Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Pepper D. Basham & The Thorn Keeper

Posted April 14, 2020 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, giveaway, historical, Pepper Basham, romance / 29 Comments

The Thorn Keeper Birthday Blog TourWelcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for The Thorn Keeper by Pepper D. Basham, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I am so thrilled to help celebrate the birthday of one of my favorite books, series, couples, and kissing scenes! The Thorn Keeper released 4 years ago, and I’ve since featured it in KissingBooks 101 posts here and here. The kissing scene in The Thorn Keeper is one of THE kissing scenes that I evaluate all others against. And David & Catherine are one of my favorite fictional couples of all time.

The Thorn Keeper by Pepper D. BashamTitle: The Thorn Keeper
Series: Penned in Time #2
Author: Pepper D. Basham
Publisher: Vinspire Publishing
Release Date: February 28, 2016
Genre: Historical Romance

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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Pepper Basham stopped by today (virtually, of course) to talk about David & Catherine and why The Thorn Keeper is such a special book!

Pepper Basham

Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor with southern Appalachian flair. Both her historical and contemporary novels have garnered recognition in the Grace Awards, Inspys, and ACFW Carol Awards. Her historical romance, The Thorn Healer, was a finalist in the 2018 RT Awards. Her most recent historical romance, My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge, showcases her Appalachian heritage and history, as well as her love for humor and family. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of five great kids, a speech-language pathologist to about fifty more, and a lover of chocolate, jazz, hats, and Jesus.

Pepper loves getting to know readers and other authors through social media outlets like Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. You may also learn more about her on her website at

CONNECT WITH PEPPER: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

The Thorn Keeper JustRead Giveaway

(1) winner will receive all three Penned in Time novels in print or ebook format plus a stained glass dragonfly!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight April 14, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on April 21, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US mailing addresses only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.


Follow along at JustRead Tours for a full list of stops!


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What about you? If you’ve read The Thorn Keeper and the other Penned in Time books by Pepper Basham, what do you enjoy the most about David & Catherine’s relationship? If you haven’t read them yet, what interests you most about them from Pepper’s video?

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29 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Pepper D. Basham & The Thorn Keeper

  1. Diana Hardt

    Nice cover. I liked the synopsis. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Anne

    Thanks for this captivating historical which would be greatly enjoyed. Sounds memorable and unforgettable. The story and era interests me.

  3. Dianne Casey

    This is a new series and author to me. Sounds like a series I would really like to read.

  4. Pam K.

    I enjoy reading historical fiction but have only read Pepper’s contemporary books. This sounds like a great series.

  5. Vivian Furbay

    What an interesting story! I would like to read this to see what happens to her and the doctor.

  6. Caitlyn Santi

    I haven’t read this series yet! *hangs head in shame* But I do have them all and they are at the top of my TBR list! 😍

  7. Patty

    I’ve read one or two of Pepper’s contemporary books, but historical novels are my first love. I think I would enjoy this series.

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