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Fantastic Fables: Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson & Seven Dwarfs

**Visit Tynga’s Reviews today for her Humpty Dumpty Fantastic Fable from Jennifer Anne Kogler & a chance to win THE SIREN’S CRY**

So what’s on today’s Fantastic Fables agenda?  Our lovely tale is led by Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson from her Charley Davidson series.  Charley Davidson is a part-time private investigator and a full-time grim reaper.  She helps solve the cases of both the living and the dead.  But when she finds herself in a tiny cottage surrounded by seven very short men, even she is baffled.  Will she survive the foreign demands of such a primitive life?  Especially since there is no coffee maker in sight?  Let’s find out. Darynda’s latest release is SECOND GRAVE ON THE LEFT, which is the second book in the series, followed by THIRD GRAVE DEAD AHEAD on February 2, 2012.  Thanks to Darynda and the amazing people at Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press, six of you who comment on this post will win a copy of the book!  See details below

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Charley Davidson and the Seven Dwarfs

“So, let me get this straight,” I said, eyeing the seven little men surrounding me, their dirt-covered faces and tattered clothes lacking the finer qualities I was more accustomed to. “There are no Dolce and Gabbana stores near here?”

They glanced at each other confused. One of them sneezed, then said, “We don’t even know what that means.”

“And we don’t care,” another said, his arms crossed, brows locked together as though someone had just deleted his entire classic rock playlist.

Then again, maybe they didn’t have playlists. I gave their cottage a quick once over. Dirt floor. Primitive furniture, ragged and more than a little lopsided. Wooden bowls and a cast iron pot hovering in a fireplace. Where was a Target when I needed one?

“I care.” I looked around at the one who spoke, a huge smile brightening his face. Behind him stood one who was even smaller than the rest. He peeked out, offered me a bashful smile, then ducked back behind the happy one. “What’s your name?”

With a relieved grin, I said, “My name is Charley. Charley Davidson. I’m a private investigator from Albuquerque.” I conveniently left out the fact that I was also the grim reaper. That would probably have been TMI at this juncture.

“What’s an Albuquerque?”

Before I could answer, another asked, “Are you lost?”

“More than you can know,” I said, rolling my eyes. I doubted they even had Wi-Fi. “It’s like I’m stuck in a nightmare.”

“Well, now, let’s just think about this.”

“Okay.” I focused on the only one with glasses. He seemed to be the head honcho. He had smarts. I could tell.

“Did an evil queen try to have you killed?”

I blinked and rethought my earlier assessment. “Not that I know of.”

“Did a large man chase you through the woods with a knife?”

“Not today.”

“Are you in love with a prince?”

“I am rather fond of Prince Harry.”

“Well, there ya go.” He took off his frazzled wool cap and slapped his knee. “That’s how these things always happen. A beautiful girl is running for her life and gets lost in the woods only to have a handsome prince come and save her.”

“Well, Harry’s a little young for me.”

“That’s okay,” the silly one said, laughing like he’d had one too many. “We’ll take what we can get.”

I shrugged and sat on one of the lopsided stools. “So, what do I do now?”

“You eat the apple,” the smart one said.

“What apple?”

“Didn’t a nice old lady give you an apple?” he asked, a hopeful glint in his eyes.

“Um, I don’t think so.”

“A plum?”

“No.”

“A bowl of cherries?”

“What is this about?” I asked.

The angry one spoke up then. “We’re wasting time. Let’s just have her funeral. Surely someone will show up and take her away.”

“My funeral?” I asked, growing wary.

The happy one smiled even bigger. “Didn’t we mention that part?”

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About Darynda:

Winner of the 2009 Golden Heart® for Best Paranormal Romance for her manuscript FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT, Darynda was born spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. After the Golden Heart final, she pimped herself as best she could, landed an amazing agent and sold to St. Martin’s Press in a three-book deal. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of more than 25 years and two beautiful sons, aka the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

You can visit Darynda around the web here: WebsiteBlog Twitter |Facebook

Want to read more from Darynda Jones?

First Grave on the Right Second Grave on the Left Third Grave Dead Ahead

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This giveaway is provided by Darynda and Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press

Six winners will each receive a copy of Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones

Available on August 16, 2011 from Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press

About the Book:

***WARNING: MAJOR SPOILER ALERT!!!***

*If you have not read book one, stop now!*

When Charley is rudely awakened in the middle of the night by her best friend who tells her to get dressed quickly and tosses clothes out the closet at her, she can’t help but wonder what Cookie’s up to. Leather scrunch boots with a floral miniskirt? Together? Seriously?

After dragging Charley out the door and trying unsuccessfully to stuff her into a trunk—mostly ‘cause Charley pitches a fit—Cookie finally explains that a friend of hers named Mimi disappeared five days earlier and that she just got a text from her setting up a meet at a coffee shop downtown. They show up at the coffee shop, but no Mimi. After a brief investigation, Charley finds a message on the bathroom wall. Mimi left a clue, a woman’s name. They head to the parking lot only to be accosted by a frantic husband with a gun. After some soothing words and a few deep breathing exercises, the husband, aka Warren Jacobs, hires Charley to find his wife. He explains that his wife had been acting strange since she found out an old friend of hers from high school had been found murdered a couple weeks prior. The same woman Mimi had named in her message.

Meanwhile, Reyes Alexander Farrow (otherwise known as the Son of Satan. Yes. Literally) has left his corporeal body and is haunting Charley. He’s left his body because he’s being tortured by demons who want to lure Charley closer. But Reyes can’t let that happen. Because if the demons get to Charley, they’ll have a portal to heaven. And if they have a portal to heaven…well, let’s just say it wouldn’t be pretty. Can Charley handle hot nights with Reyes and even hotter days tracking down a missing woman? Will Cookie ever get a true fashion sense? And is there enough coffee and chocolate in the world to fuel them as they do?

Click HERE to read an excerpt

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GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

1. Leave a comment for Darynda, let us know what you think of this fable, book or series.

2. +1 entries for tweeting about this contest, blogging about it, linking via your sidebar etc…(please tell me where!).

3. Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada only.

4. Please include your email address in your comment.

5. All Fantastic Fables winners will be announced on September 7th.

6. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.

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80 Responses to “Fantastic Fables: Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson & Seven Dwarfs

  1. Low KeyNo Gravatar
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    I loved the fable. Haven’t quite seen Snow White like that before. :P

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    moc.loanull@eikrahsditziwt

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  2. Vickie BNo Gravatar
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    I still want a pair of those sandals and now that beltbuckle!!

    The contest is linked on my sidebar at my blog
    http://iyamvixenbooks.blogspot.com/

    VWinship at aol dot com

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  3. Jennifer KalmanNo Gravatar
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    Awesome!

    I also have not read the first book yet but plan to. They sound great!

    i tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/#!/jlkalman26/status/104328833599148033

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  4. Jennifer KalmanNo Gravatar
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    sorry for some reason that tweet link was not right. Here is the correct link:
    https://twitter.com/#!/jlkalman26/status/104734666162053120

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  5. Maria (pronounced Mariah)No Gravatar
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    I have heard great things about this series and would love the chance to read it!

    Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/Maria_Smith_76/status/104989802067279872

    mmafsmith at gmail dot com

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  6. Marie-ClaudeNo Gravatar
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    The fable is soooooooo funny!!!!! I need to start to read this serie.

    moc.liamtohnull@ac81traehssalG

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  7. Annie @ UTCNo Gravatar
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    I’ve read her first book and it was HILARIOUS!!! I always quote the “Jenuis” tshirt thing.

    Would love to win

    Annie
    alltherhage AT gmail DOT com

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  8. NaNo Gravatar
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    I have heard so much about Darynda’s books that I am planning to read the first one soon. They sound fun.

    Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  9. Anna LewisNo Gravatar
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    OMG!!!! so good!! I can’t wait!!!

    annawlewis at gmail.com

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  10. winnieNo Gravatar
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    Enjoyed the post! And the books look like great reads and they have great covers too. Thanks for the giveaway!

    chibipooh(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. Van P.No Gravatar
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    Loved the first in the series, looking forward to reading this one!

    Littopandaxpress(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  12. InnocentButler\No Gravatar
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    I haven’t read the first book yet–but I want to!

    I am a twitter follower (@tjotjoc) and a GFC follower

    tjotjoc at gmail dot com

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  13. dreyNo Gravatar
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    LOVED the story! Especially the “Didn’t we mention that part?” at the end… :)

    dreyshouse at gmail dot com

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    Linked on my sidebar: drey’s library

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    tweeted

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  16. JudithNo Gravatar
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    I haven’t read this series but I’ve read another guest post by Darynda. I loved the interview. It’s on my to-be read list.

    itwasalie AT gmail DOT com

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  17. Jennifer KallhoffNo Gravatar
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    This series sounds pretty neat. I’ve added it to my Goodreads To-read list!

    Kalliandra2007(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. AmyNo Gravatar
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    That was funny! I loved the first book and dying to read the Second Grave on the Left! Thanks for adding this in the giveaway!

    moc.liamgnull@eilrigyelims.ssim

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  19. Jolene ANo Gravatar
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    I loved the first book and can’t wait to read Second Grave on The left. Sooo excited, thanks for the chance to win

    +1 tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/joleneallcock/status/109766108764049408

    june111(at)att(dot)net

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  20. Van P.No Gravatar
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    I loved the first in the series, looking forward to reading the second book!

    Littopandaxpress(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    I would grow wary faced with 7 strangers wanting to discuss my funeral, too.

    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

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  22. Jessica PNo Gravatar
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    I love Charley’s attitude, great series
    moc.oohaynull@894201yssej

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    OMG, that was hilarious. Where is a Target when you really need one? I don’t have one in my town, that’s for shizzle.

    Good reading ~ Escape by Fiction

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  24. joannie sparksNo Gravatar
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    Hi Darynda, I have not read this or the first one sorry but boy these look like my kind of books. I want to thank you for the contest. joannie jscddmj[at]aol[dot]com

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  25. joannie sparksNo Gravatar
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    Hi i twitter for you yhanks joannie jscddmj[at]aol[dot]com
    http://twitter.com/#!/joannie1956/status/110519370035376130

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  26. donnasNo Gravatar
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    Great story! I just got the first book and Im already looking forward to reading the second and third.

    tweet – http://twitter.com/#!/DonnaS1/status/110967889590370304

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  27. kimyunalescaNo Gravatar
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    a mystery and story I’d like to unravel haven’t seen anything like it!

    GFC: kimyunalesca
    kimyunalesca(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  28. Pam S (pams00)No Gravatar
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    This was a cute post- loved Charley meeting the Seven Dwarfs. Just got book one to this awesome sounding series. Would love to win book 2 ty for the chance!

    pams00 @ aol.com

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    https://twitter.com/#!/pams00/status/111310564764024832

    pams00 @ aol.com

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  30. Tracey DNo Gravatar
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    I’m sure I’m too late to enter the contest but I can’t wait to read this series. I just bought book one and will start reading it this weekend.

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