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As every Grim Reaper knows, the end is the best part.

Posted Jan 15 2019, 12:00 am

It’s HERE!!! Summoned to Thirteenth Grave is finally out!

Wow. This is it. I can’t believe Charley’s story is coming to an end. What a wonderful journey this has been, and I have all of you to thank. Without you, without your inspiration and enthusiasm, this journey would have been a lot shorter. 

Thank you for sharing Charley’s adventures with me. For witnessing the power of her love for Reyes and vice versa. For sticking with her through thick and thin. No matter what I threw at her, you guys were there, cheering her on.

XOXO

Darynda

Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper extraordinaire, is pissed. She’s been kicked off the earthly plane for all eternity – which is exactly the amount of time it takes to make a person stark, raving mad. But someone’s looking out for her, and she’s allowed to return after a mere hundred years in exile. Is it too much to hope for that not much has changed? Apparently it is. Bummer. 

She’s missed her daughter. She’s missed Reyes. She’s missed Cookie and Garrett and Uncle Bob. But now that she’s back on earth, it’s time to put to rest a few burning questions that need answers. What happened to her mother? How did she really die? Who killed her? And are cupcakes or coffee the best medicine for a broken heart? It all comes to a head in an epic showdown between good and evil in this final smart and hilarious novel.

It wasn’t until I felt the sun on my face that I knew, really knew, I’d made it back. The bright orb drifted up off the horizon like a hot air balloon, blinding me, yet I couldn’t stop looking at it. Or, well, trying to look at it. After giving it my all through squinted lids, I gave up and closed them. Let the warmth wash over me. Let it sink into my skin. Flood every molecule in my body.

God knew I needed it. I hadn’t had a drop of vitamin D in over a hundred years. My bones were probably brittle and shriveled and splintery. Much like the current state of my psyche.

But that’s what happens when you defy a God.

Not just any god, mind you. No siree Bob. To get booted off the big blue marble, one had to defy the God. The very One a particular set of children’s books called Jehovahn.

The Man had some serious control issues. I bring one person back from the dead and bam. Banished for all eternity. Exiled to a hell with no light, no hair products, and no coffee.

Mostly no coffee.

And, just to throw salt onto a gaping, throbbing flesh wound, no tribe.

In this dimension, the one with the yellow sun and champagne-colored sand on which I now walked, I had a husband and a daughter and more friends than I could shake a stick at. But in the lightless realm I’d been banished to, I’d had nothing. I floated in darkness for over one hundred agonizing years, tormented by dreams of a husband I could no longer touch and a daughter I could no longer protect.

She would be gone by now. Our daughter. I will have missed her entire life and that made me just the teensiest bit testy.

But I’d missed more than her life. It had been prophesied that she would face Lucifer in a great battle for humanity. That she would have an army at her back and, fingers crossed, a warrior at her side. And that she would stand against evil when no one else could.

I’d wondered for dozens of years if she’d won, the pain of not knowing, of not being able to help, driving me to the brink of insanity. Then I realized something and a peculiar kind of peace came over me. Of course she’d won. She was the daughter of two gods. More to the point, she was her father’s daughter, the god Rey’azikeen’s only child. She would’ve been wily and cunning and strong. Of course she won.

That’s what I’d told myself over and over for the last thirty-odd years of my exile. But now I was back. An exile that was supposed to be for all eternity stopped just short, in my humble opinion, of its goal.

Unfortunately, I had no idea why I was back. I’d felt myself being drawn forward, pulled through space and time until the darkness that surrounded me gave way to the unforgiving brightness of Earth’s yellow sun. That big, beautiful ball of fire I’d complained about so often as a resident of New Mexico where sunshine was damned near a daily occurrence.

The horror!

And here it was, bathing me in its brilliance, as my feet sank into dew-covered sand with every step I took. I walked toward it. The sun. Craving more. Begging for more.

“I will never complain about you again,” I said, tilting my face toward the heavens, because the thought of my daughter growing up without me wasn’t the only thing that had driven me insane. Nor the heartbreak of missing my husband. His hands on my body. His full mouth at my ear. His sparkling eyes hooded by impossibly thick lashes.

No, it was the perpetual darkness that pushed me so far inside myself I could hardly stay conscious.

I’d tried to escape. To find my way back to my family and friends. Boy, had I tried. But it seemed like the harder I struggled, the deeper I sank. The realm in which I’d been cast was like an inky, ethereal form of quicksand. If not for the wraiths …

I stopped and bent my head to listen. Someone was following me, and for the first time since materializing on the earthly plane, I tried to take in my surroundings. With my vision adjusting, I could just make out the sea of peaches and golds that stretched out before me. Sand as far as the eye could see.

Then it hit me. The Sahara. I’d been here before. With him.

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Comments

60 responses to “As every Grim Reaper knows, the end is the best part.”

  1. Lisa Englent says:

    Ok. What happened to Osh?! I see a sequel coming? Beep’s story needs to be told! I haven’t cried this much over a boom in a while. I hate that the series is ending. I love Charley so much I feel like I’m visiting old friends with each new book. I will miss them.

    • Darynda says:

      Thank you!!! And yes Beep’s story will happen. ❤️

      • Amy Keith says:

        Yay!!

      • Irene Jayson says:

        I’m SO relieved to hear this!!!!! Can’t wait for the new books.

      • Danielle Jaramillo says:

        I scared my daughter when I got to the end of “Thirteenth.” I had to then explain to her why I was sobbing my heart out. Please don’t make us wait too long for Beep. Love you and your stories.

      • krystal says:

        Omg my prayers are answered. I knew you wouldn’t let your readers down. I am so excited and cant wait for a new story

      • Carol says:

        Well that answered my question. Love this series. Super stoked to have it continue as you tell Beep’s story.

      • KERI EVERHART says:

        Yay, I can’t wait for Beeps story! 😁

      • MJ says:

        Thank You!! Can’t wait for Beeps story!!

      • Bobbie Kaye Barton says:

        I just finished Summoned to the 13th Grave, and I’m trying to type with tears in my eyes. And on my cheeks. And running in rivers down my blouse.

        Darynda, I can’t wait for you write a series about a beautiful eighteen year old girl named Elwyn Alexandra Loehr, AKA Beep, and how she and Osh and Mr. Wong and all the others defeat Satan in the ultimate battle of good vs. evil. I think another 13 books would be in order!

        No one but you could write such a story, and it will no doubt be as wonderful as the books about her mother.

      • AnnaMarie Rogers says:

        I love this series, and look forward to another series.
        When I’m reading about what Cookie is saying or doing, I picture Melissa McCarthy as Cookie. Their personalities are so similar. These books were so enjoyable to read. Thank you for writing such a fabulous series!

      • Robyn P says:

        Thank goodness Beep and Osh’s series is coming. I would’ve been devastated other wise. I cannot wait. I reread the entire series from the beginning again before I read this final book. I’ve laughed, cried and laughed again. I feel like I’ve lost my best friend.

  2. Himani says:

    Just give us some hint that there will a story of Beep in the future.

  3. Nikki says:

    I just finished 13th Grave, just wow, I loved it. So many interesting twists and turns. Ubie, dang! There has to be more books, right? You would not end it with -What happened to Osh and leave us hanging, right? Also, are we going to learn about Beep’s war with Satan, her teen rebellion years? Her mom said I will see you when she is older, clearly lots is going to happen in the future Please give us some hope that we will get the rest of the story. 5***** Thank you for the journey.

  4. Christy says:

    I can’t believe that the Charley/Reyes books are done…to add to what the other comments said…AAAAGGGHHH!!!!! Come on Darynda, throw us a bone here…oh wait, you did…Osh? Beep? And we can only hope that the sarcasm and zexy-ness keeps on coming! 😉

  5. Melissa Mitchell says:

    Thank you for the wonderful world you created. Cried that it’s over. However, Beep story will come. I have the hope. Just wanted to thank you.

  6. Merp says:

    May we plssssss get a hint as to when or if Beeps story will happen? My heart is so empty now that I have no more scarcastic and chaos chausing Charley to look forward to. *cries*

  7. Bryn says:

    Wow, this was fantastic for an end book. And the ‘hint’ for the next series; ‘By the way where is Osh?’ Yep, his and Beep’s book(s) should be fantastic

  8. Tt says:

    Great book.
    Didn’t feel like an ending tho. I hope this means Beep will get her own series.

  9. Miko says:

    Wowwww…I can’t believe it took me so long to find you, Charley, Reyes, Cookie…the gang! But, BOY, when I did. Whew, magic happened. I cried like a buffoon at my desk at work more times than 10. I’m just sayin’!
    I loved it. I hated it (but only because it’s over…please don’t let it be over *insert crocodile tears*). Thank you for this adventure that you’ve taken me–US ALL–on. I will miss our ragtag family of characters, but I will look forward to seeing them again. Soon?

  10. Lourdes says:

    This was amazing! I laughed, I cried, and can’t wait for Beep’s story. Thank you for the wonderful books that kept me coming back for more.

  11. Gayle says:

    Loved this series like Charley loved coffee!

  12. Sharon says:

    Like usual and also like going to a family members house for dinner Charlie and her crew never disappoints I cried I laughed water came out my nose but I know This can’t be the end because beep story has to be told and where is Osh and the twist & turns I was learning who was who and where they came from and what really happened to Charlie‘s mother just took my breath away for the Loved tones they lost but knowing that they’ll be back for beep keeps me content and I know Charlie and Reyes Will be back thank you Daraynda ❤️

  13. Joanna Mills says:

    It took me 6 days after it came out to finally read the 13th Charlie Davidson book cuz I knew it was gonna hurt. Of course the humor and the world building and the boundless mystery in the series was phenomenal…and the characters! So so many amazing characters—I have laughed and cried and growled in frustration at Charlie’s story from the first page. But the thing that kept me coming back over and over again, was the Love. Such phenomenal love that developed between unlikely ‘friends’ and co-conspirators over and over again. And the finale just shines with it…much like Charlie’s light—get out your sunglasses everyone!

  14. Omg what a series. I had only read book one but continued to collect the whole series. Shortly before Thanksgiving I had the pleasure of binge reading this series. Many late late nights and often as soon as I finished one book I just had to read a chapter or two in the next one. I laughed and cried so much with the characters that I felt they were friends I saw on a regular basis. Please don’t leave us hanging too long till Beeps story is out. Plus I’ll really miss the memes and tshirts!

  15. Leila B says:

    I’m
    so so sad with this ending.
    I can’t deal with this.
    I’m traumatized.
    I really was
    hoping a family reunion..
    And journey.
    I hope to read Beep’s story now..

  16. Leila B. says:

    My comment when nuts..
    So i was saying thank you Darynda for this journey, this was my best ever book series. I can’t wait to read beep’s story now

  17. Robyn says:

    Thank you, thank you. I loved this entire series so, so much. I realize the blood, sweat and tears on your end had to be considerable in order to concoct (and magnificently deliver!) a literal universe of this magnitude, but, oh. I want more Charley. Even Reyes takes a backseat to Charley for me…I’m going to really and truly miss her and her laugh-out-loud ripostes. Please don’t let her be gone for good. My heart cain’t take it!

  18. Alice Rose says:

    I picked up First Grave on just a whim. I cannot say how glad I am that I did. I’ve connected with the characters on a personal (minus the supernatural haha) level. My best friend says the book was tailor made for a personality like mine. I just say that I’m glad that there are more like-minded people out there who care for people, animals, and the love of humor and coffee.
    Charley’s story has been a double-expresso-macchiato ride from start to finish and I cannot wait to read the next chapter in Beeps story. Thank you Darynda.

  19. Janelle Baldwin says:

    A thousand gracias-es for this roller coaster ride. Looking forward to new series and picking up on Beep’s story. You know you can never stop, right?

  20. Donia says:

    Waouh, it was a wonderful journey, and the end? Absolutly perfect, what a perfect end than doing one with his half. congrats, hope the magic will keep coming, thks Darynda! Can’t wait for Beep and…? Osh? Give us a bone, pleazzzzzzzz

  21. Jennie Harris says:

    I LOVED this series. – great story lots of WTF and hilarity. I love it so much that my 4 y/o’s name is Charlotte Jean.

  22. Vicki Ayers says:

    Uuuaaahhhhhggggfffff!!! I’m so sad and yet so satisfied; like really good breakup sex. Half way through and every chapter was like another light flicking off when you’re closing up shop….Gemma *flick* Rocket *flick😭* Ubie *wtf-flick*. But I can’t wait to meet Beep! I feel like we’re up there with Charley and Reyes waiting to watch her grow up.

    Thank you so much for this series, every book was anticipated with a happy dance! Can’t wait for more!

  23. Bailey says:

    Gah! I sobbed like a baby. And Ubie. OMG!! Didn’t see that coming at all.

    I will be re-reading the entire series in the hopes that when I’m done Beep’s first book will be here.

    Thank you Ms. Jones for Charlie, Reyes and their amazing world. It was… perfect.

  24. Erin says:

    Thank you for a wonderful series and the hint on OSH! I am looking forward to Beep’s story!

  25. Andee says:

    Omg! I can’t believe it’s (kinda) over. I remember picking the 1st Grave at the bookstore in hardback when it 1st came out. It was awesome sandals! You had me from page 1. I have turned so many friends on to your amazing series. Charlie and Reyes are my favorite couple forever. Thank you for so much for the wonderful stories. I think I need to start from the beginning again….

  26. Marnie Ryan says:

    I have to be honest Darynda. Having enjoyed all the Charley Davidson books, why did you give such a Crappy ending to the last one?! I am so disappointed and, yes, pissed at you too. How could you do this to your readers.

  27. Michelle Anderson says:

    So sad that the series has ended, it has been one of my favorites to read! I see there will be a Beep story…but what’s with the cliffhanger at the end? Osh is nowhere to be found? Hmmm…..you sure it’s the last one in the series? Maybe I’m just praying for it ha!

  28. Gloria French says:

    Working on a new series? Can’t wait to read what comes out of your amazing brain.Love the fact that this will continue with Beep and Osh…..at some point. I’m the meantime,keep writing funny lady!😎

  29. Gina Johnson says:

    I am so glad you will be doing Beeps story. I hope there will be cameos by Charlie and Reyes.

  30. Tina English says:

    Absolutely loved this series!! I will miss Charley but so excited to hear that Beeps story will be told. I hope we can still hear from Charley and Reyes though 😢. Your books are awesome.

  31. Kathy Farrar says:

    Thank you for being the first author to make me laugh out loud while reading a book. Not just once but multiple times. I love the series so much. Looking forward to new works from you.

  32. Amelia says:

    Just wanted to leave a quick note of thanks! I read the entire Charley series in 3 months. I loved it! I giggled, bellied laughed, cried, was angry and so very sad when the series ended. I can’t wait to read about osh and beep. Hope we get some closure with regards to cookie, Amber, Quentin, uncle bob and Garrett. Thank you again for a very entertaining 3 months!!!

  33. Christy Stansell says:

    Dearest Darynda,
    Thank you so very much for influencing my addiction to your story telling. I adore your style of writing. Your ability to deliciously pull me into your world as a perfect storyteller is remarkable. I will read EVERYTHING you write from this day forth! Send me your grocery list, I’ll be happy to read it. I appreciate your talent and imagination but mostly your humor it is outstanding. Like the rest of the World, I’m looking forward to your next series AND the spin off of the “Charlie Davidson” series. Bless you young lady.
    With love and respect,
    Christy

  34. Jen says:

    “Where is Osh?”

  35. Fran Avery says:

    I have been on the Charley Davidson rollercoaster ride and laughed, cried, and sizzled with every twist and turn. I have loved every single minute of it! I felt embedded in the stories of all the characters, and I was Charley’s shadow.
    I knew that this thirteenth book would be hard as it tied up Charley’s story. I feel like I am missing my best friend. I shall reread all of the books again. I am so grateful that we will see Beep and Osh and the army of light.
    Thank you so much Darynda! Please write those children’s books First Star, Dark Star, and Stardust.💗💗💗

  36. Mesha says:

    I can’t believe one of my favorite series came to an end. I laughed and cried throughout the entire series. The chapter titles are my favorite! Thank you so much for such an amazing story!

  37. Katrien says:

    It was a beautiful ending to a wonderful series. I am sad to see Charley and Reyes go but am definitely looking forward to Beep’s story.

  38. Judy says:

    So you are working on a new series? Please tell us more!

  39. Laura B says:

    I totally enjoyed every word, every page, everything… can’t wait to read the next chapter.
    Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

  40. Leslie says:

    I bet Osh is following in Reyes’ footsteps and is being born on to the earthly plane to protect then fall in love) with Beep! What a fantastic story to unfold! Only you could tell it Darynda!!!!!

  41. Mike says:

    A wonderful story line and I am so looking forward to the continuation of Beep’s and Osh’s story. Love your writing. “Jonesing, for a new book.” Teeshirt 😛

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