Jodi Thomas Ransom Canyon Giveaway #1

Over the next six weeks, the fabulous Jodi Thomas will be doing a series of special mini posts to celebrate the release of her next Ransom Canyon book.

And how better to celebrate than by giving away books?

So, hold on to your hats, partners, ’cause here’s Ms. Jodi . . .

Ransom Canyon

When I was attending college at Texas Tech in Lubbock, I often passed a sign a few miles from town that read RANSOM CANYON.  For years, the idea of a series about ranches surrounding a canyon played through my mind.

Ransom Canyon is a story about the lives of Texans on the plains of Texas and will grab you by the heart!

  • Have you ever seen a road sign that set your imagination spinning?
  • Have you ever visited a canyon?
  • What interesting landscapes do you have near your home?

To enter for a chance to win a copy of the first book in the Ransom Canyon series, leave a comment below. Winner will be selected on Monday, June 12.

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49 Comments

  1. Hello Jodi- I love your Ransom Canyon series, well I actually love all of your books, I’ve read everyone one you’ve ever published. I live here in Southwest Kansas, I pass over the Cimarron River everyday. Where I cross is part of the Sante Fe Trail. There is a historical marker and a site called Wagon Bed Springs. Native Americans used this spring for many years, as well as the settlers traveling, it was the first place to obtain water after leaving the Arkansas River.
    Late in the history of the Santa Fe Trail, a wagon box was set into the ground to allow fresh, clear water to bubble up through the bottom of the wagon, filtering out the sand and soil. Afterwards, the site was known as Wagon Bed Spring.
    I’ve heard tale of many treasures from turquoise, old bridles that date back in time, to even other very valuable treasures being found along the Wagon Bed Springs. I sometimes drive through the low crossing area and just imagine what it was like many years ago. It’s always so lush and green down in the springs. It’s a beautiful site to see up against the harsh-dry flat land that surrounds it.
    I can’t wait for your next book to come out, I want to go and see Ransom Canyon myself, you certainly have intrigued me with your description of it.
    Have a great day: Love & hugs, always.

    1. I love hearing about Wagon Bed Springs. What a great story!

  2. Hi Jodi. I live in a very boring area. No mountains, no canyons, just flat country with lots of trees. I live in Northeast Indiana. I will say we have a lot of wildlife in the area which I love seeing.

    I would love to win a copy of your book. Thank you for the opportunity.

    Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    1. Trees are wonderful to have!

  3. The Delaware River runs along the area where I live and I am not far from where Washington crossed it.

    1. Thanks for sharing, Maureen!

  4. We do have some interesting old mines that would invite a story.

    1. Mines would make great story material.

  5. I know I have seen signs that left me wondering, but I can’t seem to think of them right this moment. No interesting landscapes in my area either. but I did visit a canyon a few times during my trips to Kauai. Waimea Canyon was always one of my favorite places to visit.

    1. I have heard that Waimea Canyon is a great place to visit.

  6. 1)Driving around Lake Okeechobee in Florida we saw bear crossing signs.

    2) I’ve been to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Zion twice and Canyonlands and Black Canyon of the Gunnison once. All gorgeous and so different from each other.

    3)I live in central Wisconsin on a small lake. It is a big recreational area with lots of lakes. Nearby is the scenic Kettle Moraine area formed by the glaciers, also Devil’s Lake area has a gorgeous park and swimming and Devil’s Hill to ski in the winter, (also formed by the glacier) with hiking trails (about 30 miles north of Madison) and on the west side of the state are the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River. The city of Lacrosse and Wyalusing State Park have beautiful views. My hometown, Two Rivers, is located on the shore of Lake Michigan. It has gorgeous Nashotah beach and Point Beach State Forest where you can walk, hike, camp or bike.

    1. Thanks for sharing, Laurie. Sounds beautiful!

  7. I often am intrigued my road signs and noe that I’m in love with Historical Western Romances I find them even more interesting.
    I have been to Palo Duro Canton in Texas on many occasions because I’ve lived in Hereford and Amarillo, Texas.
    I live on the edge of the Pineywoods of East Texas, the Dogwood Trails, close to the Tyler Rose Gardens and the Azalea trails. I love the huge pine trees of East Texas but the humidity of East Texas I could do without.
    I love to have this book to read and add to my personal library. I always love to read a Texas author!

    1. Loved reading your comments, Stephanie, about Palo Duro Canyon and East Texas.

  8. Hi Jodi! Thank you for your very interesting post. I have visited the Grand Canyon and it is absolutely breathtaking. Also Bryce Canyon and Royal Gorge and I live about eight hours from Palo Duro Canyon. God is a beautiful artist.

    1. Thanks, Melanie, for sharing about all the wonderful canyons you’ve seen!

  9. Near me about 1/2 hr away is the Elora Gorge. It is part of the Grand River Water Authority and it has many wonderful things to do. The Grand River rushes by past the 22 meter high cliffs.. You can fish, go tubing, hiking and swim in the summer..

    1. Elora Gorge sounds fun, Kathleen!

  10. Living near a beautiful and unique canyon is special. Embudito canyon is scenic, and away from the city where there is wildlife and flora.

    1. Canyons are special and we live near by Palo Duro Canyon. Amazing place!

  11. The landscapes where we live are varied and captivating. Westerns have been filmed here since there are mesas, petroglyphs, and a neverending horizon filled with blue skies and woundrous sights.

    1. Are you from Arizona, Anne?

  12. Our setting is magnificent. With the backdrop, The Sandias, the beauty and splendor is amazing. The dusting of snow in the winter is beautiful, as is the greenery during the Spring and the summer colors which are spectacular.

    1. Thanks for sharing, Ellie!

  13. I love the mountains and lakes near my house… beautiful sunsets too!

    1. We have awesome sunsets in Texas, too!

  14. Hi Jodi, this is a wonderful, exciting series and I’m so happy you are visiting P&P every Sunday and giving away books. I enjoyed every word of every book so much and your descriptions of the area is beautiful and such great characters to boot. Thanks again for blogging with us. Hugs, Phyliss

    1. You know I always love blogging on P&P. Thanks for the wonderful comments, Phyliss!

  15. I remember when I was young, we went on a trip and every few miles there would be a sign about the same thing. Can’t remember now what it was, but I found the signs intriguing and remember watching for them. It made the long trip pass a bit quicker.

    I’ve been to the northern edge of the Grand Canyon–amazing!

    No canyons here in the northeastern parts of Oklahoma.

    I love your books, Jodi.

    1. I am fascinated by historical markers too, Vickie.

  16. Yes I have been to http://www.dismalscanyon.com/ here in Alabama such a beautiful place. I could live in that Canyon

    1. You’ll have to come see Palo Duro Canyon in Texas sometime!

  17. Hello Jodi, I can’t say I have read your books, in the past or present, but I love western novels, romance ect, I good friend of mine, recommends great novels that I adore and find myself being so into the book, that sometimes, I dream I am the leading Lady. lol sounds funny right. well to answer your questions, I live in IL. in a suburb of chicago. and IL. Is FLAT, lots of farmland in what we call the country out here, it is usually one road, no street light, I have a brother who lives maybe an hour and a half from me, and all of us went to see his new house and driving up to his new place was farm after farm, it was ” oh look a cow, look corn, oooo horses, more corn” lol . I have never visited a canyon, I would love too one day,and see it up close. and as far as road signs, the most i see near me are construction signs, I mean how long does it take to fix the road, I look forward to reading one of your books. will have to ask my friend which book she recommends to start with. you have a great evening.

    1. Thanks for sharing, Elaine, and I hope you will try my Ransom Canyon series and just get hooked!

  18. I’ve read two of the books in this series but not “Ransom Canyon”yet. Great reading…. The Palouse River forms the southeast border of our county and crosses over Palouse Falls to the Snake River. A beautiful sight especially when we’ve had a high moisture winter like 2017. It is much higher than Niagara but not nearly as wide. Dry Falls along Coulee Corridor National Senic By way northwest of us about 45 minutes is much wider than Niagara but it has had no water for thousands of years. Another beautiful sight.

    1. Sounds amazing, Alice. Thanks for sharing!

  19. I don’t know that I have seen a canyon before. I bet they are a wonder! I adore sight seeing and traveling through beautiful landscapes.

    1. You must come see Palo Duro Canyon when you come to Texas. You can drive through it and the scenery is amazing!

  20. It is kind of boring here not many landscapes. We do have a lot of old houses from the Civil War and Perryville battlefield is nearby. There are still a few things to see such as Natural Bridge or Cumberlands falls but they are a way from here. They also have the American Baloon Race here every year and I enjoy watching it from my back yard.

    1. Watching a balloon race from your backyard sounds pretty amazing!

  21. I can’t say that I have ever seen a sign that grabbed my attention too much. I have never seen a canyon either. I DO live in Michigan at least, so the land is beautiful here, especially when we take trips up north. The waterfalls and trees are a sight to see for sure!

    1. Well, you must come to Texas sometime and see our amazing Palo Duro Canyon.

  22. I don’t think I’ve visited a canyon since I live out East but we have wonderful hills and dales as they say. I basically live in the Alleghenies which is a very old mountain range. Lots of greenery in the summer with flowing rivers and creeks. A beautiful area. I’m sure I’ve seen some really interesting signs but can’t remember any in particular lol.

    1. Sounds beautiful, but come see Palo Duro Canyon if you’re ever in Texas. It’s amazing too.

  23. Jodi, don’t enter me in the drawing — just want to say again how much I enjoy the Ransom Canyon series. Can’t wait to add the newest one to my collection.

    I’ve seen Palo Duro and the Grand Canyon. The play of light from one moment to the next is gorgeous, no matter what time of day. I have wonderful country around me — small mesas, limestone ledges, hills that provide views for miles.

    Several Texas roadsigns have encouraged my imagination including Dime Box, Rainbow, and a sign for a creek “Woman Hollering Creek.”

    Looking forward to the newest Ransom Canyon book!

    1. Thanks for sharing, Nancy, and I hope you enjoy INDIGO LAKE!

  24. I want to thank everyone who commented. I feel like I have taken a mini-vacation reading about the different landscapes around the country. I really appreciate everyone taking time to share!

  25. I always love keeping an eye out for the road signs Zzyzx and Yermo when we’re on I-15. I’ve been to the Grand Canyon a couple times, but my favorite is Black Canyon of the Gunnison in Colorado. It’s striking. I live in San Diego, CA, and the beaches here are pretty awesome!

  26. Couldn’t get a good internet connection last night. Yes I have visited many canyons. They are special places that tend to hide their own secrets. Grand Canyon, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Chaco Canyon, Canyon de Chelly, Bryce Canyon, Royal Gorge (which is a canyon of sorts) are a few of those we have visited.

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