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Listen in! Interviews and Reviews

Things have been busy around here! Take a look at what’s been going on:

Review by Gary Garth McCann of Late Last Night Books, 20 April

Interview on Big Blend Radio’s Champagne Sunday with Lisa and Nancy, 3 May  **LISTEN**

Review and Interview at Curled Up with a Good Book, 6 May

Highlight on Book Release Daily, 7 May

“Perfect 10” Review at Romance Reviews Today, 8 May

Stayed tuned for lots more coming up throughout May and June!



Calendar of Events

  • 28 April: PUBLICATION!
  • 29 April: Launch party at Hotel Monaco DC. It was an epic night!
  • 3 May: Podcast with Big Blend Radio, 3:10-3:30 p.m. Listen live or look for the download on my website. Includes a book giveaway for those who participate in the broadcast.
  • 4 May: Night Owl Reviews online chat, 8:00-9:00 p.m; RSVP for a reminder 30 minutes ahead. This is a real-time event, so I invite folks to go to the site to participate. Includes a book giveaway. I have an author page on the site.
  • 5 May: Romance Reviews Today runs the full “Perfect 10” review.
  • 6 May: Curled Up with a Good Book runs its full review, interview, and giveaway.
  • 12 May: Guest blog post on Fresh Fiction. Includes a book giveaway. I’m on the author page.
  • 15 May: Guest blog post on Romance University Weekly Lecture. Includes a book giveaway.
  • 18 May: Foreword Reviews magazine summer issue ships; available at B&N and Books-A-Million.
  • 20 May: Interview posted on Late Last Night Books; see the book review available now.
  • 27 June: Historical Novel Society 2015 Conference book signing event, 5-7 p.m., Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center.

Book Launch Party Draws a Crowd

Thanks to everyone who came to the launch party for literary historical novel Up the Hill to Home, held at the Hotel Monaco in D.C.’s Penn Quarter on 29 March, just a day after the book’s official release. Beautiful weather out in the courtyard set a perfect stage for celebrating the big milestone. The Hotel Monaco, with its stunning architecture by two of federal Washington’s most esteemed architects, Robert Mills and Thomas U. Walter, was originally the General Post Office, which plays a pivotal role in the book. The courtyard was where the horses and wagons used for mail delivery were originally stabled. Now it just makes a great spot for a party.

Congratulations to Sam Gordon, the lucky winner of the drawing for a signed hardcover edition of Up the Hill to Home. Sam–who did not need to be present to win–was eligible for the drawing because he had signed up for Jenny’s email list. Stay tuned for the start of another quarterly drawing; everyone on the mailing list is eligible to win, so sign up today!

Foreword Reviews spotlights UP THE HILL TO HOME

Foreword Reviews magazine, the premiere indie book review house in the U.S., has selected Up the Hill to Home as one of eight debut novels to highlight in its summer issue, which will be available at Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million stores starting May 18th. In addition, there will be a bonus distribution of this issue at BookExpo America in May, the American Library Association annual conference in June, and the Beijing International Book Fair in August.

In part, the review says, “Jennifer Bort Yacovissi’s command of language and history make for fluid and tactile reading . . . Up the Hill to Home is an emotionally powerful, gorgeously imparted family saga.”

Kirkus Reviews UP THE HILL TO HOME

It’s no foolin’ that April 1st was a banner day in the life of Up the Hill to Home, because Kirkus Reviews–that granddaddy of all review sites–published a wonderful online review of the book (just beware the spoiler!). Some of the highlights include:

“The author creates believable characters whose lives contain plenty of passion and tragedy . . .”

“. . . history itself is the novel’s best feature. The author has done her homework, infusing her work with convincing details of 19th- and early-20th-century city life . . . ”

“. . . this student-run publishing house has turned out a good book.”