Cover Reveal: The Thorn Keeper (Penned in Time #2) by Pepper D. Basham

Posted October 16, 2015 by meezcarrie in cover reveal, historical, Pepper Basham, romance / 45 Comments

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It’s time to party!!

We are having a Cover Release Party for Pepper D. Basham’s second historical romance, The Thorn Keeper, set to release in February 2016. Pepper’s debut novel, The Thorn Bearer, arrived in May 2015 and has been met with fantastic reviews.

The ThornbearerA few notes of praise for The Thorn Bearer:

“Tucked inside a wonderful romance, you will find more depth here than most books you’ll ever read.” – Charity Andrews

“Wonderfully story-telling, a realistic faith journey, memorable prose and a dry wit that I appreciate very much all make this book one I won’t soon forget.” Cathy West

“From the opening scene to the end, I was completely caught up in this amazing tale about forgiveness, second chances, and even blooming in the middle of pain.” Candace Joy

“This just-released debut is a special one. The historical pieces of the puzzle were there and added a great punch – and often surprise – to the story, but the real focus of The Thorn Bearer was about the people and their faith in God. Books like this make me so happy to be a reader and reviewer.” Savanna Kaiser

“Woven together with rich characters, poetic language, riveting history, wry humor, and heart-wrenching secrets, The Thorn Bearer is a book that will draw you in and refuse to let go.” – moi 😉  Read my full review of The Thorn Bearer.


As we look forward to the second book’s release, here’s a little blurb to tempt you.

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 pump 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, unwinds the careful wall around his heart and offers 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 One, 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.

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This book has many of the same things enjoyed in book one – historical details, deep emotions, adventure, humor…and, of course, romance. (An extra dose of romance in this one…. and let me just say, prepare to SWOON! and SIGH! and MELT! and then repeat all of the above!)

So without further ado, (drum roll please) we introduce The Thorn Keeper – available February 28, 2016 from Vinspire Publishing.

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I so can’t wait for you to read The Thorn Keeper!!!!!!!

And…don’t forget that Pepper’s first contemporary romance novel will also be available in 2016! A Twist of Faith is a modern retelling of My Fair Lady with an Appalachian twist, and I can’t wait to share that one with you as well!


Leave a comment (answer the question below) for your chance to win a digital advanced review copy of The Thorn Keeper, which will be sent to the winners near the end of November!! Giveaway will close Saturday 10/24.

What’s one thing you like about this cover? Or, if you read The Thorn Bearer, what was one thing you enjoyed about Pepper’s debut?

After you’ve commented here, head over to Pepper’s website to find more chances to win!

pepperquiltlaughingAbout the Author:

Pepper D. Basham has been telling tales ever since she was a little girl and 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 the lovely mountains of 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. She is represented by Julie Gwinn of Seymour Literary Agency.  You can find her at or follow her writing antics on her Facebook page or Twitter.

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45 responses to “Cover Reveal: The Thorn Keeper (Penned in Time #2) by Pepper D. Basham

  1. carylkane

    Pepper is a new-to-me author. I love the air of mystery the cover exudes! I can’t wait to read this series! 🙂

  2. Kav

    I love the contrast of light and dark and that she’s in the light at the forefront. It would definitely stand out on a bookshelf. Also, I think both book covers have a retro vibe, don’t you think? Like maybe 80s, 90s? Something different about them anyway.

  3. pepperbasham

    “let me just say, prepare to SWOON! and SIGH! and MELT! and then repeat all of the above!)”
    AHHH! YES! I love you, friend!! And I’m so thankful to have you joining me on this journey and this celebration!

  4. love the costume especially the hat and how it’s tipped low so you need to use your imagination….I am sooooo looking forward to this book!!!

  5. Love the dress and hat and how its tipped low so you have to imagine her face. Sooo excited for the thorn keeper as the thorn bearer was INCREDIBLE!!!

  6. So. Very. Excited. Gorgeous! Pairs perfectly w/ your debut ? (I need a pink heart)! You must be over the ?! The teaser on the front pops, too. Cheering 4 u!

  7. Trixi

    I love the mystery of the woman’s face on the cover! Makes me wonder what she’s thinking 🙂
    I have “The Thorne Bearer” on my Kindle (still to be read!), and would love to add this one too! Thank you for the chance!

  8. I loved, loved The Thorn Bearer and am really looking forward to the continuing story in The Thorn Keeper. I love this cover! I think my favorite thing is the cover model. Love the big hat and the half revealed face. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Carol Kelley

    New author for me. Both covers are great and would pick them up to check them out. Love the planes in the background. Looking forward to checking out this series.

  10. Pepper, I already had The Thorn Bearer on my Amazon wish list from when I read about it on Stitches Thru Time. Then Melissa Jagears had it on her “Top 10 Kissing Books” and I just had to have it! haha I don’t think I can get the next two quick enough. 🙂 – Terrill

    • pepperbasham

      Are you serious? I made it on a Top 10 Kissing Books list? No way! And The Thorn Keeper or A Twist of Faith aren’t even out yet and I think they are much kissy-er than The Thorn Bearer! Woohoo! I am quite fond of those kissing books, Terrill 🙂

    • pepperbasham

      I know Carrie put me on hers on fun! Just wait….the kisses get so much better!! (IMO)

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