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I want to thank everyone who participated, viewed, and especially commented on the Cover Reveal Party post last week. The lovely Pepper Basham has announced the winners

on her Facebook page,https://www.facebook.com/Pepper-D-Basham-104179697000/?hc_location=ufi

 

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Says Pepper, Thanks everyone for participating in the Cover Reveal for my second book, The Thorn Keeper. Below is a list of winners from the party. If you see your name, please email me at pepperbasham@yahoo.com. I hope to send out digital ARC copies during the week of Nov 16th in anticipation of the February release!! YAY!

COVER REVEAL WINNERS:
Karen Hadley
Kathleen Dinley
Terrill Rosado
Caryl Kane

Congratulations to the WINNERS!!!

#thethornkeeper, #coverrevealparty, #arcwinners, #pepperbasham

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We are having a Cover Release Party for Pepper D. Basham’s second historical romance, The Thorn Keeper, set to release in February 2016. Pepper’s debut novel, The Thorn Bearer, arrived in May 2015 and has been met with fantastic reviews.

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A few notes of praise for The Thorn Bearer:

“Tucked inside a wonderful romance, you will find more depth here than most books you’ll ever read.” – Charity Andrews

“Wonderfully story-telling, a realistic faith journey, memorable prose and a dry wit that I appreciate very much all make this book one I won’t soon forget.” Cathy West

“From the opening scene to the end, I was completely caught up in this amazing tale about forgiveness, second chances, and even blooming in the middle of pain.” Candace Joy

“This just-released debut is a special one. The historical pieces of the puzzle were there and added a great punch – and often surprise – to the story, but the real focus of The Thorn Bearer was about the people and their faith in God. Books like this make me so happy to be a reader and reviewer.” Savanna Kaiser

As we look forward to the second book’s release, here’s a little blurb to tempt you.

With her past in shambles, how can she fashion a future of hope?

Catherine Dougall’s past of manipulation has left her future in threads. With a new faith, she longs to take the remnants of her life and make something beautiful, but shame, societies’ judgments, and the natural consequences of an unplanned pregnancy test her newfound hope. Dr. David Ross doesn’t help either. His kindness, sacrifice, and tenderness tempt her to impossible dreams. A fallen woman doesn’t merit a fairytale.

David Ross has made every effort to keep his life above reproach. His passion for the sick pump fresh purpose through his choices, but without financial support to maintain his war hospital, all is lost. When his notorious aunt offers an easy solution, David is tempted to give in to her demands, but his growing affection for the reformed flirt, Catherine Dougall, unwinds the careful wall around his heart and offers an unexpected choice.

When the worst of war tears them apart, can love renew the memory of what was lost or will tragedy steal away their hope forever.

From the beautiful Derbyshire countryside to the trenches of World War One, Catherine and David must learn to trust in a God who designs a masterpiece out of brokenness and fashions hope in the most unlikely places.

This book has many of the same things enjoyed in book one – historical details, deep emotions, adventure, humor…and, of course, romance. (an extra dose of romance in this one)

So without further ado, we introduce The Thorn Keeper – available February 1, 2016 from Vinspire Publishing.

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And…don’t forget that Pepper’s first contemporary romance novel will be available in January 2016! A Twist of Faith is a modern retelling of My Fair Lady with an Appalachian twist.

Leave a comment for your chance to win a digital advanced review copy of The Thorn Keeper, which will be sent to the winners near the end of November!!

What’s one thing you like about this cover? Or, if you read The Thorn Bearer, what was one thing you enjoyed about Pepper’s debut?

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Pepper D. Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor. She’s a native of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a mom of five, a speech-language pathologist, and a lover of chocolate. She writes a variety of genres, but enjoys sprinkling her native culture of Appalachia in them all. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she works with kids who have special needs, searches for unique hats to wear, and plots new ways to annoy her wonderful friends at her writing blog, The Writer’s Alley. She is represented by Julie Gwinn of Seymour Literary Agency. The Thorn Bearer is Pepper’s debut novel and the first book in the Penned in Time series. You can learn more about her at www.pepperdbasham.com.

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Please give a big welcome to PEPPER BASHAM to my blog.

 

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Sinking Ships and Matching Stories

 

Most of the time when you pick up a novel you know the characters are going to experience struggles, trials, maybe even tragedy, to get to the happily-ever-after ending. In some stories, you go in knowing the tragedy before you open the book or turn on the movie, especially if the story is based in fact.

 

Seventeen years ago when the movie Titanic came out, every person who attended the movie theater to see the movie knew they were going to watch people board a ship that was going to sink. The less well-known movie, Britannic, gave the same foreboding beginning. So it shouldn’t be a surprise when you pick up a book that features characters boarding the ill-fated Lusitania in 1915, you are about to embark on a journey fraught with tragedy.

 

When I begin writing this novel over 10 years ago, I had no idea I was going to involve a sinking ship. All I knew is that I had a heroine, Ashleigh, with a heartbreaking and tragic secret and I wanted an external ‘symbol’ to show her internal devastation.

 

It isn’t often, thank goodness, that tragedies match so well together in the same way for the same story. I’m pretty sure that in books 2 and 3 of the Penned in Time series, I won’t have any sinking ships or massive tragedies such as the Lusitania, but the heart rending pain my main character experienced as a child and continues to experience into adulthood required a setting in which the reader could visibly compare tragedies.

 

I don’t know about you, but I’d never heard of the Lusitania before I started research for The Thorn Bearer. I’d studied history a little bit up to that point, but kept mostly to the “big events” like the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and World War II, with a brief mention of the Wright brothers, Amelia Earhart, and, of course, the Titanic.

 

It wasn’t until I visited our yard sale, or what they would call in England a rummage sale, where I found a $.25 book called the Lusitania, that I found the missing link to my novel.

 

I don’t always make such an intense pairing as Ashleigh and the Lusitania, but somehow it worked for this story.

 

What about you? Have you ever ‘discovered’ the perfect fit to you story in an unexpected place? Do you try to make external situations mirror what is happening to your characters at the heart?

 

 

Author Bio:

Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor. She’s a native of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a mom of five, a speech-language pathologist, and a lover of chocolate. She enjoys sprinkling her native Appalachian culture into her fiction whenever she can. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she works with kids with special needs, searches for unique hats, and plots new ways to annoy her wonderful friends at her writing blog, The Writer’s Alley. She is represented by Julie Gwinn and her debut novel, The Thorn Bearer, released in April 2015.

You can connect with Pepper at:

www.pepperdbasham.com,

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pepper-D-Basham or

https://twitter.com/pepperbasham

 

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From the decks of the ill-fated Lusitania to the smoke-filled trenches of France, Ashleigh must choose between the forgiveness of her past, life in the present, and a Savior who can rescue her from them all.

When her fiancé leaves her eight months before their wedding, the unexpected blow ignites a battalion of insecurities stemming from her father’s intimate betrayal. Her worst fears are confirmed – who could ever love a soiled woman?

In an attempt to escape the shame and disappointment of her past, Ashleigh boards the ill-fated Lusitania to cross the war-torn waters of Europe. Much to her dismay, she isn’t traveling alone.

Sam Miller is always making up for his best friend’s mistakes. Determined to help Ashleigh, he offers his compassion and protection as she ventures across a perilous sea. With the faint hope of renewing his lost love for Ashleigh’s sister, Sam never expects to find the woman of his dreams in his best friend’s former fiancé and his own childhood companion.

As they travel across the Atlantic, neither is prepared for the life-altering and heart-breaking journey of their friendship.

When the truth of Ashleigh’s past explodes in the middle of war and Sam rejects her, Ashleigh must decide if God is enough – or if the double weight of her betrayal and past will crush her life forever.

 

 

 

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BOOK REVIEW – THE THORN BEARER by PEPPER D. BASHAM                

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How does the heart respond when betrayed by God? Ashleigh Dougall has been betrayed not once, but twice, by the God she was taught to revere. Or has she?

 

A heinous childhood secret haunts her, tormenting, holding her from the promise of love and happiness. The one chance she thought she had, suddenly gone, and without explanation. Has God betrayed her? Or has He made a way for a future of hope for her.

 

Ashleigh returns home to England to escape the heartache of her broken engagement. How could she know the events that will unfold; sailing on the ill-fated Lusitania is but the first of life-altering events she will face in the coming weeks and months.

 

Will Ashleigh come to accept the Father’s love? Will she bare her secrets to the man she comes to love – and who loves her? Will he accept her, knowing her soiled past?

 

When Ashleigh and Sam boarded the ship, I felt I was along with them. Ms. Basham has created characters with depth, whose lives are vivid and genuine. Ashleigh’s struggles run deep, and are not easily resolved. Conflict swirls on different levels: the war, within the family, at hospital, and in the village, and on both sides of the Atlantic. Ms. Basham deftly resolves each conflict, with real human emotion, and with real human triumph.

 

 

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

 

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Pepper D. Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor. She’s a native of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a mom of five, a speech-language pathologist, and a lover of chocolate. She writes a variety of genres, but enjoys sprinkling her native culture of Appalachia in them all. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she works with kids who have special needs, searches for unique hats to wear, and plots new ways to annoy her wonderful friends at her writing blog, The Writer’s Alley. She is represented by Julie Gwinn of Seymour Literary Agency. The Thorn Bearer is Pepper’s debut novel and the first book in the Penned in Time series. Her second novel, a contemporary romance entitled A Twist of Faith, comes out in June 2015. You can learn more about her at http://www.pepperdbasham.com.

 

 

#pepperbasham, #thethornbearer, #lusitania, #worldwarI, #betrayal, #lemonlifesavers

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