Ebooks now have double-digit market share in the United States and this new dimension of books is on an impressive growth trajectory. Readers, faced with more choices of books and authors at lower prices than ever before, however, are having difficulty distinguishing between high quality novels and the rapidly growing number of hastily written, edited, and published books now littering the digital landscape. Increasingly, readers are turning to trusted sources like author communities such as Goodreads.com and/or Amazon reviews to identify the diamonds in the rough.
It should be refreshing then, for readers to learn about One Blood by Qwantu Amaru. A 4.8 star reviewed horror novel about a voodoo curse tormenting a group of people unaware of their hidden connections. Not only does Jersey City based author Qwantu Amaru's debut novel only have 4 and 5 star reviews to its name, but the Kirkus Book Review recently designated One Blood as a critics choice novel of "remarkable merit". The latest good news for book and author is the nomination of One Blood for Global eBook Awards in the Horror, Thriller, and Paranormal categories. The One Blood book trailer has also been nominated for best book trailer of the year.
While 85% of books sell less than 1,000 copies in their lifetime, One Blood was downloaded nearly 2,000 times in two days alone on Amazon.com in February 2012. Clearly, readers are detecting (and rewarding) the difference between Amaru's novel, which took 12 years to write, edit, and publish and the thousands of novels with cheap covers, bad writing, and little to no editing available for as little as .99 on Amazon.com these days.
Qwantu Amaru has been writing since the age of 11. An avid reader, he always aspired to write suspenseful page turners and socially significant literature like those of his writing influences Richard Wright, Anne Rice, Harper Lee, Walter Mosley, Tananarive Due and Stephen King. Qwantu draws his inspiration from his modest upbringing in small towns and cities across the US. He has been a Jersey City resident since 2009.
The Global Ebook Awards honor and bring attention to the future of book publishing: Ebooks. Now in its second year, the Awards are in 72 specific categories. They are open to all publishers large and small so that a winner is the best in its category not just the best of small or regionally-published ebooks. Most ebooks are also available as printed books as well. The awards ceremony will be in gorgeous Santa Barbara on August 18, 2012. See http://GlobalEbookAwards.com
One Blood is available in ebook format for $3.99 and hard copy for $15.95 on Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/
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Independent Publishing Venture with 4 titles published to date: Sellout, When Love Isn't Enough, A Hard Man is Good to Find, and One Blood