First of all, forgive me for being away for so long. I've missed appearing here on Gather and am pleased to be back. Here's why:
First of all Okay, so the final steps for my next suspense novel, CRESCENDO, are at last being taken. All looks great for the February 19, 2013 release date. The cover turned better than I could ever have hoped, two very talented authors provided glowing blurbs for the back cover, the interior look is professional and pleasing to the eye. And after numerous read throughs of various versions my first readers, have given me their blessingâ€¦so why am I so nervous?
After all, this is Book Three of the Steven Hawk/Inola Walela suspense series which takes place in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. I should be over the jitters by now, right?
Well, two full years have passed since SNAREÂ was released and the release phase feels a little new to me. There have been a lot of changes since December 21, 2010 yet I anticipate that nothing much truly changes. Iâ€™ll still be doing my best to promote CRESCENDO at my personal page on Facebook, my STACCATO book page on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Goodreads.Â
In March Iâ€™ll unveil the release at the Tucson Festival of Books and the Left Coast Crimeconference, as well as numerous appearances around Arizona. And I know that miracle worker Pat BertramÂ will be alerting all of the Second Wind Publishingfollowers.
This time around Iâ€™ve even enlisted the experienced publicist PJ Nunn. Iâ€™m confident she and her BreakThrough PromotionsÂ team will do their best to reach a load of reviewers and readers Iâ€™ve never had the opportunity to get my words in front of before.
Very soon buy pages on the Second Wind Publishing website, Amazon, Nook and Smashwords will be available so Iâ€™ll be able to direct you where to find the best version for your reading pleasure.
Lots of excitement going on over here as I type this. As well as butterflies, worry that Iâ€™ve forgotten something crucial, nervous nights without sleep as I anticipate the birth of my next baby.
I mentioned the cover earlier. This is a visual Iâ€™ve had in mind ever since I knew we would be continuing on with the hand theme for the front covers of the entire series. The fantastic photographer, Ted StrattonÂ from Moving Pictures LLC, took the great photograph and the fantastic writer and former art director, Martin Roselius, did the layout.
â€œI love Deborah Ledford. Every time I tried putting CRESCENDO down Ledford hooked me into reading â€˜just a few more chapters.â€™ The action in this book is dangerous to sleep cycles.â€ ~ Jeffrey Siger, author of The New York Times Book Review Pick for the Summer,Target: Tinos
â€œDeborah Ledford directs suspense like a highly skilled maestro, taking us on a thrill-ride that builds to a powerful, climactic conclusion.â€ ~Darrell James, author of the award winning novel, Nazareth Child
Soon all of the hard work over many, many months will soon be over. I canâ€™t wait to receive my box of books from publisher Mike Simpson and his hard working Second Wind Publishing team.
I invite you to join me on the CRESCENDO journey which continues the 5thof every month where I appear at the Second Wind Publishing blog.
Since I've been away for a while, here's a little bio: Deborah J Ledfordâ€™s most recent suspense novel SNARE, The Hillerman Sky Award Finalist the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award Finalist, is book two of her Deputy Hawk/Inola Walela thriller series. STACCATO, book one of the serial, is also available. Both novels are published by Second Wind Publishing. To find out more about Deborah, receive a Free Download of the first chapters of her novels, and to read a few previously published short stories, she invites you to visit her homepage at the Second Wind Publishing website and her personal website.