July 10, 2013

Blog Tour Stop: Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones

at 7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Never underestimate the power of a woman
on a double espresso with a mocha latte chaser high.
Charley Davidson isn’t your everyday, run-of-the-mill grim reaper.  She’s more of a paranormal private eye/grim reaper extraordinaire.  However, she gets sidetracked when the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, moves in next door. To further complicate matters, Reyes is her main suspect in an arson case.  Charley has vowed to stay away from him until she can find out the truth…but then dead women start appearing in her apartment, one after another, each lost, confused, and terrified beyond reason.  When it becomes apparent that her own sister, Gemma, is the serial killer’s next target Charley has no choice but to ask for Reyes’ help.  Arsonist or not, he’s the one man alive who could protect Gemma no matter who or what came at her. But he wants something in return. Charley. All of her, body and soul. And to keep her sister safe, it is a price she is willing to pay.

Charley Davidson is at it again in Fifth Grave Past the Light, the sexy, suspenseful, and laugh-out-loud funny fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling series by Darynda Jones.

I am so excited to read this book. I am still waiting for my copy to arrive. It's times like this, I wish I had the forethought to get the ebook version and a Kindle instead. Keep scrolling to read an excerpt from Fifth Grave Past the Light and to enter a giveaway for an autographed copy of Fifth Grave. There are also links to sites where you can purchase your own copy. There's also a quiz that you can take at the way bottom. I got an 8, so that means, "You are open to unique experiences and you have an open, inquisitive mind. You may have experienced the supernatural at some point in your life. You are a fan of all paranormal, books, movies and TV series." So true! :D


Ask me about life after death.
—T-shirt often seen on Charley Davidson,
    a grim reaper with questionable morals

The dead guy at the end of the bar kept trying to buy me a drink.
Which figured. No one else was even taking a second look and I’d
dressed to the nines. Or, at the very least, the eight- and- a-halves.
But the truly disturbing part of my evening was the fact that my
mark, one Mr. Marvin Tidwell, blond real estate broker and suspected
adulterer, actually turned down the drink I’d tried to buy

Turned it down!

I felt violated.

I sat at the bar, sipping a margarita, lamenting the sad turn my life
had taken. Especially to night. This case was not going as planned.
Maybe I wasn’t Marv’s type. It happened. But I was oozing interest.
And I wore makeup. And I had cleavage. Even with all that going for
me, this investigation was firmly wedged between the cracks of no and
where. At least I could tell my client, aka Mrs. Marvin Tidwell, that it
would seem her husband was not cheating on her. Not randomly,
anyway. The fact that he could’ve been meeting someone in par tic ular
kept me glued to my barstool.

“C-come here often?”

I looked over at the dead guy. He’d finally worked up the courage
to approach and I got a better view of him. I figured him for the runt
of the litter. He wore round- rimmed glasses and a tattered baseball
cap that sat backwards on top of muddy brown hair. Add to that a
faded blue T-shirt and loosely ripped jeans and he could’ve been a
skater, a computer geek, or a backwoods moonshiner.

His cause of death was not immediately apparent. No stab wounds
or gaping holes. No missing limbs or tire tracks across his face. He
didn’t even look like a drug addict, so I couldn’t tell why he’d died at
such a young age. Taking into account the fact that his baby- faced
features would make him look younger than he probably was, I estimated
him to be somewhere around my age when he’d passed.

He stood waiting for an answer. I thought “Come here often?”
was rhetorical, but okay. Not wanting to be perceived as talking to
myself in a room full of people, I responded by lifting one shoulder
in a halfhearted shrug.

Sadly, I did. Come here often. This was my dad’s bar, and while I
never set up stings here for fear of someone I knew blowing my
cover, this just happened to be the very same bar Mr. Tidwell frequented.
At least if it came to a knockdown drag- out, I might have
some backup. I knew most of the regulars and all of the employees.

Dead Guy glanced toward the kitchen, seeming nervous before he
refocused on me. I glanced that way as well. Saw a door.

“Y-you’re very shiny,” he said, drawing my attention back to him.

He had a stutter. Few things were more adorable than a grown
man with boyish features and a stutter. I stirred my margarita and
pasted on a fake smile. I couldn’t talk to him in a room full of living,
breathing patrons. Especially when one was named Jessica Guinn, to
my utter mortification. I hadn’t seen her fiery red hair since high
school but there she sat, a few seats down from me, surrounded by a
group of chattering socialites who looked almost as fake as her boobs.
But that could be my bitterness rearing its ugly head.

Unfortunately, my forced smile only encouraged Dead Guy.

“Y-you are. You’re like the s-sun reflecting off the chrome bumper of
a f-fifty- seven Chevy.”

He splayed his fingers in the air to demonstrate, and my heart was
gone. Damn it. He was like all those lost puppies I tried to save as a
child to no avail because I had an evil stepmother who believed all
stray dogs were rabid and would try to rip out her jugular. A fact that
had nothing to do with my desire to bring them into the house.

“Yeah,” I said under my breath, doing my best ventriloquist impersonation,

“I’m D-Duff ,” he said.

“I’m Charley.” I kept my hands wrapped around my drink lest he
decide we needed to shake. Not many things looked stranger to the
living world than a grown woman shaking air. You know those kids
with invisible friends? Well, I was one of those. Only I wasn’t a kid,
and my friends weren’t invisible. Not to me, anyway. And I could see
them because I’d been born the grim reaper, which was not as bad as
it sounded. I was basically a portal to heaven, and whenever someone
was stuck on Earth, having chosen not to cross over immediately after
death, they could cross to the other side through me. I was like a giant
bug light, only what I lured was already dead.

I pulled at my extra- tight sweater. “Is it just me, or is it really
warm in here?”

His baby blues shot toward the kitchen again. “Hot is m-more
like it. S-so, I— I couldn’t help but notice you t-tried to buy that guy
over there a drink.”

I let my fake smile go. Freed it like a captured bird. If it came back
to me, it would be mine. If not, it never was. “And?”

“You’re b-barking up the wrong tree with that one.”

Surprised, I put my drink down— the one I bought myself— and
leaned in a little closer. “He’s gay?”

Duff snorted. “N-no. But he’s been in here a lot lately. He l-likes
his women a little . . . l-looser.”

“Dude, how much sluttier can I get?” I indicated my attire with a
sweep of my hand.

“N-no, I mean, well, you’re a l-little—” He let his gaze travel the
length of me. “—t-tight.”

I gasped. “I look anal?”

He drew in a deep breath and tried again. “H-he only hits on
women who are more s-substantial than you.”

Oh, that wasn’t offensive at all. “I have depth. I’ve read Proust.
No, wait, that was Pooh. Winnie- the- Pooh. My bad.”

He shifted his non ex is tent weight, cleared his throat, and tried
again. “More v-voluptuous.”

“I have curves,” I said through a clenched jaw. “Have you seen
my ass?”

“Heavier!” he blurted out.

“I weigh— Oh, you mean he likes bigger women.”

“E-exactly, while I on the other hand—”

Duff ’s words faded into the background like elevator music. So
Marv liked big women. A new plan formed in the darkest, most corrupt
corners of Barbara. My brain.

Cookie, otherwise known as my receptionist during regular business
hours and my best friend 24/7, was perfect. She was large and in
charge. Or well, large and kind of bossy. I picked up my cell phone
and called her.

“This better be good,” she said.

“It is. I need your assistance.”

“I’m watching the first season of Prison Break.

“Cookie, you’re my assistant. I need assistance. With a case. You
know those things we take on to make money?”

Prison. Break. It’s about these brothers who—”

“I know what Prison Break is.”

“Then have you ever actually seen these boys? If you had, you
would not expect me to abandon them in their time of need. I think
there’s a shower scene coming up.”

“Do these brothers sign your paycheck?”

“No, but technically neither do you.”

Damn. She was right. It was much easier to just have her forge my

“I need you to come flirt with my mark.”

“Oh, okay. I can do that.”

Nice. The F-word always worked with her. I filled her in and told
her the deal with Tidwell, then ordered her to hurry over.

“And dress sexy,” I said right before hanging up. But I regretted
the sexy part instantly. The last time I told Cookie to dress sexy for a
much- needed girls’ night out on the town, she wore a lace- up corset,
fishnet stockings, and a feather boa. She looked like a dominatrix. I’d
never been the same.

~*~Links To Purchase Books~*~



1 Autographed copy of Fifth Grave Past the Light to one lucky winner.

~*~ About the Author ~*~

NY Times 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.

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The “Maybe I Have Charley Abilities" Test
“Ask me about life after death.”
—Charley Davidson
     Let’s face it, Charley is all kinds of awesome. But her job as the Grim Reaper comes with a whole lot of crazy. Imagine being the portal to heaven. See? Crazy. But didn’t we all inherit a little of the crazy gene? You know. The one your great aunt Sally passed down? So even though you aren’t the grim reaper, thanks to Great Aunt Sally, you may still have the ability to speak to ghosts. Think about it. Do you sense things before they happen? Do you sometimes know things, yet you can’t for the life of you explain how you know them? You may have powers similar to Charley. Are you a ghost whisperer such as our snarky heroine Charley?
Let’s take a test and see how much extrasensory perception you have.
First, take a deep breath and hold it.
Hold it . . .
Hold it . . .
              Just kidding. Your ability, or lack thereof, to go deep sea diving without a *** has nothing to do with extrasensory perception.
But maybe this will help:
            1. Do you see dead people in your home?  Especially in the corners and bathroom?
Yes___ No___
             2. Have you ever gotten goose bumps from a sudden chill in a room for no apparent reason?
Yes___ No___
3. Have you ever been told that psychic gifts run in your family?
Yes___ No___
           4. Have you ever known the cell phone was going to ring before it actually rang?
Yes___ No___
5. Have you ever had a dream or a vision that came true?
Yes___ No___
6. Have you ever felt you were being watched when you were alone?
Yes___ No___
7. Would you refuse to spend the night in a "haunted” house?
Yes___ No___
8. Do you meditate?
Yes___ No___
        9. Do you easily accept new experiences without trying to find an explanation?
Yes___ No___
10. Do you go with your "gut feeling”?
Yes___ No___
     11.  Have you ever seen anything that could not be explained logically?
Yes___ No___
12.    Do you have an open mind about the supernatural?
Yes___ No___
13.  Do you hear voices, yet are alone in your room?
Yes___ No___
14. Do you wear black 90% of the time?
Yes___ No___
15.  Do you drink lots of coffee?
Yes___ No___

Scoring your test:
         Give yourself one point for each "yes” answer. As for question "14 &  15”  you don’t count those. LOL 
The 4-1-1 on your Score:
Scores 1 – 4
             Your psychic ability has not been fully developed.  It may be that your personality is collected and commonsensical, and you prefer to see "phenomena” in your books only.  However, keep reading paranormal romances. Who knows? You may get lucky.  

Scores 5 – 8
             You are open to unique experiences and you have an open, inquisitive mind. You may have experienced the supernatural at some point in your life. You are a fan of all paranormal, books, movies and TV series.

Scores 9 – 13
         It is certainly possible that you have Charley’s ghost whispering abilities. Your score is very encouraging. You have almost certainly experienced a supernatural event.  You are very open to the subject. You are a fan of planning vacations around spots that are rumored to be haunted, and you read tons of paranormal romances. Warning: You should place a sign on the bathroom door, just in case.  Happy ghost whispering!


Mansa on July 10, 2013 at 7:29 AM said...

Love Charley and her gang. These books are an absolute joy that keep me coming back again and again!

Traci Horton on July 10, 2013 at 7:37 AM said...

I'm loving 5th Grave so far! It's awesome to be able to catch up with Charley, Reyes and the rest of the gang :D <---The huge smile that Darynda puts on my face every time I read one of her books!

Jary on July 10, 2013 at 7:43 AM said...

I love this series! I really need to stop reading Darynda at work, because ppl tend to stare when I start laughing. LOL

Amber Hughes on July 10, 2013 at 7:47 AM said...

So glad you finally got your copy Lisa. You're a fast reader too! This series rocks! Love it! :-)

kaiaschild on July 10, 2013 at 7:58 AM said...

I'm so excited to get to read this book! It has to wait until this weekend cause I have family in from our of state... And waiting is HARD!

Wkonsunshine on July 10, 2013 at 8:30 AM said...

I'm on round two. Just in case I missed details the first time around. ;)

Victoria on July 10, 2013 at 8:48 AM said...

I love this series! Thank you.

Tamran on July 10, 2013 at 11:13 AM said...

Love this series!

Anonymous said...

My copy arrived today - can't wait to get started reading. I scored a 10 - which isn't surprising since I've seen and heard ghosts since I was little.

Amber Hughes on July 10, 2013 at 12:13 PM said...

I got the "between 5-8" score, but I wish I could include questions 14 & 15 too! haha!

Steph C. Brentson on July 10, 2013 at 12:21 PM said...

I got 5-8!

Crissy on July 10, 2013 at 1:10 PM said...

Thanks for the post. So much fun :)

tragical_end on July 10, 2013 at 2:00 PM said...

8 ptos jajajajjajaja !!!! I love Charley personality and Reyes <3, of course xD jajajaja !!!!! I love their relationship > < !!and I hope to gather the money to buy my copy! even have to send abroad ask because my country does not reach this saga !!!

cAnDiE on July 10, 2013 at 2:03 PM said...

I just finished the book and Lisa, you will LOOOOOVE it! <3

Beth Handrick on July 10, 2013 at 2:50 PM said...

Can't wait to get my book!!! I love Charley!!

NiniSims on July 10, 2013 at 3:11 PM said...

I have been waiting for this book!

desiree reilly on July 10, 2013 at 3:21 PM said...

i love the sprites we have here in mo i have lived with a few 2 ladies who would fight over dolls and then i been to Loretta Lynn place and ask them what they were doing and then to Elvis on and then the ryman theater

Allison W on July 10, 2013 at 4:23 PM said...

This is definitely one of my favorite series! So excited about this book!

Darynda on July 10, 2013 at 4:26 PM said...

Thank you guys so much!!!! This was a super fun post!

Marie Brown on July 10, 2013 at 4:57 PM said...

You will LOOOOOVE THIS BOOK! Its my favorite so far.

Sizzle C on July 10, 2013 at 5:03 PM said...

I got a 7, so right in the middle and NOT like Charley, but thats okay I'll just read about her and enjoy it oh so much! :)

Dawn Neff on July 10, 2013 at 6:09 PM said...

Love.. love.. love this series

One Lazy Mom on July 10, 2013 at 8:18 PM said...

That was a fun quiz! I love the series :)

JB DarkScythe on July 10, 2013 at 10:40 PM said...
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JB DarkScythe on July 10, 2013 at 10:44 PM said...

Love all things Grim Reaper! Charley & Reyes & all the rest! All I can say is WOW! & scored 10 yeses... :)

Amy Noble on July 11, 2013 at 5:45 AM said...

I got 5-8 the result is so true

Becky LeJeune on July 11, 2013 at 7:12 AM said...

Haha! Cute quiz!

Redheaded Bookworm on July 11, 2013 at 8:10 AM said...

I got a 7!

burbanette on July 11, 2013 at 8:35 AM said...

I got a 6!

Stacy S. on July 12, 2013 at 8:58 AM said...

I've never ever seen a ghost
I hope to never see one
But I can tell you anyhow
I'd rather see than be one

I guess I'm feeling like a kid today :)

jkhubbard on July 12, 2013 at 4:14 PM said...

I really love this series! I, however, do not have Charley-like abilities.

Vicki Wilson on July 12, 2013 at 4:52 PM said...

What a fun quiz. I think I would be scared to death if I had half those abilities though!

Gillian on July 13, 2013 at 12:10 PM said...

Love this series! One of me favorites! The quiz was great too...I fell right where I would expect between 5-8. :-) I can wait for book #6.

SiNn on July 13, 2013 at 7:24 PM said...

this was fun and i got12 out of 13 so I guess im like her tosome degree

Kim on July 16, 2013 at 11:20 AM said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I don't have the ability to see ghosts.


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