Wednesday, August 1, 2012

JUDI FENNELL—MAKING THE ORDINARY MAGICAL



My guest is the magical Judi Fennell. I just finished reading Magic Gone Wild and I have to say it's my favorite of the Genie books. This story is a genuinely fun read. It made me laugh, go awww a time or two, and I really love Vana and Zack. The chemistry between them is hot but there were some great moments of bantering and laughter. I also genuinely liked Vana's sidekick, a colorful phoenix called Merlin. He was pithy, had some great one liners, but he also had some sweet moments and he added to the story rather than detracted. For sure I love how Judi took an ordinary place and made it mystical. Isn't this cover gorgeous? 
I'll be putting up the Review shortly but I can already tell you it's worth the read and it will make you laugh and feel good as you read it. I don't know if it's Vana's pink smoke or creating magic via a kiss, or her term "holy smokes", could be Merlin, but all the magical ingredients come together so well and make the story so very entertaining! My Amazon Review

Hi Sia, and thanks for having me back to talk about my August release, Magic Gone Wild!

For those of you who have read my other books, you know that you’re in for a trip to somewhere magical, whether it’s a hidden merman’s lair off the coast of NJ or Atlantis, or a magical city in the Sahara desert, you’re going somewhere exotic, right?

Not this time. This time you’re going to northeast Pennsylvania, to one of the old steel towns. Why? Well, it’s actually a place our family visits. We have family in the area and we go up to visit, hike the canyon, swim in the swimming holes and creek (pronounced “crick” up there), stay in the cabin, and eat at Mike & Mary’s. Great family time in the outdoors with lots of hiking, fishing, and kayaking.

What a place for a genie to end up, right?

That little town will never be the same again. Actually, it hasn’t been the same for a hundred years when her previous master took the fall for her, um, shall we say magical mishaps?

Vana, short for Nirvana Aphrodite, and yes, she knows that name is not only a mouthful but impossible to live up to, might have, you know, jumped the gun (er, bottle) a bit on becoming a genie back in the day and didn’t quite finish her training.

The magic… it’s off.

And it did a number on her previous master’s reputation, one the new hero, Zane Harrison, has been trying to live down his entire life. It’s not easy to grow up as the object of ridicule. There was the pink square window in the church his great-grandfather built, or the story of the grist mill that went rolling around town on its own, the flying blueberries, and of course, the infamous vanishing-staircase incident. Zane’s sick of dealing with it so when he inherits the home, he comes to town to get it ready for sale.

Then he meets Vana and his world is turned upside down. (Don’t ask.) She’s beautiful, she means well, but she can’t seem to do anything right.

Well, okay, maybe there’s one thing she can do right. But with the hide-and-seek-playing gargoyles, the anthropomorphic furniture, the crazy stuff that happens in her bottle, and Merlin, the gender-inquisitive, cross-dressing phoenix, who’s always bursting (literally) in and out with his pithy words of wisdom, Zane’s afraid that not only won’t he be able to sell the place, but that maybe he’s suffering from the same affliction his great-grandfather was: Genie-itis.

When I start writing a story, I usually have the opening scene and a basic outline of the plot. I usually know my characters fairly well, though they always surprise me. But as I started this one, knowing that we weren’t going on any fantastical journey, I was a bit worried what my readers would think. Would it be the same experience? The same fun?

And then I wrote it. OMG, I had sooooooooo much fun writing this! Because, in the end, the story is about the characters. For all that we put them in fantastical situations or magical cities, the story is all about the characters. Vana and Zane have the same sorts of problems to overcome on their path to happily-ever-after as my other heroes and heroines. The pursuit of love and happiness, that falling in love feeling…

And, well, yes, maybe I did throw in a wee, tiny trip to the top of Mt. Damavand for a visit with the Fates. Those three had me laughing while I was trying to type fast enough to keep up with them. Now THEY were some characters!

So how to make the ordinary magical? Have the characters fall in love. After all, isn’t that the best magic of all?


  • I always love hearing people’s falling-in-love stories. Care to share yours below?


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MAGIC GONE WILD BY JUDI FENNELL – IN STORES AUGUST 2012

Every Time She Uses Magic Something Goes Terribly Wrong...

Vana wishes she hadn't dropped out of genie training. Now she's determined to get a grip on both her genie magic and her life. But the harder she tries to fix things for her intriguing new master, the more she drives him crazy...

Except There's Nothing Ever Wrong About Him...

Pro–football player Zane Harrison finally has control of the family estate and is determined to put to rest his grandfather's eccentric reputation. Until he discovers that behind all the rumors is a real, live genie who stirs feelings in him he's never known before. The more Zane tries to help Vana harness her powers, the more her madcap magic entangles his heart... EXCERPT


Judi Fennell is the award-winning author of six light paranormal romances, including a trilogy of Mermen-inspired love stories, and three genie-inspired romances. Wild Blue Under won the PRISM Award for Best Light Paranormal from the Paranormal Chapter of Romance Writers of America. A former corporate meeting and convention planner, Judi now writes full time around the hectic schedules of her husband and teenagers. She lives in suburban Philadelphia, PA. For more information, please visit http://www.judifennell.com. You can also find Judi on FacebookGoodreads, and Twitter.

24 comments:

~Sia McKye~ said...

Judi, you know where the coffee and goodies are so help yourself.

I want to thank you for the lovely hours I spent with Zane and Vana!

Kat Sheridan said...

What a GORGEOUS cover! And the story sounds like sooo much fun! Can't wait to get my hands on this one! As for falling in love, well, I'm a great believer in love at first sight. Total stranger, and yet, I knew instantly, the second I laid eyes on him, even before we were introduced. We've been together 29 years, so I must have been right!

Judi Fennell said...

Good morning! I think I'll help myself to a nice cup o'Joe. Thanks, Sia!

Ciara said...

Nice to meet you, Judi. :) I love the cover, and I love magical tales, so I'll check this out. :)

Jo said...

Sounds a fun story, will check it out.

Not sure about love at first sight, maybe we did, we have been together for 40 years, so whatever, it must have been right.

Talli Roland said...

Lovely cover - I agree with everyone! It looks like such a fun read, too.

Hi, Sia! :)

~Sia McKye~ said...

Ciara-Judi writes light-hearted magical tales and they're fun to read but this one was exceptional. Without spoilers, I LOVED the ending.

Morning Talli, except over there it's not morning. lol!

Olivia Cunning said...

Congrats on your latest release, Judi. Your books are always fun to read. Can't wait to read this one!

Cherie Reich said...

Such a lovely cover! And I love this: "So how to make the ordinary magical? Have the characters fall in love. After all, isn’t that the best magic of all?"

So true!

Congrats on your book!

Judi Fennell said...

Hi Ciara, Jo, Talli, Olivia, and Cherie! Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the story. Sia, I'm so glad you like this one the best. I was a little worried because of the "normalcy" of the location, but adding in all the enchanted characters was fun.

Jo, I love the 40 years. Congratulations!

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Sia, thanks for visiting my blog, and thanks for the great interview. Best of luck Judi. The cover is bad!

VA said...

Gorgeous cover, but then again, Judi--you've been really lucky. I'm at the point where I need a bit of magic added to my reading fare.

Now re: falling love, it's like this. I'm a runner. I have to be backed into a corner and admit defeat--not very romantic, I know. Alas, that's why I read romances ;)

Carol Kilgore said...

Sounds like a really fun read! Nice to meet you.

Waving to Sia :)

Judi Fennell said...

Hi Viv! Hey, have I got a good book for you... LOL!

Carol - thanks for stopping by! And nice to meet you, too!

Stephen Tremp said...

Good luck to Judy and Magic Gone Wild. Looks like a book that can make a sailor blush hahaha! Why is the guy in your side bar carrying a tire?

Women have such an imagination.

Jo said...

He's carrying rubber

~Sia McKye~ said...

Steve, I've read a few books written by men who can make me blush. In fact I will be having a guest on Friday who writes military romance--heavy on the military and steamy on the um, romance. lol! Good book though.

Sheesh, he's carrying two of them. Nice ripple of muscles. *evil grin. Don't you recognize *Duncan McCloud? The Highlander? Adrian Paul? Ring any bells? lololol!

~Sia McKye~ said...

JO! Why, I never! lolol. Omg, you have me rolling on the floor with that comment.

Love it!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Vivian, you mean totally redoing your house, including your roof. wasn't magic?

Seriously, you love this one by Judi. I think taking normal and making magical takes a special talent and this one is so well blended and crafted.

Good thing Mr. VA is the tenacious sort then and slick if he was able to back you into a corner.

~Sia McKye~ said...

*Waving back at Carol.

Jaylene, my pleasure!

Cherie, Absolutely right with that thought. All writers create magic when they tell a story because they take us with them. But love...ah, that's the greatest magic of all!

Tracy Jo said...

Is the coffee still hot? :-) I could use a cookie too. This book sounds wonderful. I just love the word magic...that alone puts a smile on my face. I will be checking out Judi!

Other Lisa said...

Wonderful post from a wonderful, truly pro author!

Other Lisa said...

Wonderful post from a wonderful, truly pro author!

Judi Fennell said...

Joylene, Steve, Tracy Jo and Lisa - thanks for checking it out.

And, Jo... honestly! You had me snorting coffee all over the keyboard!