Meet Pegg Thomas, Spinner Of Yarns

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Hello friends and guess what? We have a guest today. Please welcome Pegg Thomas! She’s a story teller, shepherdess, spinner, and if that’s not enough she’s gifted in needlecrafting. I just started reading In Sheep’s Clothing (anything to do with sheep is my favorite) and I’m excited to read more of her books.

I’m so pleased she agreed to visit us today. Say, “hi” and drop any questions you have in the comments.

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Thank you for having me on your blog today, Dalyn. It’s always fun to meet people who enjoy some of the same creative outlets that I do. And a fellow shepherd to boot!

A bit about me for your readers:

I grew up in the country, although not on a farm. Although both of my grandfathers were farmers in their younger years, they had moved on to other things before I was born. My great-grandmother, however, still had the family farm, and I loved visiting her. I remember the smells of the lower portion of her German-style barn with the cows inside. And her yard was filled—quite literally filled—with every sort of chicken, duck, and goose imaginable. Wonderful memories.

Growing up, I was very active in my 4-H club and learned to knit at age 9. I also raised and showed rabbits and through that met a woman at a rabbit show who had a spinning wheel and was spinning the angora from her angora rabbits. Oh, yeah. I was hooked. I saved every penny I could find and bought my own spinning wheel when I was 16. I moved from angora rabbits to Border Leicester sheep and have been raising them for 27 years. I’m on my 3rd modern production spinning wheel, having worn out my original and the one that followed. I also own two antique wheels, including the Revolutionary War-era great wheel in the header above.

I started writing with the empty nest hit. My heart was to write stories set in Colonial America. But there was a problem. Publishers weren’t looking for stories set in that era. My era was—and largely still is—out of literary fashion. And they didn’t want pure historical, they wanted romance. So, when I was offered the opportunity to write a Civil War-era novella around the theme of the Pony Express, I jumped on it. That was the first of 5 novellas I have written for Barbour Publishing’s historical romance collections. And 3 of the 5 are set in Colonial America. I was able to pull my first love back out, dust it off, and write where my heart was.

My latest story is Worth Fighting For, part of The Blacksmith Brides. It’s set in Philadelphia just prior to the Revolutionary War. Blacksmith Alexander Ogilvie feels the call of the wilds of Kentucky, but will the feisty daughter of a family of Patriots join him there?

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Pegg Thomas lives on a hobby farm in Northern Michigan with Michael, her husband of *mumble* years. They raise sheep and chickens, plus keep a few barn cats and Murphy the spoiled rotten dog. Pegg is published in five Barbour historical romance collections, won the 2019 FHL Reader’s Choice Award, was a double-finalist for the 2019 ACFW Carol Award for novellas, and a finalist for the 2019 ACFW Editor of the Year. Pegg also works as the managing editor of Smitten Historical Romance, an imprint LPC with Iron Stream Media. 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. https://PeggThomas.com

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Inspy Romance Giveaway!

😍 Love is in the air… If you haven’t read I’ll Be Yours For Christmas: A Pacific Northwest Romance, you can enter to win it on BookSweeps today — plus 20+ exciting Inspirational Romances from a great collection of authors AND a brand new eReader 😀

 

Here’s the link 👉 bit.ly/InspyRomance-July2020

 

When you’re done, comment to let me know you’ve entered!

 

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Enter Now: Giveaway

Christmas in July is almost over! I’m reminding you to not forget to enter my giveaway here.

I’m giving away a signed print copy of I’ll Be Yours For Christmas: A Pacific Northwest Romance, a darling Christmas Tree Farm T-shirt, and a super cute book cover keychain.

Enter HERE and please share with your friends 🙂

 

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Check back soon, as I have another giveaway coming up and a surprise guest post 🙂

Cheese, Tomatoes, and Books

It’s the time of year where I try to enjoy my little potted porch garden (because I’m actually a terrible gardener and my boxes are weeds). I make feta and chevré cheese and I try to rest and read. 

So, though I can’t share my amazing feta wrapped in tomato and basil with you, I’ll share my book. In fact, someone is going to get a free print copy. 

I have a Giveaway going on this blog using Rafflecopter, and another on Bookfunnel. Bookfunnel has a bunch of Inspirational Romances with Christmas themes right now.

Check them out!

A Fast-Moving Terror

You hear the war stories of country folks being chased by mean spirited roosters all the time. I’ve only had one bad rooster and he was bad-to-the-bone. We moved to a little farmhouse rental from an apartment. It had a darling little bridge with a pond in an alcove of plum trees and a salmon stream ran through the property. Idyllic, right? Behind the house was a beautiful chicken coop with a run, covered in some kind of flowering vine. I’d dreamed of living in the country and what’s a girl to do but gather some hens?

Unbeknownst to me, one cute little fluffy chick turned out to be the devil’s minion. Each morning I’d go out before the kids woke up to feed my little flock and pretend I was Tasha Tudor. It was unfortunate that I went outside in my pajamas. I wasn’t dressed for battle. You would think I’d learn my lesson but did I? No.

Much to the delight and entertainment of my neighbors, I’d go flying across the yard after stealth-mode failed, being chased down by a fast-moving terror with spurs a foot long. I feel like this was mere foreshadowing for other events in my life. I’ve had many roosters since then. I’m no longer afraid of roosters, and I’m convinced they make nice pets.

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Fast-forward several years to bigger and badder foes. We bought a ranch 200 miles from home and everything was exciting but hard. I got my first dairy goat. Clair was a beautiful and regal lady. However, we soon found out what terrible manners she had. After a quickie milking lesson by her breeder, I was determined to milk Clair like a real dairymaid and gain favor and influence over my family with the wonderful milk she would provide. (The kids had cow milk allergies but loved dairy)

Déjà vu. Picture this if you will…I go to the barn in the early mornings before the children wake. There are more of them now. It’s peaceful in the barn. I’m in—you guessed it—pajamas. I don’t know so don’t ask. Each morning I trot out happily with my milk pail and each morning Clair and I get into an argument and she kicks the pail, dips her filthy toe in it, or worst of all, she waits until I’m all done and tasting victory, and then uses a back leg to slide the pail off the stanchion, thus spilling its precious contents in the dirt at my feet.

Many mornings I trudged back to the house in defeat, tears streaking my face and green and brown stains on my pajamas. And Mr. Henning next door would be outside calmly moving the sprinklers on his field in the morning sunshine. Fully clothed and wearing boots. He would see me, stop, grin, and depending on how bedraggled a state I was in, once in awhile bend over in hysterics.

All these years later, I still do barn chores in my pajamas. Let’s face it some things will never change. I’ve had more goats than I can count now and I’m a master milker.

These days I’m writing, and even though I’m behind a screen instead of in the front yard providing comedic relief to the neighbors I’m still learning something new the hard way. And some of the neighbors will still say I’m odd. I still stay in my pajamas way too long, I study writing until I’m brain dead. But I produce books and sometimes publish and market them. It’s not as scary as it was three years ago when I started out. I’m a mess some days, but I’m enjoying myself and even if I still embarrass my kids at least they know what it looks like to TRY.

All that to say: It’s obvious I’m not afraid of hard work, looking stupid, or getting dirty. And sooner or later I take ground. If you’re trying something new and afraid to fail or look foolish, take a page from my book and do it anyway. People may laugh, but they’ll admire your tenacity and most of the time they’re really laughing with you, not at you.

 

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Giveaway Hooray!

There are giveaways galore this month! Join me tomorrow for a fun Facebook party where I’ll be chatting with you, lots of other authors, and giving away some fun goodies.

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Meet us HERE tomorrow 


AND NOW…

Who doesn’t love a giveaway? And this one’s fun! In the spirit of Christmas in July and Christmas romance, I’m giving away a printed copy of I’ll Be Yours For Christmas: A Pacific Northwest Romance, a T-shirt to honor the setting (Unisex Medium), and a book cover keychain.

You can enter from July 15th to July 30th and I’ll announce the winner on Friday, July 31st.

Enter here

 

 

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New Release

I’ll be posting a giveaway here very soon, so be on the lookout! I’m celebrating Colton, Noelle, and Cocoa being released into the world. It’s like releasing their story is the least I could do after I’ve spent so much time with these characters. I hope you love them as much as I do. The image is a link 🙂

 

 

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