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Jodi Thomas is a bestselling award-winning author that writes historical romance. She was born in Amarillo, Texas. A former student at Texas Tech University where she got her master’s degree (Family Studies), Jodi lived a nomadic life for several years.
Order of Texas Brothers Series
|1||The Texan's Touch||1998||Description / Buy|
|2||To Kiss a Texan||1999||Description / Buy|
|3||To Wed in Texas||2000||Description / Buy|
|4||Twilight in Texas||2001||Description / Buy|
|5||The Texan's Dream||2001||Description / Buy|
Order of Wife Lottery Series
|1||The Texan's Wager||2002||Description / Buy|
|2||When a Texan Gambles||2003||Description / Buy|
|3||A Texan's Luck||2004||Description / Buy|
|4||The Texan's Reward||2005||Description / Buy|
Order of Whispering Mountain Series
|1||Texas Rain||2006||Description / Buy|
|2||Texas Princess||2007||Description / Buy|
|3||Tall, Dark, and Texan||2008||Description / Buy|
|4||The Lone Texan||2009||Description / Buy|
|5||Texas Blue||2011||Description / Buy|
|6||Wild Texas Rose||2012||Description / Buy|
|7||Promise Me Texas||2013||Description / Buy|
Order of Harmony Series
|1||Welcome to Harmony||2010||Description / Buy|
|2||Somewhere Along The Way||2010||Description / Buy|
|3||The Comforts of Home||2011||Description / Buy|
|4||Just Down the Road||2012||Description / Buy|
|5||Chance of a Lifetime||2012||Description / Buy|
|6||Can't Stop Believing||2013||Description / Buy|
|7||Betting the Rainbow||2014||Description / Buy|
|8||A Place Called Harmony||2014||Description / Buy|
|9||One True Heart||2015||Description / Buy|
|10||Midnight Bet (Short Story)||2015||Description / Buy|
Order of Ransom Canyon Series
|1||Winter's Camp (Short Story)||2015||Description / Buy|
|2||Ransom Canyon||2015||Description / Buy|
|3||Rustler's Moon||2016||Description / Buy|
|4||Lone Heart Pass||2016||Description / Buy|
|5||Sunrise Crossing||2016||Description / Buy|
|6||Wild Horse Springs||2017||Description / Buy|
|7||Indigo Lake||2017||Description / Buy|
|8||A Christmas Affair (Short Story)||2017||Description / Buy|
|9||Mistletoe Miracles||2018||Description / Buy|
|10||Christmas in Winter Valley||2019||Description / Buy|
Order of McCormick (Harvey Girls Series) Series
|1||The Texan and The Lady||1994||Description / Buy|
|2||To Tame a Texan's Heart (Short Story)||1994||Description / Buy|
Order of McQuillen Series
|1||Texas Love Song (Short Story)||1996||Description / Buy|
|2||Two Texas Hearts||1997||Description / Buy|
Order of Honey Creek Series
|1||Breakfast at the Honey Creek Café||2020||Description / Buy|
|2||Picnic in Someday Valley||2021||Description / Buy|
|3||Dinner on Primrose Hill||2021||Description / Buy|
|4||Sunday at the Sunflower Inn||2022||Description / Buy|
Order of Bitter Springs Series
|1||Boots Under Her Bed||2014||Description / Buy|
Order of Someday Valley Series
|1||Strawberry Lane||2023||Description / Buy|
Order of Jodi Thomas Standalone Novels
|1||Beneath The Texas Sky||1988||Description / Buy|
|2||Northern Star||1990||Description / Buy|
|3||The Tender Texan||1991||Description / Buy|
|4||Prairie Song||1992||Description / Buy|
|5||Cherish the Dream||1993||Description / Buy|
|6||Forever in Texas||1995||Description / Buy|
|7||The Widows of Wichita County||2003||Description / Buy|
|8||Finding Mary Blaine||2004||Description / Buy|
|9||The Secrets Of Rosa Lee||2005||Description / Buy|
|10||Easy on the Heart||2006||Description / Buy|
|11||Twisted Creek||2008||Description / Buy|
|12||Rewriting Monday||2009||Description / Buy|
|13||One Texas Night||2013||Description / Buy|
|14||Heart on His Sleeve (Short Story)||2013||Description / Buy|
|15||Mornings on Main||2018||Description / Buy|
|16||The Little Teashop on Main||2019||Description / Buy|
|17||Father Goose||2022||Description / Buy|
Order of Jodi Thomas Short Stories/Novellas
|1||In a Heartbeat (Short Story)||2000||Description / Buy|
|2||A Husband for Holly (Short Story)||2012||Description / Buy|
|3||The Valentine's Curse (Short Story)||2018||Description / Buy|
|4||One Wish (Short Story)||2019||Description / Buy|
|5||One Night at the St. Nicholas||2019||Description / Buy|
Jodi Thomas Anthologies
|1||How to Lasso a Cowboy||2004||Description / Buy|
|2||Give Me a Texan||2008||Description / Buy|
|3||Give Me a Cowboy||2009||Description / Buy|
|4||Give Me A Texas Ranger||2010||Description / Buy|
|5||A Texas Christmas||2011||Description / Buy|
|6||Give Me a Texas Outlaw||2011||Description / Buy|
|7||Be My Texas Valentine||2012||Description / Buy|
|8||Ask Me Why||2015||Description / Buy|
|9||Western Hearts||2018||Description / Buy|
|10||The Cowboy Who Saved Christmas||2020||Description / Buy|
|11||The Wishing Quilt||2022||Description / Buy|
Her husband, Tom, was in the army. As such, they kept moving. By the time their two sons came along, the couple had returned to Amarillo. They became teachers, plying their trade for the next few years.
Eventually, Jodi realized that they had to save for their children’s college education, and their salaries were not enough to achieve that particular objective. So, she turned her attention to publishing.
Initially, Jodi wrote short stories and articles. However, she was an avid fan of historical fiction, and like many authors, Jodi was frustrated by the quality of storytelling she encountered in the novels she read. They had too many historical errors, not to mention implausible relationships.
She was convinced that she could do better. It took thousands of hours of writing (and five years) for the author to finish and sell her first book. ‘Beneath the Texas Sky’ was a critical hit that earned the author a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice award.
If Jodie had any doubts about her publishing career, they disappeared when she entered the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. By that point in her career, she had abandoned her teaching position to write full-time.
Since those early days, the author has written dozens of novels. But writing is not her only passion. She also lends her talents to the West Texas A&M University as a Writer in Residence.
Jodi enjoys giving back to the writing community. She encourages students to approach her with questions about her craft. When she was young, writing and publishing were not viable career options.
Every adult Jodi knew worked a practical job, which is why it took her a while to discover her purpose in life. Jodi doesn’t want young people to struggle with the same challenges. She wants to show them that they can succeed critically and financially as writers.
The author doesn’t regret abandoning her teaching career. Jodie agrees that she was making the world a better place by shaping the hearts and minds of impressionable children. But her impact on the world as a published author is just as strong.
She knows that her fans are hard-working people that have to overcome numerous obstacles to earn a living every day. Jodi’s goal is to give them an avenue of escape, a tool they can use to relax at the end of the day.
Jodi Thomas Awards
Jodi’s accolades include the National Press Women’s Novel of the Year, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and several Rita Awards.
Best Jodi Thomas Books
The author’s real name is Jodi Koumalats (Koumalats is her husband, Thomas’ name). Her publisher told her to change the surname because it was too ethnic. She chose her husband’s first name as a replacement. Jodi’s best books include:
The Texan’s Wager: Bailee Moore thought her life was over. She had been ejected from a wagon train along with two other women. And now, she was facing an uncertain future because of the murder she had committed. But the Cedar Point sheriff had other plans.
The men of his town needed wives, and Bailee was the perfect addition to his so-called ‘Wife Lottery.’ Bailee did not agree. She had no interest in marrying Carter Mckoy. But she did not have a choice in the matter.
Bailee was determined to perceive their marriage as a miserable life sentence she would have to endure. But she was intrigued by Carter, who hadn’t said a word to her.
When A Texan Gambles: Sarah Andrews owed Sam Gatlin. They met under complicated circumstances. Sarah was thrown off a wagon train following a murder. For her crimes, she was forced to participate in a wife lottery.
The last thing she expected was to find her new groom half dead with a knife in his back. Someone was determined to end Sam’s life, and Sarah was his only hope.
She was indebted to him. But that was not the only factor that drove her to protect him. The Texan had stolen her heart.
When Does The Next Jodi Thomas book come out?
Jodi Thomas doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Strawberry Lane and was released on April, 25th 2023. It is the newest book in the Someday Valley Series.