Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Author Jodi Thomas: Falling In Love And Wild Texas Rose

It’s always a pleasure to welcome New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Jodi Thomas to Thoughts in Progress because it means she has a stunning new book out and a fun story to share.
Jodi’s latest release is WILD TEXAS ROSE, the sixth book in her Whispering Mountain series. 

Here’s a brief synopsis:
Twenty-five-year-old Rose McMurray may be beautiful, smart, and capable of running her family's ranch at Whispering Mountain, but she's backed away from marriage three times without giving anyone reasons. Everyone thinks she is a coward, afraid of any adventure, including falling in love. She's never done a single wild or reckless thing in her life...until now.

Duncan McMurray, like Rose, was adopted into the family. As a Texas Ranger, he swears he'll never settle down and marry. He's been Rose's guardian angel since they were kids but for the first time in their lives he's the one who has caused her to be in danger. 

Somehow, he has to protect her from an outlaw gang determined to kill her without letting Rose know of the danger she's in. He's convinced that her heart can't take the stress if she knows...the only question is can his heart take the nearness of her.
When opposites collide the adventure begins...

Jodi joins us today to talk about the different ways of falling in love. 

I’ve always wanted to write a book that shows the different ways people fall in love and I got my chance in WILD TEXAS ROSE. I found the story great fun to write and loved the humor of the characters as I wrote. I always think of my characters as real living, breathing people who are like all of us, not perfect, but trying. So, come along with me through Fort Worth, Texas in 1876 and enjoy the adventure. 

168334650When I sat down in my study and traveled back to Texas in the 1800’s, I began with Rose McMurray. As a child she drove everyone crazy organizing her world and as an adult nothing has changed. She’s twenty-six and traveled from Whispering Mountain to Fort Worth to help a friend with her wedding plans.  
From the first, Rose knows something is very wrong and of course, she sets out to correct the problem. The adopted son of her uncle, Duncan McMurray, has his hands full with a gang of killers in Dallas, but he rides over to help Rose. 

As Rose builds her forces, not only the bride’s life falls in dangers but so does Rose and Duncan’s.  
In WILD TEXAS ROSE I loved writing about Rose and Duncan McMurray because I saw them as children in an earlier book called TALL, DARK, AND TEXAN. Though they were both adopted into the McMurray family, they grew up needing to know the other was near. Sometimes people fall in love and sometimes it grows slowly over time. In WILD TEXAS ROSE I had fun looking at all the ways love comes unexpectedly into one’s life. 

Come along with me and fall in love. 
Jodi, thanks so much for visiting with us again. I enjoyed your take on falling in love. Watching love bloom (even in a book) is always fun.

For those who haven’t gotten to know Jodi yet, let me share a bit of background with you. She is a fifth generation Texan and it’s only nature for her to set the majority of her novels in her home state. With a degree in Family Studies, she 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, Jodi enjoys interacting with students on the West Texas A & M University campus, where she currently serves as Writer In Residence. When not working on a novel or inspiring students to pursue a writing career, Jodi enjoys traveling with her husband, Tom, renovating a historic home they bought in Amarillo, and "checking up" on their two grown sons. 

For more on Jodi and her writing, visit her website at or find her on Facebook at or on Twitter at

What’s your take on falling in love? Do you think there are different ways of falling in love? Thanks so much for stopping by today and visiting with Jodi as she release WILD TEXAS ROSE.


  1. Jodi, thanks again for guest blogging. It's always interesting learning background on characters in a book. Wishing you much success with your writing.

  2. Oh this one sounds like a good one! I'll have to order it for sure.

    BTW, that shade of blue is stunning and makes for a lovely author pic!

    Thanks for sharing this one Mason.


  3. Looks like a nice summer read and romance.

  4. Mason - Thanks for hosting Jodi.

    Jodi - I think that falling in love is as unique as the people involved are. That's what makes for a great story: there are all sorts of ways people approach love. I wish you much continued success.

  5. Sounds like a great story. I love the premise of the story! Off to check it out :)


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