Friday, March 28, 2014

**Review & Giveaway** What a Woman Wants ~ Judi Fennell

What happens when three irresistibly sexy brothers lose a poker bet to their enterprising sister? They get hired out for her housecleaning venture. Now, the Manley Maids are at your service. Satisfaction guaranteed. It’s what a woman wants... 

Resort entrepreneur Sean Manley was all set to buy an historic mansion at a great price, making a name for himself while making millions, when the seller and a poker bet change the game. Now he’s in the place as a hunky male maid and there’s one more complication: Livvy Carolla.

The house is Livvy’s inheritance. Her plan? Unload it to the highest bidder and use the cash to start her own bakery business. One look at "the help” and she’s hot to take him with her. Until she finds out he’s got a secret agenda.

But when Sean falls for the free-spirited, strong-willed Livvy, he has new ideas for the estate—and Livvy’s part in it. If all goes well, they’ll both be getting what they want. And then some.

Judi Fennell delivers a winner with her new series. The first book in the Manley Maids sets the grounds for Mac, owner of Manley Maids winning a bet with her three brothers. If she won the game of poker, they'd owe her four weeks of housekeeping duties. 

Livvy, inherits a huge monstrosity that's been in her family for years, unfortunately, it comes with strings attached in the form of a scavenger hunt in order to teach her some things about her heritage. Livvy is an organic nut, coming home with her very own barnyard of animals. Fun, crazy mishaps happening all over the place with her babies. 

Sean, who dreams of turning it into a bed and breakfast, is undeniably attracted to Livvy and can't decide if he wants to make love to her or choke her and her babies. He's got a hidden agenda, he needs to figure out what the stipulations of the will in hopes of turning things in his direction so he can continue on with his plans. Livvy and their attraction stands in his way. 

A sweet, romantic, funny, contemporary read it captivated me immediately. I was drawn in by all the crazy going on and get me going until the end. I can't wait to see what else Mac has drawn her brothers into. If it's anything like this first book it's going to be a ton of fun!! 

I have been writing for as long as I can remember, winning my first writing award in a second grade Caldecott Medal contest. Readers' Digest gave me my very first publishing credit in April, 1994, and I was hooked. I seemed to have followed writing contests around, being a finalist in such online contests as American Title III, sponsored by Romantic Times BOOKreview Magazine and Dorchester Publishing, and two First Chapters contests, sponsored by and Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books.
My imaginary friend was Casper the Friendly Ghost. The little ghoul even had a special place set for him at our dinner table and got blamed for many of my childhood mishaps. I grew up watching Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie and The Addams Family--my mom looked like Elizabeth Montgomery and I had a special Barbie outfit that looked like Morticia Addams' dress. My favorite books are Bewitching by Jill Barnett and A Knight In Shining Armor, by Jude Devereaux, so it should come as no surprise that I like to write tongue-in-cheek lighthearted paranormals. 
I love pop culture and manipulating language, so you'll find lots of puns, double entrendre, plays-on-words, alliteration, clich├ęs, and twisting of phrases, as well as several one-liners in my stories that give me a few chuckles. I studied Spanish at Penn State (Go Lions!), lived in Spain and traveled throughout that beautiful country. 
I've always written and still have my journal from fourth grade where, even then, my stories were full of fantastical creatures, whimsy and magic. I wrote my first romance in 9th grade and still have that story in my memory chest. Even back then I dreamed of being a writer.
Now with kids, a husband, a house, a social life (Go Survivor Girls!), and two cocker spaniels named Vixen and Raven, I get to live my dream of being a writer!

I've also published, under the name J.A. Fenn, a horror anthology. Yes, a bit different from light-hearted romance, but just as much fun to write. Hope you check out Off The Beaten Path, A Terrifying Tales Anthology.

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