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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 #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.

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.

Why My Friend Sends Me Pictures of Cows – by Jodi Thomas

I’ve been working on my series, RANSOM CANYON, for two years now.  I’ve completed 6 books and two short stories and have just contracted to write 4 more books.

Though my family has been in Texas for seven generations, and I was raised in a ranching and farming community, I have never made my living at either.

So, when I started the series I spent six months researching, studying, and driving around the Panhandle.  A dear friend of mine and author, Natalie Bright (http://www.nataliebright.com) offered to let me come out to her ranch and watch how a big operation works.

The first day I climbed into a pickup with her husband Chris Bright, we crossed back and forth over the land often without a road to follow.  At the end of the day every muscle in my body hurt from hanging on, but I not only had a better understanding of the land and the jobs, but I had an idea for my first character, Staten Kirkland.

Chris said that he didn’t really think about owning the land.  He saw himself as the caretaker.  The pride, the responsibility he felt, the worry and the long hours of work was exactly what I wanted to show in my character.

From Natalie I learned not only terms, and how the work changes as the seasons pass, but she taught me about the etiquette of daily life.  I even learned a little about cooking for 45; of course I don’t cook very well for 2, so I had a long way to go.

I spent time on other ranches and talking to brand inspectors and cattle men in different areas of ranching as well as reading about ranch life.  I met a woman named Bunny who had her grandparents’ original homestead all fixed up.  She even offered to let me stay there.  No indoor bathroom and all.

Some friends share pictures of grandkids, but Natalie Bright makes me smile every time she sends me pictures of cows.  She’s a writer.  She knows what another writer needs to see.

I may have had the imagination and the characters dancing around in my head, but I needed the ‘real life’ as well. As a dear lady Bunny Leathers told me once, “bury me in my Levis, because if I’m fortunate enough to make it to Heaven, I want to go in two-stepping one more time.”  Somehow, for her, I think there was a country song playing when she passed the Pearly Gate.

 

 

 

 

Buy Jodi’s newest book, Wild Horse Springs, on Amazon

I look forward to chatting with you today. Please let me know what you’re passionate about, and I will enter you in a drawing to win an autographed copy of my latest book WILD HORSE SPRINGS, the fifth in my Ransom Canyon series.

Remember: In the heart of Ransom Canyon, sometimes the right match for a lonely soul is the one you least expect… 

Jodi Thomas

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