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Odessa College - Saulsbury Campus Center

Books in the Basin 2016


Jodi Thomas

Jodi Thomas is a fifth-generation Texan, whose grandmother was born in Texas in a covered wagon. She grew up in Amarillo, Texas, and moved to Lubbock to attend Texas Tech University. She has a Master's degree in Family Studies.

Thomas's first novel, Beneath the Texas Sky, met with critical success. It won a Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Western Romance and was designated a National Press Women Novel of the Year. By 1991, Thomas was able to quit teaching to become a full-time writer. She has won three Romance Writers of America RITA Awards,- the highest award given to romance novelists- in 1992, 1995, and 2006. Her third win, for The Texan's Reward, led to her immediate induction into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. Thomas has been nominated for RITAs several other times. Her novels have been translated into at least six languages.  Several of her novels have appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List or the USA Today Bestseller List.

In 2003, Thomas became the writer-in-residence at West Texas A&M University. She was only the second writer-in-residence to be appointed.


Saturday, April 9

Jodi Thomas10:00AM
222W - Zant Community Room W - Saulsbury Campus Center

Book Signing12:00PM
127 - CC Dining - Saulsbury Campus Center


  • "Ransom Canyon"
  • "Rustler's Moon"


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