Monday, March 26, 2012

Guest Blog: Jodi Thomas (Just Down the Road) + Giveaway

Today I welcome back one of my favorite authors, Jodi Thomas.  I have been a reviewer for her Harmony, Texas series since book #1 and Just Down the Road which releases April 3, is the fourth book.  I love the feeling of home I get from reading from these novels.  Jodi is a master story-teller and I love the chance to read her books and having her on my blog.  So please enjoy her guest blog and be sure and enter the giveaway for a copy of Just Down the Road as well and be sure and check back later today for my review.

The question I always fear the most when I’m traveling on book tour is , “Where do your ideas come from?”  
In truth, I often want to say, “Where did yours go?” because for the most part I don’t know where ideas some from.  For the most part it’s not an idea, but a person who jumps into my mind first.  He, or she, walks in, sits down and begins to tell me a story I have to follow.
When that happens, as it did in JUST DOWN THE ROAD I grab my computer and start hoping I can hang on to wherever the story takes me.

Tinch Turner was one of those rare characters who came to me fully developed.  When I met him he was sitting outside the emergency room in Harmony, Texas, counting the roughnecks piling out of a pick-up and heading in for treatment.  He was hurt and bleeding, but he’d wait until they were treated before he went in.  After all, it was the least he could do, he was the one who sent them to the hospital.
As soon as I had Tinch down on paper I knew he’d have to meet a woman who could be his match.  For a while I looked for another fighter, but the doctor who stepped in his path was a frightened woman who’d been broken once and only thought of running when trouble came.  She’d have to give him a reason to live and he’d have to show her how to be strong.
Tinch and Addison were born, then in my mind, they took the story and made it their own.

I’m never sure what to say when people ask me what I do for a living.  I daydream.  I play.  I imagine.  I create.  I scrub the rough worlds clean.  I’m not a writer for a living, I’m simply a writer.
In JUST DOWN THE ROAD all my work, and skill and that spark of talent seemed to come together.  The people I created breathed.  I’m very proud of this book and I hope it makes you laugh, and cry and fall in love with the people who live in Harmony.

Enjoy the story, 

Jodi Thomas

NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Jodi Thomas is pleased to present JUST DOWN THE ROAD, the fourth novel in her award-winning Harmony series.

When Tinch Turner lost his wife, he gave up on living. Now he spends his nights brooding, boozing and brawling. When one of his escapades lands him in the ER, he finds himself staring up at the beautiful new doctor in town. For the first time in years, he feels a spark, but Addison Spencer wants nothing to do with the unruly rancher—or any man for that matter. She’s only in Harmony four months, long enough for the trouble she left behind to be over. But then a vulnerable little boy barrels into both of their lives, forcing them out of the past —and into a future where love is just down the road…

Sell date: April 3, 2012
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 978-0425246924
Retail price: USA $ 7.99

“Extremely powerful and gripping writing...full of passionate moments, hidden secrets, and likable characters.
~ Roundtable Reviews

“ Even for readers new to the series, the intricate relationships between these affable men and ec-centric women are easy to follow and even easier to love. “
~Publishers Weekly

Jodi Thomas is the NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of 34 novels and 11 short story collections. In June 2011, WELCOME TO HARMONY won a RITA, the highest award for women’s fiction. Jodi currently serves as the Writer in Residence at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas.

Thanks to Jodi and her publisher, I have one copy of Just Down the Road to giveaway to one lucky entrant in the US/Canada.  Simply enter using the Rafflecopter below.

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June said...

This sounds like a lot of fun-I haven't read Jodi Thomas before. The Publisher's Weekly review referenced a series..what books are in that?

Jinky said...

The loss and new beginnings intrigue me ..sounds heart touching with a hint of sass. Plus it releases on my birhtday. :D

apple blossom said...

got an error the first time I posted comment so trying again.

The fact that this novel is a romance intrigues me. I love romances

Crystal said...

June - the series is the Welcome to Harmony series or Harmony, Texas series. It includes: Welcome to Harmony, Somewhere Along the Way, The Comforts of Home and Just Down the Road. All can be read as stand-alones or enjoyed as a series.

Linda Kish said...

There's a romance brewing somewhere there for these two complete opposites. That makes for a fun story for me to read.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Lori Thomas said...

That it goes to the Harmony series, I just finished reading "The Comforts of Home" really enjoyed it & would love to read this story.

ctymice at gmail dot com

Carol L. said...

The whole theme of the book. Loss, maybe new beginnings and a romance. I haven't read Jodi in awhile but after reading the blurb it's time to fix that. Thanks for the chance.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

momma8385 said...

Just sounds like wonderful series and awesome reads. Thanks for the giveaway. :) Jeanne

marybelle said...

I'm intrigued by: how do you turn your life around when tragedy strikes & you are so down?

Jodi Thomas said...

Thanks for the comments and I just know you will love this one. It's my best Harmony to date!

bookworm54 said...

I'm looking forward to reading this one for I've read all the other ones and loved the town of Harmory, its like being home and you the characters start being like your family!

Shannon said...

I am always intrigued by stories of a character giving up on love and then finding it. Just gives me hope.

Joy said...

I love Jodi T. she is one of my favorite authors and one that started me getting back to reading a few years ago..

Joy said...

The idea of the novel of new beginnings is one of my favorite storylines.

Denise Z said...

I think this sounds like a sweet love story that takes two individuals who are bruised and brings them together. Sometimes I just want a sparky love story :)

Maureen said...

I like to see people who are wounded by the past find happiness.

Anita Yancey said...

I am a big fan of Jodi Thomas's books, and have been reading them for years. Love to read this book. Thanks for this chance.

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