Saturday, December 31, 2016
Thursday, December 29, 2016
I just published my newest Special Agent book and I was so sure this one would get me a placement with Bookbub.
I was sooooo sure.
Got my hopes built up…
Before I sent it in, I covered all the bases.
I mean the cover is fabulous. At least, I loved it.
And there’re four more in the series. Thought that would matter too… guess not!
I set up the Amazon book page and filled in every place where I possibly could, including the note from the Author. BookBub mentioned on their site, this would be a good thing to do.
I had three of us working on the back page blurb and thought we’d done a good job. Another thing they mentioned that might help them chose the book.
I priced it for $3.99, the same price I believe is reasonable for all my Undercover FBI novels and when I asked them to reduce it to $0.99, I truly believed that was a good savings for anyone who likes to read suspense full of action and romance. Maybe I should have offered to put it to zero but… I truly thought lowering it 75% was a great deal. Besides, I’ve seen a lot of their choices reduced from $3.99 to $0.99 and so I felt mine was good competition.
Also, I was told they were more likely to accept books listed everywhere. So, I made this book available on Kobo, B&N, and Apple as well as Amazon. What that means is - it’s difficult to try and price a book listed everywhere to zero. First, you have to lower the price on all the other venues, and then hope Amazon will price match – and that they will do so in time for the promo. Not easy. And not always possible.
I hoped that being able to say that I’m a NY Times & USA Today best-selling, award-winning author might win me more latitude when they made their decision, but it never has. I’ve always felt so proud of my achievements, and I’ve thought they should pay off somehow. Other promoters are happy to know they are promoting a listed author to their followers. Guess BookBub doesn’t care.
I’ve seen books they’ve promoted ranking way lower than many books I’ve submitted. Guess those particular attribute’s aren’t a deciding factor.
Still don’t know what is…??
It’s so frustrating…
Guess I just have to keep trying……
These are a couple of the reviews listed - the book was published on Dec 14th.
“I loved this one. There was so much action and suspense, and I connected instant with all of the characters. I also liked the surprise at the end. The story line flowed beautifully with numerous issues. I WANT BOOK #6!” ~ Reviewed by Amazon Customer
“I love this series by Mimi Barbour. Always a great storyline, plenty of page turning action and a sweet love included. So if any of these things interest you, try this book and be hooked.”~ Reviewed by Jane Austin
Excerpt: I wanted you to read the first portion of what BB could read if they looked that closely. I really did try and make this first section pop. To get the reader invested in the characters and start to care what kind of hellish torture I was going to put them through before they found their HEA (happy ever after :-))))
Monday, December 26, 2016
Miracle on Thirty-Fourth Street
A Christmas Carol
It’s a Wonderful Life
All holiday classics that I have to watch every year. I know every scene and outcome, and my poor husband, who gets coaxed into watching them with me year after year, can literally recite enough lines from each flick to earn himself a role in any remake.
But watching these stories play out never gets tiring—just the opposite.
Why? Because the holiday season is about remembering that warmth and love always come through somehow, even in difficult times.
Heartwarming stories filled with romance and Christmas cheer are part of my holiday season rituals, just like the must-have pumpkin pie and hot chocolate and balsam fir trimmed with shiny ornaments and sparkling lights.
That’s why I write a sweet Christmas romance every year and make them the kind of stories that stir the heart and get you in the spirit of the season.
This year I’ve boxed together four of my Christmas romances in a Holiday Luv Bundle that includes:
The Christmas Honeymoon
Quiet librarian Serena always loved Christmas, until she was jilted before her December wedding. A year later, while trying to rekindle her tarnished holiday spirit, she meets Damien, handsome daredevil—and a total Scrooge. Their unlikely mutual attraction brings on a challenge that leads to one very romantic Christmas.
Be Mine for Christmas
Single mom Ellie is lonely and struggling to find a job. She takes her little boy to a Christmas tree farm to see Santa and runs head on into a blue-eyed Viking with a winsome smile. Reece opened his Christmas tree farm after the accident that nearly took his life. But it left him with the vision of a woman who would heal his heart.
The Christmas Wedding Cake
Natalie and Shane were inseparable sweethearts until a pair of mysterious emails tore them apart. Years later they meet again on a reality TV cooking show—and it’s more than the oven that gets heated up.
His Christmas Promise
A stray dog finds refuge with an ex-Army helicopter pilot and helps restore his grandmother’s will to live. It seems like a Christmas miracle until the bachelor war vet discovers the mutt belongs to a little girl who wants him back—and a single mom who makes him rethink his freewheeling ways and maybe even believe in love.
Available at ~
What some readers have said about the Holiday Luv series ~
“Made my heart smile.”
“One of the best Christmas books I have read in a long time if not forever.”
“I laughed and cried and just loved this book.”
“Just the right recipe to get me in the Christmas spirit.”
Alicia Street is a USA Today bestselling author and a Daphne du Maurier award-winner. She writes both sweet and steamy romances. Her Dance ‘n’ Luv contemporary romance series springs from her years as a professional dancer, choreographer and teacher. Alicia sometimes writes in collaboration with her husband, Roy, and is grateful to have the kind of marriage that proves romance novel love really exists.