Thursday, July 11, 2013

Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones Blog Tour

Everyone who knows me knows I LOVE the Charley Davidson series. It makes me laugh, makes me mad, make me pant from the sexual tension, puts me at the edge of my seat, and there are coffee addicts like me. LOL! I am always recommending this series to friends and fellow readers. Right now I am currently half way through the newest book and I am really taking my time with it. I just don't want it to end!!!! So, I know you guys aren't here to hear me rave about this series so lets get to the rest of the post. 

Here is the newest book of the series!


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.

Guess what! I have an excerpt for you and it's great! Here it is:

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.

I just want to take Duff home with me. 

Now a lot of you know I have met Darynda in person (I even have photos lol). I was star struck when I met her. :) She is so cool and laid back. Here is more about her.

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

Check Darynda out. Follow her. Stalk her lol Just not the creepy knid of stalking
·        DaryndaJones Website  
·        Facebook
·        Darynda’s World
·        Twitter

Now if you haven't read any of the books I HIGHLY suggest you pick them up. You won't regret it. One thing I like most about the cover of the books... They are all different colors. (I know; I'm a dork) Here are the links where you can find them.

·        Amazon
·        Barnes & Nobles
·         Audible

Before I let you go and check out the giveaway. I can't stress enough how good this series is. If you like comedy, if you like suspense, if you like mystery, and if you are a coffee drinker you will like this! I promise!!!


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

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

My Birthday Week

Yes, it is by birthday week! No not day, turning 30 is a BIG thing. It's another decade so I am celebrating for more than a day! :)

To celebrate I want to give away gifts! This is my way of saying Thank You. Thank you for being a dedicated follower wither it's here at the blog, on Facebook, or both. I know I haven't done a giveaway in awhile. Reality has taken over.

So the giveaway.... If you follow the Facebook page then you know that every month this year I have had a reading theme. From New Young Adult month, to catch up on a series, to new to me books, to Followers choice. So far this year I have read 54 books and I am on the 55th one now.

What I want to do is give away an ebook of your choice out of the 55 books that I have conquered this year to 5 people. (dang that's a lot of 5's lol) Here is the list of books:


Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
Hana by Lauren Oliver
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Annabel by Lauren Oliver
Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
Burnt Offerings by Laurell K. Hamilton
Up in Flames by Nicole Williams
Making His Mark by Jennah Scott
All Over You by Emily Snow
The Killing Dance by Laurell K. Hamilton
The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines
Bloody Bones by Laurell K. Hamilton
Opal. by Jennifer Armentrout
Onyx by Jennifer Armentrout
Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout
The Lunatic Café by Laurell K. Hamilton


Dare You To by Katie Mcgarry
Never too Far by Abbi Glines
Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick
Obsidian Butterfly by Laurell K. Hamilton
Requiem by Lauren Oliver
Blue Moon by Laurell K. Hamilton
Planning on Forever by Ashely Wilcox
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Effortless by S.C. Stephens
Love Unscripted by Tina Reber
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins


Release Me by J. Kenner
Cerulean Blues by Laurell K. Hamilton
Walking Disaster by Jamie Mcguire
Isolation by Dan Wells
Symphoni by T.M. Scott
Reckless by S.C. Stephens
If You Stay by Courtney Cole
Narcissus in Chains by Laurell K. Hamilton


Real by Katy Evans
Crossing the Line by Katie Mcgarry
Apollyon by Jennifer Armentrout
Falling into You by Jasinda Wilder
Flat-Out-Matt by Jessica Park
Lover at Last by J.R. Ward
Claim Me by J. Kenner


Stealing Harper by Molly McAdams
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
What I Didn’t Say by Keary Taylor
This Girl by Colleen Hoover
Crush by Nicole Williams
Captive in the Dark by C.J. Roberts
Twisted Perfection by Abbi Glines
The Edge of Never J.A. Redmerski
Crow's Row by Julie Hockley

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Friday, May 17, 2013

State of Emergency - Summer Lane. 5 Stars series!!

Hi guys!

Steph here! I discovered the book State of Emergency by Summer Lane by 'accident' and I have to admit it's one of the best mistake I made, this book was fantastic. Below we will have an interview, a giveaway and my review.... first let discover the author...

Who is Summer Lane?

Summer Lane is the author of the YA/NA Romantic Thriller, State of Emergency. She is a freelance writer, publicist and lover of all things feline. Summer is also the author of Snappy Social Networking: How to Dominate the Blogosphere & Everything in Between. In her spare time, Summer is the creator of the online magazine/blog, Writing Belle, in addition to being a frequent contributor at NA Alley, a website dedicated to all things New Adult.

Summer began writing when she was 13 years old, due to the fact that the long afternoons after school were somewhat boring, and writing stories seemed to make the time pass a little quicker. Since then she has written many books about jungle cats, secret agents, princesses and spaceships. She is also a non-fiction writer, but her debut novel, State of Emergency, is her favorite book yet. You can find Summer hopping around on the Internet by following her on Twitter @SummerEllenLane. Want to talk to Summer? Email her at:

Official Website:

State of Emergency: 

 Cassidy Hart is your typical High School graduate: A little shy, a little sarcastic, and a little naive. But when an electromagnetic pulse takes down the United States, she's forced to kick into full survival mode when she gets separated from her father. 
 Yeah. Things suck. 
But with the help of a handsome soldier named Chris, she just might find her dad without getting into serious trouble.
Emphasis on might.
Oh. And there's the matter of avoiding getting killed in a world that's quickly turned into an active war zone.
It's going to change Cassidy's life.
It's going to be a major pain in the butt.

  If you follow my reviews you probably know how I enjoy Post-apocalyptic/dystopian novels. I read SO many of them making me extremely picky and hard to impress. Well all that to say that State of Emergency by Summer Lane managed to impress me! It was such a great book and I was very surprised to discover this book, it deserves much more recognition! It is one of the best I read so far and is easily making my top 8 in the category. 
First the settings of this book reminds me a lot of the show Revolution which I love. It was so similar I checked to see if one could have been inspired by the other but no. I guess that both Summer and NBC got awesome ideas at the same time. 
Cassidy is a great character and I truly enjoyed following her through this book. She is fierce, brave and somehow a little naïve even if she refuses to recognize it. She is learning so much thanks to Chris.
 Now Chris, man that guy make you fall in love for page 1! Seriously, that guy is major crush alert. He is 6 foot something of hot hunky marine….He is brave, lethal but also soft and loving when he needs to be. 
This story is enticing and I loved to follow the evolution of Cassidy as a person as well as her evolution of her relationship with Chris.
 The storyline was very well done, it is scarily probable and Summer wrote perfectly how terrible events can bring both the best and the absolute worse out of people. The story unravel on a very steady pace and you never get bored while reading.
In conclusion: State of Emergency is a very strong beginning of a series and it a perfect and original post-apocalyptic story. It is full of action, losses, betrayal with an underlying romance. I will now be eagerly waiting for the Sequel State of Chaos.     
Stars 4.5/5


Hi Summer.
First let me thank you for doing this interview, I loved State of Emergency and I can’t wait for the Sequel “State of Chaos”.

1-      Tell us a bit more about you...Did you always want to become an author? When did you start writing?
Well, I always wanted to be a storyteller. When I was growing up, I loved the concept of getting lost in a story world, but I never thought about being a writer. I did a lot of oral storytelling to entertain my baby brother over the years, and at some point I remember sitting down and literally taking a pen to paper and writing one of those stories down. A light bulb went off – this was fun, but more importantly, I recognized that I had a talent for it. I came to this realization when I was about 13. 

2-      What is your favourite book?
I have so many! Growing up, my favorite book was Robinson Crusoe. I was fascinated with the idea of a survival story. As I got older, one of my top reads was Jane Eyre, and today my number one books are the ones that keep me on the edge of my seat; books like Divergent, by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins or Enclave by Ann Aguirre

3-      I found the premise of the story very interesting, what inspired you?
I’ve always wondered what I would do if a huge emergency went down where I lived. How would I survive? I took that same concept that was always floating around in my brain and gave that problem to a naïve high school graduate named Cassidy Hart. Electromagnetic Pulses were something I’d always read about, and I thought it would be good alternative end-of-the-world story. I didn’t need zombies or aliens to pull it off.

4-      Cassidy is a very complex character, she is strong, trained and yet she still has this naivety coming with youth....Did you get inspired from someone you know?
Cassidy is complex! She has all the skills and information needed to keep herself alive, but because she’s never had any real world experience, she doesn’t know how to apply those skills. Cassidy is based on your average teenager. “A little shy, a little sarcastic, and a little naïve,” like the book says. I created her to be the friend that I’d want to have: loyal, honest, but somewhat innocent, which makes her refreshing. I got really tired of reading about heroines who swear, drink, have sex and try so hard to fit in with the tough guys. I just wanted a girl who was normal, you know? 

5-      Your story is very dark, showing how an astronomical disaster can bring both the best and the worst in people in a short amount of time. This is something that Cassidy has a lot of problem accepting. Is it your case?
Because Cassidy is somewhat innocent in the beginning of State of Emergency, she doesn’t really anticipate the amount of violence coming her way. She expects people to be decent, but life or death situations make the population really desperate, really fast. I wrote the book with this in mind. It’s hard to accept the fact that sometimes, things get ugly, and the only thing you can do is dig in and try to survive. 

6-      Chris is the perfect book crush, a lethal marine with a big heart....Tell us something about him that we don’t know.
Chris is based on two things: the Navy SEALs that train on Coronado Island at the Naval Station where my grandfather was once stationed, and my admiration for military men and law enforcement officers. I wanted a main character who was a man, and who wasn’t afraid to protect the person he loved. He needed to be capable to do that, so I have him the skillset he needed to take care of Cassidy and keep both of them alive in a post-apocalyptic environment.

7-      If you had only one word to describe Cassidy and Chris? What will these words be?
Cassidy: Sassy.
Chris: Logical.

8-      Did you picture an actual cast for the characters of State of Emergency?
I didn’t write the book with an actual acting cast in mind, except for one of the characters. Now I can look at my characters and be able to tell you who could play Chris and Cassidy. I’d like to see Chris Hemsworth or Chris Evans for him, and Jennifer Lawrence for Cassidy. I also think Frank Hart could be played by Bruce Willis, just because he always does such a good job portraying police officers in movies.

9-      Cassidy and Chris’s relationship starts rocky and evolves slowly. I really enjoyed the fact that it was not instant love. Is there any song that inspired you their relationship? If yes which one? For me I have to admit that ‘After the Storm’ by Mumford & Sons or ‘I’d Come For You’ by Nickelback.
I wanted their romance to be real. So a love-at-first-sight thing wasn’t what I was going for. I wanted them to learn to trust each other, then respect each other, and then fall in love. I wanted to base it in real feelings, not just instant attraction. I love listening to music, and I have to admit that Ed Sheeran’s Kiss Me is one of my favorites when I think of Chris and Cassidy. 

10-   You went deep into the history behind the ‘blackout’, our own government turning against us; this is a scary perspective... Where did this idea come from?
Conspiracy theories are a novelist’s treasure trove! I like reading about what ifs, but I always wanted them to be based in reality. I wanted people to stop and think, Oh, my gosh. That could actually happen! So I combined those popular theories with solid facts and came up with something in between. I also looked back at major wars like World War II to see how national emergencies have been handled in the past. I wanted realism. So I did my research to get everything right. 

11-   State of Chaos will be released soon, how many books are you planning for the series?
There will definitely be three books. That’s absolutely for certain. Beyond that, it’s possible that there could be four or five books. It depends on the longevity of the story and the characters. If there’s a story that needs to be told, I won’t hesitate in telling it!

12-   Is there any question you always wished to get ask but never was? What is it?
Indeed there is. I always ask writers what their favorite writing snack is, and what their advice is to aspiring authors. So I’ll answer both of them myself today. My snack: iced tea and chocolate chip cookies. No lie. I’m a real health maniac.
My advice: Never stop writing. Never stop working. You will want to quit at times, but trust me, once you give up it’s almost impossible to start again. Never, ever stop writing. Get self-disciplined and set your goals firmly in your mind. Tape them up on the wall. Repeat them out loud. Work towards them every day. Eventually, you’ll get to the place you want to be. 


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