Hi! It’s been a while since my last post — sorry I’ve failed at keeping this blog updated. BUT! As many of you already know, I have a new book coming out, so I thought it was the perfect time to post some news.



“Louisiana Lucky” is my second novel and will be released on August 4. It follows three down-on-their-luck sisters in south Louisiana who have a monthly girls’ night where they drink cheap wine, eat greasy food and play the lottery together, fantasizing about how much better their lives would be if they won. And spoiler alert — they do win! $204 million, to be exact.

Lexi uses the money to plan a Hollywood style wedding, Callie finds it gives her confidence to go after her career goals (and love!), and Hannah sets out to give her two young kids everything she didn’t have when she was growing up.

Basically, all of their dreams come true — or so they think. Because it’s actually not a cliche — money isn’t the answer to everything, and it often comes with problems of its own.

I hope the story offers readers an escape, especially in these uncertain times.

Here I am holding the advanced copy
(I was pregnant at the time — baby boy is here now!)

Here are a few nice things people have said about the book:

-“An absolutely delightful tale of three sisters, a big-time lottery win and the unexpected consequences of getting what you’ve always wished for. Julie Pennell has hit it out of the park with this one!” — bestselling author Kristy Woodson Harvey

-Engaging… the author credibly catalogues the way money changes everything, for better and worse… [a] tasty treat.” — Publishers Weekly

-“Pennell inspires relatable wishful thinking about what to do with lottery winnings, and it’s hard not to root for the sisters to find their way. Those looking for a fun summer escape novel will enjoy.” — Booklist

And I hope you’ll be able to join one or both of my upcoming events:

Tuesday, August 4 at 7 pm ET/ 6 pm CT — Virtual Launch Party with Garden District Book Shop in New Orleans! I’ll be in conversation with the fabulous Kristy Woodson Harvey. The event is free, you just need to RSVP here, and the store will email you a link to the Zoom event. Bonus: if you purchase a copy of “Louisiana Lucky” from the store, it’ll have a signed bookplate, plus you’ll be entered to win a gift basket from one of my favorite places in New Orleans — Cafe Du Monde. 


Thursday, August 6 at 8 pm ET/ 7 pm CT — Virtual “Ladies Night Author Chat” with the Shreve Memorial Library (my beloved childhood library). I’ll be in conversation with authors Judy Christie and Liz Talley. It’s also a free event, just RSVP here to be emailed the Zoom link.
Thanks for all your support, as always!