Today, we welcome back the always delightful Jodi Thomas! Jodi is the NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of 37 novels and 11 short story collections. She is a fifth generation Texan who chooses to set the majority of her books in her home state. And who doesn't love the great state of Texas as a setting?! Her latest, CAN'T STOP BELIEVING, is on shelves now and was reviewed here by the lovely Janga. Take it away, Jodi!
From the day I started writing CAN’T STOP BELIEVING, I felt like I was surrounded by people I could love. These characters walked off the pages and said hello. I had to laugh when Martha Q, a widow seven times married, forms a writing group and then decides to help folks out whether they want it or not. I cried when Ronny first sees a love she thought she’d lost. And I fell in love with Cord and Nevada as they fought their way through all the baggage they both carried to find something worth keeping.
People often ask me where my characters come from. In truth, I don’t feel like I make them up. I feel more like they sit down across the desk and talk to me as I write. They tell me the story and some nights I stay up longer to get it all down.
Cord McMillan stopped my heart when I first saw him. He was a man trying to stand tall even after life had done its best to knock him down. He doesn’t think he has a friend in the world and every time someone shows him a kindness, he pays it back double. He can’t believe it when his rich, spoiled neighbor offers a bargain he can’t turn down. He offers her the one thing she can’t buy, honesty.
CAN’T STOP BELIEVING will warm your heart. The people of Harmony will stay with you long after you finish reading. Come along with me into a story that will make you laugh and cry and fall in love for the first time, for the last time, forever.
Enjoy the book,
Andrea here! Jodi mentioned that you will laugh and cry while reading Can't Stop Believing. Dear readers, what was the last book you read that made you both laugh and cry? Tell us and one lucky commenter will win a copy of Can't Stop Believing! (U.S. addresses only, please.)