I’m counting the days until WELCOME TO HARMONY comes out. In 29 books, I’ve never loved a story more and WELCOME TO HARMONY is the first of the series about three families who live in a small town. Sometimes they don’t get along, but when trouble hits, they stand and fight.
This story was great fun because there are three gentle love stories running though the plot. I wanted readers to feel like they stepped into the town one night, just like my 16 year old character, Reagan Truman, did.
The characters in this book came alive and I love the way they interacted with one another, showing just how often the people around you change your life. My favorite character who surprised me the most was Tyler Wright, who owns the town funeral home. He was such an adorable character. Of course, I always love the love stories, but this time I put in a character who hates men. Because she’s an artist, she paints men dying horrible deaths. My editor said she laughed every time she heard the title of her next painting.
Maybe we all want to step into a town where we feel like we’ve come home. I hope in WELCOME TO HARMONY readers will feel like they do just that.
Hope you enjoy,
NY Times Best-Selling Author
Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame inductee
A fifth-generation Texan who once taught family
living, Jodi Thomas chooses to set the majority of her
novels in her home state, where her grandmother was
born in the back of a covered wagon. With each new addition to her ever growing booklist, Jodi takes you to the heart of Texas.
With a degree in Family Studies, Thomas is a marriage and family counselor by education, a background that enables her to write knowledgeably about relationship dynamics. She is known for her expertise in historical research and genealogy, as well.
Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumnus by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Thomas enjoys interacting with students on the West Texas A&M University campus, where she currently serves as its Writer In Residence.
“My door is usually open to students all morning,” explains Thomas, who talks to classes at the University and on other campuses during her many speaking engagements when not writing in her spacious office in WTAMU’s Cornette Library. “They come by to visit and ask questions about being a writer. When I was a child, being a writer wasn’t an option. All the people I knew had regular jobs.
“I’m hoping that students will see that being a writer is a possibility. This is particularly important in these days when programs in the arts are being cut in the public schools.”
On her contribution to the arts, Thomas added, “When I was teaching classes full time, I thought I was making the world a better place. Now I think of a teacher, or nurse, or mother settling back and relaxing with one of my books. I want to take her away on an adventure that will entertain her. Maybe, in a small way, I’m still making the world a better place.”
Thomas also “makes the world a better place” through her Jodi Thomas Library Project which raises money for libraries, while offering educational seminars.
The stories Thomas commits to paper have earned her an impressive list of distinguished awards. Her first book, Beneath the Texas Sky (1988), won the National Press Women’s Novel of the Year in its category. Book two, Northern Star (1990), was named best novel by the (Texas) Panhandle Professional Writers and the Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc., an organization
of writers’ groups from several states. Book three, The Tender Texan (1991), was Thomas’s first national bestseller and won her the first of three Romance Writers of America RITA’s, the $1.5 billion romance publishing industry’s equivalent of an “Oscar.”
Book twelve, To Kiss a Texan (1999) was her first novel to score on the USA TODAY Best-selling Books list. For The Texan’s Wager (2002), sixteen was the magic number. As Thomas’s sixteenth novel, the book scored number sixteen on the NEW YORK TIMES extended bestseller list. Finding Mary Blaine, (2004), a mainstream novel, received the National Readers’ Choice Award in 2005. Twisted Creek (2008) and Tall, Dark, and Texan (2008) also received the National Readers’ Choice Award in 2009
Thomas was inducted into the RWA Hall of Fame in 2006 after winning her third RITA for THE TEXAN’S REWARD (2005). Only 10 other authors have been thus honored in the association’s history.
While the author toured the country speaking to Desk and Derrick clubs about her 2003 novel, The Widows of Wichita County, the members of various chapters formed the Jodi Thomas Fan Club. The group enthusiastically promotes her novels and public appearances and even volunteers to provide drivers for her out-of-town engagements.
When not working on a novel or inspiring students to pursue a writing career, Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband, Tom, renovating a historic home they bought in Amarillo, and “checking up” on their two grown sons.
For more information, please go to: www.jodithomas.com.
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Thanks to the wonderful Jodi Thomas and Erin at Penguin I am thrilled to offer readers a chance to win 1 of 2 copies of WELCOME TO HARMONY. If you’d like to win a copy of WELCOME TO HARMONY please leave a comment here. Giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only, no P.O. Boxes please! Good luck to everyone.