JUST DOWN THE ROAD
New York Times Bestselling Author
Guest Blog Post
JUST DOWN THE ROAD is my 34th novel and I believe one of the best I’ve ever written. Whenever I write I always think about the kind of story I love to read. I want to laugh and cry and fall in love. I want to care. I want to stay with the story longer than planned because I just have to know what happens next. I think, as you read JUST DOWN THE ROAD, that I will take you on that journey. You’re going to love my people, not because they’re rich, or famous, or powerful, but because they’re kind. They’re trying to survive in a world where doing what is right matters.
I fell in love with Tinch Turner when I first met him sitting outside the emergency room waiting to make sure all the guys he just beat up were going home with little more than bruised egos. He’s the kind of guy Addison Spencer, the new town doctor, sees as tall, lean, walking trouble. She thinks she wants nothing to do with him until she catches a glimpse of Tinch through his four-year-old nephew’s eyes.
I’d like to welcome you to step into my town, Harmony, Texas, and get to know the people. The streets of Harmony, the ranches and farms around, the vast open land that molds a special kind of people, all form together in my head as real as a road map. My characters, spurs and all, step into my imagination, “have a set,” and tell me their stories. They are as real to me as family and friends and they’ll come alive for you also.
Who knows, when you finish the book, you might just feel like you have another home town.
Remember, always be kind to one another and enjoy my newest story,
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About the Author
A fifth generation Texan, Jodi Thomas chooses to set the majority of her novels in her home state.
The stories Thomas has committed 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 her Romance Writers of America RITA's, the $1.5 billion romance publishing industry's equivalent of an "Oscar." Jodi won her second RITA for TO TAME A TEXAN’S HEART (1994). 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) received the National Readers' Choice Award in 2005. Thomas was inducted into the RWA Hall of Fame in 2006 for winning her third RITA for THE TEXAN'S REWARD (2005). In 2009, Jodi received the National Readers' Choice Award for two of her books: TWISTED CREEK (2008) and TALL, DARK, and TEXAN (2008). In 2010, THE LONE TEXAN won the Reader's Choice 2009 Best Western Romance from Love Western Romances.com. Jodi received a RITA for WELCOME TO HARMONY (2010) and the Booksellers’ Best Award for SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY (2010) at Romance Writers of America in 2011. To learn more about Jodi and her works please go to jodithomas.com