Friday, October 16, 2015

Fictitious Friday, Part I: Pepper D. Basham's Cover Reveal

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.

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). I have read some of it already...and it promises to be a page turner just like Pepper's debut!

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

Isn't it beeeeaaaauuuuttttiiiful????

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.
My dear friend, Pepper, is a story teller across the ages...she has a beautiful historical voice, and a wonderful contemporary one!

Now for the GIVEAWAY!!!!

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?

Stop by later for Part II of my Fictitious Friday as I continue to reveal tidbits about my latest novel, Lady Jane Lives.


  1. The cover to me gives a air of mystery to the character of the book.

    1. Yes! And she has such a great back story. One of true redemption! Have you read the Thorn Bearer? You get to see a different side of her in Pepper's first book.:)

  2. GORGEOUS COVER! Pepper is a new-to-me author. This series sounds amazing! :)

    1. It is gorgeous...and yes, this series is so amazing! I had the privilege of reading the first one pre-publication, and have read bits of the second one. So so good!!

    2. Caryl, I hope people will like this book as much as the first. It's a new experience writing a 'book 2' :-)

    3. Hi Caryl! You are the winner of the contest! Please go to to get your info to Pepper!! YAY! Congratulations!

  3. I really enjoyed Pepper's debut book. I'm not usually someone that reads that particular genre, but I really liked the book for the beautiful way she tackled a tough subject and for the poetic quality of her writing. Wonderful debut and can't wait to read the rest. Write on, Pepper!

  4. Angie!! Thank you! Thank you! So fun! I appreciate your friendship soooo much!
    And your amazing graphics skills :-)

  5. I love how the cover shows a touch of the war with the plane in the background. You almost miss it. Of course she appears to be lovely. I'm intrigued!:)

  6. It's hard to compete with Pepper's first book cover, The Thorn Bearer. That cover is amazing. I feel like the cover of The Thorn Keeper compliments The Thorn Bearer nicely. - Terrill