Guest Blog & Giveaway: Darynda Jones shows us behind the scenes & win SIXTH GRAVE ON THE EDGE

May 22, 2014 Giveaways, Guests 41

A big welcome to Darynda Jones who is here with a scene featuring Charley and Reyes that didn’t make it into SIXTH GRAVE ON THE EDGE, Charley Davidson #6 (published on May 20, 2014 by St. Martin’s Press). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below. Also, fair warning – spoilers for the fifth book in the series!


Behind the Scenes with Charley and Reyes


Darynda Jones

When last we left Charley and Reyes, Charley had just received a sticky note with a very important question on it.

Flabbergasted, I walked back to the kitchen where Reyes was stir-frying a pan of cubed chicken for quesadillas. Green chili sad heating on the stove next to it, and the whole room was alive with the tangy scents of Mexico.

“What is this?” I asked, holding up the sticky note.

While he didn’t take his eyes off his task, one corner of his mouth lifted playfully. “It’s a simple yes/no question, Dutch.”

“But— But, it’s THE question.”

“Is it?” he asked, tossing the chicken about. The way his hands deftly handled the simple task was rather mesmerizing. His forearms chorded with each movement, sensuous under his dark skin.

“You know it is.” I stepped back and examined him. There was something about a man in an apron. Or maybe it was just Reyes in an apron, because our other cook Sammy had never made my insides clench at the sight of him in his. “This is serious business, Reyes Alexander Farrow.”

“I’m well aware of that Charlotte Jean Davidson.” My name said with his deep, rich voice, weakened my knees.

“And you have to mean it,” I said.

He set the chicken aside and turned to look at me. A lock of his obsidian hair fell over his brow, his brown eyes shimmering underneath.

“You think I don’t mean it. Is that the problem?”

“No. Well, yes. I mean, you can’t take this back once you throw it out there.”

He stepped closer and hooked a finger into a loop on my jeans. Pulling me toward him, he said, “I have no intentions of taking it back.”

I stuffed the note into his shirt pocket as he wrapped his arms around me.

“Why don’t you think about it first? You know, put some effort into it. Maybe make a list.”

“A list?” he asked, seeming amused.

“Yes. A pros-and-cons thing. Weight the good with the bad. See which one wins.”

His fingers dove into my hair, holding me steady as his head dipped until his mouth was at my ear. He waited a long moment, brushing his lips over my lobe, sending his warm breath along my neck. Then he whispered to me, his words almost harsh, they were filled with such passion. “I have waited for you for centuries, Dutch. Since before the invention of the compass and the discovery of electricity, when men thought they were the center of the universe and the sun bowed at their command. And I will continue to wait until the stars burn out and the universe goes cold and black if that’s what it takes. The only list I need to make is the one noting all the reasons it took me so long to find you.”

After a long moment, he gave me a soft squeeze then let me go.

I fished out the note and palmed it as though it were a precious artifact. “Okay, then,” I said, before turning to leave. “Just making sure.”

“Is that a yes?” he asked, his voice teasing.

I drew in a cool breath of air, calming my senses enough to face the world. “I’ll get back to you,” I said without turning around. I had to play at least a little hard to get. 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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Available on May 20, 2014 by St. Martin’s Press


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.

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41 Responses to “Guest Blog & Giveaway: Darynda Jones shows us behind the scenes & win SIXTH GRAVE ON THE EDGE”

  1. Viki S.

    I just love these two. Charley is just SO much fun :).

  2. SueS

    Reyes just keeps giving Charley these heartfelt little speeches. Make me cry every damn time!

  3. wildchild1954

    Man, oh man, this should have been in the book!!!!

  4. Christina G.

    I love the humor and sarcasm in everything Charley says and does. There is no other like her.

  5. Gillian

    Love this series! It just keeps getting better and better.

  6. Heather

    I LOVE this series, it is my Favorite!!! Charley cracks me up and I am always laughing and smiling when I read these books. And Reyes, boy oh boy he is one HOT man!

  7. Amanda Wilson

    There are two things I love best about this series: the humor and Reyes and Charley’s relationship!

  8. Marie Brown

    What’s NOT to love about this series! I mean it has EVERYTHING: Mystery, humor, suspense, drama, romance, sexy Son of Satan. *sigh*

  9. Karin Anderson

    I love the humor! So many books these days are just dark. I like seeing a light, fun option out there.

  10. Brittney Baltera

    I guess what I love most is how awesome Charley is. Also Reyes…..He is just sexy, pperfect, and amazing. Lastly, how hilarious it is. I just love this series.

  11. Joella Elbert

    I love Charley’s humor, her love of coffee, Reyes, the chemistry between the two,…..I just love ALL of it!!!! 🙂

  12. Sonya

    One of my top favorite series. Not only are Charley and Reyes great but I also love several of the secondary characters.

  13. Melinda

    What’s not to love? Brilliant and breath-taking main characters (insert long sigh here while thinking of Reyes), throw in some amazing sidekicks, kick-ass storylines, and a writing style full of humour, sass and sarcasm and you got a series that is the best!

  14. Julie T.

    One of my top favorite series! Charley is for me the perfect heroine and boy, do I love her entourage! Mrs Jones write with so much wittiness and intelligence than you cannot NOT love the world she created!

  15. Pamela

    I love everything about this series! Laugh Out Loud Craziness!!

  16. Sue Farrell

    I love Charley’s sense of humor. I find myselfd giggling as I read sometimes.

  17. PamM

    I love everything about it! I do have to say I am always looking to see what Cookie will say.

  18. merry z.

    I love the series. I love it so much, that every time a new book comes out, I re-read the previous ones.

  19. Carl

    I’m a big fan of Charley, herself. She’s what makes the series so much fun. Thanks.

  20. Lisa Richards

    I have not started this series (I like to read a series back to back) but I have been collected the books so that I’ll be ready. I have read so many reviews and it is top of my list to read

  21. Carolina

    Ahhhhh….i hoped it made it to the book…but im still grateful we got to see it

  22. tina

    one of my favorites series of all time – there are no dull spots/chapters, do dull back stories.

  23. Lisa B

    I just love this series. Charley, an average kinda girl who is not all that average!

  24. Melissa B in IL

    I have to pick ONE thing? sorry. can’t. The snark, the t-shirt/bumper sticker chapter quotes, Reyes, that Charlie kicks ass all on her own…nope can’t pick one.

  25. Karin Shaim

    I love everything about the series!especially the humor

  26. Dee

    Love this series! The grim reaper dates the son of satan, what is not to love

  27. Marianna Cullars

    I’m a romantic, my favorite part of the series is the building romance between Charley and Reyes.

  28. Misty S.

    I love this series, it is my favorite and I can’t wait to read this book. I have never been disappointed in this series. It is sexy and laugh out loud fun. A must read!

  29. Veronica

    I’ve been wanting to read this series for a while now. 🙂