Lone Heart Pass by Jodi Thomas…Author Q&A



By New York Times Bestselling Author

Jodi Thomas

With a career and a relationship in ruins, Jubilee Hamilton is left reeling from a fast fall to the bottom. The run-down Texas farm she’s inherited is a far cry from the second chance she hoped for, but it and the abrasive foreman she’s forced to hire are all she’s got.

Every time Charley Collins has let a woman get close, he’s been burned. So Lone Heart ranch and the contrary woman who owns it are merely a means to an end, until Jubilee tempts him to take another risk—to stop resisting the attraction drawing them together despite all his hard-learned logic.

Desperation is all young Thatcher Jones knows. And when he finds himself mixed up in a murder investigation, his only protection is the shelter of a man and woman who—just like him—need someone to trust.

Author Q&A:

  1. What barbeque meal would you pair with Lone Heart Pass?

Ribs, of course, with potato salad made with mustard, and cowboy beans warmed with chili and peppers.

  1. If you didn’t write romance series, what type of genre would you enjoy writing next?  I think it would be fun to write children’s books.  I have a great time telling  my grandchildren stories.  One they love is Pete the Pirate.  I made him up.  He was hit in the head once and talks backwards.  They always giggle and guess what he’s trying to say.
  1. Which book cover out of the Ransom Canyon series would you say is your favorite?  When I first saw the first book RANSOM CANYON I loved it more than I’ve ever love a cover and then the next one, RUSTLER’S MOON came, then LONE HEART PASS.  Every time I think it’s better.  But, if I had to pick a favorite, it would be the next one SUNRISE CROSSING.
  1. What are three things from your bucket list you still would like to cross off?  Last month I took a boat through the Everglades in Florida and saw the lights come on at dust at the Eifel Tower, so my list was shortened in March.  I’d like to go to Israel.  I’d love to see the Northern Lights.  And, I’d love to see one of my books become a movie.
  1. Out of all your books, which one would you love to see become a book to movie adaptation?  I think LONE HEART PASS would make a great movie.  It’s got a handsome hero, a crazy heroine, and a great love story.
  1. For someone who has never been to Texas, what are some of the must-sees of the lone star state?  We’ve got everything in Texas, it’s just a few hundred miles apart.  My favorites are:

Big Ben National Park in the south,

the San Antonio Riverwalk when it lights up at Christmas,

the Hill Country down by Fredericksburg where bluebonnets take your breath away this time of year.

Palo Duro Canyon in the winter when snow dusts the red rocks across the formations called the Spanish Skirts

  1. Do you travel for ideas when writing a book? If so, where do you tend to go?  I see stories everywhere I go.  Most of all, they come to me when I ‘walk the land’.  Sometimes ideas come to me when I hear a phrase or listen to a song or see how people interact.  Last month I went out on a ranch that helps horses and ‘walked with the herd’.  There was a peace to it that I hadn’t expected.
  1. You are stranded on an island with only three books, which ones would you choose?  I don’t know.  Three I haven’t read.
  1. What is the most important thing that people don’t know about your writing that they need to know?  They may not know that my characters come alive to me.  By the time I’m five chapters into a book I stop calling them characters and call them people or by name.  Sometimes it like I’m walking beside them through the plot.

I always laugh and say my sons are worried that I might just forget and accidentally name one in the will.

  1. How do you feel about eBooks vs. print books?  I read them both.  I love the feel of a book in my hands but I love packing a dozen eBooks in my suitcase when I leave on a trip.  Both have their place and I find myself reading more books than ever.
  1. What are you working on next?  I’m just starting what will be book five of RANSOM CANYON.  It starts out making me smile because I’ve grown to love the little town of Crossroads and the people.



Praise for Jodi Thomas

“It is Thomas’s understanding of the Texas spirit infused in her story that deeply touches readers’ hearts and souls.”

RT Book Reviews

“Jodi Thomas is a masterful storyteller. She grabs your attention on the first page, captures your heart, and then makes you sad when it is time to bid her characters farewell. You can count on her to give you a satisfying and memorable read.”—Catherine Anderson, NYTbestselling author

“When it comes to providing a rich backdrop of historical flavor with a beautiful love story, author Jodi Thomas certainly has cornered the market.”The Romance Reviews




A fifth-generation Texan, JODI THOMAS sets the majority of her novels in her home state. Thomas is a marriage and family counselor by education, with a background that enables her to write about family dynamics. Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Thomas enjoys interacting with students on the West Texas A & M University campus, where she currently serves as Writer in Residence. When not working on a novel or inspiring students to pursue a writing career, Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband, Tom, renovating a historic home they bought in Amarillo, and “checking up” on their two grown sons.




  1. Thanks for the review! It’s Jodi Thomas, so it will be read!

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