Monday, August 29, 2016

Sunrise Crossing is Almost Here

I’m delighted to once again welcome New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Jodi Thomas back to Thoughts in Progress to talk about her next release, the fourth installment in her Ransom Canyon series.

Return to peaceful Crossroads, Texas — where community comes first and love thrives in the unlikeliest places — with SUNRISE CROSSING, the fourth title in Jodi’s six-book Ransom Canyon series. The sweeping drama, and the story of a rugged hero and mysterious heroine set against the beautiful Texas landscape, will delight fans of Western romance.

Yancy Grey is slowly putting his life back together after serving time for petty theft. As he rebuilds an old house, he finally has a sense of stability, but he can't stop thinking of himself as just an ex-con. Until one night, he finds a mysterious dark-haired beauty hiding in his loft. But who is she, and what secret is she protecting?
The art gallery Parker Lacey manages is her life—she has no time for friends, and certainly not lovers. But when her star artist begs Parker for help, she finds herself in a pickup truck, headed for the sleepy town of Crossroads. A truck driven by a strong, silent cowboy…
Gabe Snow has been a drifter since he left Crossroads at seventeen after a violent incident. When he accepts a job in his hometown, he'll have to decide whether he can put the worst night of his life behind him and build a future in the community that raised him.

SUNRISE CROSSING is available wherever books are sold and at

◊ Series: Ransom Canyon, Book #4
◊ Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
◊ Genre: Western, Romance, Contemporary
◊ Publisher: HQN Books (August 30, 2016)
◊ $7.99 U.S./ $8.99 CAN.
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 0373789300
◊ ISBN-13: 978-0373789306

Please join me in giving a warm welcome to Jodi as she talks about SUNRISE CROSSING that will be released tomorrow. Welcome, Jodi.

I can’t wait for my readers to open SUNRISE CROSSING.  I love writing this story with its touch of intrigue and touching love stories.   

In this story I wanted to bring back a character I dearly loved in Ransom Canyon. He was little more than a kid when he went to prison for a robbery and five years later, when he’s free, Yancy Grey heads to a little town called Crossroads, Texas. He thinks he is worthless, but is taken in by a group of senior citizens and slowly finds his roots in town. SUNRISE CROSSING opens with him beginning work on an old house called the Gypsy House where he was born.

Yancy works alone every night restoring the place where he was born. When he hears a noise in the attic, he discovers a woman hiding there. He calls Tori Vilanie Rabbit because that’s what he thought was in the attic. She’s running from life and he’s afraid to step into living, but somehow they build a gentle kind of friendship that grows into love.

SUNRISE CROSSING will pull you into the lives of characters that you’ll remember long after you’ve finished the story.

Jodi, thanks for joining us today and sharing this insight into your new books. Your characters definitely have a way of staying with you long after you close the book.

Now for those unfamiliar with Jodi, here’s some background on her.

Author Jodi Thomas, Photo credit Tracy L. Fuqua
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.

For more information, please visit Jodi’s website at

Thanks so much for stopping by today during Jodi’s visit. I hope we’ve enticed you to check out Jodi’s latest book, as well as the entire series. Don’t you just love a good romance with a western theme? In conclusion today I’m happy to share Jodi’s new book trailer for SUNRISE CROSSING for your viewing pleasure. Just wait until you see the awesome ranch pictures featured in the trailer.


  1. Writers DEFINITELY make the world a better place.

  2. As a reader, I think it's fun to read more about minor characters in previous books! Sounds like a great read.

  3. Redemption is always a great theme for a story.

  4. god forbid that a cowboy isn't strong and hunky...

  5. Pretty scenery in the trailer.

    Interesting mix of characters. It sounds like all of those issues are going to come to a point before the book ends.

  6. What a great setting for this series. And I like the idea of using minor characters to keep a series going. Wishing you much success.

  7. With a name like Yancy, he will not fail. This sounds great. Love the setting, characters and plot.

    Speaking to Dezmond's comment. My dad was a cowboy for year or so in the early 1950's. He was then and even now at 80 years old, rugged and strong. Due to farms and ranches around here, we have our own type of cowboy. I've never known one who wasn't strong. :)

  8. Sounds like a great addition to the series! :)

  9. Love reading your comments, especially about cowboys!

  10. How great to return to a favorite character and give more to his story. Congratulations on doing that.


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