Guest Blog and A Contest: Judi Fennell

the book girl is happy to have Judi Fennell guest blogging with us today! In Over Her Head is a very fun read. At the bottom of the blog will be what you need to do win your own copy of In Over Her Head!!


jf_photo-2Thanks so much for having me!

My debut novel, In Over Her Head, makes its splash on June 1 and I’m really excited, both because it’s my first book and because I can’t wait to hear what readers think.

Before my editor saw In Over Her Head, I entered it in an only contest, similar to American Idol. and Pocket Books teamed up with Borders to host the First Chapters Romance Contest and this story made the Top 5 Finalists.

In Over Her Head is the story of Erica Peck, on terrified-of-the-ocean marina owner. When she finds herself at the bottom of the sea conversing with a Mer man named Reel, she thinks she’s died and gone to her own version of Hell. When the Oceanic Council demands she and Reel retrieve a lost cache of diamonds from the resident sea monster in return for their lives, she knows she’s died and gone to Hell.

When they escape the monster and end up on a deserted island, she amends her opinion – she’s died and gone to Heaven.

But when Reel sacrifices himself to allow her to return to her world, she realizes that, Heaven or Hell, with Reel, she’s In Over Her Head.

One of the highlights of the contest was seeing what readers thought of the story. Another highlight – an unexpected one – was the puns. They had a blast coming up with fish puns and I laughed myself silly. Here are a few of my favorites:

“You’ve “reeled” me in on this wonderful romance.”

“From the first line, I took the bait and enjoyed the ride.”

“A whale of a tale, a fintastic splash!”

“I’m hooked!”

“I jumped in with both feet, and now you’ve wet my appetite for more from your fabulous characters splashed with deep emotions and a premise flooded with humor.”

“You hooked me with the opening line and reeled me in oh so slowly with each scene.”

In Over Her Head is a very finny, oops, I mean funny, aquatic (that should have said romantic) tail, no, darn it,  I mean tale, of love in a most unlikely setting! Shunning the shallower end of the romance pool, Judi has cast her net into deeper waters and reeled in a tasty new dish. The fresh catch of the day is her hero, Reel Tritone, a merman!”

“Ms. Fennell baited her opening hook with an intrepid, sassy heroine.”

“I swallowed this delightful romance hook, line, and sinker, and can’t wait to land this fish tale and mount it on my bookshelf.”

“It looks like Erica has gotten herself in “reel” trouble.”

“It flows quite well!”

“I love this tale (tail?).”

“I love the current…I mean flow.”

If you come up with others after reading the story, please drop by my website and click on the Contact link to let me know. While you’re there, don’t forget to register to win one of the three romantic beach getaways to celebrate the release of each of the three stories in my Mer series. In Over Her Head releases June 2, Wild Blue Under is November 3, and Catch of a Lifetime is February 2.


Judi Fennell has had her nos in a book and her head in some celestial realm all her life, including those early years when her mom would exhort her to “get outside!” instead of watching Bewitched or I Dream of Jeannie on television. So she did – right into Dad’s hammock with her Nancy Drew books.

These days she’s more likely to have her nose in her laptop and her head (and the rest of her body) at her favorite bookstore, but she’s still reading, whether it be her latest manuscript or friends’ books.

A three-time finalist in online contests, Judi has enjoyed the reader feedback she’s received and wold love to hear what you think about her Mer series. Check out her website at for excerpts, reviews and fun pictures from reader and writer conferences, and the chance to “dive in” to her stories.


InOverHerHeadCVR.inddTo win your very own copy of Judi’s book, In Over Her Head, leave a comment on this post and make sure to check back Saturday when I announce the winner!*

Contest open to US residents only. Must email me your address within 7 days of winning or I’ll pick someone else. Winners will not be notified by email so make sure to check the site to see if you’ve won!

14 Comments on “Guest Blog and A Contest: Judi Fennell

  1. Hi Judi, I’ve always liked merfolk stories and have been reading about your upcoming release. It sure sounds like a fun read, so I’ll be diving in to reel in a copy.

  2. This brings back some memories, Judi. Your readers cracked me up! Congrats on the new release. I can’t wait to see your name on the NYT’s bestseller list. I knew her when…..

  3. Judi,
    When you inspire your readers to play along, you know you’ve written a good-and memorable–book. I’m going to find it. I hope it’s got a couple nauti bits. Congrats on your debut.

  4. Hi Judi. In Over Her Head sounds great. Congratulations on your debut novel.

  5. Thanks everyone for stopping by! I’ve seen photographic evidence that it’s on the New Release towers at B&N (2 weeks early!) so I’m heading out to go see for myself! I’ll check back in later. Thanks so much!

  6. If I Chum the waters, Judi, will Reel in a hero like this one?

    It’s been fun watching the tide come in on this whole thing. 🙂

  7. Can’t wait to get my hooks on it. Congratulations Judi, looks to be a entertaining read.

  8. I have my copy, finally, in my hot little hands! It’s beautiful and I’m going to read it tonight! Judi, it’s a beautiful book!

  9. I so love reading Mer Men!! Hi Judi! Thanks too for the huge peek into the Reel! Love this blurb! Glad this is a series!! Too is there other legends/mythology you like to write about? I think I learn so much more about these with the romances I read!

  10. I love the concept of a Merman and a woman afraid of water falling in love. Sounds like a great book.

  11. Thanks everyone for stopping by! Caffey = I’m mulling over some new ideas for another series, so you’ll have to check my website… but not for a while. Getting edits together on the third book and promo for the first is a major time constraint!

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