Today author Jodi Thomas is here with a guest post about her new book WILD HORSE SPRINGS:
Now and then when a writer is working on a series, one of the characters steps from the shadows and comes alive. This happens to me often, maybe too often. My sons say they are afraid I’ll name one of my characters in the will. 🙂
But, Sheriff Dan Brigman started as a character in someone else’s story. book 1, Ransom Canyon. He was a good guy. An honest man like most of the men I’ve met in law enforcement. As the series continues he proved to be a good friend, a concerned father and a man the town of Crossroads could depend on.
Only, Dan never had anyone to love. His wife had loved her career far more than him and their daughter. Then, he was the sheriff in a small town. How does the sheriff date? The only women he met were usually speeding or bailing their husband out of jail. He wouldn’t even let friends set him up with their unmarried relatives for fear of hurting their feelings when he didn’t ask for a second date.
Soooo, finally in WILD HORSE SPRINGS the sheriff’s chance comes. One night, in the middle of a deserted highway, he finds a fancy ladies boot in the center of the road. It has him wondering what kind of woman would own such a boot and his quest begins. When he finally finds her, she’s as beautiful and wild as he guessed she might be.
As the weeks passed, this story almost wrote itself. Some nights I couldn’t wait to get back to it and see what happened to Brandi and her sheriff. Now, finally, WILD HORSE SPRINGS is about to hit the stands. I’m excited to share it with readers.
Come along with me and see what happens when the sheriff finds the lady who fits the fancy boot.
- Title: Wild Horse Springs
- Series: Ransom Canyon #5
- Pages: 384
- Author: Jodi Thomas
- Genre: Contemporary Romance
- Published: January 2017 – HQN Books
- Source: Publisher; NetGalley
My take: The Ransom Canyon series continues with Wild Horse Springs (book 5). In the small town of Crossroads, Texas (on the edge of Ransom Canyon) it’s finally time for steady Sheriff Dan Brigman to find some happiness (with the help of a lovely Country singer just passing through the area) – but the people in his life keep pressing the pause button. His daughter Lauren finds an excuse to come home from Dallas where her post-college life isn’t working out how she’d planned. When she gets back to Crossroads she’s met by the two men from her past who could help or hinder life going forward.
For a charming, small town like Crossroads there’s a dark undercurrent lately that most of the residents would be shocked to know about. The Sheriff has his hands full with a crime of arson to solve and a case of a child in peril that threatens to tear his heart out (as well as the reader’s).
Then there’s a Texas Ranger who goes for a nighttime ride that’s interrupted when his horse tosses him into the Canyon. Lucky for him a certain park Ranger finds him and calls for help. She takes control of his life from that moment (since he’s in the hospital and helpless) including making his ranch house a safe place for one of Crossroads’ favorite sons. There’s a lot going on in this novel.
Yes, there are a good deal of dramatic events in this story but also a lot of heartfelt and upbeat moments. Told in Thomas’s usual warm, folksy style, Wild Horse Springs is a strong addition to the series and I look forward to reading the next book.
About the author:
A fifth generation Texan, Jodi Thomas chooses to set the majority of her novels in her home state. 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, Tom, renovating a historic home they bought in Amarillo, and “checking up” on their two grown sons.
For more information, check out Jodi Thomas’s website.
19 thoughts on “Guest Post by author Jodi Thomas plus my review of Wild Horse Springs by Jodi Thomas”
I love the way authors talk about their characters coming to them. I’m glad to see you enjoyed this book.
I love her guest posts and, of course, her books 🙂
I always enjoy books set in small towns.
Thanks for sharing.
Me too, Elizabeth. I grew up in a small town 🙂
I could relate to the author’s remarks about the characters coming alive.
A series with characters that show up in several books are my favorites….this series sounds good. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks to Jodi for joining us today.
This is such an enjoyable series, Laurel. I find Jodi’s characters charming and real.
Terrific guest post! Jodi Thomas’ characters and stories sound vibrant and wonderful.
They really are!
Wonderful review for this book and as you well know I loved this one too. Already counting down to the next one!
Oh, me too, Kathryn 🙂
I like the mix of drama and upbeat moments and i loved the guest post! I haven’t read Jodi Thomas yet but I’ve been really wanting to lately. I wasn’t really into Western type romances until recently so I just avoided them in general but I’ve found so many great ones and this book sounds like one I need to read!
It’s a fun series. I’d read anything Jodi Thomas writes!!
Not my usual type of read, but it sounds really good.
It’s a fun series by one of my favorite authors.
A guest post by an author is a great idea. Occasionally, I will do an interview with an author. But I’ve never asked them to do a post. And I’ve never read Jodi Thomas. Seems like a good series. Is it best to start with #1? I just read book 1 of a series that takes place in a small town in Texas. The author is Terry Shames, and the book is A Killing at Cotton Hill. It sounds similar to Thomas’ books in tone and down-home-ness. And I do like a good romance.
The first in this series is Ransom Canyon so that’s where I’d suggest you start. I’ll keep the Shames book in mind!
I have been waiting for Sheriff Dan to get some romance in his life. I love this series.
Oh, I know – me too Kathleen. I think you’ll love the opening scene of the novel!
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