Welcome Guest – Jodi Thomas!!!

Jodi ThomasWALKING THE LAND

Now and then I write a book that comes easy and SUNRISE CROSSING flowed like lightning out of my fingers.  There were times I was typing as fast as I could just to keep up with the story running in my head.

Part of the reason was I loved the characters in this book.  Each had depth and each found love where they least expected it.

But the main reason I believe it came so easy to my imagination was that I spent time walking the land. (See the book trailer below.)

I did my research on the Stanford Ranch near Fritch, Texas.  It is owned by Natalie Bright and her husband.  She’s a dear friend and a great writer.  Check out her website if you get a chance; you’ll love her pictures of ranch life.Jodi and Horse

I went out to her ranch not to learn everything about ranching but to understand the people.  To make stories come alive you have to get the people right.

Then, for my story, SUNRISE CROSSING, I put people together who were from different worlds.  For example, a rancher and a woman in Dallas who owns an art gallery.  She needs help and the only person she can turn to is a man she barely knows.

“Don’t hang up,” she said again.  “I need a favor.  A big favor.”

“Can’t you call a friend or family?”

“I have no family,” Parker admitted, “and I have no friend I can trust.”

“I’m sorry for that, lady.”  He didn’t sound sorry or interested in talking.

“Stop calling me lady,” she snapped then remembered yelling at him probably wasn’t the best road to take.  “I just need you to drive to Dallas.  Pick me up at the North exit of the Galleria Mall.  You do know where that is?”

“Nope,” he said.  “Anything else I can do for you?”

“Yes,” Parker fought back tears for the first time in years.  “Don’t tell anyone.  Not your buddies or your wife or your priest.  Just pick me up and drive back to your ranch.  I’ll walk over to my place from there.”

He was silent for so long she decided the guy probably fell asleep.  For all she knew he was Crossroads’ resident nitwit.  She’d thought of a dozen possible ways to get to her farm but any other plan left a path that could be followed.

Finally, the cowboy cleared his throat.  “I can’t tell a priest, I’m Baptist.  I don’t have a wife.  She died a month before you bought the place next door.  As far as my buddies, it would be a waste of time to tell them a secret, two beers and it’d fall out of the back of their heads.”

She didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.

“Can you pick me up or not?  Can you keep it a secret?”

“What time?”

“Noon tomorrow.  Remember North door of…”

“I got it, lady.  I’ll be there.”

“I’ll be happy to pay you.”

He swore right into the phone.  “Don’t insult me, Parker.  It’s a favor you asked for.  I’m not looking for job.”

“How will I spot you?”

“Blue pickup.  You can’t miss me.  I’ll be pulling a trailer load of hay.”

“Thank you, Mr. Montgomery.”  She whispered after she heard him disconnect.  “You don’t know it, cowboy, but you may have just become my best friend.”Jodi's Sunset

I don’t know everything about anything, but I’ve spent my life trying to understand people.  Because people make my stories.  Readers will forgive a little mistake if your people come alive, and to do that, you have to understand where they come from.

I would love to hear about your favorite “unexpected” love story. I will be giving away an autographed copy of SUNRISE CROSSING, so leave a comment to enter. And remember you can order my books at my website: http://www.jodithomas.com/.

Sunrise CrossingCome back with me to Ransom Canyon in my new book SUNRISE CROSSING.

Yancy Grey is slowly putting his life back together after serving time for petty theft. As he rebuilds an old house, he finally has a sense of stability, but he can’t stop thinking of himself as just an ex-con. Until one night, he finds a mysterious dark-haired beauty hiding in his loft. But who is she, and what secret is she protecting?

The art gallery Parker Lacey manages is her life—she has no time for friends, and certainly not lovers. But when her star artist begs Parker for help, she finds herself in a pickup truck, headed for the sleepy town of Crossroads. A truck driven by a strong, silent cowboy…

Gabe Snow has been a drifter since he left Crossroads at seventeen after a violent incident. When he accepts a job in his hometown, he’ll have to decide whether he can put the worst night of his life behind him and build a future in the community that raised him.

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35 Comments

  1. Jodi- I love your Ransom Canyon series, I love all of your books. I’ve read everything you have ever written. I just bought Sunrise Crossing and I’m hoping that this weekend I will be able to read it. I want to go visit the Canyon sometime I’ve heard its spectacular. Thank you for keeping Yancy in Crossroads, I was so excited when I seen this book is about him. He has became an intricate part of this series. Good luck on your new release and keep bringing us more.

    1. Good news for fans of RANSOM CANYON. I will be writing four more books in the series!

      1. That’s wonderful news, because I love this series. I’ve been blessed to have met you 3 times along with Linda Broday, who is a dear friend. You both write books that capture your characters emotions and feeling so well.
        I can’t wait to see how Lauren & Lucas’s future turns out.

      2. Glad to hear about more Ransom Canyon books but wonder if you are going to write an more Historicals ? Would love a 2nd Harmony historical

  2. Hi Jodi! My favorite unexpected love story is my husband’s and mine. We went to high school together. I can a crush on him, he was oblivious. Thirty-two years later he came looking for me through Classmates.com and found me. We were married three months later and have been happily married for almost sixteen years now.

    Your book sounds wonderful. I would love to win a copy.

    Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    1. 32 years later? What a fabulous love story, Cindy. Love it! True love prevails. 🙂

  3. Thank you for the wonderful video. I think many of the thoughts you shared could be well applied to life as well. Something about walking the land puts all in perspective, literally grounding, I think–all kinds of life all around you, the people before you, and the ones to come. Although my neighbors have horses, what grounds me is standing out in the fields to watch the resident redtail hawks who fly and soar so beautifully above us.

    Thank you too for all your books as well as this lovely, lovely post.

    1. So glad you enjoyed the video. I just love the peace I feel when I “walk the land” and I wanted to share that with my readers.

  4. I would love to read this book as it sounds amazing. I have read many such love stories but their titles are always lost somewhere in my memory banks.

  5. Sounds like a great book. I had a laugh when I was reading where he said he would pick her up pulling a trailer of hay behind his truck. I live in the Dallas area and just picturing a someone hauling hay down 635 in that area of Dallas is very unusual and would definitely attract some attention.

  6. My husband and I met the first day of High School, and were good friends for 4 years, representing the school in many activities. He was a smart jock, and didn’t date. I thought sports was a foreign language, was smart, and dated – a lot. We stayed friends into college, saw each other in a group of friends on breaks. I got engaged, later broke the engagement, and at the end of Sophomore year he asked me out. That was it. We were married 6 mos. after graduation, and have been married almost 41 years! And sports is still a foreign language.

  7. I am loving the Ransom Canyon series!

  8. Hi Jodi, welcome back. We’re excited to have you. I love this story. It was so full of depth and insight about people. Yancy has always been one of my favorite characters and I’m so glad you gave him someone to love. I think Clint Montgomery might be my new favorite thought. He was such a sexy cowboy.

    Wishing you a ton of luck and success! I hope to goodness you keep on writing these wonderful stories!

    1. Looks like four more will be coming!

  9. Jodi Thank you for sharing your stories. I have love everyone of them. This is next in my line up to read as soon as I get time. I’ve been looking forward to Yancy’s story – he has been walking across my mind since I met him.

    1. You will love reading about Yancy and Rabbit!

  10. Ooh, the excerpt makes me want to read it – well done! 😉 I adore unexpected love stories. Hubby and I are sort of one. We became friends by accident and then I told him I needed him to hang around me one night at a party so another guy (who had been trying to ask me out) would leave me alone. Well, hubby thought that was me trying to come on to him. LOL. I thought we were just friends and he thought there was something there. Long story short – he asked me out and I thought “Oh, hey. You are cute and funny – why not?” We have great laughs over it today – 17 married years later.

  11. What great stories you have done and I am so enjoying the characters in this series. I am waiting to see what happens in the Sherriff’s love life.. any hints in this next book. I hope so.

  12. I love love stories! My own love story makes me smile every time I think of it. I came home with a college friend over the Thanksgiving holidays. I had never been away from home on a holiday before. I met a friend of my friend home from the Army for a few days. Later, from across the room, he winked at me and that did it! Forty-one years later, that wink still melts my heart.

    1. I just love reading about these 41 year marriages!

  13. Romance novels makes life wonderful and allows me to escape from the problems which exist. Thanks for your great giveaway.

  14. Love reading all your nice comments and especially the “love stories.” I know that you will love all the love stories in SUNRISE CROSSING. I get a kick out of which characters make you smile!

  15. One of my favorite”unexpected” love stories is Jessie Barton and Teagen McMurray’s from Tall, Dark and Texan.

    Can’t wait to read Sunrise Crossing.

  16. Added her name to my must read authors thanks.

  17. Meeting my soulmate when I was young made my life complete and 46 years later it is for sure. Romance exists and triumphs over all.

    1. Loved your comments, Ruth!

  18. Your novels have brought me hours of pleasure. They are unforgettable. I believe strongly in romance and the beauty it brings us.

  19. I married my high school sweetheart. He was the new kid in school who had traveled the world (air force brat) and I had never left my hometown. We’re definite opposites and the last 47 yrs. have never been boring lol.

    1. Great story and congrats on 47 years!

  20. Hi Jodi, I love “Sunrise Crossing” and the characters! It’s so warm and friendly. It’s obvious from the first page that you put your heart and soul in it. I’m such a believer of walking the walk to get you into your character’s mind. Love, love it! Hugs, P

  21. I really enjoyed your post today! Thanks for sharing!

  22. Believable characters are so important to a story. Their strengths, weaknesses, failings, and successes make them who they are and help make the story what it is. Those characters need a place to live out their story and it, too, must ring true. A reader can tell when an author has taken the time to “walk the land” as you call it. It adds so much more to the story. Even if it is a fictional place based on someplace you have been or studied, the smell of the hay, the dusty heat of the day will all come through. As a reader, I especially enjoy books when it is obvious the author has been to the specific locales or area. I often get books set in an area I plan to visit or have visited. To know just where a character is standing or where on a street they are walking adds a reality to the story. If a fictional setting, it feels right. The character of the people, the rhythm of life, the way they talk, what is important to the community, all come through. Your books are like that making them such an enjoyable experience. Keep walking the land and bringing us along with you.

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