posted on October 30, 2019 by Jodi Thomas

A Texas Kind of Christmas

After thirty years, and fifty books from historicals to mainstream women’s fiction, I got a call on the first day of 2019.

Two friends called and asked me to write an anthology about an early hotel in Dallas called the St. Nicholas.  I jumped, loving the idea.  What fun, early Texas, a hotel that’s name would fit perfect in a Christmas anthology and my tale takes place in one night.

So, I sat down on a cold January night a week later and began my story.  In a small room out back that we call the bunkhouse, I began with my boards that line the room.  Notes about Dallas in 1859.  The history of the St. Nicholas Hotel.

The words began to fly.  As snow fell outside on a frozen fountain, I stepped back into 1859 to a Dallas far different than today.

The story opens with two people hiding out upstairs in a luggage room as a grand ball began downstairs.  The man is running for his life.  Accused of something he didn’t do.  Knowing he’ll hang if he’s caught.

The woman is being forced to pick a husband at the Christmas Ball or she’ll lose everything.

Two people who would never have found each other if they both hadn’t been hiding out from life.  In the darkness they share an honesty that draws them together.

As another couple whirls around the dance floor below, their lives influence the future of the couple hiding.  A chance encounter that affects both couples and sets them each on the road to love at the St. Nicholas.  A man running for his life and a rancher who has given up on love both fall hard.

So, as holidays near pick up a copy of A TEXAS KIND OF CHRISTMAS and step back in time.  Three writers, one hotel and lots of Christmas cheer.

Merriest Christmas,

Jodi Thomas

Jodi Thomas

Jodi Thomas

A fifth-generation Texan, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Jodi Thomas chooses to set the majority of her novels in her home state, where her grandmother was born in a covered wagon. A former teacher, Thomas traces the beginning of her storytelling career to the days when her twin sisters were young and impressionable.

With a degree in family studies, Thomas is a marriage and family counselor by education, 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 served as Writer in Residence.

Commenting on her contribution to the arts, Thomas said, "When I was teaching classes full-time, I thought I was making the world a better place. Now I think of a teacher or nurse or mother settling back and relaxing with one of my books. I want to take her away on an adventure that will entertain her. Maybe, in a small way, I'm still making the world a better place."

When not working on a novel, Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband, renovating a historic home they bought in Amarillo and checking up on their two grown sons.

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