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Follow Author K.C. Sivils on Social Media For Readers

Social media can eat up a lot of time. There aren’t too many people who would disagree with that statement. Many avid readers who enjoy social media find it necessary to choose between reading and engaging with others via social media.

The solution?

Social media designed for avid readers!

There three easy methods to connect with other readers and favorite authors:

Goodreads
Amazon Author Central
BookBub Author

Goodreads is essentially Facebook for readers. Fans who open accounts on Goodreads are serious about reading. There are lot of cool features for the avid reader. Here’s a few:

1) Asking the author questions: Authors have to give their consent to participate in this feature so they tend to answer.

2) Updates on the author and upcoming new work: These come in the form of an e-mail. I know, another e-mail. Having said that, the subject line informs you the e-mail is an update from a favorite author. I open these.

3) Reading groups focused on specific topics or genres: I belong to a couple of these and they’re fun. One of the groups has a monthly group read of a book the group picks. You can participate in the discussion on line. Reading groups are also a way to discover new or obscure authors.

4) Book Giveaways: Goodreads runs book giveaways. You can win Kindle or paperback copies of books directly from the authors. I’ll be honest, some of the paperback copies are likely drop shipped directly from CreateSpace or IngramSpark (POD services). But some authors sign the copy for you and mail it directly to you.

Note: You don’t provide the author any of your information to enter the Giveaway. The author is notified by GoodReads when the Giveaway is over and provided contact information to the winners.

Each Giveaway has some restrictions and there are limits to the number of winners in each Giveaway.

5) Access to reviews: GoodReads users are all avid readers. Most of them at least rate the books they read and many write detailed reviews. I find the reviews and ratings to be more just and accurate than those I find on Amazon.

6) Friends that are readers: Like Facebook, you can have friends. GoodReads will communicate updates to you if desired about what your friends are reading. These are avid readers who love books. Not just reading books but discussing them as well.

If you love an obscure author or genre, here is a way to find like minded readers!

Unlike other forms of social media I actually enjoy the time I spend on GoodReads.

The pitch: Amazon owns GoodReads and it’s slowly becoming a way for authors to connect with and find new readers. The more followers authors have, the larger an audience they can reach.

How to follow an author: It’s easy. First you have to have a Goodreads account.

Goodreads author book listing
Author book listing

If you find an author you would like to follow, search for one of the author’s books. In the image above you’ll see the listing for my own The Predator and The Prey. Beneath the title of the book you will find the author’s name listed. Place your cursor on the author’s name and click.

Goodreads follow button
Follow Button

The gentleman depicted above is none other than the famous Ed McBain, author and creator of the 87th Precinct series of novels. Bellow the image you will see a button labeled “Follow Author.” Simply click on the button and you are now following that particular author.

Amazon Author Central is just as easy to join. You can click on the author’s name as it is listed beneath the book title. In addition to announcements and updates about the author’s books and new releases (Amazon wants to sell you books) you can keep track of all of the author’s blog posts without leaving the Amazon website.

How to follow K.C. Sivils on Amazon
How to follow K.C. Sivils on Amazon.

In the image above, you’ll notice beneath the small image of the book cover a caption asking you to follow the author of the book. Usually you’ll see a tiny image of the author and a button to click labeled +Follow. Just click on the button and Amazon does the rest. You’re following the author now.

BookBub is one of the most popular places for readers to find books and learn about deals on ebooks. Like Goodreads and Amazon, you’ll need an account.

Once you have opened an account and logged in, following an author is easy. You can use the search feature to look up an author. In the example bellow, I did a search for Rex Stout, the creator of the Nero Wolfe series.

Rex Stout BookBub

In the top right corner is the familiar Follow button. Click on it and you’re now following the author.

If you don’t know who the author is but love a particular book and want to either learn more about the author of follow the author, do a search for the book.

In the image below you’ll see the page for The League of Frightened Men by Rex Stout. In the lower right corner of the image is the Follow button.

I am working to grow my list of followers on all three of these platforms. If you already have accounts with them, please take a minute and add me to the list of authors you follow.

If you don’t utilize any of the above three, consider creating a Goodreads account. As I said before, it’s social media for avid readers.

Available August 2, The Inspector Sullivan Thriller Box Set (Books 1-3) On Pre-sale at Amazon

It’s taken awhile, but finally, the first box set in the Inspector Thomas Sullivan Thriller series is available for pre-sale on Amazon. On August 2, the Box Set will go live!

The Inspector Thomas Sullivan Thriller Series Box Set: Hard Boiled Noir From The Future
The Inspector Thomas Sullivan Thriller Series Box Set: Hard Boiled Noir From The Future

From the Amazon Product Description:

Now in a single box set – the first three hard hitting and action-packed Inspector Thomas Sullivan Thrillers – Hardboiled Noir from the Future!

Fans of classic pulp detective stories from the pens of Dashiell Hammet and Raymond Chandler will enjoy Sully’s deadpan banter and the assorted villains and corrupt officials the Inspector must contend with. Bladerunner fans will enjoy the setting in Capital City, a character itself, set on the frozen world of Beta Prime.

Follow Inspector Sullivan, a man with a harrowing past, as he struggles to clean-up the crime and corruption of Capital City.

The Predator and The Prey (Book 1)

The challenges start before Sully even sets foot on the planet Beta Prime. caught up in a conspiracy while hunting a sadistic serial killer, Sully tries to find the beautiful young woman whose presences is a haunting reminder of a past tragedy.

Last Train To Nowhere (Book 2)

A hated authority figure from Sully’s past reaches out and asks for the Inspector’s help in solving the murder of a military policeman. The enigmatic Sarah struggles with reality as the bodies began to pile up, bodies of clones that is.

Join Sully as he and his associates work to stop a cartel trafficking in human clones.

Grey Sky Blues (Book 3)

No Alliance prison is as tough as Graham Correctional located on the moon Persephone. Sent to investigate a pair of bizarre murders, Sully and friends uncover a sinister criminal enterprise within the walls of Graham. It doesn’t take long for Sully to realize nothing is as it seems.

Bonus Material:

Excerpt from The Fractured Man (prequel to The Predator and The Prey)
Six short stories
Background history and information to the Inspector Sullivan Universe

K.C. Sivils’s books on Goodreads

March Release of The Fractured Man!

The first of two prequels to the Inspector Thomas Sullivan Thriller Series will be released this March! The Fractured Man tells the story of Sully’s days as a Space Marine, an SP, and his early days as a civilian inspector. Written it the style of classic pulp crime stories with a crime noir flair, readers will enjoy this futuristic thriller.

The Fractured Man Inspector Thomas Sullivan

Grey Sky Blues is Now Available!

It’s here! Grey Sky Blues is now available for a limited time for .99 cents from the Amazon Kindle store!

Here’s what other authors have to say:

“Inspector Sullivan is Mike Hammer in space, and he’s fast becoming my favorite sleuth in the sci-fi noir genre. In Gray Sky Blues, his series’ third adventure, K.C. Sivils delivers on enough raw knuckled action, break neck pacing, and colorful descriptions that the reader won’t be able to put down the book until they finish the final page. If you’re a fan of classic pulp noir you’ll like it… if you like sci-fi too then you’ll love it!”

Matt Abraham – author of The Dane Curse

“As usual, K.C. Sivils has guided his main Character, Inspector Thomas Sullivan in a great thriller. Intrigue and suspense rule the day in Grey Sky Blues. This book is a page-turner that will make you stay up at night. Very well done!”

K. Allen Cross – author of Flight of the Hellcat

You should think twice before committing a crime.

Because getting convicted in Alliance space means you’ll do time.

You might catch the Grey Sky Blues!

Grey Sky Blues
Grey Sky Blues

Just One Night Included in New Anthology – Eight in the Chamber

Ask yourself, how much trouble can one young woman and a parish priest get into in one night?

In Capital City, on the frozen planet Beta Prime, the answer is…you’ll have to read the story to find out.

My short story, Just One Night, has been included in the newly released anthology, Eight in the Chamber.

Eight in One Chamber
Eight in One Chamber

The anthology is collection of noir styled detective and crime fighting stories with a twist. The stories feature superheroes, the supernatural, or science fiction settings. Just One Night focuses on two characters from my Inspector Thomas Sullivan series, the mysterious Sarah and Father Nathan. Readers will also meet Joe Maynard, owner of Joe’s.

Included in the anthology are two of my favorite novels, modern story tellers who have mastered the noir genre, albeit in a bit different manner than expected, Matt Abraham and Alex P. Berg.

Grey Sky Blues

Ever been to prison?

How about a moon with no atmosphere?

Inspector Thomas Sullivan and his team have to solve two homicides.

In a prison. On the aforementioned moon.

In a prison filled with gangs, guards running rackets for profit, and an undercurrent of looming danger, Sullivan has to solve the case quickly.

Oh, and there’s the issue of a clone. A missing clone.

Grey Sky Blues
Grey Sky Blues

Grey Sky Blues will be available this November!

Missed the first installment of the Inspector Thomas Sullivan Thriller series? Download your FREE copy (Kindle or ePub) of The Predator and The Prey by signing up for The Inspector’s Report. Click here to get your copy.

Join Inspector Sullivan’s Reader Group and receive a FREE copy of The Predator and The Prey

The Inspector is looking for a few good readers to join his reading group. It’s FREE, but Sully says beware, nothing is truly free.

To get your copy Kindle or ePub copy of The Predator and The Prey, along with The Inspector’s Report, you have to surrender your name and e-mail.

The Inspector’s Report will allow you to keep up with what Sully is up to along with the few friends he has on Beta Prime. Things like who is Father Nathan after now, is Sarah safe from those who hunt her and is Josephson is the dog house again.

Short stories, author interviews, back history and news on publishing dates and releases of the latest thrilling adventure of the Inspector and his team.

Click here to sign-up The Inspector’s Report and get your FREE copy of The Predator and The Prey.

Editorial Review for Last Train To Nowhere

Thomas Sullivan has another case, this one possibly threatening the peace established by the Anti-Cloning Treaty more than thirty years ago. Forced to work with what some would call his nemesis, Sullivan is up to his eyeballs in intergalactic thrills, chills, and mayhem. Unfortunately, due to his own mistakes, he begins to alienate some of his very few friends, resulting in devastating consequences. Last Train to Nowhere by K.C. Sivils is an evolution of the classic good cop/bad cop conflict and reinvents that trope into something totally unique that you’re unlikely to find anywhere else.

I had never read an Inspector Thomas Sullivan book before, but he was an interesting character and the book was a thrilling example of what a good story can be. With a mystery/crime drama mixed with science fiction and lightly coated with a noir quality edge, K.C. Sivils is a talented writer able to blend multiple genres and create a story that fans of all of the above genres will enjoy. The narrative flowed very well and it was easy to understand the plot. I felt driven by both the characters and the interwoven plot threads of the story. There were a LOT of characters, but overall the large cast added a really great sense of a bustling world. If you’re looking for something new and different, make sure to give Last Train to Nowhere a shot. I will definitely be returning to try more in the series.

Reviewed By Katelyn Hensel for Readers’ Favorite

Science Fiction Novel Crime Noir Thriller
Last Train To Nowhere