Monday, November 24, 2014

Huntress Moon audiobook on sale: $3.95


The audiobook of Huntress Moon is on sale this month for just $3.95 - an incredible discount from the regular price of $24.95.

On Audible

If you already own the Kindle edition, you can add audio for just $3.47.






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.  





Audiobooks of Blood Moon and Cold Moon will be coming in January from Thomas & Mercer, as part of the big launch of the series, but this is one I worked on myself through Amazon's ACX program - that's Audiobook Creation Exchange.  

The Romantic Times Booklovers convention is one of the biggest conventions I go to all year, and I was surprised this year 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.

- Alex

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Harrowing on sale today, $1.99!


The Harrowing is a Kindle Daily Deal today!

Thanksgiving is coming, and my Thanksgiving ghost story The Harrowing is on sale for Kindle, just $1.99 today.

Nominated for the Bram Stoker Award (horror) and Anthony Award (mystery) for Best First Novel.

Download here.



Five troubled students left alone on their isolated college campus over the long Thanksgiving break confront their own demons and a malevolent presence – that may or may not be real.


“Absolutely gripping...It is easy to imagine this as a film. Once started, you won’t want to stop reading.”
--London Times

“Poltergeist meets The Breakfast Club as five college students tangle with an ancient evil presence. Plenty of sexual tension... quick pace and engaging plot.”

--Kirkus Reviews

“The Harrowing is a real page-turner, a first novel of unusual promise.” 
-- Ira Levin, author of Rosemary's Baby





Mendenhall echoes with the footsteps of the last home-bound students heading off for Thanksgiving break, and Robin Stone swears she can feel the creepy, hundred-year old residence hall breathe a sigh of relief for its long-awaited solitude. Or perhaps it's only gathering itself for the coming weekend.

As a massive storm dumps rain on the isolated campus, four other lonely students reveal themselves: Patrick, a handsome jock; Lisa, a manipulative tease; Cain, a brooding musician; and finally Martin, a scholarly eccentric. Each has forsaken a long weekend at home for their own secret reasons.

The five unlikely companions establish a tentative rapport, but they soon become aware of a sixth presence disturbing the ominous silence that pervades the building. Are they victims of a simple college prank taken way too far, or is the unusual energy evidence of something genuine - and intent on using the five students for its own terrifying ends? It's only Thursday afternoon, and they have three long days and dark nights before the rest of the world returns to find out what's become of them. But for now it's just the darkness keeping company with five students nobody wants -- and no one will miss.

Buy on Amazon US.





Monday, November 17, 2014

Huntress Moon audiobook on sale, $3.99!



The audiobook of Huntress Moon is on sale this month for just $3.99 - an incredible discount from the regular price of $24.95.

On Amazon
On Audible

If you already own the Kindle edition, you can add audio for just $3.47.






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.  





Audiobooks of Blood Moon and Cold Moon will be coming in January from Thomas & Mercer, as part of the big launch of the series, but this is one I worked on myself through Amazon's ACX program - that's Audiobook Creation Exchange.  

The Romantic Times Booklovers convention is one of the biggest conventions I go to all year, and I was surprised this year 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


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Halloween sale: THE PRICE, $1.99

I promised Halloween sales: my spooky thriller The Price is just $1.99 through Oct. 28


What would you give to save your child? Your wife? Your soul?

Idealistic Boston District Attorney Will Sullivan has it all: a beautiful and beloved wife, Joanna; an adorable five-year old daughter, Sydney; and a real shot at winning the Massachusetts governor's race. But on the eve of Will's candidacy, Sydney is diagnosed with a malignant, inoperable tumor. Now Will and Joanna are living in the eerie twilight world of Briarwood Hospital, waiting for Sydney to die, and both going slowly mad with grief.

Then a mysterious, charismatic hospital counselor named Salk takes special interest in Will and Joanna's plight… and when Sydney miraculously starts to improve, Will suspects that Joanna has made a terrible bargain to save the life of their dying child.

$1.99

Amazon US

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Here's The Price trailer, from Shelia English and Mark Miller at Circle of Seven Productions (The trailer won a Black Quill award for Best Dark Genre Trailer.)


video



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

"A medical thriller of the highest order... a stunning, riveting journey into terror and suspense."
- Bestselling author Michael Palmer

"This heartbreakingly eerie page-turner paints a vivid picture of the struggle between reality and the unknown."
- Library Journal

"A psychological roller coaster that keeps the reader on edge with bone-chilling thrills throughout."
- Bestselling author Heather Graham

"Beyond stunning, it is harrowing in the real sense of true art."
- Bestselling author Ken Bruen

Thursday, September 25, 2014

October sales!


To celebrate Halloween, I'm running several sales on my Haunted thrillers. This weekend you can get The Unseen for just $1.99.  This spooky thriller is based on the real life, world-famous Rhine parapsychology experiments that took place at Duke University in the 1960’s.

The sale will go on with the price slowly rising for a week, then I'll be announcing sales for more books. At various times during the month of October you’ll be able to pick up The Harrowing,  The Price, The Space Between and Book of Shadows for Kindle, at prices ranging from just 99 cents to $2.99.   


 Amazon US -  $1.99.


After experiencing a precognitive dream that shatters her engagement and changes her life forever, young California psychology professor Laurel MacDonald decides to get a fresh start by taking a job at Duke University in North Carolina. She soon becomes obsessed with the long-buried files from the world-famous Rhine parapsychology experiments, which attempted to prove if ESP really exists.
Laurel reluctantly teams up with charismatic rival professor Ian Brady and the two uncover disturbing reports, including a mysterious case of a house supposedly haunted by a poltergeist, investigated by another research team in 1965. The two professors and two exceptionally gifted Duke students move into the grand, abandoned mansion to replicate the investigation, unaware that the entire original team ended up insane... or dead.


"Sokoloff keeps her story enticingly ambiguous, never clarifying until the climax whether the unfolding weirdness might be the result of the investigators' psychic sensitivities or the mischievous handiwork of a human villain."
-- Publisher's Weekly

"Sokoloff shines, and deserves kudos for her crisp, direct style, excellent characterization, and for weaving the real life history of the Duke Rhine lab into her own fictional landscape."
-- Horrorworld

"This spine-tingling story has every indication of becoming a horror classic... a chillingly dark look into the unknown."
-- Romantic Times Book Reviews, 4 ½ stars





                                                                     Nanowrimo!


October is also the month I do my annual Nanowrimo prep series on my ScreenwritingTricks for Authors blog.     

For the authors and aspiring authors who are contemplating participating in the divine madness that is National Novel Writing Month (in November), I always do a brainstorming and story structure review series in October, and continue throughout November with prompts and encouragement, based on my Screenwriting Tricks for Authors workbooks and workshops.

Because if you’re going to put a month aside to write 50,000 words, doesn’t it make a little more sense to have worked out the outline, or at least an overall roadmap, before November 1? I am pretty sure that far more writing, and far more professional writing, would get done in November if Wrimos took the month of October to really think out some things about their story and characters, and where the whole book is going. It doesn’t have to be the full-tilt-every-day frenzy that November will be, but even a half hour per day in October, even fifteen minutes a day, thinking about what you really want to be writing - would do your potential novel worlds of good. 

Of course you can start work now with either of the Screenwriting Tricks for Authors workbooks - $2.99 and $3.99.



Amazon US

Amazon UK

Amaxon DE

Amazon FR

Amazon ES

Amazon IT



Smashwords (includes online viewing and pdf file)

Amazon US

Barnes & Noble/Nook

Amazon UK

Amazon DE

Monday, September 15, 2014

Alex at Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival this weekend


I'm excited to be appearing at the Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival this weekend - very dramatic timing, since the festival begins the day after the vote on Scottish independence! 


I'll be appearing on a panel on crossing the supernatural with crime fiction, doing the usual book signings, hosting a table at the Staurday night banquet,, and moderating a panel on indie publishing, UK style. If you're in the neighborhood, hope you'll stop by. 


Move about the Festival 
Buy tickets by phone: 01786 27 4000











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.