Darynda Jones, like Vivi Andrews, was a 2009 Golden Heart Finalist® with me. She also went on to WIN the 2009 GH for Best Paranormal Romance with her manuscript FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT, which sold to Saint Martin's Press in a three book deal.
The novel comes out in hardback this February, and I thought about attempting to win an ARC. But when I discovered the chances (like 1 in hundreds), and went to her website to read an excerpt, which sent me running directly to Amazon to place my pre-order. Screw those chances -- I had to have this book. As soon as it came off the press.
Darynda has a sense of humor that had me laughing out loud, characters I immediately had to get to know better, an engaging voice so easy to read I felt like someone was talking to me and a premise that is fresh and so fun!
I know Darynda through Twitter, RWA and a chapter of RWA we both belong to, Kiss of Death Mystery and Suspense. She is as sweet as she is funny, and I'm so pleased we connected this year.
Darynda's debut paranormal romance, FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT.
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Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life…and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely.
Read the excerpt that caught my attention: HERE.
SECOND GRAVE ON THE LEFT, August 2011
Works In Progress:
THIRD GRAVE DEAD AHEAD, December 2012
Have a great weekend everyone! Hope you'll come back next week for more AWESOME authors including Kris Kennedy, Alison Kent, Sylvia Day, Margie Lawson and the fabulous Elisabeth Naughton!