Thursday, August 13

A Parallel Journey by Pamela S. Thibodeaux

Pamela S. Thibodeaux joins the Wranglers today to talk about My Heart Weeps. I loved reading about the story and about where it came from in her heart. Thanks for joining us, Pam! 

Title: My Heart Weeps

Blurb: After thirty years married to the man of her dreams, Melena Rhyker is devastated by her husband's death. Relief comes in the form of an artist's retreat at the Crossed Penn ranch in Utopia, TX. She rediscovers a forgotten dream as her artistic talent flourishes into that of a gallery-worthy artist. Will she have the courage to follow the path she was destined to travel?

Garrett Saunders has been on the run most of his life. Abused and abandoned as a child, he escapes the clutches of a past filled with pain and shame, and hides from his calling as a Native American healer. His years as a CIA agent aid in overcoming his childhood and honing his talent and skill as a fine art photographer.

Follow their journey as two people who come from totally different backgrounds, but share gifts of gigantic proportions, find meaning and purpose in the Texas Hill Country.

Excerpt: With the energy of a wet noodle, she eased out of the sauna, rinsed the sweat off her skin, and tied the sarong around her waist. She tossed the damp towel over her shoulders, put on her sandals and headed to her room to shower and change. Fresh fruit and pastries left over from breakfast lay spread out at the buffet like a feast for the famished. Melena filled a plate and had taken two steps toward the stairs when Anne Penn entered the room flanked by a handsome hunk of man Melena hadn’t seen before.

“Hi, Melena. I’d like you to meet Garrett, our new part-time wrangler, part-time maintenance man.”

Eyes the color of Texas bluebonnets swept over her in a gaze as potent as a caress, then locked with hers. A dimple danced in the cowboy’s cheek when he tipped his hat and grinned.

“Ma’am,” he drawled.

Melena tugged the ends of her towel together and down over her skimpily clad bosom, muttered a quick hello, and escaped. Racing up the stairs as fast as possible on legs that wobbled, she entered her room, all but dropped the plate on her nightstand, and sat down onto the bed.

Never had she felt the pure sexual punch of such raw masculinity in a single look.

Fun (and not so fun) facts about My Heart Weeps:

My Heart Weeps parallels my journey through grief after my husband’s death in 2009. This book actually took about eight (8!) years to complete – it was just too up-close and personal to get through all at once. However, finishing this project seems to have broken the dam on my creativity. I’ve finished another long-awaited project since and am steadily working on another.

Yes, there really is a Utopia, TX! About 30 miles North/West of Bandera and as Melena works at the Crossed Penn Ranch in Utopia, I lived and worked at the Silver Spur Ranch in Bandera. SSR is not an “artists retreat” but a guest ranch. I worked in housekeeping and in the kitchen and even as a drag wrangler on trail rides.

The descriptions of the area are pretty accurate and drawn from memory. I’ve actually hiked in the Lost Maples Natural Area.

Deer are prominent in the Hill Country, especially rural areas like Bandera and Utopia. It is not unusual to see a huge herd in your yard. I’ve even seen children playing chase with them!

Horseback riding is one of my favorite things to do when possible. There really is nothing more soothing than the clip-clop of hooves on rock. Try it sometime!

Purchase Link:

My Heart Weeps is on sale for a limited time @ 99cents and FREE on Kindle Unlimited!

Author bio: Award-winning author, Pamela S. Thibodeaux is the Co-Founder and a lifetime member of Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Multi-published in romantic fiction as well as creative non-fiction, her writing has been tagged as, “Inspirational with an Edge!” ™ and reviewed as “steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message.” Sign up to receive Pam’s newsletter and get a FREE short story!


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Pam is giving away 1 Ebook, 1 Autographed Print Book, 1 Audio Book, a $15 Amazon Gift Card, a 1-month Audible membership and a SURPRISE Gift Pack to 6 lucky winners! Names will be collected throughout the tour which ends Sept. 30th. Winners will be notified, and prizes awarded by October 10th. Limit, one prize per person!

Blog Tour Dates/Stops:

8/11 Gail Pallotta’s Peering Through Life’s Window

8/13 Liz Flaherty’ Word Wranglers Blog 

8/15 Clare Revell’s The Word Can Wait Blog

8/18 Alina K Field’s Simply Romance Blog 

8/18 Southern Writers Suite T Blog

8/20 Penelope Marzec’s Bookish Thoughts Blog

8/25 Jana Richards’ Romance Story Board Blog

8/27 Beverly Bateman’s BLOG

9/1 Valarie Goree’s Facebook Page

9/5 D. V. Stone’s Campfire Blog

9/9 Jacqueline Seewald’s BLOG

9/11 Linda Rondeau’s Snark & Sensibility Blog

9/14 Patricia Kioyno’s Four Foxes, One Hound Blog

9/18 Diane Burton’s BLOG

9/22 Alicia Dean’s BLOG

9/25 Jeny Hickman’s BLOG

9/30 Linda Nightingale’s Author…Musings Blog 


  1. Thanks for joining us today, Pam!

  2. THANK You so much, Liz for hosting my tour today! I appreciate your support!

    NOTE to READERS: The prizes are 1 Per Winner - 6 total - please leave a comment including your email address to enter the drawing!

    Good luck and God's blessings

  3. I enjoyed reading this novel and recommend it to other readers. Congrats and best wishes.

    1. THANKS so much Jacqueline!
      Your support is greatly appreciated

  4. A drag wrangler? Oh, I want to know more. Anything to do with ranching draws me, even the dirt and sun!

    1. Yep that's bringing up the rear LOL!
      Thanks for stopping by, LoRee. I appreciate your support!

  5. I love this story. Great excerpt. Congrats and best wishes!

    1. THANKS Alicia! Your support is greatly appreciated!

  6. "With the energy of a wet noodle" I don't know why I found this line to be so amusing. xD

    1. Forgot to add that horseback riding is something I wish I could do more often. It's a little scary to start, but highly enjoyable!
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  7. When you go through a great heartache, I find it's cathartic to write about it, even in fiction. I'm glad you were able to process your grief this way, and to keep writing.

    1. You are so right Jana. Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your support!