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Jodi Thomas | A Place Where Love Runs Deep and Forever

Ransom Canyon
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Ransom Canyon #1

September 2015
On Sale: August 25, 2015
Featuring: Quinn O'Grady; Staten Kirkland; Lucas Reyes
368 pages
ISBN: 0373788444
EAN: 9780373788446
Kindle: B00SFSL8N2
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Also by Jodi Thomas:
The Little Teashop on Main, May 2019
The Little Teashop on Main, May 2019
Mornings on Main, March 2019
The Valentine's Curse, December 2018


More than anything else I’ve always thought the people make the stories in books. I love characters who walk off the page and the reader falls a little bit in love as they discover not only passion, but a bond as deep as time. I wrote the Ransom Canyon series so that everyone could see what the people of West Texas are like. Step with me into a small town nestled between huge ranches and small farms. A place where people fight and help one another. A place where love runs deep and forever.

I knew I had to open RANSOM CANYON with Staten Kirkland. He is a well- respected rancher who believes he needs to work harder than any hand he hires. He’s strong and honest and broken inside by the death of his only love, his wife. When his son is killed during a storm a few years later, Staten runs to a quiet woman who has been his friend since grade school and his wife’s best friend.

Readers will feel, not like they came to visit, Crossroads, Texas, on the edge of Ransom Canyon, but the town will start to feel like home. My goal as a writer is to keep you up late reading because you have to know what happens next.

RANSOM CANYON is about the beauty of people and how they interact with one another as friends, families and lovers. Meet the people. The retired teachers who all live together in bungalows in the center of town. The high school kids who break into the local haunted house one night and all come out scarred and changed. The ex-con who lands in town with nothing and finds a home.

And, of course, the winners in life’s game are the people who love the deepest. So, saddle up with me and step into RANSOM CANYON.

Get the Free Prequel, WINTER'S CAMP, now through August 31st!

Want to see how Ransom Canyon began? Download the FREE prequel WINTER'S CAMP today. This sale only lasts until August 31st!


New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas has captivated readers around the world with her sweeping, heartfelt family sagas. To introduce her brand- new series, Jodi tells the story behind the unforgiving Texas landscape and how one man claims Ransom Canyon—and a timid beauty—for his legacy…

A wanderer’s life was all James Randall Kirkland had known since he was an orphaned boy in San Antonio. And while years of adventure had satisfied his younger self, now he’s longing to put down roots of his own and is prepared to go it alone. But when he sees the Apache slave woman with the startling blue eyes, the course of his journey is changed forever.

Ever since the Comanche raided her village and took her for their own, Millie hasn’t known any kind of freedom. After years of being outcast, beaten and traded from tribe to tribe, she’s unprepared for James’s patient tone and gentle ways. Still, as her handsome savior slowly earns her trust, Millie struggles between desire and fear, sure it’s just a matter of time before James tires of her and her burgeoning feelings are nothing but another wasted memory.


From New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas comes the first book in a compelling, emotionally resonant series set in a remote west Texas town — where family can be made by blood or by choice

Rancher Staten Kirkland, the last descendant of Ransom Canyon's founding father, is rugged and practical to the last. No one knows that when his troubling memories threaten to overwhelm him, he runs to lovely, reclusive Quinn O'Grady…or that she has her own secret that no one living knows.

Young Lucas Reyes has his eye on the prize—college, and the chance to become something more than a ranch hand's son. But one night, one wrong decision, will set his life on a course even he hadn't imagined.

Yancy Grey is running hard from his troubled past. He doesn't plan to stick around Ransom Canyon, just long enough to learn the town's weaknesses and how to use them for personal gain. Only Yancy, a common criminal since he was old enough to reach a car's pedals, isn't prepared for what he encounters.

In this dramatic new series, the lives, loves and ambitions of four families will converge, set against a landscape that can be as unforgiving as it is beautiful, where passion, property and pride are worth fighting—and even dying— for.

About Jodi Thomas

A fifth generation Texan, Jodi Thomas chooses to set the majority of her novels in her home state.

The stories Thomas has committed to paper have earned her an impressive list of distinguished awards. Her first book, BENEATH THE TEXAS SKY (1988), won the National Press Women's Novel of the Year in its category. Book two, NORTHERN STAR (1990), was named best novel by the (Texas) Panhandle Professional Writers and the Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc., an organization of writers' groups from several states. Book three, THE TENDER TEXAN (1991), was Thomas's first national bestseller and won her the first of her Romance Writers of America RITA's, the $1.5 billion romance publishing industry's equivalent of an "Oscar." Jodi won her second RITA for TO TAME A TEXAN’S HEART (1994). Book twelve, TO KISS A TEXAN (1999) was her first novel to score on the USA TODAY Best-selling Books list. For THE TEXAN'S WAGER (2002), sixteen was the magic number. As Thomas's sixteenth novel, the book scored number sixteen on the NEW YORK TIMES extended bestseller list. FINDING MARY BLAINE, (2004) received the National Readers' Choice Award in 2005. Thomas was inducted into the RWA Hall of Fame in 2006 for winning her third RITA for THE TEXAN'S REWARD (2005). In 2009, Jodi received the National Readers' Choice Award for two of her books: TWISTED CREEK (2008) and TALL, DARK, and TEXAN (2008). In 2010, THE LONE TEXAN won the Reader's Choice 2009 Best Western Romance from Love Western Romances.com. Jodi received a RITA for WELCOME TO HARMONY (2010) and the Booksellers’ Best Award for SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY (2010) at Romance Writers of America in 2011. At the 2012 Romantic Times Conference, Jodi won the Romance Pioneer Award and the 2011 Reviewers’ Choice Award for TEXAS BLUE. JUST DOWN THE ROAD (2012) scored number 15 on the New York Times Best Seller List.In 2013, Jodi won a Holt Medallion for Wild Texas Rose (2012) and the West Texas Books Festival’s A.C. Green Award. Then in 2014, Jodi Thomas won the National Readers’ Choice Award’s Contemporary Single Title for Can’t Stop Believing (2013).

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.

"My door is usually open to students all morning," explains Thomas, who talks to the classes at the University and on other campuses during her many speaking engagements when not writing in her spacious office in WTAMU's Cornette Library. "They come by to visit and ask questions about being a writer. When I was a child, being a writer wasn't an option. All the people I knew had regular jobs. I'm hoping that students will see that being a writer is a possibility. This is particularly important in these days when programs in the arts are being cut in the public schools."

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."

While the author toured the country speaking to Desk and Derrick clubs about her 2003 novel, THE WIDOWS OF WICHITA COUNTY, the members of various chapters formed a Jodi Thomas Fan Club. The group enthusiastically promotes her novels and public appearances and even volunteers to provide drivers for her out-of-town engagements.

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.

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1 comment posted.

Re: Jodi Thomas | A Place Where Love Runs Deep and Forever

When you stop and think about it, Texas is such a big state,
and there's been so many books written about this state.
Each Author that writes a book, chooses their section of the
state, and it's obvious, because the book has its' own
distinct flavor. There might be cowboys involved, yet, no
two books are alike. I'm looking forward to reading your
latest book, since there's something "cozy" about the way
you write your books. It's like being around an old friend,
and I don't mean that as an insult. Your latest book should
be an interesting read, and I'm sure it's going to do well.
Congratulations on your latest book, as well as on all of
your awards!!
(Peggy Roberson 10:25am August 25, 2015)

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