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BLOGWORDS – Thursday 7 Septemb2017 – SPECIAL EDITION – CHARMING THE TROUBLEMAKER COVER REVEAL

CHAT THURSDAY – SPECIAL EDITION – CHARMING THE TROUBLEMAKER COVER REVEAL

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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BLOGWORDS – Monday 21 August 2017 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – THE LONG SHADOWS OF SUMMER RELEASE FEATURE – GUEST POST – PEPPER BASHAM

NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – PEPPER BASHAM

 

Britallachian romance peppered with grace and humor.”

 

 

I love a good romance, whether it’s set in an Edwardian era manor house or a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains.”

 

Servants in the grand houses of the late 19th and early 20th centuries worked hard—and by hard, I mean their diligence, work hours, and lack of recognition could only be somewhat compared to a mother of triplets.

 

Servants performed the grunge work—the thankless activities—many times starting before dawn and ending after dark. The jobs of Victorian and Edwardian era servants were relentless, and to really become someone of high rank in a household…well, it usually took a lifetime.

 

In most aristocratic households, the servants walked about ‘unseen’ by the family, unless they were upstairs staff such as butlers, housekeepers, lady’s maids, and footmen, as well as governesses/nannies. The lord and lady of the house were raised to only acknowledge them if absolutely necessary and the below stairs servants were not to initiate conversations with the family unless specifically requested.

 

Television adaptations like Upstairs, Downstairs and Downton Abbey give us a glimpse into this ‘underbelly’ of downstairs, but their portrayal is much more glamorous than actuality. Mutual respect between servants and families was not necessarily a common theme.

 

Before the break of day, servants completed a massive pile of chores to ensure every need of the family was met.

  • raked and laid out the fires in the fireplaces
  • open shutters in the rooms where the families would gather
  • made certain each room was straightened up from any disorder from the previous day
  • dusted (including cleaning the floors and carpets)
  • empty chamber pots (if the house did not have indoor plumbing yet)

 

And then the servants might have a chance to eat their breakfast.

 

Throughout the day there were various other chores to do. Making beds, fetching food and cleaning up. Mending shoes. Preparing the family for outings.

 

Basically, mind-reading to anticipate what the family might want or need.

 

Sometimes the jobs became ridiculous, like ironing the master or mistresses shoe laces or clipping toenails.

 

This necessary ‘underground’ lifeforce of the estate house completed monotonous, repetitive jobs and, many times, only chose this occupation as an alternative to starvation.

 

It was a HARD life…and yet, there are stories of people who found their position and skills valued by their employers.

 

In a story I heard recently while touring the Biltmore, the tour guide told about the differences in which George Vanderbilt and his wife, Edith, viewed their servants. Though George was a kind man, he was raised in wealth his whole life—with less of a reputation of speaking to servants, but Edith broke the mold. She stepped over the divide between class distinctions by having conversations with the servants, sometimes even writing them letters and personally giving them gifts. Her generosity of heart, I’m certain, influenced her husband—because there are later stories of how he interacted with his employees in kind and generous ways.

 

That said—the life of a servant remained a tough one, and the only blessing among the grueling conditions was to have kind employers, marry someone who could take you out of service, or find another job (which is what began to happen more and more during WW1 and beyond)

 

Another time, maybe we could discuss the many different servant roles in the Victorian/Edwardian era, but until then I’d just like to say…if I could go back in time to the Edwardian era….I’d definitely want to come back as aristocracy 😉 (Besides, their clothes were lovely)

 


 

 

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.

 

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 8 August 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – MOWED OVER by CHRISTINA CORYELL

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – MOWED OVER by CHRISTINA CORYELL

 

 

When artist Willow Sharpe throws herself in front of the riding lawnmower to save her fairy world from being mowed over, the landscaper thinks she’s more than a little loopy.

 

Clint-doesn’t-talk-much-Kirkland is fascinated by the pixie artist woman. And yet he is drawn to her.

 

But if opposites attract, can they find common ground and let their hearts do the talking?

 

 

This is my first read by Ms. Coryell and I’m sold. The story zings with fun and the snappy dialogue bounced. As an artist, I totally relate to Willow’s reaction to her endangered fairy scape—and her incessant chatter… And with her heart as love begins to stir. I enjoyed as Willow transferred the things of her life to her fairy character—and when she created a Clint character to go in her storyline.

Ms. Coryell has written a clever story within a story, life imitating life imitating life, love on the page… on the page. Sweet and silly and fair-ily delightful.

 

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.

 

 

 

USA Today bestselling author Christina Coryell was born and raised in southwest Missouri, where she lives with her husband and children. She had plenty of people tell her that her degree in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing would be useless. They were probably right. Added to her dual major in History, she became the least likely candidate for nearly every career on the planet, save being a writer. That suits her just fine.

Christina has written from the back hatch of an SUV, in a lawn chair while at soccer practice, in the front seat of her car, with kids climbing on her, and often with extremely loud noise in the background. At least half of her books have been written during baseball games.

She believes great fiction mirrors life, and great life contains a little humor, so it’s difficult not to sprinkle a little funny business throughout her work. Oh…and character is everything.
She loves hearing from readers. You can find all the ways to connect with her at www.christinacoryell.com

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 25 July 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – SECOND IMPRESSIONS by PEPPER BASHAM

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – SECOND IMPRESSIONS by PEPPER BASHAM

 

Opposites attract. But do they stick?

 

Black and white, no gray area, Ethan Keller.is quite put off by taste-the-rainbow Nora Simeon. Travel weary and utterly out of her element, she does not make a great first impression. Then again, spouting ill-tempered words at the innocent desk clerk, neither does Ethan.

 

Thrust together in a compromising situation, Nora and Ethan both back-pedal their previous foul attitudes. And maybe, just maybe even see the pleasant attributes the other has to offer.

 

As Nora becomes less of an aggravation and problem to be solved, can Ethan taste taste some rainbow in his own life? Does Ethan offer the hand-in-glove solution to Nora’s dilemma?

 

 

 

Ms. Basham has created a colorful masterpiece with her latest Britillachian story. Caught in an unthinkable—and rather compromising—situation, Ethan and Nora run the gamut of reaction and emotion, and Ms. Basham paints their story with skill.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 11 April 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – RELEASE DAY EVENT – JUST THE WAY YOU ARE

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – RELEASE DAY EVENT – JUST THE WAY YOU ARE

Single mom, Eisley Barrett, prefers to keep romance housed within a centuries-old mystery, but when she travels to England to unearth the secret, an actor with a sordid past offers her heart a very different type of discovery.

Wes Harrison has a past he’s ashamed to confess. Suspicious and cynical, he’s managed to avoid romantic entanglements since a tragedy upended his career and life, that is until American Eisley Barrett comes along. Her authenticity and kindness upend his bitter assumptions and send his heart into unscripted territory.

When his past threatens to ruin a second chance at love, can some Appalachian matchmaking and letters from the grave salvage their unexpected romance?

Humor, love, mystery, cute kids, crazy families, and culture clashes make this Britallachian Romance a unique and delightful romantic comedy sprinkled with adventure.

She grinned and Wes responded with his own smile, the kind that lit his eyes. Really nice acquaintance. Eisley glanced over his shoulder and saw nothing but blue skies. Heat drained from her arms down to her fingertips. “Oh dear….”

He dipped his head close. “You ought to take a look while you’re here, or you’ll regret it.” He stood and offered his hand. “Ready?”

A hand? Was he nuts? She grabbed his whole arm, holding tightly enough to feel the muscles flex beneath his jacket. Dizziness spun a kickstart in her head, but the confidence on his face nudged her a step forward. A shaky step. Well, if someone like him believed in her, then maybe she’d survive.

The view spread all the way to the fading horizon. Lights glittered below, reflecting millions of golden stars, while rows of buildings formed an uneven patchwork of dark and light patterns below. The Thames’s fluid ‘S’ sliced through the middle, speckled with a myriad of boats and bridges.

“It’s beautiful.” She glanced over at Wes, trying to steady her gaze. A well-chiseled chin provided a good focal point. “Pete would call this a God’s-eye view.”

“Pete sounds like a smart lad.”

“Yeah, they’re all pretty smart. Emily’s type of smarts is a little tricky, though. She’s an exhibitionist.”

“What?” He offered a slight grin, the kind he displayed in his best movie, A Ransomed Gentleman, when he was guarding his laugh.

She’d replayed the final kiss scene in his movie about fifty times when it came out three months previously. If taking a year’s break from acting brought out that kind of skill, other actors could benefit from a reprieve. She pulled her attention back to the window in a dreamy daze and murmured, “She likes to run around naked.” She closed her eyes to gain her balance and take control of the heat soaring into her face. “It probably doesn’t help that she’s adorable, from bald head to bald bottom.”

Wes chuckled beside her. “Is everyone from Appalachia like you?”

Eisley’s gaze zoomed back to his. “Oh gee, I hope not.” She gave her head a little shake to dislodge the dizziness. “Other people have to make better personal choices than me, Appalachian or not. And I’m certain both of my sisters are less homicidal in heels.”

His full laugh, so free and unreserved, shocked her and settled into a double dimple on his face. A strange flutter like hummingbird wings twittered to life in her stomach. What a great sound! She had a feeling it didn’t happen as often as it should. A teeny bit of pride wiggled up her spine. There was something incredibly satisfying about bringing a smile to Christopher Wesley Harrison’s face. A huge success in her book – and that was saying something.

rem:   Hullo Pepper and Congratulations on your newest swoony, er, I mean story!  😉  If you could live anywhere in any time period, where would you go?

PEPPER:   The one I enjoy writing about the most – the early 1900s (but only if I could live in the upper class! I really like having running water and indoor plumbing)

rem:   Yeah, there is something to be said for running water and indoor plumbing! Where did you find this story idea?

PEPPER:   Well, it really found me more than me finding it. Okay, this may sound ridiculous, but I was watching an interview about Richard Armitage (Thoron Oakenshield, Guy of Gisborne, etc) regarding his lovely costume drama North and South where he plays a very dashing British hero. Anyway, he was SUCH a gentleman to watch during the interview. So polite. Kind. Funny, in a sweet way, and then, out of the blue, he said the word ‘gosh’. I know, that may not be a big deal to anyone but me, but after watching celebrity interviews where every other word needed a censor, the very fact that this elegant man used the word ‘gosh’, sent my writing brain into motion. My first internal question? What if a movie star with a tender heart had been burned by the pretension and expectation of celebrity status? What kind of woman could touch a heart who’d lost his faith in love’s authenticity?

A week or so later, I was washing dishes and staring out the window into our small backyard with the Blue Ridge Mountains painting a purplish-blue frame on the horizon. Then I closed my eyes. Into my imagination came this ginger-headed woman walking through Heathrow International Airport pulling a hot pink bag behind her…and then, she tripped and fell. That was it. That’s how I was introduced to my insecure, hilarious, romance-loving, single-mom heroine…and the perfect match for my wounded, cynical hero.

rem:   Sheesh! That’s a story in itself! And what IS it about washing dishes and getting ideas??? Who was the easiest character to write and why? The most difficult?

PEPPER:   Eisley! Either Eisley or her dad, Nate Jenkins. I think they’re might be some of my personality in her which made it easy to guess what she might do/think. Most difficult? Hmm…Eleanor or Wes. At first I made Wes too perfect – so, of course, he appeared 2 dimensional. It took some rewriting to flesh out his character and make him the swoony mister you meet in the current version J

rem:   I think I speak for fans everywhere when I say we LOVE the swoony mister [we] meet in the current version.  😉 What do you munch on while you’re writing / researching / editing?

PEPPER:   I’m trying to STOP munching on sweets. I really like sweet potato chips, though

rem:   With my spastic blood sugar I have to munch—but I’m trying to keep it (make it) healthy… now where are my M&M’s…. What do you do to recover once you’ve typed “THE END?”

PEPPER:   Hee hee…I’m not sure I recover J I’m a chronic storyteller. But, if I can convince hubs to take me out to dinner to celebrate, I’ll often do that and THEN take a few days off of writing before diving into the next adventure.

rem:    Again, I think I speak for fans everywhere when I say THANK GOODNESS for that!! That said, don’t burn out, PLEEEAZE don’t burn out! Pepper, thanks so much for taking a few minutes in the craziness of release and launch (and resisting a new story… yet) to chat with us!

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.

 

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Please welcome Pepper’s dad, Jay Williams, to today’s event. He was her inspiration for Eisley’s dad, Nate Jenkins, in Just the Way You Are.

Welcome, Jay!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-XZe1tsPkk

 

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What is it about the past that places a stranglehold on some of us? Why do we believe that one mistake or failure suddenly defines our future?

 

For Eisley Barrett the mistake was not hers nor did she fail. But that’s what The Past does, whispers destructive, devastating lies in our ear. And Eisley believed it.

Betrayal bred hurt which bred fear, leaving her crippled to any future romance, let alone a lifetime of love.

 

Wes Harrison suffered guilt that was not his to bear. And denied himself not only love but happiness.

 

When Eisley and Wes meet, there is a spark, an attraction. Will they—can they—overcome the lies they’ve believed for so long and allow love to mend the wounded places in their hearts? Or will she fly away, denying them both the chance to heal and love again?

 

 

Ms. Basham has become the Queen of Swoony, and in Just the Way You Are, she does not disappoint. Wes and Eisley face very real issues, and fight very real battles, and Ms. Basham presents them in a most readable format, drawing the reader into the story. With a natural ability to convey on the page the action and setting, the story comes alive, ebbs and flows with movement of the story.

 

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THE WRITER’S ALLEY INTERVIEW BLITZ—PEPPER BASHAM

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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.”

 

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“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?

PEPPER :  IMPOSSIBLE to answer!

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:

http://www.carolinapeds.com/2014/09/a-bridge-of-hope/

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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BOOK REVIEW – TWIST OF FAITH

 

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BOOK REVIEW – TWIST OF FAITH by PEPPER BASHAM

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Dr. Adelina Roseland has one objective—become a professor at the University of Virginia, no matter the cost. All detours are but bumps and detours to her plan.

Reece Mitchell is no more interested in Dr. Roseland than she is in him. Or so he tries to tell himself.

 

As their paths continue to criss-cross, and his heart begins to melt, Adelina is still determined to leave Mitchell Crossing—and Reece—behind. But she can’t ignore the spark that his family ignites in her heart however, the very thing she has hidden herself from.

But Reece is running from a broken past, too. Can he break the burden that haunts him to embrace the future the draws him? Can Adelina? Can they embrace each other and a new life, leaving the damage and heartache behind?

 

Ms. Basham had once again written characters with real trials, real skeletons in their closets. She had created genuine conflict and friction, and brought out very real emotions. I laughed and I cried—and I gritted my teeth as both Adelina and Reece did their best to push each other away. I wanted to shake her when it looked like all was lost and tell to embrace a good thing when it was right there! Ms. Basham takes care of her characters, teaches them their lessons, and takes them where they need to go. I always appreciate her style and finesse in storytelling, and look forward to more of the Mitchell family.

 

 

I was given a copy of this book in return for my honest review.

 

 

Her latest release, a Historical Fiction novel, TWIST OF FAITH, can be purchased at online retailers.

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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, and shortlisted for the Inspy 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. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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