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Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Going Back To Harmony With Author Jodi Thomas
It’s my pleasure to welcome New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jodi Thomas back to Thoughts in Progress today.
Jodi’s here to take us back to Harmony, Texas, in CAN’T STOP BELIEVING, which debuts today. Congratulations Jodi on the new release!!
The sixth book in her popular Harmony series presents a story where big dreams are brewing—and anything and everything is possible… Cord McMillan gave up his freedom at eighteen when he went to jail for a crime he didn't commit. Now, ten years later, he's about to give it up again for a piece of land. Nevada Britain, his neighbor, has just made him an offer he can't refuse: If he'll marry her, she'll sign over a section of property that their families have been fighting over for a hundred years. Nevada refuses to ex-plain why, but Cord knows the bargain is in his favor. He just has one condition--she has to sleep in his bed every night as long as their doomed marriage lasts. Nevada only wants to maintain her family's legacy--and redeem herself for a wrong she did Cord years ago. But as she spends more time with her husband by necessity, she discovers something unexpected--a love so deep it takes her breath away.
CAN’T STOP BELIEVING (Berkley, ISBN: 978-0425250679) has already received great praise: “Another winner...Fans will be delighted.” - Publishers Weekly (starred review) “Compelling and beautifully written.” - Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times Bestselling author
Jodi talks about writing this latest release.
When I began writing CAN’T STOP BELIEVING, I wanted to write a story about second chances. Like they always do, characters began to dance in my head, jumping up and down wanting to tell their stories. Some authors develop characters with long outlines and background studies. I pretty much just wait around for them to drop by, sit down and tell me their stories. Cord McMillan did just that. He’d completely destroyed his life one night just before he turned eighteen. Seven years later no one in Harmony wanted to talk to him, much less be his friend. If he hadn’t inherited his parents little farm, he’d have had nothing and the farm was in so much trouble he had to work in town to keep from losing it. Nevada Britain had rich land and money, but her reputation was worse than Cord’s. Neither trusted anyone but a need to survive brought them together and they formed a bond no one could break. I’m over my ‘after the book’ blues that always hits when a book is finished. I’ve moved on to another story, but these characters will always be in the back of my mind like old friends. I hope for all of you they will be that as well. Enjoy the journey, Jodi.
Jodi, thanks for visiting with us again and taking us back to Harmony. That place is filled with such interesting people. Can’t wait to see what happens there next. Maybe Cord and Nevada will resurface again (just to say hi).
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jodi is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 37 novels and 11 short story collections. In June 2011, WELCOME TO HARMONY, the first book in the Harmony series, 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.
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