More than anything else I’ve always thought the people make the stories in
I love characters who walk off the page and the reader falls a little bit in
as they discover not only passion, but a bond as deep as time. I wrote the
Canyon series so that everyone could see what the people of West
are like. Step with me into a small town nestled between huge ranches and
farms. A place where people fight and help one another. A place where love
deep and forever.
I knew I had to open RANSOM CANYON with Staten Kirkland. He is a well-
rancher who believes he needs to work harder than any hand he hires. He’s
and honest and broken inside by the death of his only love, his wife. When
son is killed during a storm a few years later, Staten runs to a quiet woman
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
Ransom Canyon, but the town will start to feel like home. My goal as a
to keep you up late reading because you have to know what happens next.
CANYON is about the beauty of people and how they interact with one
as friends, families and lovers. Meet the people. The retired teachers who
live together in bungalows in the center of town. The high school kids who
into the local haunted house one night and all come out scarred and changed.
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
So, saddle up with me and step into RANSOM CANYON.
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New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas has
captivated readers around the world with her sweeping, heartfelt family
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
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
it alone. But when he sees the Apache slave woman with the startling blue
the course of his journey is changed forever.
Ever since the Comanche raided her village and took her for their own,
hasn’t known any kind of freedom. After years of being outcast, beaten and
from tribe to tribe, she’s unprepared for James’s patient tone and gentle
Still, as her handsome savior slowly earns her trust, Millie struggles
desire and fear, sure it’s just a matter of time before James tires of her
her burgeoning feelings are nothing but another wasted memory.
From New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas comes the first
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
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
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,
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
use them for personal gain. Only Yancy, a common criminal since he was old
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
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
A fifth generation Texan, Jodi Thomas chooses to set the majority of
novels in her home state.
The stories Thomas has committed to paper have earned her an impressive list
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
(1990), was named best novel by the (Texas) Panhandle Professional Writers
the Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc., an organization of writers' groups
several states. Book three, THE TENDER TEXAN (1991), was Thomas's first
bestseller and won her the first of her Romance Writers of America RITA's,
$1.5 billion romance publishing industry's equivalent of an "Oscar." Jodi
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
THE TEXAN'S WAGER (2002), sixteen was the magic number. As Thomas's
novel, the book scored number sixteen on the NEW YORK TIMES extended
list. FINDING MARY BLAINE, (2004) received the National Readers' Choice
2005. Thomas was inducted into the RWA Hall of Fame in 2006 for winning her
RITA for THE TEXAN'S REWARD (2005). In 2009, Jodi received the National
Choice Award for two of her books: TWISTED CREEK (2008) and TALL, DARK, and
(2008). In 2010, THE LONE TEXAN won the Reader's Choice 2009 Best Western
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,
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)
West Texas Books Festival’s A.C. Green Award. Then in 2014, Jodi Thomas won
National Readers’ Choice Award’s Contemporary Single Title for Can’t Stop
With a degree in Family Studies, Thomas is a marriage and family counselor
education, a background that enables her to write about family dynamics.
in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock,
enjoys interacting with students on the West Texas A & M University campus,
she currently serves as Writer In Residence.
"My door is usually open to students all morning," explains Thomas, who
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
"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
I'm hoping that students will see that being a writer is a possibility. This
particularly important in these days when programs in the arts are being cut
the public schools."
Commenting on her contribution to the arts, Thomas said, "When I was
classes full time, I thought I was making the world a better place. Now I
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.
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
2003 novel, THE WIDOWS OF WICHITA COUNTY, the members of various chapters
a Jodi Thomas Fan Club. The group enthusiastically promotes her novels and
appearances and even volunteers to provide drivers for her out-of-town
When not working on a novel or inspiring students to pursue a writing
Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband, Tom, renovating a historic home
bought in Amarillo, and "checking up" on their two grown sons.
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