Monday, November 12, 2018

Charley Davidson is Back, But Leaving (+Giveaway)

I’m thrilled to be participating in the book tour for author Darynda Jones’ final installment in her Charley Davidson series, SUMMONED TO THIRTEENTH GRAVE.

As part of this tour, you’ll get to find out my favorite book in the series, learn some interesting facts about all the books in the series and have a chance to win the entire collection.

First, here’s a brief synopsis of the new book just released:

Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the final installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series! 

Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper extraordinaire, is pissed. She’s been kicked off the earthly plane for eternity—which is exactly the amount of time it takes to make a person stark, raving mad. But someone’s looking out for her, and she’s allowed to return after a mere hundred years in exile. Is it too much to hope for that not much has changed? Apparently it is. Bummer. 
She’s missed her daughter. She’s missed Reyes. She’s missed Cookie and Garrett and Uncle Bob. Now that she’s back on earth, it’s time to put to rest burning questions that need answers. What happened to her mother? How did she really die? Who killed her? And are cupcakes or coffee the best medicine for a broken heart? It all comes to a head in an epic showdown between good and evil in this final smart and hilarious novel.

Now the book that is my favorite in the series is FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT.

There are many reasons why this is my favorite book. The main reason is because it’s where I fell in love with the character, Charley Davidson. I never thought I’d love a Grim Reaper character, but Charley won me over with her wit, charm and delightful outlook on life.

The author took a character that we have come to fear due to the nature of what it represents and made it a “flesh and blood” character readers could relate to on some levels. Sure, Charley could see and talk to dead people and experienced their entire life as they went to the light through her, but she also had issues with clothes, her stepmother, and guys like everyone else.

The author took a character we would normally dislike, a character normally thought of as the “bad guy” or villain and made it into a character we embrace and care about. While dealing with evil and death, the author incorporated humor and enduring friendship.

For a re-read of my review of FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT, click here. It’s a great story you don’t want to miss. The review also shares my thoughts on the second installment in the series, SECOND GRAVE ON THE LEFT. While you can read the series out of order, I would recommend reading it in order to get the full effect of Charley and her family and how they evolve throughout the series.

A FUN FACT for each of the Charley Davidson books:

First Grave on the Right
·         The concept for First Grave came about while Darynda was working as a sign language interpreter in her hometown. She stole many of the names from students at the schools where she worked, including Reyes, Garrett, and Amber. As far as Darynda knows, they have all forgiven her for her thievery.

Second Grave on the Left
·         Uncle Bob is a combination of two people: Darynda’s oldest brother, Luther, and the principal at the high school where she worked for several years.

Third Grave Dead Ahead
·         This was originally titled Third Grave Straight Ahead, but Darynda’s web designer, Liz Bemis, asked her to change the name to Dead Ahead. Firstly, it fit the content better, and secondly, Liz got tired of spelling the word Straight wrong while updating the website. Dead is much easier to type.

Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet
·         Quentin Rutherford makes his first appearance in this book. While his first name was stolen from Darynda’s little brother and his last name stolen from yet another Jr. High student, Quentin is physically sculpted from her oldest son, Jerrdan, a bona fide blond-haired, blue-eyed devil with a sparkling smile that melts even the staunchest of hearts. And, like Quentin Rutherford, he was born Deaf. Not that he let it stop him for a second.

Fifth Grave Past the Light
·         This book was fun to write! Darynda was trying to come up with something truly creepy to throw into the book, and she figured what would be creepier than having an apartment full of departed women crawling up the walls, skittering across the ceiling, and huddling in the corners? Also, it is one of the hotter books, so that was fun, too. Because, you know, Reyes.

Sixth Grave on the Edge
·         Darynda really wanted to open this one on a humorous note. She wanted to have Charley on a stakeout with a departed elderly man, who also happens to be naked, riding shotgun. Which begs the question: Are we really stuck in (or out of) whatever we are wearing when we die for all eternity? ‘Cause that would suck.

Seventh Grave and No Body
·         Osh’ekiel was originally supposed to be in one book only. And he was supposed to be a very bad guy. But Darynda fell in love with him while writing the book and decided to redeem him and give him a bigger role. Just how big his role would become didn’t come to Darynda until plotting Eighth Grave. He has been one of her favorite characters since she wrote that first scene with him.

Eighth Grave After Dark
·         Darynda wanted to really turn the tables on Charley and force her to have to stay in one place, thus the sacred ground of the convent came into play. It was fun and challenging to write a “locked room” mystery, so to speak, but that’s why she loves writing so much.

The Dirt on Ninth Grave
·         One of Darynda’s favorite books in the series, she looked forward to writing this book ever since she came up with the concept while plotting Sixth Grave. Part of what makes a romance so fun is the falling-in-love part, and she wanted Charley to fall in love with Reyes all over again. This book was doubly fun because the audience knows all the characters’ backstories, and they get to watch in anticipation as Charley slowly unravels the mysteries of her past, while seeing her fall head-over-heels for the same guy all over again.

The Curse of Tenth Grave
·         This book had one of those too-close-for-comfort calls. Right before Tenth Grave went to print, after going through editors and copyeditors and readers of all shapes and sizes, a savvy proofreader let Darynda in on a little secret: A Sherpa is part of a culture, not an occupation. Thanks to this razor-sharp reader, Darynda narrowly escaped insulting an entire culture in one fell swoop. Aka, her worst nightmare. Her gratitude is unending.

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight
·         Darynda dreamed of going to Scotland for so long, she finally decided to just put it in one of her books. She had Charley accidently materialize in the magical country, only to find out weeks after finishing the book that she would finally get to go there herself. In person. For realsies. It was even more magical than she’d imagined it would be, and she can’t wait to go back.

The Trouble with Twelfth Grave
·         This book has one of Darynda’s favorite epiphanies EVER!!! She thought, what if someone out there in the universe, a child perhaps, knows everything about Reyes and Charley? Everything starting from their supernatural heritage to their human identities? And what if that person wrote a book about them? Or a series of books? Say, perhaps, a set of children’s books and Garrett just happens to stumble upon them while doing research? How fun would that be? And the international bestselling children’s book (fictionally speaking) The First Star was born.

Summoned to Thirteenth Grave
·         By far the hardest story in the series to write, penning the last Charley book was a bittersweet experience. But Darynda knew she had to go big or go home, so what better way to go out with a bang than to end the world as we know it by starting the zombie apocalypse? Because that’s what writers do. We start apocalypses.

Author Darynda Jones
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author DARYNDA JONES won a Golden Heart and a RITA for her manuscript First Grave on the Right. 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.

For more on Darynda and her writing, visit her website and connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, SMP Romance Twitter (heroes and hearts), SMR Romance Twitter (romance) and the SMP Romance Website.

SUMMONED TO THIRTEENTH GRAVE is available to be purchased HERE.

You can enter for a chance to win the entire Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones, an ARC of the epic finale – SUMMONED TO THIRTEENTH GRAVE, plus fun swag! Just click HERE.

The giveaway is open to the US only and will run through Nov. 14th so enter quickly.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Veterans Day. Giving thanks to the men and women who have served and continue to serve to make our country safe.

Have you read any of the Charley Davidson series? If so, which is your favorite book? Have you ever liked the Grim Reaper as a main character?


  1. Oooh. This does sound like fun.
    And first warmed to Death through Terry Pratchett, but it sounds as if this is a new and delightful take on the theme.

  2. I'm not familiar with the series and it sounds like fun! Love the twist of the Grim Reaper being a woman, too.

  3. This is a really interesting twist on the whole idea of the Grim Reaper! And I admire an author who innovates like that. Thanks for reminding me of these novels, Mason.

  4. What a great series. So this is the final one?


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