A Match for Emma

COVERBook releases can be crazy things.

I’m a little behind with celebrating on my blog because other life things have been busy…but here we are now! And I’m so excited that Jon and Emma’s story has entered the cyberworld 🙂 (and also paperback).

Leading up to it there are so many things to put into place to help spread the word and gather in as many people to celebrate as possible.

A Match for Emma is my thirteenth book release and I can’t tell you how very sweet it is to have such a wonderful group of readers, bloggers, friends, and family pull together their forces and cheer on each story.

The seed for Emma’s story began as I wrote book 1 in the series, A Twist of Faith, and it was such fun to finally bring her story to light. I didn’t expect it to be so much fun…or challenging. You see, friends-to-more tropes can come in a lot of different shapes and sizes too. This one came with the two friends not having any romantic feelings for each other at the beginning of the story, so I was a little concerned about the ‘tension’ and ‘pacing’ matching what I usually wrote.

66350709_10219511473478168_4850297625250889728_n (2)I love the organic growth of the romance between Jon and Emma and…I must say I ADORED FINALLY getting to write their kisses 🙂 (The epilogue is my FAVORITE).

If you’d like to learn more about A Match for Emma, I’m sharing several links below that will take you to different interviews or blog posts I’ve been a part of for this story.

Thanks so JustRead Publicity Tours for making the release week fun!

Thanks to my Street Team (The Pepper Shakers) for celebrating with their usual veracity and joy!!! (You ARE THE BEST)

Thanks to my new Blame It On A Basham Book Reader group for joining in the fun for my very first release with you!

And thanks SO MUCH to readers who’ve been with me a long time, readers who have taken a chance on my stories, and readers who are just trying my stories out for the first time. The community we share is such a precious one!

Pepper

Here is an interview on Randi’s blog that tells you more about me, my writing, and Emma!

Here’s an excerpt from A Match for Emma

A Fun blog post (on Faithfully Bookish) about the battle between Knightley and Darcy fans 😉

Another fun excerpt that shows Jon and Emma’s friendship.

One of the many sweet reviews!  

and another review.

Other stories that write Appalachia well

Playlist for A Match for Emma

Another interview from the amazing Toni Shiloh

 

 

 

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt WINNERS!!

WE HAVE WINNERS!!!scavengerhunt11.19

Scavenger Hunt winners?!?
#1 Lisa Hudson
#2 Kathryn Bochman
#3 Heather Olsen
#4 Jan D.
#5 “DR” of New Zealand
–check your inbox!


And thanks to all the rest who took part. We so appreciated your involvement! Individual authors will be directly connecting with the winners of bonus prizes over the next few days! (personal winners of My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge is Kerri Norrod and Rebecca Lare)
CONGRATULATIONS!!!

What do you think of modernizations of classics?

Do you have favorites? I’m a big fan of them, but I definitely want them to be done well.

For example, the wonderful musical, My Fair Lady, starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison is a “modernization” and loose retelling of a play produced by George Bernard Shaw in 1913?

I had a little fun with that particular modernization in the first Mitchell’s Crossroads book, A Twist of Faith.

11176200_oriOr did you know Bridget Jones’s Diary, Lost in Austen, Bride and Prejudice, and The Lizzie Bennett Diaries were all modernizations of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Do you have a favorite of those?

What about The Lion King as a modernization of Shakespeare’s Hamlet or Ten Things I Hate About You as a retelling of Taming of the Shrew? Some people have even said Oh Brother! Where Art Thou is a loose retelling of Homer’s The Odyssey!! Whoa!

And then there’s Jane Austen’s Emma? Clueless is the number one modernization of that classic, but I’m prefer the regency adaptations, especially the 2009 BBC version. Emma’s always been a character people have had trouble loving, so it was with trepidation and lots of love that I took up the challenge of modernizing this story in my upcoming release,

A Match for Emma.

COVERHere’s a little bit about the Appalachian spin I put on Jane Austen’s classic.

Emma Mitchell may enjoy sprinkling romance into the lives of others, but her own plans involve a single first-class ticket to culinary school in Europe. When her best friend, Jon Noble, suddenly moves back to Ransom, Emma’s certain her life can’t get any better, especially when their relationship begins to teeter on the brink of something unexpected. Through an endless game of Scrabble, classic front porch chats, and some horrible attempts at a New York accent, Emma and Jon attempt to navigate a surprising newness to their friendship which may include some…nonverbal lip-to-lip communication. Unfortunately, Emma’s matchmaking schemes nosedive and culinary future falls flat. Can she turn the disaster around and capture her best friend’s heart in the process, or will her pride be the downfall of her happily-ever-after? #NobleEverAfter #luvewe

Here’s the Stop # 20 Skinny:

If you’re interested, you can order A Match for Emma on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CBD or at your local bookstore!

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Link to Stop #21, the Next Stop on the Loop: Lynn Blackburn’s site!

My Heart BelongsBut WAIT!! Before you go, I’m offering two entrants an opportunity to step back in time in Appalachia by winning a paperback copy of My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge. All you have to do is leave a comment below answering this question:

What is your favorite classic remake OR what classic would you LIKE to see remade 🙂

Two commenters will win a copy of My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge and a heart tree ornament. (USA only)

 

Never Too Old for Fairy Tales & Giveaway

51Fu8DKFXyLToday we are celebrating fairytales and C.S. Lewis.

Why?

Well, I never tired of celebrating BOTH of those things, but also, Finding Ever After, a 4-in-1 collection of fairytale-ish novellas is FREE on Amazon through Saturday.

These stories will tickle your funny bone, touch your heart, and bring a little bit of ‘magic’ into the regular world.

About the book Finding Ever After:

Experience a touch of magic with these four fairytale-ish novellas that span over one hundred years. Linked by an illustrated book of fairytales, each novella is an enchanting combination of a beloved classic sprinkled with the author’s own brand of fairy dust.

Stairs and Stardust by me, is set in 1913 Asheville, NC at the beautiful 48249807_10217948542765877_8683367254722609152_oBiltmore Estate and includes a budding children’s book illustrator, an out-of-the box heir, and a teensy bit of Cinderella romance.

Entanglements by Rachel McMillan has a Rapunzel twist and is set in 1920’s Boston between a reluctant heiress, a charming piano tuner, and Entanglementsa game of chess.

Twice Upon A Time by Ashley Clark is a Beauty-And-The-Beast inspired tale that brings a romance novelist back home to her family’s pecan farm… and the ex-fiance she left behind.

Once Bitten Betsy St Amant is a nod to Snow White that includes a fake date with a handsome woodsman, seven geeks, and the world’s best apple tarts.

Take advantage of this great deal: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07N16XXX8

Twice Upon a TimeFairytales do not take away from life, but, in a real way, can enhance our vision. C.S. Lewis says, “He does not despise real woods because he has read of enchanted woods: the reading makes all real woods a little enchanted”

God created us with imaginations – the ability to see beyond the now and envision, dream, pretend of something moronce bittene? Why do you think? Well, for one thing, imagination is involved in so many aspects of life…and faith. Heaven, love, our ‘future’ self, our dreams.

Just seeing kids with their back-to-school signs about what they want to be when they grow up, shows imagination.

Fairytales can also inspire us to face our giants in life by not steering away from the dangers, wounds, and heartaches, but helping us to see other adventurers- not too different than ourselves- fight, problem-solve, grow, and change to make it through the dangers, heal from the wounds, and strengthen even in heartache.

Another quote by Lewis?

“Since it is so likely that they will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage. . . Let there be wicked kings and beheadings, battles and duprizengeons, giants and dragons, and let villains be soundly killed at the end of the book”

So, in celebration of fairytales and Finding Ever After being ‘free’, I’m having a fairytale-ish giveaway.

Tell me which fairytale character you’d most like to be and I’ll put your name in the drawing for this little prize: A paperback copy of my novella, Between Stairs & Stardust, a Prince Charming candle created by Susanne Blumer of Sassafras on Sutton Bookshop, & a little fairytale-ish sign 😊

Don’t forget to leave your email address so I can get in touch with you if you win.

(The contest will run through Monday, September 2)

Pepper

Untold Stories & Heavenward

houseMy husband and I took a little trip this past weekend over the mountain to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I say, “over the mountain” because the Blue Ridge Mountains blend into the Smokies, so in reality, we went over a LOT of mountains, taking the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway from Asheville.

While in Gatlinburg, we took a lesser-known hike that runs along the Little Pigeon River and leads to a hundred-fifty-year-old Appalachian barn and homeplace. Over four hundred families lived up in this area of the mountains, a community of people, their houses based with fieldstone and creek rocks, their walls built with hand-hewn logs. Fences of rocks marked homesteads, now mounds of rubble.

It was a beautiful hike. The welcome babble of the river followed us along most of the walk as we climbed deeper into the woods. No phone service for over an hour or two.

barnOff this path, upon a little knoll surrounded by trees and brush, a blast of color and stone caught our attention. Upon investigation, we found a small, mountain cemetery of about 20 to 25 graves, mostly of infants and young children, almost all dying around the years 1909-1910. Flowers still decorated the graves, as if these little lives were not forgotten by time and distance. Only two gravestones were made with smooth, store-bought granite, the rest were etched hand-carved rock. Some had names – Lillian, Hettie, Ruth, Jessie, Rosalia – and some had been so worn away with time, the names no longer showed, but the size from headstone to footstone showed a small grave.

graveStories breathed on the mountain breeze. Untold. Waiting.

When we returned to the bed and breakfast we were staying in nearby, the owner (a native) told us that the area was hit with a horrible epidemic of scarlet fever around that time – and likely those graves are from that time.

Some people may ask “Where was God in this moment? For these families?”

The answer? As present as the mountain breeze, the sound of the cascading river, or the lilt of birdsong.

Our world is a broken one, filled with unimaginable pain, shattering heartbreak, and deep longing. It has been broken for a long time because of human hearts.

And where is God?

He offers a perfect and future hope, but not only that, he is with us now. He came into this world and KNEW the unimaginable pain, the shattering heartbreak, and the deep longing so that we can be comforted by a God how not only knows but understands.

Our hearts are made for another world. They always have been.

Some of us recognize the otherness, see it in glimpses, in rays of light, or a baby’s laughter.

Our vision, though fogged by the grief of this world, knows that beyond the darkened horizon lies a better world, one where tears are no more, longings are fulfilled, and the broken hearts are mended.

Our stories matter to him – whether they are decorated with simple flowers on the edge of a mountain path or going through the everydayness of life. Our stories are not forgotten, lost, or unimportant.

They matter, every single breath, ache, or joy, because they belong to HIS storyPepper

 

Royals Walking Among Us

I’m a big royals fan! 

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When photos of Queen Elizabeth or any of her grandkids (or great-grandkids) pop up on my screen, I usually take a few seconds to read about the events and look at the pics, as if I have some kind of connection with them. 

Due to their placement in their culture and life, they hold a special significance. Queens, princes, princess, duchesses, and dukes. The titles alone place them in a realm above the regular average Jane on the street. I love watching how the Dukes and Duchesses walk near the regular folks on the streets and talk with the children…and how the faces of the commoners beam with smiles from the select attention of a royal.

What an even more precious awareness we have as children of the eternal God!

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Photo by Edward Cisneros on Unsplash

The one who created the universe, spoke the sea into existence, and folded the land into its shape, should inspire our awe and wonder, yet to an even greater degree than our earthly royals, Christ didn’t just walk near the commoners, he walked among us. He put on human flesh and lived as one who hadn’t known the splendor of Heaven and the power of all creation. He comforted the wounded, wept for the broken, and loved the unlovely…and then, in an act of divine beauty and pain, the Prince of Heaven took on our sin to give us his future.

His life, death, resurrection, and ascension secured the hope that commoners have ready access to the throne room of heaven…and not only THAT, we are seen as having royal blood now.

Because of the sacrifice Christ made for us, his royal status has transferred to his kids so that we have access to Heaven! And, as prince and princesses ourselves, we have been given the opportunity to weep with the broken, comfort the wounded, and love the unlovely, allowing others to ‘see’ the love of a King through us.

Pepper

 

A Match for Emma – Cover Reveal

It’s time for a COVER REVEAL!!! I’m so excited for this story!!! And so excited to finally share the cover with you today!

This cover was a delight to get to design. I paired up with the amazingly talented Roseanna White to make sure the finished product fit the heart of this sweet and humorous friends-to-lovers story.

And OF COURSE, I had to get those Blue Ridge Mountains in there 😉

About the Book

Emma Mitchell may enjoy sprinkling romance into the lives of others, but her own plans involve a single first-class ticket to culinary school in Europe.  

When her best friend, Jon Noble, suddenly moves back to Ransom, Emma’s fairly certain her life can’t get any better…until her matchmaking schemes nosedive, her culinary future falls flat, and a life-long friendship begins to teeter on the brink of something unexpected.

With a little inspiration from Jane Austen’s classic and a touch of Blue Ridge charm, will Jon and Emma discover that what they need the most may be the last thing they’re trying to find?

Are you ready for this???

I give you…

A Match for Emma

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A Match for Emma will be available for preorder at the end of August.

Release day is Thursday, November 21 – just in time for the holidays!

And HERE’s the back cover…Because it is just so beautiful!!!

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Tell me what you think!!!

Pepper

 

Book Journeys- Pursuing the Pyramids with Amelia Peabody

I have NO idea why I waited so long to read an Amelia Peabody book, but suffice it to say, I am thoroughly hooked! Humor, history, romance, mystery, and a clever, though flawed, woman at the helm! Oh yes!

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About the Book:

Set in 1884, this is the first installment in what has become a beloved bestselling series. At thirty-two, strong-willed Amelia Peabody, a self-proclaimed spinster, decides to use her ample inheritance to indulge her passion, Egyptology. On her way to Egypt, Amelia encounters a young woman named Evelyn Barton-Forbes. The two become fast friends and travel on together, encountering mysteries, missing mummies, and Radcliffe Emerson, a dashing and opinionated archaeologist who doesn’t need a woman’s help — or so he thinks. (From Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

I’ve never been to Egypt except through my occasional visits through movies or Agatha Christie’s Poirot episodes. Now, I can add Elizabeth Peters’ series about Amelia Peabody, because I just finished reading the first book, Crocodile on the Sandbank.

pyramids-2371501_1920What did I love? Well, what’s NOT to love!! From the first-person perspective of Amelia Peabody, the independent, strong-willed, confident (sometimes arrogant), but incredibly fair with a kind heart woman, readers jump on a wonderful trip of learning about the wonders of late 1800s Egypt. The humor was wonderfully British, the mystery delightfully interesting, the romance subtle, surprising and perfectly placed, and the history…an eye-opening account into a very new place for me to travel.

egypt-640875_1920The four main characters, including one important secondary character, are all well-drawn out and multifaceted. Oh my! It was just so much FUN!! Cairo, the Nile, Armana, mummies, excellent male-female banter, sweet romance, and…a wonderful example of grace!!

Caveat: this is a general market book, so there is some mild language, but don’t let THAT stop you from enjoying this amazing trip with remarkable characters (and a somewhat reliable guide into Egypt).

The Journey:

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There are many places to visit in the first Amelia Peabody book, Crocodile on the Sandbank, but I’m going to stick with a few of the more featured sites in this story. Of course, Amelia arrives from England into Alexandria, but her first visit of any time is spent in Cairo…and particularly at Shepeard’s Hotel, a particularly elegant place for tourists to experience the best of Egypt.

While in Cairo, we visit the pyramids, which would be a horrible thing to miss, since these ancient structures are the most recognized historical sites in Egypt and remarkable architectural feats as well! (Plus, we learn from Amelia, they provide a lovely view of the surrounding countryside).

tutankhamun-1038544_1920Next stop was more fluid. Our narrator takes us on a journey down the Nile in a dahabiyas, a sail-powered river boat – but this is not your usual boat. It’s a small hotel on the water. An open-air drawing room on top, closed drawing room below, bedrooms, kitchen, dining room…truly, traveling down the Nile in one of these (for the right price) definitely improved the journey. Plus, going down the river came with an additional breeze that had to help with the arid temperatures of the ancient country.

Amelia (and her fellow characters) spend most of their time in Amarna on an archeological dig. Most of the descriptions of this area are regarding the filth of the villages outside the archeological dig with their flimsy huts and growing mongrels posed against the cliff-tombs and stunning sunsets. Sand, patches of cultivated green, and the crescent blue of the Nile in the different frames the adventure Amelia, Emerson, Walter, and Evelyn have in this part of the world.

I can’t wait to travel again with Amelia and her cohorts!!

About the Author:

16549.jpgElizabeth Peters earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago’s famed Oriental Institute. During her fifty-year career, she wrote more than seventy novels and three nonfiction books on Egypt. She received numerous writing awards and, in 2012, was given the first Amelia Peabody Award, created in her honor. She died in 2013, leaving a partially completed manuscript of The Painted Queen.

Pepper

Book Journeys – The Matrimonial Advertisement by Mimi Matthews

Mimi Matthews is a new-to-me author who revives a gothic-like romance with Jane Eyre flair, historical intrigue, and a wonderfully redeemable rogue.

About the book:

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Helena Reynolds will do anything to escape her life in London, even if that means traveling to a remote cliffside estate on the North Devon coast and marrying a complete stranger. But Greyfriar’s Abbey isn’t the sort of refuge she imagined. And ex-army captain Justin Thornhill–though he may be tall, dark, and devastatingly handsome–is anything but a romantic hero.

He Needed Redemption…

Justin has spent the last two decades making his fortune, settling scores, and suffering a prolonged period of torture in an Indian prison. Now, he needs someone to smooth the way for him with the villagers. Someone to manage his household–and warm his bed on occasion. What he needs, in short, is a wife and a matrimonial advertisement seems the perfect way to acquire one.

Their marriage was meant to be a business arrangement and nothing more. A dispassionate union free from the entanglements of love and affection. But when Helena’s past threatens, will Justin’s burgeoning feelings for his new bride compel him to come to her rescue? Or will dark secrets of his own force him to let her go?

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The Journey:

If you are a fan of historical romance, particularly more dramatic type, set in 1800s England, this story is likely to check all the boxes on your list. Brooding yet compassionate hero = check. Independent, intelligent, and kind heroine = check. Suspense = check. Accents = check. England = check.

There is also a Beauty and the Beast vibe, a moment where “cliffs of insanity” take on a whole new meaning, and some of the tenderest romantic vibes expressed in such subtle ways. This was truly a fun and beautiful story to read plus the hero is fantastically drawn and the heroine is strong minded/willed yet tempered with kindness. Her storyline is so interesting.

AND at least there is a kiss or two (for my sake, if for no one else’s)

One of the many things that is brought to life in this book is the setting. The story begins in London, but the largest portion of it takes place in North Devon, switching between a small country village and Greyfriar’s Abbey. The cliffs, sea, and countryside are used well to create a sense of both isolation, stark beauty, and…interestingly enough, freedom.

But what makes North Devon a worthy place for this story? Well, there’s a little bit of everything. Moors, hills, cliffs, quaint towns, and the SEA!

Let’s take a look.

Personally, my favorite thing is…the CLIFFS!!!

And the SEA!!!!!

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And, of course, there is the mysterious Greyfriar’s Abbey – the home of Justin Thornhill (btw, can I just say I LOVE his self-discovery of what love is. Oh heavens!! And I adore the way he shows his love to Helena – his protection!!! It’s beautiful).

In North Devon there happens to be a popular abbey known as Buckland Abbey that I’m showing as an example of what Greyfriar’s might have looked like – for your viewing pleasure.  You can find more images of Buckland Abbey HERE on Pinterest.😊 

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Ooh, just imagine this abbey a little more run down and cloaked in dusk. Fun stuff here 😉

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I’m absolutely in love with the photos from this link (and this town) so I’m sharing it with you as a ‘taste’ of the setting for Matrimonial Advertisement 😊

They really give you some beautiful view of the cliffs and the sea. I can imagine Helena looking out over that view for the first time.

Have you read any of Mimi Matthews’ books?

About the Author:

Mimi-Matthews-Author-Photo-2-e1508456608164.jpgUSA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews writes both historical non-fiction and traditional historical romances set in Victorian England. Her articles on nineteenth century history have been published on various academic and history sites, including the Victorian Web and the Journal of Victorian Culture, and are also syndicated weekly at BUST Magazine. In her other life, Mimi is an attorney. She resides in California with her family, which includes an Andalusian dressage horse, two Shelties, and two Siamese cats.

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Pepper

The Thorn Bearer Bookiversary!

Four years!

It has been four years since my debut novel, The Thorn Bearer, was published by Vinspire Publishing and my life as a published author began.

Since then, I’ve expanded my “published’ library to include more traditional books as well as independently published ones. Some received broader recognition, others found favor with a quieter group of readers, but with each story, I hope I’ve continued to grow as a writer – and that I continue (overtly or covertly) to show the beauty of the Gospel.  

TTB 1Writing has been such a journey. Each story forces me to look inside my own heart and well as draw from my thoughts and energies to pour into fictional people and worlds. Each story challenges me to improve my writing skills and story creating. Each story inspires an opportunity for the joy of creativity and the frustration of stubborn mental fatigue. AND each story provides a blank canvas of another way to show hope to a world in need of hope.

But within all of that, each story also makes my writing community richer and larger and so full! With each not book I write, I gain new readers who join with me on this journey and I am SO thankful for them! For you!

The Thorn Bearer began the first page of a lifetime of stories to be written. Since April 2015, I’ve had six novels published and four novellas. I have other novels that haven’t met readers’ eyes yet and dozens of ideas for more. I’ve gotten to try my hand at nonfiction. It’s been SUCH an amazing journey.

TTB 2As I celebrate the bookiversary of The Thorn Bearer, I want to thank all of you who’ve joined me on this journey. Thank you for your encouragement, your notes, your reviews, and messages. Thanks for reading sneak peeks and hosting me on your blogs. Thanks for sharing my graphics and letting me know how much a quote meant to you.

Thank you!

This debut doesn’t get a lot of reviews anymore, but I was recently surprised by someone who found the key heart of the story worth a few words.

This is an amazingly powerful book! It’s a tough read in that it covers some difficult topics, but it is so well done. Every aspect and piece of the story is expertly and thoroughly woven together. It’s hard to even put into words just how well this author handles everything in this book from the difficult things to the romance to the healing and hope to the reminder that God is always there and we are never alone. It’s a tale full of redemption and hope and healing and the love story of a Savior for every single one of us no matter where we come from, what we’ve done, or what has been done to us. I highly recommend it!Julie Jobe

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To celebrate the bookiversary of The Thorn Bearer, I am giving away one of my books (winner’s choice) to two commenters! All you have to do is answer this question:

What is a theme you enjoy reading about in books?

Announcements!

We have THREE winners of audiobooks for Charming the Troublemaker!!

Susan Cornwell

Licha Haney

Alicia M. Laxton

Please email me at pepperdbasham (at) gmail.com to let me know you’d like to claim your prize!! Congratulations!!!

Another announcement!

The third book in the Mitchell’s Crossroads series, A Match for Emma, is slated to come out in November 2019!! Woohoo!!!! I can’t wait to introduce you to a few new characters and celebrate familiar ones too!

A cover reveal is coming soon!!!!!!

Pepper

Fairy Tale Celebration

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There were fairy tales.

And from those fairy tales came MORE fairy tales because fairy tales have an amazing way of bringing truth to light in the most subtle of ways. This quote by author Ursula Le Guin or the one by famed Madeleine L’Engle puts the world of fairy tales into a bigger perspective.

Story speaks.

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And fairy tales have a way of community deep truth that few other tales can do.

So…how have fairy tales been woven through some of our more contemporary-published works? I asked readers and they gave me a few to share with you!

So, what are some great stories from the last decade that have been inspired by fairytales? Check THESE out!

The Not-So-Fairy Tales series by the amazing and hilarious Chautona Havig.

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Sara Ella’s Unblemished Trilogy – which kind of ROCKED the CBA world with its awesomeness

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The amazing Serena Chase’s series Eyes of A’veria – and the covers are beautiful!!!Serena Chase.jpg

Tinsel in a Tangle by Laurie Germaine (which has rave reviews from authors Chautona Having and Janine Rosche)Tinsel.jpg

Melanie Dickerson, the ‘queen of inspirational fairytale-ish spinoffs’ just released a new one based on the story of Mulan called The Warrior Maiden, but if you’re wanting to know about MORE of her fairytale-ish stories, you can learn about the full gamut here. My daughter’s favorite is The Merchant’s Daughter!

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AND since we’re celebrating fairy tale-ish stories, I’m giving away a paperback copy of my newest novella, Between Stairs and Stardust – a story inspired by Cinderella. This novella came out in the Finding Ever After compilation in February and you can get your copy of ALL four novellas (which are interlinked through the creation of a fairy tale book) HERE for only $4.99!

Just answer this question to be put into the drawing:

What is one fairy tale-ish story you’ve read recently that you’ve loved? If you’ve not read any fairy tale-ish story, share what one of your favorite classic fairy tales is?

Pepper