Happy Birthday, The Hard Way

The Hard Way released today. So, go buy it!

The Hard Way by Julie Luongo

If you’re one of those people who got an early copy, comment on my Amazon page (if you loved it). And if you’re one of the people who’s been waiting to get it…enjoy…(and then leave a comment on my Amazon page)!
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  1. julieluongo said,

    May 27, 2008 at 10:04 am

    The prize goes to messiestobjects for commenting first!

    “Julie Luongo is a writer to watch, May 27, 2008
    By messiestobjects (All over the place, man) – See all my reviews
    Excellent character! Great format. Smart writing. Best book I’ve read all year! The only downside is that the book isn’t bigger… I would have been happy to spend a lot more time with Lucy Venier.”

    Sweet. Thanks!

  2. Gary said,

    May 27, 2008 at 11:15 am

    I haven’t gotten mine :(

  3. May 27, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    All 10 of mine shipped – gifts for family… can’t wait to read and comment!

  4. julieluongo said,

    May 28, 2008 at 11:13 am

    Ten? Peg! You’re so cool. Thanks!

  5. Joe Trunzo said,

    May 28, 2008 at 11:27 am

    I feel inferior – I only bought three through Amazon, but I’ll get another one just because I want the experience of buying your book off the shelf at a bookstore. So proud of you Jules – can’t wait to read it and then glowingly review it on the Amazon site while not revealing my inherent bias…

  6. julieluongo said,

    May 28, 2008 at 11:39 am

    I went to the bookstore and front faced it on the shelf then took a few pictures of it. I went and got a cup of coffee and hung out with the three copies my bookstore had. It was a ball.

    Oh, and last night a friend sent me a picture of the many copies at her Barnes and Noble. It was on one of the middle tables – the New in Paperback table, to be exact.

  7. Gary said,

    May 28, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    OK I got an e-mail saying it shipped. So that’s good. Now if my damn pickguard would just ship I’d really be happy.

  8. May 28, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    I see a road trip to Barnes & Noble in my very near future.

  9. Gary said,

    May 30, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    My copy came today. I’ll probably actually read it one of these years.

  10. Scott Pierce said,

    May 31, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    So for at least two months, several times a week, I have gone into Borders and typed Julie Luongo into the author search and it always came up as a May release, not yet published even after it was in store. I called up and was told there were 3 copies in the Literature section since May 23. I was up there today and saw one copy covering another book facing out and thought a friend of Julie’s must have done that but it was the author herself. On the other side of the section one Mr. Stein (our high school English teacher- 9th grade?) sat reading a book. I said hello and told him about your book and showed him.

    There was a young woman right as you walked in the store showcasing her first YA novel and thought that should be Julie sitting there. So when’s the book signing and how come the bookstore in our hometown only ordered 3 copies. I mentioned last week when I was in if Julie Luongo had any signings coming up since her novel is released soon and she is local. The manager said you should drop in and talk about it.

    An author should always promote themselves because the publisher sure isn’t going to unless you are a huge name. Maybe you have stuff coming up but a little tip from your Uncle Scott- shout it from the rooftops. By the way, congrats on your first novel. It is a major achievement. Talk to you sometime.

  11. julieluongo said,

    May 31, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    Thanks, Uncle Scott. You know me…I get around to things slowly. Plus, I’m a low talker. I don’t think shouting from the rooftops would do much good. But I will call the manager at Borders.

  12. Scott Pierce said,

    May 31, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    I know. I just get excited when my friend’s book is published. Sorry if I got a little overzealous. By the way, they are now sold out. That book facing out someone bought. It’s probably someone you know, but maybe not. Gotta get that readership out of the inbreed variety- you know to the general reading public. It’s a ripple effect. One person likes it and recommends it to another that tells two more- you get the idea.

    Hopefully they will order more.

  13. julieluongo said,

    May 31, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    Overzealous is good. Maybe Mr. Steen bought that last copy. I’m sure they’ll order more. But I’ll call tomorrow. No, better yet, I’ll stop it so they can see what a lovely human I am.

  14. Scott Pierce said,

    May 31, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    cool. maybe they’ll give you a more prominent display in the original voices section or new to trade paperback or somewhere at the front of the store in addition to the lit section.

  15. fishgrip said,

    June 12, 2008 at 8:42 am

    Hi Jules,
    Just finished the book last night. Aww! I must admit… and this is probably TMI… but as I finished the last page, I closed the book, made sweet love to the bald man next to me and cried a happy cry before I drifted off. Lucy helped me to remember I should linger more often in love’s sweet spot. And I have to tell you. There are a couple lines in the book that had me enjoying big LOL’s:

    “And of course, these were the thoughts that meant the beginning of the end, because anyone who couldn’t understand that humans sometimes burped fishy onions is an idiot with unrealistic expectations.”

    and this:

    “Five?” Had he turned ninety since I’d seen him last?

  16. julieluongo said,

    June 15, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Aw, fg, that’s awesome. Love’s sweet spot. Nice. Thanks.

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