Sub-genre: Holiday Romance / Western
Date of Publication: September 25, 2018
Number of Pages: 354
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A small-town Texas Christmas story, where hearts are lost, love is found, and family always brings you back home.
Griffin Holloway is desperate: the Maverick Ranch has been in his family for generations, but lately, it’s a money pit. He’d sooner marry one of his horses than sell the ranch. Marriage, though, could be a solution. If he can woo a wealthy bride, he might save the ranch—just in time for Christmas. Jaxon O’Grady likes his solitude just fine, thank you very much. But when a car accident brings the unexpected to his door, he realizes just how much one person can need another. Crossroads is the perfect place for Jamie Johnson: avoiding nosy questions about why she’s single, she’s happy to keep to her lakeside home. So she’s baffled when she gets the strangest Christmas present of all, in the form of a Mr. Johnson, asleep on her sofa. Who is he, and why does everyone think he’s her husband?
In this uplifting novel, three unlikely couples discover just what Crossroads, Texas, can offer: romance, belonging, and plenty of Christmas spirit.
”Deeply poignant moments and artfully rendered characters create a rich story that transports readers to an idyllic place.”~ Publishers Weekly
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INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR JODI THOMAS
What are some of the jobs that you’ve held and how have they impacted your writing?
I’ve had many jobs over the years and I think all of them have helped me become a better writer. I’ve checked groceries, and I’ve worked in the library. I’ve also been a counselor and I think they all impacted me and my writing because they helped me better understand people.
What do your plans for future projects include?
I plan to write more books. Of course there are ideas in my mind that I’ll never have enough time to write, but the stories will still come. There are stories that I tell myself that I don’t think I’ll ever get on paper. But one book that someday I’m going to write is a book about living the life of a writer. I think it’s interesting that writers develop in rare air, not pure air but rare air. And I’d like to write a book on that. I have a little room in my house all set up and stacked with ideas and notes, so someday I’ll get around to writing that.
What does your nightstand look like on any given day?
My nightstand has a bottle of water on it. It has a clock on it because I need to know the time even in the middle of the night. And it always has books. They’re usually stacked in the back of the nightstand and dribbling off on the floor. I have 100 books stacked up in different places in my house that I plan to read just as soon as I have time.
Do you have any strange writing habits or writing rituals?
Yes. Years ago whenever I mailed my manuscripts in, I had to kiss them goodbye. And the postman always thought that was crazy. But, I kissed all my stories goodbye. Now today the ritual I have is when I finish a book, I usually take an extra day and curl up and read it like I’m a reader, And if it doesn’t measure up, then I’m back to rewrites.
What is something interesting, funny that most people don’t know about you?
Most people don’t know that I do not have a sense of a right and left. That makes it almost impossible for me to back up. We share a wide driveway with the house next door and as soon as my neighbor saw me trying to back up, he now parks his car in the garage every time. I don’t think I’ll ever learn. People have tried to teach me. It never works, but I have a great husband who every night goes out, drives my car out of the driveway, turns it around. That way when I get up, ready to go, I can go forward. Thanks, honey.
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 place.”
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.
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