Pinned in Time Blog Tour! Want a Life Saver?

Welcome to Pepper Basham’s Pinned in Time blog tour and thanks for visiting Down In The Hollow!   Today’s blog stop features some SWEET history.  So sit back, relax, and savor the flavor!

For me, one of the most romantic and sweet scenes in Pepper Basham’s The Thorn Bearer is Sam giving Ashleigh LifeSavers® candies.

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The Thorn Bearer by Pepper Basham
First book by Pepper Basham in the Penned in Time series!



For example, here is a scene from page 354 and probably my favorite LifeSavers® scene:

“Care for a LifeSaver?”

Her gaze met his, sweet love warming him all the way through.  Oh yes, he was grateful God didn’t give him what he deserved.  She was much too good for the likes of him, but as his father said, no one ever complained of getting something too good for them.

“Yes, thank you.”

He popped a yellow from his pack and offered it to her with a challenge in his voice. “Want a yellow?”

She snatched it from him and placed it in her mouth with a smile.  “For the rest of my life.”


I loved LifeSavers® candies, and as a child, I loved sharing them with my friends.  In addition to being an intense, heart-melting story, The Thorn Bearer brought back sweet memories for me.  For those who have read The Thorn Bearer, you’ll see the analogy to needing a life preserver/life saver on the Lusitania, and on the spiritual level, the need for a life “Savior” in Christ.  If you haven’t read it…well, what are you waiting for????!!

So to go along with this great story, here is a little LifeSavers® candy history:

Life Savers Pep-O-Mint1912 Clarance Crane wanted a sweet confection that would tolerate summer heat.  He created the original Pep-O-Mint flavor, and with the help of a pharmaceutical pill maker, pressed the candy out round with a hole in the middle and wrapped them in cardboard.  He called them “life savers” because they looked like little life preservers.

1913 Edward Noble buys Crane’s recipe and starts the LifeSavers® Candy Company.  Between 1921 and 1925 he adds “Fruit drops with the hole”, flavors orange, lemon, and lime.  He also develops tinfoil as the wrapper to keep the candy fresh.

1935 LifeSavers® adds cherry and pineapple flavors to the fruit mix creating what most of us know as the “Five Flavors.”  (Psst…if you win the grand prize it includes a pack of the Five Flavors – Yay!)

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1938 Butter rum flavor is added to the list of LifeSavers® flavors and becomes a popular flavor.

1942 – 1945  LifeSavers® Candy Company gives to the World War 2 cause donating 23 million boxes of LifeSavers® candies.  Rolls of candy were packed into American G.I. field Butter rumrations kits as a reminder of home.

There is much more history to LifeSavers® and I encourage you to visit for more current history of this sweet, enduring treat!

Comment below and let me know what your favorite LifeSavers® candy flavor is and if you have any special memories that go along with LifeSavers® candies!  (Psst…my favorite flavor is Tangerine, but I don’t think they make it anymore.) Also plan to visit Bookworm Mama on August 11th for the next Pinned in Time blog stop clue and your chance to win the grand prize! (Note:  Pinned in Time contest rules, clue, and web link are at the end of this blog.)

The Thorn Keeper Full Cover by Pepper Basham

I would like to thank Pepper Basham for inviting me to participate in this blog tour.  I LOVE her books!  If you have not read The Thorn Bearer or The Thorn Keeper please do so!  You won’t be disappointed.  Unforgettable characters, ‘can’t put the book down’ stories, beautiful romance, and strong faith elements that give you hope and encouragement when you face your own life’s struggles; yes these books have it all!   Plus The Thorn Healer is releasing in November to complete the Penned in Time series.  It is a great time to start reading!

A Twist of Faith by Pepper BashamDon’t forget that Pepper Basham also writes a contemporary romance series.  The first book, A Twist of Faith, is a wonderful ‘twist’ on the story, My Fair Lady, set in rural southwest Virginia.  It will make you laugh, cry, speak a southern dialect, swoon, and want to read it again!



One last note:  I also want to thank Jo White with Wrigley company for helping me with the LifeSavers® history. I had no idea how much history this little candy had or what an impact it had on history.  WOW! Thanks Jo!!!

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Pinned in Time Scavenger Hunt Prize:

Basket filled with English goodies, plus a $25.00 gift card!

Tour Prize


Pinned in Time Scavenger Hunt Rules:

  1. Each blog hop stop contains an image clue, with a link to a Pinterest Board filled with pictures related to the Penned in Time series.
  2. Using the image clue, find the corresponding answer image.
  3. Create a Pinterest board, titled “Penned in Time,” and pinned the answer image to your board, and hashtag #pinnedintime.
  4. Enter your pinned (answer) image link on the Rafflecopter entry form, correspond to the stop on the Blog Hop.
  5. Check out the other blog hop stops for more entries!


GIVEAWAY  Rafflecopter Link:




August 1  l Reading is My Superpower

August 2  l Mikal Dawn

August 3  l Just Commonly

August 4  l A Way With Words

August 5  l  A Northern Belle

August 8  l Fiction, Faith, and Fun

August 9  l Stuff and Nonsense

August 10 l Gardens & Books & Good Things to Cook

August 11 l Bookworm Mama

August 12 l Faithfully Bookish


Pepper D. Basham

About Pepper:

Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of 5 great kids, speech-pathologist to about fifty more, lover of chocolate, jazz, and Jesus. Her debut historical novel, The Thorn Bearer, released in May 2015 and has garnered awards such as Reader’s Favorites Award, finalist in the Grace Awards, shortlisted for the Inspy Awards, and most recently a finalist in the ACFW Carol Awards. Her second historical novel, The Thorn Keeper, released in Feb 2016 and her first contemporary romance, A Twist of Faith, released in April 2016 with a 4 star review from Romantic Times. You can get to know Pepper on her website,, on Facebook, or over at her group blog, The Writer’s Alley


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The Thorn Bearer by Pepper Basham
First book by Pepper Basham in the Penned in Time series!

About The Thorn Bearer:

Title:  The Thorn Bearer

Series: Penned in Time, Book 1

Author:  Pepper D. Basham
Publisher:  Vinspire Publishing, LLC

Release Date:  May 7, 2015


When Ashleigh Dougall’s fiancé leaves her eight months before their wedding, the unexpected blow ignites a battalion of insecurities stemming from her father’s intimate betrayal. In an attempt to escape her shame, Ashleigh boards the ill-fated Lusitania to cross the war-torn waters of Europe. Much to her dismay, she isn’t traveling alone.

Sam Miller is always making up for his best friend’s mistakes. Determined to help his childhood friend, Ashleigh, he offers his compassion and companionship as she ventures across a perilous sea. With the faint hope of renewing his lost love for Ashleigh’s sister, Sam never expects to find the woman of his dreams in the love of his childhood friend.

Neither are prepared for the life-altering and heart-breaking journey of their friendship.


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The Thorn Keeper Full Cover by Pepper Basham

About The Thorn Keeper:

Title:  The Thorn Keeper
Series: Penned in Time, Book 2

Authors:  Pepper D. Basham
Publisher:  Vinspire Publishing

Release Date:  February 28, 2016


With her past in shambles, how can she fashion a future of hope?
Catherine Dougall’s past of manipulation has left her future in threads. With a new faith, she longs to take the remnants of her life and make something beautiful, but shame, societies’ judgments, and the natural consequences of an unplanned pregnancy test her newfound hope. Dr. David Ross doesn’t help either. His kindness, sacrifice, and tenderness tempt her to impossible dreams. A fallen woman doesn’t merit a fairytale.
David Ross has made every effort to keep his life above reproach. His passion for the sick pump fresh purpose through his choices, but without financial support to maintain his war hospital, all is lost. When his notorious aunt offers an easy solution, David is tempted to give in to her demands, but his growing affection for the reformed flirt, Catherine Dougall, unwinds the careful wall around his heart and offers an unexpected choice.
When the worst of war tears them apart, can love renew the memory of what was lost or will tragedy steal away their hope forever.
From the beautiful Derbyshire countryside to the trenches of World War One, Catherine and David must learn to trust in a God who designs a masterpiece out of brokenness and fashions hope in the most unlikely places.


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