OSSINEKE —Local Christian author Pegg Thomas has recently been awarded the Romance Writers of America—Faith, Hope, and Love Chapter—Reader’s Choice Award for her novella, “In Sheep’s Clothing,” part of the historical romance collection, “A Bouquet of Brides,” from Barbour Publishing.

“In Sheep’s Clothing” is set in Colonial Connecticut in the town of Milford. Thomas’s family tree goes back to this town and this era. Although all the characters are fictional, she feels an emotional connection with the setting. The heroine of the story, Yarrow Fenn, is a spinner and a weaver. Thomas is a long-time spinner and knitter who has dabbled in weaving as well. She’s also raised sheep for more than twenty-five years. This background helped her bring the character of Yarrow Fenn to life.

Pegg Thomas is also a finalist this year with the American Christian Fiction Writers Assn. She is a double-finalist with “Her Redcoat and “In Sheep’s Clothing for the Carol Awards novella category. She is also a finalist for ACFW’s Editor of the Year.

When she’s not tending her sheep or garden and not busy at her spinning wheel, Thomas divides her time between her own writing and working as the publisher of Smitten Historical Romance, an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. 

Readers can connect with Thomas at PeggThomas.com and subscribe to her newsletter there. With the release of each new book, Thomas gives away one of her signature wool shawls—made from the wool off her own flock of sheep—to one newsletter subscriber. Her next book releases in May of 2020 and will be another novella in the Barbour Publishing collection “Blacksmith Brides.”

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Kurt J. Kolka grew up in the small community of Grayling, Mich., near the forested AuSable River. After majoring in English at college, he began a career in writing and newspapers spanning more than two decades. In his spare time he creates a Christian comic strip, The Cardinal, which has a 28-year history of publication. He has also authored a book, “Bullying is No Laughing Matter” (Front Edge Publications, Ann Arbor, Mich., 2014) and is working on his first novel. Kurt and his wife Diane have been married for more than 25 years and have one daughter, Rebekah, and an overprotective dog, Alli. Of life, Kurt says, “Life is never dull with God at the steering wheel, but, man, does He have a lead foot!” More about Kurt and his musings may be found at www.betweenthepines.org.

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