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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Guest Post with Author Darynda Jones and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome back to RFTC author Darynda Jones. With the recent release of Fifth Grave Past the Light, Darynda has stopped by to chat. Please give her a warm welcome.

NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious Golden Heart®, a Rebecca, two Hold Medallions, a RITA ®, and a Daphne du Maurier, and she has received stellar reviews from dozens of publications including starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and the Library Journal. As a born storyteller, Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike, and she is ever so grateful for the opportunity to carry on that tradition. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press: The Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of almost 30 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

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Okay, okay, it’s me. Charley Davidson. Yes, I’m addicted to caffeine, but who isn’t? I mean, who hasn't had that moment of sheer terror when you run out of coffee and scrape the bottom of the can with your fingernails trying to get every last grain? Who hasn’t run through the streets in her pajamas at six in the morning screaming for a mocha latte? Who hasn’t begged a homeless man for a quarter so you can get your next fix?

Still, caffeine addiction can be serious. Especially when you stop. Have you ever suffered the agony of caffeine withdrawal? Forget about it. But here at Davidson Investigations and Medical Research, we take caffeine addiction seriously and believe that prevention is the best medicine.
Wait. No, that’s laughter. Laughter is the best medicine. Either way, read on to find out if you have an addiction.

The following series of Yes/No questions will allow you to determine your Addiction Factor (TM). Keep track of the number of Yes and No answers you get and chart your progress at the end.

1. Do you use coffee to escape from your problems?

2. Do you eat spoonfuls of instant coffee because it's easier?

3. Have you ever woken up in a puddle of your own coffee?

4. Do you find that it's easier to drink more coffee than to go to sleep?

5. a) Have you ever drunk cold coffee?
b) Right out of the pot?

6. Do you spend more than 20% of your income on coffee and/or coffee-related products?

7. Does your coffee cup resemble a beer stein?

8. Has anyone ever told you that you "have a problem"?

9. Do you need coffee:
a) get up in the morning?
b) get out of bed?
c) be injected intravenously to stimulate blood-flow?
d)…to keep from being visited by sexy otherworldly men?

10. Do you own a "Coffee Helmet"? (For the culturally ignorant, a coffee
helmet is a hat with coffee cups attached to it and a straw coming
out of each cup leading to the mouth, used for hands-free

11. Do Native Americans call you "Ona mac towanda" (Smells-like-coffee)?

12. Does your doctor measure your heartbeat on the Richter scale as
well as by its frequency?

13. Have you ever sold personal or other people's possessions just to
get your fix for the day?

14. Does the phrase "swiss water decaffeinated" strike terror into
your heart?

15. a) Do you have a coffee maker in more than one room of your house?
b) more than five?
c) your bathroom?

16. a) Do the people at Second Cup refuse do give you free coffee
cards anymore?
b) ...because you're wearing out their hole-punch?
c) ...and it's bad for the environment?

17. Do you grind your own coffee?

18. Do you grow your own coffee?

19. Have you ever been fired from a job because you're "drinking their

20. a) Do you know Juan Valdez?
b) ...and his donkey?
c) ...intimately?

21. Do you salivate uncontrollably whenever you hear dripping water?

22. a) Is sleep a hobby of yours?
b) ...that you don't like?
c) ...because it's too frustrating?

Response Ratio| Addiction Factor(TM)
Yes | No | Analysis:
20-22 | 0-2 |
Analysis: You are a well-rounded member of society with a love for life and you are very wise. You are bright and sparkley.
17-19 | 3-5 |
Analysis: You are a slightly jagged member of society, life's okay but it could be better and you are relatively naive. Your inner diva longs to emerge.
0-16 | 6-22 |
Analysis: What are you, some kinda nature-freak tree-hugger!? Coffee's not good enough for you, huh? What does that mean that those that do are deranged? Here, have some more TOFU! How about some ALFALFA TEA?!?

The majority of this quiz was taken form Chris Gahan’s with a few minor tweaks to make it Charley’s.

Charley Davidson may not look like your everyday, run-of-the-mill grim reaper, but she has vowed to reap grimness wherever she goes despite this unfortunate fact. Sadly, she gets sidetracked when the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, moves in next door. As he is the main suspect in her arson case, she is determined to stay away from him until she can find out the truth. According to her therapist, however, she lacks conviction.

When dead women start appearing in her apartment - lost, confused and terrified beyond reason - Charley has no choice but to ask for Reyes's help, especially when it becomes apparent that her own sister Gemma is the serial killer's next target. With his ability to observe incorporeally, surely he can find out who's responsible. And even if he can't, he is the one man alive who could protect Gemma no matter who or what came at her. But he wants something in return: Charley. All of her - body and soul. And to keep her sister safe, it is a price she is willing to pay…

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  1. I am a coffee addict but I already knew the answer.


  2. I liked the first one and I think it was because that's how it all began. I love Charley and her sense of humor, doesn't hurt that Reyes is super hot!

  3. Mine was 21..... Pretty accurate probably not the wise part tho

  4. 20! :-) and I've mostly quit...

  5. THAT WAS HILLARIOUS!! I laughed at the answers! I am not a big coffee addict BUT I do require it first thing in the morning..EVERY MORNING...or else..and I drink it whenever I start feeling tired. Awesome Blog!!

  6. LOL! I am a *tree hugging* coffee drinker... What can I say? I am just weird that way... :) I am a caffeine freak if that counts... Having a somewhat insomniac way of being... Caffeine does not affect staying awake or going to sleep... But no tea please... Ack! Love this & might have to try the spoonful of coffee grounds just to say I did it... :)

  7. Lol! Love the quiz! According this I'm not an addict, but I do consider myself one! I'm drinking a cup right now as I read this! :-)

  8. I may not be a coffee addict, but I am a Charley addict! ;-)

  9. Well, I only got a 3, because who among us has REALLY intimate knowledge of either Valdez or his donkey?? I'm just saying. I do require copious amounts of coffee to function in the morning and the more coffee I've had, the more approachable I am. So I think that counts. :)

  10. Not really a hard core sell other people's things to get coffee, but I am a coffee drinker and buying mugs is a weakness of mine... Loved this laughed the whole way through. Darynda you my friend are a genius! <3 Charley and all things Charley!

  11. I don't drink coffee, but I substituted chocolate for coffee and I seem to have some serious issues.

  12. Well, according to the test I'm a tree hugger, but personally I would like to think that I'm a slightly jagged member of society.. ;) Loved the quiz, I'm a big fan! Thank you for the giveaway & Happy Hump Day!
    majorsqueenbee at yahoo dot com

  13. Yes....I knew I am a coffee addict. When you pick between buying food or coffee and coffee is ALWAYS the just know

  14. I don't drink coffee, so my score was perfect. Now if you did a Am I addicted to books? Or to Dr. Pepper?
    I would be in trouble. Thanks for sharing the fun quiz. I love this series.

  15. That's a tough one. I think I'll go with the 3rd because of Donovan, Artemis, and the whole biker gang :-)

  16. I love coffee but alas I am not an addict. I scored 3. Number eleven made me giggle though and regardless of my not so addiction to coffee, I am a Charley Addict and I loved Fifth Grave :)

  17. Hello - I am a coffee Addict and proud of it :)
    My score was 20 and yes I think it is accurate.

  18. I don't drink coffee, so I had a very low yes score of 0.

  19. well, most of my answers were no, so I guess I'm not really a coffee addict -- BUT boy! do I love good coffee, and I can drink it any time of the day or night.

    I do not believe I've read a Charley Davidson book so I don't have a favorite. When I was at the library the other day, I noticed they have all the series so far, so I will be checking them out . {Know the author would like us to buy - but I haven't won the lottery yet :) }

  20. I haven't started the series yet but I have the first couple of books in mount TBR! I am not an active addict. I used to be. Let me tell you, going cold turkey off all caffine, sugar and salt and not being allowed anything that even tasted like coffee for a full month! Let's just say, more effective that water boarding. Really! It's horrible! I'm not sure my score was totally accurate.

  21. great quiz!!!
    my Analysis: You are a slightly jagged member of society, life's okay but it could be better and you are relatively naive. Your inner diva longs to emerge.

  22. Oh no. Um, I don't drink coffee at all. *ducks and takes cover* But I don't like tea or tofu, either!

  23. I'm slightly jagged but, I've been called worse ;)

  24. I drink coffe everyday, but i never addicted with coffe. I just drink one cup everday. I am more addicted with my books. LOL!

  25. I haven't read any, yet, but I want to!

  26. I am a major coffee addict, though rated the middle tier on results. Fifth grave would be my favorite of the series as I've yet to get my hands on the previous novels, BUT that will be changing very shortly. It has been a while since the prospect of reading a series has gotten me this worked up. Thanks for stopping by!