Monday, August 22, 2011

Guest Post & Giveaway: Darynda Jones

UFI welcomes Darynda Jones Author of The Charley Davidson Series. Thanks for Joining us!!

Thank you so much for having me today! I thought just for fun and something a little different I’d throw out some answers about the Charley Davidson series. Yep, answers. Like on Jeopardy. Then I’ll ask the questions. I’d love to know how many UFI readers guessed the questions before I posted them. See? Fun!


1. Tall, lean body with sinewy muscles, thick black hair, coffee colored eyes fringed with dark lashes. Oh, and let us not forget the ever-popular “dip in the hip.” (Okay, this one is kind of a no-brainer.)

2. Private investigator, grim reaper, all around badass.

3. A map to the gates of hell.

4. Cookie

5. Ubie

6. Brown edibles, mainly coffee and chocolate.

7. Danger and Will Robinson

8. A cherry red Jeep Wrangler

9. A skeptical skip tracer and a constant source of irritation for Charley.

10. Satan

Okay, how many did you get?


1. What does our hero, Reyes Farrow, look like?

2. What are Charley Davidson’s occupations? (Or, well, she could have been badass had she stuck with those lessons in mixed martial arts. She was only in that class to learn to kill people with paper.)

3. What are the tattoos on Reyes’s upper torso?

4. Who is Charley’s neighbor, best friend, and receptionist, all rolled into one?

5. What is Uncle Bob’s nickname?

6. What are Charley’s favorite foods?

7. What are the names of Charley’s “girls”? (aka, her breasts)

8. Who is Misery?

9. Who is Garrett Swopes?

10. What is the name of Reyes’s REAL father?

Did you get them right? No worries if you didn’t! You can find out more in the first installment of the series. But if you’ve read FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT, I hope you’ll enjoy the second installment in Charley’s story, SECOND GRAVE ON THE LEFT, where she is recruited to find a missing friend of Cookie’s while dodging Garrett Swopes and struggling to find Reyes Farrow’s corporeal body before it dies, against Reyes’s wishes, naturally. It all adds up to more misery and mayhem for our little girl grim.

Thanks again for joining me here today!


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. She can be found at

Find Darynda and her books

First Grave on the Right
Charley Davidson #1
February 1, 2011
Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an entity who has been following her all her life…and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely.


*If you have not read book one, stop now!*

Second Grave on the Left 
Charley Davidson #2
August 16, 2011
When Charley is rudely awakened in the middle of the night by her best friend who tells her to get dressed quickly and tosses clothes out of the closet at her, she can’t help but wonder what Cookie’s up to. Leather scrunch boots with a floral miniskirt? Together? Seriously? Cookie explains that a friend of hers named Mimi disappeared five days earlier and that she just got a text from her setting up a meet at a coffee shop downtown. They show up at the coffee shop, but no Mimi. But Charley finds a message on the bathroom wall. Mimi left a clue, a woman’s name. Mimi’s husband explains that his wife had been acting strange since she found out an old friend of hers from high school had been found murdered a couple weeks prior. The same woman Mimi had named in her message.

Meanwhile, Reyes Alexander Farrow (otherwise known as the Son of Satan. Yes. Literally) has left his corporeal body and is haunting Charley. He’s left his body because he’s being tortured by demons who want to lure Charley closer. But Reyes can’t let that happen. Because if the demons get to Charley, they’ll have a portal to heaven. And if they have a portal to heaven…well, let’s just say it wouldn’t be pretty. Can Charley handle hot nights with Reyes and even hotter days tracking down a missing woman? Will Cookie ever get a true fashion sense? And is there enough coffee and chocolate in the world to fuel them as they do?


Third Grave Dead Ahead
Charley Davidson #3
February 2, 2012
Summery Kept out so not to spoil book 2. You can find the summery for THIRD GRAVE DEAD AHEAD on Darynda's website =)
Provided by UFI
Winner will receive
- One Audio Copy of Second Grave on the left
* Audio copy is opened & has been listened to once for a review

1)  Let Darynda know how many of the Answers you got right.  =)
2) This giveaway is open to US and Canadian readers only
3) Must leave an email address so I can contact you.

Giveaway Ends 8/29/2011 at 10pm EST
Winner will have 48 Hours to reply to my email or I will pick another
Winner chosen randomly with the help of


  1. I am stalking this tour and so have these books on my wishlist. Thank you for the fun sharing, I made up my answers in my mind, because frankly I did not have a clue, but I had fun anyway.


  2. It's been a while since I read the first book (and haven't gotten 2 ...yet), so I only got 1, 2 and 10 right. I thought 6 was what Darynda eat while writing.

  3. I havent got the chanc eto read the 1st one,
    But they look really good:)

  4. I haven't read the series yet but I would like to. Please enter me in contest.

  5. Good luck, everyone!!! Hope you like the books! <3

  6. Ummm, I only got one and two right, but I cracked up upon learning that Danger & Will Robinson are the names of her breasts. Hysterical. I need to pick up the first book and read it--it's definitely at the top of my TBR list. Thanks for the laughs!!

    Fran/Hellion mshellion(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. You are brilliant!! I am 3/4 of the way in your first book and just love it!! Keep up the awesome work and I just can't wait to read your other books!!
    Thank you so much for keeping me entertained!!!

  8. I got 8 out of 10!!!! I own both "first grave on the right" and "second grave on the left" HARD COVER AND AUDIO ON MY IPOD! YOU HAVE BECOME MY FAVORITE AUTHOR.

  9. Ok, I got 6 out of 10. I forgot about Reyes' tattoos! I have your first book on Audio and would love to have the second one as well.

  10. I got them all right, but it was all fresh in my brain since I just finished reading Second Grave :) I love your books and I can't wait for the next one.

  11. I got three right, only because I had read some blurbs and excerpts. thanks for the giveaway

  12. I love this series and I can't wait to read the second book. I got all but 2 correct.

  13. I have to be honest and say I din't read the answers because I haven't read the first book yet and didn't want to spoil it...but from the questions the series sounds great! I love audio books!

    mmafsmith at gmail dot com

  14. I guessed and got three answers. I was expectign a low number because I haven't read your book yet but I am planning to :)


  15. I got 2 correct answers. That serie look very good!!

  16. I got 10 answers right. I LOVE this series. And I love that Charley named her breasts, though her toes names are just as great. LMAO!

  17. .great giveaway
    follow via gfc

    I got 8 right!

  18. I haven't read the first one --but everyone has been saying how great this book is! Sign me up!

    jendaleen at aol dot com


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