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Have you seen the buzz about Pepper Basham’s newest contemporary romance, Charming the Troublemaker? The sequel to A Twist of Faith, this story returns to Appalachia with humor and fun. I’m excited to have Pepper visiting to tell us more about the heart of her story, but before we visit, let’s take a quick peek at the back cover.
Rainey Mitchell does not need a high-class flirt in her wounded world, but trouble and temptation wafts off the new professor as strong as his sandalwood-scented cologne.
When circumstances thrust them together to save her tutoring clinic, can the troublemaker find the hero inside and encourage the reticent Rainey to open her heart again?
Welcome back, Pepper! Tell us a little about Charming the Troublemaker. Do you have a favorite character from this story? Why is this character your favorite?
I have to say that its a hard call between Alex and Sarah. Both of them just won my heart – Sarah because she’s the epitome of little girl and Alex because he’s so…broken with the need for rescue and redemption.
They are both very realistic characters! Why did you choose this particular setting, and have you been there?
The Blue Ridge Mountains are my home. I love the beauty of the setting, but the intricacies of the culture too. I hope that’s what comes across in my book – the love of family and the power of faith.
After talking to you about A Twist of Faith, I could hear your accent in Charming the Troublemaker, and that was very fun! 😉 What do you hope your readers take away from this novel?
No one is too broken to find hope and healing in the love of Christ. Both Alex and Rainey have been broken and both have to find the real answer in Christ before they can learn how to love each other. Another thing is that God’s way of dealing with us is specific to our particular needs. God didn’t work the same way with Alex as he did Rainey – and he doesn’t with us either.
I love that. So often we feel like we have to get ourselves cleaned up and presentable first, and yet that’s what He wants to do in and for us. We’re not too messed up for Him to redeem! Did you have a favorite story/book as a child? Why was it a favorite?
I loved reading The Secret Garden. I fell in love with the mystery and English culture shown in that book.
Yes! I read that one a few times, which was unusual for me at that age. Can you share (briefly) about something you feel the Lord has been teaching you recently?
For the past two months God has really been impressing on me two things about his character for his kids: 1. He is good. 2. He loves me. If I keep my mind on those two things and meditate on those truths, there is a decrease in my fear/anxiety and an increase in my trust.
Philippians 4:8 in the flesh! Thanks so much for taking the time to visit with us today, Pepper!
Your turn! Is there a truth God has been impressing on you lately?
More about Pepper:
Pepper Basham is an award winning author of contemporary and historical romance, both sprinkled with her native Appalachian culture. She’s a mom of five, speech-language pathologist, Anglophile, and lover of chocolate. You can learn more about her on website at www.pepperdbasham.com or on Facebook at Facebook.com/pepperdbasham
Charming the Troublemaker Giveaway:
Pepper has graciously offered to give away an e-copy of Charming the Troublemaker. Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.