Nov 2, 2012

Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet Blog Tour! (+Contest)

Hey all! Guess what? Darynda is BACK!! Her YA release debuted a month ago and now it's time for the next book in her oh-so-fabulous Charley Davidson series! I started this series just this year and it was freaking awesome and hilarious! I love a book that is action packed, sprinkled with some hot romance and has dashes of freaking LOL humor!! Of course this series has more than a few "dashes!" 

For my review of Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet, click here.

Once again, I asked the talented Darynda a few questions regarding her Charley Davidson books. Thanks again for answering these, Darynda!

Q. Where do you get your ideas for the humor that is uniquely Charley's?

A. Oh, gosh, all over! I pay very close attention to humor. It’s very subjective, obviously, but I love finding out what is funny and why. It’s all about doing the unexpected and with Charley’s ADD, we get the unexpected a lot. :)

Q. How many Charley Davidson books do you have planned?

A. My editor wants it to be ongoing, so there’s just no telling. I would love it to continue for quite a while longer. I adore writing about Charley and her antics, but when that day does come, I have a backup plan. I actually have the last book in the series planned out and a spinoff started. But hopefully that won’t happen for a very long time.

Q. If you could spend the evening with Reyes, what do you think you would talk to him about? What would he say or do?

A. I think I would be a tad tongue-tied. But if I could ever regain my composure, I supposed I’d talk to him about what it was like to be created and raised in Hell. What was his childhood like and was it worse or better than the one he experienced as a human.

He would probably ignore me. I can’t imagine talking about either of his childhoods would be pleasant for him, so it’s not like I’d be able to blame him.

And now for an exclusive sneak peek at 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 blame him. 

“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 case?” 

“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 exhaust system.” 


“Hurry, before I get away!”

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.

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  1. Darynda is one of the most adorable and nicest authors ! I love talking with her on facebook.She rocks!

  2. I absolutely love Darynda and her books! Her YA series is just as funny and exciting as this one.

  3. I cant get enough of this series!

  4. I love this series. I get completly hooked in on page 1 and just want to read through till the end (not that I usually can, life aka kids interupt) Darydnas books are so humorous and exciting I absolutely love her writing.

  5. Darynda is my favorite author so I eagerly await each new book that she writes and Fourth Grave has finally arrived! I feel so lucky to have caught on to the series in the beginning, I can't imagine my life without Darynda's awesome writing, Charley's crazy, hilarious life or *sigh* Reyes. :)

  6. I can't wait to read book #4! I love this series :)

  7. I absolutely love this series. I love seeing where Charley is going to go this time. She never fails to get herself in over her head.

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  10. I love Charley and her friends!!! And "Reyes". The humor, makes me laugh, the romance, even though it's rare, the suspense!!!! A great read!

  11. I really do love this series! I'm so glad that the book is out now I can get my read on with some Charley & Reyes. I have heard nothing but great things about the book. I'm still waiting for mine. But I know it will be worth the wait.

  12. Darynda is a wonderful author and I love both the Charley Davidson and the Darklight series! I know 4th Grave just came out, but I'm ready for 5th Grave!

  13. LOVED this book! I actually laughed out loud so often bc Charley was hillarious and she knows humor! I will always continue to follow this awesome series plus her newest YA series!

  14. I have literally loved all of Darynda's books! I just can't get enough of Charlie and Reyes! I am always pimpin her books to anyone that loves to read! Power to the Grimlets!

  15. I just love Charley. I love her humor, her ADD, Mr. Wong.....all of it!

  16. Once again, Darynda gives an interview that makes me adore her even more!

  17. There isn't anything i don't love about this series. Charlie is so witty and I just love her. I am so glad the series will be going a while.

  18. THere is no way I could get enough but i just finished fourth grave and I am to excited for the nest one. Thank you Draynda Jones there are so many book where I wished the series would end and be done there is no where left for them to go but you just make me want more and more

  19. Thank you for hosting one of my VERY FAVORITE authors, Darynda Jones. I am truly a HUGE fan. If any of your followers has not read this series, they need to start YESTERDAY. Unless they enjoy sleeping and eating. In that case, do not start this series. You will forego all that and more to feed your Reyes and Charley addiction!

  20. I haven't had a chance to start this series yet, but I've heard so many very great things about it that I know I'm missing out. I'm looking forward to starting it soon, and I know I'll love Charley's character a lot.

  21. I love the smart-ass, sarcastic, and sexy ways of Charlie. The humor mixed with the paranormal hotness is key!

    - Jessica @ Book Sake

  22. LOVE EVERYTHING about this series. Love the humor, the characters, the humor, LOL!! The smexi * waggles eyebrows * Cookie the side kick when needed Charlie is just darn fun to read. Reyes ...humma, humma, and knowing maybe, possibly at end of this looooooonnnnnnggggg series , there is the back up plan spinoff....happy camper really:D


  23. Awesome!!! Thanks so much for this giveaway! I haven't read this series yet but I do have the first book on my shelf. I just know I'm going to love it though.


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