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    Once Upon A Time…
    Not only is this the opening of almost every fairy tale and the title of one of my favorite new shows, but it’s also the title of my new series.
    What new series?
    Take a look at the book covers on the right and you’ll see the first release, Beauty and The Best.
    This is the story I had asked many of you to vote for a few years ago when it was in both the American Title III contest and the Gather.com/Simon & Schuster First Chapters Romance. (The links are to those contests if you’re interested.)
    I thank all of you for your support, and because so many of you have asked me what became of that story, I’m THRILLED to finally be able to offer this book to readers.
    At the moment, it’s only available in electronic format, but I am working on setting it up for print. Not quite sure how long that process will take, but if you’re interested in reading the story on your eReader, laptop, PC, or smartphone, the links to do so are below.
    Here’s a sneak peak. You may remember this opening line from Chapter One:
    There’s a naked man in my kitchen.
    The thought registered just as the terse, “Who the hell are you?” had Jolie Gardener spinning around faster than a figure skater on speed.
    He had the nerve to ask this? He of the broad shoulders, six-pack abs, and other, nice, um, parts…
    Really. A naked man. In her kitchen.
    Well, technically, she was in a naked man’s kitchen. Even more technically, she was in a naked Todd Best’s kitchen—and there wasn’t one hint of self-consciousness or embarrassment on his part.
    Of course with that body, there shouldn’t be. The guy should flaunt his nudity for the world to see. Which, at present, consisted of one single, solitary person: Jolie Gardener, aspiring writer and personal chef extraordinaire.
    “Well?” His hands slammed to his hips.
    “You’re naked,” she squeaked, which, really, was the only way to state that kind of obvious.
    “I’m what?” Mr. Six-Pack Abs glanced down.
    Jolie tried not to—so unsuccessfully it was pitiful.
    “Shit,” he muttered. “I am. I, uh, fell asleep last night…”
    As butter sizzled in the new super-slick omelet pan on the top-of-the-line range, Jolie’s gaze alternated between some rock-hard abs and a scruffy eight a.m. shadow while her fingers danced along the speckled granite countertop in search of a napkin, placemat, oven mitt… something.
    Mercifully, they scooped up a thick dishtowel that, in her world, would constitute a very plush, very luxurious hand towel from The Ritz or The Four Seasons, but which, here, apparently, was used to soak up water from designer flatware. She dangled it in the direction of Mr. Au Naturel. “Here.”
    He placed an empty bottle of Jim Beam on the island countertop with a clink, then took the towel with a grunt. “So, who are you, what are you doing in my kitchen, and would you mind turning around?”
    She turned. “I’m the new girl the agency sent over.”
    “Hell. There better be some aspirin left,” he muttered beside her, his bare (of course) feet making no sound on the limestone floor.
    She peeked over at him.
    His eyebrow soared skyward.
    Right.
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    The back cover says this (and yes, there is a back cover for when it comes out in print):
    Jolie Gardener, personal chef by day, aspiring romance writer by night,
    likes to talk and does it a lot. She has to because if she stops, all the pain, disillusionment, and abandonment of her AWOL mother, question-mark father, and foster-care childhood will rise up like a chocolate soufflé on steroids, sweeping away the fragile infrastructure of her life.
    But she’s fine. Really. She is.
    Or so she thinks.
    Todd Best isn’t fine. He knows it. And doesn’t care.
    After his wife died—the woman who believed in him when he was a struggling artist—he put painting aside, moved from their home, and lost himself in the minutiae of daily life. 
    Alone. Private. The way he likes it.
    The last thing he needs is some chatty cook seeping into the perfectly bland canvas of his life.
    Or so he thinks.
    So when Jonathan, a guardian-angel-in-training, turns himself into a kitten to help these two lonely souls find a happily ever after together, it ought to be a piece of cake.
    Or so he thinks…
    ******************************************************************************
    Praise for Judi Fennell’s stories:
    “Fun and flirty. Judi Fennell will make you believe in … the magic of happily ever after.”Jennifer Estep, USA Today best-selling author
    “Readers will adore the joy and humor and romance from Judi Fennell’s creative pen.”    ~ Jill Barnett, New York Times best-selling author
    “Fennell’s light & lively writing is full of humor and cleverness.” ~ Publishers Weekly


    Currently, Beauty and The Best is on sale for $2.99, so get it soon. And look for an excerpt from book 2 in the Once-Upon-A-Time Romance series, If The Shoe Fits, at the back.
    To get your copy of Beauty and The Best (before the price goes up), you can download from:
    In other fun news, I’m partnering with a friend of mine, author Dana Marton, and we’re giving away signed copies of our manuscripts, plus a few other goodies. To enter, all you need to do is LIKE both of our author pages on Facebook and you’ll be entered. Here’s Dana’s page, and a link to her blog that explains the contestMy Facebook page is here, and I’ll be giving my prize away at the end of April. (Once you are signed in to Facebook, you just need to hit theLIKE button on the right side beneath our book cover header image.)
    Other exciting stuff: I’ve published an anthology of short stories–psychological thriller/horror short stories, of all things, under the pen name of J.A. Fenn. I’ve said that I went with a different name so that you would know you’re not getting a “Judi Fennell experience” when reading a J.A. Fenn book. But then I realized that the stories actually do have an unexpected twist and since my brand is “fairy tales with a twist,” I guess you do still get that “Judi Fennell experience.”
    Off The Beaten Path, A Terrifying Tales Anthology is on sale for $0.99, again at the electronic/digital retailers. Links are below.
    And, if you’d like a “signed” copy of your Kindle copy (they are working on setting this up for Nook as well), Kindlegraph is how we can do this. It’s a free service; just click on this link: http://www.kindlegraph.com/authors/JudiFennell
    They are in the process of setting the same thing up for Nook, as well, so if you’d like me to “sign” your electronic book, you can contact me via that site at:
    Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you enjoy the books. And don’t forget that Vana and Zane’s story, Magic Gone Wild, will be available in print on August 1, 2012. Currently it’s available for pre-order at:
    Barnes & Noble (currently for $4.27 – hurry, this won’t last!)
    I hope you get the chance to take a look at my stories. If you could drop a few LIKEs on the retail sites, and maybe even a review, I would greatly appreciate it. And, as always, if you’d like a signed bookmark or bookplate, email me and I’ll put some in the mail for you.
    Enjoy the sunshine, the warm weather, and all the outdoor time (read: yard work)! And then grab your icy beverage of choice, and a few good books, and relax in your hammock to get lost in the magic of romance and reading.
    May all your wishes come true…
    Beauty and The Best, now available at Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords
    WILD BLUE UNDER~Winner, PRISM Award
    CATCH OF A LIFETIME~Winner, Golden Leaf
    I DREAM OF GENIES~Starred Review, Publishers’ Weekly

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