Welcome to The First Impression, a monthly feature where I promote self published books that caught my eye! The idea came from noticing how quickly readers make decisions to order books based only on their first impression of them.
This is where instead of reading and reviewing books, I choose one self published book to promote each month based on its cover, description, and possibly hype. The authors have a chance to email and promote their story to me for a chance to be featured. Once I make a decision, I work with the author on the promotion of their book. I develop a post where I explain why the book was chosen, I create an animation, and we also do a short author interview – with questions chosen to quickly tell the potential readers if the book is for them.
Now, time for the first book!
The Engineer: A Chronicles of Actaeon Story by Darran M Handshaw
I’ve decided to feature Darran’s book first because of many reasons. The artwork is impossible to not notice and the author kindly provided a full picture for us – just look at how fantastic it is:
I know we all say that a book should not be judged by its cover – and it IS true because I’ve read many great books that did not have the best covers and many terrible ones with beautiful covers. But it is also a fact that a beautiful cover will draw readers in. We want the pretty book on the shelf. I’ve seen so many times how publishers put the best covers on books and the readers went crazy without even reading the blurb. Covers ARE important. They’re the first thing we see. If they don’t make us curious, we are less likely to even check out the description and the author loses potential readers.
I think Darran made a fantastic choice when he ensured his book displays a beautiful artwork. So, we are drawn in, and the next thing we check out is the description. I believe they should not be too long and smoothly tell what to expect from the book, including specific lines readers should be drawn in with. Here is how Darran described his book to me:
The Engineer is not your typical hero in an SFF adventure in the fantastic world of Redemption, the ruined city left behind by the mysterious Ancients. In his quest to make a difference in the world, Actaeon must face dangerous creatures, decipher extraordinary artifacts, and navigate complex Dominional politics. But when he meets a talented Knight Arbiter amidst the ruins, his entire life is about to change.
It is quick and straight to the point. These are the little tag lines that can sell a book in no time. Ruined city. Dangerous creatures. Artefacts. Politics. Unlikely hero. Life about to change. Tick, tick, tick. I’m in!
When coming up with questions I didn’t want a very long author interview, I wanted a quick one that everybody will have time to read yet one that will say a lot about the book and author. I absolutely loved the answers that Darran provided and I hope you will enjoy them too – and that they will convince you to buy the book!
Three words to describe the main character.
I would describe Actaeon as inventive, optimistic, and loquacious.
Two words to describe the world.
Redemption is post-apocalyptic and futuristic.
One word to describe the book as a whole.
If I had to describe The Engineer in one word it would be Unanticipated!
Your favourite quote from the book.
I love this quote from Eisandre. I used it for the back matter on the cover. “We are born in the shadow of fading memories and fallen dreams, living our days within the decaying bones of an age long gone.”
What do you love the most about your book?
It is the true story of how I met my wife.
What do you love the most about books?
I love getting lost in a story that draws me into a world and makes me want to explore.
What’s one of your favourite books?
My favorite book ever is The Great Book of Amber by Roger Zelazny
Anything you’d like to tell the readers about your book?
If you want to read a book with a different kind of hero — one that gets out of (and into) trouble with their wits instead of their might, then this is for you.
I don’t know about you but the answers made me really want to read this book! Expect a review of Engineer on this blog in the future.
Darran is on Twitter @ Engineer7601 – give him a follow, he’s a great guy!
Click HERE to buy a copy of his book. Let me know if you did x
That’s it, folks! I hope you enjoyed this feature and you will come back next month for another one. Self published authors, let me know if you want your books featured in the future.