Jodi Thomas … I’ve Spent my Life in the Past

WILD TEXAS ROSE, my 25th  historical romance will be out on August 7th and I believe it just might be my best.  I decided to write it in a different style than usual—a more modern approach.  This story is fast moving when four heroes get together to stop the outlaws.  All are very different men: one a Texas Ranger; one crippled from the war between the states; one a judge who talks to his dead brother as if he were walking beside him; and one a man who lives in the shadows.  Each man will fall in love in his own way with, of course, just the right woman.


While I was doing research for WILD TEXAS ROSE, I discovered a few interesting facts about Fort Worth. I think it would have been a wild place to live.  In fact, I’ve lived there before, in books at least.

Here’s the link:

I also decided to have a character who had mild agoraphobia and that led me down another road of research.  Agoraphobia was first described in 1872 but the word would not have been in common use in 1876.  I wanted my Rose to be afraid, but still be willing and able to take care of herself.

I’m not sure I planned it, but the story is full of laughter.  My characters get in each others’ way and do more damage than good when they try to help.

I’ve been a historical romance writer since 1988 and I always will be.  I live my imaginary life in the past and wouldn’t have it any other way.  Come along with me on my new adventure.

To celebrate the release of my newest Whispering Mountain historical, I will give away an autographed copy to one lucky winner!

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Dubbed the Queen of Texas Romance, Jodi Thomas is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 35 novels and 11 short story collections. A RITA winning author and a member of RWA Hall of Fame, Jodi currently serves as the Writer in Residence at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas.




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32 thoughts on “Jodi Thomas … I’ve Spent my Life in the Past”

  1. Welcome to Wildflower Junction, Miss Jodi! This is the best yet book in the Whispering Mountain series.They just get better and better. I love Rose and how she’s matured, and Duncan is all grown up. I enjoyed the three love story lines going at one time. This book is a winner for sure. Thanks for dropping by for a visit on a very busy day–release day. I know you’ll have a good turn out at your booksigning today. Hugs, P

  2. Hi Jodi! You are new to me! (Shame on me). Wild Texas Rose looks awesome. Looks like I’m gonna have to find you at the library.
    Campbellamyd at gmail dot com

  3. Oh my Jodi, I LOVE the cover of your new book, Wild Texas Rose. It’s absolutely beautiful! 🙂

    Thank you so much to the link to information about Fort Worth, TX. That is one of my favorite places. My brother lives nearby in Wills Point, TX so whenever I go to visit he knows we have to make a detour to the streets of old Fort Worth. Love the Stockyards. 😉

    I would love to be entered to win a copy of Wild Texas Roae. Thank you for the opportunity!

    🙂 Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

  4. I have read all of your book and they are keepers. I am waiting anxiously for Tuesday when the new book comes out and for the next Harmony book. Love that series. You have one coming out in September (Hot Texas Nights). Is that a stand alone for a series? Thank you so much for the pleasure you have given me in reading your books.

  5. Congrats on your 25th historical romance.What an accomplishment! Beautiful cover. This book sounds fantastic. Can’t wait to read it.

  6. Hi Jodi,
    I love all of your books, it would be hard to even pick a favorite. Your first book, “Beneath the Texas Sky” always comes to mind. Congrats on your 25th. book releasing! I too love the cover of your new book and have been waiting for the release.

  7. I can’t really believe I’ve never read your books before. I read a wide variety but this is my favorite genre– so much that I’ve started working on my own novel. To hear you say you think your 25th book is your best is very inspiring!

  8. Jodi, extending a warm welcome to you. It’s always such a please to have you. I’m halfway through with WILD TEXAS ROSE and it’s giving me lots of pleasurable reading. I’d be finished if it weren’t for the Olympics. I always felt like Rose would have a very special story. And you certainly delivered one. I hope your booksigning today goes well. Wish I could be there.

    Wishing you lots and lots of success!

  9. Goldie………I can answer that question for you. HOT TEXAS NIGHTS is comprised of Jodi’s stories from four of the Give Me anthologies. If you’ve read Give Me a Texan, Give Me a Cowboy, Give Me a Texas Ranger, and Give Me an Outlaw, then you’ve already read these stories.

    Her next release is one of her Harmony series and it’ll come out in January.

    I believe she only has one more story left to go in the Whispering Mountain series. It’ll release in 2013. After that, she’ll begin a new historical series.

  10. Hi Jody,
    I really enjoy your books. I love the cover of this new one. I’m working on a 1800’s mail order bride novella for Thomas Nelson along with Margaret Brownley, Mary Connealy and Robin Lee Hatcher but I just finished reading your novella A Texas Christmas to help me step back in time. Loved that it was set in the Palo Duro Canyon where mine will be near 🙂
    I know this book will be wonderful.
    Thank you for the entertainment!

  11. Jodi Congrats on your 25th historical release! 😀 I love the book’s cover… truly beautiful to look at!

  12. I enjoy books that make me laugh, well and cry too. Love the cover and I can’t wait to read the story.

  13. I have enjoyed everyone of your books that I have read, and that has been a good many of them. The West of the 1800’s was a special place to be. It was a hard life, but one that let people show just who they were and what they were capable of. Of course the West of historical romance is an even better place to be. Thank you for all the wonderful trips you have taken us on and all the great characters you have introduced us to. It sounds like WILD TEXAS ROSE will be another enjoyable trip.
    Thank you in advance for the humor. It is so necessary to make life enjoyable and a book is better with it.

  14. Enjoyed reading the comments. i have also enjoyed reading some of your books. I like the way you write and develop your characters.

  15. Hi everyone. I just got home from two events with Jodi today, so I hope she isn’t as tired as I am, but I know she is because she did the hard work. “Wild Texas Rose” is a very special book and she does some really neat things with her characters. Although it’s part of the Whispering Mountain Series, this books has some twists and turns unlike any of her other historical, including a ghost. A friendly one. The brother of one of her characters. I hope she’ll be able to check in to say hello in a while, but if she doesn’t today, I can assure you, she’ll read each and every one of your comments and appreciates you coming over and leaving a comment. And, yes, I think this is one awesome cover, too!

    Debra, if you like a story set in Palo Duro Canyon and haven’t read “Give Me a Texas Outlaw” check it out. My story beings in Galveston and ends in Palo Duro Canyon in Col. Goodnight’s dugout (which is still there today). Most of the book takes place there and I tried to make it as real as possible.

    Again, thanks to all for checking in. Hugs, Phyliss

  16. I do love Jodi Thomas stories, I can’t wait to read this one. I couldn’t pick just one as my favorite

  17. Hi Jodi,
    I love that cover–it is just gorgeous! Looks like you could walk right into it. I like the fact that the heroine has a fear. I will have to read this to see how she handles it and exactly what kind of places she’s afraid of.
    Cheryl P.

  18. Hope I am not to late to post. Love Jodi’s books and I would love to read this one. I read mostly historicals but also some contemporarys. I do switch around a lot so I don’t get bored with one thing. Every book I have read of your has always been just awesome.

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