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Tuesday, November 15, 2011


13 Things I’ve Learned From My Heroes, Heroines and Sidekicks

Thanks for having me back on Long and Short Reviews! Why did I choose 13 things to talk about? Well, it’s my lucky number and if there’s anything I’ve learned on my way to becoming a published author it’s to go with your strengths and that when the Universe puts something in your path/mind/character’s voice/manuscript, go with it.

So, in no particular order, some life lessons my characters have learned and shared with me:

1. Don’t date a guy who looks like he’s done business with the mob—he probably has. (Erica regarding her ex-Joey in In Over Her Head)
2. Don’t believe everything your mom tells you, even if it’s for your own good—see the Santa and the Easter Bunny fallacies as the quintessential examples. (Valerie re: her being allergic to the ocean in Wild Blue Under)
3. What you think you want isn’t always what you want. (Logan re: Angel being a mermaid in Catch of a Lifetime)
4. Love is the real magic. (Eden in I Dream of Genies)
5. Inner strength is something no one can give you—and no one can take away from you either. (Samantha in Genie Knows Best)
6. Believe in your worth as a person. (Reel in In Over Her Head)
7. Duty is a poor substitute for love and if you have the chance for love, fight to keep it. (Rod in Wild Blue Under)
8. There’s more than one way to skin a cat… er, scale a fish… um, get things done. (Angel in Catch of a Lifetime)
9. Love is worth everything. (Eden and Matt in I Dream of Genies)
10. Power isn’t everything if you don’t have someone who loves you by your side. (Kal in Genie Knows Best)
11. Just when you think you have something figured out, invariably you don’t. (Obo from I Dream of Genies)
12. Fire gets everyone’s attention real quick. (Humphrey the dragon in I Dream of Genies)
13. Putting your foot down can stop a lot of problems. (Orkney in Genie Knows Best)

Here’s an excerpt from Genie Knows Best where Orkney puts his foot down while Samantha is trying to process exactly what she’s seeing and Kal is worried (with good reason) about who’s going to be crawling out of the woodwork next.

Genie Knows Best
© Judi Fennell, 2011

“I guess it wasn’t a dream after all,” said Samantha, tucking some hair behind her ears.

Orkney snorted and a rope of his mud-brown dreads blew across the back of the chair to rest in the seat. “First time anyone’s ever called me a dream.”

Ah, so the narcoleptic troll had been paying attention.

Samantha spun around. “I’d forgotten you were there.” She licked her lips. “What are you?”

Oh, gods, here it comes. Kal’s ego and libido reined themselves in quickly. That moment was over.

“What am I? What?”

Orkney’s ire made the ground tremble. Or rather, the stomp of a giant foot that was out of proportion to his height did. He said the reason he grew his hair long was to cover his feet, but, personally, Kal thought it had to do with the narcolepsy—the hair gave him an out when people accused him of falling asleep. But trolls as a race weren’t narcoleptic, and they all had the same hairstyle.

“I am not a what. I’m a who, and I’ll have you know that I’m a—”

“He’s a blabbermouth, is what he is.”

Kal groaned as Fritz crawled out of the listing drainpipe on Tia Pipa’s Nut Shop. Talk about an end to whatever moment he and Samantha might have had… Where one gnome went, others were sure to follow, especially since many of them carried pint-sized friends beneath their pointed caps.

Surprisingly, this time, only six popped out. But they all had their pitchforks.
But then the shutters on McKeever’s Pub opened and Seamus tapped the window with his shillelagh. His cronies raised their frosted mugs and flipped gold coins toward Seamus, who caught them in his green top hat with a wink at Kal.

So much for fulfilling Samantha’s wish of making all her troubles disappear. From the way she was spinning around as the citizens of Izaaz crawled out of the woodwork—literally—Kal would bet (and from the looks of the leprechauns, they already were) that she was thinking her troubles were just beginning.

Genie Knows Best by Judi Fennell – In Stores November 2011
Be careful what you wish for…

Samantha Blaine is about to make a fateful discovery. A tall, dark, handsome, ohmygosh kind of fateful discovery…

Kal is very pleased to meet his attractive new master—especially since he intends to seduce her into granting him freedom. But when seriously dark magic spells trouble for both of them, Kal can’t help himself from falling for the woman who holds his fate in her hands…

Warmly acclaimed by readers and critics alike, Judi Fennell brings to life a fabulous world of magic and mayhem where wishes come true in the most unexpected ways!

Judi Fennell is an award-winning author and writes what she calls “fairy tales with a twist.” Her romance novels have been finalists in's First Chapters and First Chapters Romance contests, and have won numerous RWA Chapter Awards, including the FF&P Prism Award, and the New Jersey Golden Leaf Award. Judi lives with her family in suburban Philadelphia, PA, where she is working on the next book in the Genie Trilogy, Magic Gone Wild, set for release in August 2012. For more information, please visit

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Debby said...

I had to smile as I read your post. Love the list. Thanks for sharing. The book looks wonderful
debby236 at gmail dot com

Judi Fennell said...

Good morning, Debby. Thanks for stopping by!

alainala said...

this looks really good! would love a copy!
and this is a great lesson: hat you think you want isn’t always what you want.
loved reading the list, thank you!

alainala AT hotmail DOT ca

~Sia McKye~ said...

13, huh?

Good selections. I agree, with the occasionally obnoxious, but always funn,Obo.

Your books are always guaranteed to make me laugh and go awww.

Sia McKye's Thoughts...OVER COFFEE

Judi Fennell said...

Obo actually wanted to dictate the whole list, Sia. :)

Anonymous said...

I liked your list of 13, Judi. And the excerpt had a good feel to it. Good luck with this latest book in the Genie series.

Anonymous said...

Oops, meant to leave the email address too, which is jay At Humancomm dot com

Judi Fennell said...

Hey James, thx for stopping by!

Na said...

Your list made me smile :)
My favorite is #5 (inner strength). A genie would make a pretty handy hero or heroine.


VA said...

Kal sounds definitely dreamy and a bit of trouble. Of course, the best part of your books Judi are the sidekicks.

Many truths in that list.

vivian.archer at gmail dot com

aries18 said...

Terrific list. So true and proves the old adage, Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it!" Of course I loved the excerpt of course. You're my go-to author for romance, humor and fascinating characters of all kinds. I'm at aries18 at charter dot com

Judi Fennell said...

Thanks for checking this out Na, VA, and Aries! :)