Friday, April 2, 2021

Picnic in Someday Valley

It’s always a delight to welcome New York Times Bestselling Author Jodi Thomas back to Thoughts in Progress. Today we learn about PICNIC IN SOMEDAY VALLEY, the next novel in her romantic, heartwarming contemporary series set in Honey Creek, Texas.


By Jodi Thomas
Zebra Books, an imprint of Kensington Publishing Corp. On Sale: April 27th 2021
Trade Paperback Original
Contemporary Romance
ISBN: 978-1-4201-5131-2

You may remember Honey Creek, Texas, is a little town nestled in the rolling hills bordering the Brazos River, where family bonds and legends run deep, and friendship and love (and gossip!) are always close at hand. It’s a place where ties run deep, and lives intersect in unexpected ways. Filled with Jodi’s characteristic warmth, endearing characters, and authentic Texan flair, this story about a quiet cowboy and the local outcast adds layers of complexity and pathos to the continuing saga of this little town.

Marcie Latimer longs to run away from Someday Valley—especially since her ex-boyfriend spun a web of lies that almost led to tragedy in neighboring Honey Creek. Little wonder so many locals have turned their backs on her. But not Brand Rodgers. The quiet cowboy comes to listen every time she sings at Bandit’s Bar, offering a glimpse of safety and calm that Marcie’s rarely known.

After Texas Ranger Colby McBride saved Honey Creek’s mayor, Piper Mackenzie, from a fire, she claimed him with a kiss. That was five months ago, and Colby still isn’t sure where they’re headed. Piper loves her town—but does she love Colby? And is he even ready for what comes next?

Pecos Smith, Honey Creek’s emergency dispatcher, is grateful to have a new bride he adores and a baby on the way—even if one vital piece of the puzzle is missing. But as trouble comes stalking through the valley, lives will cross surprising paths. And Marcie, who’s always felt that a forever love was out of reach, might discover that Someday is the perfect place to find it...

Here's what others are saying about the Honey Creek series:

“Six lost souls find true love in the sweet first romance of the Honey Creek series from Thomas…It’s the inviting setting and quirky, good-hearted characters that will draw readers in.” — Publishers Weekly on Breakfast at the Honey Creek Café

“Tender, heartfelt and wonderful. . . I loved every word.” – RaeAnne Thayne, New York Times bestselling author, on The Little Teashop on Main
“Compelling and beautifully written, it is exactly the kind of heart-wrenching, emotional story one has come to expect from Jodi Thomas.” –Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author, on Ransom Canyon
“Highly recommended.” –Library Journal (Starred Review) on Sunrise Crossing

For those who aren’t familiar with Jodi, here’s a bit of background on her.

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.

Jodi lives in Amarillo, Texas, and can be found online at

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Doesn’t this sound like another wonderful heartwarming story?



  1. It does indeed sound heartwarming - something we all need. Thank you - and Jodi.

  2. It sounds like a great setting for a romance novel, Mason. And right now, we can all use a little bit of lifting up. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Sounds very good thank you

  4. Jodi Thomas is one of my all-time favorite authors, and this is a great series!!!


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