Thank you for inviting me in for a visit. I’m very excited about my new book, Texas Blue. I began my writing career with historical romance and will always love them. There is something about stepping into the past. The history is so rich, the land so wild, but it is the people in my stories that I always fall in love with. They are men and women molded by their surroundings.
In Texas Blue, I pulled from a real legend often told by the Texas Rangers. A small handful of rangers rode across the border into Mexico one night. They were following a group of outlaws who were raiding ranches. When the rangers realized the odds were not with them, they did the only thing left to do…they bluffed.
My character, Duncan ‘Duck’ McMurray rides along with the rangers in my story. He’s just said goodbye to his best friend in Austin, a gambler who only dreams of settling down.
Duncan goes to fight for Texas, but Lewt Patterson, a gambler by trade, plans to use the time Duncan is away to court one of his rich cousins. Lewt knows Duncan would never introduce him to his family at Whispering Mountain so he plans to pick the cousin he wants, get her to fall in love and, if possible, marry her before he has to face Duncan.
Lewt learns a great deal about life and the man he was meant to be as he falls truly in love for the first time and gambles it all on love.
I loved writing Texas Blue. It flew. Now and then I find a story that I catch myself working later on because I can’t wait to get to the next scene. Most nights I tell myself I have to stop and get some sleep, but with this story I would keep going just one more hour, just a few more pages and I hope you will do the same when you read Texas Blue.
Thanks again for allowing me to visit. I wish you all many hours of pleasure in reading. Isaac Asimov was once asked what he would do if he knew the world would end in fifteen minutes. He said, “Write faster.” As I’m working on my 34th book I’m afraid I’d have to say the same.
Blessings to you all,
Jodi Thomas is the NY Times and USA Today best-selling author of 31 novels and 8 short story collections. As of July 2006, she was the 11th woman to be inducted in to RWA Hall of Fame. She is also currently serving as the Writer in Residence at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. She can be found at
http://www.jodithomas.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/JodiThomasAuthor