As I began work on ONE TRUE HEART, I knew my hero would be a very intelligent man living in a little cabin in TwistedOne True Heart2
Creek, a lake community near Harmony in the map in my head.  Wouldn’t it be interesting if this man had a nutty sister who believed she could see the future?  You know the type:  Sweet, but not in the mainstream of anything.  We’ve all got one in our family.  I looked around and didn’t see one in my family so I must be it.

Running through the stories of Harmony I’ve always had a bookstore on the main street.  One night, while I was writing, I noticed a sign in the corner between two over-crowded shelves that advertised palm readings the only night the bookstore was open.  As the stories went along the sign would change.  Once it read:  Fortunes, two hands for the price of

Sooo, in the corners of my mind I knew that one day I’d have to put a fortune teller in Harmony.  Two years ago I was in a fortune teller dolldelightful little second hand store in Denison.  I noticed a beautiful hand-made doll, a fortune teller complete with cards in her hand and dice in her box tied to her waist.  The doll traveled all over Texas with me while I was signing and finally made it home to my desk.

I had so much fun researching gypsy fortune tellers and learned much about the fascinating British Romani people. I especially enjoyed reading about the different types of gypsy wagons. My favorite is the Vardo horse-drawn gypsy wagon and you can view a beautiful one at

While my hero, Drew, is trying to live his normal life, maybe even get a date with a fascinating woman who has returned to Harmony to recover, his little sister is making his life impossible.  You see, she was reading a man’s fortune when the sheriff arrested him for killing his wife.  She’s the only one who believes Johnny Wheeler is innocent, because she didn’t see murder in his past.  Kare defends Johnny and drives him insane while she drags her quiet, reluctant brother into a mystery that might get them all killed.

You’ll have to read to find out…unless you are a fortune teller, of course.

Even after over 40 books, I often feel like I step into a story as if it’s already a place in my mind.  I meet theJodi office 2 people just like my readers do and some nights I stay up writing late because I want to know what is going to happen. I don’t know if I’d believe a fortune teller, but I do believe in the magic of creativity.

I do hope you will enjoy ONE TRUE HEART, so be sure to pre-order your copy at my website at

You can also pre-order here at Amazon.

I would love to give away an autographed copy of ONE TRUE HEART to one lucky reader. I look forward to chatting with you.

Happy reading!

Jodi Thomas

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39 thoughts on “Jodi Thomas: ONE TRUE HEART”

  1. Great post Jodi. I LOVE the picture of your office. It’s beautiful! I would absolutely LOVE to win a copy of One True Heart. Thank you for the chance to win.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

  2. Good morning, Jodi.

    Thanks for sharing. Understanding the background of a story from the author’s view definitely gives me a deeper connection with the tale. I wanted to read One True Heart before. But, I now know that when I do, the pictures in my mind will be clearer.

    And although I love the heroes in your novels, Teagen McMurray is still my favorite!

  3. I look forward to reading this book. It sounds really good. And, I really need to know what happens next.

  4. How fun to find the fortune teller doll.. I’d enjoy reading your book..
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  5. I’ve always thought it would be interesting to have my palm read. I’m fascinated by people who have ESP and how they deal with it.

    I liked the background for your story, ONE TRUE HEART. Thanks for sharing!

    My in-laws came over from Hungary. They had many stories about the gypsies.

  6. Hi Jodi! Welcome back to P&P! And with a brand new story that comes out on April 7. Your flow of creativity always amazes me. You come up with the most wonderful heartwarming stories. But I have to say that this book might be the most humorous of all. I love how it begins though with the wounded army veteran returning home, walking off the plane on crutches. It broke my heart. I have such a tender spot for veterans. And then you introduced Johnny Wheeler, arrested for killing his wife because she disappeared. He was so funny the way he got tangled up with that fortune teller. Lots of twists and turns to the end. Loved, loved it!

    I’m going to steal that Gypsy doll. That is so cute. Wishing you tons of success!

    • Love being on P&P with my dear friends! I thought this was my funniest book yet too. I really appreciate you, Linda, but the doll stays on my shelf for inspiration!

  7. very interesting post,,brought back some memories,,many years ago when I was a young nurse working at a hospital,,we had a patient who was a forture teller,,as a “treat” to us he would tell our fortunes,,this is my first and last experience with a fortune teller,,as i left that room i felt like I had just shook hands with the devil,,he told me a lot of stuff,some good but mostly bad,,he scared me to death,,i was literly shaking when i left that room,i had been talked into going by the other nurses,,i was one of the last to go,,which i wish I hadnt,,but I did,,and oh my goodness every single thing that man said to me came true,,some in different ways but within a year it had all happened as he had said,,one of the nurses who had talked me into going reminded me of what he said after everything happened,,and apolized to me for asking me to go in that room,,do i believe in fortune tellers,,i do now,,didnt then,,would I go back ,NO!,,somethings we are just not supposed to know,not so sure this is a gift to have this ability or not,,just thought id share what happened to me

  8. I have all the Harmony books in my bookcase (as well as your other books) and am waiting for this one to come out so I can add it to the others. I love your books!!!

  9. I just read my first Harmony book. I’m looking forward to reading this one and others in the series.

  10. Welcome back to Wildflower Junction, Jodi! It’s wonderful to have you here with us today.

    Although I’ve read several of your other books, I haven’t read any of your Harmony series, however this one sounds VERY intriguing. Must they be read in order or can I start with any of them and get a good idea of what is going on?

    • Kathryn,
      I hope you will read my Harmony series. They are stand alone books, but WELCOME TO HARMONY is the beginning of the series and introduces the main characters. Harmony has become like my second home!

  11. Oh, an intriguing subject and one I’m sure I’m going to enjoy as I have your past books. Thanks for the insights.

  12. Oh that cover is beautiful… made me smile! Thanks for sharing your post with us today… I love little background tidbits! 🙂

  13. Hi Jodi! Love that I get to visit Harmony again. If you consider this your funniest book yet, then we’re in for a treat.

    The wagon is much more than I would have expected even for a wealthy family in the 1890s … etched glass … and that ‘skylight’ ceiling. Wonderful that the people who bought it were able to restore it!

    Looking forward to ONE TRUE HEART!

    Nancy C

  14. Hi Jodi, I love your books and I can’t wait to read this one. It sound really good and I am sure it is. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  15. Welcome back to the junction, Jodi!

    I must admit I was skeptical when you started the Harmony series. I enjoyed your western historical romances so much that I almost felt betrayed. 😀

    I got over myself, though, and I’m glad I did. The Harmony stories have all the spirit and heart Jodi Thomas fans have come to expect.

    (Psst, Linda! I’ll distract her while you grab the doll, but only if we get joint custody. 😉 )

  16. Hello Jodi. Glad to have you visiting here again. Hope you have been keeping warm this winter. I have read about the gypsies lots of times. A mysterious group. Glad to hear you say the books were ok for stand alone. In series, I don’t always get to get them all and hate to be left hanging. That doll would have fit into my doll collection. Thanks for the chance to win your book.
    Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

  17. I love your creativity, Jodi! One True Heart sounds delightful! Thank you for sharing this wonderful post and giveaway.

  18. I love the cover of your book. I always love books that sound interesting and the author decides to oontinue the series. This sounds like and fun and interesting read. Thank you for the opportunity to win !

  19. How many of us have had siblings that have gotten us into trouble with some crazy idea or action? Luckily, it seldom involves murder. It will be nice going back to Harmony for another visit.
    Love the doll. Funny how something like that will strike your fancy and you must have it. On almost every trip we take there will be something special I find that has a connection to place or time, or maybe just a piece that brings out whimsy. It will find its way home with us and becomes a treasure. I am trying to keep them small. I once found a 4 foot stuffed bear but was able to talk myself out of it.
    Best wishes for the success of ONE TRUE HEART.

  20. What a great idea for a story. Can’t wait to see what all your fortune teller and her brother get into.
    Thanks for the post and the giveaway.
    straitfromthehive(at)gmail(dot) com

  21. Can’t tell you how much I have loved all your books. There isn’t a one I could say is my favorite they all are. Thanks so much for sharing your stories.

  22. Hi, Jodi. I love “One True Heart” and your characters just jump off the page. The story is funny, yet heartwarming. Congratulations on another winner, in my opinion. Thanks for visiting P&P. We always enjoy your visits. Hugs, Phyliss

  23. I have enjoyed several of your past books and look forward to reading this one. Thanks for the chance to get this one in the giveaway.

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  24. Jodi – One True Heart sounds like a good book to be on my TBR list, with a fortune teller in the story, Wow!!! Love reading your books, keep them coming.

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