By: PenPower | December 02, 2016

Robins Nest on the Katy Trail
Robins Nest on the Katy Trail

I have lived in Defiance, Missouri for a few years, appreciate the natural beauty and have met some fine people, mostly at the local watering hole,  The Roadhouse. Yet recently, with the launch of my first novel, I’ve discovered a very special local merchant community. They have tucked me and First Rodeo  under their wing. Robin White at Robins Nest (I know—wings, bird,  robins, angels —it’s for real) has carried First Rodeo for weeks now. Their praise has sold countless books.     Now, the Distillery of Defiance has launched their new and delicious vodka, "Judgment Tree," and has partnered with me! How fun could that be? It makes sense if you have read First Rodeo. Kate, the heroine loves her martinis. We'll call these wildly entertaining events the "First Rodeo Judgment Tree Martini Tour." And IT IS our ‘first rodeo,' in publishing for myself, and in distilling spirits for distillery co-owners Chris Lorch and Scott Koziatek. defines defiance as “a daring or bold resistance to authority or to any opposing force.” We are guilty as charged! We have banded together, outlaw merchants from the small town of Defiance who have large dreams. Who says we can’t make the big time?

Distillery of Defiance
"Judgment Tree" Vodka and First Rodeo

Please join us December 11th 4-6pm a for the very first "Bottle and Book Signing" at Robin's Nest , 2998 S. Hwy 94 (click for map) in Defiance. Meet the posse, do some Christmas shopping, wet your whistle, and checkout Redbooks' “must read”, First Rodeo.

We hit the trail and will have another "Bottle and Book Signing" at Ladue Pharmacy, in Ladue Missouri, December 15th  from 4-6pm.  Stay tuned for more events!


Happy holidays!!! 

Judy Hennessey, December, 2016

By: PenPower | August 12, 2016

I haven't seen the print magazine yet, but imagine seeing this news with the cover of my book front and almost center!

My SparkPress publicist, Korina Garcia, notified me with an email saying,

"Good morning Judy,
I wanted to share some good news with you! Redbook featured your book in its latest “20 Books By Women You Must Read This Fall.” It looks great! Take a look using

this link here.
Hope you’re well,


I responded that yes, I was doing pretty well — with this news! And it gets better! They have a page for each of the reviews and all the books look great. I'm honored to be in the company of authors like Ann Patchett, Amy Schumer, Karin Slaughter, Taraji P. Henson, on and on. Here's the page for First Rodeo. The review is so great:

"If you're looking for a wildly imaginative and romantic ride this fall, First Rodeo is a must." Later they add, "First Rodeo is a celebration of one of life's most underrated truths: The most precious relationship is the one you have with yourself."

No, I didn't write the review myself. And, no, it hasn't sunk in yet. I'm getting very excited for the book release events beginning later next month. Stay tuned!

Judith Hennessey
August 12, 2016