Don’t you just love surprises?
Well, thanks to author Charles Sheehan-Miles who has organised a secret conspiracy group, a certain Jillian Dodd has no idea that 98 authors are going to blog about her today or that reader bloggers have jumped on board too to help us thank her for what she has done for us.
Jillian Dodd is a best selling author of fabulous young adult fiction. Her writing is pure entertainment, which has found thousands of fans….. but more about that it a minute.
I first stumbled across Jillian in a large group of writers and it didn’t take me long to realize that Jill’s one of those people who steps up to help others navigate the stormy and ever changing seas of self publishing.
So why am I telling you all this, I hear you cry?
On the 21st of December 99 authors were part of a promotional activity to sell 99 EBooks for 99 cents. Jillian had come up with a marketing plan while chatting to other writers about the best way to bring their books to the attention of the reading public. So when I was invited in November to participate with a book that was low in the charts and priced $2.99 or above I leapt at the chance.
Like a General she assembled the troops, issuing clear step-by-step instructions on what we had to do, how and when we had to do it and we all responded in a good and timely manner.
At the end of the 21st December, ten of us were in the top 100 in the Kindle store. By this time Amazon had leapt aboard to assist in the 24hr price drop and helped us with the Kindle Daily Deal and the majority of us found our rankings soar. Many of us sold hundreds of books. Many were in the top five of their specific category genres. Readers were ecstatic, authors were excited and Jillian stayed up with virtually no sleep for forty-eight hours to make sure the whole thing went smoothly and to keep a close eye on the numbers.
And let me tell you it was a thing of beauty!
But back to her books!
Did you guys ever watch Gossip Girl? Or Beverly Hills 90210 in the early days?
Well, if you enjoyed those, you’re going to love the steamy Keatyn Chronicles. Readers have gone wild for Keatyn and her complicated life, never mind her even more complex love life.
Jillian’s ability to write such a fabulously drawn character has readers coming back for more again and again. Keatyn may look as if she has it all, but she hasn’t and she has the smarts to know it too. This is no timid little doormat. This is a girl who’s on life’s journey to understand herself, her sexuality, to figure out where she fits in to a complex world and how she deals with being separated from all she holds dear.
It’s the sign of a great author when he/she deals effortlessly with a protagonist’s flaws. And Keatyn has plenty, which made me laugh out loud at times and brought a lump to my throat, too.
The secondary characters are incredibly well written, especially the guys. The men are so drool worthy, fans of Keatyn are busy on social networking sites posting photos of who they think should play them in a film or television series. And right there is the magic. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a television series in the books’ future.
There’s plenty more to come from Jillian and I cannot wait.
Book one of The Keatyn Chronicles is Stalk me and it has garnered over 138 five star reviews on Amazon.
Here’s the blurb:
Gossip Girl meets Hollywood in this steamy new series by That Boy author, Jillian Dodd.
Keatyn has everything she ever dreamed. Her life is following the script she wrote for the perfect high school experience. She’s popular, goes to the best parties, dates the hottest guy, and sits at the most-coveted lunch table.
She’s just not sure she wants it anymore.
Because, really, things aren’t all that perfect.
Her best friend is threatening to tell everyone her perfect relationship is a scam.
Her perfect boyfriend gets drunk at every party they go to.
It’s exhausting always trying to look and act perfect.
And, deep down, she isn’t sure if she has any true friends.
To add to the drama, her movie star mom has a creepy stalker.
A hot, older man flirts with her and tells her they should make a movie together.
And she’s crushing on an adorable surfer. Dating him would mean committing social suicide.
So she writes a new script. One where all the pieces of her life will come together in perfect harmony.
But little does she know, there’s someone who will do anything to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Book two of The Keatyn Chronicles is Kiss Me. Since it’s release on the 26th of November, it has 157 five star reviews on Amazon.
Here’s the blurb:
I’ve always written scripts for my perfect life.
But no way could I have ever scripted this.
My life is so far from perfect, it’s not even funny.
All because of a stalker.
I’m at a boarding school, where I have to lie about who I am.
I can’t see my family.
I’m tutoring a hottie god that tortures me with his smile.
The most popular girl already hates me.
But there’s this boy.
This hot, sweet, sexy boy.
So I’m going to stop trying to script my life and just live it.
Because who knows how long I have left.
The stories might be categorised under young adult. But I can highly recommend them for anyone who loves to be entertained by a truly memorable character and adores a rip roaring rock and roll read.
CC MacKenzie, romance author.
Links: Stalk Me http://www.amazon.com/Stalk-me-Keatyn-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B0090SXRXK/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1
Links: Kiss Me http://www.amazon.com/Kiss-The-Keatyn-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00AEEFKZ2/ref=pd_sim_kstore_
Links: Jillian Dodd website http://jilliandodd.net/
Links: Jillian Dodd facebook http://www.facebook.com/jillian.dodd.3
Links: Jilliand Dodd goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4833990.Jillian_Dodd?auto_login_attempted=true
I’d love to be a fly on the wall when Jillian hears the news of what’s happening today.
I hope someone has oxygen at the ready!
Have you guys ever given someone the surprise of their lives? Tell us about it! The world demands to know!
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This is so awesome!!! I love it when I hear of a person who goes above and beyond, and Lady Christine, you are just as gorgeous 🙂 x
It’s been amazing to watch. You’re very kind, Natalie. It’s a brave new world and writers like Jill are leading the charge. 🙂
Very exciting! It gives me so much encouragement.
What a lovely idea! Of course our little CC Mack would be involved 😉 Cheers Dahling!
It came out of the blue, Greg! If I get another chance, I’m grabbing you guys by the hair and dragging you with me. 🙂
Awesome CC. I bet Jill’s going to be shocked. She is a great writer, but more than that, she has tremendous self motivation, and is brilliant at the business and promotion aspects of being a writer.
She’s been amazing! Thank you, Nigel!
Happy New Year to you, big guy!
wow, these books sound fabulous, thanks for bringing them to my attention! and yes, grab me by the hair as well! 🙂
They’re great, Diana! I’ll grab your hair, no problem.
Jillian definitely went above and beyond for us. what a lovely tribute
She did, Louise! And you did great too, missus!
Thanks of much for this. I am completely and 100% shocked and a little bit embarrassed by the attention to be honest. But I really appreciate it and all the wonderful things you said about my books, and for going behind my back and conspiring with Charles 🙂 Thanks. Seriously. From the bottom of my heart.
Haha! It was great fun, Jill. I knew you’d be a tiny bit mortified, but I’m bad enough to be thrilled at the thought too. Your books speak for themselves and how your fans have reacted. They’re great and it’s been my very great pleasure to promote them.
You did a wonderful thing and I know your brain is even now coming up with unique ways to get our books out to readers.
May you have even more success in 2013! And A Happy New Year 🙂
What an awesome thing to do! You are such a sweetie, Christine. Jillian’s books sound fun and are already on my TBR list. Much success to both of you!
Keeping it quiet was a challenge, Rhonda. As you might expect with my mouth!
Happy New Year!
How cool was this? What a fabulous tribute to one generous author Christine. I am so proud to know you, Jillian and some of the other authors who are participating in this huge surprise. You are such a lovely lady Christine and a wonderful friend! See you in 2013! Have fun! 🙂
You’re very kind, Karen. Jillian went above and beyond and deserves it, which is a wonderful thing to be able to say. Every single author I know is generous, supportive and giving.
Delighted to see you here and I’m sending a big hug to you and Bill. Hugo and I wish him all the best for a speedy and complete recovery.
The absolute best thing about the Internet is the wonderful people we meet. 🙂 Jillian is so generous with her time and information. I’m do happy you were able to do something so nice for her, Christine!
She deserves it. Happy New Year to you and yours!
I’m a fan of Jillian and haven’t even read one of her books; she’s just that amazing…. 🙂
You must read her books! They’re pure entertainment. Just what we need at this time. She is amazing! Thank you for coming in and commenting. 🙂