Pepper Basham Speaks Up!


Everyone’s Story welcomes inspirational fiction author Pepper Basham who I now want to so badly call… ahem… a certain beverage (you’ll have to read on–just love it!). I’ve met Pepper at both the Christian Fiction Readers Retreats I and II (CFRR) and wow, you should have seen the costumes she displayed.  I’m so glad Pepper’s here this week with us. Please check out her BookGiveway, what she speaks up about, and a preview of her next novel release in November. We look forward to hearing from you!

Plus: please check out a couple of personal invitations I have for you, following Pepper’s feature.


A Twist of Faith


Pepper is offering 1 randomly chosen commenter  1 ebook of A Twist of Faith, open to international viewers. The winner will be announced between 6-7 PM EST on October 6th.

** For Giveaways: it’s not necessary to insert your private email information within comments.



Words Wield Power by Pepper Basham


Words wield power.

To heal

To wound

To tear down or build up

To romance

To divide

They’re incredibly powerful.

And many times, words, whether spoken or written, can inspire.

My life has been filled with people who have spoken inspirational words into my life, but three people, in particular, comes to mind when I think about my writing journey.

For me, this writing journey started when words were still new to me. In fact, I don’t remember a time when I didn’t enjoy stories, which is a hallmark of my Appalachian culture. Stories. Except most of the time stories were oral and not written, passed from one generation to the next.


Even though I come from a very small community in the southwestern part of Virginia, my parents didn’t let the smallness impact their dreams for me. They dreamed BIG. Neither had the opportunity to attend college (and college wasn’t really a common occurrence in my neck of the woods), but they both wanted that for me.

Before college even whispered on the horizon, though, they recognized I had a love, and talent, for stories. I’d write them, tell them, attempt to draw them. I’d design stories for my cousins and I to play together. I’d tell bedtime stories to my brother. I loved stories – and my parents’ willingness to let me talk their ears off with my crazy stories, allowed me the opportunity to continue dreaming about stories.

The love of story was further inspired by my Granny Spencer. She could tell family history back 5 or more generations. I loved listening to her talk about some unbelievable things that happened to my ancestors, but even with all the ‘story-love’ going on, I never thought about being a writer. (I was going to be a pediatrician so I could be Dr. Pepper!

When I was ten years old, my Granny came to my house with a present for me: a second-hand typewriter. The present was soooo sweet, but the words she spoke were what resonated through me with such power, it inspired a paper-and-ink dream. “I bought you a typewriter because a writer needs one.”

She called me a writer.CTT Cover

Her statement had power.

God used it to ignite a flicker in the coals of my creativity He’d already warmed with curiosity.

From that point on, I still wanted to go to college and get a degree (I’m a speech-language pathologist by day), but I also wanted to be a writer. The simple sentence changed my perspective on how stories could become more than just a wonderful family history, but braiding words together into meaningful tales, could inspire others…as her words had inspired me.

So, there you have it. Words matter.

And we never know how the smallest phrase can leave a lasting impact. That’s why I don’t underestimate the ‘calling’ to be a writer. There’s something almost magical about them, isn’t there? We can’t see them, but we can see by them.

Words wield power.

May we use them well.


Excerpt from Charming the Troublemaker,  in the Mitchell’s Crossroads series. Releasing November 1st.

 Charming the Troublemaker by Pepper Basham

He hadn’t been impressed with her small university and even smaller town—and if what Dee had told her was accurate, his move to Ransom had been more of a demotion than a choice.

A forced decision like that had to hit anyone in the pride.

Especially a guy.

Rainey’s annoyance ebbed with a swell of compassion. Being alone, and in a new place, was hard for anyone.

He brought his head up at her gentle rap on the door, and the unique green shade of his eyes paused her brain in the same way it had the first time she’d seen him. A seafoam hue. The kind of color to cause a second look.

“So, how are things going?”

The surprise on his face took a quick spin into ‘interested.’ He unfolded to stand, showing off a solid, lean frame, and rested his palms on his hips. “Better now.”

Another sigh waited for release. Yep, it was the same guy. The flirt emerged complete with devilish grin.

The communication disorders department already housed a resident flirt in Dr. Khatri. Rainey wasn’t sure she could handle another one … and only three doors down from her own office.

“I’m sure it will only keep improving once you get to your rental house.

Mama has a meal waiting for you, and one of my brothers has already started a fire to warm up the place.”

“Are you my personal guide?” He slid a step closer, green eyes sparkling with a mischief she tried to ignore like a migraine. “Please say yes.”

Obvious much? This unrestrained flirting needed to be nipped in the bud quickly. Stepping into the room, Rainey pulled the directions from her pocket, took his hand, and slapped them into his outstretched palm. “Actually, I’m more like the delivery girl.”

His smile fell as he opened up the handwritten note and deciphered the page. He looked back up, those green eyes taking on a darker glint through his lashes. “We’ve had enough conversations for you to know I’m fun company, Rainey. Promise I’ll be good.”

Rainey’s throat closed around a rude reply, and she nodded toward the paper in his palm. “Make sure you don’t stay too long at the office or your supper will get cold.” She tagged on a tense smile. “And you really don’t want to miss Mama’s cookin.’”

The pressure at Rainey’s leg alerted her that Sarah had finally edged into the room behind her. Rainey placed her hand on her daughter’s head and started to leave.

“And who is this?” The most spellbinding transformation tempered Alex’s flirty expression with a look of genuine pleasure. Rainey’s mental snark stuttered in confusion.

“Um … my daughter, Sarah.”

Sarah’s entire body stiffened against Rainey, but Alex didn’t seem to notice.

He reached on the shelf near him and grabbed a piece of printer paper, the gentle appeal in those eyes almost mesmerizing. Even Rainey’s thoughts came to a halt in utter shock.

With a few twists of his hands, he transformed the paper into a white flower and held it out to Sarah in anticipation. “It’s magic, you see? I can only make flowers from paper when I meet a princess.”

And the eye roll commenced. This guy had enough charm to create his own Disney movie. Sarah would never fall for…

Her daughter released her hold on Rainey’s leg and reached out for the paper flower.

“Ah, I knew it! You are a princess.” Alex bowed his head as Sarah took the flower from his hand and to Rainey’s utter astonishment … her little cherub giggled.

Rainey stared at the scene, her poor attempt at deciphering the current enigma evident from the slow processing speed of the picture before her. How on earth had he managed to win over her recalcitrant little girl in a matter of seconds?


Pepper’s Ah-hahs To Tweet:

Meet #inspy #romance author @pepperbasham and see why worlds wield power. #BookGiveaway (Tweet This)

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Author’s Bio:

Pepper 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, Just the Way You Are, received a Top Pick from RT with 4 ½ stars. Her newest contemporary romance, Charming the Troublemaker, releases in November 2017.

Places to connect with Pepper:








Pepper and I look forward to your comments.


Like Books?

You’re invited to Anne Garboczi Evan’s Love & Warfare Series Facebook Party this Saturday, September 30th. I, along with several other authors will be cohosting. My hour will be 3-4 pm EST and I’ll be offering a BookGiveaway of Always With You, plus revealing my cover for my upcoming romance novella, And You Came Along releasing this December. Hope to see you!! Here’s the link.




Want a Fall Getaway? I’ll be signing Always WithYou at The Bookstore Plus bookshop in Lake Placid, NY on October 14th between 3-5 pm. I’d love to see you! 

2491 Main Street
Lake Placid, NY 12946
(518) 523-2950

Here’s the link.


30 comments to Pepper Basham Speaks Up!

  • Kelly A Tyree

    Charming the Troublemaker sounds so good. I loved the Thorn Healer that Pepper wrote. So many great books,so little time.

  • Andrea Stephens

    Hello, Elaine and Pepper!
    Words do have power. That old saying about sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never harm me, is not true. Words can cause permanent damage that others may never see.
    Pepper, I am so very glad for your Granny Spencer and your encouraging parents.

    Elaine, I look forward to your new book!

    • elaineadmin

      Andrea, always a pleasure to see you 😍 I was also raised with that maxim about words and broken bone and 100% agree with you… words can hurt. Terribly. And they can also lift a person up in grace and love. I’ve been facing both realities big time this week, and trying my best to keep my eyes on Him, the Speaker of the Best words ever.

      And speaking or words, your expressing of wanting to read my next book are words that certainly gladdened my heart this morning.

    • Pepper

      My parents and my Granny brought such faith and courage to my heart! I’m so thankful for them!

  • Ann Mock

    The covers of your books are so delightful! Did you design them? It sounds like you have really done well with your writing. Your grandmother sounded so special!

    • elaineadmin

      Hi, Ann. I agree with you–Pepper’s covers are eye-appealing!

    • Pepper

      Thank you!
      I’ve only designed two covers, though I had a great deal of input on my historical novel, The Thorn Healer. I do love them! I designed the cover for my contemporary romantic comedy, Just the Way You Are, and the novella, Second Impressions. I play around with covers when I’m working through writers block 🙂

  • Enjoyed getting to know Pepper better. Dr. Pepper–that’s a hoot! And my daughter is a speech pathologist, too. Loved what your grandmother did for you. She must have been an amazing woman.

  • Ian

    Hi Elaine! Thank you for sharing Pepper’s passion for words and stories with us.

    And hello Dr Pepper! I loved reading how the Lord planted “stories” and “words” in your young girl heart. Wonderful how you honour you mom, dada and granny in this post. May your latest story resonate with many, my friend.

  • Anne Rightler

    Love that your (Pepper’s) grandmother spoke life into your dreams! I hope that I am doing that w/ my grands! Thank you for sharing. Am looking forward to reading your new book. Thank you for sharing.

  • Esther Bandy

    I’m happy to hear that you’re signing copies of Always With you at Lake Placid, NY on October 14th. I enjoyed reading it and I hope you have a wonderful turn-out. I’m also thankful you invited Pepper Bashan to share her story with us.

    Thank you for sharing how your grandmother’s words and the typewriter she gave you inspired you to write. Your upcoming novel, Charming the Troublemaker, sounds wonderful. Thank you for offering a giveaway. I look forward to reading it and I’d love to win a copy.

    Esther Bandy

    p.s. I love the following quote from Emily Dickinson:

    “A word is dead when it is said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day.”

    • elaineadmin

      Aww, Esther, you’re so sweet and encouraging. Thank you for your kind words. I wished you lived closer so we could visit at Lake Placid (though that Adirondack town is several hours north of where I live).

      Just a clarification, although I’m sure you know: Pepper’s Giveaway if of A Twist of Faith. I’m sure you’d enjoy both that one and her next release of Charming the Troublemaker.

      Fascinating quote by Emily Dickinson! Thanks for sharing.

    • Pepper

      Oh my goodness! I love that quote! I am making a graphic of it right now!

  • Marilyn R

    Pepper is a delight to be around. I met her at CFRR 2016. Then again this year to at CFRR. Words are powerful and glad her granny shared stories and encouragement with Pepper. Everyone needs to be built up not broken down. It’s hard to overcome being broken without God’s amazing grace.
    Hugs and prayers to you both.

    • elaineadmin

      And speaking of words, Marilyn, you shared powerful ones today. Words I similarly was thinking about earlier: I will focus on God and His love for me because He will never break me 💗

      Always thankful to see you here. So glad we’ve met!! Understatement!

  • Your book sounds good. I’ll put it on my list.

  • Loved this. My oldest granddaughter wanted a typewriter when she was about seven and I got it for her for Christmas that year. She loved/loves to write. It’s so much fun to encourage a dream.

    Pepper, I enjoyed the excerpt from your book! Thanks for another interesting interview, Elaine.

    • elaineadmin

      Laura, it’s always so nice to see you 💕 You reminded me of the time I worked at a sleep-away camp while in high school… awful experience but with the little check I earned I bought myself a typewriter, a gift that kept giving. I hope your granddaughter keeps up her writing!

  • What an awesome-sounding book! Charming the Troublemaker goes on my “Books to Read” list. Loved Pepper’s bio. She sounds like an author I’d love to support (because you know, I love supporting other authors). Looking forward to reading Charming the Troublemaker and other books by Pepper (or should we say, Dr. Pepper!)! 😉

    • elaineadmin

      Shelley, thanks for your visit today. I’m glad you enjoyed Pepper’s visit and hope you’ll get to check out her books. Maybe mine too (nothing like a shameless self-plug, huh? 😊). Hope to see you again!

  • elaineadmin

    What a fun week it’s been here on Everyone’s Story, and I have my guest, Pepper Basham, to thank. Pepper, it’s been a pleasure to host you and I hope these past few days have blessed you with a growing readership.

    Thanks too for the delightful BookGiveaway of A Twist of Faith. And the winner is….

    Jann!! Yay, Jann. Both Pepper and I will contact you directly via email. Enjoy!

    Blessings to all.

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