Monday, June 21, 2010

Vacation's All I Ever Wanted

Yes, I'm a child of the 80s and The Go-Go's song was a big part of my high school/college summers. And, funny, enough, I heard it today when I went to my neighbor's house (with the pool) after I got Genie Knows Best to my beta readers. The book is due at the end of the month, so you can see I'll be pretty busy the last few days once I get their feedback.

And then it'll be on to copy edits of I Dream of Genies, which are due the 6th. And then, on the 9th, I leave for RomCon in Denver, and THEN, I FINALLY get to go on vacation, and let me tell you, I'm going to need it! We're heading to Mt. Rushmore, Mt. Crazy Horse, Devil's Tower, Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, so it's not going to be the normal relaxing beach vacation where I lay around and play Scrabble and read books (that I didn't write). I'm kind of bummed about that, but I do want my kids to see these sights while we're still the main family unit, so I'm sucking up my beach-withdrawal and doing this.

But at least I won't have a deadline breathing down my back. Leave It To Genie isn't due for several months, so you can believe I'm going to take a bit of a breather for the month of July. Considering I'm travelling 17 days out of the 31, I think that's a good idea--for my sanity and my family's. And the scary dustballs that have taken up residence around the house in the last month that I've been on this deadline.

And, I'm actually able to relax because I just received a fantabulous quote by author, Kate Douglas, for I Dream of Genies, and thought I'd share. It's always nerve-wracking when you're waiting for your editor to get back to you with that revision letter, and a HUGE relief when she accepts the story, but you're still wondering what will the reading public say. What will the reviews be like? I have to really thank Kate for how quickly she read this (I think I sent it to her a week ago?) and also for her kind words. So, here you go, along with the back cover copy for the book. And, if you want to see the cover for Genie Knows Best, check out the Wickedly Romantic blog at :

What song brings back summer memories for you?

He needs to change his luck, and fast!

Matt Ewing would gladly hunt down a fortune in lucky pennies if he thought it would save his business. But for all his hoping, Matt's clueless when his long-awaited lucky charm falls in his lap in the form of a beguiling genie. He just can't believe that this beautiful woman could be the answer to his prayers...

She's been bottle up for far too long!
Spending 2,000 years in a bottle would make any woman go a little stir crazy. So when Matt releases Eden from her luxurious captivity, she's thrilled to repay him by giving him the magical boost he needs... But for all her good intentions, Eden's magical prowess is a little rusty and her magical mistakes become more than embarrassing. And though Eden knows falling in love will end her magic and immortality, she can't help but be drawn to the one man who wants her just for herself.

"I Dream of Jeannie meets Indiana Jones, and the action is on! Judi Fennell's I Dream of Genies, is a rip-roaring fun from the very first page--filled with magic, mayhem and mystery, with two of the most engaging lead characters ever written. When dreamy contractor Matt and homeless, on-the-run genie Eden aren't setting off sparks--or butterflies--they're dodging magic, fending off the evil Faruq or feeding one of the magical critters Eden accidentally conjures up with magic gone haywire. Filled with laughs, action, and an absolutely magical romance, this book is one for the keeper shelf!"

~Kate Douglas, bestselling author of Wolf Tales and The DemonSlayers

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  1. Congratulations on the great quote, Judi. How awesome! Now I am doubly intrigued.

    Have a wonderful time on your vacation. I envy you heading to the wild west. We have done that ciruit and it is fabulous. Your kids will never forget it, trust me.

    See you in Orlando!

  2. Congratulations on getting approval on your next book, Judi, always a super milestone! And for finishing the next before you have to go on vacation! Sounds like you plan on having a great time! :) Who knows? You might be able to incorporate your vacation sights into a new book!

    I'm thinking of werewolves at Disney... :) I don't think it's been done yet...LOL!

  3. Music....Summer....I know....BEACH BOYS! Jan & Dean, add some summer fun as well... dated myself didn't I!?!?!?!?!?

    You're a good Mom to give up a stay by the pool vacation to travel with the kids as a family unit! Hope you and the family enjoy what should be, and probably will be a great time. Sounds like you are going places I'd love to see. Don't forget to tell us all about is when you get back.

    Congratulations on the book getting down to the wire. Good luck!

  4. Great quote Judi! Have a fabulous time on your vacation! Oh and for a song? Under the Boardwalk always means summer to me.

  5. What a fabulous book concept. I am going to buy it today!

  6. Congrats on the quote!

    I love that song, too! My husband puts it on the car stereo every time we take off for a trip (though admittedly we're usually driving to an airport and not road-tripping).


  7. I'm hooked, Judi! Can't wait for your first book in the series. Sounds like it's going to be tons of fun! As for taking the kids out west--remember they will be gone from home before you know it. I'm glad you are taking the time to enjoy them!

  8. Have a great vacation and safe travel. Summer time and beach songs always went together when I was growing up Beach Boys was super and they were in my era also liked Annette Funchello and her friends..boy that goes back a fr=ew years. ha ha susan L.

  9. Oh great, Judi. Now I have that song STUCK in my head. Thank you very stinkin' much for that.

    What song says summer to me? School's Out by Alice Cooper, naturally.

    And what a FABULOUS quote for Genie Knows Best. Congrats!

    I know you've been working your tail off. Wait, you're writing genies now, not Mers. I know you've been working your...erm...lamp? off (funny, that doesn't have the same punniness as tail), and you deserve a vacation. Have fun. Enjoy nature's splendor. And do try to relax. I'll see you in Denver!

  10. This sounds like another winning series, Judi!



  11. I'm with Jessica on the songs. Beach Boys and Jan & Dean say it all! Congrats on the book! Great cover!

  12. Sounds like you have some fun summer plans! Good for you for doing the family vacation thing. Your next book and the quote are fabulous. Best of luck with it's release!

  13. Congrats on the great review, Judi! I'm looking forward to your new series!