SNARE – Uncovered

I’ve received raves for the cover of my debut suspense thriller STACCATO, so the pressure was on to think of equally compelling ideas for my latest release.

This project has held the title ICE ON FIRE since its inception as a screenplay, but after receiving input from quite a few published novelists I decided stay with the musical theme for Book Two of the Deputy Hawk/Inola Walela thriller series. In doing so I had to come up with a different title—a single word grabber more relating to this rock music themed thriller. Not an easy task, believe me.

Many suggestions were offered, but SNARE kept coming to my mind and wouldn’t let go. I try my best to implement titles that signify more than one element relating to the plot. The word “snare” has not only has a musical connotation, but also means caught in a trap—which every character in the novel finds themselves ensnared in.

Once the title was nailed down I enlisted the assistance of the incredibly talented designer Chantelle Aimée Osman for the crucial task of coming up with ideas for the cover most fitting the new title. Chantelle insisted I stay with the “hands” theme. She was absolutely right. Due to her innovative efforts, SNARE truly is a killer cover.

SNARE is slated for a limited release December 28th and will be available to a wider audience beginning February 22, 2011.

As with STACCATO, I look forward to taking you on the journey to publication for this release as well.

So, what do you think? Does the title work for you? Is this cover an eye catcher? I look forward to your comments.

Be the first to read the first 25 pages of SNARE before the official release by going to my website.


Deborah J Ledford is the author of the debut suspense thriller novel STACCATO, now available from Second Wind Publishing, Amazon and Kindle. If you’re in the Arizona area, STACCATO can be found at Borders Scottsdale Waterfront, The Well Red Coyote, and Changing Hands Bookstore.


Filed under marketing, music, writing

15 responses to “SNARE – Uncovered

  1. Love the repitition of both the musical-themed title and the visual of hands and blood. Really cool.

    Excited for you Deb!!

  2. Thank you, Michael. I’ve very pleased by how the cover turned out. Can’t wait to share SNARE.

  3. The cover is stunning! I know people will love the story, too. Congratulations on your release date!

  4. Thanks Pat. I’m looking forward to your latest, Light Bringer, early next year, too!

  5. Excellent, Deborah, on both the cover and the upcoming release!

  6. A striking cover even without my having seen (and read) STACCATO. Keeping a consistent theme is a plus here. Good luck with SNARE.

  7. Thanks J. Conrad! Looking forward to seeing the cover of your latest soon.

  8. Nancy A. Niles

    Great cover! I’m looking forward to reading the novel, I loved Staccato. Good job!

  9. christinehusom

    Beautiful cover and I love the title!

  10. And thanks to everyone who left a comment. It looks like I made the write decision with the title change. Very happy that the cover is being so well received here and on my Facebook page:

  11. Looking forward to reading the book. It’s a great cover, but as with Stacatto, the whole bound hands thing makes me queasy. I guess that might be the whole point. 🙂

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