fifty more, and a lover of chocolate, jazz, and Jesus. Her Penned in Time historical romance series has garnered recognition in the Grace Awards, Inpsy, and the ACFW’s Carol Awards, with The Thorn Healer, recently listed as a finalist in the RT awards. Her contemporary romance novels, A Twist of Faith, Just the Way You Are, and Charming the Troublemaker have received high ratings from Romantic Times, with Just the Way You Are as a Top Pick. Most recently she’s introduced readers to Bath, UK through her novellas, Second Impressions and Jane by the Book, and taken readers into the exciting world of WWII espionage in her novella, Façade. The second novel in The Pleasant Gap series, When You Look at Me, arrives in October and her contribution to Barbour’s wonderful My Heart Belongs series hits the shelves in January 2019 with My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge.
You can get to know Pepper on her website, www.pepperdbasham.com, on her group blog, The Writer’s Alley, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter.

 

 

MY REVIEW:

Ms. Basham has taken her love of all things Biltmore and mixed it with her love of all things fairy tales, and put her own spin on Cinderella. In her distinctive style and voice, she spins a perfect tale for Stella and James.

No wicked stepmother or stepsisters for orphaned Stella, rather a jealous nemesis, set on ruining Stella. In an age when women didn’t have a career—or rarely—when they were expected to marry, or be cast into the poor house, Stella’s reputation could cost her everything.

Though not a prince, James is a wealthy heir to a vast estate and fortune. An estate he really had no interest in running.

Ms. Basham paints a perfect fairytale picture of their story, if not with magic, then with faith and love.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS:

ALL | THE | FEATHERS!

 

 

I received a complimentary 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.

 

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, Between Stairs and Stardust, Pepper Basham, Finding Ever After

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