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About Pegg Thomas

Pegg Thomas lives on a hobby farm in Northern Michigan with Michael, her husband of *mumble* years. They raise sheep and chickens; keep a few barn cats, and Murphy the spoiled rotten dog. A life-long history geek, she writes “History with a Touch of Humor.” Pegg is published in the Barbour historical romance collections. Pegg also works as Publisher of Smitten Historical Romance, an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. When not working or writing, Pegg can be found in her barn, her garden, her kitchen, or sitting at her spinning wheel creating yarn to turn into her signature wool shawls. Pegg is currently a finalist for the ACFW Editor of the Year and a finalist for the Romance Writers of America's Faith, Hope, & Love Readers Choice Award.

I Won!

 

A couple of months ago I posted about being a finalist in two different literary award contests. Well, I’m happy to announce that

I WON!

the Romance Writers of American – Faith, Hope, and Love Chapter – Reader’s Choice Award

in the novella category for In Sheep’s Clothing, part of A Bouquet of Brides Collection from Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Stay tuned for news on the results of the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Awards and Editor of the Year Award. I am a finalist in both of those as well.

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2019 in Pegg's News

 

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The Brightest Hope

The Brightest Hope (Echoes of the Heart, #3)The Brightest Hope by Naomi Dawn Musch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure how the author was going to take the “bad boy” of book #2 and make him the hero of book #3 … but she nailed it! What a great end to this trilogy. Two emotionally wounded people who are drawn together against their will only to be torn apart when the unimaginable happens. Plenty of twists and turns and just the right amount of sighs. Highly recommend this one – but read The Deepest Sigh and The Softest Breath first!

 

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Life is Precious – Start There

My heart breaks for the families who have once again lost loved ones to violence. And it’s angered by those who once again maneuver to gain political points on the backs of those who sorrow.
 
We need answers as to why these horrific events not only keep happening but are on the increase. Yet there are no simple answers. There is no fix that will happen tomorrow.
 
Many people want to blame guns. We’ve had guns as part of our culture since it’s beginnings. The guns haven’t changed. You can fuss and argue about the makes and models, but they all still do the same function. We lived in this country for more than 200 years without using guns in this way. Guns haven’t changed. People have.
 
People used to grow up in families with a mother and a father, often grandparents in the same neighborhood. Neighbors helped neighbors. People chatted over backyard fences. People looked out for one another’s children. People lived in “communities” in a way that is totally foreign now.
 
People valued other people in their marriages, in their families, in their workplaces, in the churches and synagogues. Was everything rosy-glowy and perfect? No. But they weren’t shooting each other up. There was a basic understanding of the sanctity of life. And we’ve lost that.
 
We have legislators who stand and CHEER for the right to kill a just-born infant. What would our grandparents have said about that?
 
We have games that people play for fun – for FUN! – that glory in killing people with graphic images on a screen. And many of those playing these games are impressionable boys. How can that not warp their young minds?
 
We watch movies where people are routinely shot, knifed, run over, or blown up, and we watch these for FUN. We call it “art” and “entertainment.” And we idolize the actors that make their living portraying the very actions we decry when they happen in real life. How twisted is that thinking?
 
There are no easy answers, but we can look back and see what worked in the past. It wasn’t gun control. It wasn’t anything the government did. It was families and communities who loved and cared for each other. It was valuing LIFE. We don’t do that anymore and that’s what needs to change. Not one of these horrific shooters, these demented individuals, would have pointed a single gun at a single person if they’d valued life.
 
That’s what needs to change. It can only happen in our homes, our families, our places of worship, and our hearts. The government, for all it’s posturing and posing, cannot fix this problem … but “we the people” can.
 
I challenge everyone who’s read this far to start making the changes at home. Start loving one another. Work out your differences at home, show your children how it’s done, dig deep and find the strength to be the kind of person who can make the difference in your family, your community, your little corner of the world. Make better choices as to your entertainment and what you’re allowing your youngsters to be exposed to. Tell them why these games and movies are horrific – not fun.
 
We can’t fix it overnight, there are too many broken people out there, but we have to start somewhere, and we have to start now.
 
All life is precious. Start with that.
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Posted by on August 6, 2019 in Pegg's Musings

 

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Cover Reveal – Blacksmith Brides

It’s here! The beautiful cover for my May release in 2020:


Four novellas with strong men who need the gentle touch of a woman.

Pre-order on Amazon!

 

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Legacy Rejected

Legacy Rejected (The Legacy #1)Legacy Rejected by Robin Patchen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another wonderful adventure in Nutfield from author Robin Patchen. As always, her characters are engaging and quirky, the setting is *the* small town we all wished we lived in, and there are parts of the story that keep you guessing. While it’s fun to see the cameo appearances of characters from her other series, there’s no need to read them before reading this. But if you haven’t – you’ll want to anyway!

 

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The Softest Breath

The Softest Breath (Echoes of the Heart Book 2)The Softest Breath by Naomi Dawn Musch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow. This is the second book in the series. I loved the first, The Deepest Sigh, and this one might even be better. The wonderfully rounded characters are both endearing and flawed. The setting is post-WWI when so many changes were happening both socially and industrially. The hero is charmingly old-school, and the heroine is snappily modern. The tension between them is believable and understandable. I didn’t want to put it down!

This book, as well as The Deepest Sigh, was originally published by Desert Breeze Publishing which has since gone out of business. Author Musch is putting the books back in production independently and is releasing book three, The Brightest Hope, on August 1, 2019. I never really thought I liked books written in this era, but she’s proved me wrong. I’ll be first in line to get my copy!

 

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Yours Truly, Thomas

Yours Truly, ThomasYours Truly, Thomas by Rachel Fordham
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There is a lot to like about this story. The characters are engaging, the story premise is interesting, the setting is charming, and there’s a big dog in it. I love stories with dogs in them. However – you saw that coming, right? – it could have benefited from another round of editing. There are grammatical/punctuation errors, and if you just read over those, they won’t bother you, but there are more issues that should have been addressed. However – because every review should have two of these – it’s still an enjoyable story.

 

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