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SQUEE!!! Summoned to Thirteenth Grave Cover Reveal!

Posted May 24 2018, 1:00 pm

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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14 responses to “SQUEE!!! Summoned to Thirteenth Grave Cover Reveal!”

  1. Kimberly says:

    Still so upset this is the last book. Noooooooooo. Not sure how I feel about this book being set in the future as well. I don’t want to miss out on the characters I fell in love with, in additional to Charley. Fortunately I have the utmost faith in Darynda Jones to create an awesome book, just as she has in the past. Hopefully working some sort of time not being as long in another dimension type of twist. Fingers crossed, just this side of hyperventilating.

    • Shannon says:

      My hope is that 100 years in the lightless realm is only like 5 years on earth or something like that. fingers crossed!

      • Rick King says:

        Shannon wrote:

        “My hope is that 100 years in the lightless realm is only like 5 years on earth or something like that. fingers crossed!”

        That would be the second best thing that could happen. The best? For Darynda to continue this series forever!

  2. Katrina “miniongrimlet” Roberts says:

    I so love this series and although this is the last in this series I hope we will continue to hear about them in the spin off series. I am holding my breath about what has happened to Cookie and Uncle Bob. Sucks we have to wait until January and longer if you are an Audible reader as I am. I hope Reyes isn’t too pissed with her. Biting my nails waiting for this book as I love this series and all of its characters!!!!!

  3. Cheryl says:

    I am sad that this series is coming to an end. However, at the same time every good author knows when it’s time to end a series. I believe Darynda Jones is going to end this one in a fabulous way. She has been building the story for this final book from the beginning or at least it feels that way to me. Charley,Reyes,Cookie and Uncle Bob are some of my most favorite (book characters) people ever! How could you not love them? January 2019 seems like forever to wait for this book BUT I know it will be more than worth the wait! Thank you Darynda Jones for sharing Charley with us. It truly has been a pleasure:)

  4. Maria Cross says:

    Good afternoon,
    Darynda when would you release the Summoned to Thirteenth Grave book on Audio CD?
    You are an awesome writer!

  5. Mary Thomas says:

    Hopefully Charley has been in a dimension with a different timeline, oh PLEASE. I have been loving your books ever since someone recommended them and I am simply dying for #13. Yes, I’ve preordered!! Thank you Darynda, for taking us on this wild ride of Charley & Reyes! I have read and reread and even audiobooked’ the series. I adore the characters, the humor, the challenges you’ve put those characters through. Here’s hoping for a C-R happy ending!!!

  6. Eni says:

    I have so many questions I’m looking forward to get answers for in this book. But oh the wait is killing me!
    BTW the cover looks awesome!

  7. Lori says:

    Wow I can’t believe it’s coming to an end. I can’t even imagine not having any new books, Charlie and Reyes have kept me from going insane. Really I love all the main characters
    in this series, and since I end up having to listen to audiobooks it really sucks waiting on the new one, but the worst part is that it’s going to be at the last one please please reconsider… Tell us at least there’s going to be another book to fill in all the blanks or a spinoff of this series With bep and all the other characters, you do know that you’re killing us all shutting it down at book 13 it’s terrible terrible… Would it help if all your loyal fans begged you’re a great author and your characters are unbeatable I guess we’re just not ready to lose him yet, thank you for giving us many, many hours of pleasure with your great stories and terrific characters

  8. Tamiko says:

    My heart’s desire is that 100 years ends up being a week (hell, a DAY) on this plane. Oh how I WISH that’s going to be the case. How the heck long was Reyes in that god glass anyway? An hour or so to us…AGES to him? Fingers crossed…
    It’s amazing to me that I had First Grave on the Right simply setting on my bookshelf for at least the past two years, unread–a wonderful find at a dollar store for three bucks. I pulled it out in April, needing something to keep me busy. And BOY have I been busy. Here I am in June, sad that I have to wait for book 13, amazed that I’ve read one through 12 already. I’ve loved every sexy, saucy, sweet, and sassy moment of Charley and Reyes, Amber and Quentin, Ubie and Cookie, Osh and….er…errant souls!??? 😀
    Wow, what a topsy turvy ride it’s been, and I’m excited–albeit sad–about this final installment. What will our Little Stardust aka Beep aka Elwyn have in store for us? For Charley? For Osh, her betrothed? For…dear old granddad? I’ve pre-ordered “Summoned” and cannot wait. Much like the Pointer Sisters, I’m so excited, and I JUST CAN’T HIDE IT!!!

  9. Denise says:

    Please please please reconsider this being the last book!!

  10. Teri Colpean says:

    I’ve loved this series since the 1st book. Am saddened it’s the last. These books never failed to provide 100% all out belly laughs. Can’t wait to read the 13th and am looking forward to many more good reads from Ms. Jones. Thank you!!!

  11. Marcie Sloan says:

    I have read and reread every book in the series. I am heartbroken to know 13 is the end! Charley and Reyes are my absolute favorite couple, of course the rest of the group have come to mean something wonderful too. Beep(Elwyn) will defeat evil with all of us reading about I hope?! I will be rooting for a spinoff series. Thanks Darynda Jones for giving us Charley, I know I have been happier having met her and Reyes.

  12. 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, please write a series about a beautiful eighteen year old girl named Elwyn Alexandra Loehr, AKA Beep, and how she and Osh and all the others defeat Satan in the ultimate battle of good vs. evil.

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

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