Kudos to novelist and historian Christoph Fischer for bringing to life the story of Ludwika Gierz, “a real person, whose past still holds a few secrets and whose descendants in the UK are still separated from their family in Poland. Every piece of halina and ludwikapublicity might help them to connect.”
This is high on my list of books to read, and high, too, are my hopes that a novelist may help reunite a family separated for so many years by the horrors of war. (It isn’t just WWII. My daughter married a native of Liberia whose family was separated by the Charles Taylor uprising, and many were killed.)
Blurb: It’s World War II and Ludwika Gierz, a young Polish woman, is forced to leave her family and go to Nazi Germany to work for an SS officer. There, she must walk a tightrope, learning to live as a second-class citizen in a world where one wrong word could spell disaster and every day could be her last. Based on real events, this is a story of hope amid despair, of love amid loss . . . ultimately, it’s one woman’s story of survival.
Get the book at your Amazon store: http://bookShow.me/1519539118
Find it on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LudwikaNovel/
and on Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28111001-ludwika
Last week I used the five ‘free days’ in the KDP Select programme to allow free kindle downloads of Ludwika.
It is a double edged sword as it can attract verified troll reviews, but it helps to spread the word about yourself as an author and about the stories you write. I was lucky to secure a space in BookBub at my first attempt and I naturally jumped at the opportunity to get more publicity for the book (even though the good news reached me on holiday in San Francisco and I had to prepare everything from a borrowed laptop).
The result was phenomenal though: 63,380 downloads worldwide, which is the best of all my BookBub and other promotions to date. I topped the free download charts for 36 hours on Amazon US, UK and stayed in the Top Ten in Australia, Canada and India for the same amount of time.
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