Happy Friday! Today we have Jodi Thomas back at Romancing the Book as she celebrates the release of Sunrise Crossing. We have a fun top 5 list to share. But before we get to that, let’s learn a little more about Jodi and Sunrise Crossing.
A fifth-generation Texan, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Jodi Thomas chooses to set the majority of her novels in her home state, where her grandmother was born in a covered wagon. A former teacher, Thomas traces the beginning of her storytelling career to the days when her twin sisters were young and impressionable.
With a degree in family studies, Thomas is a marriage and family counselor by education, a background that enables her to write about family dynamics. Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Thomas enjoys interacting with students on the West Texas A&M University campus, where she currently serves as Writer in Residence.
Commenting on her contribution to the arts, Thomas said, “When I was teaching classes full-time, I thought I was making the world a better place. Now I think of a teacher or nurse or mother settling back and relaxing with one of my books. I want to take her away on an adventure that will entertain her. Maybe, in a small way, I’m still making the world a better place.”
When not working on a novel or inspiring students to pursue a writing career, Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband, renovating a historic home they bought in Amarillo and “checking up” on their two grown sons.
Yancy Grey is slowly putting his life back together after serving time for petty theft. As he rebuilds an old house, he finally has a sense of stability, but he can’t stop thinking of himself as just an ex-con. Until one night, he finds a mysterious dark-haired beauty hiding in his loft. But who is she, and what secret is she protecting?
The art gallery Parker Lacey manages is her life—she has no time for friends, and certainly not lovers. But when her star artist begs Parker for help, she finds herself in a pickup truck, headed for the sleepy town of Crossroads. A truck driven by a strong, silent cowboy…
Gabe Snow has been a drifter since he left Crossroads at seventeen after a violent incident. When he accepts a job in his hometown, he’ll have to decide whether he can put the worst night of his life behind him and build a future in the community that raised him.
I have always loved history. To me the land speaks to me. I’m guessing I would feel the same way about any place where I was born, but my ancestors came west with everything they owned in a wagon so it’s not surprising they bragged about how big the state was or how great the land was when they finally made it.
Today, I see that same kind of spirit in the people, and I wanted to write stories full of characters who survive the hard time and share the good times. So here are five of my favorite western things:
1. Cowboys who come into the café with their spurs on.
2. I love the way sunsets spread out across the plains.
3 The lonely sound a windmill makes in the evening.
4. Nothing like the dance between a horse and a cow.
5. The easy way cowboys laugh when you ask which one is the best looking
And before we leave, Jodi wanted to share the trailer.