FREE days, Sleuth book launch — I’m run off my feet!

To say that today’s been a hectic day is putting it mildly! It began around 6 a.m. when I started watching the numbers of Safe Harbor in the Amazon store. It had gone FREE in its KDP Select promo somewhere in the middle of the night, but at 6 a.m. no figures at all were showing on So I busied myself with tweeting, posting on Facebook and blogging. There’s always a lot to do on these promo days.

Imajin author Luke Murphy (Dead Man’s Hand) had invited me to write a guest post on his blog. I chatted about writers’ contests and the golden opportunities they hold for writers, especially yet-to-be-published writers. You can read about it here.

Over at, I found that AnnMarie Howsden had given Safe Harbor a Golden Review!

I was so busy that I didn’t have time to check the Amazon numbers again until 11 a.m., when I found that Safe Harbor was #4,338 in the FREE Kindle Store on, and #308 across the pond on (And why don’t YOU take advantage of a FREE download for your kindle?)

Three hours later, it had jumped significantly: #2, 566 Free on and #69 in Suspense. Over at, it was #160 FREE in the store and #7 in suspense, and #18 in thrillers.

This is my fourth KDP promo, but I never seem to tire of watching Safe Harbor rise in the rankings! The free downloads are obviously not sold books, but they usually roll into sales after the FREE promo ends.

Then it was time to leave my computer for the afternoon launch of The Whole She-Bang at Sleuth of Baker Street. For many years, Toronto’s popular mystery and crime fiction book store has been the venue for book launches, and I was thrilled to be part of this celebration of Sisters in Crime Canada’s anthology. There were plenty of paperbacks on hand of signing, and we left the store with a good supply for future sales.

Sleuth carries copies of Safe Harbor, and I noticed that it sold quite a few of my baby this afternoon!

Back home at the computer, there was more tweeting and blogging to do — and checking of Amazon numbers. At 5 p.m., Safe Harbor had jumped again. It was #573 in the FREE Kindle store on, and #27 in Suspense. Over at, it was #132 in the FREE store and #4 in Suspense — just one book behind Bram Stoker’s Dracula!

I’m crossing my fingers and my toes that my darling will hit #1 in Suspense — soon. Maybe even #1 in the entire FREE store!

About rosemarymccracken

Rosemary McCracken is a Toronto-based fiction writer.
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