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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.

1. Ken Grace - Blood Prize

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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








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