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review 2018-11-12 11:00
Blog Tour with Excerpt, Q&A, Early Review & Bonus Review! Summoned to Thirteenth Grave (Charley Davidson #13) Darynda Jones!




Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the final installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series! 


Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper extraordinaire, is pissed. She’s been kicked off the earthly plane for eternity—which is exactly the amount of time it takes to make a person stark, raving mad. But someone’s looking out for her, and she’s allowed to return after a mere hundred years in exile. Is it too much to hope for that not much has changed? Apparently it is. Bummer. 


She’s missed her daughter. She’s missed Reyes. She’s missed Cookie and Garrett and Uncle Bob. Now that she’s back on earth, it’s time to put to rest burning questions that need answers. What happened to her mother? How did she really die? Who killed her? And are cupcakes or coffee the best medicine for a broken heart? It all comes to a head in an epic showdown between good and evil in this final smart and hilarious novel.




OMG! What an explosive and stunning conclusion to the Charley Davidson world! While readers may be disappointed that the series is ending, there is no way for readers to be disappointed in this climatic ending that is such an unexpected outcome! Readers also can’t help but agree that ending the series with the thirteenth book is quite appropriate as the number thirteen has such notoriety to it. The strong, bold characters of this series have continuously wowed readers with fun, sass, and thrills throughout this excellent series and they fulfill their reputation in the final book as they all come together to save the world.


The relationship between Reyes and Charley has always been unique and passionate and the conclusion of this book keeps that tradition going which invokes numerous emotions from readers but they have to admit that it is quite fitting. As always, the story is full of adrenaline pumping suspense, excitement and sass that readers have come to love although this book may actually surpass the overall explosive and thrilling feel of the previous stories. Maybe that’s because the series is ending or maybe it’s because of the whole world ending danger that flows throughout this fast paced story. While readers may be sorry to see Charley go, they can’t wait to find out what the author has in store for readers next.






Author’s Book Page https://www.daryndajones.com/summoned-to-thirteenth-grave/



Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35391370-summoned-to-thirteenth-grave


BookBub – https://www.bookbub.com/books/summoned-to-the-thirteenth-grave-by-darynda-jones




Summoned to the Thirteenth Grave is the 13th and final book in the Charley Davidson series


Charlotte “Charley” Davidson, a part-time private investigator helping the police with her ability to contact the dead in her full-time role as the Grim Reaper, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in a paranormal romantic suspense series



Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/52637-charley-davidson


Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071WQ7NPK?ref=series_rw_dp_labf




1 First Grave on the Right
1.5 For I Have Sinned
2 Second Grave on the Left
3 Third Grave Dead Ahead
4 Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet
5 Fifth Grave Past the Light
5.5 Shimmer
5.6 Glow
6 Sixth Grave on the Edge
7 Seventh Grave and No Body
8 Eigth Grave After Dark
8.5 Brighter Than the Sun
9 The Dirt on Ninth Grave
10 The Curse of Tenth Grave
10.5 A Very Charley Christmas
11 Eleventh Grave in Moonlight
12 The Trouble with Twelfth Grave
13 Summoned to Thirteenth Grave




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What, pray tell, the fuck?
- T-shirt



It wasn’t until I felt the sun on my face that I really knew I’d made it back. The bright orb drifted over the horizon like a hot air balloon, blinding me, yet I couldn’t stop looking at it. Or, well, trying to look at it. After giving it my all through squinted lids, I gave up and closed them. Let the warmth wash over me. Let it sink into my skin. Flood every molecule in my body.


God knew I needed it. I hadn’t had a drop of vitamin D in over a hundred years. My bones were probably brittle and shriveled and splintery. Much like the current state of my psyche.


But that’s what happens when you defy a god.


Not just any god, mind you. No siree Bob. To get booted off the big blue marble, one had to defy the GOD. The very One a particular set of children’s books called Jehovahn. The man had some serious control issues. I bring one person back from the dead and bam. Banished for all eternity. Exiled to a hell with no light, no hair products, and no coffee.


Mostly no coffee.



Q&A with Darynda Jones



How did you come up with Charley?


So, I’m lying in bed one morning, waiting for my turn in the shower, when Charley popped into my head in all her glory. I loved her from the get-go. I will add that I was looking for her. I had just typed The End on my second complete manuscript, a YA titled Death and the Girl Next Door which later sold to my amazing editor along with the Charley books. So, I was craving another project. I knew I wanted it to be adult and paranormal. That was all I had. And then Charley walked in.




What has it been like to planning and writing this series, and how does it feel to be wrapping it up?


I had no clue! I dreamed, of course. We all do that. But for that dream to become a reality…it’s quite surreal. I have the best job in the world. Planning and writing the last two books have been bittersweet. I love writing these books so much, so the fact that it’s coming to an end is a little heartbreaking, but I want to go out with a bang. Like a HUGE one. I hope everyone loves reading them as much as I’ve loved writing them.




Are there any side characters or plots you wish you would have developed more?


Actually, yes. In Fifth Grave Past the Light, I brought in a character named Nicolette Lemay, gave her an insanely cool gift, then never brought her back in again. We see her briefly in Twelfth Grave, but I wish I’d done more with her.




Can you give us a sneak peek into how it all ends? What do you hope readers feel as they reach the last page?


I am very hopeful that readers will feel a sense of happiness, closure and (dare I dream?) euphoria. All I can say is that this book is truly darkest before the dawn. Charley and Reyes have accidentally opened a hell dimension within our own, and they have to figure out how to close it before it takes over the world. But it’s expanding exponentially, and soon there will be nothing left of the world as we know it. But with a little help from Charley's departed mother, one clue leads Charley in the right direction and, hopefully, to the secret to stopping the hell dimension and save all of humanity. Sadly, she only has three days to do it.




What's the next project you're working on?


Right now I am working on a brand new series, a trilogy set in a small town in New Mexico with a sheriff named Sunshine, a missing girl named Olivia, and a murder suspect named Levi. Too bad she is in way over her head, especially since the missing girl is her daughter's best friend and Sunshine has been in love with Levi since she could breathe.



Second Grave on the Left!




If you hang around with dead people, life can get pretty complicated. Take it from Charley Davidson, part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper.

Complicated is her middle name. The deceased find her very sparkly. Demons find her irresistible. And one entity in particular wants to seduce her in every way possible.

When Charley and Cookie (her best friend/receptionist) have to track down a missing woman, the case is not quite as open and shut as they anticipate. Cookie's friend Mimi disappeared five days earlier. Mimi then sends Cookie a cryptic message telling Cookie to meet her at an nearby coffee shop. The coffee is brewing, but Mimi's still missing. There is, however, a clue Mimi left on the bathroom wall: a woman's name. Mimi's husband explains to them that his wife had been acting strange since she found out an old high school friend had been murdered. The same woman whose name Mimi had scribbled on the bathroom wall.


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...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? Can she keep those she loves out of harm's way? And is there enough coffee and chocolate in the world to fuel her as she does?

Here is your signpost for the most hilarious read of the year: Second Grave on the Left.



Sensational and suspenseful, the second book in the Charley Davidson series has readers holding their breath in anticipation of what happens next. Charley as well as all the characters in the series are strong, vivid characters that easily draw readers into their world, but Charley and Reyes still the show. Charley is smart, fun and fully of sass as she kicks butt while solving crimes and Reyes is oh so dominate, a true bad a** that has readers melting on the spot. The fun and snarky dialogue adds a lighthearted atmosphere to the story but at the same time, readers can feel the importance of every scene. Charley and Reyes has lots of electrical chemistry that produces plenty of sparks but this relationship is in no way typical and has some major obstacles.


This fast paced and smooth flowing plot is full of non-stop excitement and thrills including surprising twists and turns that keeps readers guessing. Not is Charley for a missing woman which turns out to be more complicated and dangerous than she originally thought, but she’s also searching for Reyes’ body and he’s being quite stubborn, then there are things going with her family and secrets being revealed. There always something going on in Charley’s world and readers can’t help but become completely engrossed in this novel.





Author's Book Page




Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9565045-second-grave-on-the-left


BookBub – https://www.bookbub.com/books/second-grave-on-the-left-by-darynda-jones-2018-10-11




AVAILABLE in print or ebook



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Powells - http://www.powells.com/biblio/62-9780312360818-0


SMP - http://us.macmillan.com/secondgraveontheleft




New York Times and USA Today bestselling author DARYNDA JONES won a Golden Heart and a RITA for her manuscript First Grave on the Right. 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.





Twitter: http://twitter.com/Darynda


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text 2017-12-20 20:31
Reading progress update: I've read 6%.
The Girl Before: A Novel - J.P. Delaney

So apparently this spectacular home has a list of don'ts. One is no books. Get the hell out of here. I would have said bye so damn quick the estate agent would have had to grab a lasso to keep me there one minute longer.


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review 2014-07-28 22:57
vague mystery, intense romance and well developed characters make a good package
Deeper Than Need - Shiloh Walker

***This mini-review has also been posted on The Social Potato

This was one of my most anticipated novels of the year once I found out about it, and I am happy to say I wasn’t let down. I’ve read quite a few romantic suspense novels by Shiloh and she has yet to disappoint me. I just keep on coming back for more and more.

I think what makes this one so different from some of her other romantic suspense novels is the vagueness of the mystery. We know what’s going on. It isn’t hard to guess and the author doesn’t keep us in the dark, but it’s never really outright said. That CAN be frustrating for some readers, but it made so much sense in this case considering that neither of our main characters actually have the power to investigate. One is a contractor and the other is new to town. The only connection they have is Noah’s closeness to some of these kids and their stories will break your heart.

The main characters, even though they suffer from the "pretty-people-syndrome" were immensely likeable. You can see how much their pasts have affected their present but they still have the will to carry on and do it to the best of their ability. I think what makes them so endearing is just how likeable and loveable they are.Especially when it comes to Noah. That boy is SAWOON worthy. He is not a bad boy. He never was. He never will be. He had a rough past that led him to making some questionable choices, but he recovered and is probably the nicest person ever.  Trinity comes with her own set of baggage and the most adorable son ever, but she is such a great female lead. She’s not perfect, but she is strong and while relatable isn’t the term that would fit in this case, you will undoubtedly feel some sort of connection to her.

The chemistry between these two though. Oh boy. *fans self* It may read a little as insta-love but Walker has magic.Their relationship never bothered me once and I found myself rooting for them. It helps that they do have other things on mind. They may think about the other person often but there will be bigger issues at hand

I think the biggest qualm some readers might have is the lack of answers to certain things and while I would have loved having those answers I think I like how everything wasn’t wrapped up in a bow. Life is not perfect and things aren’t always going to be perfectly solved.

My final verdict is if you're a fan of the genre, DEFINITELY give this a shot.

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review 2013-12-03 14:06
The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood
The Wicked Girls - Alex Marwood

his was a good mystery but I didn't enjoy a few things:

1. At the beginning of a chapter, I was always confused with who was talking. Not a biggie, but kind of threw me off.

2. The ending. I do not like happy endings, but I do think that just and fair endings are necessary. The ending in this book was neither. Was the rich girl being punished for being born into class?

Do poor kids deserve better than rich ones? That is kind of a question implicated in the book. The way the jury went, it was like they hated the rich girl for being rich and well spoken.

3. The ending again. I really, really disliked the ending. I hope Marwood comes up with kind of a sequel because otherwise... well, I'm just ONE reader so.

4. I didn't like any of the characters at all. There was a point when I almost liked Amber, but besides that, Amber was a very dislikeable character while Kristy was all a very goody-goody lame one. They both lacked back bone.

5. The mob. WTF people? Didn't that murder happen like 20 years ago? AND in a different town? Where did all this righteous people come from? A little explanation, please?

6. I liked Vic and thought of him as a kind of Brad Pitt (don't know why), but he left me hanging. WTH was all that about? Okay, I know the story wasn't about him, but still, psycho Martin had more participation AND the story wasn't about him either.

7. Martin was an interesting character if just to complicate things. 

8. Maybe an actual court case would have led me to understand why the girls were convicted because otherwise that made little sense. Were they representing themselves? Because otherwise, they got a very inept lawyer.

In short, I found the writing a little confusing and the back and forth a bit so too, but I did like the story even if the ending was mediocre.

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review 2013-10-05 14:18
Help for the Haunted by John Searles

 I absolutely loved Help for the Haunted. I enjoyed every  single moment of Sylvie’s character, Searles’s writing, and  the Mason family.

 The story is told going back and forth between the present  and the past, but it was not annoying reading so. It was  done in such a way that I really enjoyed the jumps in time.

 What I loved more was that, although Sylvie’s was bullied  (and this is NOT a story about bullying), she was not a  victim. It wasn’t like she was going to fight back, but she  knew why she was being picked on and knew that it really  didn’t have anything to do with her but her family.

 Sylvie's family, the Masons, have a reputation of …. “doing  certain things” that some people found it to be creepy, yet  others sought their help. What is it that they do? You’ll need to read the book. 

The revelation comes in little pieces and, although I though I knew, I wasn’t sure of it because the book is catalogued under ‘paranormal.’ I was right and wrong at the same time!

There’s also Rose, Sylvie’s older sister, who is kind of a brat: foul mouth and behavior. Why is Rose so unmanageable when Sylvie is such a perfect daughter? Well, Rose knows things about their parents that Sylvie doesn’t... so.

Some bloggers say that the pace of the story is too slow, but I didn’t find it to be so. I really DNF books that drag too much, but I didn’t feel like that with this one at all. Well, it could be Searles’s marvelous 

writing :-)

I absolutely LOVED how things turned out to be and how they were revealed. I give Help for the Haunted one of my precious 5-Stars!

Source: onlectus.blogspot.com/2013/10/help-for-haunted-by-john-searles.html
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