Thursday, August 27, 2020

Books for The Coming Season

It’s always a delight to talk about author Jodi Thomas and her feel-good books. Today I want to let you know what Jodi has in store for us this coming season.

First, PICNIC IN SOMEDAY VALLEY, the next book in Jodi’s Honey Creek series, will be released April 27, 2021. You may remember the first book in the series, BREAKFAST AT THE HONEY CREEK CAFE that was featured here back in May. Jodi is also currently writing Book 3 in that series with more wonderful characters to entertain us.

In the meantime, A TEXAS KIND OF CHRISTMAS which came out last October recently won first place at the National Federation of Press Women's Communications Contest. Now it will be a re-release on September 29th.


By Jodi Thomas, Celia Bonaduce, & Rachael Miles
*Zebra Books, an imprint of Kensington Publishing
*On Sale: September 29th, 2020
*Mass Market Max/Fiction$8.99($10.90CAN)
*Setting: Dallas, TX –1859

Jodi headlines a Christmas Collection with three connected stories featuring a historic Dallas hotel in 1859, built and managed by a fascinating local widow, Sarah Cockrell. Sarah was a Texan businesswoman known for her contributions to the development of the state, the famed St. Nicholas was one of the most fashionable, grand hotels of its time.

It’s Christmas Eve, 1859, and everyone who is anyone is headed to the glorious St. Nicolas Hotel for the most talked about ball of the season. A TEXAS KIND OF CHRISTMAS, a holiday-themed collection of three connected stories based on the true history of the St. Nicholas Hotel.

In the hands of Jodi Thomas, Celia Bonaduce, and historian and novelist Rachael Miles, this real-life setting comes to life in three romantic tales infused with vivid imagery and witty prose. A TEXAS KIND OF CHRISTMAS evokes the grandeur of a bygone era and the indomitable pioneer spirit of the region and is sure to be the fan favorite romance collection of the Christmas season.


Sarah Horton Cockrell opened the St. Nicholas Hotel in 1859 under her own management, one year after her husband, Alex Cockrell, died at the hands of a Dallas sheriff. It was known as one of the most fashionable, grand hotels of its time until it burned down in the Dallas Fire of 1860. It was the first building constructed taller than two stories and the crowning social event Dallas society was the grand ball with which it made its debut. Sarah Horton Cockrell named the hotel after the man she chose as its manager –Nicholas H. Darnell, a captain in the Indian wars of 1839, Speaker of the House of Representatives in the Texas Congress of 1842, and Lieutenant Governor elected in the first state election of 1846.

An astute businesswoman, real estate maven and transportation pioneer whose wealth and power defied gender conventions of the time, Sarah Horton Cockrell went on to own nearly ¼ of Downtown Dallas, opening the Dallas Hotel (later known as the St. Charles), a number of flour mills and other businesses. She constructed the first iron bridge across the Trinity, leading to enormous economic development for the state.

After Sarah Horton Cockrells death in 1892, The Dallas Morning Newss obituary stated that her funeral procession and floral tributes were among the largest ever seen in Dallas.

Meet the Authors

Jodi Thomas is a New York Times bestselling author and fifth-generation Texan who sets many of her award-winning stories in her home state, where her grandmother was born in a covered wagon. A multi-RITA Award winner and member of the prestigious Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame, she’s written over 50 novels with millions of copies in print. Her most recent releases are The Little Tea Shop on Main and the first book in her new Honey Creek series, Breakfast at the Honey Creek Café is out now. Please visit her at

Celia Bonaduce, also the author of The Venice Beach Romances and the Welcome to Fat Chance, Texas series, has always had a love affair with houses. Her credits as a television field producer include such house-heavy hits as Extreme Makeover: Home Edition; HGTV’s House Hunters and Tiny House Hunters. She lives in Santa Monica, CA, with her husband and dreams of one day traveling with him in their own tiny house. She can be found online   

Rachael Miles is an acclaimed romance novelist and historian specializing in the 19thcentury, as well as a professor of literary history. A fifth-generation Texan and native of Dallas, she now lives and teaches in New York. Visit her online at

Jodi’s newest historical short story "Father Goose" will be featured in THE COWBOY WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS. It will be released October 27.  You’ll love reading about Trapper Morgan who must deliver five little girls back to Dallas after the Civil War

By Jodi Thomas, Sharla Lovelace, & Scarlett Dunn
*Kensington Books, an imprint of Kensington Publishing
*On Sale: October 27th, 2020
*Trade Paperback/Fiction$15.95($21.95CAN)

Jodi headlines a new Christmas anthology celebrating heroic cowboys and all things Texas.

The Lone Star State doesn't have to be lonely during Christmas time! Legendary author Jodi Thomas headlines a new holiday-themed Western historical romance collection featuring three Texas-set stories of romance and adventure.

The Civil War is over, Christmas is coming—and it's time for three rugged cowboys to hang-up their spurs and settle down. These authors combine their talents and excel at creating atmosphere and complex characters which infuse these stories with Texas history and evoke the grandeur of a bygone era and the indomitable pioneer spirit of the region.

Prepare to be swept off your feet by these heroic cowboys who will stop at nothing to make sure this Christmas is one to remember. Ideal for gift giving, The Cowboy Who Saved Christmas will be the fan favorite collection of romance forthe2020 Christmas season!

In these Texas-set stories of romance and adventure, the Civil War is over, Christmas is coming—and it’s time for three rugged fighters to become lovers . . .


Dispirited by war, when Trapper Morgan accepts a job hauling five little rich girls to Dallas, all he cares about is the money.

He doesn’t expect they’ll awaken his spirit—or that their intriguing nursemaid, Carolina, will awaken his heart. And when danger strikes as Christmas Eve nears, he definitely doesn’t expect Carolina and the girls to risk their lives—for him.


A catastrophic storm, an ailing herd, and a failing cattle ranch have left Texas rancher Josie Bancroft in danger of losing everything her father worked for. Still, she’d rather die than merge with her neighbor rancher Benjamin Mason, the man who broke her heart years ago, on Christmas Eve.

As old sparks fly and secrets are revealed, however, Ben is determined to help Josie—and prove that this time around can be different. That the misunderstandings of Christmas past need not define their future . . .

CHRISTMAS ROAD * Scarlett Dunn

Yellow Fever has hit Clint Mitchum’s Texas hometown and taken his father and siblings, leaving Clint evermore cynical. Racing homeward to be by his mother’s side, Clint finds only a note from her, asking that he help her caregiver, a young woman named Amelia.

Assuming his mother has passed, in his grief Clint ventures out to search for Amelia—and finds the best of gifts—just in time for Christmas.

Meet the Authors with Jodi

Sharla Lovelace is the bestselling, award-winning author of sassy, sexy love stories. Being a Texas girl through and through, she’s proud to say she lives in Southeast Texas with her retired husband, a tricked-out golf cart, and two crazy dogs. She is the author of the exciting Heart of the Storm series, the fun and sexy Charmed in Texas series, and five stand-alone novels. Connect with Sharla at or find her on social media as @sharlalovelace at all the places!

Before becoming a published author, Scarlett Dunn was an entrepreneur. Her love of history and the adventurous souls who settled the West inspired her to write historical inspirational romance novels. She lives in Kentucky, and as an avid outdoorswoman she enjoys any activity under the sun where she develops her characters and plots. Readers can find her at or on Facebook, Twitter (scarlettdunn2), or Instagram.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope I’ve enticed you to check out one or all of these heart-warming tales. Isn’t the history behind A TEXAS KIND OF CHRISTMAS fascinating?


  1. HUGE congratulations (and thanks) to all.

  2. That's such an interesting idea! To link a group of stories through a hotel is creative and clever. And it sure takes collaboration for three authors to put something like this together. I give much credit to all. Thanks for sharing, Mason.

  3. The St. Nicholas was truly a "grand hotel"--a paradigm of luxury built just two years before the start of the Civil War. "A Texas Kind of Christmas" is an entertaining read, filled with wonderful characterizations and a touch of holiday magic. Miss Jodi has a special magic all her own due to her superb storytelling skills!

  4. These short stories will keep you reading and get you in the Christmas spirit during these difficult times we're having. Thanks for such a beautiful blog!!


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