Thursday, 11 July 2013

Fifth Grave Past the Light Book Tour Stop and Giveaway!

Never underestimate the power of a woman
on a double espresso with a mocha latte chaser high.
Charley Davidson isn’t your everyday, run-of-the-mill grim reaper.  She’s more of a paranormal private eye/grim reaper extraordinaire.  However, she gets sidetracked when the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, moves in next door. To further complicate matters, Reyes is her main suspect in an arson case.  Charley has vowed to stay away from him until she can find out the truth…but then dead women start appearing in her apartment, one after another, each lost, confused, and terrified beyond reason.  When it becomes apparent that her own sister, Gemma, is the serial killer’s next target Charley has no choice but to ask for Reyes’ help.  Arsonist or not, he’s 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.
Charley Davidson is at it again in Fifth Grave Past the Light, the sexy, suspenseful, and laugh-out-loud funny fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling series by Darynda Jones.

Author Bio:

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. She can be found at

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Author Interview:

What Are Your Favorites???

1. What’s your favorite TV Channel? 
The CW

2.Who is your favorite actor? 
Just ONE??? Okay, at this moment in time, Jackson Rathbone.

3.What is your favorite quote? 
“Don’t tell me the moon is shining. Show me the glint of light on broken glass.” HL Menke

4.What is your favorite breed of dog? 
Pit Bull

5.What is your favorite shampoo? 
It’s new! It’s called Clear and is AWESOME!

6.Name 5 favorite movies. Why?
1. Aliens
2. Willow
3. Blade Runner
4. How to Train your Dragon
5. Pride and Prejudice  
And soooo many more!!! Why? They are AWESOME! The are either packed with action and romance or packed with romance and romance. They are cleverly written, full of angst and tension and at least a little humor. Love them!

7. What’s your favorite line from any movie?
“You have bewitched me, body and soul.” Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice

8.What's your favorite love story (movie)?
Pride and Prejudice (2005). 
I think I’m the only one on the planet who likes this version best, but it is my all-time favorite. It is so delicious and romantic and heart wrenching. I just love it.

9.     What’s your favorite dish?
Toss up between hibachi chicken and enchiladas.

10.  What is your favorite song this week?
Stompa by Serena Ryder. Just wow! 

Ask me about life after death.
—T-shirt often seen on Charley Davidson,
    a grim reaper with questionable morals

The dead guy at the end of the bar kept trying to buy me a drink.
Which figured. No one else was even taking a second look and I’d
dressed to the nines. Or, at the very least, the eight- and- a-halves.
But the truly disturbing part of my evening was the fact that my
mark, one Mr. Marvin Tidwell, blond real estate broker and suspected
adulterer, actually turned down the drink I’d tried to buy

Turned it down!

I felt violated.

I sat at the bar, sipping a margarita, lamenting the sad turn my life
had taken. Especially to night. This case was not going as planned.
Maybe I wasn’t Marv’s type. It happened. But I was oozing interest.
And I wore makeup. And I had cleavage. Even with all that going for
me, this investigation was firmly wedged between the cracks of no and
where. At least I could tell my client, aka Mrs. Marvin Tidwell, that it
would seem her husband was not cheating on her. Not randomly,
anyway. The fact that he could’ve been meeting someone in par tic ular
kept me glued to my barstool.

“C-come here often?”

I looked over at the dead guy. He’d finally worked up the courage
to approach and I got a better view of him. I figured him for the runt
of the litter. He wore round- rimmed glasses and a tattered baseball
cap that sat backwards on top of muddy brown hair. Add to that a
faded blue T-shirt and loosely ripped jeans and he could’ve been a
skater, a computer geek, or a backwoods moonshiner.

His cause of death was not immediately apparent. No stab wounds
or gaping holes. No missing limbs or tire tracks across his face. He
didn’t even look like a drug addict, so I couldn’t tell why he’d died at
such a young age. Taking into account the fact that his baby- faced
features would make him look younger than he probably was, I estimated
him to be somewhere around my age when he’d passed.

He stood waiting for an answer. I thought “Come here often?”
was rhetorical, but okay. Not wanting to be perceived as talking to
myself in a room full of people, I responded by lifting one shoulder
in a halfhearted shrug.

Sadly, I did. Come here often. This was my dad’s bar, and while I
never set up stings here for fear of someone I knew blowing my
cover, this just happened to be the very same bar Mr. Tidwell frequented.
At least if it came to a knockdown drag- out, I might have
some backup. I knew most of the regulars and all of the employees.

Dead Guy glanced toward the kitchen, seeming nervous before he
refocused on me. I glanced that way as well. Saw a door.

“Y-you’re very shiny,” he said, drawing my attention back to him.

He had a stutter. Few things were more adorable than a grown
man with boyish features and a stutter. I stirred my margarita and
pasted on a fake smile. I couldn’t talk to him in a room full of living,
breathing patrons. Especially when one was named Jessica Guinn, to
my utter mortification. I hadn’t seen her fiery red hair since high
school but there she sat, a few seats down from me, surrounded by a
group of chattering socialites who looked almost as fake as her boobs.
But that could be my bitterness rearing its ugly head.

Unfortunately, my forced smile only encouraged Dead Guy.

“Y-you are. You’re like the s-sun reflecting off the chrome bumper of
a f-fifty- seven Chevy.”

He splayed his fingers in the air to demonstrate, and my heart was
gone. Damn it. He was like all those lost puppies I tried to save as a
child to no avail because I had an evil stepmother who believed all
stray dogs were rabid and would try to rip out her jugular. A fact that
had nothing to do with my desire to bring them into the house.

“Yeah,” I said under my breath, doing my best ventriloquist impersonation,

“I’m D-Duff ,” he said.

“I’m Charley.” I kept my hands wrapped around my drink lest he
decide we needed to shake. Not many things looked stranger to the
living world than a grown woman shaking air. You know those kids
with invisible friends? Well, I was one of those. Only I wasn’t a kid,
and my friends weren’t invisible. Not to me, anyway. And I could see
them because I’d been born the grim reaper, which was not as bad as
it sounded. I was basically a portal to heaven, and whenever someone
was stuck on Earth, having chosen not to cross over immediately after
death, they could cross to the other side through me. I was like a giant
bug light, only what I lured was already dead.

I pulled at my extra- tight sweater. “Is it just me, or is it really
warm in here?”

His baby blues shot toward the kitchen again. “Hot is m-more
like it. S-so, I— I couldn’t help but notice you t-tried to buy that guy
over there a drink.”

I let my fake smile go. Freed it like a captured bird. If it came back
to me, it would be mine. If not, it never was. “And?”

“You’re b-barking up the wrong tree with that one.”

Surprised, I put my drink down— the one I bought myself— and
leaned in a little closer. “He’s gay?”

Duff snorted. “N-no. But he’s been in here a lot lately. He l-likes
his women a little . . . l-looser.”

“Dude, how much sluttier can I get?” I indicated my attire with a
sweep of my hand.

“N-no, I mean, well, you’re a l-little—” He let his gaze travel the
length of me. “—t-tight.”

I gasped. “I look anal?”

He drew in a deep breath and tried again. “H-he only hits on
women who are more s-substantial than you.”

Oh, that wasn’t offensive at all. “I have depth. I’ve read Proust.
No, wait, that was Pooh. Winnie- the- Pooh. My bad.”

He shifted his non ex is tent weight, cleared his throat, and tried
again. “More v-voluptuous.”

“I have curves,” I said through a clenched jaw. “Have you seen
my ass?”

“Heavier!” he blurted out.

“I weigh— Oh, you mean he likes bigger women.”

“E-exactly, while I on the other hand—”

Duff ’s words faded into the background like elevator music. So
Marv liked big women. A new plan formed in the darkest, most corrupt
corners of Barbara. My brain.

Cookie, otherwise known as my receptionist during regular business
hours and my best friend 24/7, was perfect. She was large and in
charge. Or well, large and kind of bossy. I picked up my cell phone
and called her.

“This better be good,” she said.

“It is. I need your assistance.”

“I’m watching the first season of Prison Break.

“Cookie, you’re my assistant. I need assistance. With a case. You
know those things we take on to make money?”

Prison. Break. It’s about these brothers who—”

“I know what Prison Break is.”

“Then have you ever actually seen these boys? If you had, you
would not expect me to abandon them in their time of need. I think
there’s a shower scene coming up.”

“Do these brothers sign your paycheck?”

“No, but technically neither do you.”

Damn. She was right. It was much easier to just have her forge my

“I need you to come flirt with my mark.”

“Oh, okay. I can do that.”

Nice. The F-word always worked with her. I filled her in and told
her the deal with Tidwell, then ordered her to hurry over.

“And dress sexy,” I said right before hanging up. But I regretted
the sexy part instantly. The last time I told Cookie to dress sexy for a
much- needed girls’ night out on the town, she wore a lace- up corset,
fishnet stockings, and a feather boa. She looked like a dominatrix. I’d
never been the same.


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  1. LOOOOOVED this interview. I also really like your blog. Charley and Reyes just get hotter in this book.

    1. So far I absolutely agree. I am falling more and more in love with Reyes!

  2. I don't snack while I read because I don't want to get my kindle or books dirty.

    1. I can't agree more! I hate having sticky fingers all over my beautiful babies!

  3. Oooh...Mr. Darcy!! Loved that version of Pride & Prejudice. I love the line you picked Darynda from the movie. :-)

    Great interview!

    1. Right? I absolutely love the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice! I usually watch it when I'm sick. And the line is awesome! Thanks!

  4. Let me just say - Matthew Macfayden as Mr. Darcy was incredible. Those eyes and voice....YUM! I loved Keira Knightly as Elizabeth too. Their chemistry was fantastic! :-) This was an excellent interview! My favorite thing to snack on while reading is frozen seedless grapes. They are awesome in the summer! Loved 5th Grave and am re-listening to it as we speak.

    1. I couldn't agree more. He was very YUM! And Yes Keira Knightly was awesome.

      P.S You must be related to my family because the only way we eat grapes in this house is frozen and seedless.

  5. Fun interview!!! I finished 5th Grave last night and OMG is it awesome!!!

    1. Thanks! and I'm trying to sit down and finish it because I hear so many good things!

  6. I love all finger foods while I read but, my favorite is Hot Tamales!

  7. Great Series! And yes, I snack on gummies all the time!

  8. Great interview :) As for the question, if I snack it's usually pretzels.

  9. Fantastic interview! Depends on what I have handy, but usually string cheese!

  10. Awesome interview! Usually chips or string cheese. Sometimes it turns into my meal lol

  11. God no, I do not snack while reading. Crumps, greasy fingers prints on my pages, no way! lol

  12. Love this series! MY snack this go round was some ice cream hehe

  13. Loved the interview4 I don't snack while reading, I don't want to get my kindle dirty. :)

  14. The interview was very interesting, and yes I snak while I read. Usually a sliced up apple or some seedless grapes.

  15. Sometimes I snack when I read and its usually chocolate biscuits but then other times I do forget they're sitting there because I'm too wrapped up in a book :D

    Thanks for the interview and giveaway!


  16. Never snack when reading, but do drink - I don't want to put stains on my books! :P


  17. I used to, but usually, when the book was too interesting, I forgot to stop eating so it wasn't an healty habit

  18. I eat baked lays. I love this series and hope everyone else is enjoying Fifth Grave! Charley is awesome!

  19. Though I could snack on cookies or chips til I'm sick to my stomach, I most often would prefer a cup of coffee while I read. :)

  20. no snacking while reading - I dont want to mess up by book/kindle/nook

  21. Thanks so much for having me! Super cute blog! And good luck all!!!

    1. Thanks so much Darynda! And thanks for writing this awesome awesome series!

  22. I love CLEAR! Thanks for a fabulous book.

  23. I love Reyes and Charley!!

    Claudia - Libros de Romántica (Spain)

  24. Only coffee while reading Charley Davidson books. I think she would approve. LOL!

  25. Unfortunately I snack.. Usually chocolate or popcorn!
    I love this series!!! Thank you for the giveaway :)

  26. Loved the interview. Fresh new questions!

  27. Great interview! I enjoyed hearing of your favorite things and I agree Stompa is an amazing song! Plus Jackson Rathbone, Yum!!

  28. Loved this Interview! And I so love Darynda!

  29. I can't eat when I read - I get engrossed.

  30. No snacks. Just caffeine and a good book. :)

  31. Loved the interview... I finished reading Fifth Grave Past the Light & seriously where is book six? Need more of the Charley-Reyes-Cookie-Ubie-Swopes fix... Excellent as always! :)

    1. I agreed. I just finished it and I am dying. I loved it so much and I need the next one like tomorrow.

  32. Isn't it okay to read what I snack? I'm supposed to watch what I eat.

  33. Stephanie Christine15 July 2013 at 23:01

    Great interview Awesome writer!! and Awesome series!!! but I have to say this because misquotes bother me. "Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. " was said by Anton Chekhov

  34. Chocolate and Dr. Pepper.

  35. Love that her favorite actor is Jackson Rathbone. Love him! I usually don't snack while reading. It distracts me and I'm afraid I'll mess my book up lol. Loved the interview!

  36. Great interview :) Love Pride and prejudice and that is one of my most favorite lines. Love Matthew Macfayden as Mr. Darcy, and that long scene where he is walking towards Elizabeth in the Marsh at the end of the movie *swoon* wished I was in Kiera Knightley's place

  37. This is one of top favorite series. thanks for the interview.

  38. Thanks for the giveaway. Since I tend to read at night, I don't snack when I read.

  39. My now favourite book of the series... That ending... sigh. Also, as an answer to the comment question: I don't snack while reading but i do continue reading right through my dinner at the table. Ha.



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