When trying to think of titles for this post, I had a moment of indecision. It seems silly to include the name of Darynda’s character in a review about the book, I mean it would make more sense to name the book, but the truth is this is about Reyes and I’m completely enamored with the devilish bastard.
Well that’s not completely true, I love Charley, too. She’s a great protagonist — smart, funny, tough, but innocent too. Those are the types of heroines I love. I like the independent women, but want to see a softer, feminine side to them too. And Charley has it all — she is one of my all-time favorite characters. If she was real, she’d definitely be my best friend.
Darynda’s books are a mix of mystery, suspense, wit, humor and romance. I can’t imagine anyone not liking them. Currently there are two books out, First Grave on the Right and Second Grave on the Left.
Both books left me desperate for more because Darynda is a master of evilness. Each books ends with a need to get the next book real bad. So bad you may be reduced to blubbering.
I actually did and my incoherent babbling actually worked because I was fortunate enough to score an ARC of Third Grave Dead Ahead! I don’t know when I’ll receive it, I’m just over the moon that I get to read it early! Although Jan 31st, 2012, isn’t that long of a wait.
In the meantime, to help me deal with my Reyes addiction, I made some custom art — a wallpaper of my favorite general:
And a countdown widget which you’re welcome to use anywhere and everywhere:
The code for this widget is as follows:
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Aspiring writers should also note that Darynda is a Golden Heart winner and co-contributor at the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood — a site that is dedicated to helping other writers’ navigate the Golden Heart ‘process’ and share their personal experiences when winning the prestigious award.
Out of curiousity, are any of my readers entering this year’s Golden Heart? Back in March my plan had been to finish my book and enter this November…but…umm…yeah…no…don’t think it’s gonna happen. Anyone wanna share good/bad experiences?