Sometimes a story sits in the back of a writer's head, waiting its turn to come
out. INDIGO LAKE was
like that. The two main characters came from two different worlds. Blade had no
family who cares about him and Dakota was sometimes smothered in her
responsibilities. Both were looking for someone, the right person, to fill the
longing, but neither would admit it.
Blade Hamilton had inherited a house he cared nothing about. After driving all
day to look at it, he'd decided to sell it all, land, house and heritage. He
hadn't known about his father and he didn't need an old crippled house with wild
roses growing almost to the roof.
Dakota Davis had heard her grandmother's dark stories about the Hamilton house
all her life. When she turned off the county road heading toward home, she
thought she was seeing a ghost standing knee-deep in Indigo Lake.
As they get to know one another they begin to care and the love they share seems
to cut their problems in half.
I love writing stories about people who become so real to me that I wake up
nights worrying about them. That's how it was with Blade and Dakota. And
Dakota's sister was too good a character to let her story end so she will be the
star of her own Christmas short story in October.
Two families long divided by an ancient feud. Can a powerful love finally
Blade Hamilton is the last of his line. He's never even heard of Crossroads,
Texas, until he inherits land there. Riding in on his vintage Harley-Davidson,
Blade finds a weathered ranch house, an empty prairie and a dark river that cuts
a decisive path between the Hamiltons' land and that of their estranged
When Dakota helps a stranger on the roadside, she isn't prepared for the
charisma of the man on the motorbike—or for the last name he bears: Hamilton, of
her family's sworn enemies, representing all she's been raised to loathe. The
problem is, it looks like Blade is in town to stay, and there's something about
his wolf-gray eyes she just can't ignore.
Lauren Brigman feels adrift. Unhappy in work and unlucky in love, she knows
she ought to be striving for more, but she's never truly at peace unless she's
at home in Crossroads. If the wider world can't satisfy her, is home truly where
her heart is?
[HQN, On Sale: July 18, 2017, Paperback / e-Book,
ISBN: 9780373804047 / eISBN: 9781488023170]
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
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.
I've found the wrong person, twice so finding the right person is sometimes really hard to do. I love stories about families, I can't wait to read your story. (Linda Henderson 8:37pm July 24, 2017)
I've never been to Texas, but I've always admired the endurance and hardiness of the people who live there. Thanks for a great story!
BTW - I met my perfect person more than 40 years ago after a night of indulging in a bar while in college. Not a particularly auspicious beginning, but our 39th anniversary comes up next month. I really can't imagine living with another man for that length of time. If you've got the right guy, why go looking for something else? And if he isn't the right guy, why settle? (Marcia Berbeza 8:42pm July 24, 2017)
to find your perfect person is a long hard road, but the result is well worth it! (Sandy Haber 8:48pm July 24, 2017)
you have to be open-minded to find the right person and it often takes time (Diane Sallans 8:50pm July 24, 2017)
I found him 34 years ago and I do thank my lucky stars daily! (Amber Mancebo 9:16pm July 24, 2017)
I met my husband 43 years ago and we've been married 42 years. Your books are so good that I will take one and a glass of iced tea and go and sit in my back yard swing and read until I finish it. (Margie Coats 10:25pm July 24, 2017)
You should consider yourself very fortunate if you find the right person. I consider myself one of the lucky ones. (Anna Speed 6:21am July 25, 2017)
If you are lucky enough to find the right person, and know to hang on to them, I think its a wonderful thing! (Nicole Bouchey 8:55am July 25, 2017)
Finding the right person is so important! It makes going thru life's ups & downs an adventure! (Maria Proctor 5:16pm July 25, 2017)
Finding the right person has to happen at the right time. TIme is important. (Laura Gullickson 11:23pm July 25, 2017)