Cover Reveal and Giveaway!: The Thorn Keeper by Pepper Basham

Dear reader friends,

Today is a day I am especially excited to be here with you sharing the wonder of books. It is a day long awaited because my joy that comes with sharing the elements of this book’s creation is doubled in knowing we are also celebrating this day with a good author friend of mine. Pepper D. Basham, author, speech language pathologist, pastor’s wife, and mother of five children is simply a wonderful person. With an Appalachian accent and strong faith in God’s goodness, Pepper’s talent for crafting stories of redemption shines through beautiful writing infused with wit, humor, history, and romance.

Pepper’s debut novel, The Thorn Bearer, debuted in May 2015 from Vinspire Publishing. I love this book–so much that it is one of my favorites of 2015–but rather than re-tell you my praises for this novel for this 5-star novel, I’ll just point you to my review.

Now you can see why I am thrilled to share with you the cover and back-cover-blurb of Pepper’s second Penned in Time series novel, The Thorn Keeper, set to debut from Vinspire Publishing in February 2016.


Isn’t this cover just gorgeous?! So much about the story of The Thorn Keeper is conveyed in this cover, and yet mystery remains–who is the heroine? How does the war impact the characters? How will God change their lives?

I want to delve into The Thorn Keeper after viewing this cover, but since we have to wait until February 2016 for the book to be released, I’ll share with you the back-cover-blurb. Keep reading to learn more about   the novel and find a chance to win a digital ARC of The Thorn Keeper!

About The Thorn Keeper:

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.



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 after 9 PM.

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! There are eight of us participating in this cover launch, so your chances to win are high.

I hope you’ll come to love the Penned in Time series as much as I have. Be sure to add The Thorn Keeper to your to-read list,  follow Pepper on Goodreads, Twitter, and Facebook.


8 thoughts on “Cover Reveal and Giveaway!: The Thorn Keeper by Pepper Basham

  1. Marisa,
    As usual, your comments are so eloquent! Thank you for the praise of The Thorn Bearer…here’s hoping people will enjoy The Thorn Keeper as much. 🙂 (or more). I LOVED discovering this story!!! (and finding new friends like you along the way 🙂

    • Same here! Vinspire does such wonderful work with Pepper’s covers. I like how the heroines take center stage on the covers but that the little details sprinkle in the essences of the time period of the story. 🙂

  2. Even though I tend to read more book on my Kindle, I still appreciate the weight, feel, and beauty of a physical book. Seeing the image of The Thorn Keeper’s cover, I can imagine how much more gorgeous the cover will be in person. I will always purchase the softcover of a book if it is one I adore.

    • I agree with you, Terrill. I have a Kindle and do read on it occasionally, but I still much prefer a physical book. If I read a book on my Kindle and love the story, then I tend to either purchase the book in its physical form afterwards or buy physical books by the author in the future. I am grateful that my Kindle relieves my computer bag of the weight of physical books, but I will always prefer paper to screen. Thanks for commenting!

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