>Monday With An Author – Jodi Thomas


Jodi Thomas wasn’t able to be here for the Pleasure Me With Romance Event, but we finally got schedules squared away and she’s able to be here today to talk about her newest book, Texas Blue. If you love cowboys, I think you’re going to want to take a deeper look at this book. Please welcome guest blogger Jodi Thomas to the blog.

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This month, as TEXAS BLUE is released, I’m thinking back a few years ago when I was reading a story about  a Texas Ranger special force that was organized to go in after outlaws who raided ranches then crossed the border into Mexico.  In my mind history and fiction mixed and my character, Duncan ‘Duck’ McMurray joined the fight.

Only, he was hurt in the night raid and didn’t make it back with the others.  When the stampede and the firing stopped Duncan was alone, wounded and without his horse.

I opened my story in Austin one night with two good friends saying farewell.  Both knew the danger the rangers faced.  Duncan was a wild Texan who loved adventure almost as much as he loved Texas, and Lewt Patterson wanted nothing more than to find a nice, preferably rich, lady to marry so he could settle down.  Unfortunately, Lewt was a gambler and gamblers rarely met women like his friend Duncan’s cousins.  

Texas Blue

Gambling man Lewton Paterson wants to marry into a respectable family, even if it costs him his friendship with Duncan McMurray. After fleecing a train ticket from one of the three gentlemen picked to call on Duncan’s cousins, Lewt makes his way to Whispering Mountain. But seducing a well-bred woman is harder than Lewt thought, and he realizes that to entice a McMurray sister, he’ll need to learn a thing or two about ranching—and love.

As Lewt says good-bye to his friend, he decides to meet the ladies while Duncan is gone.  He knows he’s good looking and all the saloon girls like him, so how hard could it be to make a rich girl fall in love.

As Duncan fights on the border, Lewt discovers that not all women fall at his feet.  He decides to learn a little about ranching so he can at least talk to them.  Unfortunately, the only girl who’ll teach him, Emily McMurray, may get him killed first.

I loved blending two stories together.  Both men have a great deal to learn about who they are and about what is worth risking your life to keep.  Since this is the fifth in my series about Whispering Mountain, it was fun to see the children, Duck and the girls, grow up to be strong independent adults.  If you’ve never read any in this series, TEXAS BLUE would be a great place to start.  For those of you who love series, you might want to go back to the beginning and start with TEXAS RAIN.  I promise you’ll fall in love with the men of Whispering Mountain.          

Some books fly and all I can do is hang on for the ride.  TEXAS BLUE was such a book.  It was great fun and I hope you’ll come along on the adventure through Texas with me.  This story will touch your heart… it touched mine. So tell me, what weakness in a hero do you consider adorable?

DRAWING — One copy (1) of Texas Blue
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Contest open until Saturday 04/016/11 07:00am EST

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About the Author
Jodi Thomas is the NY Times and USA Today best-selling author of 31 novels and 8 short story collec-tions. As of July 2006, she was the 11th woman to be inducted in to RWA Hall of Fame. She is also cur-rently serving as the Writer in Residence at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas.
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About Monica Burns

A bestselling author of erotic romance, Monica Burns penned her first short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica believes it’s possible for the good guy to win if they work hard enough.

9 thoughts on “>Monday With An Author – Jodi Thomas

  1. >Mary, Random.org pulled your name out of the hat. Email me at monicaburns AT monicaburns DOT com so I can forward your contact information to Jodi

  2. >"Why does it have to be snakes?" – cutest line in "Temple of Doom" in my opinion. Okay, a cowboy can't have a weakness like ophidiophobia what with rattlers and gopher snakes abound on the prairie. How about manfully cooing over a baby? That can be adorable without being too weak.

    ironss [at] gmail [dot] com

  3. >It's not really a weakness, but I love a hero with glasses. Not sure why, I guess I just like nerds 😛

    marieimy (at) gmail (dot) com

  4. >I've always liked it when hero's have a weakness for things you never would ahve expected them to have. When I get surprised in a book, I kinda like it.

    Las Vegas
    miztik_rose AT yahoo.com

  5. >Hi Monica and Jodi,

    Some of my "keepers" include flawed heroes such as fighting an addition or injury. I love stories in which the couple must overcome obstacles but in which the characters must also overcome personal obstacles in order to become their "true" selves.

    Laura in Texas

  6. >I love it when the Hero hides some good thing that he does because it will "ruin his reputation"/make others think he is weak.

    US resident
    manning_2004 at yahoo dot com

  7. >Good morning Monica and Jodi.
    I love when a bad boy Hero has a humanitarian "do good" complex. The Hero considers it a weakness and keeps it secret.

    rjofus AT gmail DOT com

  8. >Hi Monica and Jodi!

    I'm not sure that I consider a man being in touch with his emotional side a weakness though I'm sure some people do but that is what I find adorable. When you see a big man (tall, well built and very muscular) get all mushy about his babies and kids – it just really makes me melt!

    Thanks for the contest! I haven't had a chance to read this series but I'm definitely adding it to the list.

    GFC Follower/ USA