I’m so very excited to be hosting Pepper Basham on my blog today! Pepper is as super sweet in person as she is on-line, she enjoys connecting to her readers.
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 most recently a finalist in the ACFW 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. The third book in the Penned in Time series, The Thorn Healer, released in December 2017 with a 4 1/2 star review from Rt and Top Pick rating.
Pepper’s first novella arrives in March as part of a Love at First Laugh novella compilation and her novel, Just the Way You Are, releases on April 6th – a funfilled Britallachian romance! Both books are up for preorder on Amazon.
I’ve invited Pepper to stop by and share with us about Julia Ramsden & Geoffrey MacLeroy, two secondary characters that caught my attention and curiousity from Just The Way You Are. Please join me in welcoming The Pepper Basham!
It’s such a delight to get to visit with you today and talk about my upcoming novel, Just the Way You Are. It’s even MORE interesting to get to share two characters who people know VERY little about—but their story creates the subplot of the novel.
So…a little info: Julia Ramsden is Eisley Barrett’s (my heroine’s) ancestor, and Eisley sets out on a journey to England to uncover the mystery behind this amazing woman. All she has is a letter passed down through her family, along with a few generationally-shared hints about her smuggling Tyndale Bibles during King Henry VIII’s reign. No one knows who she married, how she survived capture, and…interestingly enough…how she smuggled the Scriptures.
(And, as a teaser, someday I’m going to write this story because I have it outlined and ready to go 😉 As a treat I might share the first paragraph or so 😊)
Anyway, my inspiration for Julia and the hero of the story, brooding Geoffrey MacLeroy, were not too difficult to find in this wonderful age of visual media and amazing movies. It may sound pretty petty, but I really like to find pics of my characters dressed in period-attired (or as close to that attire as I can get).
And here’s another
Lady Julia Ramsden is a strong-willed, intelligent, compassionate woman who lives under the tyranny of a cruel father. Left motherless from a young age, her maid, Marguerite, has attempted to fill the maternal void in Julia’s life and also nurtured a deep-set Protestant faith in her – unknown to her irreligious father. Her father has designs on increasing his prosperity and name by marrying Julia off to a wealthy lord, who is a devout Catholic, so the knowledge of her faith (let alone the fact that she helps smuggle Bibles) could pose a definite threat to her father’s plans.
Clive Owen as he looks in King Arthur, is the picture I have of Lord Geoffrey MacLeroy. A strong face, serious, cautious, with an eye-color as changeable as his moods 😊 (and here’s a pic just so you can see his pretty eyes)
Lord Geoffrey is the step-son of Lord Alastair Blackwood, a kind-hearted lord who married the widowed bride of a close friend and inherited, not only a vast estate, but also the heart of the bride and the son from her previous marriage, Geoffrey. Having been left as a single parent to a daughter, Alastair took great care to raise Geoffrey as his own while respecting his old friend’s memory. Geoffrey grew up fiercely loyal to the land he is to inherit, the much older sister he gained through the marriage, and to the father who raised him.
When a land dispute, followed by some questionable deaths, lead to Geoffrey’s younger brother, Philip, kidnapping Lady Julia Ramsden—the enemy—an unlikely bond bridges the wounded gap in both their hearts, but Julia’s father will do whatever it takes to get his daughter back…or sacrifice her life in his desire for power, especially if she is unwilling to relinquish her hold on her faith for his future.
So…. want a teensy bit of a peek at the story? It’s not much yet, but a little 😊
The wind passed harsh judgment through the oaks along the wooded path. “Treason,” it whispered with the thrums of Julia Ramsden’s pulse. “Death.” And a shudder tensed her shoulders, but she forged ahead into the twilight, sliding into the shadows of the well-worn trail with her latest painting tucked beneath the cover of her cloak.
Condemnation already stung a blow from her fiancé’s hand six months before, when he’d quitted their betrothal due to her Protestant leanings, his concern palpable in the letter he left in her maid’s care. The wind’s fury paled in response to her father’s reaction. Her cheek still warmed from the memory of his blow—a heavy hand and a dark warning to her future. She offered a silent prayer into the gray dusk and resumed her steps down the path to her meeting place. Some things were worth her future. Her fingers wrapped more tightly around the canvas of her latest landscape as she scanned the darkening forest for Thomas.
His tall, lean frame emerged out of the shadows of the trees, and even in the fading light she could see the ashen stains on his breeches and hosen. She almost grinned away the warning of the wind at her friend’s approach. Obviously his leather apron protected his shirt from the toils of blacksmithing, but little else. Would she ever recognize him without the remains of coal smoke dusting up his clothes?
He removed his cap and gave his customary bow at her presence, reminding her of their differing stations, but the smile in his eyes held no distance. A bond forged in a year of their secret mission. His golden hair curled in an unruly mass, dimmed by the fading light.
“I had thought you might not get away.”
She turned to scan the path behind her and the hood of her cloak fell away, her dark curls whispering against her cheeks. “I almost did not, but for my faithful maid’s creative distractions.” A smile pushed free at the corners of her mouth. “The poor guards will be itching for a few days with the powders she hid in their doublets.”
Thank you Pepper for stopping by to share with us about these two intriguing secondary characters, and for giving us an inside look at their story. I look forward to reading more about them in the future!
And now for the giveaway! One lucky winner will be chosen to receive a digital copy of Just The Way You Are.
To Enter the giveaway for your very own digital copy of Just The Way You Are Please comment below which Pepper Basham book is your favorite, or which one you are most looking forward to reading & click on the Raffelcopter giveaway below. The winner will be contacted via the email provided.
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*** The Giveaway is over. The Winner is Yolande R.
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