Jodi Thomas Ransom Canyon Giveaway #3

Jodi’s back for another Ransom Canyon Giveaway. YeeHaw!!!

Lone Heart Pass

When I began Lone Heart Pass, characters came to me first. Jubilee and Charley landed in my imagination full blown. While my plot was running, a 14-year-old kid drives onto the scene in an old beat-up Ford pickup with a rattlesnake in a bag in the back.

So come along to Lone Heart Pass where the legend is told that if a couple kisses inside the pass as a full moon passes, their love will last forever!

  • What love legends have you heard about?
  • If you were to make up a love legend from a place in your hometown, what would you create?

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16 Comments

  1. Jodi- this series is so wonderful. I loved the Legend of Lone Heart Pass. In my hometown of Stephenville, TX we have on the town square Moo-La the milk cow erected. It’s been there for at least 40+ years. I remember when she was 1st put up I was a very little girl. So my Legend would be if any couple held hands, shared their most secretive thoughts and kissed the wish would come true, but it could only happen when there was a full Moon in the month of June. Since Moo-La is a Holstein and June is dairy month, that would make it fitting. I know kinda cheesy, but Legends are to be fun and mystical.

  2. I like this legend. I can’t think of any off the top of my head and I don’t have the imagination to make up one of my own.

  3. My first thoughts on love legends were Bonnie & Clyde, Rhrett & Starlet and Lucy & Ricky.

    I also am from Stephenville, Texas in Erath County. For some reason my first thought went to McDow’s Hole. Sticking with that took some thought to make it a love legend was not easy. McDow’s Hole is a haunted legend from the summer of 1855. One hot and humid morning during the summer of 1855, a group of commissioned Texas scouts, searching for a band of raiding Comanche rumored to be in the territory, rode their horses along a creek bed in the northern section of the district of Milam, later known as Erath County. They stopped at a large water hole to rest and water their tired animals. Suddenly, from the protection of the lazy creek, the men could see black smoke rising over a hill about 300 yards to the southeast.

    Quick to investigate, the men, found a young couple brutally murdered, laying in the yard of their small burning cabin. Not far from the couple lay the body of a small boy. All three had been savagely tortured, killed, and scalped. The naked body of an infant was later discovered about 50 yards from the house. Her small lifeless body, was found full of thorns, with a rope tied around her feet. She had been drug to death through the cactus.

    Outraged, the patrol quickly found the trail of the fast moving raiders and followed them to an area along the Leon River where a battle ensued. The marauding Comanche were no match for the group of Tennessee woodsman. Texas style justice was handed out as all nine Comanche warriors lost their lives.

    The scouts rode back to the water hole on Green’s Creek and buried the remains of the pioneer family who lost their lives in such a cruel and senseless manner. However, the traumatic event would not be the last to take place at what would become known as the “McDow Hole”. Jenny Papworth was the mother and wife that was murdered. Her ghost has been said to wander the creekbed looking for her baby.

    My love legend would be that a couple that goes and spends twenty-four hours camped at the creek bed close to the train trellis,that now exists, and sees the ghost of Jenny should reconsider getting married and those couples that do not see Jenny will remain married until only death parts them

    1. Stephanie, that’s a wonderful Kegend. I’ve had the daylighys scare out of me going there at night. I remember once we went there during a sleepover birthday party, my mom went along to help the other chaperones and she got into poison ivy, she was miserable, but none of us ever sawJenny, but I was really scared.

      1. I have been several times too. Always in groups of some giggling, some screeching at shadows etc. It’s no wonder we never saw Jenny. She was hiding from us. Lol

  4. I really don’t know of to any sure nuff LOVE legends. The only thing that comes to mind is I always heard that if a couple saw a shooting star together and made the same wish it would come true but how you would you know if you both made the same wish for you are not allowed to to tell each other your wish for if you do then it wouldn’t come true. lol dang if you do and dang if you don’t LOL

  5. I remember when my husband and I went to Europe (more than 40 years ago) and there was a fountain in France that you threw in a coin and made a wish. Mine was to return one day – hasn’t happened yet lol.

  6. Love legends are wonderful and special. I know many and enjoyed learning about them from my family who recount these stories from the old country.

  7. My grandmother was the most fascinating woman that I ever met. She remembered so many wonderful tales which came true and made me believe in them. if you want to call them legends, they are meaningful and unique.

  8. What a nice legend. I can’t think of anywhere in our town that would inspire a love legend. When I was in college there was a foot bridge over the gorge on the east side of campus that was often refered to as the “kissing bridge” but I don’t remember the whole story that went with kissing in the middle of the bridge. I’m sure it had something to do with true love but it never worked for me or my roommates….We found our true loves after college.

  9. A love legend which takes place on a 1950’s era lake surrounded by rustic cabins. The couple meet for the first time when they are very young and vacationing with their families. The summer tradition continues for many years and they fall in love and marry. They love the solitude and the peace of the locale and return year after year with their own family. It goes on for millenia and happiness and beauty reign supreme.

  10. Since I live in a town called Blossom, there would be a budding, blooming romance in Blossom.

  11. I guess I have probably heard of a lot of legends but none really come to mind at this time. I do love history though and sometimes have wondered about the stories I heard in my travels, such as what really happened at the Little Big Horn…if you visit that area, Custer was a sitting duck…no rocks or hills to hide behind.

    I’m not sure I have ever thought about creating a love legend here in Auburn, IN, but I would probably think of one surrounding the founding fathers of the city as some of the architecture that is left is quite interesting.

    Blessings,
    Cindy W.

  12. I really don’t know of any legends around here but I love this one. I really enjoy your books and I can’t wait to read this one.

  13. No legends that I know of in the state of new jersey.

  14. Thanks everyone who submitted your legends–I can see some great story ideas developing already!

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