Friday, May 22, 2009


Wednesday, Judi Fennell showed up in the Atlanta area, she was also in Northern California and I heard she was in New York too. Thursday she was in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and I heard rumors she was also in the LA area. I'm getting reports of Judi Fennell spottings from all over the country.

Now, how is this possible you might ask? Does she have her own Lear Jet? Perhaps she worked a deal with I Dream of Jeannie who crossed her arms and blinked Judi Fennell to all these places?

No Jet and I know for a fact, "Jeannie" is a favorite of hers but alas, no help from there either.

The truth is Judi Fennell's debut book, In Over Her Head, scheduled to be released June 1st, has been released early and is showing up in Barnes and Noble and Border's promotion towers across the country.

Have you spotted her yet? If you do, take a picture for me and post it to Facebook, Gather, MySpace, your website, or any social network and send me the link. Be sure to list the store, the state, and the date. The person with the most Judi Fennell sightings, will win a autographed copy of In Over Her Head and one lucky commenter will win a Mer cell phone charm. This Contest runs until June 16th.

You may send the link to me via facebook, or pop in here (this article will be archived but you can click on it anytime) on the comment section with the words: Judi Fennell sighting and the link. Be sure to leave me your name and a way to contact you. I will go to the link and copy the picture for my Where's Judi photo album. This photo album will be my gift to Judi. Let the hunt begin!

Yesterday, I was able to catch up with Judi in Barnes & Noble, in Philadelphia. While I had her ear, I asked her a few questions:

So tell me Judi, how did it feel when you saw your books up for the first time?
You know? I've imagined it for so long that it wasn't as surreal as I thought it'd be... at first. Then, as I stood there, and realized, hey, this is really happening... this isn't your imagination... then, it was verrrrrry surreal. Almost out-of-body. Especially when a woman in the aisle said, "That's your first book?" then BOUGHT ONE! Of course, I signed it for her, and THAT was awesome!

You knew they'd be part of Barnes and Noble's Promotional tower, but what was your reaction when you saw them up at Borders?

I had noooooooo idea about the Borders tower. I cried when my publisher told me about the B&N one; when I saw it there in Borders, I was just dumbstruck. I had to go outside and check the sign to make sure I was in a Borders. I'm just so honored that they liked my story enough to do that. Mind-blowing.

I have to say, seeing your books up brought tears to my eyes and it wasn't even my book, lol! You mentioned seeing it in Borders, was this the Borders you frequent when you were writing the long hours on these books?

Actually, no. This was the opposite direction from my house. There are more bookstores in that direction and since I wasn't feeling well, I wanted to maximize my time out. I have to go to "my" Borders and see it there. More photo ops! :)

Did you do any impromptu book signings while looking at the displays?

I have to say that the staff at all the stores was very helpful - before they knew I was an author. Not that I could keep it quiet once they asked, "Do you need help?" Once they found out I was the author, the "do you want to sign them" immediately followed. I brought my "Signed by Author" gold foil stickers with me, because Borders' store stickers go on the corner and would have covered either my name or Reel's chest. Couldn't have that. So, all the stock got signed and I did sign the one buyer's.

Any plans for a book signing Event?

I'll be signing 6/6 from 1-3 at the Borders in North Wales, PA, and 6/13 2-4 at the Barnes & Noble in Plymouth Meeting. And tomorrow I'll be calling the correct people for two more stores to set up more. My mom is having a very large book signing at her home, so they are happening. Plus, I'll be signing books at the Sourcebooks Publisher Signing at National on that Saturday, around 3 pm. I hope to see lots of familiar names/faces there!

Congratulations, Judi! I know how long and how hard you worked to see this day. I'm proud of you my friend!

Be sure to look for Judi's book, In Over Her Head in your local bookstore and send me the link. If you spot Judi Fennell do take her home and give her a resting place on your bookshelf or your TBR pile. Be sure to be on the lookout for the next two in this series.

I have been writing for as long as I can remember. I seemed to have followed writing contests around, being a finalist in such online contests as American Title III, sponsored by Romantic Times BOOKreview Magazine and Dorchester Publishing, and two First Chapters contests, sponsored by and Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books.

I grew up watching Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie and The Addams Family--my mom looked like Elizabeth Montgomery and I had a special Barbie outfit that looked like Morticia Addams' dress. My favorite books are Bewitching by Jill Barnett and A Knight In Shining Armor, by Jude Devereaux, so it should come as no surprise that I like to write tongue-in-cheek lighthearted paranormals.

I love pop culture and manipulating language, so you'll find lots of puns, double entrendre, plays-on-words, alliteration, clich├ęs, and twisting of phrases, as well as several one-liners in my stories that give me a few chuckles.

Now with kids, a husband, a house, a social life (Go Survivor Girls!), and two cocker spaniels named Vixen and Raven, I get to live my dream of being a writer!



~Sia McKye~ said...

Let me be the first to say, welcome to Over Coffee. I know it's early, but for you I have Champagne on ice.

Of course, there is coffee, tea, and muffins and scones. You'll notice I have a couple of crystal bowls full of M & M's with Mer people on them--help yourself!

And Congratulations my friend!!!

Adina Pelle said...

Wonderful ! Congratulations Judi !!

Kat Sheridan said...

No time to hit the bookstores before I leave town, but I did get my own copy (thanks, Amazon!), and read the whole thing in one sitting! It's more than I ever imagined! Congrats over and over, Judi! (will posting a picture from Paris count?) LOL!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Kat, a picture from Paris would be ever so cool!

sherilynwinrose said...

I've been following this story since the First Chapter's contest. It is a real thrill and honor to be a small part Judi. Soak it all in, you so deserve it.

jraff11 said...

Judi, it's been great to share the steps of watching your book go from contest to publisher acceptance and now to print. My own copy of IOHH is en route courtesy of Amazon and I'm looking forward to reading beyond the 3 chapters from the First Chapters Romance contest. Kudos to you for the graceful way you have been handling this "change de vie."


Sheila Deeth said...

Definitely going book shopping this weekend, and I'll smile sweetly at my husband - see if I can buy one.

He spotted the email from Amazon telling me the book was out, which was really sweet of him, so I guess he knows I'm interested.

readwriteandedit said...

This is so cool. To follow the dream with a newly published author is awesome. Congratulations to Judi!

Books-a-Million didn't have IOHH yet, but I'll be sure to visit Borders next time I head that direction. I already drooled over the display at Barnes and Noble.

~Sia McKye~ said...

You know, James, I keep waiing for her to get a big head, but she hasn't. Judi tends to look at each success as a gift and I have to say, I hope I'm as humble and thankful when it's my turn, as Judi Fennell is.

Helen Ginger said...

Loved hearing Judi talk about seeing her book in stores. Wow. Great story. It makes you happy.

Straight From Hel

Magdalena Scott said...

Congratulations, Judi! What a nice celebration here at Sia's -- of course!

I guess IOHH won't be released in ebook format?

Judi Fennell said...

awww, thanks, everyone! I wish this kind of surreality for all of you!

Magdalena, I know that Sourcebooks is definitely looking at epublishing, but I'm not sure when.

Margay said...

Hey, Judi, just wanted to swing by and say "hi" and tell you again how happy I am for your success! Keep up the great work.

aries18 said...

Hey Judi, what a time in your life! So terrific to see all your hard work and perserverance pay off! I'm reading IOHH now and enjoying every single bite... er, word.

Congratulations friend!

Sia, you always bring the best authors and Judi is surely the best! Thank you.

Other Lisa said...

Congratulations, Judi!!! I checked at the Borders in Westwood (Los Angeles) and it wasn't there yet. I'll check at the Barnes and Noble in Santa Monica next!

SueO said...

I will most definitely check out your titles at the B&N near us. I love word play and puns in novels! Life is too short to be serious all the time!

~Sia McKye~ said...

I can tell you Sue, you won't be disappointed. Judi stuff cracks me up. Light hearted yes, but her writing also has a serious thread running through it.

Thanks for stopping by.

Judi Fennell said...

Thanks, everyone, for stopping by! I love hearing where it is (and hope that where it isn't, it soon will be!)

~Sia McKye~ said...

Judi, reports are still coming in on your where abouts, lol! I'm enjoying the pictures, as you can imagine. :-)

~Sia McKye~ said...

Anyone want to post a comment on what they thought of Judi's book, if you've read it? What surprised you about it?

~Sia McKye~ said...

Thank you for stopping by. If you find Judi be sure to let me know. :-)