Today I welcome a favorite author of mine, Jodi Thomas. I fell in love with her Harmony series last year and jumped at the chance to be a part of her new book, Texas Blue blog tour. Texas Blue is a historical, but I know Jodi's writing and no matter what the genre I am sure to love it. I will have a review up later today, but for now, hear what Jodi has to say about Texas Blue.
When I began writing TEXAS BLUE I knew I wanted to write two stories that ran at stampede pace through one novel. I’ve written 23 Historical Romances and Sagas, but this time I wanted the stories to be equal. No plot and subplot, just two full stories. I opened in 1875, with two friends parting ways one stormy night in Austin. Duncan McMurray, a Texas Ranger, is off to fight at the border and Lewt, a gambler, plans to find a wife while his friend is away. He thinks he wants a quiet, wealthy lady, unfortunately in Emily McMurray, Duncan’s cousin, he finds far more than he bargained for.
Duncan is all a hero in a western romance should be, he’s wild, loyal and intelligent. He leaves his law practice to go fight with the Texas Rangers. Lewt, on the other hand never wants to get involved in fights of any kind. He plays his life like a game based on luck. Duncan wants to do what’s right, but his friend, Lewt, only wants to live a normal, quite life. When the stories collide, Duncan must depend on Lewt’s bravery and trust his life to their friendship.
I began reading western romance when I was a kid. I think I’ve always loved it and, being from Texas, the world always seemed very real to me. I live in a small town where you still see guys with spurs on eating lunch out and every Saturday people ride their horses up to Dairy Queen. I’ve won Romance Writers of America’s RITA three times for historical romance. Sometimes when I’m working I step so fully back in the past it’s hard to pull out even to answer the phone.
I think you will love this first book in the new generation of the Whispering Mountain series. Ride along with me and I promise I’ll tell you a love story full of adventure, romance and laughter.
Hope I keep you up reading,
About Texas Blue:
Gambling man Lewton Paterson wants to marry into a respectable family. After fleecing a train ticket, Lewt makes his way to Whispering Mountain. But seducing a well-bred woman is hard, and Lewt realizes that to entice a McMurray sister, he'll need to learn a thing or two about ranching-and love.
Texas Blue received a Starred Review in Publisher's Weekly - here's what they had to say:
GiveawayBestseller Thomas's fifth Whispering Mountain American historical (after 2009's The Lone Texan) is another winner. When Texas Ranger Duncan McMurray tells gambler Lewton Paterson that he's sending three men from good families to court his three cousins, Lewton, wishing for a respectable life and family, decides to take the place of one of the men. He meets the three ladies, but spends his time with Em, the ranch overseer--who is really one of the ladies and never intends to marry. When news reaches the ranch of Duncan's capture in Mexico, Lewt and Em set out to save him. Tension rides high, mixed with humor and kisses more passionate than most full-on love scenes. Fans will be delighted by this series continuation.Publishers Weekly Review
Do you want to win your own copy of Texas Blue by Jodi Thomas? The publisher has sent me one extra copy of this book to giveaway and if you enjoy historical romances (set in the west) you will want to give this one a try. Just fill out the form below. Open to US/Canada only. Open through next Monday 3/28.
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