Summoned to Thirteenth Grave Blog Tour

Official Blog Tour Stop


Welcome to Read What I Like’s stop on the blog tour for Summoned to Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones!  I’m so excited to be participating in the buzz surrounding the release of the last book in the Charley Davidson series!  I have a long, but fun post planned for you all, it will be broken down into several sections starting with book and author info followed by a joint review of the first and last book in the series.  Up next is some fun facts about the series provided by Ms. Jones herself and last but certainly not least a link to a giveaway where you can win the complete series!!!


Book Info

Book Genre:  Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: #13 Charley Davidson Series

Released: 1/15/2019 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages:312   Price: $27.99 Hardcover

Links:  GoodreadsBuy the BookSMP Romance TwitterSMP Romance Website

 

 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

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 plane for eternity—which is exactly the amount of time it takes to make a person stark, raving 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. She’s missed Cookie and Garrett and Uncle Bob. 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 for a broken heart? It all comes to a head in an epic showdown between good and evil in this final smart and hilarious novel.

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author DARYNDA JONES won a Golden Heart and a RITA for her manuscript First Grave on the Right. 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. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

Darynda’s Social Links:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Pinterest


First Grave on the Right &

Summoned to Thirteenth Grave Joint Review

When they asked me to be a part of the blog tour the publishers asked that participants review their favorite book in the series along with the last book.  Many of my followers might know that I already reread the entire series this year in preparation for this release so I wasn’t sure which book I wanted to read again.  I settled on the first book which I actually read after finishing the thirteenth.  I wanted to absorb the end before going back to the beginning with fresh eyes to see if my opinion of it change or what clues I might have missed now knowing how everything plays out.  If you are looking for clues as to what happens in the last book I’m sorry but this review is going to be a disappointment for you.  I do not want to spoil one second of your enjoyment of the last book.  Believe me, this hurts me as much as you as I am dying to talk to someone about what all went down in the last book! I will probably post a spoiler review on the blog after the book releases in January so keep an eye out for that.

When I think about the two books that start and finish this amazing series I am delighted to see how much of what I loved about that first book carries through until the last book.  The humor and camaraderie between the characters that is the backbone to this series stick with it until the end.  As does the more somber moments that leave me in tears weeping over my nook and reaching for tissues.  This series would take us on a rollercoaster ride in each book and leave us clamoring for more.  Which makes me so sad to know that Summoned to Thirteenth Grave is the last ride we get to take with Charley and Reyes and it was just as thrilling as the first!

That doesn’t mean Charley hasn’t grown as a character over the years, because she has.  She is so much stronger than I think she could have ever believed herself to be in the last book, this last battle.  Charley has truly come into her own in this book and it was quite the sight to see!  Charley started out as almost a goofy character that was a bit awkward at times and struggling to live with this unique ability or role she was given. Simply trying to understand it all and live as normal a life that she could.  By the end though, she is a force to be reckoned with and I can’t wait until you can read all about it.

Then there is Reyes, oh sure he is what we all secretly long for in a book boyfriend but I feel his has probably transformed the most out of anyone in the entire series.  When I read how he started out and then to see where he finished.  I was simply amazed.  They truly are a perfect match and complete each other beautifully.

But what about the supporting characters? You might ask.  What happens to them?  Most everyone that started the book finishes the books, there were just a few that we lost along the way.  I promised that I wouldn’t spoil anything but you are in for a couple of surprises in the last book.  Nope, not going to say more than that I was just as sad to say goodbye to all of them as I was to Charley and Reyes.  I simply don’t want to give any of them up.

But we must, all good things must come to an end and this was a pretty awesome ending in my opinion.  I look forward to reading this series, this adventure many times over the years.  When I know I need to laugh, or cry, or simply some really good smut!  I know that Charley, Reyes, Cookie, Ubie, and all of them are there waiting for me.  I might know how the story ends now but I will never stop loving the ride!


Series Fun Facts!

  • First Grave on the Right: The concept for First Grave came about while Darynda was working as a sign language interpreter in her hometown. She stole many of the names from students at the schools where she worked, including Reyes, Garrett, and Amber. As far asDarynda knows, they have all forgiven her for her thievery.
  • Second Grave on the Left: Uncle Bob is a combination of two people: Darynda’s oldest brother, Luther, and the principal at the high school where she worked for several years.
  • Third Grave Dead Ahead: This was originally titled Third Grave Straight Ahead, but Darynda’s web designer, Liz Bemis, asked her to change the name to Dead Ahead. Firstly, it fit the content better, and secondly, Liz got tired of spelling the word Straight wrong while updating the website. Dead is much easier to type.
  • Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet: Quentin Rutherford makes his first appearance in this book. While his first name was stolen from Darynda’s little brother and his last name stolen from yet another Jr. High student, Quentin is physically sculpted from her oldest son, Jerrdan, a bona fide blond-haired, blue-eyed devil with a sparkling smile that melts even the staunchest of hearts. And, like Quentin Rutherford, he was born Deaf. Not that he let it stop him for a second.
  • Fifth Grave Past the Light: This book was fun to write! Darynda was trying to come up with something truly creepy to throw into the book, and she figured what would be creepier than having an apartment full of departed women crawling up the walls, skittering across the ceiling, and huddling in the corners? Also, it is one of the hotter books, so that was fun, too. Because, you know, Reyes.
  • Sixth Grave on the Edge: Darynda really wanted to open this one on a humorous note. She wanted to have Charley on a stakeout with a departed elderly man, who also happens to be naked, riding shotgun. Which begs the question: Are we really stuck in (or out of) whatever we are wearing when we die for all eternity? ‘Cause that would suck.
  • Seventh Grave and No Body: Osh’ekiel was originally supposed to be in one book only. And he was supposed to be a very bad guy. But Darynda fell in love with him while writing the book and decided to redeem him and give him a bigger role. Just how big his role would become didn’t come to Darynda until plotting Eighth Grave. He has been one of her favorite characters since she wrote that first scene with him.
  • Eighth Grave After Dark: Darynda wanted to really turn the tables on Charley and force her to have to stay in one place, thus the sacred ground of the convent came into play. It was fun and challenging to write a “locked room” mystery, so to speak, but that’s why she loves writing so much.
  • The Dirt on Ninth Grave: One of Darynda’s favorite books in the series, she looked forward to writing this book ever since she came up with the concept while plotting Sixth Grave. Part of what makes a romance so fun is the falling-in-love part, and she wanted Charley to fall in love with Reyes all over again. This book was doubly fun because the audience knows all the characters’ backstories, and they get to watch in anticipation as Charley slowly unravels the mysteries of her past while seeing her fall head-over-heels for the same guy all over again.
  • The Curse of Tenth Grave: This book had one of those too-close-for-comfort calls. Right before Tenth Grave went to print, after going through editors and copyeditors and readers of all shapes and sizes, a savvy proofreader let Darynda in on a little secret: A Sherpa is part of a culture, not an occupation. Thanks to this razor-sharp reader, Darynda narrowly escaped insulting an entire culture in one fell swoop. Aka, her worst nightmare. Her gratitude is unending.
  • Eleventh Grave in Moonlight: Darynda dreamed of going to Scotland for so long, she finally decided to just put it in one of her books. She had Charley accidentally materialize in the magical country, only to find out weeks after finishing the book that she would finally get to go there herself. In person. For realsies. It was even more magical than she’d imagined it would be, and she can’t wait to go back.
  • The Trouble with Twelfth Grave: This book has one of Darynda’s favorite epiphanies EVER!!! She thought, what if someone out there in the universe, a child perhaps, knows everything about Reyes and Charley? Everything starting from their supernatural heritage to their human identities? And what if that person wrote a book about them? Or a series of books? Say, perhaps, a set of children’s books and Garrett just happens to stumble upon them while doing research? How fun would that be? And the international bestselling children’s book (fictionally speaking) The First Star was born.
  • Summoned to Thirteenth Grave: By far the hardest story in the series to write, penning the last Charley book was a bittersweet experience. But Darynda knew she had to go big or go home, so what better way to go out with a bang than to end the world as we know it by starting the zombie apocalypse? Because that’s what writers do. We start apocalypses.

Giveaway Info!

Enter for a chance to win the entire Charley Davidson series by Darynda
Jones, an ARC of the epic finale, Summoned to Thirteenth Grave, plus
fun swag!

Giveaway Link


Closing thoughts

Thanks for visiting I hope you had a great visit and learned all kinds of fun stuff about the series and the upcoming final release.  If this is your first time here I hope you will be back!  I post honest reviews of everything I read and every so often I have fun posts like this one to share with everyone. Be sure to check out the all the blogs on the tour as I’m sure there are loads more interesting posts to check out!

~Happy Reading!

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Monday Morning Check-In: Giveaway

Good morning everyone, I’m coming to you from a rainy Monday here in eastern Iowa.   The title isn’t click bait I do have a giveaway for you all but you will have to wait until the end of the post for more details.  Not a lot of reading going on last week because I was preoccupied with a new used car search and a trip to Chicago for a book signing.  We decided to combine these two activities and searched for cars out in Chicago.  It paid off because we ended up finding a wonderful new ride for an amazing price.  Several thousand dollars cheaper than we would have found here at home.  On Thursday we headed out with one car and came home Friday with a 2015 Toyota Rav4!  The car is practically brand new with only 21,000 miles on it and after 60 reasonable payments, it will be all ours.

The original purpose of our trip was to attend a book signing with author Chloe Neill of the Chicagoland Vampires series. This signing for the first book in her spin-off series The Heirs of Chicagoland, the first book being Wild Hunger (linked to review). She shared with us that she is under contract for two books but there could be more depending on sales!    It was a super fun evening listening to Ms. Neill answer questions about her books.  While I was there I decided to pick up an extra copy of Wild Hunger to giveaway on the blog.  I did share on Instagram that details would be in today’s post so here they are.

Giveaway!

To win the signed copy of Chloe Neill’s Wild Hunger, first in the Heirs of Chicagoland series, all you need to do is leave a comment sharing your favorite Chicago food.  If you’ve never been to Chicago no problem, simply share with which food you would love to try!

One comment/entry per person, US entries only (international shipping is outrageous! (and pesky international laws…)). Comments will be open for one week, Monday the 20th to Monday the 27th.  I will randomly select the winner on Tuesday the 28th and contact them.  If no reply I will randomly select another winner.

 

Good Luck!

Monday Check-In: Feeling Down…

Hello everyone, happy Monday to you all.  Feeling a little depressed or melancholy today.  Probably from the stress last week or just a case of mid-summer blues.  I’ve survived vacation and the fair, summer reading is almost over, the garden is in full swing.  It’s not the first time I’ve been hit with a case of the blah’s this time of year.

I did manage to finish an audiobook last week as well as made some progress in an ARC that I really need to read before next month.  I’m excited about reading it but just don’t ever seem to make time for it.  I’m also going to be a lot more distracted as I’ve decided to buy myself a new computer game for my birthday tomorrow.

I do have some exciting news in the reading front. I’m going to head back to Chicago next month to attend a book signing by Chloe Neill!!!  She will be in Naperville signing her upcoming release of Wild Hunger her first book in the Heirs of Chicagoland spin-off series!  I can’t wait to meet her as she has been on my author bucket list for some time.  I’m toying with picking up a second copy of her books for a giveaway on the blog.  Comment below if that is something you all are interested in.  If nobody is then I’ll just grab myself a copy.

Have a great week everyone!

Monday Morning Check-In: To Sell Out Or Not

Good Monday morning everyone!  Not a lot of reading going on in my life lately.  I’ve been working at the library for six days straight as my boss has gone on vacation.  On my days off I am using every spare moment to clean the house in prep for a guest later this week.  Now I know my friend doesn’t give a crap about the state of our house but it is her first visit and she is staying the night so we have initiated a friend-first-visit-overnight-stay level of cleaning.  Basically, we will pick up everything, finish up some projects, vacuum, dust, mow the lawn, sanitize the bathroom and do a ton of laundry.  No cleaning closets or organizing cupboards. If she comes to visit again I will probably leave the house as is.  Hey, it’s a home, not a museum but it is always nice to make good first impression.  The plus side is that I was able to wake up to a beautiful looking home that was free from clutter.

Managed to finish everything up just in time for another disappointing episode of Star Trek: Discovery.  I’m almost to the point of hate.  I am so upset over what they have done to this franchise that I love.  I did sign back up and paid $6 to watch the first part of the season but man, after last night’s show if it doesn’t get significantly better I might not sign back up in January to see how things end.  I don’t think this show will last beyond one season.  It is just awful.

Moving on to the topic of my blog title.  Over the weekend I received an email from WordPress on different ways to monetize my blog.  This is not something I ever considered doing before as this is a hobby but I read the letter and I’m actually considering signing up for an Amazon and Book Depository affiliation links.  I know it wouldn’t bring much money, most people who read these reviews have already read the books or are of different reading taste, very rarely do I hear of followers going out and buying the book I just reviewed.  But it could happen.  Also, let me state that I am not going to read and review something for direct compensation from an author or product.  I’m a mood reader and like the blog title, I tend to just Read What I Like.  If I decided to start posting affiliate links to the books that I review it would just be that a link to where you could buy the book I just reviewed in case you wanted a copy for yourself.  I’m torn.  It would be nice to make a little money, perhaps enough to pay for the domain name each year.  Or perhaps I could use the money to hold more giveaways.  Anyway, don’t be shocked if you start seeing links to Amazon and The Book Depository in my book reviews.  I’m very tempted to try this out, feel free to share your thoughts if you do or have done this or if you have strong feeling against book bloggers that do.

Speaking of giveaways.  Last week I started a giveaway for a $25 Amazon e-gift card.  All you need to do to enter is visit this blog post, 1,000 Followers Giveaway!, and comment on how you follow the blog.  There are not that many entries so the odds are pretty good for those still wanting to enter.  You have until Midnight Central Standard Time on Wednesday, October 11.  On the 12th I will post the lucky winner.

Have a great week everyone!  Happy Reading.

Month in Review: September 2017 (three days late…)

Month in Review

Read this month: 5 Books, 1,950 Pages 

Read this year:  63 Books, 16,120 Pages 

A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers, #2) The Rosie Project (Don Tillman, #1) The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1) The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1) Blood Song (Raven's Shadow, #1)

Looking Back:

First off let me say how sorry I am that this didn’t post on October first.  I was elbow deep in books and dust bunnies cleaning our home library for guests.  Then yesterday I was scraping tar paper off the floor… Today I was able to find a few moments to get this posted and I have not forgotten about the giveaway I promised you all for reaching 1000 followers.  Look for that to go live tomorrow.  Last month wasn’t a great month for reading but it wasn’t awful either.  If most people read five books in a month they would be thrilled but somehow to me, it feels like a failure… Which it totally isn’t.  Two are re-reads, two are audiobooks, and one complete series or at least what is out already.  I really enjoyed the books by Becky Chambers if you were to look into any of the books above those are the top of my recommendation list.

Looking Ahead:

Going to be a hectic first two weeks this October.  Big cleaning project at home and I’m working seven days straight followed by a weekend trip.  So not much reading is likely to be done.  Finishing up three review titles is going to be my only goal.  I already posted about my giveaway which will be super simple most likely just commenting on tomorrow’s blog post.  I hope you all have a great month of reading!

Happy Reading ~Amy

Monday Morning Check-In: Giveaway update.

Good morning everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  Mine was pretty good.  Made some progress on the kitchen floor that we are refinishing and was disappointed to discover that my current audiobook had one hour left on the checkout and I had about 9 hours of listening time left.  Dammit.  So I returned it and put myself back on the bottom of the hold list.  Might give up listening to that one and just read it.  Started the second audiobook and managed to get a bunch of work done but not sure how much of my book I absorbed….

Decided to have a screen-free day last week and managed to get a bunch of progress in my current physical read.  Such a great book!  I won’t say more as I will most likely finish it this afternoon and you can read the review.

I did a post last week about holding a giveaway to celebrate hitting 1,000 followers.  My plan is to hold that next month after I pay my property tax and think up the best way to hold one to include international followers.  So keep an eye out for that in October!  The main requirement will be that you need to be following the blog on either WordPress or Facebook or following me on Instagram or Twitter.   The giveaway will probably be for a $25 Amazon gift certificate or a book worth up to $25 on The Book Depository. Let me know in the comments which you prefer or any other ideas you might have.  I’m not a huge fan of Amazon but feel it might be easiest.

Happy Reading!

Bookish Thoughts: 1,000 Followers!

Greetings everyone!  I was working on next week’s Top Ten Tuesday post and noticed that Read What I Like now has over 1,ooo followers!  YAY!  It might seem like a small number compared to other blogs the same age as this one but I’m impressed and thrilled that so many want to hear what I think about the books I read.  Especially since I don’t actively try to promote this blog and have long since given up on trying to respond to comments.  I read them and appreciate them but have poor blogging skills…  Anyway,  that so many people found this blog on their own and have managed to stick around is great!  Kudos to you, especially since I have been posting significantly less recently.  I hope that is about to change though.

I’ve been toying with adding new feature posts to the blog.  I do a weekly check-in post, participate in Top Ten Tuesday, and do a monthly wrap-up post.  This seems like a great opportunity to see what content you all would like to see at Read What I Like.  So please share in the comments your suggestions!  Would you like more blog memes (like Top Ten Tuesday, suggest other ones you either participate in or follow), challenges, giveaways?  Non-bookish posts, thoughts about reading in general, movie reviews? A monthly review of something Star Trek?  The possibilities are endless, kinda…within reason…  Or do you simply want me to get my act together and do a better job of responding to comments?

For the meanwhile, I do think a giveaway is in order for hitting 1,000 followers and I will think up something over the weekend.  Probably a gift card to Amazon so that it can be open to international followers.  I will also make following the blog a requirement for winning.  Look for more details next week.

For now,  thanks so much for making this hobby worthwhile!  Please, leave your suggestions for a new blog feature below.

~Happy Reading!

Blade Bound Winners!

Thank you to all that entered my Blade Bound giveaway!  The giveaway is now closed and here are the winners!

Congratulations to Nancy, Debbie, and Nema!

#1 A Cadogan tote, signed Merit picture, and two bookmarks: Won by Nancy!

#2 Cadogan lanyard, signed Merit picture, and two bookmarks: Won by Debbie!

#3 Cadogan seal sticker, signed Merit picture, and two bookmarks: Won by Nema!

Monday Morning Check-In: Looking to fall in love.

Good Monday morning everyone.  Coming off another busy non-reading weekend and followed that up with a busy Monday morning so I’ve not cracked open a book yet.  Have managed to run packages into town and all the laundry is on the line.  Also moved the remaining birds that I have back to the house while I work out a way to catch what is killing them out in the coop.

On the reading front I have one review book to finish up and then I am going to scour my t0-read shelf and look for a new series to fall in love with. Preferably a finished or established series so I can read a few books without waiting.  I do have one in mind and look forward to starting that later this week.

The Blade Bound blog tour is still going strong and thanks to everyone that entered last week by commenting on this post.  Today is the last day to enter as I plan to pick three winners tomorrow, release day!  It has been so much fun being a part of this tour and I hope to sign up for more blog tours by authors I enjoy in the future.  Good luck to all that have entered!  See you tomorrow or Wednesday by the latest when I announce the winners.

Happy Reading!