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Monday, May 19, 2014

Sixth Grave on the Edge Blog Tour

Sixth Grave on the Edge
by Darynda Jones
Release Date: May 20, 2014 

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.


Chapter Three
coffee doesn’t ask silly questions.
coffee understands.
—bumper sticker

We weren’t back in the office ten minutes before the door to the front entrance opened. I’d expected Mr. Joyce, the agitated man with the issues. Instead I got Denise. My evil stepmother. Thankfully, Mr. Joyce was right behind her. He afforded me the perfect excuse not to talk to her.
Her pallor had a grayish tint to it, and her eyes were lined with the bright red only the shedding of tears could evoke. I honestly didn’t know she had the ability to cry.
“Can I talk to you?” she asked.
“I have a client.” I pointed to the man behind her to emphasize my point.
Giving her chin a determined upward thrust, she said, “You’ve had clients for two weeks now. I just need a minute.” When I started to argue again, she pleaded with me. “Please, Charlotte.”
Mr. Joyce was holding a baseball cap, wringing it in his hands. He seemed to be growing more agitated by the second. “I really need to talk to you, Ms. Davidson.”
“See?” I pinned Denise with a chastising scowl. “Client.”
She turned on the man, her face as cold and hard as marble. It was an expression I knew all too well. “We just need a minute,” she said to him, her tone razor sharp. “Then she’s all yours.”
He backed off, raising a hand in surrender as he stepped to a chair and took a seat.
My temper flared to life, and I had to force myself to stay calm. I was twenty-seven. I no longer had to put up with my stepmother’s insults. Her revulsion. Her petty snubs. And I damned sure didn’t have to put up with her invading my business and bullying my clients. “That was not necessary,” I said to her when she turned back to me.
“I apologize,” she said, doing a one-eighty. She turned back to Mr. Joyce. “I’m sorry. I’m in a very desperate situation.”
“Tell me about it,” he said, dismissing her with a wave. He clearly had problems of his own.
With all the enthusiasm of a prisoner walking up to the hangman’s noose, I led Denise into my office and closed the door. My temper flaring must have summoned Reyes. He was in my office, waiting, incorporeally.
Then I remembered. He didn’t like Denise any more than I did. Blamed her for most of my heartache as a child. Of course, she’d caused most of it, but Reyes could be . . . testy when it came to my happiness or lack thereof.
“Want me to sever her spine?” he asked as I sat behind my desk.
“Can I think about it and get back to you?” I asked, teasing. Kind of.
Denise looked toward the wall he was leaning against, the one I was looking at, and naturally saw nothing. But where her usual response would be to purse her lips in disapproval, she wiped at her lapel and sat down instead.
“What do you want?” I asked her, my tone as cold as her heart.
“I’m sure you know that your father has left me.”
“At last.”
She flinched like I’d slapped her. “Why would you say such a thing?”
“Are you really asking me that?”
“I love your father.” She almost came up out of her chair. “I’ve always loved your father.”
She had me there. She’d always been an attentive wife to him. Of course, attentive included her agenda, which was manipulative, conniving, and venomous. I couldn’t believe that I could dislike someone so much, but Denise had always been that splinter in my relationship with my father. She did everything in her power to keep us apart. Her jealousy was bizarre and childish. Who on earth was afraid of a father’s love for his child? It just made no sense to me. It never had.
And yet she was never that way toward my sister, Gemma. In fact, she and Gemma were fairly close. I had a feeling Dad’s leaving Denise affected Gemma much more than she was willing to admit. She knew how I felt about our stepmonster, and the fact that she couldn’t go to me when she needed support made me a very bad sibling. But the truth was, she couldn’t. I had no warm and fuzzies where Denise was concerned. She’d made sure of that from day one.
“I—I need you to talk to him. He’s been sick and, and he’s not thinking straight.”
“And what do you want me to say?”
She leveled an exasperated glare on me. “I want you to convince him to come back home where he belongs. He’s still weak. He still needs medical attention.”
“I’m sorry,” I said with a soft, humorless chuckle, “you want me to convince my father to stay with you? The bane of my existence? The woman who made my childhood a living hell? After everything you’ve put me through, you want my help? Are you insane?”
Too bad Gemma, a licensed psychiatrist, was at a conference in D.C. I’d call her and schedule an appointment for Denise ay-sap.
“What have I ever put you through?”
My temper flared again, and I bit my tongue, literally, to keep my emotions under control. When I lost control, the earth shifted beneath me. An earthquake in the middle of Albuquerque would do no one any good.
Reyes straightened as though worried I’d lose control as well. I closed my eyes and took several gulps of air. This wasn’t me. I didn’t hate people. I didn’t make them pay for their misdeeds. Too many departed had crossed through me. Too many times I’d seen what people went through, what they’d endured that made them become the people they were when they died. Until I’d walked a mile in her shoes, I could not judge Denise so completely. That would make me no better than she was. I opened my eyes to her stone face, the face that brought nothing but hurt feelings and knotted stomachaches. Maybe two miles.
“I just have one question,” I said, trying to hold the resentment from my tone lest I sound like her. “Why?”
“Yes, why? Why did you hate me from day one? Why did you treat me like a thorn in your side? What on God’s green earth did I ever do to you?”
She sighed in frustration and let her true colors show through. Her impatience with me, with anything I had to say. “I did no such thing, Charlotte. I don’t hate you. I never have.”
I leaned forward and gave her my best Sunday smile. “I’ll tell you what. When you can admit that you hate me with every fiber of your being, I’ll help you win back Dad. How does that sound?”
“I will never say such a horrible thing.”
I’d offended her. Sweet. “So you can feel it, you just can’t admit to it?”
She squeezed the pocketbook in her lap, her fingers flexing involuntarily. “Charlotte, can we talk sensibly?”
“Wait a minute,” I said as understanding dawned. “You’re here because Dad is fed up with the way you treat me, and you’re thinking that if we become besties, he’ll come back to you.”
“I’m here because I want us all to get into counseling together. Not just Leland and me, but all four of us, including your sister.” Reyes crossed his arms over his chest and went back to holding the wall up while I stood simmering in my astonishment.
She was a piece of work. “How about you go into counseling for you? Get over yourself. And when that happens, when you can be honest with me, we’ll talk again.” I was being so mean. I wanted to applaud myself. I wasn’t a mean person by nature, so it took a lot of energy to bring out the beast in me and stick with it for more than thirty seconds. Damned ADD. But I was so proud of myself. No more being a carpet for someone else to walk on. I was my own girl, and no one was walking on this carpet but me. 
“Charley,” Cookie said through the intercom.
I poked the button. “Yes, Cookie?”
“Um, are you almost done? I need coffee.”
“Oh, sorry! I’ll get it made and bring you a cup.”
“Thanks. And can you bring me the box of Nilla Wafers while you’re at it?”
“Can do.” I jumped up and headed for the Bunn. “Priorities,” I said to Denise. “That’s what life is all about.”

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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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.

We’re doomed!
Coming October 2014



  1. One thing I love most about The Charley Davidson Series is REYES ALEXANDER FARROW! He's the reason why I'm addicted to this series!

  2. I agree he is so perfect. Charley is hilarious and I can't get enough of Darynda's books!!

  3. What I love about this series is its funny, sexy, suspenseful, has mystery, Charley Davidson, Cookie, and of course, the sexy Son of Satan, Reyes Farrow!

  4. Aside from Reyes, the one thing I probably love the most is all of the snarky comments Charley is famous for. It is impossible to read these books without laughing out loud. I can't wait to read this new one!

  5. I'm looking forward to this book! Great post!

  6. Ummmm, it would be easier to say what I don't love about this series! This series is perfect!

  7. Oh that Denise! Love getting excerpts from the book. LOVE this series!

  8. I love this series. If you have not read it yet you don't know what you are missing. Great characters, great writing, awesome storyline and the heroine is kick ass.

  9. I love just about everything about this series! I love that is makes me laugh. The characters are great.

  10. I can't wait to read this book!!

  11. One thing I love most about The Charley Davidson Series is REYES and Charilie is so funny! I need everyone of her sayings on a t-shirt! lol

  12. I am counting the hours for release!!!

  13. Cannot wait!!! WOOOHOOO More Reyes!! What could be better???

  14. The anticipation for Sixth Grave is killing me!! Every year I can't wait for the next book, then it comes out, I devour it immediately and have to wait a whole year for the next. I love everything about this series, there has not been one book that I haven't loved, they just get better and better!

  15. Darynda has created amazing characters. She will always be my favorite! The Charley Davidson series gives you the best of all worlds. It is hilarious, sexy, and a bunch more.

  16. I don't know what I love most about this series!! I love the characters, the humor, the suspense, the world-building, the relationships (sexy and otherwise), EVERYTHING!!!

  17. Love the outrageous quotes & comments Charley gives to everything. Her POV is totally different!

  18. I love the relationship between Charley and Cookie. They are the perfect pair of friends.

  19. I am awaiting this book with breathless anticipation. I cannot wait to read about Mr. Wong! Love this series; it's truly one o f the best ones out there. Original, funny, and full of heart...that's our Charley!

  20. I absolutely love the paranormal mixed with the sarcastic comedy! Have been a fan since the first book.

  21. I can't wait for this book! The sarcasm drips from each book and I LOVE it!

  22. What I love most about this series? Uhh... that's easy! Reyes! :D

  23. Can't wait to read this book!!!!

  24. I love so many things about this series but I think the number one thing is that Darynda can having me falling out of my chair laughing in public one second and on the edge of my seat in suspense the next. She is such an amazing author and I love her novels. Reyes and Charley are a complex couple but there are none others like them. I can't wait to read this tomorrow!

  25. The clever, snarky humor is my favorite part of the series. Reyes comes a close second.

  26. As an official Grimlet... love, love, love Darynda! Such an amazing writer! Charley's adventures are well worth reading over and over again!

  27. One think I love about this series is Charley's ADD and how she still manages to make it through!

  28. Her sense her humor, her sense of adventure, and her kind heart. She's awesome all around :)

  29. I love the humor, and I love the sexual chemistry between Charley and Reyes.

  30. I've really got to get my act together and give this one a read! I've got book one just keep getting distracted. lol

  31. How and I supposed to survive the next 12 hours between me & sixth grave!? TEASE!!

  32. I love it all what's not to love <3

  33. I adore all the humor! Great story, wonderful writing and sssoooo funny! Thank you!

  34. Humor and hot guys and humor need I say more.

  35. Charlie's sense of humor and her luck. Lol

  36. so love everything about Charley,except coming to the end of the book.

  37. There are so many things to love about this series. It's suspenseful, sexy & funny! But what I love most is that no other series can make me laugh out loud like Charley & her crew can :) Darynda has created an amazing set of characters. I could be reading a very tense moment & Charley will snap off one of her one liners and I'll break into giggles. I love that about this series. The sexual chemistry between Reyes and Charley doesn't hurt either ; ) Lol.

  38. There are so many things to love about this series. It's suspenseful, sexy & funny! But what I love most is that no other series can make me laugh out loud like Charley & her crew can :) Darynda has created an amazing set of characters. I could be reading a very tense moment & Charley will snap off one of her one liners and I'll break into giggles. I love that about this series. The sexual chemistry between Reyes and Charley doesn't hurt either ; ) Lol.

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  40. I've only read the first two books, but I love that the Grim Reaper is a young woman! I also love that Charley is so snarky!

  41. I love this series!!! It has been getting better and better since book one. I love the quirkyness of Charley and the chemistry with the son of Satan Reyes. Whom is hunkalious! This series is amazing with humor, mystery and sexiness. I hope it never ends. :) This is a must read!

  42. I love this series! I love the humour and the characters, especially Reyes, Charley and Cookie!

  43. I love everything about it!! the world Darynda created and all teh characters

  44. LOVE Reyes ! What more can I say about this sexy son of Satan. Charley is awesome ! Can not wait to start reading, but makes me sad too. It will all be done too fast. I wish there was a new book every month.

  45. I can't believe I got behind in this series-I need to catch up fast!

  46. I love Charley's humor almost as much as I love Reyes - the only thing I don't like about either of them is their staunch refusal to be completely honest with one another. Why won't Reyes tell her what she needs to know about herself? Why won't Charley tell Reyes what's going on inside her? Why are these two so reluctant to be honest with one another. I've been awaiting this book with bated breath and I can't wait to get my hands on it!

  47. I love Charley's sense of humor and her ADD!