Connecting with readers is the hardest. But there are a few things that you could do. Firstly when featured on someone's blog, always keep an eye out when your featured and check the replies left, which will be by readers that are interested in your work, talk with them and give them your time, it might be one reader at a time but good manners pays off.
Secondly there is a site called http://www.freado.com/ you can join display your writing, and do an e-book giveaway when ever you like, it's readers that enter the competitions for your book - it's based on points. Anyway whoever bids the highest wins and you get their email address to send them on the e-book attach all your information blog, website, facebook fanpage, twitter ect. You will see they will check in to your accounts and leave comments, that you should respond to.
Create a group - I created a group a group on facebook my personal page called Reviews of fantasy/Paranormal books 17 people joined so far only 3 authors. Already I have been in contact with two readers enjoying my reviews and went and got the books - then they asked me did I write fantasy. Told them about my book and one of them ordered it off amazon and is reading it now. I notice they keep an eye on every post I make.
Also never forget that authors can be your biggest fans too, I have met some amazing authors on a group called the writers network, run by Bruce Goldwell and a few of them have got my book and helped promote my work, so that is why I decided to review authors books- not well known ones, to give something back, it's about helping one another. Working on your own is like throwing a pebble into a lake, now imagine throwing a boulder in the impact is enormous.
I know it seems slow but what you are getting is genuine fans, even if your building them one at a time.
(This is due to experience)
Hope this helps,
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