Monday, September 1, 2014

HAUNTED boxed set on sale this week


There's a Kindle Countdown sale going on of HAUNTED, the boxed set of three of my supernatural thrillers. Today just 99c!

Amazon US

The boxed set contains the full novels The Harrowing (a Bram Stoker and Anthony Award nominee for Best First Novel), The Unseen, and Book of Shadows. The set is normally sold for $5.99. This week you can get it for 99 cents if you act today, $1.99 if you buy it tomorrow, $2.99 if you wait two days (you get the drift!) 

All three books were originally published by St. Martin’s Press and are available separately in both print and e-book form.



More about the set:

“Some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre.” 
The New York Times Book Review

Sokoloff does exhaustive research and writes hauntings and paranormal experiences the way they are actually reported to occur in real life. The Harrowing, Sokoloff’s 2006 debut novel, is based on her own real-life teenage brush with a poltergeist while attending a high school that was rumored to be haunted by a girl who died the night of her prom in the 1920’s. The Unseen (2009) was inspired by the world-famous ESP experiments conducted by Dr. J.B. Rhine in the Duke University parapsychology lab from the 1920s to the 1960s. The haunted mansion in The Unseen is based a real writers’ retreat in central North Carolina where Sokoloff lived for a week with a group of mystery author friends. Book of Shadows (2010) was drawn from Sokoloff’s own experience with the “Calling of the Corners” witchcraft ceremony.

In addition to her meticulous research, Sokoloff’s experience as a Hollywood screenwriter of horror films enables her to take readers on a non-stop thrill ride. The HAUNTED boxed set brings three of her acclaimed thrillers together in one low-priced e-book set available now for download. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Huntress Moon on sale: 99 cents!

Huntress Moon is on sale for Kindle and Nook today through 8/28 - just 99 cents (and the UK and worldwide equivalents).  Currently #1 on the Nook Mystery Bestseller Chart!

If you already have it, please feel free to share.   


Amazon US    99c
Amazon DE    Eur .89

Nook US    99c
Nook UK   99p

The Huntress Moon paperback is also on sale this week,  $7.99 

"This interstate manhunt has plenty of thrills...  keeps the drama taut and the pages flying."   -- Kirkus Reviews

> An ITW Thriller Award Nominee for Best Original E Book Novel
> A Suspense Magazine Pick for Best Thriller of 2012
> A Huffington Post Books Pick for "Women You Should Be Reading" 2014

FBI Special Agent Matthew Roarke is closing in on a bust of a major criminal organization in San Francisco when he witnesses an undercover member of his team killed right in front of him on a busy street, an accident Roarke can't believe is coincidental. His suspicions put him on the trail of a mysterious young woman who appears to have been present at each scene of a years-long string of "accidents" and murders, and who may well be that most rare of killers: a female serial.

Roarke's hunt for her takes him across three states...while in a small coastal town, a young father and his five-year old son, both wounded from a recent divorce, encounter a lost and compelling young woman on the beach and strike up an unlikely friendship without realizing how deadly she may be.

As Roarke uncovers the shocking truth of her background, he realizes she is on a mission of her own, and must race to capture her before more blood is shed.




Book II in the Huntress/FBI series, Blood Moon, is also available $3.99 (2.45 UK)

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Nook US
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Twenty-five years have passed since a savage killer terrorized California, massacring three ordinary families before disappearing without a trace.

The haunted child who was the only surviving victim of his rampage is now wanted by the FBI  for brutal crimes of her own, and Special Agent Matthew Roarke is on an interstate manhunt for her, despite his conflicted sympathies for her history and motives.

But when his search for her unearths evidence of new family slayings, the dangerous woman Roarke seeks - and wants - may be his only hope of preventing another bloodbath.





And the audiobook of Huntress Moon is also available, narrated by multiple Audie Award nominee RC Bray.

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And this is the last chance to get these two books at these prices, because Thomas & Mercer, Amazon's mystery and thriller imprint, has bought the rights to the series, and is going to re-launch all three Huntress books in January - including the world premiere of Cold Moon.

I truly, deeply apologize for the long wait for Cold Moon. Believe me, it's hard for me, too! But this is the difference between a traditional publishing schedule and the freedom of indie publishing - it takes a lot longer to get all the gears in motion. As a devoted binge TVwatcher, I fully understand and am 100% behind the strategy of launching the three books together as a binge read. Thomas & Mercer really gets the uniqueness of the series and I know they'll be awesome at marketing.  And I'm thrilled that the series will be able to reach a much larger audience. I think the stories and characters deserve that.

I've reached a happy point that I have so many books out that it's hard to manage all of them on my own and still have the time I need to be doing the most important thing: writing. Letting Thomas & Mercer handle the Huntress series will - hopefully - free up some time for me to launch the new series I'm working on (which I refer to as "the Scottish book") as well as continue the Huntress series with Book 4, which will be available soon after Cold Moon.  And Huntress Moon and Blood Moon will remain available for purchase up until the relaunch.

Thanks for your patience! I think Cold Moon will be worth it.

Alex

Saturday, August 2, 2014

August contest!


I've added a new feature to my website: a monthly contest.. You'll be able to enter for a chance to win signed books, audiobooks, gift cards, and other giveaways, which I intend to get pretty creative about. (For example, I have extra tickets to a showing of Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet, coming up next year....)

You can find contest news by clicking on the contests! link on the nav bar (to the left), and/or you can sign up for another new feature, a monthlynewsletter that will have the upcoming contests and freebies listed. 


This month you can sign up for a chance to win a signed copy of Huntress Moon.

Click here to go to the contests page.

Click here to go to the newsletter sign up page.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Book of Shadows, on sale: 99 cents

My spooky (and maybe - but maybe not! - supernatural) crime thriller Book of Shadows is on sale, just 99 cents.







Click to download your copy:

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Book of Shadows

Homicide detective Adam Garrett is already a rising star in the Boston police department when he and his cynical partner, Carl Landauer, catch a horrifying case that could make their careers: the ritualistic murder of a wealthy college girl that appears to have Satanic elements.

The partners make a quick arrest when all evidence points to another student, a troubled musician in a Goth band who was either dating or stalking the murdered girl. But Garrett's case is turned upside down when beautiful, mysterious Tanith Cabarrus, a practicing witch from nearby Salem, walks into the homicide bureau and insists that the real perpetrator is still at large. Tanith claims to have had psychic visions that the killer has ritually sacrificed other teenagers in his attempts to summon a powerful, ancient demon.

All Garrett's beliefs about the nature of reality will be tested as he is forced to team up with a woman he is fiercely attracted to but cannot trust, in a race to uncover a psychotic killer before he strikes again.



Read the first two chapters

"A wonderfully dark thriller with amazing is-it-isn't-it suspense all the way to the end. Highly recommended." - Lee Child

"Sokoloff successfully melds a classic murder-mystery/whodunit with supernatural occult undertones." - Library Journal

"Compelling, frightening and exceptionally well-written, Book of Shadows is destined to become another hit for acclaimed horror and suspense writer Sokoloff. The incredibly tense plot and mysterious characters will keep readers up late at night, jumping at every sound, and turning the pages until they've devoured the book."
 - Romantic Times Book Reviews

"Fast-paced with strong characterizations, fans will enjoy this superb thriller, as Adam and the audience wonder if The Unseen could be the killer." - Publisher's Weekly


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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Giveaways!


I’ve got a couple of promotions going on for Huntress Moon:

* A Goodreads giveaway: Enter here for a chance to win a signed (or personally inscribed) paperback. 

* And I’m interviewed on Novel TV’s Thriller Thursday, with an associated giveaway: you can enter for a chance to win a signed paperback OR one of the brand new Huntress audiobooks, narrated by multiple Audie Award nominee R.C. Bray.

While I’m in announcement mode...

* The Bloody Scotland program  (or programme, if you like!) has been revealed, a fantastic lineup, including UK stars Ian Rankin, Denise Mina, Louise Welsh, Mark Billingham, Peter May, Craig Robertson, and sister Americans Kathy Reichs and Megan Abbott.  On Sunday, September 21 I’ll be there talking about crossing crime thrillers with the supernatural, or possibly supernatural, with James Oswald and Gordon Brown.

* And this Saturday I’m at the Writers Guild in Los Angeles for an e-publishing event:

How to Publish, Market and Sell Your eBook to Hollywood!
Saturday June 21, 10 am - 2 pm
WGA west
7000 W. Third St, Los Angeles, CA

Amazon and Audible representatives will discuss how to produce, publish and market books. Audible will also be announcing a new WGA-signatory project.

This will be followed by a panel with best-selling authors and WGA members, Lee Goldberg, Noel Hynd, Alexandra Sokoloff, Susan Rohrer and Rick Marin, and producer Lane Shefter Bishop. Moderated by Christiana Miller. WGA members only.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Huntress Moon is an audiobook!


I said I had announcements to make - well, here's the first. The audiobook of Huntress Moon is now available!

Even better -  if you already own the Kindle edition, you can add audio for just $3.47.  And the e book is now on sale for Nook for $3.99

One of the reasons I've been so silent these days is that along with my usual writing schedule I've ben working on the audiobook of Huntress MoonAudiobooks of Blood Moon and Cold Moon will be coming later this year, but this is one I worked on myself through Amazon's ACX program - that's Audiobook Creation Exchange.  



I just got back from the Romantic Times Booklovers convention, one of the biggest conventions I go to all year, and I was surprised at how many panels and workshops there were with titles like "Audio is the New Black." I met up with lots of author friends who have been doing a brisk business in audiobooks through the ACX program, and I thought I'd better blog a little about it here, because this is another potential income stream that authors need to be aware of these days, and ACX is a terrific production and distribution resource. Even if you know exactly zero about audiobook production (that would be me!), the ACX site has streamlined the process into a step-by-step system that anyone can follow to produce a quality audiobook. 

ACX has thousands of professional and highly experienced actor-producers already signed up for the program. When you start an audio book, you choose a five-minute segment of your book for actors to audition with and upload that to the ACX site, and specify the qualities of voice that you're looking for (comic, brooding, spooky, etc.) You choose whether you'll pay the narrator a flat fee yourself, or do a royalty share deal. Then the project gets posted to ACX's entire stable of actor-producers, and immediately auditions start coming in. You can also browse for actors yourself by searching vocal and tonal qualities and listening to samples.  I was having flashbacks to my directing days as I listened to over three dozen auditions. (I know, yike - but you don't have to listen to the whole audition to know if a narrator is in the running). 

I actually found my terrific narrator, RC Bray, myself, by searching auditions on the site. I was blown away by Bob's vocal range (just wait till you hear his reading of Epps!), and the way he's able to convey theme and suspense in his reading. Bob loved Huntress and signed up to do the book immediately, and he's such a professional that we had no problem working together by e mail. I could ask him to do something in a slightly different way and he'd instantly get it.  I'm thrilled with the book and I hope you audiobook listeners will be, too.

I've really enjoyed working on the audio version of Huntress, though I have to warn it's a lot of work. But ACX's team was incredibly supportive and helpful - any time I hit a snag or didn't understand a step in the process, I could contact the support team and get talked through it. I know other authors opt to make audio deals with great companies like Audible rather than taking on production themselves, but I love that I'm now going to make the lion's share of profit from this book. I think maybe a mix of self-produced and company-produced books might be the way to go, just as a hybrid mix of indie published and traditionally published books can be the most profitable (and manageable!) route for authors these days.

I highly recommend that all authors check out the ACX site and read about how the process works. And of course I'd love to hear from others of you who have worked on your own audiobooks! What was your experience?

- Alex

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FBI Special Agent Matthew Roarke is just closing in on a bust of a major criminal organization in San Francisco when he witnesses an undercover member of his team killed right in front of him on a busy street, an accident Roarke can't believe is coincidental. His suspicions put him on the trail of a mysterious young woman who appears to have been present at each scene of a years-long string of "accidents" and murder, and who may well be that most rare of killers: a female serial.  

Roarke's hunt for her takes him across three states... while in a small coastal town, a young father and his five-year old son, both wounded from a recent divorce, encounter a lost and compelling young woman on the beach and strike up an unlikely friendship without realizing how deadly she may be.

As Roarke uncovers the shocking truth of her background, he realizes she is on a mission of her own, and must race to capture her before more blood is shed.  

Now available in audio!


Also, Huntress Moon is now available for Nook for just $3.99. 

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