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Happy Friday! It’s time to party!

Today I’m part of a Cover Release Party for author Pepper Basham’s second historical romance, The Thorn Keeper, set to release in February 2016.

I read and reviewed Pepper’s debut novel, The Thorn Bearer, and really enjoyed it. You can read my review here.

Here’s my bottom line: “The Thorn Bearer has all the good stuff that makes it fun to while away a day or so in another world—with the added benefit of Spiritual Truth! Exactly what those grand adventures I read as a teen were missing.”

And here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book . . .

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Maybe now you can see why I’m looking forward to the second book’s release! The blurb below shares some details about how the series continues . . .

“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 pumps 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, breaks down the carefully constructed wall around his heart and offers him 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 I, 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.”

Sounds like a fun story! So now without further ado, let me introduce The Thorn Keeper – available February 28, 2016 from Vinspire Publishing!

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Pretty cover, right? Here’s your chance to get your hands on a copy!

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment for your chance to win a digital advanced review copy of The Thorn Keeper, which Pepper will send to the winners near the end of November!!

***Follow this link to purchase The Thorn Bearer for $3.03!

Thanks for stopping by today. Blessings, friends!

Pepper BashamMeet the author: As a little girl, Pepper D. Basham fell in love with storytelling while listening to her granny share oral history. A native of the Blue Ridge Mountains, mom of five, speech-language pathologist, and lover of chocolate, Pepper enjoys sprinkling her native Appalachian culture into her fiction wherever she can. She currently resides in Asheville, NC, where she works with kids who have special needs, searches for unique hats, and plots new ways to annoy her wonderful friends at her group writing blog, The Writer’s Alley.

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In upstate New York it’s been HOT! So how do we handle it? Here are the Top 5 ways we beat the summer heat this week . . .

ONE: Stick with air-conditioned places—or just bring the air-conditioning with you. My mom stays in the temperature-controlled car while her great-grandsons hang out to talk baseball with her. Any other Yankees fans out there?

TWO: Keep it in perspective. If the dog can smile through the heat, so can we! Here dog expert Dixie shows my niece and nephew how to keep their cool.

THREE: Make yourself a summer treat. Don’t those tomatoes look great? And I really think someone should write an ode to the BLT.

FOUR: Slow life down a little. I took a leisurely walk through town and visited one of my favorite childhood haunts: the Kinderhook Library. They were even having a book sale. I wonder if they still have my old library card . . .

FIVE: When the heat makes you crazy, just go with it. My nephew shows it’s getting to him a bit with this silly photo shoot . . .

Hope that made you smile. Wishing you a happy week, friends!

I’m linking up with Friendship Friday, Friday Favorite Things, and Weekend Whatever.

The simple things of life have a beauty all their own. Some of my recent beautiful moments were . . .

Our church kids praising God at Vacation Bible School

Mom sorting through her jewelry  . . . and remembering . . .

My 85-year-old aunt indulging my 7-year-old niece in a game of checkers—or was it vice versa?

Receiving dishes my grandmother used and a napkin she embroidered

The summer sky at twilight . . .

“If I can put one touch of rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman, I shall feel that I have worked with God.” ~G. K. Chesterton~

Today I’m linking up with Finding Joy and Create with Joy. If you leave me a comment, I’ll stop by to check out your post!