Published by St. Martin's Press on 2015-05-19
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery & Detective, Paranormal, Private Investigators, Women Sleuths
Sometimes I wonder if the purpose of my life
is to serve as a cautionary tale to others.
With twelve hellhounds after her, pregnant Charley Davidson takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can’t get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. But after months of being cooped up there, Charley is ready to pop. Both metaphorically and literally since she is now roughly the size of a beached whale. Fortunately, a new case has captured her attention, one that involves a murder on the very grounds the team has taken shelter upon. A decades-old murder of the newly-vowed nun she keeps seeing in the shadows is almost enough to pull her out of her doldrums.
Charley’s been forbidden to step foot off the sacred grounds. While the angry hellhounds can’t traverse the consecrated soil, they can lurk just beyond its borders. They have the entire team on edge, especially Reyes. And if Charley didn’t know better, she would swear Reyes is getting sick. He grows hotter with every moment that passes, his heat scorching across her skin every time he’s near, but naturally he swears he’s fine.
While the team searches for clues on the Twelve, Charley just wants answers and is powerless to get them. But the mass of friends they’ve accrued helps. They convince her even more that everyone in her recent life has somehow been drawn to her, as though they were a part of a bigger picture all along. But the good feelings don’t last for long because Charley is about to get the surprise of her crazy, mixed-up, supernatural life….
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author DARYNDA JONES won a RITA Award for best first novel for First Grave On The Right. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. Jones lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.
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I was lucky to participate in a live conversation with DARYNDA JONES, author of the Charley Davidson series.
Mary: Hi, Darynda. It’s Mary from Book Hounds. Of course, my question is dog related. Were the hellhounds inspired by your own dogs?
Darynda Jones: That’s the best idea I ever heard. You know, I will say that’s very possible. They have put me through heck. I was so excited. I just got my author copies of Eighth Grave, I put the box in my office, and I’m so excited. I get up the next morning and my eight-month-old, Steffy [sp], decided to eat one.
Thank God she only ate one because she ripped through that box and could have had the entire box. So it could very well be. You might be onto something. Thank you.
I have to include a question from Kristie at Dark Faerie Tales since it leads into my question.
Kristie: I have kind of a two-fold question. You mentioned a possible spinoff in the future. When will that spin–in your planning, how far away is that spinoff going to be? And who is it going to feature? And is that character one of your favorite characters throughout this series? Or is this somebody that you’ve grown to love?
Darynda Jones: Okay.
I haven’t been telling people this, but, I love that you asked it. I do want to do it someday, so I thought maybe if I put it out there people would really want it. My plan was to have both the Charley series and the spinoff going at the same time, but because of timelines it wouldn’t have worked. Even my agent was against it. She was like no, you’re just going to have to wait until the Charley books end and then do the spinoff.
Of course, the way my mind is so chaotic and all over the place, I’m already working on the books for this spinoff that can’t happen.
I will say that from Eighth Grave they happen probably about 19 years later, if that gives you an idea of who it might be about. It’s Charley and Reyes’s daughter, and it’s her story.
It does feature a character who I’ve introduced who I’m absolutely in love with. Osh, or Osh’ekiel, is going to be in it too. So that’s going to be their books later on down the line. Keep your fingers crossed.
Kristie: I will keep my fingers crossed for it. Thank you.
Mary: Oh, I just got chills when you said that. I have a follow up.
Darynda Jones: That’s a good thing. Yay!
Mary: I was a huge fan of Dead Like Me. Were there books that inspired you to write Charley or TV shows?
Darynda Jones: I don’t know as far as books. You know, believe it or not, this is going to sound horrible but I didn’t really read that much paranormal before I got published in paranormal. Now I read almost all paranormal, I love it so much.
But I didn’t really read it before then. Honestly, I read historical romance, like, forever. That’s all I read.
I’ve written since I was little, and I realized growing up that I have always written either paranormal or science fiction. So I don’t think hardly any of my stories were just normal.
I think that’s part of it. Also, just a general love of anything paranormal. I’m a huge fan of Joss Whedon. I love Buffy and Angel and all of them. When I originally came up with Charley, that was my plan. I wanted just an ordinary world, an ordinary woman, with a little bit of Buffy in her.
Of course, that has grown and expanded. But, if anything I would probably say Buffy.
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I’ve read most of the books in this series and own an ARC of #6 that I won in a contest. I love the character and would be overjoyed to add this one to my collection.
Linda Kish says
I haven’t read any of the books before.
Yes, this series is my favorite and I have read several of the books which are unique and captivating.
Bonny McDevitt says
I have yet to read any of this authors books!
Linda Townsend says
I have not but I’ve wanted to for a while… They sound awesome!
not yet but I have a friend that has and she’s recommended them.
JoAnne Myers says
Hi Darynda, great cover and interview. All the best.
Viki S. says
Yes, and the shorts. I love Charley :). What a fantastic idea running the spinoff in tandem with Charley – can’t wait :)!
Crystal Cox says
New to me author and series but sounds amazing !
I LOVE this series, and I’ve read them all!
Eva Millien says
Love this series and I enjoyed the chat! Thanks so much for sharing!
Faye Gates says
No, I haven’t. But, I plan on ordering from the library.
Anita Yancey says
No, I have not read any books from the series, but I’m looking forward to it.
cindy Fundark says
Love her books. Def one I keep and re-read.
I love this series
I have read all of them-one of my very favorite series!
Trayce (@lemonamour) says
I’ve read and loved each and every one!! Thanks for having this fantastic giveaway. Cheers!
Yes, I love this series and can’t wait to see what poor Cookie has to endure next.
April Prentice says
I have read all of the Charlie series and love them can’t wait until the new one is available
Dina Redmond says
Love this series can not wait for Eighth Grave After Dark .
Awesome interview! Darynda is one of my favorite authors, and I love the Charley Davidson series. If you haven’t read it and you love snarky humor, read it now. I <3 Cookie!
I love this series!
Jen Faccio says
I love this series!!
I love this series and would love to get this copy to add to my series, thanks!
Zonell Conant says
I love this series
Maggie Mae says
i love this series!!
I have read all of the books and I am anxiously awaiting the next one!
Melody J says
I love your books! They are all fabulous just like you!
I have read all the books. I got a late start and picked up book 1 when book 5 was released. I loved them immediately and raced through the entire series, anxiously awaiting the next release. As I am now itching to read #8.
Jennifer J. says
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these books. I fly through them since I couldn’t get enough. I can’t wait for the next one.
Martha Lawson says
Every one of them!!! I love this series, it is just awesome. Can’t wait to read 8th Grave!!!
Milena Mutter says
I read first seven books in the series and loved them all. Thank you for the giveaway
Sue Sattler says
I’ve read all of her books and love them. I’m counting down until the next one, they are on automatic auto buy!! 😀
I love Darynda’s books! So funny, it makes it cool to have ADD
Sandra Watts says
I have not read any of their books but I am open to trying them. I enjoy any reading I can get,
Not yet. They are all still on my wish list. 🙁
Kim Perry says
I’ve read the first few books and loved them! I need to get caught up and can’t wait for more Charley and Reyes!!
I love these books! Charley never fails to make me laugh. I can’t wait till the next one comes out! *)
Nicole Potter says
I’ve actually started reading the first one, First Grave on the Right, and am almost done with it! I am LOVING it so far, and I can’t wait to read more of the series!!!
Meghan slocum says
I am in love with this series! I can’t wait for 8 to come out so I can devour it in a day!
Amy Medeiros says
I’ve read the first two and i can’t wait to catch up 🙂
Michelle Willms says
I have read most books in this series and would love to have all of these books. I love her work.
Yay! Wonderful interview! I just very recently discovered the Charley Davidson series. I’ve read the first three books and I cannot wait to read more! =)
Darynda is one of the most talented authors I’ve read. I honestly count the days till I can read her latest in the Grave series.
Rachel W says
I have, love this series!
Robin Benner says
i have read all of the books except for the last two and let me tell you they are awesome!!
Jamila Richardson says
Best series ever!!!
KC Hilton says
My cousin recommended this series to me and I wasn’t sure if I’d like it, but OMG, I love it so much! I so can’t wait to read Eighth Grave After Dark.
Love this series!
An awesome series!!
Danielle B. says
Love this series, I’m on book 6!
Amy L says
Love Charley and Reyes!!!! Can’t wait for Eighth!!
Dawn Cavenee says
I have read all the Charley Davidson books that have been released so far. Darynda Jone is my #1 favorite author and a very sweet lady. What perfect combinations of humor, action, romance, suspense, and paranormal!
Thank you for the giveaway!
Brenda R. says
Yes! I have read all of the books in the series, and I am looking forward to this book.
When will we find out more about Mr. Wong?
Nancy Jones says
I haven’t yet but I will be adding to my to be read list for sure.
Omg I love this series! I’ve read all of them at least three times. Today I just recommended it to my sister and nieces.
Debbie Rice says
Have not read any of your books yet but that is going to change!!!! Thank you for the opportunity to win
Lisa Weiss says
I have read and RE-READ all of the Charley Davidson series and I am HOOKED!! Can’t wait til Eighth Grave After Dark comes out!! ONLY 8 MORE DAYS!!! WOO HOO!!!!
Betty W says
I haven’t read any of Darynda Jones’ books but they all sound great! Thank you for the chance!
Kelsey C. says
I’ve ready all the books and can’t wait for book eight, I also love the idea of a spin off I’d love to get to know more about Osh.
Jenny Clemmons says
I have read ALL the Charley books! LOVE LOVE LOVE them! So excited the Eighth book is finally coming!! Thank you for the opportunity to win here!
Love this series
A while ago, I found her books in the library. I thought it looked pretty good, and it was!! I wrote her name down so I would remember it after returning the book. I just haven’t had time to get more. Winning this prize would be absolutely great! Thanks for the chance to win it!
Karen Durban says
I’ve read all the Charley Davidson books except for the in-between stories.
Not yet! I gave First Grave to a friend of mine for Christmas, figuring I would be able to borrow it back to read. Still waiting!!
Cynthia Garcia says
I love this series!!!!
Rachel B says
not yet but it’s on my list. thanks for the giveaway!
Bartra Stafford says
I’m a HUGE fan of this series and even have some tshirts from Zazzle!!!
I have the audiobook of every book in the series so far… But if u can’t guess I’m in love with this series and have a few books in the series as well… I love Charley n Reyes.. And Darynda…. Oh but we can’t forgetCookie….. Ty for giveaway… Would Luv yo win
Michelle DeLeon says
So far I’ve read the first two in the series, really enjoyed them and I’m looking forward to reading the others.
Texas Book Lover says
I’ve read the first several and am super excited to sit down and gorge on the rest now that this one is about to be released!!!
never read it
Rereading this series right now – can’t wait to get my hands on the next one!
Barbara ANN says
Yes, I have read the first book in this great series and look forward to reading all of them soon.
No, but I have read her YA series and loved it!
I love Darynda! I’ve read all her books and I can’t wait for Eighth Grave!!
Mary Loki says
I have not but I do own the first 4 books! 😀 I hope to do a read-a-thon on the series!
lori faires says
No, I haven’t read any of the books in this series, but they sound great. I can’t wait to start. I’ve got them on my TBR list. Blessings & Thanks to All
Janie McGaugh says
I’ve read through number 7 and love them!
I have not read any of the books in the series.
Claudette Melanson says
I haven’t read any of the books yet, but they look so good. Definitely on my TBR list now!
Sara S. says
I have read the first four and I can’t wait to read more!!
Thanks for the chance to win!
Sandy S says
I have read the entire series…love, love, love the Charley Davidson series and Darynda’s sarcasm and humor !!
Lacey T says
Yes, I’ve read all of them! I love this series!
SHELLEY S says
I HAVE NOT READ THIS SERIES YET BUT WOULD LIKE TO. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR BOOK AND THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY!
JoAnne Myers says
Hello Darynda, nice cover and interview. All the best
Cheri Oggy says
I’ve not yet had the chance to read the Charley Davidson series.
Sophia Rose says
Fun interview and enjoyed the answers you ladies got. I love this series. I’ve read all, but this last one. Can’t wait for more Charley, Cookie, Uncle Bob and Reyes.
Diane Sallans says
haven’t read them yet, but I’d like to
Diane Elizabeth says
No, I haven’t read any books in the Charley Davidson series yet.
Crystal Cox says
These books sound great can’t wait to get started on them !
Hayley Cosgrove says
I have not read the books before, but the series looks delicious to the eyes!
Stephanie F. says
I am a little behind on the series but am eager to get caught up. It has always been a favorite series of mine. Love Charley and Cookie and Reyes is just yummy.
I’ve read most of the book in the series; it’s one of my favorite series!
Thanks for the giveaway! I remember binge-reading the first six books over a week and fell in love with the characters. Can’t wait for this next book!
I have read all of the Charlie books, and just received 8th Grave! Anxious to get started but hesitant because I will be lost when it ends…
Katherine Riley says
I have not read any of the series, but they sound great.
Amy Pollard Woolard says
I have not yet read this series but I would love to!!
JoAnna B says
I love the Charley Davidson series. I have them in audio.