We are so happy to welcome back one of the most beloved authors who "takes you to the heart of Texas", Jodi Thomas! Her novels have garnered many awards (including the coveted RITA) and continue to hit the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Her latest gem is the fifth in her popular Whispering Mountain series and releases April 5, 2011. Please welcome Jodi back to The Romance Dish!
TEXAS BLUE, my 31st book, will be out in April and I had a great time with this adventure across Texas. First, I opened in 1875, with two friends parting ways one stormy night in Austin. Duncan, a Texas Ranger, is off to fight at the border and Lewt, a gambler, plans to find a wife while his friend is away.
Duncan, called Duck when he was a boy in earlier books, is wild and fearless. Lewt has never done anything brave and never plans to.
Lewt decides to join a group of men Duncan hand selected to travel to Whispering Mountain and meet his three female cousins. Though Lewt knows his friend would never introduce a gambler to his rich relatives, he wants a chance for more than just a life in saloons.
The reader steps into two stories running at once. Duncan fighting, being hurt in the fight, being held captive and Lewt learning how to act around women he doesn’t have to buy a drink to talk to. Both learn and grow as they discover what is important in life.
Ride along with me and I promise I’ll take you through Texas from a ranch big enough to be its own kingdom to a fight in Texas history that became a legend the Texas Rangers still repeat.
TEXAS BLUE is a story that has been in my head since I wrote TEXAS RAIN four years ago. I knew the little boy that Travis McMurray finds tied to a rope at an outlaw camp would have to grow up and become a great Texas Ranger. I also fell in love with a shy little girl who loved horses in TALL DARK AND TEXAN and wanted to see her as a woman strong enough to run the ranch.
So, writing TEXAS BLUE was like coming home to characters I already loved.
I know my readers are going to love this story as much as I loved writing it. For those of you who would like more about what was happening at the ranch before Lewt arrives, check my website http://www.jodithomas.com/ and read two chapters that had to be cut from early in the book. Remember, they haven’t been edited so jump over the misspellings.
Thanks for reading and I’d love to hear from you.
Do you like revisiting characters from previous books? Is it like coming home for you? Who are some of your favorite characters that appeared in books before their own happily ever after was told? Two lucky commenters will each win a copy of Texas Blue!