Giveaway & Character Interview: Benjamin Coulter from A Love Restored by Kelly Goshorn

Friends, we have a special treat today! We have a special visitor, Benjamin Coulter from A Love Restored. But before I welcome Benjamin, allow me to share about the book to refresh your memory.

About the Book:

ALoveRestoredWith pert opinions and a less-than-perfect figure, Ruth Ann Sutton doesn’t measure up to Society’s vision of a perfect lady. When she accepts a position teaching in a Freedman’s School, it threatens the only marriage offer Ruth Ann is likely to receive. She’s forced to choose between life as a lonely spinster or reinventing herself to secure a respectable proposal.

Determined to rise above his meager beginnings, Benjamin Coulter’s reputation as a fast learner and hard worker earns him the opportunity to apprentice with a surveyor for the railroad—a position that will garner the respect he craves. After a chance encounter with Ruth Ann Sutton, Benjamin is smitten with her pretty face, quick wit, and feisty personality. When others ridicule his choice, will Benjamin listen to his heart or put ambition first?

 A Love Restored

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About the Author:

KellyJGoshorn  Kelly Goshorn weaves her affinity for history and her passion for God into uplifting stories of love, faith, and family set in nineteenth-century America. Kelly earned a B.A. in Social Studies Education from Messiah College and an M.Ed. in History Education from The Pennsylvania State University. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America.

Kelly has been enjoying her own happily-ever-after with her husband and best friend, Mike, for 28 years. Together they have raised three children, four cats, two dogs, a turtle, a guinea pig, a gecko, and countless hamsters. Thankfully, not all at the same time. When she is not writing, Kelly enjoys spending time with her young adult children, scrapbooking with friends, board gaming with her husband, and spoiling her Welsh corgi, Levi.

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Meet the Character

Please join me in giving Benjamin a warm welcome!

Hello, Mrs. Robertson. I’m pleased to make your acquaintance. I’m a bit uncomfortable about being here in 2018, with a lady reporter and all, but Kelly and Ruthie encouraged me to stop by and visit with you and your readers today.

Kelly suggested I begin by telling your readers a little bit about myself. I’m from Pennsylvania and the eldest of four children. My father owns an orchard and had intended for me to inherit. I chose a different path after I witnessed the burning of my hometown, Chambersburg, by Confederate troops in July 1864. At the age of 16, I enlisted in the Union army and served in Tennessee. Not wanting to be a farmer, I didn’t return home after the war. Instead, I took work as a spike man on the railroad. Backbreaking labor for sure. My efforts paid off and I moved up the ranks quickly to chain man and eventually a crew chief before being given the opportunity to apprentice as a surveyor with a land mapping agency. The apprenticeship took me to Virginia where I was tasked with assisting the Washington & Ohio railroad through Clark’s Gap and then over the Blue Ridge Mountains to Winchester. That’s when I had my chance encounter with Ruth Ann Sutton. The line went right through her hometown of Catoctin Creek, altering the course of my life forever.

Five Favorites:

  1. Jules Verne is my favorite author.
  2. I’m partial to a school teacher I met recently, Miss Ruth Ann Sutton.
  3. I’d rather fish at the creek than attend a party.
  4. I like music and can play both the piano and the guitar.
  5. Did I mention I’m fond of Ruthie?

Character Q&A

TR: What first attracted you to Ruth Ann?

Benjamin: Well it certainly wasn’t her singing voice. She dearly loves to sing but can’t manage to carry a tune with a handle on it. As to your question, I’d have to say her curls. Although they tend to exasperate her, I find their unpredictable nature suit her quite well. But the more I got to know her the more I saw her intelligence and compassionate heart. Kelly tells me women in your century are keen to express thoughts and opinions. It’s rare in my time for a woman to be outspoken, especially before marriage. But I like that Ruthie shares her thoughts freely.


TR: In this century, Benjamin, avid readers of romance novels have book boyfriends. Is there an image of you that you can share with us today?

Benjamin: Silence.

TR: Benjamin are you there?

Benjamin: I’m here … just a bit unsure what you meant by boyfriend. I had to check with Kelly and she said it’s similar to a suitor. Here’s my photograph.

Benjamin Coulter

But this may be more what your readers are looking for. Kelly said this is how she pictured me in her head while writing the story.

Daniel Lissing (Ben)


TR: Kelly has relayed that A Love Restored is based on her own real-life romance with her husband, Mike. Can you share with us in what ways you are like her husband? How are you different?

Benjamin: We both sure do love to tease our ladies about their singing voices. Is, Kelly going to read this? I mean between you and me, the woman’s voice could haunt the dead—just like my sweet Ruthie. Back to the question. Mike and I both joined the army. Although he never saw combat, he served as a chemical officer during the first Gulf War. We both enjoy Jules Verne novels but Mike listens to them on something called Audible where folks read you the book out loud. Can’t quite figure that one out. We both learned to bake from our grandmothers. My apple pie won a ribbon at the county fair. Between us, I think that gets under his skin a bit. Mike may not agree, but I think my sugar cookies are every bit as good as his. I’ll let you in on a little secret. He actually keeps a copy of that recipe in a special box with other important papers that won’t catch on fire. Kelly said if your readers would like the recipe that inspired the baking scene in A Love Restored they could get that when they sign up for her newsletter at


TR: Some readers have wanted to purse whomp you, Benjamin. Is there anything you’d like to say them?

Benjamin: Go right ahead. I deserve it. Or at least I did. I know Kelly was hesitant to write this story at first because she worried how people may view us (her husband and myself) but Mike kept encouraging her to do it. Kelly shared with me that she found writing my character the most challenging part of the whole story. She feared people might give up on me when I grappled with Ruth Ann’s fuller-figure. She said romance readers usually prefer their leading men to be white knights and my armor had serious dents in it. But I think if we’re honest with ourselves, most of us are seriously flawed. As my friend, Neil Peterson so aptly pointed out, “that’s why we need a savior.”


TR: Neil played a huge part in your change of heart. Can you share with us more about Neil and your relationship?

Benjamin: Neil is … well, the father I never really had. My own father was an angry drunk. I’m sorry to speak so ill of him but that’s the truth of the matter. Where my own father said I’d never amount to anything, Neil taught me to believe that my future wasn’t defined by my past. He came alongside me and walked me through some dark times. Without judgment, he gently nudged me to examine what the Bible had to say, and it didn’t take long for the Holy Spirit to prod me to make serious changes in my lifestyle and eventually, in my attitudes.


TR: Ruth Ann had a fuller figure when you met her, and you were instantly attracted to her. What changed?

Benjamin: We’re back to the purse whomping issue, huh? Fair enough. Let me be clear that Ruth Ann didn’t change. I did, and the problem was all mine. Sure, I noticed that she was plumper than most of the ladies I’d been attracted to before but when she unpinned those long brown curls, I was done for. Not only does she have a beautiful smile, but she’s smart and possesses more courage and strength of conviction than most folks I know.

What changed? I did. Not the way I felt about Ruth Ann. I never stopped loving her but when the men on my crew poked fun of her round figure, I began feeling like she wasn’t enough or that I deserved better. You see, just like Ruthie had repeated ugly words about herself over and over, I’d made vows too—about what kind of woman I’d marry. Without me even realizing it, those words began to dictate my choices. I’d let everything get turned inside out and I didn’t have the courage to stand up in the face of ridicule and declare my true feelings. Instead of following God’s will for my life, I resisted because the wrapping on the gift He’d given me wasn’t to my liking. I’m ashamed to confess that, but that’s the way of it. I had to come to terms with my own prejudice and when I was finally able to admit that to myself and to God, He gave me new eyes for Ruthie and I no longer saw anything, but the beautiful, Godly woman Ruth Ann is.


TR: What advice do you have for those who may be struggling with similar issues today?

Benjamin: I’m not sure I’m in any position to give advice, but if any of your readers are struggling with an attraction to someone society says doesn’t measure up whether it be their weight, their income, the color of their skin, their job, or something entirely different, I encourage them to focus on the characteristics that drew you to them in the first place. While attraction is always part of the equation, lifelong relationships have their foundation in a solid friendship. Above all else, seek God’s direction for your life and the courage to follow it. You will never be disappointed when you walk the path He has chosen for you. I have no regrets. I’m confident you won’t either.

TR: Thank you, Benjamin, for visiting with us today. I am sure that my blog readers have enjoyed getting to know you a little bit better!



Kelly Goshorn is giving away a beautiful, handmade book-charm bookmark and a $5.00 Amazon Gift Card. Review the policies here. Please note that due to shipping cost this giveaway is only available to those in the continental USA. The giveaway will be open for one week. At the close of the giveaway period, the winner will be contacted via email and announced on this page.

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Meet Cameron Wallace from Three Words and a Kiss by Sondra Kraak + A Freebie

Welcome, reader friends. I have a special treat for you today! A special Character interview with Cameron Wallace the hero in Sondra Kraak’s new book Three Words and a Kiss scheduled to release next month.

Meet Cameron Wallace

Three Words and a Kiss spotlight Cam

Guest Interview

Please give a warm welcome to our Guest Interviewer Lark who has volunteered to interview Cameron today.

Lark: My name is Lark, I’m thirteen, and this is my interview with Cameron Wallace. You don’t know my story, and that’s okay—it’s private—but one thing you should know is that I don’t think well of men, save a few. Cameron is one of those few. He’s wise and makes others feel safe and important, he also—

You’d rather hear Samantha describe him, wouldn’t you? Let me warn you. I tried to control her responses, but I’m not responsible for how people in love talk.

Samantha, tell me three things you love about Cameron. Only three.

Samantha:  He possesses an inner strength that draws people, and it comes naturally. He doesn’t even realize how he brings the community together. He possesses an outer strength, too. Have you noticed his forearm muscles?

Lark:  Umm, no. But you’re right. He is tall and strong, which befits a blacksmith.

Samantha:  And those shoulders. It’s not like he’s a giant, though. I don’t feel overpowered by him.

Lark:  I don’t think you feel overpowered by anyone. But back to the question. You can list one more thing you love.

Samantha: He’s responsible and thinks through things before acting, which makes me feel secure. I tend to—

Lark: Not think things through. I know. Okay. Next question.

Samantha: I’m just getting started. Please let me list more things I love.

Lark: (rolls eyes) We’ll be here all afternoon.

Samantha: What I adore is how he talks in sermons without realizing it. I know that might lead others to insanity, but I think it shows how metaphorical and deeply he thinks. He brings up profound things as if he’s talking about the weather. I mean, who really thinks like that?

And then there’s the way he kisses—

Lark: We’re done. Thank you.

Samantha: You wouldn’t expect a controlled man who sticks to a plan to kiss unencumbered like that, but that’s what’s fascinating. It’s like all that submerged emotion must come out some way.

Lark: I really don’t need to know, but thank you for taking time to explain Cameron to me. I’m going to ask him some questions now and hope he answers with more modesty. Cameron, let’s get the basics out of the way. Your mother left when you were ten, your father drank himself to death when you were fourteen, and the town collectively raised you. Is that right?

Cameron: I love the people of Pine Creek. They took me in when I was my angriest. I didn’t realize until Samantha came and upset my world how angry I still was about my parents.

Lark: You’ve been at the smithy since you were fourteen. What do you love about the work?

Cameron: It’s creative. It’s physical. It requires precision. It’s not mindless work that anyone can do with brute strength. And yet, at it’s foundation, it’s simple. Heat. Metal. Force.

Lark: Will you teach me?

Cameron: (frowns) Did Samantha tell you to ask that or do you just want to learn because David is learning? (shakes head) Listen, smithy work is dangerous. I’m not comfortable with women learning the trade. Samantha tried and did a great job. For one day. But my gut was burning the entire time. The responsibility for safety weighs on me too much.

Lark: I think a woman can do anything a man can do.

Cameron: If you’re that woman, I’m inclined to agree. (smiles) Don’t you want to know some things about me? My favorite color? My favorite food?

Lark: Boring. What’s your biggest failure? You give off this image of perfection.

Cameron: Are you teasing? I don’t know why anyone would look at me as perfect, though I must admit I thought my life was perfect until Samantha brought her a chaos to town. But in the end, I saw my pride and my need to let go of control.

Lark: Is that why you took down that verse from above the smithy door?

Cameron: That verse about living a simple life and working with my hands—that was just an excuse to keep me from wanting too much. It was my permission to keep life contained and safe. Samantha’s emotional, large way of living helped me see that lie.

Lark: She’s good at being emotional. You never told me your biggest failure.

Cameron: Some things are private. But I’ll say this, I lived years up here (points to head) and never let what’s in here (points to heart) matter. It ate me up. No more. I’m letting the thoughts and emotions mingle. You should try it sometime.

Lark: Are you implying I stuff my feelings? (shrugs) I have no problem stating my thoughts. I can’t be good at everything.

Cameron: It’s nice to hear you admit that. You’re extremely self-sufficient for thirteen.

Lark: If you’d had my past . . .

Cameron: One more question. Make it a good one.

Lark: If you could change one thing about last year, what would it be?

Cameron: I wouldn’t have been so defensive when others confronted me, whether it was Samantha, Barrett, the mayor, or congregants. I didn’t realize how much the need to be in control made me distrustful and withdrawn. Lesson learned, I hope.

Lark: You’re the king at learning lessons and teaching them to others. And now, I’m off to do my lessons for school tomorrow.

Bonus Character Interview:

Would you like to meet the Heroine Samantha Klein? Visit my blogging buddy Beth Erin at Faithfully Bookish (CLICK HERE)

About the Book:

Cameron Wallace enjoys his friends, his adopted community of Pine Creek, and the stability of his work as both the local blacksmith and the minister. Each day is predictable and safe, exactly the way he likes it . . . until the day the smithy he’s been renting is sold out from under him—and bought by a woman.

Seattle debutante Samantha Klein refuses to let her high-society status keep her from reaching out to those in need, be they stray animals, orphans, or immigrants. After her latest attempt to help a Chinese family lands her in a newspaper scandal, her family exiles her east of the mountains to visit her uncle. She’s resigned to go until she discovers Pine Creek’s smithy is for sale. Hatching a plan to bring her Chinese friends to safety, she buys it and settles into the friendly community. But her compassion soon lands her in more trouble, much to the frustration—or is it admiration?—of her blacksmith, who finds himself swept into her plans and feeling things he’d rather not be feeling.

A new war has commenced in Pine Creek, a battle between impulse and constraint, the heart and the mind, and a woman determined to love others and a man determined not to be loved.

Catch up on the first two books in the Love that Counts series:

 One Plus One Equals Trouble (Love that Counts #1)

  Two ways Home (Love that Counts #2)

About the Author:

S.Kraak  A native of Washington State, Sondra Kraak grew up playing in the rain, hammering out Chopin at the piano, and running up and down the basketball court. Now settled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children, blogging about spiritual truths, and writing historical romance set in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She delights in sharing stories that not only entertain but nourish the soul. Her debut novel, One Plus One Equals Trouble, was a Genesis semi-finalist (2015) and the winner of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference Unpublished Women’s Fiction Award (2015). Sondra has since published three novels. You can connect with Sondra at:

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Also from Sondra Kraak:

  Such A Hope (Paths of Grace #1)

Trails of Love and Grace (1)

Character Spotlight & Giveaway with Pepper Basham

Anyone who has read the two books in The Mitchell’s Crossroads series by Pepper Basham – Twist of Faith & Charming the Troublemaker is familiar with Ma Mitchell. For those who may not be familiar yet with this delightful series, you can read my reviews for both books by clicking on the titles above.

I’ve invited Pepper Basham to visit today and share with us about Ma Mitchell and the inspiration behind her character. If we are lucky, we may even get a homespun family recipe!



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, or connect on Facebook or Twitter.


  Charming the Troublemaker (Mitchell’s Crossroads #2)

A Twist of Faith (Mitchell’s Crossroads #1)


Without further delay, I’m going to turn things over to Pepper and let her share with you in her own words with us about Ma Mitchell. Please give Pepper a warm welcome!

Some characters come purely from imagination and some are born from real life.

Ma Mitchell in the Mitchell’s Crossroads series has a whole lot of real-life inspiration with some imagination sprinkled in.

The matriarch of the Mitchell clan, she’s an ever-present sounding board, wisdom giver, gentle voice, or firm director. She kind of reminds me of a mother hen gathering up her chicks, whether they were biologically hers or not.

Ma Mitchell creates an environment of welcome.

Of belonging.

And, boy oh boy, can she cook!

SpencerfamilyWhen I started daydreaming about the Mitchell’s Crossroads series, I drew from my background of being in a large and wonderful Appalachian family, headed by a beautiful matriarch. My Granny Spencer.

A young widow with six kids to raise, her strength, wisdom, and welcome became the root for her own family as well as many other people who were looking for a good meal, friendly company, a compassionate heart, and a listening ear.

meandgranny1forweb (1)My memories are too many to mention, but some of my favorites are having Sunday lunch at Granny’s house where above 25 people at a time would gather and fellowship. I was also one of Granny’s “yard hoppin’” buddies (went to yard sales with her). Another thing that was particularly special to me was listening to family history stories. She could recount back 5 generations or more. Amazing stuff – and more inspiration 😊

So as Ma Mitchell swelled from my imagination into reality, she began to look a whole lot like my Granny in personality, not so much in physical appearance. (I had to leave some imagination in there)

A couple of things readers have enjoyed about Ma Mitchell are:

  1. Her wisdom- she’s always giving advice in unique ways. Sometimes directly and sometimes through story/example. That’s definitely an Appalachian thing 😉 We love storytelling (true ones and not so true)
  2. Her kindness – she has a sweet way of drawing the lonesome ones into the family. From Dee to Alex (and more to come), Ma Mitchell opens her home and heart to help people find a place to belong. Her faith definitely shines out in both her wisdom and kindness.
  3. Her cooking – Yep, she’s feeding a ‘gang’, as she calls them. Any time you enter Ma Mitchell’s house, you’re going to smell something cooking, whether it’s Breakfast Bake, Pot Roast, or Apple cobbler.

In celebration of the release of Charming the Troublemaker and in memory of my Granny, I’m gonna share a few homespun recipes straight from Ma Mitchell’s table.

This recipe is from a 1920 family journal.

Jam Cake

½ cup sugar
2/3 cup butter
½ cup jam (of your choice)
½ cup sour cream
3 eggs
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ tsp cloves
½ tsp nutmeg

Mix all ingredients well and bake in layers put together with caramel icing/filling

Caramel Filling
     3 cups brown sugar
½ cup sweet milk or cream
Butter the size of a small egg
Boil and stir until thick and flavor with vanilla

Homemade Doughnuts

1 c sour cream
1 c sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 eggs
A little salt, ginger and cinnamon and flour enough to make dough to roll.

Fry in hot fat (or oil in our case 😊)

Thank you, Pepper for stopping by and sharing with us about Ma Mitchell and about your own Granny Spencer. It is always a special treat to have you drop by for a visit!
I loved the photo’s you shared. They brought back happy memories I have of my own Grandma.

*** GIVEAWAY ***

Pepper Basham is giving away 1 (one) digital copy of her book “Charming the Troublemaker.” Please review the policies here. The giveaway will be open for one week. At the close of the giveaway period the winner will be contacted via email and announced on this page. Return daily during the giveaway period to tweet for bonus entries using the Rafflecopter entry form.

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“Do you have a favorite family recipe and when did you last make it?”

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Congratulations to Chanel M.


Character Spotlight & Giveaway with Naomi Rawlings “Love’s Every Whisper (Eagle Harbor #2)

Join me in giving a warm welcome to Naomi Rawlings.

Naomi-Rawlings-Author-1024x857Naomi Rawlings is the author of seven historical Christian novels, including the Amazon bestselling Eagle Harbor Series. While she’d love to claim she spends her days huddled in front of her computer vigorously typing, in reality, she spends her time homeschooling, cleaning, picking up, and pretending like her house isn’t in a constant state of chaos. She lives with her husband and three children in Michigan’s rugged Upper Peninsula, along the southern shore of Lake Superior where they get 200 inches of snow every year, and where people still grow their own vegetables and cut down their own firewood–just like in the historical novels she writes.  You can connect with Naomi at these locations:

Web Page // Goodreads // Facebook // Twitter

I am thrilled to have Naomi vising with us today and sharing about two special characters from Love’s Every Whisper, book 2 in the Eagle Harbor series! Just to give you a little background in case you’ve not read this delightful story (see my review here)

LEWVictoria Donnelly wants to do something right at least once in her lifetime. With five years of failed courtships behind her and the calendar inching closer to another birthday, she’s finally found a way to redeem herself in the eyes of her family. But her plan requires her to return to her home town of Eagle Harbor, where forgotten feelings for a man she can never have lie buried.

Elijah Cummings has loved Victoria for fifteen years. But fishermen’s sons don’t marry shipping barons’ daughters. He knows it. She knows it. The entire town knows it. Resolved to keep his distance from Victoria, Elijah focuses on establishing a much needed life-saving station, risking his own life by rescuing sailors stuck aboard shipwrecks… until he learns she’s about to make an irreversible decision, one she’ll spend the rest of her life regretting.

He knows how to save drowning sailors—but how is he to save the woman he loves from the biggest mistake of her life… without destroying both their hearts in the process?

Trisha: Hi Naomi, I’m thrilled that you are visiting today to share with us insight on the two main characters from your book “Love’s Every Whisper”, and a little bit about the inspiration behind the story.  Victoria & Elijah’s story is such a fun story to read, I’m looking forward to getting to know them even better.

Naomi:  Thanks for having me today, I’m happy to share with you more about Victoria and Elijah, and about Love’s Every Whisper.

Victoria Donnelly: With a stutter that drives potential suitors away after two minutes of conversation and five years of failed courtships, Victoria can’t find a positive thing to say about herself. She’s too tall compared to her petite mother and sister, her hair is too dark, she has a jaw that’s a square as a bucket, and her nose sticks out like a ship’s rudder. There is nothing dainty or feminine about her.

Olivia WildeFor my inspiration for Victoria, I chose Olivia Wilde. 

No matter how hard she tries to be a lady and make her parents proud, she fails every single time. And if Elijah tells her that she shouldn’t allow herself to be pushed around? To be prodded into a marriage that resembles a business partnership rather than a husband and wife relationship? Well, she’s not sure her own desires matter that much. It seems the best thing to do with her future is use it to please her parents. But what if her parents ask too much of her? What if all the henpecking she endures teaches her to set her stutter aside and finally stand up for herself?

Elijah Cummings: With eyes the color of a stormy sea, maybe it’s fitting that Elijah has started a volunteer life-saving team to rescue people on wrecked ships. He learned to sail and fish at his father’s side, and now that he’s taken over the family fishing business, he uses his large size, strength, and frontier upbringing to fight storms when he goes out on rescues.

chris-hemsworth-7-768For my inspiration for Elijah, I chose  Chris Hemsworth

Elijah wants to establish an official life-saving station for Eagle Harbor rather than a volunteer service like he runs now, and he’s not going to let anyone stop him. Surely his determination is a strength, right? He’s risking his life so that others can live. But could his determination become a weakness for him, especially if it makes him too proud to listen to others?

My inspiration for the character of Elijah was Joshua James. James is known as the Father of the United States Life-Saving Service. James witnessed the deaths of his mother and baby sister when he was ten and helped with his first ship-wreck rescue at the age of fifteen. He went on to save over 200 lives. I took several elements of James’s life and work in Massachusetts and used them for Elijah and his work on Lake Superior.

EagleHarbor_LSS_C A rescue boat from Eagle Harbor, MI circa, 1913

Inspiration for the Story 


My inspiration for Love’s Every Whisper comes from living in a town on Lake Superior and witnessing how sudden and violent the storms here can be. I felt compelled to tell a story about the struggles of settlers on Lake Superior and how they dealt with the extreme weather as well as isolated conditions. When I visited a maritime museum and Marquette, Michigan and read about several life-saving rescues, I knew I had to tell a story of my own.


Interesting Historical Fact

Fresnel Lensv2 2010

During my research for the Eagle Harbor Series, I’ve visited several lighthouses on Lake Superior, including the one in the real-life town of Eagle Harbor Michigan. I always love looking at the Fresnel lenses on display. It’s amazing that something so small can send such a powerful beam of light over the water. Most of the lighthouses on the Great Lakes are either fourth or fifth order lenses, which seem really powerful. Some ocean ports used first order Fresnel lenses. I’ve never had the opportunity to see that type of lens, but I can only imagine how strong that beam of light would have been.



Thank you Naomi for visiting today and sharing with us about the characters Victoria & Elijah. As well as the inspiration and history behind the location of Love’s Every Whisper. It’s been fun vising Eagle Harbor, MI through your eyes!

If you haven’t yet visited Eagle Harbor thru Naomi’s books, you can pick them up at amazon or your local book vendor.

 Love’s Unfading Light (Eagle Harbor #1)

  Love’s Every Whisper (Eagle Harbor #2)

 Love’s Sure Dawn (Eagle Harbor #3)

   Love’s Eternal Breath (Eagle Harbor #4)

    Love’s Winter Hope (Eagle Harbor #5)

   Eagle Harbor – 5 book series 



Naomi is graciously offering to giveaway one (1) copy of:
Love’s Every Whisper (Eagle Harbor #2)
winner’s choice print (USA only) or digital

To Enter:

1.)  Leave a comment below, answering the following question(s):
“Have you ever visited any of the great lakes?  If so, did you have a favorite?  If you have not, do you have one you would like to visit?”

2.)  CLICK HERE to enter the Rafflecopter form and follow the directions within.

NOTE: You may earn one entry per day during the giveaway period by Tweeting about the giveaway using the rafflecopter link above.

The giveaway will be open for one week. The winner of the book will be contacted via email, as well as announced on this page at the conclusion of the giveaway. Please see the Disclosures and Policies page for additional rules. 


 *****  The Giveaway is Closed *****

The winner of one copy of “Love’s Every Whisper” is:
Heidi R.


Author: Pepper Basham with a Character Spotlight & Giveaway!

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.

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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).

I used photos of  Natalie Dormer as she plays Anne Bolyen from The Tudors (which I’ve not watched but the time period fits beautifully). GW200H240

And here’s another

23ae53dff006caf31079d09f8b8f8905Lady 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 😊 MCDKIAR EC010(and here’s a pic just so you can see his pretty eyes) young-clive-owen-wallpaper-5

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.

The drawing runs from 3/27 – 4/1/2017 and is open to both national and international entries.  The winner will be announced on this page at the conclusion of the giveaway.

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*** The Giveaway is over. The Winner is Yolande R.

Thank you to all who entered!