Friday, October 31, 2014


We are back again guys, and today we have an excerpt for you of the latest book Seventh Grave and No Body. Myself and Pili can't wait to read this book. Pili also has an excerpt for you so don't forget to head to her blog here. Let's just says some of these excerpts are pretty steamy!!!!! Hello Reyes Farrow! *blushes* Hope you enjoy and don't forget to enter our Giveaway that has now been extended until the end of next week!!!! But first here's a little bit about the book.

Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson #7)
by Darynda Jones
Release Date - 21st October 2014
Publisher - Piaktus
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository 

Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out the jugular of Charley Davidson and serve her lifeless, mangled body to Satan for dinner. So there’s that. But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she’s ever known about him. Add to that an ex-BFF who is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides that has authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiancé who has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity, and Charley is not having the best week of her life. But all of that combined barely scratches the surface of her problems. Recent developments—and a few distressing prophesies—have forced her to become a responsible adult. Exactly the kind of adult she’s never aspired to be. To conquer such a monumental task, she’s decided to start small. Really small. She gets a pet. But how can she save the world against the forces of evil when she can’t even keep a goldfish alive?

A tad north of hell, a hop, skip, and a jump past the realm of eternity, is a little place called Earth, and Charley Davidson, grim reaper extraordinaire, is determined to do everything in her power to protect it.

We’re doomed.

Still covered in duct tape, he turned on his side to face me, his flesh straining against the binds. “You would tell me if something were wrong, right?”
“What do you mean? Of course, I would.”
“So, if you knew something could happen to you, you’d let me know.”
Where was he going with this? “Yes. Nothing is going to happen to me. Well, unless the Twelve get ahold of me. Other than that, I should be fine.”
He nodded in thought.
“Reyes, what is it?”
“I think you keep secrets from me.”
“You keep secrets from me,” I said, teasing. “Seems only fair.”
He leaned forward and nibbled on my ear. “We can decide who gets to keep secrets and who doesn’t later. Until then, want to do it?”
“Reyes!” I said, appalled. “You just had your arm nearly ripped off at the shoulder.” That and the fact that a grown man asking me if I wanted to “do it” was hilarious.
“We can still do it.”
I giggled. “No, we can’t.”
“I’m very creative with my mouth.”
“I am well aware of that.”
“You should sit on my face.”
A bubble of laughter escaped again. “I am not sitting on your face. Oh, my god.”
“Just sit on my face. I’ll make all your dreams come true.”
“You really need to practice humility,” I said.
“Humility is overrated.”

Don't forget to see some more of the famous Son of Satan over at In Love With Handmade

As part of this special week, Darynda has very kindly allowed me to giveaway one copy of Seventh Grave and No Body, the latest in the series. 

Terms and Conditions. 
It will run for one week and will end midnight on Friday 7th November
Once it finishes I will select the winner and email you. Then I will pass your details directly to the publisher so you can receive this prize. 
Good Luck! 

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Monday, October 27, 2014


Hi Everyone, and welcome to a week of Grim Reaper awesomeness this Halloween on the blog. If you are not familiar with what I'm talking about, well, this week, myself and Pili from In Love with Handmade have teamed up and have been talking about one of our favourite UF series, Charley Davidson, by Darydna Jones, PI and Grim Reaper Extraordinaire. I have recently reviewed Second Grave on the Left and continuing to love them. Pili and I have a special week planned full of bookish tricks and treats. Also running for the week is a giveaway of her latest novel, Seventh Grave a No Body! 

So kick it off, we have the legend that is the Grim Reaper and where it all started...which if you've read the book can really see the similarities but obviously Charley doesn't have a dark cloak or scythe. Hope you enjoy! 

In the beginning, there was one universe which contained two dimensions; Hell, and Heaven. These existed long before time was even created; they were untouched and continue to be untouched by time itself.

In Hell, there was life; there were the lowly Demons and Specters, and the most evil being Lucifer. In Heaven, there existed the noble Angels and the Great Spirit.

Eventually when time was created, a new dimension was woven and was forced to abide by the laws of time; it was Ora. The first few millennia’s of Ora was full of emptiness, unlike the other two dimensions; this one had no life, until the life of man was created. When these beings where formed, one final dimension was created which was named Axiom. This dimension housed two guardians of time, the guardian of the beginning known as Life, and the guardian of the end known as Death.

As Life and Death watched time go its course, and collected lives as well as gave lives, a type of being arose in Axiom known as the blank reapers, they traveled to Ora through the Omphalos; this is place where each of the four dimension are connected, as well as the only place to travel to another one of the four dimensions, it was considered the center of the universe. However, it was restricted to Life, as well as Man when they are in their physical bodies. Since time does not flow in these dimensions, Life, a form of time could not travel through the Omphalos.

When the reaping blanks and Death traveled through the Omphalos, Life set up a trap and absorbed his brother, becoming a new being of Life and Death. The reaping blanks however would not follow Life’s orders of laws and keep death flowing in Ora. So he traveled through the Omphalos, and met a dying man named Azrael. When Life met him, he convinced Azrael to give up his mortal physical body to serve him and be free of death. But this came at a cost he would be force to carry out the duties of death and no longer live a pure life. Azrael took this chance to become immortal. He shook Life’s hand and in that moment, his skin melted, his muscle burned and fell to ash, his blood boiled and evaporated into the air, the organs inside of his body exploded with such power, that what was left of his body was whipped around and banged against the ground, the life was being pulled out of his body painfully, he screamed and cried wanting his life to end but it couldn’t, he died a thousand times and experienced the death that Death himself had to deal before being absorbed, then finally everything stopped. All that was left of his body was his decaying skeleton, anyone looking at this would have thought that this was the end for Azrael, however, Life bent over the remnants of a once honorable man and said “Awaken”, and Azrael rose.

To continue this legend... head over to the lovely Pili's blog, In Love with Handmade

As part of this special week, Darynda has very kindly allowed me to giveaway one copy of Seventh Grave and No Body, the latest in the series. 

Terms and Conditions. 
It will run for one week and will end midnight on Halloween. 
Once it finishes I will select the winner and email you. Then I will pass your details directly to the publisher so you can receive this prize. 
Good Luck! 

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Thursday, October 23, 2014


It's the release day of the Paperback of Come Back to Me, the highly acclaimed New Adult book under the pen name Mila Gray but you may also know her as Sarah Alderson, author of The Sound (read my review hereLila series, Fated and Out of Control. It has also beaten Fifty Shades in the erotica listing on Amazon it’s reached #8 in the bestseller charts in WHSmith here in the UK (yay!)

I was very lucky to receive an advanced copy when it was due for release as an e-copy, which you can read my review here. Sarah/Mila is also the first author I've had the pleasure meeting as well, when myself and a few other bloggers had Afternoon Tea with her early this year. As part of the Paperback release here in the UK, it is also due for release in Australia in November and in the US till the end of 2015, which is a ridiculously long way away. Never fear, today I'm pleased to share with you a guest post as well as Mila running a giveaway to win to win a goody bag and signed copies. First, here a little bit about the novel...

Come Back to Me 
by Mila Gray
Publisher - PanMacmillan
Release Date - TODAY
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Home on leave in sunny California, Marine and local lothario Kit Ryan finds himself dangerously drawn to his best friend's sister, Jessa - the one girl he can't have.

But Kit's not about to let a few obstacles stand in his way and soon Jessa's falling for his irresistible charms.

What starts out as a summer romance of secret hook-ups and magical first times quickly develops into a passionate love affair that turns both their worlds upside down.

When summer's over and it's time for Kit to redeploy, neither Kit nor Jessa are ready to say goodbye. Jessa's finally following her dreams and Kit's discovered there's someone he'd sacrifice everything for.

Jessa's prepared to wait for Kit no matter what. But when something more than distance and time rips them apart they're forced to decide whether what they have is really worth fighting for.

A breathtaking, scorchingly hot story about love, friendship, family and finding your way back from the edge of heartbreak.

ME - I feel that NA as a genre has definitely matured ever since your book Come Back to Me this year, before, it was very much sort of similar plotlines and character persona's but your novel saw a new dynamic to the genre and I was wondering what you thoughts were of NA are and what you did to research or prepare yourself from writing a different genre you've written previously. 


When I was asked by my publisher Pan Macmillan to write something for the 18-25 market I was thrilled. I hadn’t read any new adult books though so the first thing I did was download a few on my Kindle and read them.

I read about three and was really stunned by them and their representation of romance and relationships, to the point where I stopped reading and actually felt quite depressed. I was really disheartened by how the male characters were all alpha and aggressive, often violently so (one was actually about a sociopathic hit man), and the girls were generally damsels in distress.

A stalking, aggressive, violent, emotionally abusive man is not hot just because he has chiselled cheekbones and is ‘broken’ in some way, at least not to me. So my first thought was that I needed to get away from that trope. I wanted to build a story that was about a healthy relationship where two people who are quite different come together and complete each other, because I think in the best relationships that is what happens.

I wanted to show that a man can be ‘alpha’ and tough (Kit is a Marine) but also soft, sensitive, respectful and nurturing. The two are not mutually exclusive. In the same way a girl can be ‘feminine’ but also stand up for herself and be assertive and strong. It’s so dangerous to keep portraying young men in this way - because boys then think that’s who they have to be to get a girl.

I’ve just read this very short book by the incredible author Chimamanda Ngoza Adichie, called We Should All Be Feminists (highly recommend everyone read it). In it she says: ‘We define masculinity in a very narrow way. Masculinity is a hard, small cage, and we put boys inside this cage. We teach boys to be afraid of fear, of weakness, of vulnerability…We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller…'

As a writer and a feminist I feel I have a responsibility to my readers. I want girls to read my books and feel empowered. If, as a writer, I can help just one person see themselves in a different, better light, or feel less alone, or reconsider gender expectations, then that’s a job well done in my mind.

I don’t want to portray a saccharine experience of love either. I’m fortunate that I’ve experienced some really beautiful relationships and have some incredible men in my life, not least my husband. So I know that love and healthy relationships exist and want more women to expect that as the norm.

In Come Back To Me Kit and Jessa go through a real tragedy that rips them apart. It’s an honest portrayal of loss and grief. It doesn’t pull punches. I’d like to think that’s why it’s done so well in terms of reviews (it’s currently #4 in the WHSmith bestseller list!) - and has won so much praise - because it’s real. I am so happy to think that new adult might be pulling away from its first wave - where books were built around the sex, with plot line an afterthought, because for me the ages of 18-25 were some of the most intense, amazing and uncertain of my life. I would have craved stories like this one.

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