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Friday, January 27, 2012

Guest Post with Author Darynda Jones and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome back to the blog the awesome Darynda Jones. I absolutely love her Charley Davidson series and the newest book Third Grave Dead Ahead is set to be released on January 31st and I definitely can't wait to read it. Darynda is here today to talk about her new book, so everyone please give Darynda a warm welcome.

Hey everyone! First, I want to thank Dani for letting me be a guest on her blog. It’s quite generous of her. Since she interviewed me not too long ago, she bravely decided to turn the reins over to me. Dangerous that, as I’ve got some ramblings of my own I’d like to do. Dani, you are a brave girl. :)

Third Grave Dead Ahead, the third in the Charley Davidson series, will be released on January 31, 2012. I’m super excited about this book and can’t wait to share it with Charley’s readers. I think her fans are in for a lot of surprises while reading Third Grave, and I hope you like her newest set of adventures. Just remember, don’t blame me. Blame adventure girl, Charley.

Charley’s third story is a hairy one. She’s prone to finding herself in some bizarre and dangerous predicaments as it is, but this book ups the ante. While that’s good for the reader, it’s not always so good for Charley. In fact, she even had ME worried there for a while.

In Third Grave, Charley pursues dastardly villains, bullies and bad guys, bikers and bizarre prison groupies, missing wives and murderous husbands. She rumbles with Reyes and fusses with her disappointing father. She is exhausted from lack of sleep and a little heart broken, as well.

Sleep pursues her like a wickedly determined drug dealer peddling to a hard-core junkie with money to burn. When it finds her, and it always does, sleep is followed by an angry and resentful Reyes. Is his touch healing? Helpful? Or tormenting? It’s a hard question to answer. She unwisely avoids having to make an answer, choosing constant wakefulness, instead. Charley does not function well without sleep (who of us does?).

Charley developed serious trust issues with her somewhat neglectful father in Second Grave therein breaking her heart just a wee bit. She could manage the hate that existed between her and her stepmother. She could manage the cool distance built between her and her sister, but the cold choice made by her father in Second Grave was a betrayal that brought her pretty low, tarnishing the relationship she thought she had with the man. She continues to be rocked by this anguish in her third story, stubbornly refusing him at every opportunity.

Forward she marches, desperate to answer the difficult questions laid out before her in Third Grave Dead Ahead. Where is the missing wife? Who would dare poison a biker gangs’ guard dogs and why? How can she be so angry with Reyes and yet want him so much? Who really killed his stepfather so long ago? Our Charley, foolishly perhaps, thought that she felt about as low as she could get. Third Grave Dead Ahead proves her wrong. It proves her very, very wrong.

Charley Davidson—grim reaper extraordinaire, private investigator . . . meh—is practicing her profession under the influence, caffeine and copious amounts of it, due to an extreme desire to induce insomnia. Every time she closes her eyes, Reyes Farrow, the part-human, part-supermodel son of Satan, is there. Only thing is, he’s a tad peeved. She did bind for all eternity, so it’s hard blame him. But 13 days without a wink is bound to bring out the crazy in a girl. So, when a man hires her to find his wife, Charley accepts the job with one goal in mind: Put the man behind bars, and not the wet kind. She can sense the guilt waft off him and vows to find the woman’s body and prove he’s a murderer.

In the meantime, Reyes is back in prison and none too happy about it . . . so Charley thinks, until she is carjacked by the dark-haired rake, who swears the very man he went to prison for killing is not only alive, but close by. And he wants Charley to find him.

While a visit to her old friend Rocket sheds no light on Reyes’s situation, Charley finds out the man’s wife is still alive and time is running out. Finding her before she dies would be a miracle, but she has to try. Together with the help of a fashion-impaired receptionist named Cookie, Charley sets out to bring the bad guys to justice. She just hopes Reyes is not one of them. And that she’s not hallucinating from her self-induced bout with insomnia.

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Winner of the 2009 Golden Heart® for Best Paranormal Romance for her manuscript FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT, Darynda was born spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. After the Golden Heart final, she pimped herself as best she could, landed an amazing agent and sold to St. Martin’s Press in a three-book deal. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of more than 25 years and two beautiful sons, aka the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.
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Darynda will be giving away a copy of winner's choice between any of the three books in the Charley Davidson series to 1 lucky person. So make sure to fill out the Rafflecopter form. 

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  1. OMG! I absolutely love Charley!!! (AND OF COURSE REYES! YUMMMM) I don't know if being the first commenter is a good thing or not, but I would wall on hot coals for this book and I think that says it all. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

  2. I'm loving this series! I even got a co-worker hooked! Thanks for the chance to win! I love all her awesome covers too!


  3. I love this series! And Third Grave Dead Ahead sounds fantastic! Plus I love the red cover:)

    junegirl63 at gmail dot com

  4. This sounds like a great series. I've been hearing good things, so I would love to win to check it out! ;)

  5. Thanks for the fantastic post and giveaway! I just got the first book in this series and I can't wait to start it!!!!

    Happy Friday everyone!

  6. I love this series and can't wait to read Third Grave! Thanks for the opportunity!

  7. I haven't read this series yet but from the review and great comments it looks like I really need to.

  8. Thank you guys so much and good luck!!!!! Thanks Dani for having me! <3

  9. I have not read any of this series yet but have read great reviews on it. I believe everything I have seen on this series has been positive.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  10. Excellent series. Thank you so much!


  11. I enjoyed reading your post. This book sounds very good. Thanks for the giveaway.

  12. The Charley Davidson series sounds awesome, and even though I haven't had a chance to start the series yet, I'm looking forward to it.

  13. LOVE Charley and Reyes, and can't wait 'til Tuesday for the next book to come out!

  14. Love this series! Can't wait to read Third Grave! I am excited to see what you do in the future as well. Thank you.

  15. I have not begun reading the Charley Davidson series yet. On my list.

  16. Hi Darynda!
    You're a new to me author and I would love to read your books. So many great reviews have been posted!

  17. I have only read the first so far, but the second is ready to be read! Looking forward to it! Good luck with the new release. And I just love the covers!

  18. Just finished the Rafflecopter form, and only then saw it is US only. Could you please tell that above the form? Perhaps where it says: one lucky commenter?
    Please delete my entries.

  19. Ahhh Darynda's AWESOME! She's willing to do a giveaway on my blog too but the winner gets a copy :P I'd love a hardcover of any of her books (especially if its signed) so I'm entering this giveaway as well =)

    Third Grave Dead Ahead's my favorite in the Charley Davidson series so far!!

    Kindle and Me

  20. It's about time I got started on this series. Thanks for offering your books Darynda, and thanks for hosting RFTC.

  21. I keep hearing good things about this series, too.

  22. I absolutely love this series and can't wait to read this. It keeps getting better and better.


  23. I absolutely love this series and I am on the countdown for the release of Third Grave on tuesday!!

  24. This author has the coolest book covers. LOVE them!

  25. Found the series by accident back in November- polished it all off in a week and have been waiting for book three... Have been getting the rest of the friends and fam hooked too.

  26. This is a great series and I can't wait to read Third Grave Dead Ahead. Can't wait to see what's going on with Charley.


  27. A friend gave me the second book, so I need to back track and pick up book one. Big congrats on your new release, Darynda.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  28. I have only just started this series so I would love, love to win the next book!

  29. I have heard a lot of great things about this series recently. So I would need book 1 since I have just learned about it.