Life in Missoula, Montana.
Since I released my first book (Strange Hunting), I have had the good fortune to meet and correspond with a number of new, independent authors. Most of us are all in the same boat: We love to write, we have taken the time and effort to produce novels or short stories, and we now are in the position of having to promote and sell our books without help from a publisher. It's a tough job. Yes, writing a novel takes hour upon hour of writing, proofreading and editing. It's sometimes a difficult process, getting concept, plot, characters, and description just right. But for many, promoting a novel and getting sales is even harder.
Many writers are not great self-promoters. Some are just not comfortable with it. Others find it is a new skill set to learn when all they want to do is write, but this is the world we live in. Most authors, even those with established publishers, have to do a great deal of their own promotion. So, we release books, then we try to promote them. We do book launches, join facebook groups, online book clubs, we send books to bloggers, reviewers. We measure success in shares and likes. We join writer's groups and reader's groups. We blog, we post. We go from being writers to being people who beg for reviews on Amazon. If your book has no reviews, people probably won't give it a second look. If you have a handful of reviews, all five stars, readers assume those are from your friends and relatives. So we try hard to get people to read the book and to post honest reviews. We try to find ways to reach more readers, to find a wider audience.
We end up connecting with other writers who are going through the same things that we are. In the past year or so I've had the good fortune of meeting several authors and connecting with countless others on social media. Many are nice people, most are pretty interesting (they're writers, after all). They write because they love to write. All of them are just trying to get people to read the books they've worked so hard to create. The following highlights six of those authors and the books of theirs that I've read. I urge you to check out their work. A review posted on Amazon, Goodreads, etc would mean a lot to any of them.
Blood prize is a thriller with lots of intrigue and suspense. Tom Fox is a man on the run, trying to survive, and trying to find a relic that would change the course of history. It's well written and moves at a good pace. If you like action, thrillers, and international intrigue, it's well worth a read.
His website is kengracebooks.com
Blood Prize is available in paperback and Kindle formats (at this link) from Amazon.com
2.Marcus Damanda - The Forever Show
The Forever Show is a fresh approach in the vampire genre. These are not new age, sparkly vampires and they're not quite your old world Romanian vampires either. The characters in this book are more akin to old school vampires, but with a new perspective to make them fit into our modern world. The result is an original take on a classic monster genre. The other characters in the book are well developed and the story is interesting and unique. Mr. Damanda has several books on Amazon, and if the others are as good as this, they are worth reading. If you enjoy a good, eerie, scary tale that will keep you turning pages, check out The Forever Show.
The Forever Show is available in paperback and Kindle format. The Kindle edition is linked here.
3. R.L. Robinson - No Light in August: Tales from Carcosa and the Borderlands
No Light in August is an immersive set of horror tales set in Mr. Robinson's original, dark world. He has a knack for writing horror and for creating detailed characters, situations, and settings that will make your skin crawl. The short stories in this collection are varied and interesting. The artwork that accompanies it is as original as the author's voice. A definite must for horror fans. Mr. Robinson has other e-books on Amazon as well.
Here is the Amazon link
4.W.C. Quick - Love's Leap
W. C. Quick writes fantasy in a unique style. He has a way of combining disparate elements such as physics, sorcery, alternative universes, and a talking cat into strange and inventive tales that are very entertaining. Love's Leap is interesting, creative, with a senes of humor. I have also read Blood, Bone, and a Witch's Kiss, which was also good. Mr. Quick has short stories and a longer novel on Amazon, all in Kindle format. If you're looking for a unique, entertaining read check out the work of W.C. Quick.
Loves Leap is available here.
5. Guy Donovan's book The Forgotten Princess of Mona: Book One is a well written fantasy novel. The world that Guy has created is very believable, almost familiar. He has obviously done a great deal of research and put a lot of thought into creating a land that feels like it has its own conflicts, its own history. Similarly, his characters are well developed and deep. Early on a reader can't help but to care about where these people are headed. The story line is solid and I look forward to the next book in the series. Find it here on Amazon.
6. Maxwell Zwain has a passion for writing and loves sharing his stories with others. He has several novels and stories in the Kindle store including Tomb of The Old Ones, and Dead Hybrid Walking. His stories are full of strange creepy creatures (such as demon-human hybrids) and epic, far reaching stories. I read "Tomb of the Old Ones" and found it a good, easy read.