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HOW DEEP DO YOUR ROOTS GO? by JODI THOMAS

How deep do your roots go?

I’m from dry land farmers and people who ran small ranches that never made much money.  I know the movies have the stories about powerful ranchers who own more land than they can ride across in a day, but that’s not the people I’m from.


My grandparents met at a barn raising in Texas, just over the Red River from Oklahoma.  They spent the day together, wrote letters for a year, then he rode back across the Red to pick her up.  She had the wagon packed with her hope chest and all they’d need.  They were married that day.  She was fifteen and he was eighteen. They crossed back over the Red into Oklahoma Territory and started farming.

My dad was their youngest son and he said they looked old when he was born. If he was alive, my father would be a 100 this year.

All this said, sometimes I feel close to the past.  Like it’s just around the corner out of reach.  I might have an iPhone and an Apple computer, but their blood still flows in me.  I’m from farm folks….

Or, so I thought….the blood must be thinning.

My son, who has a master’s in Criminal Justice and works in loss prevention for a national chain, was told he could work from home last month.  Three weeks later he bought a farm in the middle of nowhere.  My GPS told me I was 31 miles out.  Two hours later I’m still circling every County Road looking for him.  Who knew two ruts in the tall grass was a road?

I couldn’t wait to see his land, his farm.  We traveled across Texas, 10 hours, with three ducks riding in a tub in the back of our van.  Once, when Tom stopped fast one of the ducks flew out and landed just behind my sister.  She didn’t seem to like the duck eating her hair.

 

So all tired we pulled into a beautiful, green farm.

My son, whose time outside city lights can be counted in weeks, greets us with a warning that he shot a coral snake this morning.

Coral snake.  I start trying to remember that ‘black touch red or black touch yellow’ but have no idea which is a friendly fellow.

I jump out.  I have to walk the land!  Get back to my roots! They’ve got chickens and ducks.  A stream.  Not exactly The Red, but too big for me to cross.

The fire ants were not welcoming—enough said.

We let the ducks out and they loved their bath.

Tom thought he’d pet a chicken.  By accident, I’m sure, the chicken put a deep scratch along Tom’s arm.  This chicken was not a cuddler.

But, we were in Heaven.  We were on the land.  I had no idea how noisy it is at night.  Or how early the sun comes up without heavy drapes.

Then about dawn the first day, I picked up my Apple, curled up in the porch swing and found Heaven.

I’m from the land, you know.  I was home.

I hope you’ll feel just that way when you read my new book, INDIGO LAKE.  Come along with me on this journey and when you finish maybe you’ll say “I’m from the land.”

When I began writing the Ransom Canyon series, a very dear friend gave me a Ransom Canyon T-shirt to inspire me. It sat by my desk and was never worn. I would like to give that shirt to one of my special readers who might know—How do you get rid of fire ants without killing the chickens?”

Love you all,  Jodi Thomas

Jodi Thomas Ransom Canyon Giveaway #6

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

Indigo Lake

It was a dark and stormy night…

I’ve always wanted to write that line. I  think all writers do. So I decided to give it a try in Indigo Lake, a book about a hundred-year-old feud between two families. And, of course, my hero is from one and my heroine is from the other.

You will love reading this story which pulls out the richness of legends and superstitions among the early families who settled West Texas.

  • If you started a story with It was a dark and stormy night… what would your second sentence be?

To enter for a chance to win a copy of the sixth book in the Ransom Canyon series, leave a comment below. Winner will be selected on Monday, July 17.

BONUS: The novella, Winter’s Camp, is included in the back of Indigo Lake!

Ransom Canyon Giveaway #5

 

Big congratulations to:

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Janine

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Janine – You’re the winner of Book 5

Wild Horse Springs.

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I just know you’re gonna love Miss Jodi’s story.

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The rest o’ you ought not give up hope. Miss Jodi will be at the Junction next Sunday as well, giving away another copy of one of her Ransom Canyon books. Head on back, leave a comment, and your name just might be the next one drawn from my lucky Stetson. Yehaw!

Jodi Thomas Ransom Canyon Giveaway #5

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

Wild Horse Springs

I wanted to write a story about happens when a fantasy comes true when I started Wild Horse Springs. I loved writing my sheriff, Dan Brigman. He daydreams of meeting a wild and beautiful woman, so when he finds a fancy blue woman’s cowboy boot, he tries to picture what the woman who wore it would be like. Finding her becomes his quest.

Step into Wild Horse Spring with me and fall in love for the first time all over again.

  • Are you a daydreamer?
  • Ever mentally rewritten the end of a movie or book to make it more satisfying?
  • Was there a time when your dreams were surpassed by reality?

To enter for a chance to win a copy of the fifth book in the Ransom Canyon series, leave a comment below. Winner will be selected on Monday, July 10.

Ransom Canyon Giveaway #4

 

Big congratulations to:

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Susan P

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Susan P – You’re the winner of Book 4

Sunrise Crossing.

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I just know you’re gonna love Miss Jodi’s story.

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The rest o’ you ought not give up hope. Miss Jodi will be at the Junction the next 2 Sundays, giving away copies of each of her books in the series. Head on back, leave a comment, and your name just might be the next one drawn from my lucky Stetson. Yehaw!

Jodi Thomas Ransom Canyon Giveaway #4

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

Sunrise Crossing

Many times in my life I’ve met someone, a stranger to all I know. After only a short conversation, I realize, if we had the time, we’d be friends for life.  I opened Sunrise Crossing with that thought in mind. Two women meet in a busy airport, but find what they are looking for in Crossroads, Texas.

Sunrise Crossing is a fast running adventure with two deep love stories in it. You will definitely lose some sleep reading into the night!

  • Have you ever had a chance meeting that turned into a meaningful friendship?

To enter for a chance to win a copy of the fourth book in the Ransom Canyon series, leave a comment below. Winner will be selected on Monday, July 3.

Ransom Canyon Giveaway #3

 

Big congratulations to:

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Catslady

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Catslady – You’re the winner of Book 3

Lone Heart Pass.

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I just know you’re gonna love Miss Jodi’s story.

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The rest o’ you ought not give up hope. Miss Jodi will be at the Junction the next 3 Sundays, giving away copies of each of her books in the series. Head on back, leave a comment, and your name just might be the next one drawn from my lucky Stetson. Yehaw!

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?

To enter for a chance to win a copy of the third book in the Ransom Canyon series, leave a comment below. Winner will be selected on Monday, June 26.

Ransom Canyon Winner #2

 

Big congratulations to:

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Mary B

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Mary – You’re the winner of Book 2

Rustler’s Moon.

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I just know you’re gonna love Miss Jodi’s story.

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The rest o’ you ought not give up hope. Miss Jodi will be at the Junction the next 4 Sundays, giving away copies of each of her books in the series. Head on back, leave a comment, and your name just might be the next one drawn from my lucky Stetson. Yehaw!

Jodi Thomas Ransom Canyon Giveaway #2

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

Rustler’s Moon

I’ve always wanted to write a book about a woman on the run. As I drive through small towns on the back roads of Texas, I often think, “This is it! Anyone could disappear here!”

My husband and I decided to explore Florida while I was at a conference with Debbie Macomber.  On my trip, the characters of Rustler’s Moon were talking in my head, and I couldn’t wait to write the story.

  • Do you prefer small towns or big cities?
  • Does the idea of “getting lost” appeal to you or leave you frightened?

To enter for a chance to win a copy of the second book in the Ransom Canyon series, leave a comment below. Winner will be selected on Monday, June 19.

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