by Annette McCleave on March 30th, 2010

I’m pleased to announce that the title of my third book will be . . .

Saran-Wrapped in Darkness.

And I can go one better—I can already share the cover. Squee! This is one of the best covers ever, if you ask me. Smokin’ hot, and yet subtle and artistic. The model (who I never got to meet, sigh) has abs of steel. Not an ounce of spare flesh on the guy. I heard the cover shoot had to be done on a closed set. When you think about the title, I guess that makes sense, but I sure wish I could have been there. Sadly, authors don’t get out much. We stay at home and write.

But, I digress.

Without further ado, here’s the cover:


I don’t know about you, but this really works for me. The dark color is consistent with the dark undertones of the book. Black is totally apocalyptic, and although I’m reluctant to give spoilers this far ahead of the release, I will say that’s appropriate.

Okay, yeah. You really have to squint to even see a suggestion of the Saran-Wrapped hero, whose name is Ridge Alloway, btw. But don’t worry, I saw the pre-edit of the model shot, and believe me, he’s ALL there. My editor says they intend to do some strategic embossing, so the final cover will be to die for. :-) Frankly, I’m happy enough with the un-embossed version. It’s in keeping with an urban fantasy novel to focus more on the setting and less on the hero. And this story takes place entirely in an abyss, so the cover stays true to what the reader will find inside. Besides, all that black really makes my name stand out. Grin.

I can’t wait for this book to hit the shelves. What about you?

5 comments to “Announcing…”

  1. 1

    Most definitely! Especially if the model is also saran-wrapped. Hey! Maybe we could get him to hold one of those neon glow-stick thingys? Just to ease up on the darkness a bit.

  2. 2

    Great idea, Zita! A glow stick…oh, you don’t want to know where I went with that. :wink:

  3. 3

    Snorf! This absolutely captures the Kafkaesque post-apocalyptic despair of post-modern romance. Either that or they forgot to pay the power bill?

  4. 4

    Hmm… Yes, almost there. I think one more draft… In pink. Yes, definitely in pink.

  5. 5

    I am ASTOUNDED by the powerfulness of the simplicity! Great marketing angle, I think! I can’t wait to get my copy of SARAN as soon as it’s available! Lol!

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