Jillian Dodd – An Extraordinary Woman and author extraordinaire
Guest Post by: CC MacKenzie, romance author
An Extraordinary Woman
Don’t you just love surprises?
Well, a certain Jillian Dodd has no idea that 99 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 in a minute.
I first stumbled across her 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 event 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 beady 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 and I cannot wait.
Book one is Stalk Me and it has garnered over 138 five star reviews.
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.
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: Jillian Dodd website http://jilliandodd.net/
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