Ruby Release: Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones


I have both the honor and privilege of hosting the celebration for the latest installment of the Charley series, which is authored by the lovely and talented Ruby sister, Darynda Jones.

This book is the fourth, and yes, I do like stating the obvious, book in the Charley series. It follows FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT, SECOND GRAVE ON THE LEFT, and THIRD GRAVE DEAD AHEAD. If you’ve never read any of the Charley series, then I’m sorry for you because you’ve missed a boatload of laughter, romance, and entertaining relationships.

I must admit I’ve been concerned about Charley. Seriously. After what she went through in THIRD GRAVE DEAD AHEAD, who wouldn’t be? Right? (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you need to read the book.) I’m not only talking about her physical well-being, but also about how she’s dealing with the men in her life. Her father’s betrayal was bad enough, but Reyes? So heartbreaking. How will he ever redeem himself? How will she ever forgive him? And, then there’s Garrett. I want to know how he’s coping. And, I’m excited about Artemis. You gotta love Artemis.

In case you don’t know anything about Charley, (seriously, after reading and commenting on this blog, get the series and read it) I’ll introduce you. Charley is the Grim Reaper. Yeah. Really. She is. And, she’s a damn good one. She’s also a great juggler. Look at her relationships. They run from borderline psychotic to one with a devotion so intense it transcends the corporeal world. Speaking of corporeal, Reyes is so hot. I’m not saying that just because he’s the son of Satan. Although, he is. As in, he grew up in Hell. But, I digress. We were talking about the release of FOURTH GRAVE. You know I just realized Charley’s ADD could be why I like her so much. Not that I’m ADD or anything like that.

Now, where was I? Oh yeah. The interview. I decided since Charley was recuperating, I wouldn’t bother her with a bunch of questions. (If you’re wondering why she’s recuperating, then <sigh> read the series.) Instead, I decided to interview the men in her life. Although, I’ll have to admit some weren’t very cooperative. Far be it from me to be petty and mention names, but like father, like son comes to mind. Anyway, I gave it my best shot.

Me:  LELAND, as Charley’s dad you’ve known about her gift for years. When she was only a child, you used her to help you solve cases for the APD. Now that you’ve retired from the force and your little girl is grown, you’re not too happy with her career choice as a private detective. Seriously, dad, what did you expect her to do with her life? Yes, it’s dangerous. Yes, she’s had her share of bruises. However, let’s not forget you almost got her killed when you painted a target on her back and sent a parolee her way. That was all on you, Daddy Dearest. We know you love and care for her, but trying to have her arrested and her license revoked wasn’t cool. A parent will do whatever to protect their children, but seriously, what were you thinking? Without giving us any spoilers, can you give us a hint if you’ll work to repair your relationship with your daughter, or if you still think you did the right thing?

Leland:  I agree and couldn’t be more saddened by my own behavior. Would it help to know that I had my reasons? One actually. And it’s a pretty good one. Without explaining completely, I will say that I just wanted to make sure she would be okay if anything were to happen to me. I wanted her out of that business (yes, the business I practically forced her into) and I just didn’t know what else to do. Charley is stubborn. I knew that if she was arrested and convicted of a crime, she couldn’t be a licensed PI. So I went about trying to get her to quit the wrong way. I am trying to make amends. Not an easy thing with my daughter, but I am trying.

Me:  UNCLE BOB, as an APD detective, like your brother, you call upon your niece to help you solve cases. The difference is you respect what she does, and you don’t coddle her. You’re more aware of the extent of her gift than her father is. I know you were upset with your brother for the stunt he pulled in the hospital. However, let’s face it, Charley is the Lucy Ricardo of detectives. If it’s going to happen, you can rest assured it will happen to Charley. How do you deal with her on-the-job pain and suffering while using her as her dad did?

Uncle Bob:  The way I see it, Charley is going to do what Charley wants to do. I worry about her, especially after what she’s gone through. But she has this way of pulling through the most life-threatening situations virtually unscathed. At least until recently. And her gifts have saved countless lives. I do call upon her but she does the same with me. I see our relationship as mutually beneficial. She helps me solve cases and I come to her aid in legal situations. It works out well, albeit more for me than her. And I not only respect her but am in awe of her. While I would love to know what she isn’t telling me, the whole story of who and what she is, part of that respect is recognizing her right to privacy. I figure she’ll tell me when she’s ready.

Me:  GARRETT, you’ve come a long way, baby. When you were first told about Charley’s gift, you tormented her. You really were an S.O.B. Yet, underneath all that closed-minded derision, you were like a schoolboy afraid to let a girl know he likes her. Between coming to terms with her being the Grim Reaper and having to deal with her obsession over Reyes, you still toyed with relationship thoughts. You still adored her. Above all, you still had her back.  Oh, how I love a man who has a woman’s back. Things drastically changed in THIRD GRAVE. You saw first-hand her Grim Reaper capabilities. Heck, you even saw Mr. Wong. With this huge insight into Charley’s world, how will this change your relationship with her?

Garrett:  That is a very loaded question, one that even I can’t answer. I saw a lot more than Charley as the grim reaper. I saw a lot more about this love interest of hers. Of what he’s capable of. Of what he was sent to do. I am still coming to terms with everything I’ve seen and learned, but I will say one thing: If Reyes Farrow thinks he will use Charley in the way that his father wishes, he will die knowing otherwise. <Interviewer’s comment: See? What did I tell you? He has her back.>

Me:  REYES, aaah Rey’aziel. Son of Satan. Where do I begin? I know you love Charley. I mean, you defied your heritage and took on a human form just to be with her. Maybe things didn’t turn out exactly as you’d planned, and yes, maybe she did bind you for all eternity, but in spite of all that, you love her. I know it. You know it. Yet, you don’t trust her. In fact, your distrust brought her a pain that no one should have to bear. Why was it so difficult for you to trust her? That is something that has me baffled. And, don’t give me some cop out by saying it was because she bound you. Son of Satan or not, that won’t fly, buddy. Oh, and notice I let you off the hook by not asking how you plan to woo yourself back into her heart. You just better be sure you do.

Reyes:  I’m surprised you’d talk to me in such a way knowing what you know, but I’ll let it slide for now. You seem to have Charley’s best interest at heart, something we have in common. Trust does not come easily for me. Her binding me did affect my perception of her, but not in the way that you think. I thought she knew what she was capable of, what she could do to me with the slightest wish. She didn’t. She still doesn’t realize her true potential, but at the time I was afraid she did. Or would soon. And I had that one blinding goal driving me, to find the man who sent me to prison, to prove my innocence, to sever his spine. I was afraid she would stop me. She is the only one who could. I’m not out to woo myself back into her heart. I have ruined that and I know it. But I am out to keep her alive. To keep her safe from others like me, others from my world. She may not like it, but when she sees what has come after her now, she won’t have a choice. And if she just happens to end up in my arms in the process, if my mouth just happens to find hers, then that just makes my job all the more pleasurable, because while I want her safe, I want her just a little bit more. <Interviewer’s comment: Fanning self…and that’s why I LOVE Reyes.>

How do you feel about the men in Charley’s life? Aside from Charley, who is your favorite character in this series?

One lucky non-Ruby commenter will be placed in a drawing for an autographed copy of FOURTH GRAVE BENEATH MY FEET.

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work including a prestigious Golden Heart®, a RITA®, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.


126 Responses to “Ruby Release: Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones”

  1. June Love says:

    I’d like to thank Darynda for arranging my interview with Leland, Uncle Bob, Garrett, and Reyes. I hope they didn’t give you too much grief. I enjoyed speaking with them more than you’ll ever know.

    When I read FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT, I’d gone through a devastating personal loss. By the time I”d finished the book, I’d found my smile, my joy for life, and my peace. D, I can never thank you enough for that, but then you already know that.

    As Sandy rips through the north east, all those affected by the storm, whether directly or indirectly, are in my thoughts and my prayers.

    • Oh thank you so much for doing this interview, love. You did an amazing job! And your words have touched me more than you can possibly imagine. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  2. Elisa Beatty says:

    SQUEE!!!! I mean (adopts a serious, sober voice), congrats, Darynda on another release!! (And adorable interview June.)

    But, um, excuse me because I have to run and get my Kindle and download this book NOW.

    Oh, this series is so AWESOME!!!! What a voice! What characters! What Reyes!!!!!

  3. YAY!!!! Congrats on the release of Fourth Grave, Darynda! I do have a real soft spot for Garrett, but really, no one beats Reyes.

    Loved the interview, June!

  4. What a great post. I remember when Darynda won the Golden Heart for the first book in this series. Everyone was so excited about that story… and with good reason! I’m so glad she turned that great premise into a series. WTG, Darynda! And congrats for the release of book four.

    June, this is a great interview. I loved your post! I had fun learning more about Darynda and her books. Woohoo!

    • June Love says:

      Melanie, thanks for stopping by and commenting. Darynda writes her characters in such a way you can’t help but fall in love with them. But, then, I’ve told you that many times. :-)

    • Thank you so much, Melanie!!!! I tell you, that Golden Heart win is still at the top of my moments of surreality. What an amazing time. And I’m just so glad my editor wants this series to continue! I just love channeling…. I mean, writing Charley. :)

  5. Kat Cantrell says:

    Congrats Darynda! I have to admit, I’m terribly behind the times, but I just started reading First Grave. *hangs head* But I am LOVING IT and for the first time ever in a twelve year marriage, I actually read parts aloud to my husband. I figured he’d appreciate the line about taxes, nuclear waste and poodles. He did. :)

    PS I’ve never been so happy to be a non-Ruby in my life – I want to win the copy of Fourth Grave. ;)

  6. Diane Kelly says:

    Love these books! Happy Release Day, Darynda, and thanks for the post, June!

  7. Hope Ramsay says:

    Love these books. And I’m home today because of hurricane Sandy. It’s a good day to hide under covers and read about the son of satan.

  8. Kim Law says:

    Congrats on a new Charley book Darynda!!! I’m a little behind on my reading so not real sure what happened in book three (and I skipped part of the interview above for fear I would find out too much! :)) but hope to catch up soon. Can’t wait to read it and book four. Happy Release Day!!!

    • June Love says:

      Kim, we tried to tailor the interview as not to give any spoilers for those who haven’t caught up with the series. However, skipping it is not a bad idea in case you did learn something you shouldn’t.

      Happy release day to you, too! What a great month for Ruby releases!

      • Kim Law says:

        Yeah, I like to know as little as possible so even though you weren’t telling much, I just decided that I’d skim it so as not to let anything stick in my head too much :)

        Thanks! I’m heading off to hide for the day. I’ve discovered that release day is stressful :)

    • HAPPY RELEASE DAY TO YOU TOO, GORGEOUS!!! And, yes, there is a bit of stress involved. LOL. Thank you so much, and enjoy the ride!

  9. Happy happy release day! So excited for this fourth installment! Love the interview, June! So fun!

  10. WOOHOO!!! Congratulations, Darynda! And thank you for the interview, June. Love it! ;)

  11. Laurie Kellogg says:

    What a great interview! Congrats on the new release, Darynda. I can’t wait to read it.

    • Thanks, Roomie!!! I was bragging about you the other day to my roomie in Seattle. Were your ears burning? LOL.

    • June Love says:

      Thanks, Laurie. I’m glad you were able to make it after spending the night with Sandy.
      Darynda can certainly write some compelling characters, but I’ll have to say, you do the same.

  12. Shoshana Brown says:

    Congratulations, Darynda!!! Can’t wait to read it. :)

  13. Elizabeth H. says:

    Happy Release Day!!!! I’m in the middle of reading it as we speak. I had to break down and buy the ebook after Darynda teased me with the first three chapters in her newsletter! My favorite in the series is Cookie. I love her witty comebacks and her feisty, yet loving personality. Plus we big girls gotta stick together! And then there’s Reyes…*fans self* He is hotter than hell…literally!!
    Thanks to the Ruby Sisterhood for the post and for hosting an awesome giveaway!!!

  14. Rita Henuber says:

    Congrats big sis. When I grow up I want to be like you.
    June what a great interview. Thanks.

  15. Kelley Bowen says:

    Darynda and June,

    CAN’T WAIT! to start reading #4. Love Charley, love Uncle Bob, love the bikers and Rocket…love it all.

    But (and I know I am in the serious minority here) if I have to choose between Reyes and Garrett…gonna have to go with the G-Man. Cause, yes, he’s a superhot man of the law who spends his days and nights lookin’ out for me, and, um, he’s not related to Satan…so, yeah, gonna go with that. Course 4TH GRAVE could change my mind ;)

    Great interview, June. Darynda, go get ‘em. KB

  16. Monica McCabe says:

    I’ve just recently read the first Grave book and LOVED it! I’m soooo looking forward to reading the next 3! WOOHOO!

    • OH, yay, thank you, Monica!!!

    • June Love says:

      Monica, it’s like watching a whole season of a favorite television show on DVD. It’s hard to stop when you know you have the next one to go to. It seems like it’s been forever since I’ve read Third Grave, so I’m really glad to have Fourth Grave out today.

  17. Elise Hayes says:

    Whoo-hoo, Darynda–I can’t wait to read #4! The first three have been such a treat…and things took a very interesting twist at the end of #3, which leave lots an lots of fun opportunities in #4. I’ll be downloading to my Kindle later today!

    • Thank, Elise!!!! Yes, Charley has some obstacles to overcome in this one. Let me know how you think she handles them! LOL

    • June Love says:

      Elise, I remember when I finished Third Grave, I sat and stared at the page. I couldn’t believe the turn of events. I’m sure wherever Darynda takes us in Fourth Grave, The ride will be spectacular.

  18. Kate Parker says:

    Congrats on number 4, Darynda. I loved the interview, June.

  19. Vivi Andrews says:

    Yay for a new Charley on the shelves! I have this weird, pathological need to hoard books from my favorite authors so I haven’t been able to read 3rd grave until I had the security blanket of 4th grave in my hot little hands. Cracking 3rd Grave now! Nobody tell me what happens! ;)

    CONGRATS on another great release, Miss Darynda!

  20. Tamara Hogan says:

    Congrats on your release, D! A truly delicious series + your wholly unique voice + delicious covers = hours of giggly reading pleasure! ;-)

  21. Donya Pedigo says:

    I can’t wait to read this! Congrats on another great release! I love Charley!

  22. Let’s see…Reyes – super hot and super pissed. Garrett – Hot and grumpy…. Ubie – He’s just a big teddy bear who tries to be gruff…………. Her dad- I am so mad at him right now, even though I understand why he did what he did. Mr. Wong – Curious about him.
    I don’t have a fave secondary character because I love them all for different reasons! Thanks so much!

  23. Bama says:

    no question about it, REYES! :)

    Happy Release Day!

  24. Nicole says:

    Cant wait to get my copy! none of the stores in my city are selling it so i have to travel a bit before i can get it.. hopefully by the weekend! =]

  25. Heather says:

    I can’t wait to get a hold of this!
    I too have a soft spot for Garrett, but no one tops Reyes!!

  26. Jennifer Riddle says:

    I would have to say that choosing just one person as my favorite would be one of the hardest things I have ever been asked to do. I think that all the characters are amazing and so well written. But if I was made to choose, I would have to say that I love Cookie.

    Congrats Darynda on yet another amazing achievement!!! Simply cannot wait until Death by Chocolate this weekend!!!

  27. Alaina says:

    awesome interview!! i think cookie may be one of my favs after charley..
    i love all the men in her life!! garrett is one of my favs though.. after reyes of course
    thanks for the chance to win!

    • Thanks, Alaina! I have to see, Cookie has a scene in Fourth Grave (the margarita scene) that is honestly one of my fav scenes I’ve ever written. I laughed out loud myself while writing it. LOL

    • June Love says:

      Alaina, with Cookie around there’s pretty much always a laugh or two or three. She complements Charley beautifully.

  28. Jackie says:

    Loved the interview. Its really hard to choose my fave character. I think its a toss up between rocket, reyes and charley. But hands down reyes is the hottest!

  29. Mudepoz says:

    I do NOT like Charley’s dad right now. I love UBE, he is the only constant in her life.

    I like Garret, he’s changed a lot. How can I not *thud* to Reye’s. But right now, the only one I really like Uncle Bob.

    • LOL, I understand, and I love me some Uncle Bob!!! He was quite a surprise. I didn’t expect him to be so great when I started the series. I just adore that man.

  30. Rowan Eden says:

    Darynda despite not being sure we would have power today (we did) or if I would be able to work much, (sadly I can) I got up early just so I could download this book! You already know this since I never shut up about my love for Charley’s story, but you are one of my all time favorite authors. I am not so patiently waiting until work is finished to dig in! Best of luck on the release but you don’t need to worry! You’ve got this in the bag! June, that was an excellent interview! I will be book marking your site! Bravo! Hugs!

  31. Amahel says:

    Wow…Excuse me while I go geek out and tell EVERYONE I know to go read this series. Oh, wait…I’ve already done that. :)

    So much fun to get an extra glimpse into the guys’ minds. I have to say though, I can’t pick between the girls and the guys. ALL of the supporting characters ROCK. I am SO excited to read #4!

    • Thank you, Amahel!!!!! I love my characters. LOL

    • June Love says:

      Getting a glimpse into the minds of the guys is exactly why I wanted to do this interview. I haven’t met a character that Darynda has written that I haven’t liked. Well, except for the ones I’m not supposed to like. That’s kind of the same thing, right? :-)

  32. Melanie Reed says:

    Congratulations on the new release. I can’t wait to read it. Your characters are so vivid and real. I know it must be an amazing feeling seeing your words alive and how much we absolutely love them. Thanks and hope you all have a wonderful day.

    • Thank you, Melanie!!! It is always fun, humbling and a little surreal seeing the books out there. Hope you enjoy!

    • June Love says:

      Melanie, you’ve hit the nail on the head. Her characters are so vivid and real. During the interview process, I had to stop and remind myself that I wasn’t really talking to these guys. Or, was I? :-)

  33. Sophia says:

    SQUEEEE I’m so excited for this book, I’ve “read” listened to all 3 of the last audiobooks in this series. I have to give props to Lorelei King her narration is the Bomb. But I can’t wait to read more about Artemis! totally made me cry and of course Garrett! And the MEN !! oh man the men, Of course UBE is the fav he’s strong he’s always there but only just slightly annoying! and OMG if he and Cookie get it on! Man I’m already snickering. I can’t wait to read!!!

    • June Love says:

      Sophia, I think sometimes listening to audio books can be a magical experience, especially if you have a great narrator such as Lorelei. It’s almost if the characters really are coming to life. Putting two extraordinary talents together makes me want to listen to the audio even though I’ve read the books.

    • Hahaha, thank you, Sophia!!!! I love the audiobooks too. Lorelei is the bomb! And I’m so glad you like Artemis. She’s my honey bunny.

  34. Gwyn says:

    I guess I’m hallucinating. I thought I commented earlier, but it’s been that kind of day. Congrats, D! Can’t wait to read Charley’s latest. Great interview, June. Something fun to make the day less dreary.

  35. Ayana says:

    I love this series! Charley is one of the freshest, funniest MC I’ve come across in ages and I adore Reyes! The books are hilarious, sexy, smart and mysterious. Just like them :) Can’t wait!!

  36. Jacki C. says:

    I love interviews with characters! It gives you a different view of the characters. Reyes better get back in Charley’s good graces! And, her father – I am still soooo mad at him. :)

    • June Love says:

      Thank you, Jacki! My thoughts exactly about Reyes. Although, when I confronted him about that, he didn’t seem too concerned. Yet, by the time the interview was over, he made up for it. I just love him! :-)

    • LOL, thanks, Jacki!!! I’m a tad peeved at him still myself. He does some things in Fourth that will have you scratching your head, but his heart is in the right place. I think…

  37. Kathy A. says:

    Loved the interview….love the series! I can’t wait to read Fourth Grave. Unfortunatly, because my bank account was really low on funds….and I had to pay my mortgage, I can’t afford to order Fourth Grave until the end of next week. I’m devestated!!!!!!! I’ll just re-read all the books til I get the new one :-(

    • June Love says:

      Kathy A., as much as I love Darynda and her Charley series, I would have say the mortgage does take precedence. Re-reading Third Grave this week will make getting Fourth Grave even sweeter.

    • LOL, June, yes, mortgage should probably come first. Thank you so much, Kathy. Hope you like it!

  38. Karin Anderson says:

    I love Charley’s men. Cookie is my favorite character aside from Charley. I love that she can laugh at herself in a good way.

  39. Woo hoo! Huge congratulations, Darynda! Looking forward to reading it.

  40. Liz Talley says:

    Sorry I’m so late to the celebration. I really like all the guys but I kinda have a little place in my heart for Garrett. I like the way he tries to protect Charley…even when she’s sort of an ass to him. He’s interesting and I suppose a bit of a foil to Reyes, yet I feel like Reyes appreciates Garrett a little…or that’s how I see it from my viewpoint.

    Congrats, D! Enjoy another release and another hit!

    • June Love says:

      Liz, I think Reyes and Garrett both realize they have a mutual goal: to keep Charley safe at all cost. I believe that joins them on some level of mutual respect. How they perceive she should be kept safe is what will always keep that wedge between them. At least that’s my take on it.

      I love the comfortableness of Charley and Garrett. Their conversation at the end of Third Grave had me crying and laughing at the same time.

    • Thank you so much, Liz! And, yeah, that Garrett. I love what he puts up with from Charley. He is just a good guy.

  41. June Love says:

    Ubie has stood for her, even when he didn’t quite understand why she was doing what she was doing. He gives her the benefit of the doubt. He’s probably the only man in her life that hasn’t given her grief at this point.

    • June Love says:

      Ooops, this was supposed to be a reply to Mudepoz. The hubby came into the room and distracted me.

  42. Cia Paul says:

    Late to the party, but had to say congrats on #4, Darynda! Loved, loved, loved 1-3 and looking forward to this latest adventure.

    As for favourites – hate the cold so Reyes could keep that at bay – in more ways than one! But low pain threshold and he did get Charley a little sliced up … Hmm.

    I see Cookie with Garrett, at a push Mr. Wong LOL (ok, maybe not) but cannot wrap my head around Cookie and Uncle U!! Seriously though, looking forward to Mr. Wong’s story.

    Great interview, June.


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