Multi-published author Jodi Thomas is our special guest today and we couldn't be more thrilled! Jodi is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of 30 novels and 8 short story collections. As of July 2006, she was the 11th woman to be inducted into the RWA Hall of Fame. She is also currently serving as the Writer in Residence at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. Her latest, The Lone Texan, is a 2010 RITA Finalist for Historical Romance, and her upcoming release, Welcome to Harmony, hits shelves on June 1st. Please welcome Jodi to The Romance Dish!
In a few weeks Harmony will hit the stands and I don’t know when I’ve been so excited about a book coming out. A writer writes a story, climbs into a world and lives there for months. Then, the writer has to send the story off and let go of the characters for a while. With this book it wasn’t easy.
I open with Reagan, a runaway, being dropped off after dark on the Main Street. Before the night is over, she’s stepped into a world she’s never known. A world where she can belong.
As I wrote it seemed like my characters came to me one at a time, sat down, and began to tell me their story. As the book moves through the weeks, you’ll meet a funeral director who cares about everyone he meets, a volunteer fire chief who loves what he does, a sheriff who fights every day to live up to her family, and a child who sees people for who they really are.
This story will touch your heart and make you laugh. By the time you finish, you’ll feel like Harmony is a real place.
Three love stories wind their way through the book. One is a story of first love between two teenagers. Another is a love story between two strong willed adults who have loved each other since childhood but are torn apart because of an accident. The third love story is between a middle aged kind man who had never found anyone he can talk too. He develops a relationship with a woman on line that he met one icy night when they were both forced of the road due to weather. Both are professionals dedicated to their work and not the kind of people used to sharing feelings.
I hope you enjoy the stories in WELCOME TO HARMONY as much as I enjoyed writing them.
I wish you many happy hours of reading,
So, tell us, Dear Readers: What are some of your favorite heartwarming stories? Which ones have gone straight to your heart and then immediately to your keeper shelf?