Archive for March 30th, 2011

Gambling man Lewton Paterson wants to marry into a respectable family, even if it costs him his friendship with Duncan McMurray.

After fleecing a train ticket from one of the three gentlemen picked to call on Duncan’s cousins, Lewt makes his way to Whispering Mountain.

But seducing a well-bred woman is harder than Lewt thought, and he realizes that to entice a McMurray sister, he’ll need to learn a thing or two about ranching and love.


I hope all my fans will step into Texas history and enjoy the adventure. From the day I was walking in the Hill Country near Fredericksburg, Texas, the story of the McMurray family has been playing in my head. I am very excited about TEXAS BLUE, the first book in the new generation of the Whispering Mountain Series.

I opened in 1875, with two friends parting ways one stormy night in Austin. Duncan, a Texas Ranger, is off to fight at the border and Lewt, a gambler, plans to find a wife among one of Duncan’s three rich cousins while his friend is away.

Duncan, called Duck when he was a boy, is wild and fearless. He leaves his law practice to join a raid at the border. Lewt has never done anything brave and never plans to. He just wants a respectable wife.

Lewt joins a group of men Duncan hand selected to travel to Whispering Mountain and meet his three female cousins. Though Lewt knows his friend would never introduce a gambler to his rich relatives, he wants a chance for more than just a life in saloons.

TEXAS BLUE is a story that has been in my head since I wrote TEXAS RAIN four years ago. I knew the little boy that Travis McMurray finds tied to a rope at an outlaw camp would have to grow up and become a great Texas Ranger. I also fell in love with a shy little girl who loved horses in TALL DARK AND TEXAN and wanted to see her as a woman strong enough to run the ranch.

So, writing TEXAS BLUE was like coming home to characters I already loved.

Step into 1875 and the wild lands of Texas with my new story, TEXAS BLUE. I love writing the story of a family and their love for one another. This first story in the new generation of McMurrays from a ranch called Whispering Mountain will warm your heart.

Thanks for reading,

Jodi Thomas




Many thanks to Jodi for joining us today! To be entered to win a copy of Texas Blue, just leave a comment below. Good luck!

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