Friday, June 7, 2013

Celebrate the Small Things with a Guest Post by Jodi Thomas!

I'm so excited to welcome NYT and USA Today bestselling author Jodi Thomas to the blog today!  I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Thomas at DFW Con two years ago, and I very much enjoyed her class.  She's dropping by the blog today to talk about her latest release, Can't Stop Believing.  Without further ado, let me turn it over to Jodi!

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.

So, now it’s your chance to step into my Harmony, Texas.  You’ll find love and lose love while you laugh and cry at the turns in life for the people of Harmony.  And, it is my hope that you’ll care about them all as dearly as I have. 

Welcome, step on in and meet the folks,

Jodi Thomas

Jodi's books always have great covers, don't you think?

Cord McDowell 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 explain why, but Cord knows the bargain is in his favor. He just has one condition—she has to sleep in his bed every night for 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 of necessity, she discovers something unexpected—a love so deep it takes her breath away.

I don't know about you, but I just love marriage of convenience stories!

I hope you've enjoyed Jodi's guest post.  I always love having visitors drop by the blog, and it's one of the things I'm celebrating this week!  Be sure to stop by VikLit's blog for the sign up list so you can join us on this great hop!


  1. This sounds interesting, Jodi! Thanks for hosting, Lara.

  2. What a great guest post, and congrats, Jodi! And great job hosting, lara- your enthusiasm is the bow on top of this. Happy Friday!

  3. It's great when characters stop by out of the blue. Sounds like you had a great time writing this book.

  4. That is so awesome! I love meeting people who are successful yet still down to earth. Great post.

  5. Visits, cyber or otherwise, are lovely things to celebrate!

    (sorry about the Words With Friends game - my internet at home just will not load the game)

    Brandy's Bustlings

  6. Me too. I do enjoy a good marriage of convenience book. And you were right about the cover too. It's beautiful

  7. I'm a sucker for book covers! That's a great cover!
    Nice to "meet" Jodi!
    Writer In Transit


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