Welcome ~ Jodi Thomas!

 

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Please  welcome New York Times Best Selling Author ~

Miss Jodi Thomas! 

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Living in the Panhandle of Texas I often feel very close to the past and to the land. There are places I can see wagon trails and on a ranch I often visit, an arrowhead isn’t impossible to fine.

When I begin writing a new story, I always do something I call “walking the land.” I take a few weeks, or sometimes a few months and wander through museums, bookstores, old houses, cemeteries and the stories begin. Since I’m doing books set on modern day ranches, I visit several ranches. My favorite is the Sanford ranch near Fritch, Texas. I also like to go to rodeosJodi Thomas horse and sale barns, etc.

And now and then when I’m listening to a windmill or trying not to smell the cows, a character walks by and my story begins.

Last month I went to the Dove Creek Ranch and Equine Rescue. I was tagging along with a friend doing an interview but within minutes of driving down into the small canyon, stories were popping in my mind. The lady who owned and ran the place had a true love for horses and spent a great deal of time helping horses that had been abused and abandoned.

She told me the first thing she does when she gets an animal who has been left alone in a small corral or barn for sometimes months is she lets them roam the land with the herd. She says they’ve forgotten how to be a horse.

I waJodi Thomas walks the lands around horses growing up and I’ve spent my time riding and brushing them down, but I’ve never seen them until I saw horses through her eyes. She said, “After my husband died and I was raising kids and trying to run the ranch, I would sometimes go out at night and just walk among the herd.”

Then, she made my day. She asked me if I wanted to go with her. We slipped through the fence and walked onto ranchland that used the walls of the canyon as its boundaries. We moved slow, not directing the herd, not invading, just joining. We moved closer. Just letting the horses slowly surround us.

I think it was one of the most peaceful, alive feelings I’ve ever had. She probably thought I was an idiot because I couldn’t stop smiling.

As a writer of over 40 books I sometimes feel I don’t live, I just do research. Like a person who doesn’t see Paris because he’s too busy taking selfies, I’m too consumed with stories dancing in my head to sometimes stop and enjoy the grand, wonderful things in life.

Like walking with a herd of horses on a cloudy day when the wind still whispers winter and the grass crunches beneath your boots.

I may never make it back to Dove Creek Ranch, but you can bet I’ll go there many more times in my mind.

So, walk the land of RANSOM CANYON in my new book, LONE HEART PASS. You’ll fall in love with the Texas plains and the people who live and love there.

Please leave a comment to enter a drawing for a copy of LONE HEART PASS.

 

flower bar 1Lone Heart PassWith a career and a relationship in ruins, Jubalee Hamilton is left reeling from a fast fall to the bottom. The run-down Texas farm she inherited is a far cry from the second chance she hoped for, but it and its abrasive foreman are all she’s got.

Every time Charley Collins has let a woman get close, he’s been burned. So Lone Heart ranch and the contrary woman who owns it are merely a means to an end, until Jubalee tempts him to take another risk—to stop resisting the attraction drawing them together despite all his hard-learned logic.

Desperation is all young Thatcher Jones knows. When he leads an injured Steeldust horse to a ramshackle ranch, he needs help. A horse-stealing ring is on his trail and the sheriff suspects him…and his only protection is the shelter of a man and woman who—just like him—need someone to trust.

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A fifth-generation Texan, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Jodi Thomas chooses to set the majority of her novels in her home state, where her grandmother was born in a covered wagon. A former teacher, Thomas traces the beginning of her storytelling career to the days when her twin sisters were young and impressionable

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29 Comments

  1. Jodi- I’m in love with your Ransom Canyon Series, I’m hoping to go visit the canyon one day, possibly even this summer. I’ve read every book you’ve ever written and just so you know, you were the 1st famous author I ever met.

  2. Great post today. I can only imagine how great walking the land must feel.

  3. I loved your description of your experience. Wonderful. There’s nothing like being in nature with your feet literally on the ground to find peace and feel alive. A part of it all. A larger picture. Just so you know, though, I already have my copy of Lone Heart Pass, but I wanted to stop in to say hello and thank you for your books.

  4. Welcome to Wildflower Junction again, Jodi! Wonderful post! There is nothing like “being there.” It adds so much to an author’s vision of a story, and from what you say here–it also gives you inspiration. Love your stories!

  5. Hi Jodi…..Welcome back to your second home! Great to have you here again. I always love the stories you bring with you. The personal glimpses into your life are very interesting. I can certainly relate to walking the land and have always done that too. How wonderful the feeling you got when you blended with the horses. They’re amazing creatures with such depth of heart.

    I have to say that Lone Heart Pass is one your best books. I loved the depth of your characters and the rawness of the land. By the way, Thatcher Jones is one of the best story people you’ve created. I love that kid!

    Congrats and best wishes!

  6. That sounded like a lovely time. And I think you’re right – too many people are so busy recording an event, it passes them by.

  7. Oh wow, I would have loved that experience also. I grew up on a dairy farm and there is just something mesmerizing and calming about watching animals on the land and being free. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I love that you “walk the land” when starting a new project! I’m sure the process of research is gratifying when it culminates in a finished book.

  9. Just bought one of her books here at the library book sale. It’s going on right now the sale.

  10. I would love to win your book Jodi Thomas as I have never read any of your books. Tonya Lucas has told me what an exceptional writer you are. She is the one that got me reading Linda Broday

    1. She’s is a phenomenal writer, her historicals are superb, I hope you enjoy them at some time. Just pick one and you’ll be hooked.

  11. Just got my copy in the mail is going to be my book to read. Love your books Jodi!

  12. Thank you for sharing that moment. Love your stories!

  13. Jodi,
    I love the Ransom Canyon series. So looking forward to the next book.

    Curious, though, if you have plans for any more historicals?

  14. I would love to visit Dove Creek Ranch. Not only visit but help.
    Thank you for post and opportunity to win.

  15. Hi Miss Jodi, I agree with Linda that “Lone Heart Pass” is one of your best yet! I love it. Eager to read what is next in the series. Your statement “just living is research”. I love the Sanford Ranch because it’s one of the oldest in the Panhandle. I especially love the fact that they kept the original dug-out. Of course it’s too dangerous to go in, but just walking around outside is certainly research. I learned early on “to walk the walk”! Learned it from you and it’s one of the best lessons I’ve ever had. Have a great weekend and enjoy all the rain we’re getting. Hugs, Phyliss

  16. I look forward to reading another of your wonderful books. Whether or not you are an author looking for inspiration, a walk on the land is a soul soothing experience. What a special place Dove Creek Ranch and Equine Rescue is. It heals the hearts of horses and offers the same peace to those humans lucky enough to go there. Animals and humans that have been hurt, ignored, and/or abused need a special kind of TLC. Thank heaven there are people who can give it. I am enjoying following this series.

  17. Loved this post! Of course, you know I love all of your books and never miss reading your latest releases. How can a person not love them when you write with such heart and soul?

  18. Thank you for the insight into your process, and for describing your visit to Dove Creek Ranch and its horses. Growing up in a city, I have always been fascinated by horses, but have next to no experience with them. (I ask people who speak ‘horse’ to check scenes where they’re included.) Congratulations on your new release!

  19. Jodi! You lived my dream on your walkabout with those horses. I love those special creatures! Is there any animal more intelligent, soulful, or calming? No. Just finished RUSTLER’S MOON and planning to begin LONE HEART PASS soon. I believe I need to leave reviews. Take care. Love your research and touching the land on your walks. Will miss seeing you at WTWA. I finally get to visit Scotland. Fifty-five years after the dream entered my heart. And, itethe first time my passport will be stamped. I will turn 65 on this trip.

  20. Ah, the description of you walking the land, I can vividly imagine. Nothing like becoming one with the land . I would love to read your book.

  21. Hello Jodi. You just took me down memory lane. memories of living in the Panhandle. Loved it there. But, my folks are gone now so never get to go back. Love ranch stories. Wish could win your book. Maxie

  22. Though an Eastoner I have always loved horses. My two best friends either had horses of their own or access to them. My mother’s best friend was thrown from a horse and became a quadriplegic so my parents never let me ride. I went with my friends whenever
    they decided they wanted to ride just to be near the horses. I envy your experience walking with the herd. Maybe that is why your books are so important to my life. Thanks for this post. I really enjoyed it.

  23. This is a great post Jodi. I love the way you think, walking the land sounds like its a great way to get ideas. I think I could enjoy doing something like that, maybe not writing but walking the land sound like a fun thing to do.

  24. Thank you for your great post and giveaway.

  25. What a beautiful post, Jodi. And welcome back to Wildflower Junction. Reading your post, I felt again what I feel each time I go to the local horse rescue where I volunteer. Yes, indeed, some of our beautiful horses have had to learn how to be a horse again. I love the stories I learn from them. and am so eager to hunker down with Lone Heart Pass!

  26. I’ve never walked among the herd, but there are things I have done that were peaceful and life giving the same. I would have understood your smile. Would love to receive your book. Thanks for writing a post today and sharing.

  27. Horses are such magnificent creatures. So sad to think of them being abused; sad to think of any animals treated that way.

    Can’t wait to read your latest – thanks so much for the chance to win a copy.

  28. Hi Jodi, you are a awesome author that I have been reading for years & you have yet to disappoint in your interesting books, the Ransom Canyon series is a winner too.
    How do you keep coming up with all these great stories? I have so many of your books that I have read & passed on to others to enjoy. Happy Mother’s Day to you & all the other fillies.

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