The Red Ribbon by Pepper Basham

About the book:

In Carroll County, a corn shucking is the social event of the season, until a mischievous kiss leads to one of the biggest tragedies in Virginia history. Ava Burcham isn’t your typical Blue Ridge Mountain girl. She has a bad habit of courtin’ trouble, and her curiosity has opened a rift in the middle of a feud between politicians and would-be outlaws, the Allen family. Ava’s tenacious desire to find a story worth reporting may land her and her best friend, Jeremiah Sutphin, into more trouble than either of them planned.

​The end result? The Hillsville Courthouse Massacre of 1912.

My Thoughts:

There are many stories tucked into the hills and crags of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Some stories lost to time, and others woven so deep that generations later the legend lives on. Pepper Basham brings one such story to light and breaths into it her unparalleled style and grace, and of course romance and sweet kisses.

I loved how Pepper Basham brings the setting to life. I felt like I was right there in the story, not only watching it play out in vivid details in my mind, but walking right in the story myself. The characters each bring their own unique charm and life to this story.

The many twists and turns had me holding my breath and rapidly turning pages to see what would happen next. While I did have my suspicions, I enjoyed watching it all unfold. I especially appreciated the levity that Granny Burcham brings to this story.

(I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists and/or authors, including netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

About the Author

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Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes historical and contemporary romance novels with grace, humor, and culture clashes. She’s a Blue Ridge Mountain native and an anglophile who enjoys combining her two loves to create memorable stories of hope. You can connect with Pepper over at her group blog, The Writer’s Alley, her websiteFacebookInstagramPinterest, or Twitter.

First Line Friday: The Red Ribbon

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I am happy to be featuring The Red Ribbon (True Colors: Historical stories of American crime). Take a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains and explore the romance and mystery of one of the biggest tragedies to strike Virginia in 1912, when an old feud explodes in Carroll County. A kiss started it all! Be sure to pick-up a copy today to enjoy!

December 1911
The coming dusk cast gray shadows across the box-shaped buildings of Main Street, Hillsville, as Ava Burcham kept a vigilant watch toward Bever Dam Road.

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The Yellow Lantern Summer Blog Tour & Giveaway – Grave Robbing

I’ve invited Angie Dicken to join us today to talk about Grave Robbing.

It’s release month and I am excited to share about grave-robbing…uh, well, excited is a strange word to use! HAHA!

When I started this project, grave-robbing was a very unknown topic to me—one that I considered with great caution as I am a pretty sensitive person when it comes to anything really graphic. I took care to consider how I might write this story for someone like me, but without glossing over the subject. My main goal was to root a redemption story into the true-crime of graverobbing.

During my research, I came across some interesting facts about this true crime in Massachusetts. as well as in history at large. Graverobbing was not just a practice of the 19th century, but a practice that has been employed throughout history.

I’d like to share some made-up headlines that popped into my head as I researched, along with links to websites that elaborated on the subject during my studies.

Join me as we “Dig in” to this topic of my newest release, and then let me know what you found most surprising about this true crime. (Be sure to click on the tag lines below to visit the various sites)

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HEADLINES (by Angie Dicken):

Spunker Club: Medical Society Desperate For Bodies!

 What elite medical school could have possibly been thick in the practice of graverobbing long ago?

Families of the Dead Demand Protection!
The Act of the Sepluchres of the Dead, 1815

Finally, the governor listens to angry family members who discover their deceased have been stolen away.

And, here are some possible headlines Josie Clay might have read after her own encounters with grave-robbers:

What in The World is Burking?

Burking was the term for killing someone to use their body for medical research. This was after William Burke was tried and convicted in 1829 for suffocating an individual for the purposes of medical research.

Finally, We Can Dissect in Peace. 1831 Massachusetts Anatomy Act

In 1831, anatomical dissection was legalized in Massachusetts after being lobbied for by Dr. John Collins Warren who donated his own body for dissection in efforts to expand medical knowledge.

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Forced to Spy for Grave Robbers
True Colors – Fiction Based on Strange-But-True History

In 1824, Josephine Clayton is considered dead by everyone in her Massachusetts village—especially the doctor she has assisted for several months. Yet, she is still very much alive.

After the doctor’s illegal dealing with his body snatcher to obtain her body, Josephine awakens, positioned as the next corpse for his research. To cover up his crime, the doctor tries to kill her, but Josephine begs to be spared. They strike a deal–Josephine will leave her village and work at a distant cotton mill. All the while, she’ll await her true mission–posing as a mourner to help the body snatcher procure her replacement.

At the mill though, Josephine is praised for her medical remedies among the other female workers, gaining attention from the handsome factory manager, Braham Taylor. Yet, when Braham’s own loved one becomes the prey for the next grave robbing, Josie must make a choice that could put her dark past behind her or steal away the promise of any future at all.

What price will Josie pay for love when her secrets begin to unravel?

The Yellow Lantern (August 1, 2019)

AngieDicken  Angie Dicken is a third generation Greek American, the granddaughter of strong men and women who endured hardship to grow American roots. My Heart Belongs In Castle Gate, Utah is set near the birthplace of her grandfather, a Greek coal miner’s son, and published 100 years after his birth. Angie is a contributor to The Writer’s Alley blog and an ACFW member since 2010. She lives with her husband and four children in the Midwest where she enjoys exploring eclectic new restaurants and chatting with friends over coffee.

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First Line Friday: The Yellow Lantern

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I am excited to be featuring The Yellow Lantern by Angie Dicken. With vivid characters and an exciting plot, this page-turning romantic suspense will keep you up late into the night, turning pages and trying to discover what will happen next. I loved the unexpected twists and turns! CLICK HERE to read my full review!

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Massachusetts, 1824
          Heaven stank of tallow and shone a honey glow. Her eyes could not adjust beyond a blur. An unsteady drip plucked against a thick silence, prodding her skin to crawl with gooseflesh. Where was she? No, this could not be– 

 

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The Yellow Lantern (True Colors) by Angie Dicken

Josephine Is Forced to Spy for Grave Robbers
Step into True Colors — a new series of Historical Stories of Romance and American Crime

Synopsis:

In Massachusetts in 1824, Josephine Clayton awakes on the table of the doctor she’s assisted all these months. She was presumed dead by all and has become the doctor’s next corpse for his medical research. Frightened, the doctor tries to kill her, but Josephine begs to be spared. A deal is struck–Josie will leave her village and work at a distant cotton mill. All the while, she’ll await her true mission–posing as a mourner to help his body snatcher procure her replacement. At the mill though, Josie is praised for her medical remedies among the mill girls, gaining attention from the handsome factory manager Braham Terrance. Yet, when Braham’s own loved one becomes the prey for the next grave robbing, Josie must make a choice that could put her dark past behind her or steal away the promise of any future at all.

What price will Josie pay for love when her secrets begin to unravel?

The Yellow Lantern (True Colors)

My Thoughts:

Step back in time to 1824 when medical science is rudimentary at best and exploratory science is booming. A dead body on the black market was worth a small fortune, and once you started down that path, it was impossible to navigate the twists and turns to find your way out.

When Josephine Clayton wakes up on the doctors examining table, with him standing over her ready to perform the post-mortem. Her life is spared, but she is ruthlessly thrown into a dark secretive ring of body-snatchers. Eager to find her way out of the endless maze of dead-end scenarios Josephine goes along with the plot to provide 1 body in place of her own on the condition that the person isn’t murdered. But will she find the price too high? Working at a cotton mill as a cover for her secret mission, she reluctantly makes friends and quickly realizes that the spider web she has found herself in only tangles around her tighter.

I enjoyed learning more about the cotton mill and meeting the girls that worked there. Each element of this story is so carefully crafted and realistic. I felt like I was part of that world. I could almost hear the steam of the machines as they roared to life and see the bits of cotton floating in the air. I could see little Liesel, the bobbin girl sitting along the wall with her basket, ready to leap up and help at a moments notice.

With vivid characters and an exciting plot, this page-turning romantic suspense will keep you up late into the night, turning pages and trying to discover what will happen next. I loved the unexpected twists and turns!

(I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

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About the Author:

AngieDicken Angie Dicken is a third generation Greek American, the granddaughter of strong men and women who endured hardship to grow American roots. My Heart Belongs In Castle Gate, Utah is set near the birthplace of her grandfather, a Greek coal miner’s son, and published 100 years after his birth. Angie is a contributor to The Writer’s Alley blog and an ACFW member since 2010. She lives with her husband and four children in the Midwest where she enjoys exploring eclectic new restaurants and chatting with friends over coffee.

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More from the True Color series:

  The White City by Grace Hitchcock

The Pink Bonnet by Liz Tolsma

Apothecary – The Yellow Lantern Blog Tour & Giveaway

I’ve invited Angie Dicken to stop by today and share with us about how the history of Apothecary featured in her new book, The Yellow Lantern.

“What, ho! Apothecary!” -Romeo, Romeo and Juliet

This month, we are focusing on Josie Clay’s passion for healing. In her day, apothecaries were the men (and women) whom villagers would seek out for salves, tinctures, and elixirs. While I could unload research items here—I thought I’d take a different route and share my personal connections with Josie’s passion.

There are a couple precursors for my apothecary inspiration. Besides the obvious connection to the evolving medical community of the time, my own background plays a part. It’s always fun to get to the root of something, isn’t it? (Pun fully intended).

One of the secondary characters in The Yellow Lantern is Daisy Young, the town of Gloughton’s apothecary and family friend to the hero. While Daisy’s character played out in my own imagination, she was first dreamed up as a tribute to a very real person in my life.

I think the first time I heard the word “apothecary” was when I played Juliet my senior year of high school. My best friend played the apothecary who gives the poison to Romeo. Fast forward two decades as I considered including an apothecary in The Yellow Lantern. The apothecary in Romeo and Juliet came to mind—not in the form of the shady giver of poison in a Shakespearean tragedy, but as my vibrant bestie going on 23 years of friendship. Her favorite flower is the Gerber Daisy, and her maiden name is Young. So, Josie Clay befriends this Daisy Young, with a back story that’s completely fictional, but whose existence stems from a very real “apothecary” friend of my own.

Besides my friendship, my college major was a surprising contributor to my passion for this thread in The Yellow Lantern. Some authors are insightful enough to major in English before diving into a writing career, but I was clueless that my journey would lead to writing. I ended up with a degree in Landscape Architecture. When I mention this to people, they often say, “Oh, you must have a beautiful yard,” and I immediately respond, “No!”(my love of design outweighs my very un-green thumb). But, looking back on those college years, I am still fond of the experience, and especially the material from my horticulture classes—learning about different plants and their properties. I am constantly amazed by God’s provision to us through the natural world.

So, weaving this next thread into my story stemmed from so much more than research, but the stepping stones I took on my way to this publication journey.

Thanks for joining us in the summer series! Release day is less than a month away! Please comment below to enter to win the July giveaway.

About the Book:

TheYellowLanternIn Massachusetts in 1824, Josephine Clayton awakes on the table of the doctor she’s assisted all these months. She was presumed dead by all and has become the doctor’s next corpse for his medical research. Frightened, the doctor tries to kill her, but Josephine begs to be spared. A deal is struck–Josie will leave her village and work at a distant cotton mill. All the while, she’ll await her true mission–posing as a mourner to help his body snatcher procure her replacement. At the mill though, Josie is praised for her medical remedies among the mill girls, gaining attention from the handsome factory manager Braham Terrance. Yet, when Braham’s own loved one becomes the prey for the next grave robbing, Josie must make a choice that could put her dark past behind her or steal away the promise of any future at all.

What price will Josie pay for love when her secrets begin to unravel?

The Yellow Lantern (August 1, 2019)

About the Author:

AngieDicken  Angie Dicken is a third generation Greek American, the granddaughter of strong men and women who endured hardship to grow American roots. My Heart Belongs In Castle Gate, Utah is set near the birthplace of her grandfather, a Greek coal miner’s son, and published 100 years after his birth. Angie is a contributor to The Writer’s Alley blog and an ACFW member since 2010. She lives with her husband and four children in the Midwest where she enjoys exploring eclectic new restaurants and chatting with friends over coffee.

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JULY – Blog Tour 

1ST WEEK: ANGIE’S BLOG

2ND WEEK: A BAKER’S PERSPECTIVE

3RD WEEK: JOY OF READING 

4TH WEEK: FUELED BY FAITH AND CAFFEINE

5TH WEEK: FAITHFULLY BOOKISH

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Author Interview & Giveaway with Angie Dicken – The Yellow Lantern

I’m super excited to have Angie Dicken here visiting with us today chatting about her new book, “The Yellow Lantern” set to release in August. Be sure to stay with us till the end and enter the #Giveaway!

For those of you who have not yet had the pleasure of reading any of Angie’s books, allow me to introduce you…

AngieDicken  Angie Dicken is a third generation Greek American, the granddaughter of strong men and women who endured hardship to grow American roots. My Heart Belongs In Castle Gate, Utah is set near the birthplace of her grandfather, a Greek coal miner’s son, and published 100 years after his birth. Angie is a contributor to The Writer’s Alley blog and an ACFW member since 2010. She lives with her husband and four children in the Midwest where she enjoys exploring eclectic new restaurants and chatting with friends over coffee.

Web Page // Facebook // Twitter // Goodreads // Pinterest //

About the Book:

TheYellowLanternIn Massachusetts in 1824, Josephine Clayton awakes on the table of the doctor she’s assisted all these months. She was presumed dead by all and has become the doctor’s next corpse for his medical research. Frightened, the doctor tries to kill her, but Josephine begs to be spared. A deal is struck–Josie will leave her village and work at a distant cotton mill. All the while, she’ll await her true mission–posing as a mourner to help his body snatcher procure her replacement. At the mill though, Josie is praised for her medical remedies among the mill girls, gaining attention from the handsome factory manager Braham Terrance. Yet, when Braham’s own loved one becomes the prey for the next grave robbing, Josie must make a choice that could put her dark past behind her or steal away the promise of any future at all.

What price will Josie pay for love when her secrets begin to unravel?

The Yellow Lantern (August 1, 2019)

 

Trisha:  Welcome Angie, I’m so glad you can visit with us today to talk about your upcoming book The Yellow Lantern. Let’s jump right into the questions!

mushroom-3014641_1920Q:  What is your favorite season, and why?

Angie:  I’d have to say Fall since I moved to the Midwest (ten years ago). Changing color, apple orchards, sweater weather…love!

Trisha:  Fall is a beautiful season!

 

tree-1409101_640Q:  What is the best part of your day?

Angie:  I really enjoy getting up early before everyone else. I love my coffee on the deck with the birds chirping, reading and writing in peace. J

Trisha:  I too enjoy the quiet peace of mornings.

 

books-315677_640Q:  What are some of your favorite CF reads from 10 years ago, or further?

Angie:  One of my first Christian Fiction reads ever was Liz Curtis Higgs Thorn in My Heart. And…Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers!

Trisha:  You’ve listed two of my long-time favorites!!

 

mobile-616012_640Q:  If we took a peek at your “recently played” music, who would we find?

Angie:  Actually, you would find the Pandora station, Native American World Drums. I am writing a novella set on the frontier, and I love this music! The instruments are soulful.

Trisha:  Ohhh, I love a good Native American story! I can’t wait!!

 

book-863418_640Q:  What do you love about this story?

Angie:  I loved weaving suspense throughout it. I’ve never written suspense before, and it tapped into some new creative juices for me.

Trisha:  It sure is suspenseful, with a handful of surprises tossed in for good measure! I’m sure it will be well received!

 

guy-2609361_640Q:  Which character took you by surprise?

Angie:  The main grave robber, Alvin! I can’t say much, but all I can say is, secondary characters can do some crazy things. 😉

Trisha:  Alvin took me by surprise too. I thought I had him pegged down. I won’t spoil it for our friends and say more.

 

coffee-1629158_640Q:  What is something you hope readers will tell others about this story?

Angie:  That they didn’t know how it would turn out until the last page. I love that comment!

Trisha:  It’s sooo true! The ending could have gone several directions, and will keep the reader guessing!

 

correcting-1870721_640Q:  What is something that didn’t make it into the final copy?

Angie:  One of the first scenes ever written showed Josie discovering her younger sister on the doctor’s table after being buried alive. I like how it turned out—the heroine having the experience instead.

Trisha:  Oh, wow! That would be awful to see your younger sister on the doctor’s table. Thank you, Angie, for chatting with us today about The Yellow Lantern!

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First Line Fridays: The White City

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Today I am excited to be featuring The White City (True Colors) by Grace Hitchcock. My imagination was ignited right from chapter one. Drawn in with the colorful word imagery and witty dialogue and held captive by the vivacious characters. This is one book that you will want to read! CLICK HERE to read my full review!

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Chicago, July 1893

          Winnifred Wylde concentrated on his forehead, nodding, trying to respond appropriately, but it was so difficult with his nose hair escaping and retreating into his left nostril with every breath.

 

Yuck! The first line makes my stomach turn! Ladies, this is not the kind of suitor you’d want your spinster aunt trying to set you up with now, is it?

Is the active nose hair his only flaw? Will Winnifred find an escape? Or will she be forced to endure further outings with this latest suitor?

 

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  The White City (True Colors)

 

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