Interview + Giveaway with Darynda Jones!

Posted January 14, 2019 by Under the Covers Book Blog in Featured Authors, Front Page, Interviews / 25 Comments

As long time fans of the Charley Davidson series, we are excited and sad that this day has come.  The last installment in the series is releasing tomorrow and is one not to be missed!  Check out Angela’s review here.  But we wanted to take some time this week to share our love of Ms. Jones and this series so we have some fun things planned for you all.  Kicking things off is our interview with the one and only Darynda Jones herself!

Welcome back to Under the Covers, Darynda!  We are so excited to have you here today and frankly a little sad because this is the last book in the Charley Davidson series.  Charley and Reyes have become a dear part of our lives and it’s sad to see them go.  How was the experience of finishing this series for you?  Hard?  Emotional?

Yes and Yes! Writing the last Charley book was even harder than I thought it would be, and I went into it knowing it’d be a challenge. It was so hard saying goodbye to these characters. They are like family to me and having to bring their story to an end while wrapping everything up in a nice package with a bow on top was more than a little intimidating. I can only hope I gave everyone a good experience and a happily ever after.

Did you always have this end in sight or did it deviate from the original idea as the series went on?

I figured out the ending about five minutes after I came up with the concept of my Charley-verse, and it didn’t change. Certain elements changed while writing it. For example, Beep was a surprise. 🙂

We don’t want to give spoilers, especially for readers that haven’t read the series yet.  So lets talk about Charley and Reyes instead.  How would you describe them in three words each and what are your favorite things about them, individually and as a couple?

Charley: irreverent, sassy, bighearted

Reyes: mysterious, sexy, blind…(to all other women besides Charley)

I adore Charley’s willingness to go to any length to help people, dead or alive. She may be sarcastic and seemingly indifferent, but she is anything but. She cares so deeply. I just love that.

As for Reyes, where do I begin? Of course, I love his darkness. His brooding nature. But even more I love his adoration for Charley. I love that he fell in love with her millennia ago and that his love has never wavered, despite his occasional unwillingness to acknowledge it.

As a couple, it’s pretty much the same. They are soul mates, through and through. And every trial only brings them closer. Plus, she don’t take his crap.

What will you miss the most about these characters?

I will miss Charley’s sense of humor. She can say anything and get away with it. Most of the time. I wish I had her pluck! Put her in the same room with Cookie and I’m in heaven. Mostly, I will miss the interactions Charley has with pretty much everyone. Cookie, Reyes, Uncle Bob, Amber, Garrett, Rocket, Angel, and the list goes on and on. She is so fun to write.

Who is currently your book boyfriend from the books you read in 2018?

Oh, gosh! So many! But strangely enough I always come back to the two loves of my life: Simon from The Duke and I by Julia Quinn, and Zsadist from Lover Awakened by JR Ward. I haven’t quite found anyone to knock them off their thrones, though there have been some close calls!

Who are 3 authors you fangirl over?

JK Rowling, but who doesn’t? Nora Roberts, whom I’m signing with in February (eeeeep!). And Stephen King, whom I may or may not have stalked while in Bangor, Maine.

What is your writing process like and what has been the hardest book to write for you so far?

It’s crazy because every book is different, You’d think it would get easier the more you write, but no such luck. I swear, it gets harder and harder. I did the Master Class with RL Stein (whom I adore!), and he basically said writers are wimps. It’s not hard to write a book.

I BEG TO DIFFER! I’m not writing 18k-word books. That’s a short story, IMHO. 100k word novels are a little different and they are all, 30k-word novellas to 125k-word sagas, hard. And yet, they are SO FUN! The way I write, they are like puzzles. I have to put all the right pieces in all the right places, and that challenge is like crack. Not that I’ve done crack. I’ve eaten crackers. Does that count?

As far as my process goes, it’s a long story. I am a diehard plotter. My outlines are often 60 pages or more, but if I don’t outline first, I get into all kinds of trouble later and have to delete. I don’t like deleting. If I worked for hours to get a few thousand words on the page, I want to keep them. Cutting is a special kind of torture they developed in the late 1700s to drive writers insane. It’s true! I read it on the Internet!

What inspires your book ideas?

Anything and everything. The key is to be hyperaware of things in everyday life that inspire you. I once wrote a short story based on a drop of red paint that had dried on a white desk. See? Anything.

The question we all want answered… what’s next for Darynda Jones and will we see Charley and Reyes again?

Let’s just say I am hoping very much we will see Charley and Reyes, though in a more peripheral role. I really, really, really want to write a spinoff with Beep and Osh, even if I have to put it out myself. I can’t leave my readers hanging without closing that thread.

But right now I’m working on a brand new trilogy about a sheriff named Sunshine in a small NM town and the man she’s had a crush on since she was a kid, the dark and elusive Levi Ravinder. It will have the comedy, mystery and sexiness I love writing, but it’s not paranormal…in the strictest sense. I’m not saying there isn’t a little somethin-somethin for the supernatural fans out there, but it will be very subtle. And I will say that I am in love with these characters! I can’t wait to introduce them to the world.

We can’t wait!! Thank you so much for sharing with us today!

Thank YOU for having me!!!

Available January 15, 2019!

Interview + Giveaway with Darynda Jones!
Summoned to the Thirteenth Grave
by Darynda Jones

BOOK INFO


Released: January 15th 2019
Series: Charley Davidson #13
Pages: 304
 

Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the final installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series!

Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper extraordinaire, is pissed. She’s been kicked off the earthly plain for eternity – which is the appropriate amount of time to make a person starkraving mad. But someone’s looking out for her, and she’s allowed to return after a mere hundred years in exile. Is it too much to hope for that not much has changed? Apparently it is. Bummer.

She’s missed her daughter, she’s missed Reyes, and Beep, but now that she’s back on earth, it’s time to put to rest burning questions that need answers. What happened to her mother? How did she really die? Who killed her? And are cupcakes or coffee the best medicine? It all comes to a head in an epic showdown between good and evil in this final smart and hilarious novel.


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About Darynda Jones

NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious RITA, a Golden Heart, and a Daphne du Maurier. 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. She currently has two series with St. Martin's Press, the Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. 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. She can be found at www.daryndajones.com.

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The Charley Davidson series is one of my all time favorites, and it was bittersweet reading the last book, I spend so hours getting to know all the characters, and it feels like they are family. So I am happy that the author has decided to write a spinoff, because I just can’t say goodbye to all my favorite characters. I am also pretty excited and look forward to Darynda’s upcoming trilogy! I love that you guys are taking the time this week to share your love for darynda and the series, I am already looking forward to the upcoming… Read more »

Nancy Jones
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Nancy Jones

I haven’t read any yet, but they are on my TBR.

Lacey T
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Lacey T

I absolutely adore this series. I’m so sad that it’s over, but I can’t wait for Beep’s story!

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Oh thank you for this interview! I absolutely love this series and its characters. I am both anticipating and dreading tomorrow!

Timitra
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Timitra

What a great interview! I hope you write the spin-off! I’m not ready to say goodbye to Charley and Reyes and everyone else as yet but at the same time I’m looking forward to what’s to come after

Sophia Rose
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Sophia Rose

What a lovely interview to give some good looking back moments on a fabulous series. I am definitely going to grab up her new not so paranormal series, too. 🙂

E. R.
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E. R.

Sad to know that a series is ending. But also good since I know how many books to read in a series. Definitely have this in my TBR pile. Thanks for the interview, UTC!

BookLady
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BookLady

Love this series! I have read it from the beginning and will greatly miss Charley and Reyes. Great interview. Thanks for sharing.

Dawn M. Roberto
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Dawn M. Roberto

I can’t wait to dive into this series now that the final book is out. It sounds amazing.

Kim
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Kim

Thanks for the interview. I have the first book in my TBR pile. I’ll have to move it up.

John Smith
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John Smith

The characters are so interesting and fun, and it would be great to read this last installment!

Amy R
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Amy R

I love this series and I’m so excited for this final installment.

Trix
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Trix

I need to start this series!

Kim Perry
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Kim Perry

I can’t wait to read this one! I need to get caught up on this series.

Jennifer Beyer
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Jennifer Beyer

I just read book one and I’m super excited to keep reading the series. I thought book one was so fun and smart!

Tanya Wires
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Tanya Wires

I’m just going to say that I love this series. I’m excited and nervous to read the last book. I’ve been dying to see how it all works out. I really hope you do get to do a spin off of oshkosh and beep..that would be an amazing book. We all want to know about their future 🙂 thank you for the giveaway!

Janie McGaugh
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Janie McGaugh

I love this series and am listening to the audio book as I’m writing this!

Viki S.
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Viki S.

I love this question and answer, especially the second to the last answer :).

Sandy Sch
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Sandy Sch

Love the interview. Love the series !!! Thanks for the giveaway !

Jen
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Jen

This series is one of my favorites! I’m so sad to see it end, but looking forward to whatever Darynda Jones writes next.

Joanne B
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Joanne B

So sad to see this fantastic series come to an end. Looking forward to reading whatever Darynda writes next.

Lynnette
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Lynnette

Please can we have a Beep and Osh spin off?! Have just finished and I think this is the best of the series! Everything tied up and in its place! So glad I found this series!

Laura Lovejoy Brunk
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Laura Lovejoy Brunk

Best series Ever !!!

Brenda Rezk
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Brenda Rezk

I just finished reading it. Wow! That was an emotional roller coaster with several problems to solve, a big surprise about one of the characters, a satisfying ending to this series, and a bit of a cliffhanger until Daryna Jones writes the Beep and Osh story or series.

Chris Alexander
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Chris Alexander

Working hard to keep from spoiling myself.