Guest Post by Darynda Jones + Giveaway

Filed in Darynda Jones , Guest Post Posted on August 15, 2011 @ 6:00 am 51 comments
Today we’re very happy to welcome Darynda Jones on Book Lovers Inc. Darynda is the author of a very original and funny UF series (well in my opinion!). The 2nd book in her Charley Davidson series is coming out tomorrow! I’m impatiently awaiting to get my own audiobook copy of it! Please let’s give a warm welcome to Darynda!
Thank you so much for having me!!! On Tuesday the second in the Charley Davidson series releases, and I’ve been so excited. It’s called SECOND GRAVE ON THE LEFT and is about a female PI who was born the grim reaper. With her special set of skills, she solves mysteries for both the living and the dead, and of course, she gets into all kinds of trouble.

One of the things I set out to do with this series was to create a character the reader could really root for. Charley is one part Buffy, one part Stephanie Plum, and two parts Lorelei Gilmore from the Gilmore Girls. I wanted her to love life but not necessarily everyone in it. So while she pretends to be somewhat of a badass, she’s actually a magnet for trouble, both eliciting it and causing it, and she has to use her smarts and sarcastic wit to get out of the plethora of binds in which she finds herself.
In the meantime, she has discovered the identity of a mystery man who has followed her all her life and who shows up at the most opportune times, mostly to rescue her from whatever she’s gotten herself into. Only he’s just as much of a mystery now as he was when she first discovered him, and in Second Grave, there is no limit to the amount of grief he causes her. They butt heads on several occasions, and each time the heat index rises.

This has been such a fun series to write, and I was wondering, what characteristics do the heroines in your favorite books share? What makes them so memorable?

Darynda has generously offered a signed hardcover copy of Second Grave On the Left to a lucky commenter!

All you have to do is answer Darynda’s question or leave a comment to Darynda.
(You can read our full giveaway policy here)

Please leave us a way to contact you.
(Email in blogger profile or twitter name – no way to contact you – no entry).

Giveaway is open worldwide!
Giveaway ends on Saturday, 27 August 2011 and we will announce the winner on Sunday.
Good luck!

About Caro The HEA Lover

Caroline is a HEA loving, yarn addicted French who's desperately hoping to get a HEA of her own. If she's not reading then she can be found knitting while listening to Audiobooks or watching Tv shows. Her secret addiction is reading websites that make fun at other people's expense (DYAC, Failbook)! Caroline also blogs at the Secret HEA Society with Susi.

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  • Sullivan McPig August 15, 2011 at 6:07 am

    My favourite heroines are spunky, a bit quirky and above all likeable (I hate it when authors seem to think a capable heroine needs to be a ball busting bitch).

  • ZoeRainDasherBenji August 15, 2011 at 6:41 am

    My favourite heroines are full of zest for life.

    They're spirited, they don't give up. They screw up, sometimes really badly, but then move on.
    They're all really strong women or girls.
    See Jo March (Little Women), Elizabeth Bennett (Pride and Prejudice), Anne Shirley (Anne of the Island), Mimi Force (The Van Alen Legacy)

  • ZoeRainDasherBenji August 15, 2011 at 6:45 am

    In YA:

    I don't want my heroine to be perfect. I like her strong but with a hint of vulnerability, feisty but not unnecessarily so, humble but not self-effacing, snarky but not bitchy.


    GFC name: ZoeRainDasherBenji


  • Sharon August 15, 2011 at 8:53 am

    witty sarcasm is a must . I like for them to be the hero's equal. Maybe not in physical strength, but emotionally and intellectually. She can take as good as she gives and no whining.

    I have heard nothing but great things about this series. It is on my must read list!

    Thanks, sstogner1 [at] gmail [dot] com

  • mrsworldwidewebb August 15, 2011 at 9:40 am

    I love Heroines that can take care of themselves. They don't need that man but will talk to him if needed. I love strong female characters! Their comments and actions leave their mark.. LOL


    aka Kathy

  • janhvi August 15, 2011 at 9:54 am

    My favourite heroines are kick-ass,quirky and funny.They are strong but not perfect and are likeable characters whom I can identify myself with.

    GFC-Janhvi Jagtap

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  • Darynda Jones August 15, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Thank you guys so much! We seem to be on the same page with heroine characteristics. Love me some spunk!

    Good luck to everyone with the drawing!

  • Victoria August 15, 2011 at 10:16 am

    My most favorite heroines are intelligent,kick-ass, and funny. can't stand a simpering twit ;). Thank you for the post and giveaway.


  • Maggie Armstrong August 15, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Hilarious, smart and sexy. I love a good laugh and those types of characters will always keep me coming back for more. I loved "First Grave on the Right" and can't wait to get my hands on "Second Grave on the Left"


  • Liz Z August 15, 2011 at 10:39 am

    My favorite heroines are strong, usually stronger than they realize. I love a smart ass, someone with quick wit. And I love if they have a bit of a Macgyver type aspect to them, that they find a way out of any tough situation.

  • Ana Lucia August 15, 2011 at 10:43 am

    My favorite heroines have to be strong, quirky, funny, smart and tough! Not all at the same time of course.


  • Raonaid Luckwell August 15, 2011 at 10:52 am

    My favorite heroine has spunk, loyality and dedication to family and friends, strength (inner) to do what must be done, and snark! Gotta love the snark because it always gets me to smile and say "I wanna use that line"

    raonaid at gmail dot com

  • Stella (Ex Libris) August 15, 2011 at 10:52 am

    I confess that I first of you Darynda when I saw Caro was reading your novels and the cute and original cover caught my eye. Then reading now your description of your heroine being "one part Buffy, one part Stephanie Plum, and two parts Lorelei Gilmore from the Gilmore Girls." I know I must read your series 😀

    Congrats on the release and I'm intrigued about that mystery man as well 😉

  • Bakerette August 15, 2011 at 10:57 am

    I like determination. Strong, female leads who know who they are and what they want and follow their own path to get where they want to be, not letting outside influence sway them.

  • Stephanie August 15, 2011 at 11:02 am

    My favorite heroine has a well developed moral compass and is not afraid to go against the tide for her convictions. She is compassionate and has a great sense of humor. She is insightful and intelligent, keenly so, but is not a show off. She is very secure emotionally but is vulnerable around certain men. She could be your best friend, trustworthy and honest.


  • Sheri Moore August 15, 2011 at 11:15 am

    They have to not take any BS from anyone and have a sense of humor going about it. Just as strong and determined as the Alpha Male they hook up with. No Eugene momma boys for them.
    Add in fearless and determined with likeable quirks and friends that are just as interesting has them.

  • aphrealjq August 15, 2011 at 11:25 am

    i like my heroines to woman who know what they want and go get it. whether it be a man or the bad guy or just their dream.

  • Gimagima August 15, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Snarky. Sarcastic. Funny. One liners are always the best. Someone you could see yourself being friends with in RL.

    Can't wait for the release

  • Desere August 15, 2011 at 11:36 am

    My heroines need to be fun,upbeat (the shy mousy kind are also ok but only if they at a later stage get a bit feisty in getting what they want you know become more confident).

    The heroine needs to be strong, independant,not affaraid to take life head on and not affraid to stand up for what she believes. And not affraid to take a chance on love.

    A heroine to me remains in my mind for a long time if she has these qualities and also if in the book she "teaches" me the reader a valuable life lesson( well the author does but I am sure you understand what I mean).

    Thank you for a absolutely gorgeous interview loved every second of it and congratz on the new book is sounds wonderful (I am still searching for a copy of the first one to read and I am sure I will find it ,but for now I want to say thank you for the chance to win a copy!

    All the best and God bless

  • Vojalyn August 15, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Hi Darynda,
    I have to tell you that I loved your First Gave on the Right and I can't wait to get my hands on this one! 🙂
    Well, my favourite heroine is Cat from the Night Huntress series and I like her so much because she's special, strong and has a strange sense of humour 🙂 And of course, she has Bones – I can even envy her for him 😛

    Thank you for the chance to win,

  • Teril August 15, 2011 at 11:55 am

    I love my heroines with witty remarks who are strong willed and not afraid to kick arse.

    terilhack at yahoo dot com

  • Kaya H August 15, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Ohh First Grave was fabulous I cannot wait for second.

    Well I like strong heroines, they know what they want and protect them and theirs through thick and thin. I love them lusty but not too slutty.

    kasuranna at yahoo at com

  • Pamk August 15, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    strong, smart, gutsy, determined, protective, flawed, and nonquitting. Most of the heroines I like are all those things in spite of themselves if you know what I meant.
    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

  • Tanya August 15, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    I love my heroines to be smart, funny,(a little bit sarcastic) and will do anything for their family,loved ones. The kind of friend I would want

  • Ren August 15, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    My favorite heroines must smart, witty, strong, though and full of sarcasm. Like me (the sarcasm part, lol). But she have a softer side, and care for people around her. And she must have at last one hot scene with the hero (even I'm jealous when read it, because I want to replace her, lol!)

    Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

    sawamura_foxman AT yahoo DOT com

  • Cherry August 15, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    The characterteristic that heroines share in my favourite reads is that they are kick-ass awesome! 🙂

    Thank you for the chance to win Second Grave On the Left!!

    Cherry Mischievous
    cherrymischif-darkward [at] yahoo [dot] com

  • erin August 15, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    OOOH! I've been lusting after these two books *forever*! I've heard such awesome things around the blogverse that these books are on the top of my wish list!

    A good heroine that I enjoy is one that isn't perfect, or dependent on the love interest/others and that has a good sense of humor. It's one thing to be witty or sarcastic but if the heroine can also see the humor in the situations (ala Stephanie Plum) then it's usually LOL funny to me.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • AquarianDancer August 15, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    I like a girl with a sense of humor (including being able to laugh at herself!!!), a dash of sarcasm, and the ability to both take care of herself and ask for help when it's needed. Everyone hates a whiny heroine…

    AquarianDancer at gmail dot com

  • JenM August 15, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    My two favorite heroines, Kate Daniels and Mercy Thompson seem dissimilar on the surface but both share that determination to do whatever has to be done to save their loved ones and themselves. They never give up, no matter how hopeless the situation might seem. I love heroines with those characteristics.

    Jen at delux dot com

  • Jen B. August 15, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    I would love to win this. I was just at Borders 🙁 and saw First Grave on the Right. Love the cover! Then, I came home and saw this contest! Yippee!
    I like my heroines to be smart, self-sufficient, and strong. I want her to be able to tell the hero no and mean it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Karen C August 15, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    I don't like a heroine who is whiny, who can't get over herself, or is TSTL.

    Some of the characteristics I like include those who are strong when they need to be, have a sense of humor yet can be sassy/snarky when the situation calls for it, and are determined.

    Second Grave on the Left sounds like a great read – thanks for the chance to win it.


  • Barbara E. August 15, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    One of my favorite heroine's is Jennifer Estep's Gin Blanco. I love her because she's had some horrific experiences in her life, but she doesn't give up, she goes out and fights for what she believes in, keeps the weak safe from bullies, and can still open herself up to love. Most of the heroine's I enjoy are similar, they don't give up and fight for what they believe is right.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  • xander_316 August 15, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    I would have to say…
    • witty
    • bitchy attitude
    • sense of humor
    • slut gear
    • awesome stilettos & thigh-high leather boots
    • vulnerable
    • physically powerful


  • Anne R August 15, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    I love heroines that are strong, spunky and a little lippy with a good sense of humor.

    This series sounds really good and I have added it to my TBR pile.


    areeths at new DOT rr DOT com

  • Angelique August 15, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    I love your book Darynda and can't wait to read your next one. Keep up the good work.


  • Na August 15, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    I like heroines who are witty and full of sass. The yare determined and independent but when they fall, they fall hard. They are a tad stubborn but not to the point where they lose common sense.


  • Beverly August 15, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    My favorite heroines are smart, tough, driven, and have an attitude. It's these characteristics that make them memorable for me.
    Thanks for hosting!!!! Great giveaway.

  • ellabythesea August 15, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    The heroines I enjoy the most and want to read over and over are slightly on the independant side, sassy at times and have at least one strong frienship because those conversations are great! and she grows over a series-Really…Charley is truly a favorite- she has all the elements. Can't wait!

  • sablelexi August 15, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    my favorite heroines are strong and full of humor, a bit standoffish that comes across as vulnerable as apposed to unlike-able.

    jlynettes @ hotmail . com

  • LSUReader August 15, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Thanks for the great giveaway. I loved First Grave and can't wait to read Second Grave.

    My favorite heroines typically are intelligent, capable and dependable; they have a good sense of humor and a stubborn streak of independence.

  • Tore August 16, 2011 at 8:59 am

    My heroines tend to be strong, free spirited and know what they want. They never give up and fight for what they want. They are very courageous and risk everything for those they love. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

  • poisnivyred August 16, 2011 at 9:32 am

    My favorite heroines are strong, independent and stubborn, like Katniss from the Hunger Games.

    Second Grave on the Left looks like a really good book. thanks for the opportunity to win it!

    Poisnivyred AT

  • IdentitySeeker August 16, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Hi:) Thanks for the great giveaway!
    My favourite heroines are always free-spirited, kick-ass characters infused with girl power and loads of snarkiness. They tend to say things as they see them and are generally oddball characters, with little eccentricities.

    Thanks for the chance to win:)


  • S August 16, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    I think Charley is my favorite kind of heroine, she has everything humor, sarcasm, free spirted, guts, adventureous, loving, hot, with a hot side piece, chaotic life and a loyal best friend, lol. Kinda describes my life, lmao.

  • Ju Dimello August 16, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Hi Darynda (Love your name, btw)

    I love a heroine with a tough exterior but who has a bit of a soft heart 😉

    Thanks for the fab giveaway. Count me in. judimello AT gmail DOT com

  • jeanette8042 August 17, 2011 at 1:02 am

    My favorite heroines can usually kick ass and have snarky personalities that make me crack up all the time.


  • samantha35 August 17, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Love a strong funny leading lady!
    great giveaway
    follow via gfc

  • Lisa Richards/alterlisa August 17, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    My heroine must be an ass-kicker, funny(snarky), and not overly whiny.
    I'm a follower on GFC-Lisa Richards


    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  • mountie9 August 19, 2011 at 8:31 am

    My favorite heroines are ones with a dry sense of humour and don't take crap from anyone – hate the whiny ones that expect a man to save them ick!
    loved the first book btw – lots of fun and excitement

    contestmom AT hotmail DOT com

  • LadyVampire2u August 20, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    My favorite heroines have sense of humor, can take care of themselves, are strong spirited, caring despite themselves, and selfless even though they tend to project otherwise.
    GFC: LadyVampire2u

    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  • mbreakfield August 26, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I like strong, independent, intelligent heroines, who are capable of taking care of themselves. thanks for the giveaway

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