Friday, September 14, 2012

2nd Anniversary Celebration Featuring: Darynda Jones (giveaway)



I am so excited to have this next author here! I had the GREAT pleasure of meeting here at RWA and she is one laid back chick! Oh; and she writes an awesome series. The Charley Davidson series!

For reasons known only to the Big Guy upstairs, NYTimes and USA Today Best Selling author Darynda Jones won the 2009 Golden Heart® for Best Paranormal Romance with her manuscript FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT. But even before that, she couldn’t remember a time she wasn’t putting pen to paper. When she was five, she would pick up a pencil and notepad, scribble utter chaos onto the page and ask her mom to read her masterpiece aloud. Thankfully, her mother would play along.  Later, she wrote plays for the neighborhood kids, made up stories for her brother as he played cars, and fell in love with Captain Kirk. Those raging, seven-year-old hormones only fueled her imagination, prompting her to create fantastical stories for Barbie and Ken to enact with plots that were horridly inappropriate to repeat in polite company.
After years of being repeatedly sent to the principal’s office for daydreaming during class, she managed to make it to high school where she almost finished her first manuscript. Sitting with her BFF in a corner booth at the local Tastee Freeze for hours at a time, she wrote a post-apocalyptic story about a group of teens who bore a remarkable resemblance to the members of Van Halen and were trying to escape the tunnels of a huge government fallout facility decades after World War III had destroyed the surface of the earth. It was a science fiction version of The Warriors and destined to be a classic.
Life was good. Writing was good. Then she graduated and the real world came crashing through. She forced the dream aside in favor of sustenance and shelter, got married to a local rock star, and had at least two kids that she can think of, the oldest of which was born Deaf, probably to spite her. When he was five, she packed up her boys and moved to Albuquerque to put him in a Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing program. The rock star stayed behind with the business, and they took turns going back and forth on the weekends to see each other for seven really long years.
While in Albuquerque, Darynda decided to see the cup half full and go back to college while she still had enough brain cells to make it worth her while. After graduating Summa cum Laude from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Sign Language Interpreting, she moved back to her hometown and got a real job. Several in fact, mostly teaching at a local college and interpreting pretty much everywhere. Based on personal experience, she does not recommend having more than three jobs at any given time.
But bit by bit, the desire to write needled it’s way back to the surface. Unable to squelch it any longer, she started writing seriously again in 2002 with one goal in mind: A publishing contract. Unfortunately, she sucked. Thank goodness practice makes perfect and three complete manuscripts later, she won that Golden Heart, landed an amazing agent and sold to St. Martin’s Press in a three-book deal.
Book one in the Charley Davidson series, FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT, was a hardcover release in February 2011 with book two, SECOND GRAVE ON THE LEFT, coming out in August 2011 and book three, THIRD GRAVE DEAD AHEAD, in February 2012. She hopes you enjoy reading the series as much as she has writing it.
Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of more than 25 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.



Take it away Darynda!

Thank you so much for having me!  

One of my favorite things about writing—or I should say about being a published writer—is interacting with readers from all over the world. I love getting their stories about how this scene touched them or how that scene made them laugh out loud. But what I didn’t count on were the stories from people that left me sobbing uncontrollably into my coffee cup.  

I had one from a reader whose sister, aka her best friend, died unexpectedly. She was devastated. She sank into a depression for months and only started to come out of it when she read my first book. She felt like I understood what she was going through. Can you say tear jerker? I had another from a woman who was so close to committing suicide, she knew exactly how and when she was going to do it. In the interim, she picked up my book and was so deeply touched that she decided to give life another chance.  

And here I thought I was just writing to entertain.  

I’ve had at least a dozen more, all along similar lines. They are so profound and so deeply moving, I have never felt so valuable in my life. And I’ve talked to other writers. Apparently, we all get notes like this at some point in our careers. Our stories touch lives. They change attitudes and educate, no matter how much we only wanted to entertain. It’s a huge responsibility, and one we writers do not take lightly.  

I am so grateful for every reader, for every letter, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank YOU! The stalwart reader. The career woman who has to get up early for work but stays up late to read one more chapter. The student who has a midterm and promises to study as soon as she finishes the book. The mommy who lives for naptime to get in one more scene before dinner.  

Thank you!  

So, what about you? Admittedly, I cry at commercials. I’m a wuss. But I would love to hear your stories! Was there ever a time when a book touched you so deeply, you feel like it changed your life? Your entire outlook? Your toleration and/or acceptance of someone who was different from you? Let’s hear ‘em, baby!  
Thank you so much Darynda for stopping by! I just got done reading a book called Taking Chances by Molly McAdams. It was good but also really sad and it made me think of things differently.



A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time grim reaper.
Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an entity who has been following her all her life…and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely.


I'm sorry but I can't give you the descriptions of the rest of the books in this series but I will show you the covers cause...well...I love them!


Darynda also has a new YA book coming out!

Ten years ago, Lorelei’s parents disappeared without a trace. Raised by her grandparents and leaning on the support of her best friends, Lorelei is finally beginning to accept the fact that her parents are never coming home. For Lorelei, life goes on.
High school is not quite as painful as she thinks it will be, and things are as normal as they can be. Until the day the school’s designated loner, Cameron Lusk, begins to stalk her, turning up where she least expects it, standing outside her house in the dark, night after night. Things get even more complicated when a new guy—terrifying, tough, sexy Jared Kovach—comes to school. Cameron and Jared instantly despise each other and Lorelei seems to be the reason for their animosity. What does Jared know about her parents? Why does Cameron tell Jared he can’t have Lorelei? And what will any of them do when Death comes knocking for real? Thrilling, sassy, sexy, and inventive, Darynda Jones’s first foray into the world of teens will leave readers eager for the next installment.


 To celebrate our anniversary Darynda would like to give a book to 1 person! The winner can choose a book of their choice by Darynda including the 2 coming out in October!
This is International!
All giveaways this month end October 7th.


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55 comments:

  1. Yes, Ive had one or two books do that to me. Words are powerful :)

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  3. TOTALLY. It was really the main character who narrated the book that had me reflecting on my life so much. The things she said...how easy it was to connect and relate to her, even if she fought ugly Unseelie on a daily basis, whereas I changed poopie diapers, she was very likable and made me truly see not to judge a book by its cover. Metaphorically, of course. :)

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  4. Several books have changed the way I think. Thank you for a great giveaway!

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  5. I love love love the charley Davidson series i have since it first came out the witty writing is great and the way Charlie is written strong personality but still show she has to overcome somethings been a fan since day one on the recommendation of the warden and the online chat can wait for the next one keep em coming

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  6. YES! Words are very powerful! Thank you guys for stopping by!

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  7. Yep, in fact it touched me so much I got a tattoo.

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  8. Yes, it was John Jakes THE BASTARD. It gave me a real feel for my country and patriotism when I was a teenager. I also love this one quote from the sequel THE REBELS "Take a stand and make a mark." Thank you so much I love these books :).

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  9. One of my favorite books I ever read was "The Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch. I heard about it in college and finally read it when I first started dating the man who is now my fiance'. I honestly cant tell you how many people I have handed it over to because it is such an awesome piece of work (I will admit I cried more throughout that book than I would normally care to share). I connect with it more now that I have been diagnosed with a disease myself (I'm a type 1 diabetic, it doesn't run in my family and I was diagnosed when I was 21...weird huh?) and at times it can be frightening, to think that your life could be cut much shorter than everyone else's... ANYWAYS! I try to stay positive, and that was what Randy Pausch did as well. He is someone I look up to, and I would seriously suggest everyone read his book, "The Last Lecture."

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  10. I love all kinds of genres. Paranormal is my favorite! I think I have been touched by military romance novels more than any other because of the issues our military men go through. It's very deep and often makes me cry.

    Thank you for the giveaway! Darynda Jones you are totally AWESOME! I love the Charley Davidson series.

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  11. Yes, books about women in their late 20's and early 30's, who do not let anyone take them for granted and give them shit. It made me realize I needed to make a change in my life, and become more assertive.

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  12. I love this series! It makes me laugh and cry and those are the best kind of books. We need a lot more sassy characters in our books. :)

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  13. Yes. I was reading Beggars in Space by Nancy Kress and felt...depressed isn't the right word, maybe disappointed, because I could see that even though we had evolved enough to change our DNA, we were still petty and prejudice. It made me much more tolerant of the people in my life. Its a really fantastic read.

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  14. I have read many books and I feel that everyone touches your life in some way. Whether negative or positive! Love you Darynda!

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  15. Definitely, especially back when I was a teen! One such book was Momo by Michael Ende, another was a 4-book-series by the German author Ralf Isau. More recently it was A Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin. She made me look at the city in a whole different way. But basically any book that I read and like changes me in some way and evokes emotions in me - that's the point of reading :)

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  16. I think any book you read changes you in some way.
    Thank you for the international giveaway!

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  17. I have read books that pretty much changed my life. There aren't a lot of them, but books that have touched my heart are so special to me and I love them so so much.
    Lacey T

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  18. Well, probably anything by Steinbeck. Anne Frank's diary and Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt are greats as well.
    -Novel Reveries

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  19. Yes. That happened when I was much younger, around 12 years old, and I read a book (in portuguese) called There Will Always Be a Tomorrow (free translation). Its about a father who finds out his daughter has Down Syndrome. The book is just so sad and truthfull, I never forgot it.
    Penny Pe

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  20. Yes. When I was younger I read a book I think it was called Mi Vida Loca(My cray life) It was about the authors life in gangs such a great book. Forgot the name though.
    -Maritza

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  21. Yes. A year ago I read The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons. The love story, the struggling both characters went through was really overwhelming and sad. (Ileana-rafflecopter)

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  22. Not that I can remember specifically, but I often feel that I learn things when I read, so maybe it's been more cumulative that a major effect.

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  23. Yes. Just a few times, but there was! I still can't get out the characters out of my head!

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  24. yes
    Acheron dark hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon
    totally messed me up for days i was crying for days..

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  25. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and The Kite Runner!

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  26. I loved Little Women and Where the Red Fern Grows when I was a kid. I still remember both of those stories like it were just yesterday. They really meant a lot to me.

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  27. Not yet, but I'm hoping to find some that do. I did read a book, Scars by Cheryl Rainfield, that really touched me though.

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  28. I have been deeply touched by a lot of books. I guess I read so much that it was bound to happen. Hubby teases me horribly when I cry over a book, or get angry etc. He just doesn't get it :-)
    Thanks for the giveaway
    - Dawn aka dawnmomoffour
    thedoyle6@rogers.com

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  29. I've read a few books that touched me very deeply. They definitely changed the way I saw myself and others.

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  30. So far, not really. There a a bunch of books that touched me and made me lie awake at night and think of it for days but not to the extent of changing my entire outlook.

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  31. I've had a few that I'll never forget because they changed me.

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  32. Oh definitely! The Fault in our Stars by John Green changed my whole mindset on cancer patients. There's a few more that have really touched me as well.

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  33. Oh definitely when I was younger as this was my earliest form of romance.

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  34. Yeah there's some I'll never forget :)

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  35. Yes there have been a few that really changed how I think.

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  36. I don't know that it was one book in particular or just my love of reading and what it means to me to have the freedom to read and the choice to read what I want to read but it absolutely affects me. I think I would be a completely different person if I didn't read. Reading gives me a whole new outlook on life because it allows you to step into so many different situations, lives, places that you otherwise would never be able to go. You get to see things from others perspectives and frees your mind to explore other angles.

    I have always been a very open minded person (much to my mothers frustration) believing that everyone should have the right to believe and be exactly who and what they are. I think reading the different genres that I do has just expanding on that even more.

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  37. Yes, I fell in love with Sparhawk from David Eddings book.. and I think I always look for men like him

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  38. yeah, there is a few books have changed my life
    thanks for the giveaway ^^

    sunshine_pinkystar(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  39. Yes, there is some books that influence my private life
    thx for the giveaway

    -Lilian S

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  40. Every book I read enhances my knowledge and makes me feel a better and understanding person.

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  41. Every book gives me a piece of it, and I think I give it a piece of me, so every book changes me. of course, there are books that changed a great deal of me, but to be honest, there are just to many and I would feel guilty if I didn't say just one, so I'm not going to write them all here :)

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  42. Ways To Live Forever (Sally Nicholls),changed the way I saw about my family

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  43. Love your books, keep up the great work!

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  44. yes you right,,i read few books and I'll never forget they changed life me..
    thanks for the chance

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  45. yes...especially when i read amanda quick's books....

    thx u...

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  46. Of course, because you can see different perspective of things and sometimes you see there are similarities from characters of a book with your friends. I read Before i die by Jenny Downham it was so intense, it made me cry a lot!

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  47. Yes and no. Nothing has caused me to say that I need to change my life, but over time, there are subtleties in various books that make me think.

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  48. A breath of fresh air, indeed.. a witty heroine always captures my attention!

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  49. I love this series and have read many books the past couple years. I am just happy that I found my way to books again.

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  50. i have but didnt really change my life but i did make me think alittle.actually im still thinking about it..( Deeper by Megan Hart)

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  51. I have had a few books like this in my life, but they are rare.

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  52. There were a few books that practically ripped my heart out, but I don't come across them often. Whenever I do, I feel like I've had an epiphany and need to simply do more for the world.

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  53. Yes, there were a few books that made me realise that the world is different than I thought

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  54. We Children from Bahnhof Zoo has really tuched me deaply.

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