What Draws You into a Book?

It’s no newsflash that the print publishing industry is in a slump. Don’t get me wrong, I love to hold a book in my hands and I have yet to purchase a Kindle or Nook. There’s just something about the printed page that speaks to me like the smell of the ink and the rough texture of the page. My stance on the slump is that publishers are taking less risk but that’s a whole other argument. Conversely, I am for embracing technology and thinking ahead which is why I ask the question:

What draws you into a book?

Is it the cover? The synopsis? I posed that question on Facebook and got some really good answers. My friend Reba Darling stated that the first chapter is what draws her in. I’m glad I asked the question because her response made me consider putting out the first chapter of Haven of Dante before it releases. I probably will after the editing process is complete.

Jayson Bumbalough touched on established franchises like Star Wars as having fillers. It’s a good point. My response to him was that given the state of our economy every penny counts and the last thing I would want to do as an author is ask someone to buy my book and them end up feeling like it was a chore to read it so when I write I do keep the audience in mind and try to throw a twist in that won’t disappoint.

With all of that in mind, I’d love to hear from you. I’ve written in the synopsis for Haven of Dante below.

Tell me what you think and how it could be better.

 For generations, the Dante family line has been in an ancient war between humanity and the nine circles of hell who call themselves “The Aristocracy”.

Fearing a new holder of the mantle to fight the evil, the Aristocracy seeks to eliminate the Roberto and Beatrice Dante and take control of new technology created by their company, Dante Tech that will aid them in recreating hell on the surface of the planet and establish their reign on Earth.

 The Aristocracy has their sights on the last remaining Dante, a young girl named Haven. After the tragic death of her mother Haven Irena Dante endures the vile theft of her innocence and goes missing.

 After two years, Haven returns but she is very different.

 And all of hell is about to reap her wrath.

 What draws you in?

Chat soon,


Leonardo Ramirez is an author of Science Fiction and Fantasy for all ages.

For more information please visit http://www.leonardoverse.com.

Thanks for reading!