Addicted to Love on the Charts

Addicted to Love, a contemporary romance by Deborah CookeYesterday, I had a BookBub Featured Deal for Addicted to Love being on sale for 99 cents. As usual, I wanted to share the results with you.

At Amazon.com, Addicted to Love reached #18 in Romantic Comedy, #41 in Contemporary Romance and #178 overall paid in the Kindle store.

Addicted to Love at #18 in Romantic Comedy, #41 in Contemporary Romance and #178 overall paid at Amazon.com on March 20, 2019

At Amazon.ca, it reached #6 in Romantic Comedy, #18 in Contemporary Romance and #70 overall paid in the Kindle store.

Addicted to Love at #6 in Romantic Comedy, #18 in Contemporary Romance and #70 overall paid in the Kindle store in the Amazon.ca store on March 20, 2019

At Amazon Australia, Kyle and Lauren’s book reached #22 in Romantic Comedy, #41 in Contemporary Romance and #206 overall paid in the Kindle store.

Addicted to Love at #22 in Romantic Comedy, #41 in Contemporary Romance and #206 overall paid in the Amazon Australia store on March 20, 2019

At Nook, Addicted to Love earned a bestseller ribbon!
Addicted to Love with a Bestseller ribbon at Nook on March 20, 2019

Kyle and Lauren’s book is #35 overall in the Nook store this morning:

Addicted to Love at #35 overall in the Nook store on March 20, 2019And #12 in Romance:

Addicted to Love at #12 in Romance in the Nook store on March 20, 2019At Apple, Addicted to Love is #15 overall in the Apple bookstore:

Addicted to Love at #15 overall in the Apple bookstore on March 20, 2019

And it’s #6 in Romance at the Apple store:

Addicted to Love at #6 in Romance in the Apple bookstore on March 20, 2019

Kyle and Lauren’s book will be 99 cents until the end of the week, so you can still get a copy at this special price!

Addicted to Love, a contemporary romance by Deborah Cooke and #2 in the Flatiron Five series, on sale for 99 cents March 2019

First in Series FREE at Apple

Kiss of Fire, book #1 of the Dragonfire Novels series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeApple is having a First-In-Series-Free sale and it starts today!

The sale is available to consumers in the US, CA, UK, IR, AU and NZ.

You’ll find both Kiss of Fire, which is book #1 of the Dragonfire Novels, and The Crusader’s Bride, which is book #1 of the Champions of St. Euphemia, among the titles offered. You don’t need a download code – the books are just free in the included territories.

Kiss of Fire at Apple

The Crusader’s Bride at Apple

Both books are discounted to 99c internationally at Amazon, and it is possible that Amazon will match the free price in some territories.

The Crusader's Bride, a medieval romance by Claire DelacroixKiss of Fire at Amazon.com
Kiss of Fire Books2Read Universal Link (for other Amazon stores)

The Crusader’s Bride at Amazon.com
The Crusader’s Bride Books2Read Universal Link (for other Amazon stores)

The sale goes until March 5, so don’t miss out!

 

A BookBub International Featured Deal

The Princess, book #1 of the Bride Quest trilogy of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix

Original mass market edition

The Princess, book #1 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixEarlier this week, I had a BookBub Featured Deal for The Princess, book #1 of my Bride Quest series of medieval romances. The book is discounted to 99 cents. The Princess was my very first book to land on the USA Today list – it was #93 in its first week on sale, way back in 1998. In those days, of course, it was a mass market edition. That’s the original cover on the right.

This was the first time I had a featured deal for international markets only, and I was curious about its effectiveness. This week’s Indie Publishing post is about my results.

My previous BBFDs have been for all markets. At BookBub, this means US, UK, CA, AU and IN. An “international-only” deal means that BB will only email the deal to readers in the UK, CA, AU and IN, not those in the US. The book doesn’t have to be discounted in the US, but I discounted it there anyway – that discount was promoted only on my website, newsletter, and social media.

There are two variables here: the relative size of each market itself, and the number of BookBub subscribers in each market. My Claire Delacroix BookBub profile shows that I have 18,780 followers.

BookBub profile for Claire DelacroixWhen I sign in, BB tells me that 15,618 of those followers are in the US. That’s 3,162 non-US followers or 16%. I know that I have a lot of audience in outside of the US market so the BB follower list isn’t reflecting that. (Click that link above or the graphic to follow me on BookBub, regardless of where you are.)

(In contrast, and just for comparison, my Deborah Cooke BookBub profile has 87,884 followers, and 55,579 are in the US – which means 32,305 (or 36%) are international followers. That’s a break that fits better with my own perception of my audience and their location.)

Since these four English language markets are much smaller than the US, the assumption is that resulting sales will be lower than for a full deal and the ad is priced accordingly. Here’s the pricing chart for BookBub ads – the prices listed are for full ads. If you scroll down to Historical Romance, the featured deal for a 99 cent book is priced at $692 US. If that ad only runs internationally and not in the US, as mine did, the price is $108. So, $584 is for the US market, which gives you an idea of comparative reach.

For $108, I decided to give the international deal a try. The deal ran on Monday, December 3.

So, what happened?

The Princess, #1 in medieval romance in the Amazon.ca store on December 4, 2018

At Amazon.ca on Tuesday morning, The Princess had a #1 bestseller ribbon for medieval romance.

The Princess, a number one bestseller at Amazon.ca in medieval romance on December 4, 2018It was also #52 paid in the Kindle store overall, which is pretty cool.

The Princess, a number one bestseller in historical romance in the Amazon.AU store on dEcember 4, 2018It also had an orange #1 bestseller ribbon for medieval romance in the Amazon Australia store.

The Princess at #1 in medieval romance in the Amazon Australia store on December 4, 2018

It was #119 paid overall in the Amazon Australia store on Tuesday, too.

In terms of raw units moved, the traffic was almost equally divided between CA, AU and UK, with slightly more units sold in the UK. There were a few in the US, too. The halo was strong in these territories: at 8AM on Tuesday, sales for the day for The Princess were already 1/3 of what they had been on the day of the feature. The Damsel, book #2 in the series, and The Heiress, book #3 in the series, began to sell at full price on the day of the ad.

At Kobo, which has a large customer base in the territories covered by the international deal, The Princess was listed as #2 in historical romance on its product page on Tuesday morning.

The Princess, #1 in historical romance at Kobo on December 4, 2018

But when I clicked through to the bestseller list, it was actually #1 🙂

The raw units at Kobo were less than at Amazon, of course, but almost half – and more than sold at Amazon.ca. This is a very good showing at Kobo for a BookBub ad and likely a result of the territories matching Kobo’s market footprint. (Although I have had some BBFDs show very strong results at Kobo this year.) Kobo customers do love their boxed sets and Kobo does display them on the series page (unlike other retailers), so the first products to move in the halo at Kobo were the two boxed sets: The Bride Quest I Boxed Set and The Bride Quest II Boxed Set.

At Apple, The Princess popped onto the First in Series Bestsellers list, but without the US market, there weren’t enough units moved to place it high on any of the charts. The halo there will only be from links in the books that were sold and probably won’t be that significant.

In terms of money, there were enough units sold of The Princess on the first day to cover the cost of the ad. And as noted above, there is a halo, both in sales of The Princess in those markets afterward where it had visibility thanks to its placement on the charts and in the linked books. (There are five more titles in the series.)

One of the interesting things was that the book’s appearance on the charts was stickier in those smaller markets: typically, in the Amazon US store, a BookBub feature makes the book spike for a day, hitting high on the charts, then it drops hard. If it remains on a list for three days, that’s cause for celebration. But in these smaller markets, probably because there are fewer units being moved, the book stayed on the list longer.

On Wednesday, The Princess was at #2 in Medieval and #215 overall in the Amazon.ca store.

The Princess at #2 in Medieval romance and #215 overall in the Amazon.ca store on December 5, 2018

Similarly, it was still #2 in medieval romance in the Australia store on Wednesday, though it had dropped to #508 overall paid in the store:

The Princess at #2 in medieval romance in the Amazon Australia store on December 5, 2018

This is a good thing. One of the benefits of running a promotion like this is the visibility that the book gets on the bestseller lists, and more visibility is better.

In conclusion, it wasn’t a failed experiment, but it wasn’t such a success that it left me dizzy with joy. I don’t think I’ll run a BookBub featured ad in the international markets in historical romance again.

By the way, the book is on sale until December 8, so you can still pick up a copy on sale.

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Heartbreakers at #1!

This week, my boxed set Heartbreakers: Three Medieval Bad Boys is on sale for just 99 cents at most portals. Yesterday, it was awarded two orange banners at Amazon: one for being #1 in Medieval Romance and one for being #1 in Scottish Romance.

Heartbreakers: Three Medieval Bad Boys by Claire Delacroix at #1 in Medieval Romance at Amazon on July 26, 2018 Heartbreakers: Three Medieval Bad Boys by Claire Delacroix at #1 in Scottish Medieval Romance at Amazon on July 26, 2018It rose up to #60 overall paid in the Amazon store last night, but I didn’t get a screen shot of that. 😦 This morning, it’s at #65 overall paid:

Heartbreakers by Claire Delacroixat #65 overall paid in the Amazon store on July 27, 2018Heartbreakers is also #1 paid in romance at Nook this morning:

Heartbreakers by Claire Delacroix at #1 in Romance at Nook on July 27, 208And #10 overall paid in the Nook store:
Heartbreakers by Claire Delacroix at #10 overall in the Nook store on July 27, 2018Over at Kobo, Heartbreakers is #1 in two categories, Historical Romance and Paranormal Romance, and #2 in Romantic Suspense.

Heartbreakers by Claire Delacroix at #1 in Historical romance and #1 in romantic suspense at Kobo on July 27, 2018It’s also Trending Now in Romance at Kobo:

Heartbreakers by Claire Delacroix, trending now in romance at Kobo on July 27, 2018And at iBooks, Heartbreakers is #10 paid overall in the store:

Heartbreakers by Claire Delacroix, #10 overall paid at iBooks on July 27, 2018And #4 paid in romance:

Heartbreakers by Claire Delacroix at #4 paid in romance at iBooks on July 27, 2018Wow! That’s quite a round-up and a wonderful way to start the day. Thanks to every one of you who bought a copy of this bundle and I hope you enjoy it. If you haven’t picked up a copy of Heartbreakers, it’s on sale through the weekend.

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Heartbreakers 99cent sale July 2018

Order Kiss of Fire for 99 cents!

Kiss of Fire, book #1 of the Dragonfire Novels series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeThe ebook of Kiss of Fire is discounted to just 99 cents on the pre-order and will remain on sale until July 6. If you’ve already ordered it, the sale will be processed at the discounted price on the on-sale date by your portal of choice. If you haven’t already ordered it, don’t miss out. This book has never been discounted before.

New Edition June 26, 2018
Order Kiss of Fire ebook:
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Buy Kiss of Fire in print:
signed trade paperback from Deborah
– which includes the ebook
• trade paperback from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
The list price is $13.99 US although it may be discounted by the portals.

signed hardcover collectors’ edition from Deborah – which includes the ebook and free shipping to the US and Canada
• hardcover collectors’ edition from Amazon or Barnes & Noble

signed mass market paperback from Deborah (the original Penguin edition.)

Spooky Special

Fallen, #1 of the Prometheus Project of urban fantasy romances by Deborah CookeIt’s that time of year again! My urban fantasy romance, Fallen, which is book #1 of the Prometheus Project, is on sale for just 99 cents through November 10. If you haven’t read Lilia and Montgomery’s story yet, here’s your chance.

At the end of the 21st century, the future of humanity hangs in the balance, caught between the radioactive waste of a half century of nuclear wars and the repressive authority of the Republic. Angels sacrifice their wings to join a secret fraternity of freedom fighters, risking classification as mutants and consignment to the Republic’s slave dens. Each warrior is a volunteer, but no angel anticipates the full cost of his fall.

The eyes of the Republic are everywhere.

Lilia Desjardins has never played by the rules and she isn’t about to start when her estranged husband’s death is declared an accident. Lilia knows Gid better than that, and if anyone is owed justice, it’s the most decent man she’s ever known. She leaves all she knows to risk the dark heart of the Republic—only to discover that her deepest secret has been uncovered and will be used against her by forces unknown.

Adam Montgomery will do anything to complete his earthly mission and return to the existence he knows, even if he has to seduce the enigmatic Lilia Desjardins. But when his contact is murdered and he must rely upon Lilia’s silence to save him from the slave dens, Adam knows that his wings might be only his first sacrifice.

As danger and intrigue surround them, Lilia and Adam realize they must work together—body, mind and soul—in order to save the world.

“Beautifully written, intensely passionate and gripping, FALLEN grabbed me from the first sentence and didn’t let go. It’s Matrix, Blade Runner and Terminator rolled into a riveting love story and made better. Perfect. A must-read by an author who keeps you on the edge of your seat.”
Linnea Sinclair
Award-winning author of Shades of Dark

Winner
Book Buyer’s Best Award
for Best Paranormal, Time Travel or Fantasy Romance

Buy Fallen now!

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The Nutcracker Reimagined Anthology Today!

The Nutcracker Reimagined, a Christmas romance anthologyThis year, I’m participating in a second themed anthology of romance novellas for Christmas. These are all new stories which haven’t been published before. The Nutcracker Reimagined features stories that involve elements of that classic Christmas story, The Nutcracker.

My contribution is a medieval romance called The Mercenary’s Bride. This novella is the first story in the Brides of Inverfyre series. It’s the story of Mhairi, daughter of the Hawk of Inverfyre and his wife Aileen. (The family tree for Ravensmuir and Inverfyre is a free download in my online store, right here.) Mhairi is the middle child of five and the second daughter. She’s a crack shot with a crossbow and a bit of a tomboy, and she’s unafraid to defy her father. Her interest was why the mercenary Quentin was dismissed from Inverfyre, but when he returns, bitter and wounded, Mhairi is the only one who can see his merit. Can her love heal him? I think you can guess, but I hope you’ll join me for their adventure.

The Nutcracker Reimagined is specially priced at just 99 cents.

The Mercenary's Bride, book #1 of the Brides of Inverfyre series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixGet your copy today at these portals:
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There’s also a four-day feature on the anthology running at Rae’s blog, including reviews of the ten stories. Rae is giving away some prizes, too, although I think they’re limited to US readers. Here’s Day #2, which includes a review of my contribution, The Mercenary’s Bride.

The Nutcracker Reimagined & Claire Delacroix

You all know about the upcoming Christmas anthology, The Nutcracker Reimagined, but you might not know the work of all the authors involved in the project. I thought it would be fun to do some virtual introductions.

bestselling author Deborah Cooke, also writing as Claire Delacroix

I’m Deborah Cooke and I also write historical romances as Claire Delacroix. Mostly, they’re medieval romances because that’s my favorite historical era. My characters often tell stories because I’m fascinated by why people choose one story over another. These might be folk tales or fairy tales. They also could be chansons, like those sung by the troubadours. Invariably, they reveal something about the character telling the story.

The Beauty Bride, first book in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixA good example of that is my medieval romance, The Beauty Bride. Rhys is a gruff warrior and an outlaw, a man who needs a bride but knows nothing about courting a woman’s favor. He thinks having a wife (and getting a son) is a simple matter of marrying a woman and consummating the marriage. Madeline, who is less than impressed that her new husband refuses to confide in her at all, soon helps Rhys to realize that it isn’t going to be that simple. Intent on convincing her to stay with him but not knowing how to charm her, Rhys tells her stories instead. Madeline quickly realizes that each story told by Rhys reveals a little bit more of his secrets. When Rhys’ past catches up with the pair, he’s determined to deal with it himself and save Madeline–by then, Madeline isn’t nearly so ready to lose the husband she’s come to love. The Beauty Bride is a free read and a good way to give my books a try.

The Nutcracker Reimagined, a Christmas romance anthologyMy story in The Nutcracker Reimagined is The Mercenary’s Bride and it features another warrior and knight. Quentin was sent away from Inverfyre for defying the command of the laird himself, the Hawk of Inverfyre. I like that he couldn’t resist the temptation of teaching the laird’s daughter the arts of war, that her request trumped her father’s command. 🙂 Quentin was determined to earn the means to ask for Mhairi’s hand in marriage (he thinks a warrior maiden will suit him perfectly as a wife) but everything comes awry at the beginning of this story when he is robbed and left for dead in Spain. He blames the Hawk for his situation and vows to somehow return to Inverfyre to avenge himself and his loss. His innate honor hasn’t deserted him, though—he foils a plot to kill the Hawk’s lady wife, acting on instinct, and is invited into Inverfyre as a guest. Mhairi’s kiss dismisses the last of his bitterness, reminding him of the man he used to be—and convincing him to become that man again. He undertakes a plan to rid the forests of Inverfyre of the rebels hunting the Hawk and his kin, never imagining that he will win the sweetest prize of all. At Christmas.

The Mercenary’s Bride is book #1 of my new series of Scottish medieval romances called the Brides of Inverfyre. It will be available first in the Nutcracker collection—which will be available for just 30 days and is priced at 99 cents—along with nine other Christmas romance novellas. After that, it will be available in its own edition.

The Nutcracker Reimagined is specially priced at just 99 cents and is available for pre-order now. It will deliver on October 19 and be available only for 30 days.

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