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May 19, 2014

Suped Up Feature: Sixth Grave On The Edge by Darynda Jones + Cookie & Amber Chat & Giveaway

Sixth Grave On The Edge
Charley Davidson 6
Darynda Jones
St. Martin's Press
May 20, 2014
Urban Fantasy
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.



Chapter One

A blank is the only thing I draw well.

—T-shirt

“A girl, a mocha latte, and a naked dead man walk into a bar,” I said, turning to the naked dead man sitting in my passenger’s seat. The elderly naked dead man who’d been riding shotgun in my cherry red Jeep Wrangler, aka Misery, for two days now. We were on a stakeout. Sort of. I was staking out a Mr. and Mrs. Foster, so I was definitely on a stakeout. No idea what Naked Dead Man was on. Considering the fact that he looked about 112, probably blood thinners. Cholesterol medication. And, judging from the state of his manhood, which I couldn’t stop seeing every single time I turned toward him, Viagra. If I were to hash-tag that moment, my status would read something like #impressed.
I gave him two thumbs up, then looked back at the house again, happy to be sitting in Misery. The Jeep, not the emotion. I’d just picked her up from the car hospital two days earlier. She’d had several surgeries to fix her broken girlie bits because a raving lunatic rammed into her. He’d knocked her into a state of mangled disrepair and me, as I was in the driver’s seat at the time, into a state of oblivion. I stayed in that state long enough for Mr. Raving Lunatic to cart me off to a deserted bridge to kill me. He failed and died in the process, but Misery had paid a high price for his nefarious machinations. Why did bad guys always try to hurt the ones I loved?
And this one had succeeded. Misery was hurt. Bad. No one wanted to work on her. Said she couldn’t be saved. Said to give her over to the scrap yard. Thankfully, a family friend with a body shop and a few incriminating photos, which just happened to have found their way into my possession, agreed with great reluctance to try.
Noni kept her for two long weeks before calling to tell me that he’d almost lost her a couple of times, but she’d pulled through with flying colors. When I got the green light to go pick her up, I tore out of my apartment so fast, I left a dust trail behind me, along with a flummoxed best friend, who’d been telling me about the couple in 3C. They were apparently newlyweds, if their energy to do it—her words—all night every night was any indication. I hurried back to her, however, because I didn’t have a car and I needed a ride.
When we picked up Misery, Noni tried to tell me everything he’d had to do to her to get her up and running, but I held up a hand to stop him, unable to bear it. This was Misery he was talking about. Not some random Wrangler off the streets. This was my Wrangler. My best friend. My baby.
Holy cow, I needed a life.
I had to hand it to Noni, though. Misery was good as new. Better than I was, anyway. Ever since that night, I’d been having problems sleeping. I suffered from debilitating nightmares that left me screaming into my pillow, and I jumped every time someone dropped a feather.
But at least Misery was okay. Like, really okay. It was weird. Her cough was gone. Her sluggish response time was no longer an issue. Her reluctance to wake up in the mornings as she sputtered in protest every time I tried to fire all engines was nonexistent. Now she started on the first try, no groaning or whining, and she purred like a newborn kitten. How Noni had managed to fix her insides as well as her outsides I’d never know, but the guy was good. And Noni was my new best friend. Well, after Misery. And Cookie, my real best friend. And Garrett, my kind of, sort of best friend. And Reyes, my. . . my . . .
What was Reyes? Besides the dark and sultry son of evil? My boy toy? My love slave? My 24/7 booty call?
No.
Well, yes.
He was all those things, but he was also my almost-fiancé. All I had to do was say yes to the proposal he’d written on a sticky note, and he would be my fiancé for reals. Until then, however, he was my almost fiancé.
No, my soon-to-be fiancé.
No! My nigh fiancé.
Yeah, that’d work.
I turned back to the naked dead man, stuffed a couple of Cheez-Its into my mouth, and confessed my latest sin.
“I’m just kidding,” I said through the crackers, regretting the fact that I’d tempted him and now had no follow-up. No punch line. “I don’t know any ‘girl, mocha latte, dead man’ jokes. Sorry to get your hopes up like that.” He didn’t seem to mind, however. He sat staring straight ahead as always, his gray eyes clouded and watery with age, oblivious of my charm, my clever repartee, and my intellectual wit. He was ignoring me!
It happened.
“Cheez-It?” I offered him.







Hello Cookie and Amber! It’s such a pleasure to have you here with us today: 

Cookie: Thank you for having us! 
Amber: Hi. 


Cookie, how would you describe your relationship with Charley? 

Cookie: In a word, turbulent. Not so much our relationship, but our lives because of it. Our relationship is . . . well, I feel like Charley is more a sister than a friend or employer. We just clicked the first time we met, you know? And the more I get to know her, the more impressed I am. 


Amber, you and Charley seem to have gotten closer. What would you say are Charley’s most endearing qualities? 

Amber: She’s like a crazy aunt I can tell anything to. And she talks to dead people all the time. I crack up when she uses her phone so the alive people don’t know she’s talking to the dead people. Also, she named her boobies. 


Cookie and Amber, both of you have been witness to some bizarre and unexplainable things since Charley moved into the Causeway. When did you first notice that Charley was different? 

Cookie: Well, I noticed it pretty early. I had to drag the truth out of her, and it took some getting used to, but she’s growing on me. 

Amber: I noticed right off when she was outside our apartment while we were moving in, talking to a light bulb. Not many people do that. 


Cookie and Amber it seems you have a new neighbor. How has that change been? Cookie do you borrow much sugar? 

Cookie: Oh, well, ahem, it’s been nice. (Looks at Amber. They both nod.)

Amber: Nice. Yeah. I saw his penis. It was an accident. 


I’m sure it was. Cookie, you’re turning a little red. Are you okay? 

Cookie: Just fine. Thanks. 


Okay, well rumor has it that you are a huge Ubie fan. Have you developed feelings for him and if so when where does your relationship stand? Is he helping you hone your shooting skills.

Cookie: (Blushes harder.) Yes, Robert and I are becoming very good friends. 

Amber: I caught them making out on the couch. 

Cookie: We were talking, sweetheart. 

Amber: With is tongue down your throat? And then his hands were on your—


Amber! Um, Amber, you’ve been seen with a very handsome young man yourself lately. Is he your boyfriend? We’ve been told you are learning to sign as well. Is there any particular reason why you have decided to learn the language? 

Amber: (Squirms.) Yeah. Quentin. But we're not like boyfriend and girlfriend. Just friends. For now. Mostly because mom says so. And I’m learning ASL so I can talk to him. Otherwise we have to text back and forth or write notes. Signing is a lot easier, but I don’t know it all yet. Quentin says I’m a fast learner though.


I’m sure you are. Thank you so much Cookie and Amber for stopping by and answering my questions.

Cookie: Thank you for having us.



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.

Stalk her!











50 comments:

  1. Thanks for the wonderful post, I loved reading it and it was fun to have a character interview! I love Cookie and Amber and I just love the series. This book was like always awesome and I can't wait to read more!

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  2. Yes, fabulous post! I'm no where near caught up in this series, but I LOVE Cookie ;) Hopefully I'll get it in gear and be ready to go when the next book comes out.

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  3. I have been dying to start this series for the longest time! It just sounds like so much fun! Great post, thanks for sharing.

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

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  4. Reyes Farrow!!!! Love him!!! Also, Charley's sarcastic answers and comebacks. Awesome series.

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  5. Oh ghost I cannot wait for this book. I am a huge fan of this series. I am excited to hear Cookie was making out with Ubie. About time!

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  6. Reyes Farrow, Cookie, Charley and how funny the series is! Also the chapter headings! I love the chapter headings, they always make me smile!

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  7. I am counting down the HOURS until my pre-ordered audiobook shows up on my iPhone. CAN'T WAIT! What a fun character chat too; Cookie is one of my favourite secondary characters. Period. Thanks for the chance!

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  8. What do I love most about the series? Um...EVERYTHING! ;)

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  9. I love the characters! Charley, Reyes, and Cookie are great!

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  10. LOL!! Amber is the cutest! Looking forward to tomorrow.

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  11. I love the humor. This series can always make me laugh and brighten my day. I have also become pretty attached to the characters :)

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  12. I love the humor and Charley's ADD!

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  13. REYES!! And the lol comedy that gets me strange looks while reading around others.

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  14. The humor and that it is in New Mexico kind of makes you a little prouder of our state.

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  15. I love Charley's humor and her t-shirts that start the chapters. It's a real feel good series that never fails to make me smile

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  16. I love the interview! Charley is fabulous! I can't wait to read this book. :D

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  17. Charley. Chapter headings. Reyes. Fantastic writing.

    Loribooklover62 AT aol DOT com

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  18. I love the blend of mystery, comedy, and steal your breath romance!

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  19. I'm so stoked that we are finally getting the next book in the series. I Darynda...I had the pleasure of meeting her at Barbara Vey's Reader Appreciation luncheon last month...she's so cool...

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  20. Love this series. The characters really shine. There's always something happening and I wish they were 500 pages longer. ;-)

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  21. Cookie and Amber! Yay! That was great getting a character interview. I love everything about this series. I love the way it makes me just crack up even while telling a good story. Can't wait to read this book.

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  22. I laugh! I laugh hard. I love all the characters. Everybody brings something to the party. It's always a Darynda party in my head when I am reading a Charley book. Smashing writing. Love the T-shirts and bumper stickers. Love Charley's friendships with everyone. She cares. She looks after people. They have got her back too. Reyes is dreamy. I AM IN LOVE with the biker guys. They have suspiciously disappeared. Will they make a spinoff...HOPE SO!!! Donovan and the lads. YUM! So could see a spinoff. Been hoping for a spinoff with the lads. Anyhoo, I LOVE this series with a passion. I LOVE what Darynda does with it, it is my happy time, snuggled up with each book. These are real keepers.

    Awesome Interview. I do love Cookie, she is a cutie pie.

    Bring on # 6...then I sit and wait again :p

    Mich

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  23. That's a hard choice. I guess I like Charley and her zany character best, but she only barely edges Reyes out.

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  24. I love this series! Can't wait to read the Sixth Grave

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  25. So love this series, I was hooked from book 1. I hope there are many more to come.

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  26. So love this series and Cookie! She's my idol along with Charley. Reyes i'm love u and i so want to be real.

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  27. Thank you for the interview with Cookie and Amber... very enlightening!

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  28. I need to catch up on this series - really enjoyed the book I read. :)

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  29. Love Cookie and Amber!! Thanks for having them chat. Can't wait to see what happens between Cookie and Ubie!

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  30. I love the humor in this series the most. Thanks for chatting wit us Cookie and Amber. See you tomorrow!

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  31. Whoa way to go Amber!!! Can't wait for midnight when that ebook hits my reader. I'll probably be up all night reading.

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  32. What do I like? Charley is a piece of work and I love watching her flip in and out of problems and still wonder how they happened.

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  33. Gah! There are 6 in this series already?!? And I haven't started the first one. :( Guess I better get with the program. *ha*

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  34. Love this series! Charley is the craziest and funniest heroine I've read in a long time!

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  35. I love this post!!! And I love Cookie and Amber. I love how the writing continues to be excellent, and how my love for the characters just keeps growing.
    Great job!

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  36. awesome post ty for sharing and i have to say I love Charlies sarcasm and quick wit and of course Reyes


    Beverly Gordon

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  37. LMFAO .. Amber saw his penis?! She's going to be so disappointed when she's older. I can't wait to read this!

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  38. All the characters!!!! They're so funny and lovable! Amber and Cookie making my case in this interview! Oh and the things' naming! I started that too... maybe I shouldn't have said that out loud (?)

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  39. EVERYTHING! The whole series is brilliant! <3

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  40. Haha! This was a fun post! The Excerpt... talking to the corpse and the bickering in the chat! Loved it!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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  41. I love everything about this series, but, of course, I LOVE Reyes <3. And I think Charley is amazing herself.

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  42. i haven't read this series before but i want to...
    thx u for the chance ^^

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  43. I honestly can't wait to start this book! Love, love, love Charley & Reyes!

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  44. I love that the series features a little of everything, action, humor, romance and at times could make you cry. Charley is an awesome snarky heroine and Reyes is just pure sex on a stick, lol. Love Cookie too. I want a BFF like her.

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  45. I feel so very left out on this series. lol I know so many who have read it and LOVE it and yet my copy of book one is still on the shelf all brand new and untouched. *flails* I need more reading hours! lol

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