Crossroads, Texas. A 4-way intersection with one signal light. Turn south to Abilene, north to Amarillo…you get the idea. Just a stop in the road to where you need to go. As you sit at the light do you ever wonder about the people that populate this little one-horse-town? Of course you don’t…your thoughts are about how big this state is and ‘will I ever get out of Texas?’ Come on, you know we’ve all thought it!
Thomas tells you all about the folks in the little village of Crossroads in a new series entitled Ransom Canyon Romance. And it’s great reading. In my mind it’s not just about Staten and Quinn, two star-crossed lovers. There were several main characters that stole this reader’s heart. Yancy, a new parolee, Grandma Kirkland, and Lucas. But that’s all I’m going to say as this reviewer does not write spoilers and give you the whole story, chapter and verse.
This is a charming and entertaining read and I highly recommend it as I do with all of Jodi Thomas’ books.
Jodi wrote in an e-mail: “Like most writers I get the same question again and again. “Where do your ideas come from? Sometimes I have no idea where the seed of an idea started to grow in my mind. But, then I get out Grandma Kirkland’s button box….
When I was little, her big box of buttons always fascinated me. I played with it for hours. Now, in an upstairs room off my office, I gather the grand-kids (6,5,4,2) around the old sewing machine. They all get excited as I open the box and let each one pick a button. Old rusty ones, bright diamond bling, tiny pearl ones, some still have tiny pieces of fabric connected from worn out clothes.
Then as each shows his or her button, I tell the story of where it came from. That was your great uncle Austin’s button. He was called Wildhorse and had three ships shot out from under him during World War II. That silver one is magic. Just holding it for a minute will make you talk backward. Now it’s time to say, “Night Good.”
I’ve often said creativity is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it gets. I’ve been in the gym of my mind working out all my life.”
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