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SNARE Award Finalist – by Deborah J Ledford

I received word last week that my latest release, SNARE, is a Finalist at the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards in the Mystery/Suspense category. I am honored beyond words to be on the list of other nominees.

Although SNARE was released December, 2011, the New Mexico Book Awards are held every two years, therefore the book qualified for consideration. These awards are sponsored by the New Mexico Book Co-op, headed by the fabulous Paul Rhetts. He and his team received Southwest location/themed submission from all over the country, 45 categories in all. No doubt, a daunting task.

One of the main locations for SNARE is the ominous and intriguing Taos Pueblo Indian Reservation, which is the main reason the book qualified for this book award.

The complete list of Finalists can be found HERE. The awards ceremony will take place November 16th in Albuquerque, NM.

Congratulations not only go to me as the author of SNARE, but also to Second Wind Publishing for presenting these words in print and for e-readers. Huge thanks to publisher Mike Simpson, Pat Bertram and Tracy Beltran.

This validation could not come at a better time! I’m polishing the third book in the Steven Hawk/Inola Walela thriller series, Crescendo, which will be released by Second Wind Publishing mid-February, 2013.

Big thanks to everyone out there who took the time to read, review, and promote the book. Your support means more than you could possibly know. I will be most grateful for you all to continue spreading the news about SNARE.

Deborah J Ledford’s latest suspense novel SNARE, the New Mexico Book Award Finalist, and The Hillerman Sky 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.


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Book Award Season

I hope everyone enjoyed a fabulous holiday season. 2011 is upon us, which means it’s time to get ready to submit books and short stories for award consideration.

My novels are released by Second Wind Publishing, therefore my latest title, SNARE, qualifies for the Independent Publishers Book Awards (IPPY), and the Glyph Awards, sponsored by the Arizona Book Publishing Association. I plan to submit SNARE to the Suspense/Thriller and Multi-Cultural categories.

As for short stories, I submitted “Loose End” which appeared in the Sisters in Crime Chapter Desert Sleuths mystery anthology How NOT to Survive a Vacation for consideration to the Derringer Award.

The award possibility I’m most excited about takes place during the upcoming Left Coast Crime Conference (LCC) which will be held March 24-27 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This is one of the most prestigious fan/writer conventions. I networked and mingled with readers from around the globe and some of the finest crime novelists in the publishing world at last year’s conference.

One of the locations of my latest thriller is set in the Great Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina. The female lead is Native American and the other location takes place on New Mexico’s Taos Pueblo Indian reservation, therefore SNARE qualifies for The Hillerman Sky Award.

Since this pop/rock music-based thriller was only officially released 12.21.10 I’ve been doing all I can to spread the word about book two of the Deputy Hawk/Inola Walela series. I unveiled the visual of the cover on the Second Wind Publishing blog titled: “Snare – Uncovered” and have received a fantastic response to the cover.

Writers and readers I’ve met since the release of book one of the series, STACCATO, have been very generous with their thumbs up based upon the first pages of SNARE. You can download this sneak peek from my website before the printed version of the book becomes available.

If you plan to attend LCC 2011, I hope you find SNARE to be worthy of a nomination to The Hillerman Sky Award.

Another Second Wind author, Eric Beetner, will be at LCC Santa Fe as well. He and J.B. Kohl co-wrote the fantastic 1940s noir novel Borrowed Trouble, worthy of the Bruce Alexander Award. I hope you will also consider this book for nomination.

Am I missing any other awards you’d like to share information about?

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.


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