“Six-Pack of Blood” Launches April 1st! Wins BEST PARANORMAL BOOK Award, Reaches #1 Kindle (Horror) and Goes International in Only One Week
by Betty Dravis
Amazon Product Description: “Six-Pack of Blood” received Zodiac Entertainment’s “Best Paranormal/Horror” Award from Producer/Director Dimi Nakov. It’s a compilation of six short, malevolent stories by award-winning authors Betty Dravis and Barbara Watkins. Be sure to lock your doors and leave the lights on before reading these bloodcurdling, terrifying tales of revenge, lust, murder, cannibalism, witchcraft and more. Who in the world is safe when such benign things as snow domes, dolls, a Caribbean cruise and an innocent Sunday outing turn malevolent? Blood is everywhere...
How it All Started: About three months ago, a thought struck me to invite the talented paranormal writer Barbara Watkins to join me in publishing six paranormal/horror stories in an e-book; three to be written by her, three by me. Since she’s already established in that genre and I had some malevolent stories stowed in the depths of Cyberspace—the modern equivalent to Stephen King’s old suitcase—I was delighted when she agreed. Playing around with the number six, it didn’t take us long to come up with a title. Six-Pack of Blood is obviously a pun on Six-Pack of Bud.
We set to work fine-tuning our stories and lining up professional book designers because we couldn’t wait to get this book on the market. I was especially keen on the project, since it’s the first chance I’ve had to show my work in these spooky, dark genres--except for one horror story in Jeani Rector’s popular HorrorZine.
Only the Best: Barbara and I wanted this book to be special for our readers, so I boldly asked Armand Mastroianni, one of the most esteemed movie directors/producers in the world, to write the Foreword. Mastroianni is an icon in the movie industry, having directed such classics as: TV – Dark Shadows, Midnight Café, Friday the Thirteenth; Movies – Pandemic, The Celestine Prophecy, Danielle Steel’s The Ring…and many more. We were elated (and a bit surprised) when he agreed, and we actually glowed when he read the manuscript and praised us and our writing in his gracious foreword.
Here is a blurb from Mastroianni’s foreword (also shared in the teaser trailer): "This is a feast expertly cooked up by master chefs venturing into the dark side designed to leave us captivated, enthralled and horrified. The perfect dish to accompany your six-pack...or if you prefer, a fine wine." - Armand Mastroianni, Producer/Director, Silver Screen Pictures, Hollywood
We couldn’t believe our eyes when we read the foreword and saw how much he truly appreciated our stories. When you consider that this man has worked with award-winning horror writers and produced blockbuster films, we were overwhelmed. (We are still sporting pretty broad smiles.) Mastroianni certainly knows how to “pay it forward.” What a caring man…
Colorful, Professional E-Book: Barbara and I carefully chose and worked closely with excellent artists for all aspects of the book: trailer-designer Kelly Komm, graphic artists Matt and Danielle Drake and eBook formatter Steve Caresser. (To view trailer go to: http://tinyurl.com/7mqyj5a )
The eye-pleasing, well-formatted result more than pleased us and, most importantly, our readers tend to agree. But even though it’s one of the “most eye-catching” books on the e-market, what delights us most is that people are “freaked” by our horrific stories. That’s what horror is all about!
Anointed with stardust: Our Six-Pack of Blood has been anointed with stardust, not only by Mastroianni, but also by Dimi Nakov, Producer/Director of Zodiac Entertainment, who presented our “baby” with the coveted Best Paranormal/Horror Book Award, and by e-Book legend John Locke… Thanks, John, for simply “treasuring” me.
Other artists and high-achievers who read the book and gave great pre-reviews are: Actress Katherin Kovin Pacino and her husband, businessman William Lashbrook; Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer Grady Harp; Janet Young Beasley, author of the series Hidden Earth: Maycly; Lia Scott Price, Book/Screenwriter and Horror Film Producer; Jeani Rector, Editor of The HorrorZine; Paul Payer, web designer/promoter; Dr. Niamh Clune, author of Orange Petals in a Storm, editor of Every Child is Entitled to Innocence, founder of Plum Tree Books; and Mark LaFlamme, author of Box of Lies, Dirt: An American Campaign and other novels.
Awards and Ranking: Like other authors, we couldn’t wait to see our rankings, so decided to share with you what happened during the very first week of sales:
- Wins Best Paranormal/Horror Award from Zodiac Entertainment:
- Brisk Sales on Day One;
- Hit #1 on Amazon Paid Kindle (Occult) on Day Two;
- Hit #1 in Amazon Paid Kindle (Ghosts/Supernatural/Anthology) in the first week;
- Became an International Best Seller during first week by hitting #5 in Germany (Horror) and #53 in the UK (Horror). We haven’t checked other countries;
- And "Six-Pack" received six 5-star reviews in first week. Yay...
My co-author and I are humbled to be able to say we are international best-selling authors and are pleased to report that while the sales are settling into more normal ranges, as of April 15, we still ranked #4 in Horror, #6 in Supernatural, #11 in Ghosts and #26 in Occult on Amazon Kindle U.S.
Wow! All we can say is: Thank you so much! We could not have done it without our friends, family and fans, readers like you. Thanks from the bottom of our hearts. For more information, please check our Facebook pages and Barbara Watkins’s website at: http://www.barbarawatkins.net
To get your copy of "Six-Pack" click the book cover inside the Amazon box at top left of this page (beneath the carousel) or click this link: http://tinyurl.com/7ew24ql
Thanks to everyone who helped make our book launch so successful; some of you are pictured below, but there are many more. Barbara and I are eternally grateful. Love you all.