Sunday, March 30, 2014

Aloha to Jodi Thomas and BETTING THE RAINBOW - Guest Post


RITA winning author Jodi Thomas joins us today for a cozy chat about her new release, BETTING THE RAINBOW, Book 7 in her Harmony, Texas series ...

New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas returns to the town of Harmony, Texas, where life has a way of making better plans than anyone ever imagined… ...

Sisters Abby and Dusti Delaney have spent their entire lives on Rainbow Lane, but they dream of something bigger. So when a poker tournament comes to town, Dusti is determined to win enough money to leave. Enlisting expert Kieron O’Brian to teach her the game, sparks begin to fly as they play their hands. But Kieron refuses to stand in the way of her dream, even if it means losing her forever...

After a year of traveling, Ronny Logan is settling into a home on Rainbow Lane, but that’s all the settling she’ll be doing. Ronny refuses to fall for anyone, regardless of the chemistry she has with her neighbor Austin Hawk. Yet something undeniable begins to grow between the two loners—if only they can let their barriers fall and open their hearts...

Release date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 978-0-425-26840-7
Retail price: USA $7.99


One of my favorite things to do in the world is to sit down with a character who walks into my office (figuratively speaking), sits down and tells me her story. That’s how the book BETTING THE RAINBOW began.

I knew I wanted to write about Ronny Logan since she’d been with me in Harmony for several books. I felt like I’d grown up with her from the shy postal worker who wouldn’t talk to anyone in town to a world traveler trying to run away from her grief.

Only I didn’t know Dusti Delaney when I started. She and her sister had put their lives on hold to come home and take care of a dying mother. By the time she finally passed they’d lost everything except the small farm on Rainbow Lane. They were barely holding on with no hope of reclaiming their former lives. Then, Dusti heard about a charity poker game. If she won she might be able to afford to make their dreams come true. Only problem was, the one man who could teach her to play had flown in to win the game.

Reagan Truman runs the huge event while in the middle of her own crisis. The one man she’s ever loved has come home, but she’s not sure she can accept him and all the baggage he brings. Noah has to do something far braver than riding bulls if he wants to win her back.

I'm betting that this touching story of deep love between family, friends and lovers will leave you feeling good all over.

Jodi Thomas


Mahalo, Jodi, for writing the Harmony series.   I am giving away a print copy of BETTING THE RAINBOW to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,

1. Can you share a time and/or place where you were amazed by a rainbow? I have seen many in Hawaii ... perhaps my favorite is the one captured by my inlaws over the pineapple fields on Maui.

2. Comments are open through Saturday, April 5, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3. I'll post the winner on Sunday, April 6.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City


  1. I saw a wonderful rainbow over Black Lake in northern Michigan. Just gorgeous.

    Marcy Shuler

  2. We've seen some beautiful rainbows in Hawaii too. Love to see them at the waterfalls. And I've seen some pretty ones looking out the window of my kitchen.

  3. I saw a double rainbow once over the hills in PA.

  4. Our spring rains always bring the most wonderful rainbows.

  5. I've seen some stunning rainbows in my time. I remember when I was a child that the end of the rainbow was in our yard. It was magic - but no pot of gold.

  6. I was driving my son home from work when he noticed a huge rainbow off to the east. The land was very flat and open between our car and the rain bow. It was the biggest rainbow that I had ever seen and we could see where both ends hit the ground. As I glanced at it a second time I realized that it was actually a double rainbow with the second rainbow a bit higher right above the first one!

  7. The most amazing one I saw was in Hawaii. It was beautiful

  8. I think one time one I was younger it had rain and afterward we went outside and there was a beautiful rainbow over the Chicago skyline.

  9. My husband had me come outside a couple of years ago to the brightest rainbow I had ever seen.

  10. During rainy season here in southern Florida, we always get to enjoy the sight of beautiful rainbows, sometimes double ones.

  11. Right by the side of my house. It was so amazing to see it close up.

  12. I saw a great rainbow that stated at the end our street.

  13. I've seen rainbows in Hawaii, but also driving across Pennsylvania - however the most memorable were in Ireland - gorgeous across the green fields (of course then we had to try to find the end of it for the pot o'gold - no gold but had a lovely ramble).

  14. I've seen some wonderful rainbows here and in our travels, but hard pressed to recall a specific one/location!