Monday, December 31, 2012

My Big Time Author Crush: Jillian Dodd

Jillian...How do I even begin? Well, let me start in the Summer of 2012, when I picked up a little book called That Boy. I had just begun to outline the chapters for my own book and was in need of a mental hiatus. In walked Danny and Phillip, out walked the next eight hours of my life. I devoured the book, fell in love with the characters and promptly started to Facebook stalk their almighty creator, Jillian Dodd. Lucky for me, That Boy was followed up with That Wedding and the obsessive haze of my new book boyfriends could follow me on vacation in the Outer Banks. I vaguely remember being there with my family, but vividly recall howling with laughter on the beach and the many odd stares I got from my fellow beachgoers.

To say that I love these books would be like saying that chocolate covered pretzels were just "alright," and that a fine glass of cabernet sauvignon was just "meh." If you haven't read them, I woud suggest hot footing it over to my facebook page  where I am giving away five ecopies of any Jillian Dodd book you choose. Run! Scoot! Then come back here and let me finish pontificating the wonderment that is Jillian "Most High Goddess" Dodd.

I loved the books so much, I entered a contest to win some swag & won my very favorite t-shirt in the whole wide world! I don't even mind the sideways glances the girls get, because this 3D Ad means that someone else will experience the awesomeness that is Jillian's brilliant writing. That's right, boys and girls, have a closer look because this book is is the rack that is advertising it *smooch*

Fast forward to November of 2012 when a scared little girl pressed the "publish" button on Amazon and irrevocably changed the course of her life *cue the violins* We all know how this goes, because you have all read The Final Piece, right? Mmm hmm...the link's right there for you. Anyway, Jillian came along and invited me to be a part of a holiday promotion she was putting together: 99 Authors, 99 Books for 99 Cents. Of course I jumped at the chance and was grateful to just ride the coat tails of the amazing authors she put together. I never expected to be picked up by Amazon as a Kindle Daily Deal, I never expected to make the Top 100 overall in the Kindle Store and I certainly NEVER expected to make the Top 50 overall. I couldn't have done it without Jillian. She changed my life. 

So, all of the wonderful authors that participated in the 99 promotion decided that there should be an official Thank You Jillian Dodd day. You'll see her name a lot today, you'll read about how she has meant the world to more than just me and you'll see for yourself why she is revered by her peers and loved by her readers. If ever there was someone deserving of such praise, it is most definitely the lovely, talented, and generous Jillian Dodd.

Cheers to you, Jillian! Thank you for being an inspiration to us all and for believing in me. 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Final Piece Giveaway

I hope everyone had an amazing holiday surrounded by the love of family and friends. I have been mulling over the best way to say thank you to all of the people who've supported me and written to me about The Final Piece. I thought it would be fun to do a giveaway, so with out further adieu. Ta da! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, December 10, 2012

More Pieces of the Puzzle

I have had the pleasure of receiving quite a few emails from readers with wonderful questions for Beth and Ryan. After much deliberation, they graciously agreed to go over them with me! Without further adieu, here are the answers.


Me: Ryan, what was it like to see Beth again after 10 years?

Ryan: It blew my mind. When I called Melissa to tell her that I wanted to meet Beth's flight, I was in a fog. I don't remember getting to the airport, I just remember standing there, watching her move through the crowd exiting the concourse. She took my breath away. I froze, and before I could move, she blew by me and ran down the escalator to baggage claim. By the time, I got my ass in gear, she was already walking outside. She looked beautiful and broken. I will never forget it. It's a heartbreaking memory, but it's also one of the best days of my life.

Beth: One of the best? You're a hard sell, Cantwell.

Ryan: Best day of my life is when you said you'd marry me. *takes Beth's hand and brushes his lips across her knuckles*

Me: Beth, a reader sent in a question about Drew, is it okay if I ask about him?

Beth: *Ryan's back straightens as he places a protective arm around Beth* Can I hear the question first?

Me: Of course *Beth leans into Ryan and eyes me warily* The reader would like to know how you did it. How do you come out of something like that not hating the world?

Beth: *Beth lets out a heavy sigh before answering* You just have to. Life is too precious to waste and when Drew moved away, I never wanted him to have another second from my life; he'd already taken enough. My methods weren't always the best, but I was determined not to allow him to take anything else from me. Time or otherwise. It took a lot of hard work and many years of therapy, it's not something I that changed in a day. It was painful and terrifying and very necessary.

Ryan: Beth is the most determined person I have ever met, not because of Drew, but because that is her character. She amazes me, truly. *Ryan laces his hand through Beth's, giving it a reassuring squeeze*

Me: *I reach over and place a hand on Beth's knee* Beth, I know that can't be easy for you and I appreciate your willingness to be open about it.

Beth: You're welcome, Maggi. I get the feeling you understand pretty well.

Me: Okay, next reader wants to know what Beth's voice sounds like, Ryan? Does she sing for you?

Ryan: I love it when Beth sings *the corner of his mouth lifts in his lopsided smile* She's got a set of pipes on her that are pure sex. *Beth blushes and swats Ryan*

Beth: Ryan!

Ryan: It's true! Its smooth, a little breathy here, a little raspy there. When she sings These Foolish Things when she thinks I'm not listening...WOW. It's so sexy.

Beth: I can't believe you spy on me.

Ryan: I love it when you get flustered.

Beth: I'll show you flustered.

Me: Well, guys, thank you for sitting down with me. I know the readers will appreciate the insight, I know I did. Be good to each other.

Beth: Thank you, Maggi. Always a pleasure to chat with you. We will.

Ryan: Thanks, Mags. You can count on it.

Friday, December 7, 2012

It's Alive! It's Alive!!

I know that I have been woefully remiss in keeping up with the blog. My saving grace is that it was a casualty of finishing The Final Piece. That's right, The Final Piece was released on November 13, 2013 to rave reviews. I'm so excited! If you haven't had the chance to read it, here is the link.

I am currently working on interview questions for Beth and Ryan, so please feel free to post any you may want answered! The only stipulation is that you please leave a short review on Amazon. The number of reviews I get helps give The Final Piece credibility, and also affects the way Amazon markets my book. It really is the best thing you can do to help any author!

I'm looking forward to clearing out the cobwebs and adding some fun stuff, so stay tuned for contests and chances to win a signed copy.