Guest & Contest: Jodi Thomas

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.

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,

Jodi Thomas


In New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas’s small town of Harmony, Texas, “there’s always something brewing” (Fallen Angel Reviews). Now, a generations-old feud is about to come to a head—and the stakes couldn’t be higher with two hearts on the line…

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.

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Jodi Thomas is the NY 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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13 thoughts on “Guest & Contest: Jodi Thomas

  1. Kathleen O says:

    I so wish I had a second chance with someone I met when I was younger, in my early 20’s. I would have done a couple things different. Maybe we would still be together, but I can’t go through life with regrets. My life has been what it is and I am the stronger person for it.

  2. erinf1 says:

    Luckily I haven’t needed too many 2nd chances 🙂 If anything, I’d want a second chance to slap myself upside the head to avoid my former fiancee!

  3. Rita Wray says:

    I love to read books about second chances. There was someone when I was young but life goes on and it’s not good to look back and have regrets. I think we imagine things as being sweeter than they really were.


  4. Leanna H says:

    I had a second chance with an ex after he got divorced I had moved across the country and was no longer interested.

  5. Joanne B says:

    I wish I had a second chance with boyfriend from years ago. I made some decisions that I wish I made differently and that would have changed things.
    This book sounds fantastic. Can’t wait to read it to see more of Cord and Nevada. Thanks for the guest post and giveaway.

  6. Marcy Shuler says:

    I’ve never had a second chance…but I think it would be nice.


  7. BookLady says:

    I have had a second chance in changing my career and I am much happier with my choice.

  8. Jane Squires says:

    I would love to win, review and share this book with someone else.
    Second chances are good. My oldest daughter went through that and because of it I have two beautiful grandsons I would not have otherwise.
    I need the God of the second chances. Because after serving God 55 years, struggles have become hard as I deal with health issues and no insurance.

  9. Diane Sallans says:

    I’ve never been brave enough to go for a second chance – but it’s nice to think that they may work.

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