Sixth Grave on the Edge
Few things in life can come between a grim reaper and her coffee, but the sexy, sultry son of Satan is one of them. Now that Reyes Farrow has asked for her hand, Charley Davidson feels it’s time to learn more about his past, but Reyes is reluctant to open up. When the official FBI file of his childhood abduction lands in her lap, Charley decides to go behind her mysterious beau’s back and conduct her own investigation. Because what could go wrong?
Unfortunately, another case has fallen into her lap—one with dangerous implications. Some very insistent men want Charley to hunt down a witness who is scheduled to testify against their boss, a major player in the local crime syndicate. If Charley doesn’t come up with an address in 48 hours, the people closest to her will start to disappear.
Add to that a desperate man in search of the soul he lost in a card game, a dogged mother determined to find the ghost of her son, and a beautiful, young Deaf boy haunted by his new ability to see the departed as clearly as he sees the living, and Charley has her hands full. The fact that Reyes has caught on to her latest venture only adds fuel to the inferno that he is. Good thing for Charley she’s used to multi-tasking and always up for a challenge…especially when that challenge comes in the form of Reyes Farrow.
About Darynda Jones
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 www.daryndajones.com.
Exclusive Interview with Darynda Jones
GF: Hi Darynda, thanks so much for the interview. Let’s dive right in. Charley Davidson is an all-time favorite heroine of mine. How did Charley come about, what was your inspiration for her character?
Darynda: I love that you ask how I came up with her character, because she is what I thought up first. The rest of the series kind of fell into place from there. I had just finished a YA manuscript, which is what I normally write, and I wanted to try my hand at another adult story. The first manuscript I ever complete was a historical romance, but my heart lied in the bizarre and the unexplained, but it had to have just the right heroine to pull it off. So I’m lying in bed one morning, thinking about this character. I wanted someone funny and a little klutzy, very modern and sassy, a girl who didn’t take life too seriously, but I wanted her in a paranormal setting. And Charley Davidson was born. I loved her from the moment she popped into my head.
GF) The Charley Davidson series is up to 6 books now. How many will be in the series? Do you have an end planned?
Darynda: The series itself is ongoing, so I’m just not sure. I have them planned out through book 10, but I do have an ending in mind and, from there, a spinoff I’m very excited about.
GF) Charley’s sayings, her T-shirts and bumper sticker quotes, are hilarious and I LOVE them! If you could only pick 3, what is your all-time, top 3 favorite t-shirt/bumper sticker quotes? (Can be yours or any other fun sayings)
Darynda: Oh, gosh, there are so many! Okay, I will just randomly pick three that I adore.
Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup. —BUMPER STICKER
I came into this world covered in someone else’s blood and screaming. I’m not afraid to leave it the same way. —T-SHIRT
667: The neighbor of the beast. —BUMPER STICKER
GF) You’re currently are working on the Charley Davidson series and The Darklight Trilogy, but do you have plans for future books or series? Any ideas you might like to share with us?
Darynda: How much time do you have? 🙂
In a word, yes. I have dozens of projects started and I’m actively working on 27 at any given time. LOL. I am actually hoping to have another series (it’s only two books) finished and ready for my agent to sell this year. The one I’m obsessed with at the moment is a futuristic novel about a girl who was convicted of a crime she didn’t commit and it sent to an island prison. She has to fight to survive all while hiding the fact that she had been genetically modified lest she be recruited by the higher ups to join in the Olympian style games that pit prison against prison, only it is a fight to the death, tier by tier, until only one team is left alive.
GF) Reyes is one tattooed dude. Do you have any tattoos yourself? If so, what’s your favorite?
Darynda) I love tattoos with a fiery passion. I do have a small one from back when ankles were in. It’s a cross with a rose. *group sigh* I have another one in mind and my little brother is training to be a tattooist. I’m going to let him give it to me if he’s any good. hehehe
GF) Tell us 3 little-known/unexpected facts about you:
Darynda: I’m a certified sign language interpreter.
As much as I rave about coffee, I have to steer clear of caffeine. (Serious ADD)
I auctioned my little brother off on FB. He went for $20.
GF: Just for fun, let’s play a little Would-You-Rather, please explain your answers!
GF: Would You Rather be able to run 100 miles and hour OR fly 10 miles and hour?
Darynda: Easy peasy. I’d rather be able to run 100 miles per hour. I like to get places fast. Flying would be awesome, but at 10 mph, I’d never get anywhere. And people would record me up there and put it on YouTube, which would be humiliating. I’m not in the best shape. I’d look like a blimp.
GF: Would You Rather have a dragon OR be a dragon?
Darynda: Okay, this is a little harder. If I must choose, and clearly I must, I will go with having a dragon. Dragons are hot. Literally, yes, but metaphorically as well. I’d love to have something that sexy and powerful by my side. Sigh…
Thanks so much for being here at Got Fiction Darynda! And now readers, here’s an excerpt fro Sixth Grave!
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Seventh Grave and No Body
Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out the jugular of Charley Davidson and serve her lifeless, mangled body to Satan for dinner. So there’s that. But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she’s ever known about him. Add to that an ex-BFF who is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides that has authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiancé who has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity, and Charley is not having the best week of her life.
A tad north of hell, a hop, skip, and a jump past the realm of eternity, is a little place called Earth, and Charley Davidson, grim reaper extraordinaire, is determined to do everything in her power to protect it.
Coming October 2014