A 2017 Thank You

by | Dec 28, 2017 | Fiction Book Reviews | 12 comments

The older I get the more21762093_1656474161084250_1278632755604947540_n I appreciate priceless gifts.

No, I don’t mean the grand English estate of my dreams

The perfect dress size despite the food intake (though this one continues to vie for top on my Christmas wishlist every year)…

or the one publishing contract to rule them all 😉22089935_10214336915037441_6920393314400122921_n

I mean the sweeter, longer lasting, more eternal type things, like…people, kindness, laughter, memories…time.

There are SOOOOO many precious people who’ve joined the journey of my life with me.

My family is awesome – and I’ve really had the opportunity to watch my kids bloom this year after recovering from a really hard move in 2014 – yeah…it took this long to recover!!


I’ve watched hubs blossom in his calling as a music minister. He truly has a gift to not only create beautiful music, but also encourage the hearts of the people he ministers to.

I’ve seen God save my brother’s life from a horrible car accident – and though there’s been a long recovery, God’s grown my brother’s faith and his family’s closeness in the process.

I’ve experienced another year of awesome sisterhood with the Alleycats, who have added more books to the world, but (more i20770420_1443221062425014_986107590090278444_nmportantly) more sweetness to my heart.

I’ve developed some of the most wonderful friendships through the writing journey – with amazing people like Carrie, Beth, Rachel, Marisa, Meghan, and Rachael…and got an amazing virtual assistant in the process.

I’ve met new inspirations – like Kim Duffy, Hope Welbourn, Denise Hershberger, Erica Hogan, Amanda Wen, Jennifer Rodewald, Becky Hrivnak and so many more… and been inspired by faithful inspirations like Rebecca Maney, Ane Mulligan, Deb Rainey, Mikal Hermanns, Laura Frantz, Beth Vogt, Rachel Hauck, Caryl Kane, Lindsey Brackett, Rachel McMillan, Sarah Monzon, and tons of others (too many to name).

I’ve been able to bathe in the beauty of long-time friendships july2016walkfrom sweet friends like Teresa, Marie, Lindsay, and Jessica.

I’ve enjoyed finding ways to ignite my day job with creativity for my kiddos who have social communication disorders (and work with a few of the BEST spec-ed teachers on the planet)

I’ve been boosted, encouraged, and loved by an AMAZING street team of AMAZING ladies 🙂 (You ARE AMAZING!!!!!!) They’ve celebrated two novel releases and a novella release with me this year – and they’ve put up with my craziness like the champs they are!

20799280_1443220985758355_4275977119238547206_nI’ve gotten to celebrate a big contract with my super-encouraging agent, Julie Gwinn (and have hopes for more exciting stuff in 2018)

And my extended family from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia have just wrapped their love around me with encouragement, sweetness, and loads of prayers.

None of these things are tangibly measurable, but they’re more precious.

17523595_10100184002765259_5459739672877700907_nI suppose Dr. Seuss says it best:

It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags.

And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.

What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.19424472_10154721941581453_3098481778719198287_n

Thank you so much for being a part of this journey with me in 2017 – whether through emails, conversations, hugs, notes of encouragement, a listening ear, talking me off ledges (Carrie, Rachel, and Krista), guidance, reviews, prayers, or a varied number of other ways. Presence (through your kindness) trumps presents any day!!


I’m looking forward to journeying into 2018 with you all!!


Pepper Basham 



  1. Andrea Stephens

    Pepper, getting to know you online and meeting you in person was a HUGE blessing for me this year!
    Thank you for letting me be in a little corner of your world. I love you and your books! I look forward to all the new things you have planned for 2018.
    I wish you many blessing for a wonderful new year!

    • pepperbasham

      Andrea! It was such a blessing to meet you and to have you as such a wonderful encourager on this writing journey!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

  2. susandyer1962

    Awesome post Pepper! You are a new to me author and thanks to Carrie at Reading is My Superpower for introducing me to your books! I’m excited to see what you do next!

    Happy New Year and happy reading!

    • pepperbasham

      Carrie is wonderful! I’m so glad you’ve joined this journey with me this year. I hope to have some good books coming out in 2018 for you to enjoy 🙂

  3. Paula S.

    Pepper, you are so much fun! I really enjoy your books and occasionally chatting through blogs and messenger! Blessings!

    • pepperbasham

      Paula, it’s been so great to get to ‘meet’ you this year! I’m thankful for your kind encouragement. You’ve been so sweet

  4. Bhriv

    Of course, you know that I just adore your writing! It was great to actually meet you and watch you in action at CFRR! I’m excited for you in 2018! Need some more Pepper for my Kindle! 😉 <3 Happy Happy New Year!!
    (I just noticed every sentence has an exclamation point…I think they just have to be there when we're talking Pepper 😉 )

  5. Phyllis

    Happy New Year, Pepper! I love that our best gifts aren’t things that can be bought, because they are also things that can’t be stolen from us.

  6. joyofreadingweb

    Happy New Year, Pepper! I feel blessed to call you my friend. I love your writing and your heart for others, your laughter and the joy you bring is infectious (in the best possible way)!!! ((HUGS)) <3

  7. Lori Smanski

    what an absolutely wonderfully inspiring post. great reminders. happy new year and many more blessings your way. I look forward to this new year also.

  8. carylkane

    Happy New Year, Pepper! My world is a better place with you being in it! I love your creativity and your beautiful heart! May 2018 be filled with blessings and adventure! (((((HUGS))))

  9. Diane Tatum

    Love your post! I have so enjoyed your novellas in those wonderful collections. We never had a chance to meet at ACFW 2017, though I saw you on stage. I hope we meet next time.


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