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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Lone Star Blog Tour: THE LITTLE TEASHOP ON MAIN by Jodi Thomas ***ENTER GIVEAWAY***

THE LITTLE TEASHOP
ON MAIN
by
Jodi Thomas
Genre: Contemporary Literary Fiction / Coming of Age
Publisher: HQN Publication
Date: May 7, 2019
Number of Pages: 336 pages

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A rainy-day ritual—a tea party between three little girls—becomes the framework of not only their friendship, but their lives. Blonde, curly-haired Zoe is openhearted, kind and free-spirited, and dreams of becoming a famous actor in New York City. Shy Emily struggles with mental health but has the heart and soul of a writer. And Shannon—tall, athletic, strong—has a deep sense of loyalty that will serve her well when she heads off to military college. As Zoe, Emily, and Shannon grow into women—forging careers, following dreams, and finding love—they’ll learn that life doesn’t always unfold the way they want it to, but through it all, the one constant is each other and their regular tea parties. And when the unthinkable happens, the girls must come together to face the greatest test of all. A deeply moving novel about the family that raises us, the hearts that nurture us, and the great friendships that define our lives.  

PRAISE FOR THE LITTLE TEASHOP ON MAIN: "Heart-wrenching as well as heartwarming, the book reflects the experiences of these seven multifaceted and compelling characters as they journey through challenging years together." -- NY Journal of Books “A comforting treasure for regular Thomas readers who enjoy the easy flow of her writing, a little steamy romance to spice things up, and the development of vulnerable, realistic characters.” -- Booklist

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EXCERPT FROM THE LITTLE TEASHOP ON MAIN
by Jodi Thomas

Shannon kissed her dad one last time and jumped in the car. “Maybe you should watch over both my friends while I’m gone. I guess I’ve always thought that was my job.”
I will, and Zoe’s mom too. I swear that woman should have grown up in the sixties. She would have made a perfect flower child. If she didn’t own the bakery, I’d never speak to her, but those scones of hers are impossible to resist.”
Don’t pick on her, Dad.”
I’d never dream of it. Rule of survival. Never piss off a woman who can cook.” He laughed. “She’s invited me to drop by the bakery for breakfast any time I’m missing you. I’ll probably be fat as a bear by the time you come home for Christmas.”
She knew he was keeping it light, making it easy on her, so Shannon played along. “You two will probably run out of anything to talk about long before you get tired of her pastries.”
Oh, we only talk about you girls. That and the weather are our only safe topics. Anything else would probably be a land mine.”
Love you, Dad.”
I know, baby. Now, you’d better get on the road.”
He stood at attention beside the driveway until she turned the corner and he disappeared from her rearview mirror. Her mother might have vanished years ago with only occasional phone calls and flyby visits, but her dad was solid as a rock. Maybe that’s why she wanted to go into the air force. To make him proud. To follow in his footsteps.
Five minutes later, Shannon ran up the steps of the tiny apartment above the bakery on Main. Three years ago, Zoe’s mother had sold her house and moved. She’d said she was downsizing, but Shannon guessed it was to help pay for tuition at the art school Zoe had always dreamed of attending.
Today, they’d have tea on the balcony of the apartment.
Today, they’d say goodbye to each other for a whole semester.
We’re waiting!” Zoe yelled from the balcony.
Shannon felt a lump in her throat. She was the first to leave, the one they’d have to say goodbye to. Emily looked like she’d been crying. Zoe was, as always, dancing around, impatient for the next chapter of their lives to begin.
We’re going to make promises today,” Zoe said as Shannon took her seat. “Forever promises that none of us will ever break.”
Forever,” Emily said. “I’ll go first.” She lifted her teacup. “We’ll always be best friends.”
All three sipped their tea.
We’ll always be there for each other, no matter the miles between us,” Shannon added.
Zoe giggled. “And if one of us ever kills anyone, the other two have to promise to bury the body.”
They laughed as Zoe straightened and lifted her cup. “Seriously, nothing will ever break our bond. Not boyfriends, lovers or husbands.”
As their cups clinked, Shannon whispered, “I don’t plan to marry, not for a long time, so that’s no problem.”
Zoe shrugged. “I plan to have a hundred lovers. Famous actresses do, you know. What about you, Em?”
I doubt Mom will let me date before I’m forty, so where will I find a lover?”
Zoe lifted her cup one last time. “To Forever Tea. To us.”

With millions of books in print, Jodi Thomas is both a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 45 novels and 14 short story collections. Her stories travel through the past and present days of Texas and draw readers from around the world.
In July 2006, Jodi was the 11th writer to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. With five RITA’s to her credit, along with National Readers’ Choice Awards and Booksellers’ Best Awards, Thomas has proven her skill as a master storyteller.
Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, Thomas enjoys interacting with students at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, where she currently serves as Writer in Residence.
When not working on a novel, or inspiring students to pursue writing careers, Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband, renovating an historic home, and “checking up” on their grown sons and four grandchildren.




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