Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Hard Way

I am so excited! Julie is one of my best friends in the whole world, and her very first book was released yesterday!!!!

The Hard Way by Julie Luongo, available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders and other fine retailers.

Julie and I went to grad school together and I've seen this work in many, many variations, drafts, outlines, etc., and it just kept getting better and better. I am so unbelievably proud of her and I know it's going to be a huge success. I was thrilled to open my package from Amazon yesterday and see the finished product in my hands, and I got an email a little while ago from another friend who ran across it in a B&N in New York. Very exciting stuff, I tell you.

This is also my 100th post, so in honor of that as well as my friend and her fabulous book, I will give away a copy autographed by the author herself to a randomly selected commenter on this post. I'll leave it open until Monday, June 2, to give everyone a chance to get in on it.

27 comments:

Anna van Schurman said...

Sounds good!

Kendra said...

Read the synopsis on Amazon...sounds like a good read! I'll gladly be considered for a copy of it!

Heather said...

How awesome for your friend!! What an achievment. You must sign me up for the giveaway, I am always open to new books as you know :D

And congrats on 100 posts!

Teresa said...

I am so happy for you and your friend. Count me in on the giveaway!

Kim B said...

Congrats to your friend!!

Danielle said...

How exciting for you and your friend! I love books, so please count me in for the drawing. Thanks!

C in DC said...

Please enter me into your drawing. This looks like a great read.

Congratulations on your 100th post. How exciting to have two big events happen on one day.

Julie said...

Huge congrats to your friend, how exciting to see your name in print and know lots of readers have a copy in their homes

Kathy A. said...

How proud you must be - to see your friends name in print. I am sure you have been very supportive of her process. Congrats on your 100th post. It has been great fun getting to know you.
Please add my name to the giveaway list. Would love it.

Chiloe said...

Congratulation to your friend !!! That's such a great news !!! Please enter me ;)

Erica said...

Congratulations to you & your friend on your accomplishments! I'm an avid stitcher a a bit of a bokworm who is happy to have stumbled across your site!

Dawn said...

Congrats to your friend!!

Kathryn said...

A book, possibly a free book? You know I am SO there. Let's hope the random number generator blesses me. After all I did get an Advanced Reading Copy of a book on gaming from LibraryThing. But then again, I am up against "Lucky Anna". LOL.

Pumpkin said...

This is SOOOOOO COOL! Congrats to your friend. She must be very talented :o) No wonder you are proud of her!

Please enter my name in your contest. I'd love to have a good read :o)

Janet said...

Congrats on your 100th post!!

I don't need to go in the draw because Amazon has shipped my copy, yay!!!!! Being on the other side of the world I'll have to wait a week or so but I am absolutely hanging out for it. Hope it arrives on a day that I'm home and the kids are behaving. I can see a DVD marathon in their near future ;) If I choose carefully I could get 2 hours barely interupted reading time. (O.K, off to join the Bad Mothers Club now).

Barbara said...

Congratulations on your friend's success - I hope her writing career is long and illustrious!

Barbara said...

Oh. And please sign me up for the drawing. ;)

Lynn said...

How cool is that?!... a published novel! My congratulations to your friend on her accomplishment. I would be honored to be considered in the draw for a copy.

Ruth said...

Congrats to your friend!!!!

Carolien said...

Congratulations on your 100th post! And how nice you know the author of this brand new book!

Have a nice weekend & greetings, Carolien

Claire said...

congrats to your friend, and to you for your 100th post.

cheers

Jenn said...

How exciting! Congrats to your friend. I'd love to be entered into the drawing. The book sounds like a great read.

Daffycat said...

Oh wow, that is so awesome! Congratulations to your friend!

Jenna said...

Congratulations to Julie on such a wonderful accomplishment!

Lisa said...

A published author!, best wishes to your friend. :-)

Julie said...

AW!!! How nice. I just popped over here and saw all of your nice friends saying congratulations! Thanks!!! And thanks. And thanks. Oh, and Anna, it is good. I promise, you'll love it.

Carolien said...

Hello Jennifer,

Tomorrow I will post Julie's book to go to Teresa, the next reader.
I must confess I didn't finish the book. I started in it twice, but it simply isn't 'my kind of book'. I read a lot of English books, so the language isn't be the problem ... I find the conversations etc. very tiring, no relaxing book for me!
I am sorry to tell you this ... But that's how it is. I hope Teresa will like it though!'

Thanks again for your generosity in sending me the book, I really appreciate that.

Have a nice day & hugs, Carolien