Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Texas Hill Country and Mother's Day...Out: Guest Post by Jodi Linton

Please give a big WELCOME on the blog to upcoming debut author, Jodi Linton. In May, Jodi signed a two book deal with Entangled Publishing for their suspense line. Her books are set in Texas, so today, she's sharing with us a little sneak peek at her hometown inspiration.

Texas Hill Country and Mother's Day...Out
by Jodi Linton

We all dream of that picture perfect Mother's Day. The late morning slumber, breakfast in bed, finger painted cards, but then reality hits and 'us moms' awake to a mad house.

For the most part, today went off without a hitch. Well, if I discount my three year old daughter using black shoe polish as finger paint on the coffee table, my five year old son fixing to have a heart attack over whether or not we were going to miss NASCAR while taking mommy out for lunch, then yeah, we hit a high note.
After taking a much needed stop at Grin's in San Marcos, where we scarfed down lunch (and mommy tossed back a well appreciated margarita), the family high tailed it out to the Hill Country. In search of some scenic views we found ourselves in Wimberely, a small town with Austinite quirks, rolling hills, and Cypress Creek, a bucolic river that houses more sticks than mommy was willing to tow home.
At any rate, it's not a walk in the park being a mom. But when those tiny smiles have eyes only for you, there's nowhere else in the world you'd rather be. After all this time, I'm still mesmerized by those small moments when my son's biggest high is over finding a five foot stick, or when my daughter falls head over heels at tossing rocks into the water. So motherhood, there's no need to worry. I'm still into you.

About the Author
Jodi Linton grew up across the street from a cow pasture, where she was more likely to been seen selling Kool-Aid in a Dixie cup at ten cents a pop, or inviting neighbors over to watch one of her plays staged on her father’s Bass boat. Even though she never owned one of the bovines, she’ll admit that the smell of cow manure had a lasting effect, making it easy to spot a cow a mile away.

In 2001, she traded in the rednecks, cowboys, and mesquite trees of her hometown to chase destiny out west. After a few years of mucking it around with the roughnecks, dust storms, and droughts, she decided to dust off her boots and head home. With a History degree in one hand and a marriage license in the other, she followed her husband in 2006 to the Texas heartland, fabulous Austin.

Somewhere down the line, she started writing. Maybe it was the boring job search, or maybe it was the crazy characters dancing inside her head that help put pen to paper. Whatever the case, writing sure beat the heck out of working for a temp agency. The first story was about a boy lookalike Indian Jones who chased after vampires in small town Texas. The second story was a YA contemporary about the Grim Reaper, and well half-way through she decided to shuck them both, partly due to the birth of her son, and mostly because she wasn’t awe struck with the premises.

Taking a break from writing to raise her son, she filled the time by reading, and insistently fell in love with mysteries, especially ones with witty, spunky heroines. Four months later, she had a manuscript about a smart-mouthed deputy and her rotten ex-boyfriend dueling it out in small town Texas.

After settling into the Texas Hill Country with her husband and two kids, she joined the Writer’s League of Texas, and signed with The Belcastro Agency. Today she can be found cozied up to the computer escaping into a quirky world of tall tales, sexy, tight jean wearing cowboys, and a protagonist with a sharp-tongue quick enough to hang any man out to dry.

There’s a good chance she’s brushed paths with a few of her characters, but she’ll never tell, those lips are sealed.

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Thank you, Jodi, for stopping by the blog! Readers, don't forget to catch Jodi's book release from Entangled Publishing!


  1. Jodi sounds like a wonderful mom, and person! And her book sounds like it would be a lot of fun.

  2. Congrats Jodi. Looking forward to reading it.

  3. Really wish I could vacation in Texas one of these years. Can't wait to read your book, Jodi.

  4. Wow...sounds interesting! Jodi seems to have a bright future in ahead of her. She has painted such a beautiful portrait of her hometown! I can't wait to learn more about you, Jodi!

  5. Whoohoo! Congrats on the 2-book deal AND your success as a mom!

  6. Haha! Methinks that shoe-blacked coffee table is a painted-furniture opportunity. So far, I haven't found anything that removes shoe polish without also wrecking the finish. Best to you, Mama!