Saturday, February 21, 2009

Surprise Guest Spot - Heidi Thomas

I feature a YA author in my monthly newsletter, which entails a short bio & book description under 500 words. Yesterday's edition proudly featured Heidi Thomas and her latest book.

So this is a surprise guest spot, as I did not tell her I'd host her on my blog as well!

Please welcome the author of Cowgirl Dreams!


Raised on a ranch in isolated eastern Montana, Heidi Thomas has had a penchant for reading and writing since she was a child. Armed with a degree in journalism from the University of Montana, she worked for the Daily Missoulian newspaper, and has had numerous magazine articles published.

A tidbit of family history, that her grandmother rode steers in rodeos during the 1920s, spurred Heidi to write a novel based on that grandmother’s life.

Cowgirl Dreams is the first in a series about strong, independent Montana Women.

Heidi is a member of Women Writing the West, Skagit Valley Writers League, Skagit Women in Business, and the Northwest Independent Editors Guild. She is an avid reader of all kinds of books, enjoys hiking the Pacific Northwest, where she writes, edits, and teaches memoir and fiction writing classes.

Married to Dave Thomas (not of Wendy’s fame), Heidi has no children, but as the “human” for two finicky felines, describes herself primarily as a “cat herder.”

Back Jacket Blurb:

Defying family and social pressure, Nettie Brady bucks 1920s convention with her dream of becoming a rodeo star. That means competing with men, and cowgirls who ride the rodeo circuit are considered “loose women.” Addicted to the thrill of pitting her strength and wits against a half-ton steer in a rodeo, Nettie exchanges skirts for pants, rides with her brothers on their Montana ranch, and competes in neighborhood rodeos.

Broken bones, killer influenza, flash floods, and family hardship team up to keep Nettie from her dreams. Then she meets a young neighbor cowboy who rides broncs and raises rodeo stock. Will this be Nettie’s ticket to freedom and happiness? Will her rodeo dreams come true?

Based on the life of the author’s grandmother, a real Montana cowgirl.

Cowgirl Dreams is available from the publisher, Treble Heart Books , the author website or It is suitable for both adult and young adult readers.


Helen Ginger said...

Sounds interesting, Diane. I can't remember reading any "cowgirl" books. And I like Montana! Only place I've been where I could pick cherries right off the trees.

Anonymous said...

Very interesting. And if I were to move from Michigan one of the 3 top other states I'd consider would be Montana.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Diane, for the surprise! I read the Circle of Friends newsletter--very nice!

Yes, Montana is a great place. I used to pick 100 pounds of sweet cherries and can them every summer! That was a lot of work, but worth it in the winter. mmm.


Prill Boyle said...

Love stories about strong women! As a matter of fact, a few years ago I made a list of all my favorite books and movies to see if there were common threads. The one string that tied everything together was the "strong woman" theme.

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