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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Author Spotlight + Giveaway - Pepper D. Basham



Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes novels inspired by her love for history and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her Penned in Time series has garnered recognition in the INSPYs, Grace Awards, and the ACFW Carol Awards. Her contemporary romance novel, A Twist of Faith, received 4-stars from Romantic Times, and most recently, her newest release, The Thorn Healer, received a Top Pick from RT with 4 ½ stars. Her newest contemporary romance, Just the Way You Are, released in April 2016. You can get to know Pepper on... 

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He’s trying to find a hero within and she’s pretty sure it’s a lost cause, but sparks are bound to fly when this opinionated country girl and an arrogant city boy team up to save a children’s clinic from bankruptcy.

Coming November 1st is the second book in the Mitchell's Crossroads series. Charming the Troublemaker picks up right where A Twist of Faith ends. I am so excited! These two are bound to be a great pair. 


Pepper writes stories that are filled with faith, tragedy, humor, romance, betrayal, forgiveness, pain, healing, and redemption. With a style and form that grips the heart, Pepper's stories are some of the most relatable that I have ever read. She doesn't shie away the hard subjects. She writes from the heart and with what I truly believe to be inspired by the Holy Spirit. Her words ring true and touch a deep level of the soul. She truly is the "Queen of Swoony" and infuses a lot of romance and PURE passion into her stories. The kind of romance that honors God and the individuals. 

I also work for Pepper...Lol! I have been her Virtual Assistant for about 5 months now and I love every minute of it! She is a joy to work for and blesses me so much. She is patient, understanding, a great teacher, full of creative ideas, and hates boxes...You know like spreadsheets...So that is what I am for. We complement each other very well...I only wish we didn't live so far apart. Thankfully I get to hug her in person in just a few days! YAY!!! 

If you have not read any of Pepper's books yet, I encourage you to give them a try! Check out the sneak peek below for a taste of #britallachian romance. 

Just the Way You Are Excerpt 

“So, are you ready for this dance?”
She shook her head, palms splayed in the air. “No, Wes. I only agreed so we could get away from Lady MacBarry. It’s not a good idea for me to dance with you. With anyone. In fact, I can’t.”
He captured her wrist in a light hold, lingering a moment in the tempting trace of mint accompanying her. Perhaps the dance would prove her duplicity? Surely she wouldn’t flounder if it was all a game. “One little dance? You’ve already agreed to it, you know. One try won’t hurt.”
“There are some things in life that really aren’t worth trying. Not even once. One is sky diving. The other is giving a pack of bubble gum to a two-year-old.” She looked out over the ballroom, worry lines deepening. “I’m pretty sure dancing with me might be a third.”
A hunch, or perhaps his spirit, nudged him to toss aside his fear. See her as the person she portrayed, true and genuine. In fact, he almost needed to believe it. “I’ll guide you.”
She studied him for a full fifteen seconds as if measuring his sincerity as much as he was hers, then a timid light flickered in her eyes. Faith. In him. His chest expanded with purpose.
“I won’t let you fall, Eisley.”
“Are you sure you want to risk these”—she pointed to the black heels on her feet—”chopping off a few of your toes?”
“I have ten of them and they are at your disposal. You may bruise them all you like, but I ought to warn you.” He leaned close and glanced down at his open palm in invitation. “I’m a very good teacher.”
Her eyes grew as wide as a two pence, hand paused in the air as if she wouldn’t commit. He forced every ounce of confidence into his expression. Why did helping her somehow feed the wounded man inside of him?
She stared at his outstretched hand, bottom lip caught between her teeth. His airway tightened. He’d wait for five minutes, palm outstretched like a beggar, if she’d agree. For some reason, his faith depended on it. Faith in the new man he wanted to be.
She put him out of his misery soon enough. Her hand slid into his and a sudden calm fell over him. Like the final cut to a movie. He led her to the middle of the room and placed his hand to her waist.
She dutifully cupped her left palm on his shoulder, clasped her right hand in his, and raised an eyebrow in challenge. “Ready or not?”
His grin spread wide and the dance began.
(Used with permission)




I have collaborated with all of these authors and I am so excited for this giveaway! I am giving away a box of FIVE books...All signed (one signed bookplate sticker) by the authors! I will also be including some bookish/reading items in the box of books, bookmarks, tea, chocolate, etc. Each "Blogiversary" post will have MORE options to enter to win, so make sure you check back. Today we are kicking it off pretty easy! Please enter via the Rafflecopter form below. If you are having difficulties please email me and we will get your name entered.

Pepper's Book Included in the Giveaway is a SIGNED copy  of Just the Way You Are



**ONE (1) Winner will be selected by Rafflecopter at the end of the giveaway**
Books provided for giveaway by the individual authors and myself. Books included: Just the Way You Are, The Lady and the Lionheart, The Illusionist's Apprentice, Newton & Polly, Behind the Scenes. I am not compensated for any portion of this giveaway. Some of the books were donated for the giveaway. Giveaway will run 8/1/17 - 9/1/17 at 12:00am PDT. Open internationally. Void where prohibited. Please see Policies and Disclosures for more information. *Bookish swag items subject to change*

74 comments:

  1. Oh, I loved reading that excerpt again! I think I need to read this book again, it was such a fun, amazing, delightful ride. :)

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    1. Right? One of my FAVORITE parts!

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    2. Sigh...I love this scene. It's funny, sweet, and romantic. How will I ever recreate someone as fun as Eisley Barrett???

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  2. I loved A Twist of Faith! I wasn't sure how I'd feel about a book where some characters were talking in slang, but this one didn't bother me at all, lol. Now I can't wait to catch up with those characters and read the next installment!

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    1. It really helps to see the difference in the culture! So glad you enjoyed it!

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    2. I hope I can keep the fun in the next book, Karen - Charming the Troublemaker. It was certainly a fun book to write!!

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  3. Fabulous excerpt! I need to read The Penned in Time series in my TBR! ;)

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  4. I look forward to trying your books. They sound awesome.
    Thereadmaster@me.com

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  5. Ahh...thank you for the excerpt. I've read the scene at the airport (I think it was the first chapter?) and now this sneak peek. Sounds so good!!!

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    1. Eeeee YAY! Yes! LOVE the airport scene too!!!!

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  6. I loved reading the excerpt from Just the Way You Are. I haven't read this book yet, but now I seriously can't wait to. I fully expect to swoon.

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    1. #swoonoften Wes is such a swoony hero!!! And Eisley is so much fun!

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    2. It's such a swoony book!!!! It's my FAVORITE I've written so far, Chanel!

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  7. oh, just this small amount, I didn't want to stop reading. This has to go on my to read list.
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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    1. YES it does! It is one of my absolute favorites!

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  8. Oh wow. I loved this excerpt. I can see why you coin Pepper "Queen of Swoony". :)

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  9. I have read Kristy Cambron's 'The Butterfly and the Violin'....so good! I am currently reading 'The Lady & the Lionheart' by Joanne Bischof....captivating so far!! The other authors are on my TBR list. GREAT choice of authors, Rachel!!!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Alison! SO glad to "met" you in the bookish world! I adore that book! #myCharlie #myHolland hehe!

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  10. Thanks for the excerpt from 'Just the Way You Are'.....totally swoon-worthy (sigh) ~Alison Boss

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    1. One of my favorites of ALL time!!!!

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    2. It is my favorite too, Kelly!! It's so much fun!

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  12. I've only read one of Pepper's books so far, A Twist of Faith. I loved it and am eagerly awaiting Alex and Rainy's story. The excerpt of Just the Way You Are is really good. There are so many books on my "want to read" list!

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    1. Oh Pam....problems of a reading addict right? I totally understand!

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    2. I'm with you, Pam!! I have WAAAAYYYYY too many books on my 'want to read' list

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  13. I really enjoy reading historical fiction. I'm looking forward to reading Pepper's books. Really enjoyed the excerpt from "Just the Way Are" and I'm adding to my TBR list.

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  14. I LOVED this book!

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  15. Thank you for the excerpt! Definitely going on my ever growing TBR pile!

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  16. This excerpt just makes me want to know more of this story!

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  17. Really love Pepper Basham's subject matter that she writes on being Christian based.
    I enjoyed the Just the Way You Are excerpt and just wanted to keep reading.

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    1. Muahaha! It seems my plan is working hehe!

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  18. The only author from your list of 5 that I have not yet read is Pepper! I have at least one book of hers on my kindle; it's just that I'm about 5 years behind on my reading!!
    Arletta

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    1. Oh man! I just got back into seriously reading 3 years ago....And I am already 5 years behind hahaha!

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  19. Love the excerpt! Can't believe I haven't read any of Pepper's books yet.

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  20. Great excerpt! This book is at the top of my wishlist!

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  21. I stumbled upon a Twist of Faith literally and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I've not read and of Pepper's other books but I'm working on acquiring them.

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    1. I just finished that one! She is incredible...Writing both historical and contemporary....WOW!

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  22. This is a new author to me, and I would love to win a copy of her book. Thanks for a chance 😊 I just recently finished reading The Mermaid's Song by Darlene Franklin, All My Belongings by Cynthia Ruchti, and Close to You by Kara Isaacs...all new authors to me! Trying to get acquainted with some new-to-me authors! 😉

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    1. YAY! Pepper was new-to-me a year ago and now one of my forever favorites!!!!

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  23. Love the excerpt! I so need to up this higher in my TBR. :)

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  24. I love Pepper's books! It was fun reading the excerpt again.

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  25. Pepper's books sound so swoon worthy! I haven't read any yet but need to do so!

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    1. Oh they are! TRUST me! We don't call her the Queen of Swoony for nothin' hehe

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  26. Well, you've piqued my reading appetite! Pepper does write swoony scenes!

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  27. Ahh! I haven't read any of Pepper's books yet. But would love to start with the historical books and then the contemporary.

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    1. That's what I did...My life is forever changed!

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  28. Pepper!!!! Just started her Penned in Time series. In the middle of Cathrine and David's story. I'm amazed because sequels are hard to get right, yet I almost feel that this surpasses the first book (which says a lot because I loved Ashleigh & Sam).

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  29. LOVE Pepper's books and can't wait to read Charming the Troublemaker!!!!

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  30. Your books look like very good reads. Will try them.
    Marion

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  31. I read Just the Way you Are and A Twist of Faith and enjoyed both!

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  32. This is a new author to me, and I would love to win a copy of her book. I am adding some to my wish list.

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  33. Just started reading The Thornbearer. :)

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  34. I definitely need to read one of Pepper's books! They look so good!

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  35. The excerpt was great, I want more! Thanks :)

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  36. O love the book "JUst the WAy you Are" ---Marie Layman

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  37. Loved the excerpt, now I most definitely need to read Pepper Basham's books!!

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  38. Just the Way You are has such a great opening scene! It made me laugh out loud. :) I look forward to reading more of Pepper's books!

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