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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Book Blog Tour Stop - Guest post from Jodi Thomas - author of "Just Down The Road"

I'm so honored to be hosting a guest post by New York Times best-selling author Jodi Thomas.

Her latest book in her "Harmony" series, "Just Down The Road," is set for release on April 3rd, and Jodi took some time out of her incredibly busy schedule to contribute this guest post, discussing her new book. 

Here's Jodi!

I’ve been waiting for JUST DOWN THE ROAD to hit the stands for months. When I was writing it, the story flew. Harmony, Texas, is a town I’ve lived in for a while but this time the characters new and old danced off the pages as fast as I could type. I love that the readers go on this adventure with me and this time I promise to keep them up.

Whenever I begin to plot I like to mix my stories together so that one plot forms out of the life of several people. In JUST DOWN THE ROAD I have the beginnings of young, first time, love and the sweet love of two people who thought they were destined to live their lives alone. In the opening I introduce two people who are running, one from life and the other toward it. One, because of fear, thinks she’s never lived and the other feels his life is over. They are not a couple anyone would put together but as they grow to love each other. Tinch and Addison realize they’re a perfect match. And, for a man just learning to live again, Tinch has to also realize that there are some things in life worth risking his life for.

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

For more information on Jodi’s writing, check out her website and social media sites!


About The Book:

Harmony, Texas, is a place where dreams are born. As the townspeople face unexpected endings and new beginnings, they also come face to face with themselves—and what’s most important in life...
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 their lives, forcing them out of the past—and into a future where love is just down the road...
In the meantime, as Reagan Truman grieves for her beloved uncle, she finds comfort in the makeshift family she’s made in Harmony—and in a new baby, the first born in the Wright Funeral Home in 45 years, proving to everyone that life does go on…

Jodi Thomas’ “Harmony, Texas” series showcase her ability to draw the readers into the small-town dramas involving the descendents of three pioneer families who settled the tiny fictional town of Harmony.

“Just Down The Road” continues the tales of these folks in a three-part story featuring Regan Truman, the young girl who drifted into town and won the heart of the curmudgeonly patriarch of the Truman family; Tyler Wright, the middle-aged undertaker who has finally found love; and Dr. Addison Spencer, the lonely, uptight ER doctor whose hard, icy exterior is finally won over by the most unlikely duo in town.

Thomas’ exceptional storytelling skills draws her readers into the heart of each story and entertains with humor, a little suspense and a whole lot of heartwarming joy.

Many thanks to Jodi for her insightful thoughts.
I received a review copy of this book from the author. I was not compensated for my opinions.

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