Jodi Thomas: A Place Called Harmony

Jodi-ThomasThanks for having me again. Sometimes I think Petticoats and Pistols is my second home. I always love coming here to talk to fans. You all make me feel like we’re family.
In many ways I felt like I was researching people I already knew when I began this book. After writing seven books about Harmony it was easy to write the history of the founding of the town, but I never expected to get so wrapped up in my characters.
I knew Patrick McAllen would be young and marry the first girl who offered to run away with him. I knew Gillian Matheson was already a decorated soldier with a wife he left in the care of her family. They came to the little trading post Ely Harmon owned ready to help start a new town. Full of energy and a love for life. Their romances with their wives was fun and loving just as I knew it would be.
A Place Called HarmonyWhat I never excepted was Clint Truman. From the beginning when a sheriff breaks up a bar fight and orders Truman out of town, I thought he would be my problem character. He hated life because he’d lost a war only to come home and find his wife and child had died. He was a drunk who didn’t care if he lived to see another sunrise. The sheriff tells him to find a wife and head north to Ely Harmon’s trading post or he’ll be arrested.
That night, outside a prison gate, my Truman sees a frail woman, sick and barely able to walk out of jail. She carries a newborn. He knows if he doesn’t help her, she’ll be dead within days, so he steps up and becomes a hero my readers will fill in love with.
The idea for finding his wife from the pickings being released from Huntsville’s prison added a richness to my story that I never expected. I know my readers will love this story.
The Texas State Penitentiary at Huntsville is nicknamed “Walls Unit” was opened in 1848.
Originally Huntsville Unit was only for white men. Black men were whipped for crimes or hanged. Women were housed there with the men after the war in 1865 until 1883. After that time they were housed on a cotton farm.
Nationwide, women were often kept in attics where they were left unsupervised and vulnerable to abuse.
In my story A PLACE CALLED HARMONY you’ll fall in love for the first time, all over again.

I’m giving away an autographed copy to three people. Leave a comment to be entered in the drawing.

The book releases today. You can click on the cover to go to Amazon.
Thanks for reading,

Jodi Thomas

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30 thoughts on “Jodi Thomas: A Place Called Harmony”

  1. Hi Jodi Glad you are back. I love your books and this one sounds good. And i really like the cover. I am a Texas and know where Huntsville Prison is. I have visited a friend in Huntsville, but not in Prison. LOL Please put my name in and I sure do hope I’m lucky to win your book. GOD bless! Maxie
    > Mac262(at)me(dot)com <

  2. Hi Jodi! A Place Called Harmony sounds like a wonderful read. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

  3. Welcome back Jodi!

    I can’t wait to discover the history behind Harmony and its founders. I already know it’s going to make me want to reread the series.

    Would love to win a copy, especially if it’s autographed.

  4. I haven’t read any of the books in your series yet, but they sound like a lot of fun. And I love history, so learning the history behind Harmony would be awesome! 😀

  5. Hi Jodi, I love the concept of this book and would love to read it! Thanks for sharing the story with us.
    linda AT farmkansas DOT com

  6. Welcome to the Junction, Jodi! Wow, wow, wow, what a fabulous premise for a romance novel. I am totally hooked. Can’t wait to read this one. You are such a master storyteller. Can I be you when I grow up????????

  7. A Place Called Harmony sounds like a place that must be visited! Thank you for the wonderful post and thank you for the giveaway.

  8. Oh my! A woman and a baby in a prison way back then?! Thank you for sharing and snagging all of our attention. 🙂

  9. OH, I wish I had it NOW! The Harmony Series is a favorite here at the Ralls Library and we were introduced to you and your stories by Linda Broday, whom we miss every day.

  10. Hi Jodi! Welcome back to your 2nd home! We’re thrilled you could visit. I LOVED this book! Though I liked all three Harmony founders, Truman captured a special place in my heart. But then wounded heroes always does. His wife Karissa had such a special story also. Readers will NOT be disappointed in this book.

    Wishing you much success and tons of sales!!

  11. Sounds like another excellent book, Jodi! You write such complex yet believable characters all caught up in wonderful plots. I’m sure this one will be as great a success as all your others. Happy release day!

  12. It’s always nice to have you here. I’ve enjoyed your books and I’m sure this one will be no different. The history of this town sounds like a fascinating and original topic for me. And lovely cover.

  13. Hello! I’m such a big fan of your books! The first one I ever read was your Whispering Mountain Trilogy! I loved them so much I couldn’t stop reading more and more of your books. I haven’t yet gotten to your harmony series but I can’t wait to start! I love when you explain the history and characteristics of the places around your characters. It makes me feel like I’m right there with them!

  14. How could a reader NOT fall in love with your characters? When the author loves them as much as you do, then that flows onto the pages. Can’t wait to read your latest labor of love, Jodi!

  15. Hi Jodi! I loved hearing how Clint Truman surprised you and captured your heart! Your enthusiasm for these special characters makes me love them already. I can’t wait to read A Place Called Harmony!

  16. Jodi, I have enjoyed your books. I have a couple of the books in the Harmony series. I will get the rest of those out before reading them. I want to make sure I start at the beginning. Following a series in order is a richer reading experience than jumping in the middle.

    A PLACE CALLED HARMONY sounds like a book I will especially enjoy. Everyone deserves a second chance and some deserve it more than others. Wounded souls can be healed with understanding and love. It seems your hero and heroine need a lot of both. It is easy to see how Truman came to be where he is at the start of the book and who could blame him. I look forward to learning the young woman’s story. Prison is never a pleasant experience, but the vulnerability of women and the conditions they were held under made their incarceration especially difficult.

    Thanks for all your wonderful characters and their stories. I hope the release of A PLACE CALLED HARMONY is a big success. I look forward to reading it.

  17. Hi Jodi, I love your books. Any time I have one everything else is put on hold until I get it read. This book sounds awesome and I can’t wait to read it.

  18. wow,what a great post,just made me want to know more,,good story line and I didn’t know that about the prisons back then,,very intersting

  19. Glad you have a new book out. I love the American west and
    stories about it, I live in Australia and we get your books over here

  20. I am thrilled to see you here on Petticoats and Pistols. I love the Harmony series and look forward to reading the the history. Your characters all come to life on the pages. I admire you and your writing talents greatly!! Best of luck with the new release!

  21. This sounds so good. I went to college in Huntsville and was in awe of The Walls unit. It was covered in ivy when I was there. I’ve heard they pulled it off recently. I even had an escaping convict go past my apartment one time. Felt very safe in Huntsville because I knew they wanted to get away not stay. I’m looking forward to this book.

  22. The premise for this book, inspired. No question, this one is getting ordered to sit on my bookshelf, or e-reader whichever comes first. Keep the great stories coming. Doris

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