Lynda Carter starred in this 1979 TV show about a female superhero that has just been made into a major motion picture staring Gal Gadot. Name the TV show/movie. Prize: One $25 Amazon gift card will be awarded by random drawing; no purchase necessary to enter; one entry per email address only; contest ends on August 30th. Enter by clicking HERE, or send an email with the correct answer to: mackzkelly@gmail.com

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Name the actress who stars with Ryan Gosling in the movie La La Land. The Prize: One $25 Amazon gift card will be awarded by random drawing to one winning entry with the correct answer; no purchase necessary to enter; one entry per email address only. Contest closes at midnight on February 15th, 2017. Enter by sending the correct answer to: mackzkelly@gmail.com Congratulations to Kat W winner of this contest!

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LAPD Detective Kate Sexton and her canine partner Bernie are back, along with hard-headed FBI agent Joe Dawson, in Hollywood Intrigue, the ninth book in the Hollywood Alphabet Series Thrillers.

It’s a new year and a new start for Detective Kate Sexton. Kate’s just moved into new digs, she’s adjusting to life in LAPD’s elite homicide unit, Section One, and she’s moved on from her past relationship troubles. But all that suddenly changes when Kate and her partner, Ted Grady, get called to the scene of one of the most horrifying homicides they’ve ever worked. What follows is a string of killings that’s bizarre, even by Hollywood standards. As they work the crime scenes and chase after a killer called The Prophet, Kate realizes he has taken a personal interest in her.Throw in Kate’s meddling best friends and private investigators, Natalie and Mo, and a hard-boiled, trash talking FBI agent she’s worked with before named Joe Dawson, and you’ve got all the ingredients for another wild and crazy ride through the streets of Hollywood. Grab your copy HERE.

 

 

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Hollywood Homicide, the eighth book in the funny, crazy, wild lives of Detective Kate Sexton and her canine partner, Bernie, is now available. Kate’s career takes a new turn when she’s assigned to LAPD’s new homicide unit, Section One. She soon realizes that Section One cases are the highest profile and most difficult homicides in the department. After teaming with her new partner, Ted Grady, Kate responds to a horrific crime scene where she finds the body of a Hollywood Starlet.

Join Kate as she tries to put her personal life back in order, at the same time she tries to solve one of the most difficult crimes she’s ever encountered. Hollywood Homicide explodes with all the thrills, twists, and turns that have made the Hollywood Alphabet Series an instant success. Grab your copy HERE.

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Join Kate Sexton as she struggles to repair a personal life that’s gone off the rails, while she tries to solve a crime with more twists and turns than a street in the Hollywood Hills. Throw in equal parts of humor and suspense, and you’ve got Hollywood Games, the seventh novel in the funny, crazy, wild lives of Kate and her canine partner, Bernie. Grab your copy HERE.

 

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The latest release in the Hollywood Alphabet Series is now available on Amazon…

Thirty years after Kate Sexton’s father was murdered in cold blood his killer is back and he’s coming for her. After the department decides to temporarily assign her to work with the FBI to get her out of harms way, Kate soon learns that things have gone from bad to worse when she’s assigned to help track down, The Artist, one of the most deranged and sadistic serial killers in the history of the agency. As The Artist’s killing cycle approaches, Kate teams with hard-headed FBI agent Joe Dawson who has recently come out of retirement to work the case.

As Kate and Joe track the killer, things take an unexpected turn. The Artist returns to the place where his killing cycle began, at the same time Kate herself is stalked by the deranged mad man who shattered her family by killing her father when she was a little girl.

Packed with fast-paced action, loads of laugh-out-loud humor, a crazy cast of new and returning characters, and edge-of-your-seat suspense, Hollywood Enemy is a not to be missed thrill ride.

Click HERE to purchase Hollywood Enemy now!

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The fourth book in the Hollywood Alphabet Series launches today!

LAPD Detective Kate Sexton and her canine partner, Bernie, are out to solve one of the biggest crimes in Hollywood history. Olympic gold medalist, Jezzie Rose, America’s sweetheart, has been found dead and dumped in an alleyway. All signs point to Jezzie’s former boyfriend as committing the crime, but the case takes an unexpected turn when Kate suspects someone else is involved. Things get complicated when LAPD’s new chief of police allows the press into the case. To make matters worse Kate’s love life is on the rocks, her roommates Natalie and Mo insist on interfering in the case, and her sexually obsessed elderly landlord, Nana, has taken up with a clinically depressed Elvis impersonator. Oh, and one other thing. Kate is determined to get to the bottom of a thirty-year-old family secret that involves lies, betrayal, and murder.

CONTEST WINNERS

Congratulations to Lynne W. winner of a $50 Amazon gift card for Hollywood Assassin.

Congratulations to Rhonda M. winner of a $50 Amazon gift card for Hollywood Blood.

Check out my contest page for information on a new contest that begins today!

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In my previous post I talked about running a one-day ad on Bookbub on Father’s Day, June 15th for, Hollywood Assassin, the lead-in to my Hollywood Alphabet Series Thrillers. The one day total for the free book was 34,925 downloads, with 368 sales that day for the other two books in the series, Hollywood Blood and Hollywood Crazy.

So, how did the books do in the seven day period following the Bookbub ad? The following results are from June 16th – June 22nd.

Hollywood Assassin – 21,059 (free downloads)

Hollywood Blood & Hollywood Crazy – 1029 (units sold at $.99)

The results of the Bookbub ad continue to show impressive results, both in free downloads and sales. For the month of June, to date, Hollywood Assassin, has had over 50,000 free downloads, with the majority of those units attributable to the Bookbub ad. The number of paid downloads during the above period has more than covered the costs of the Bookbub advertisement.

In summary, I wouldn’t hesitate to use Bookbub again. The exposure and results are well worth the costs of the advertising.

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On June 15th, Father’s Day, I used Bookbub Advertising for, Hollywood Assassin. I also reduced my other two books in the series, Hollywood Blood and Hollywood Crazy to .99 each for the weekend, hoping to boost sales for those two books.

As background, Hollywood Assassin, was released on March 15th, 2014, as a permafree lead-in to my Hollywood Alphabet Series Thrillers. The book had great success early on with some daily download totals exceeding 1,000 units per day (nearly 3,000 on the best day). In mid-May, however, downloads began to slump to 100 – 150 units per day. My strategy in advertising the permafree book was to introduce new readers to the series. I also wanted to use the increase in downloads for the first book to boost sales and reviews for the next two books in the series.

Since March 15th, I’ve had the following free downloads for, Hollywood Assassin.

March – 1,413

April – 13,746

May – 16,371

June 1 –14 –2,026

June 15 (day of promotion) – 34,925

Note: These results are for Amazon only and do not include free downloads to other retailers via Smashwords.

As you can see, the one day total for, Hollywood Assassin, is amazing, exceeding the entire number of downloads since the book was released by just over 1,000 copies. The book zoomed to the #3 rank for all free books in the Kindle Store. The advantages of the promotion don’t stop there. My other two books, Hollywood Blood and Hollywood Crazy, sold a combined 368 units, exceeding the prior day sales total by 326 units. Reviews for all three books also increased. Free download and sales for the day after the promotion also look promising, with free downloads continuing to trend up along with sales.

Results: I paid $310 for the one day free Bookbub promotion under the mystery category. Their website says you can expect an average download of 22,600 copies, so my promotion definitely exceeded expectations. While I haven’t quite recouped the costs of the advertising in paid sales for the other two books (probably because of their reduced price), based upon trends I believe I will cover my costs in the next few of days.

Summary: Based upon my experience, I believe a Bookbub promotion is well worth the costs for three reasons: 1. Increased exposure for a book based upon free downloads; 2. Increased paid sales for other books in a series; 3. Increased reviews based upon exposure.

I’ll do a follow-up blog later this week and provide a snapshot of the ongoing effectiveness of my Bookbub promotion.

 

 

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