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Author Spotlight & Giveaway: Jodi Thomas! Mornings on Main Release Day!

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 Mornings on Main

New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas, a master of family drama, returns with MORNINGS ON MAIN (HQN Books, April 2018, $15.99 U.S./$19.99 CAN.), a riveting tale that follows three generations of women, each facing challenging circumstances, but whose stories unite as they strive to overcome their individual burdens.

Jillian James has been a wanderer as long as she can remember, traveling from town to town, never staying too long in any one place. Not running to or from anything, or hiding out. Just drifting…the way she was taught as a child by her nomadic single father, a man who liked to travel and went wherever the jobs took him, never putting down roots or getting involved for too long with anyone. And Jillian is the same way—no strings anywhere, no place to call home. And no one to call family, not since she last saw her father the day he dropped her off at college—before disappearing from her life completely. But now, twelve years later, Jillian is hoping to find some trace of him in the only place she believes he ever had a special connection—the small, welcoming town of Laurel Springs, Texas.

Soon after arriving, Jillian lands a temporary job courtesy of Connor Larady, a man of many
hats—town mayor, land owner, newspaper publisher, unpublished novelist and, most important, devoted single dad to his rebellious teenaged daughter, Sunnie, and doting grandson to Eugenia Larady, better known to everyone as Gram. Connor hires Jillian to help out in aging Gram’s quilt shop, cataloguing and preserving each quilt’s history, just as Gram starts struggling with her own slipping memory.

Despite her better judgment, Jillian soon finds herself growing closer to each of the Laradys: helping Sunnie cope with a tragic past while struggling to figure out what she wants from her future; spending time with the shy, handsome Connor while knowing that any romance between them will only end in sadness when she eventually leaves; and connecting with the lovely Gram, a woman who is the heart of the entire town, building literal and invisible threads throughout the community–and whose fading memories and occasional flashbacks, a shocked Jillian realizes, contain clues to her own family history.

Jillian has spent her life avoiding attachments. According to her father’s rules, it hurts too much to care. But for the first time in her life, she’s starting to wonder if his rules are wrong, if it’s better to be part of something greater than just herself—part of a community, of a family, of loving someone.


Q & A with Jodi Thomas

1. What genre(s) do you write? 

Women’s fiction and small town Texas

2. Coffee or tea lover?


3. Name one thing on your bucket list.

Always on my bucket list is travel.  Disney World with the grandkids for Halloween, a cruise this spring with friends, traveling to speak when next book comes out in April, and this year I plan to join the walk in the fight for a cure for Parkinson’s in New York City in March.

4. Do you have pets?
A cat named Trace

5. When I wake up every morning I… look out my window.

​6. Weirdest​ or unique thing you own. ​

1970 Camaro

7. Do you have ​any hobbies or particular skills? 
I love collecting quilts.

8. What do you hope readers will experience or gain when reading your stories? 
I hope they fall in love with my characters.

9. What inspired you to write Mornings on Main?

When you grow up in a small town you’re very much aware of how much the
people around you shape your life.  No matter how old I get, I’ll still
be Cliff and Sally’s daughter. I’ve always loved wandering the main
streets in small towns. 
Stepping into the shops.  Talking to the people.  Sometimes all you
have to say is, “How are things going?” and an hour later you’re still
listening. In MORNINGS ON MAIN, I wrote about the people of Laurel Springs.

  About Jodi Thomas

More Books by Jodi Thomas

A fifth-generation Texan, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Jodi Thomas chooses to set the majority of her novels in her home state, where her grandmother was born in a covered wagon.

A former teacher, Thomas traces the beginning of her storytelling career to the days when her twin sisters were young and impressionable. With a degree in family studies, Thomas is a marriage and family counselor by education, a background that enables her to write about family dynamics. Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock,Thomas enjoys interacting with students on the West Texas A&M University campus, where she currently serves as Writer in Residence. 
Commenting on her contribution to the arts, Thomas said, “When I was teaching classes full-time, I thought I was making the world a better place. Now I think of a teacher or nurse or mother settling back and relaxing with one of my books. I want to take her away on an adventure that will entertain her. Maybe, in a small way, I’m still making the world a better place.”

When not working on a novel or inspiring students to pursue a writing career, Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband, renovating a historic home they bought in Amarillo and checking up on their two grown sons.

For more information, please visit Jodi’s website at



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8 responses to “Author Spotlight & Giveaway: Jodi Thomas! Mornings on Main Release Day!

  1. Is that Camaro life size? haha What a fun thing to have. I grew up in a small town as well. It has been a fun surprise so many times, to have run across people from that small town area when we are traveling. Grew up in central Illinois and recently, we were in Texas. At the buried cadillacs. We will talk to anyone that slows down nearby. And turned out to be some from the town right next door. They knew the pizza place. They went to the high school…..It was so fun.

    • Our Camaro is the one we had when we first got married and it has been restored. If you saw the cadillacs in Amarillo, you were in my neck of the woods. We LOVE Texas too.

  2. A 1970 Chevy Camaro…how fun is that! I love older cars. I've always wanted a 1965 Ford Mustang, but since they redesigned them to look like the older style, I'm thinking my next vehicle will be a new one! Now that our kids are almost all done with college, we have hopes of traveling some. I'd love to go to places in Europe someday.

    • When our boys finished college, we started cruising Europe with Viking Cruises and really enjoy those. Hope you enjoy some time traveling too. And you can take the book along!

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