Monday, May 5, 2014

Let Loose by Rae Davies Guest Post & Giveaway

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Let Loose
by Rae Davies

I love reading about Lucy and her companions along with the dogs and all the antics they were up to. It was definitely a different spin on a normal cozy mystery and definitely worth the adventure you get taken on.
~Community Bookstop
This laugh out loud funny whodunit will keep you reading until the end and wanting more.
~Shelley’s Book Case
Romance, dogs, murder, and humor. What more could I ask for in a cozy mystery.
Laura’s Ramblins and Reviews
raedavies_letloose800Let Loose:
Dusty Deals Mystery Series: Book 4

Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Lead Dog Books (March 3, 2014)
File Size: 826 KB
Print Length: 215 pages

No good deed goes unpunished. The rule has kept Lucy Mathews out of trouble for most of her 29 years. That is until her part-time partner decides Lucy’s image needs a little polishing and shoves her in front of every do-good bandwagon she can find.
Luckily for Lucy, her dream charity runs right up to her doorstep in the form of a sexy Canadian musher who’s in town to help organize the local sled dog race.
Not so luckily for Lucy, sexy Canadians and detective boyfriends do not a happy mixture make.
One dead race organizer, a group of rambunctious octogenarians, and a team of sled dogs in need of a home later and Lucy is confident this punishment is more than anyone, much less one lone antique store owner, can handle.
Other books in the Dusty Deals Mystery Series…
Loose Screw
Cut Loose
Loosey Goosey
Loose & Lethal: Dusty Deals Mystery Series Box Set: Books 1 -3

Coming Soon….
Love on the Loose (A Dusty Deals Mystery Series novella)
544752_332133136858752_1516498171_nAbout This Author
Rae Davies is the pen name of author Lori Devoti.
Lori Devoti worked for three different newspapers in two different states before deciding to stay home with her children and begin writing fiction. Lori has been a finalist for many awards including the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award and is a member of Novelists Inc., a prestigious group for professional writers. She lives near Madison, Wisconsin with her husband and children as well as two dogs.
Like Lucy, Rae/Lori loves antiques, Montana and malamutes.

Author Guest Post:
You Can’t Judge a Book By Its Cover, but I Do Anyway.

By Rae Davies

Seriously, I’m an author. I have tons of author friends. I know first-hand that publishing houses do not always pick the best cover for the book. I also know not everyone has the same taste in covers (or anything) as I do, but still I see a cover and I make a snap judgment about the book.
Now, with so many authors self-publishing, we do get more control, but still, is it fair to judge the book by its cover? Probably not.
And what makes a good cozy mystery cover anyway?
For me...
1.) It fits the book’s mood. If the book is a cozy, I don’t want to see a dark suspenseful type cover... or blood... or pretty much naked anything.
2.) I like drawings. This isn’t to say there aren’t some really good cozy covers with photos.  Jana DeLeon’s books in particular have some great photographic covers. But you just can’t get some cozy ideas across all that well in a photo. Take Donna Andrews’ The Hen of the Baskervilles. A chicken dressed up as Sherlock Holmes. How are you going to do that well in a photo?
3.) It has to look professional. Some might say this is self-publishing issue, but honestly I have seen some New York created covers in the past few years that looked as if a Photoshop newbie was given the job and about 10 minutes to do it. I am not going to list examples here, but I’m sure you can find some yourself. (And I might have been accused of this myself in the past... now I pay someone with a lot more skill than I have to do this work for me.)
4.) It needs to be book shaped. This may seem to be a weird one, and I think most book sellers have banned non-book-shaped covers, but every now and then you see someone being... odd... and putting out a square image as their ebook cover. I’m not talking about a box set deal... more like a record album, but for a book. Yeah, no. I know it doesn’t matter with an ebook, but books are still a certain shape in my mind. Maybe that makes me old, but there you have it...
5.) A cover that lets me know it is part of the series I love, but different enough I know it isn’t the same book I just read. I am not the most attentive person, and I already admitted I am easily swayed by covers. Chances are good if you write one book that I love and it has a cute comic cover, then the next in the series you decide to go with nothing but a graphic font... You will lose me. Not because I’m mad that you left my beloved cartoon cover behind, but because I won’t realize this book is part of the same series as that book I loved. Work with me. Keep it consistent as much as possible. (Again, I’m a bit guilty of this myself. I changed the look of my series just a tad with Let Loose. I think I kept the same overall look though....)
So, how about you? Are you swayed by covers? What is your favorite type for a cozy?

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Tour Participants
April 27 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Interview
April 28 – Community Bookstop – Review
April 29 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review
April 30 – Kelly P’s Blog - Interview
May 1 – fuonlyknew ~ Laura’s ramblins and reviews - Review
May 3 – Darla King Series – Guest Post
May 5 – deal sharing aunt – Guest Post
May 6 – Back Porchervations – Review
May 7 – readalot blog – Review, Giveaway
May 8 – Traci Andrighetti’s blog – Interview
May 9 – Victoria’s Pages of Romance – Guest Post
May 12 – Kaisy Daisy’s Corner – Review
May 13 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – Review
May 14 – Chloe Gets a Clue – Interview
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A choice between the three e-book bundle, Loose & Lethal,
or a print copy of Loose Screw

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