May 2018 – Month in Review & Giveaway

There have been some wonderful stories that I’ve enjoyed reading this past month! Join me as we take a look back at the bookish fun we enjoyed in May. Be sure to enter the giveaway before you go!

Clicking on the link will take you to the blog post for that book, interview or reveal.

Books Reviewed:

TheBackcountryBrides  The Backcountry Brides Collection

TogetherForever Together Forever by Jody Hedlund

SecondImpressions  Second Impressions by Pepper Basham

TheCapturedBride  The Captured Bride by Michelle Greip

Edenbrook  Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson

TimelessLoveCollection  Timeless Love: Romantic stories that span the ages

AllForLove All for Love: Three Historical Romance Novellas

HerPlaceInTime  Her Place in Time by Stephenia H. McGee

EngravedOnTheHeart Engraved on the Heart by Tara Johnson

RambleAndRoar  Rable & Roar by Catie Cordero

BountyBeyondReason Bounty Beyond Reason by Kari Trumbo



Author Interview:

RachelFordham  Rachel Fordham



IMG_0335  Give Me Thine Heart by Andrea Boeshar

img_0361 Facade by Pepper Basham

img_0370 Enchanting Nicholette by Dawn Crandall


Cover Reveal:

JaneByTheBook Jane by the Book by Pepper Basham



I have a full schedule of books I’m looking forward to sharing with you in June!


***** GIVEAWAY *****

I am giving away 1 (one) print copy of Engraved on the Heart by Tara Johnson. Due to shipping cost this giveaway is only open to those with U.S mailing addresses.

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.

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“Have you read any of the books I reviewed this month? If so, did you have a favorite?”

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***** GIVEAWAY ENDED *****

Winner: Robin W.



Second Impressions by Pepper D. Basham


He likes streamline. She prefers embellishments. His forte is business. Hers is atmosphere. Will they realize each has what the other needs most to create the perfect romance with a touch of Jane Austen flair?

When a country girl travels to Bath, England to visit Jane Austen country, will a serious businessman ruin her regency-dream?

My Thoughts:

There is so much to love in this super fun romantic comedy novella from Pepper Basham. Come along for a journey from the Blue Ridge Mountains to Bath, England. In this delightful story you’ll fall in love with the dynamic characters Nora (a Jane Austen fan) and Ethan Keller. This fun story will have you laughing out loud and swooning with Pepper’s signature flair. A romantic comedy that should be made into a Hallmark movie and one that you are sure to not forget.
First released as part of the Love At First Laugh collection, you can now purchase this novella on it’s own.
(I purchased a copy of this story for my own collection. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

About the Author:

pepperbarnsmile 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 connect with Pepper over at her group blog, The Writer’s Alley, her website,Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter

Pick up your copy today!

SecondImpressions  Second Impressions



Author Interview with Pepper Basham

I’m super-duper excited to have Pepper Basham,  The Queen of Swoony, visiting with us today!

pepperbarnsmilePepper 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 2017.

You can connect with Pepper over at her group blog, The Writer’s Alley, her website, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter.


I’m sure you have read at least one book by Pepper Basham… right? Okay, so how many of you have read, or at least heard of the “Love at First Laugh” Novella Collection? To read my review of the collection (click here). Pepper Basham has a delightful, page-turning story right at the front of that collection.


Come on a fun-filled journey to Bath, England, for a Jane-Austen inspired journey to tickle your funny bone.

This novella is part of a fantastic (and wonderfully affordable) novella compilation.


‘Second Impressions’ is scheduled to be released separately soon, and I thought it would be fun to invite Pepper to chat about this super fun story!


Trisha: Welcome, Pepper! Inquiring minds want to know; What is your favorite season, and why?

BlueRidgeFallPepper:  Fall – for several reasons (a few I’m sure you can guess as another Blue Ridge Mountain girl) I LOVE colder weather, but especially I love watching the seasons change in these mountains. The zillions of colors are amazing, especially when stretched over miles and waves of mountains. I like cuddling up with a book by the fire. I love snow and hot chocolate and fuzzy socks.

Trisha:  Oh, yes! Nothing can even compare with the beauty of the mountain in any season, but especially fall. It is like an endless patchwork of colors. Curling up with a book by the fire and yes, please fuzzy socks!! Snow? I use to enjoy snow. Then I moved to Michigan. (LOL!) It overstays it’s welcome around here. It starts in mid-October and doesn’t go away until mid-April. 


ChocolateCakeGirlTrisha:  What is the best part of your day?

Pepper:  Coming home to my family. and…dessert. I always like dessert in any part of my day

Trisha:  Yes, I can agree, coming home to family and desert! Can’t go wrong!


Trisha:  What are some of your favorite CF reads from 10 years ago, or further?

books-315677_640Pepper:  Francine Rivers – Redeeming Love and her Mark of the Lion series

Siri Mitchell – Kissing Adrien

Deeanne Gist‘s early books

Trisha: Those are some great titles! Books I too have enjoy reading. 


mobile-616012_640Trisha:  If we took a peek at your “recently played” music, who would we find?

Pepper:  MY. WORD – eclectic stuff. Let me see- Dear Evan Hansen, Disney songs, Laura Story, Nicole Nordeman, Piano Guys, Michael Buble, Colbie Callait, Wicked. 🙂

Trisha:  I hear you, my taste in music varries,  depending on my mood, and what I’m doing I love listening to different kinds of music. Variety is the spice of life! 


Mrs.BennettTrisha:  Did the plotline or the characters come first?

Pepper:  The heroine came first. I just started thinking of a poor girl in this time period who had a matchmaking mother like Mrs. Bennett – and then the story took off from there 🙂

Trisha:  Haha! That match-making mother, sure added an interesting element to the story. Especially because she was super sneaky!


woman-690216_1280Trisha:  Which character took you by surprise?

Pepper:  Ethan. He was lots more adorable that I thought he was going to be. And the last scene???? I had no idea that was coming. LOVED it!!

Trisha:  Me too! I loved that last scene! 


coffee-2440074_640Trisha:  What was the latest you stayed up working on this story?

Pepper:  HAHA!!! midnight or maybe 12:30. I usually work the next day so I can’t stay up too late because 5:45 am rolls around EARLY.

Trisha:  Oh, I hear you! Morning comes way to early in my house too. 


pencil-918449_640Trisha:  What is something that didn’t make it into the final copy?

Pepper:  Hmm…Nora’s dancing lessons 🙂

Trisha:  That sounds like it could have been a fun scene. 


Thank you Pepper for vising with us! This has been lots of fun to chatting with you and getting to know you better.

Friends, be on the look out for this delightfully charming book to soon be released as a stand-alone later this month.





Second Impressions

Other Books by Pepper Basham:

  The Thorn Bearer (Penned in Time #1)

The Thorn Keeper (Penned in Time #2)

The Thorn Healer (Penned in Time #3)

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

 Just the Way You Are (Pleasant Gap #1)

Let’s Connect:

Do you have a favorite Pepper Basham book?