Betting the Rainbow with Jodi Thomas

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The idea for my new book, BETTING THE RAINBOW, came from the question, “If you had a chance to change your life, what would you be willing to risk?”

My character Dusti Delaney and her sister were stuck on a small farm , on a little lake, near Harmony, Texas.  They made enough to live but nothing more.  Both had dreams of what could have been if one had been able to finish nursing school and the other had followed her dream of being a professional photographer.

On their once-a-month night out Dusti learns of a charity poker game and sees her one chance to change.  Though she has her goals too, she wants to see her sister follow her dream first.

One man knows enough about poker to teach her to win.  Only problem is, if she makes it to the final table, she’ll be playing against him.  As he teaches her about Texas Hold’em and love, she sees the possibility of her dream coming true.

Betting the RainbowI think I loved this story so much because I once pushed all my chips in on a dream.  I wanted to write but with teaching, going to grad school and raising two boys, there was never any time.  Finally, with the help of my husband, I quit, drew out my retirement and lived on it while I wrote.  Forty books later I’d say the gamble paid off.

The name, BETTING THE RAINBOW, comes from a poker term when a player shoves in all colors of his chips.

The game of Texas Hold’em originated in Texas. Legend has it that the first game was played by Robstown, Texas in a saloon in back of a mercantile.

Dallas already had card games called “Poker” that were popular.  Poker comes from the German word “pochen,” which means, “to knock.”

Many say that Texas Hold’em is a thinking man’s game.

Now, of course, if I’m going to write about poker, I’ve got to learn to play.  So I talked a friend of mind into letting me sit in on a game out in the country.  The men were very polite and nice.  The lesson cost me 30 dollars.

Then, a woman who plays poker in Las Vegas invited me to go along and watch her play.  I couldn’t turn that down, so Phyliss Miranda and I flew to Vegas and had a great time.

You’ll love meeting all the people who live on a little road called Rainbow Lane.  Three love stories will touch your heart and as always the folks of Harmony will welcome you in for a visit.

Let me know if you know of anyone who ever “bet the rainbow” with their life and if the gamble paid off.

To two lucky readers, I am giving away a copy of “Betting the Rainbow”!

“Thomas is a master at creating damaged yet appealing characters, and their expressions of love—as siblings, as friends, as partners—are intense and beautiful. Their paths to happiness are interwoven in an intricate tapestry with the tournament as backdrop, combining in an epic tale of the kind of love that lasts forever.”      Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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26 thoughts on “Betting the Rainbow with Jodi Thomas”

  1. Hi Jodie,

    Betting the Rainbow sounds like it will be a wonderful book to read and I love the cover. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

  2. I am all in on Betting The Rainbow. It sounds like a really great book. I would love to be a winner! Thank you for the giveaway and thank you, Jodi, for what you do.

    melback at cebridge dot net

  3. Jodi,

    I am a huge fan of the Whispering Mountain books, especially Tall, Dark and Texan. I love Teagen.

    I’ve just started the Harmony series and would love to win Betting the Rainbow.

    Thanks for so many great reads.

  4. My day job is teaching, my elderly mother is needing more assistance and my two young adult children are still living here on and off (mostly on). It’s difficult to find writing time and that’s where my passion for learning now lies. Thank goodness I’m married to a supportive man who’s behind me pushing all my chips into the pot after the 2014-15 school year. I may never write 40 books (BTW, LOVE your historicals) but I want to devote more time to it.

  5. Beautiful book cover, and the book sounds great… kind of book! Thanks for the giveaway.
    jacsmi75 at gmail dot com

  6. I’ve never had the guts to bet the rainbow. I so wish I could have. Looooooooooove your stories can’t wait for this one.

    Have a blessed day.

  7. congrats to Jodi on the new release! Oh wow… I’d be too scared of losing to ever risk so much. I’m not a gambler by any means 🙂 But I do know I’ve missed out on a lot by not taking a chance. But that’s why I read, to live vicariuosly! Thanks for sharing!

  8. I am entranced with Betting The Rainbow which sounds memorable and I enjoyed learning about your Vegas trip.

  9. Miss Jodi, as always it’s such a pleasure to have you visit us again. You’re one of my all-time favorite writers and each book goes on my keeper shelf. I’ve already had the pleasure of reading BETTING THE RAINBOW early and I have to say this book is in a class by itself. You truly do pull out all the stops. This book made me laugh and cry and chew my nails. All the people of Harmony are memorable. I was glad that you got back to Reagan’s and Noah’s story. I’ve really missed them. Thank you for writing these great books.

    Wishing you tons and tons of success!

  10. Thank goodness you quit teaching and starting writing books. You have given us so much enjoyment.

  11. Hi, Jodi! I am so glad you went all in and “bet the rainbow” on your writing dream. It certainly paid off! I can’t wait to read this special book! Thank you for offering the generous giveaway.

  12. My husband and some of his friends used to play Texas Holdem once a week and whoever lost had to shuffle the deck. Let’s just say he bought one of the automatic shuffler. 🙂
    jennydtipton at gmail dot com

  13. Hello Jodi. I absolutely fell in love with the cover of this book. What a wonderful place to live.So, did you ask your gambling friend for permission to use her name in public> Now you better be careful not to lose the shirt on your back. LOL. Yes, this is a favorite poker game in Texas. Sounds like a good story to go with the wonderful book cover. Hoping to win it. Thanks for the chance.
    Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  14. Sorry I missed the giveaway, but glad I read about the new book. As always, I know it will be one I enjoy.
    I have never really been able to figure out poker. I can’t remember all the hands and which beat others which is a definite handicap.
    I have never had to bet the rainbow. Luck has been with me in its own way and for the most part, I have been able to follow most of my dreams.
    I know the release of BETTING THE RAINBOW will be a success.

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