All good things must come to an end....We have arrived at the final post for Something Wicked Comes 2012! I saved the best for last and today I have for you Darynda Jones! I am a huge fan of Darynda's Charley Davidson series and in case you missed it, Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet released on October 30th! So to close an epic month of all things wickedly scary, I have Darynda here today! First, here is a bit about Darynda:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work including a prestigious Golden Heart®, a RITA®, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. You can find we on her website, blog, twitter, and Facebook, Goodreads and check out her Grimlet Street Team.
Now I have Darynda and Charley here to answer a few questions followed by a short excerpt from Fourth Grave. Be sure to stick around for the giveaways and the special announcement at the end!
Here are Darynda and Charley:
1. Hello Darynda, thank you so much for stopping over, we are all worried about Charley, what can you tell us about her well being?
2. Why do you think female fans have fallen in love with Reyes?
Reyes is an alpha, so he is smart, tough, sexy, and yes rough around the edges, but he has vulnerabilities, too, namely his love and devotion to Charley. It is that soft spot, that kink in the armor, that is so appealing to us. We all want someone who, if we run up to him crying, takes one look at us and says, “Whose ass do I have to kick?”
3. Your titles are so interesting. How do you find your titles? Did you imagine them all when you started the series or do you brainstorm each time?
The first three I came up with pretty quickly. It’s funny because I was just trying to come up with something kind of fun for the first one and it just hit me one day, First Grave on the Right. The next two were a breeze. But after those, which are very light, I wanted to go a bit darker. I'm not sure my editor is thrilled with that idea though, so after Fourth Grave Beneath my Feet, which is a bit more serious, we are going back to the lighter titles. The next book is already titled Fifth Grave Past the Light.
4. Wow, two books in one month! Your writing schedule must be crazy! Can you tell us a little more about how many hours a day you write?
It kind of depends on where I’m at in the process and how tight of a Schedule I’m on. If I’m on a first draft, I will usually write (actually put new words on paper) anywhere from 2-10 hours a day, although I will be at my computer for more like 14. There is SO much more to writing than writing. If I am nearing my deadline, my hours will jump up from there. Sixteen hours a day is not unheard of.
5. Could you tell us a few of Reyes’ deep dark secrets? Do you know anything that he doesn’t want us to know about him?
Reyes has so many secrets, it’s unreal, and I am hoping to bring more and more of
them in as his story progresses. Most of them are about his tragic past, both on and
off this plane. But he does have a favorite pair of sneakers he refuses to part with.
I’m dying to find out why. And of course, he loves silk (the feel of Charley’s hair), he
loves gold (the color of Charley’s eyes) and he loves honey (the taste on Charley’s
tongue) …for obvious reasons.
Thank you so much, Darynda for answering some of my questions. I can’t wait to see how this series plays out!
Thank you so much for having me!!!
And now here is Charley:
Hello Charley, it’s amazing to have you here today with us. I know you’re super busy, so let ask my questions.
- Charley why did you name your breasts?
Hey, guys!!!! It's nice to be here, and, yes I named my breasts. I was a little surprised that Darynda put that in the books. *shakes head* When I was little, I used to watch reruns of a TV show called Lost in Space. There was this robot that would always shout, “Danger, Will Robinson, Danger!” His arms would flail about. I stole the names from that show. It just seemed like the right thing to do.
2. Charley have you made up with Reyes, yet? We really want to know, are you going to give him a second chance?
I suppose I'll give the guy a second chance. After all, he does tend to save my life repeatedly. The least I can do is let him explain his actions. And if, during said explanation, things happen to get a little warm and/or sensual, who am I to argue?
3. Is there anything you’d like to tell your fans?
I’m just really honored and grateful you are reading the story of my life! I never thought people would even be interested, but since I am the grim reaper, people seem to find me fascinating. Who knew?
4. Have you learned to use any new powers?
I have recently become aware of an unsettling ability I have that may or may not have caused the death of a bad guy who shot Reyes. I'm still coming to terms with it and can only hope I never lose control like that again. I guess where Reyes is concerned, I'm capable of way more than I ever thought possible.
We could go on for days asking you questions, but we know you are super busy. We wish you all the best, and hope you work things out. We look forward to learning more about you and Reyes. Thank you so much, big hug!
Sigh . . . I hope so too!!! Thank you so much for having me! A big hug right back atcha!
Finally a short excerpt from Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet:
With renewed energy, I pulled back onto Academy— after hitting a
drive- through for a mocha latte— and had just started for home when
my phone rang.
“Yes?” I said, illegally talking on the phone while driving within the
city limits. Scoping for cops, I waited for Uncle Bob to stop talking to
whomever he was talking to and get back to me.
My uncle Bob, or Ubie as I most often referred to him, was a detective
for APD, and I helped him on cases from time to time. He knew I
could see the departed and used that to his advantage. Not that I could
“Get that to her, then call the ME ay- sap.”
“Okay,” I said, “but I’m not sure what calling the medical examiner
ay- sap is going to accomplish. I’m pretty sure his name is George.”
“Oh, hey, Charley.”
“Hey, Uncle Bob. What’s up?”
“Are you driving?”
“Have you heard anything?”
Our conversations often went like this. Uncle Bob with his random
questions. Me with my trying to come up with answers just as random.
Not that I had to try very hard. “I heard that Tiff any Gorham, a girl I
knew in grade school, still stuff s her bra. But that’s just a rumor.”
“About the case,” he said through clenched teeth. I could tell his teeth
were clenched because his words were suddenly forced. That meant he
was frustrated. Too bad I had no idea what he was talking about.
“I wasn’t aware that we had a case.”
“Oh, didn’t Cookie call you?”
“She called me a doody- head once.”
“About the case.” His teeth were totally clenched again.
“We have a case?”
But I’d lost him. He was talking to another officer. Or a detective. Or
a hooker, depending on his location and accessibility to cash. Though I
doubted he would tell a hooker to check the status of the DOA’s autopsy
report. Unless he was way kinkier than I’d ever given him credit for.
I found his calling me only to talk to other people very challenging.
“I’ll call you right back,” he said. No idea to whom.
The call disconnected as I sat at a light, wondering what guacamole
would look like if avocados were orange.
I finally shifted my attention to the dead kid in my backseat. He had
shoulder- length blond hair and bright blue eyes and looked somewhere
between fifteen and seventeen.
“You come here often?” I asked him, but my phone rang before he
could say anything. That was okay. He had a vacant stare, so I doubted
he would have answered me anyway.
“Sorry about that,” Uncle Bob said. “Do you want to discuss the
“We have a case?” I said again, perking up.
“How are you?”
He asked me that every time he called now. “Peachy. Am I the case? If
so, I can solve this puppy in about three seconds. I’m heading down San
Mateo toward Central in a cherry red Jeep Wrangler with a questionable
“Hurry, before I get away!”
A huge thanks to Darynda and Charley for stopping by! Darynda comes bearing goodies. As part of the Fourth Grave Tour there are some great prizes you can enter to win. Feel free to enter these giveaways. (Note these two giveaways are not hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings) a Rafflecopter giveaway a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Here is my review:
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Charley Davidson #4) by Darynda Jones
Sometimes being the grim reaper really is that. Grim. And since Charley’s last case went so awry, she has taken a couple months off to wallow in the wonders of self-pity. But when a woman shows up on her doorstep convinced someone is trying to kill her, Charley has to force herself to rise above. Or at least get dressed. She quickly realizes something is amiss when everyone the woman knows swears she’s insane. The more they refute the woman’s story, the more Charley believes it. In the meantime, the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, has been cleared of all charges. He is out of prison and out of Charley’s life, as per her wishes and several perfectly timed death threats. But his absence has put a serious crimp in her sex life. While there are other things to consider, like the fact that the city of Albuquerque has been taken hostage by an arsonist, Charley is having a difficult time staying away. Especially when it looks like Reyes may be involved. Just when life was returning to normal, Charley is thrust back into the world of crime, punishment, and the devil in blue jeans.
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by St. Martin's Press
After the events that occurred at the terrifying and stunning conclusion of Third Grave Dead Ahead, we find our beloved Charley a prisoner in her own apartment. Buried behind mountains of cardboard boxes, as she has become an avid shopping network customer. Afraid to venture out of her apartment and nearly broke, Charley spends hours buying useless stuff and spending herself out of house and home. Thankfully, Cookie shows up and gives her some tough love....Well, Cookie needs a paycheck, too and without Charley working money is scarce. Thankfully, a knock at the door presents a case for Charley. She carefully emerges and begins picking up the pieces and putting her life back together. That also means she must deal with Reyes. Will Charley get her act together and find some answers and take control of Reyes once and for all?
What I Liked:
- Once again the lovable Charley Davidson doesn't disappoint in her fourth outing. This time around, though, Charley is struggling a bit and her habit of jumping into the fire is subdued. That doesn't mean that she doesn't get into trouble. You can expect Charley, as usual, to find herself in plenty of sticky situations, one quite literally when she willingly ends up duct taped to a chair! This book does take on a bit of a darker tone, but never fear it is loaded with the typical wit and sarcasm that Charley Davidson is known for!
- I liked that this time around I finally got some answers to some of the pressing questions that were nagging from the beginning. Reyes in a rare moment opens up to Charley and divulges a bit of information on grim reapers, and so forth, and at last I know why he nicknamed her Dutch!
- I love that this series continues to utilize multiple story lines in each book. Charley is still trying to figure out her relationship with Reyes and determine whether the son of Satan spells trouble or not. The demons are hunting her, and Reyes is fighting them off. She is sorting out her messy familial relationships, and she might even be making progress on her relationship with her step mother, or not.....She has a puzzling new case that left me stunned at the resolution. All in all, a lot goes on in a Charley Davidson book! Darynda Jones never fails to keep me entertained. This series is like a breath of fresh air and I eagerly await each new installment!
- I know I have mentioned this before, but I will say it again. This series does not have a love triangle (just a complicated romance) and it refrains from cliffhangers. I thoroughly enjoy reading these books because there is always a nice resolution at the end!
- I liked that this time around Charley is starting to mature just a bit, and she is finally learning a bit more about her powers, but she still has a lot to learn because once again she manages to get her butt kicked a few times. I can't wait for her to stand up and totally kick some ass!
- I adore Charely's new guardian, Artemis. She is just awesome! I want one! Well, I guess I don't need an Artemis since I don't have demons trailing me, thank god!
And The Not So Much:
- I was disappointed that Garrett was pretty much absent from this book. I was expecting him to play an even bigger part, especially after the stunning conclusion of Third Grave. He doesn't even make an appearance until about a third of the way through. I love the wicked banter that usually ensues between this pair, but it is a bit lacking in this one. I have to say, I adore Garrett and I want more of him.
- Once again, the relationship between Charley and Reyes is friction and lust. They have this chemistry that draws them to each other like moths to flames, only to be repelled once they are together. The bottom line, I don't know if the pair is ever going to get it right....I still think she should settle down with Garrett.
- As I mentioned, this book has a bit of a darker tone. Charley is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder so her usual snarky, in your face ADD personality is a bit restrained. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but in comparison to the caffeine amped, sleep deprived Charley from Third Grave is a bit of a let down. Never fear, she still has plenty of funny lines, but they aren't quite as prevalent.
The Charley Davidson Series by Darynda Jones is a series I can always count on. Charley with her snarky, distracted personality always leaves me laughing. I also love the complex story lines that neatly tie off, but still leave me hungering for more. If you are looking for a highly entertaining series, please please do yourself a favor and try Charley Davidson! I am already counting the days until Fifth Grave Past the Light releases in July 2013!
"Doing nothing is hard. You never know when you're done." T-Shirt.
"I lowered the gun but didn't holster it. Not just yet. She could turn out to be a psychotic. Or a door-to-door-sales person."
"Welcome back. I see the assassins failed. T-Shirt."
"She had a desk up front, but her office sat in the back past the studio, a corner space the size of a moth's testicles with a nice view of the Dumpster across the alley."
"Okay. Don't make me come down there and kick your skank-lovin' ass."
"I'll try not to let that threat keep me up nights."
"Why kill them with kindness when you can use an axe? T-Shirt."
"I would rather be attacked by rabid fire ants than be jealous."
"I can pray, I said insulted. Just tell me what to pray about. I'll totally put it on my to-do list."
"Brownies were like spare batteries. One could never have too many in the house."
"If there was ever a time to carry a flashlight, it would definitely be at night."
"I borrowed a pair of your sweats. I ran into a convenience store with them on. I talked to neighbors out in their yard when I pulled up. And only after I got inside did I realize that they had 'Exit Only' written across the back."
"Drink Coffee. Do stupid things faster and with more energy. T-Shirt."
"If you must eat a banana in public, never make eye contact."
A big thanks to St. Griffith's publishing for the ARC copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for my review. All quotations come from the ARC copy and may vary from the final version.
The folks over at Macmillian Audio wanted to be sure that you all know that Fourth Grave is also available in audiobook. You can check out a sample here:
With that, Something Wicked Comes draws to a close. I hope you all had as much fun as I did! Since I enjoyed this month long blog tour giveaway hop so much I decided to host another! This time I am calling in reinforcements! Starting January 28-March 1,I will be hosting along with Cambria@CambiraHebert, Christy@Love of Books, Kimba@The Caffeinated Reviewer and Veronica@Mostly Reviews. The Event is called: Fiery Hot Reads for Icy Cold Nights (Fire&Ice for short).
If you want to participate everyone is welcome. The requirements are: You must pick a book with a romance or romantic theme. We are not hosting erotica i.e. Fifty Shades of Gray etc. We want to keep this family friendly. On your scheduled date you must highlight your book: i.e. review, author guest post/interview etc. Have fun and be creative with your posts. Finally, you must giveaway your book. You are welcome to do more than one day on the tour. This is a great way to not only bring traffic to your blog, but also a way to get to know some new fellow bloggers.
Each hostess will take care of one week, so if you wish to schedule a date please contact the hostess for that week. Here is the schedule:
I will have a full schedule on my blog as will Cambria and Kimba. We want to make this event big and exciting so start picking your dates. Feel free to contact any of us with questions. I will have the schedule up on my blog in the next few days along with the new buttons and banners! So get ready to face those icy, cold wintery nights with a cozy blanket, a warm drink and a fiery hot book.
Thanks everyone for all your support!