Day 11 Darynda Jones – Romance Lifts Our Spirits


I’m the kind of reader (and writer) who likes the dark and sultry heroes, the ones who make your insides clench every time they saunter onto the page. Let me put it to you this way: I’m a Zsadist girl. But I also adore sweet romances, the ones with a southern charm or a slower-to-burn love story that ends up in a raging inferno of desire and devotion. The ones that melt your knees and lure you into the characters’ lives with wit and sexy writing.

That can also be why I love historical romances so much. They are often lighter on the surface, but deep down they’re made of pure molten lava. Those. Darynda Jones2I love the message in these sweeter romances. Well, I love the message in just about any romance, ‘love conquers all’ being one of them.

But what is it about sweet romances that move us so? For the most part, they emphasize emotional intimacy, the willingness to let go of our doubts and be willing to love and be loved in return.

They are about overcoming our pasts and learning to move forward. To trust. They are about the strength of love, the power of devotion, and they rarely have the hero and heroine dodging bullets or diving out of the debris path of an exploding bomb.

Normally, that is exactly what I like to read, but again, every once in a while the bug to read a lighter, less life-threatening romance hits and then I go on binges. I’ll read 5-10 in a row and be a better person for it.

Because if romance does anything, it lifts our spirits. It edifies us as women in our robes of many colors, each color representing a different role in life. We are natural multitaskers and sometimes taking a break from our hectic worlds and delving into the sweet world of romance is just the refreshment we need.

Recommendations I would love to recommend Robyn Peterman & Dakota Cassidy. And along the lines of my post, Kim Law, Liz Tally, and Hope Ramsay write some fantastic stuff!!! You can read RARM content from Robyn Peterman hereKim Law here, Liz Tally here and Hope Ramsay here.

 Questions for the Author:

1 – Describe the most daring, adventurous or inspiring thing you ever did.

I put my work out for public consumption. I think that’s the most daring thing I’ve ever done.

2 – Tell us about your journey to becoming a writer. (How did you decide to get started? Did you always know or was there a specific moment when you knew?)

I can’t remember a time I wasn’t putting pen to paper. When I was five, I would pick up a pencil and notepad, scribble utter chaos onto the page and ask my mom to read my masterpiece aloud. Later I wrote plays for the neighborhood kids, wrote poetry and song lyrics, and pretended to be a journalist on a writing assignment. I also spent a lot of time in the principal’s office for daydreaming in class, but I managed to make it to high school where I almost finished my first manuscript while sitting with my BFF in a corner booth at the local Tastee Freeze after school. Life got in the way for a while, but bit by bit, the desire to write needled its way back to the surface. Unable to squelch it any longer, I started writing seriously again in 2002 with one goal in mind: A publishing contract. Unfortunately, I sucked. Thank goodness I was a good student and three complete manuscripts later, I won a Golden Heart, landed an amazing agent and sold to St. Martin’s Press in a three-book deal.

3 – Tell us about The (or A) Book That Changed Your Life. (Why?)

There is a book that changed my life, actually. It was the first romance I’d ever read: A Rose in Winter by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. Before that, I struggled with reading and comprehension. Oddly enough, I didn’t have a moment’s trouble comprehending Ms. Woodiwiss’s books. I became an avid reader after that and deiced that was what I wanted to write: Romance.

Darynda Jones will give away 3 Charley Davidson books, winner’s choice – 2 for U.S. readers (entry below) and one for international readers (enter here).

Darynda JonesNew York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work including a prestigious RITA®, a Golden Heart®, 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. And she’s never apologized for it. Not once. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.


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  • May

    I love your books!

  • Anna

    They do say that romance readers have better reading comprehension skills, and do better on their SATs. 🙂

  • Brenda E

    Loved your post. I also empathize with you about your most daring venture. I write as a hobby and the scariest thing in the world to me is the thought of putting my writing out there for public criticism. 🙂

  • Erica H

    I really enjoy the variety in romance. Sometimes you want light and sweet, other times dark and edgy. Either way, it’s a joy.

  • Shelby Forbes

    I loved this post. All of us have a story within us just busting to get out… but not everyone has the guts to allow it to be told and share it. Kudos to you! 🙂

  • Sue G.

    I enjoy reading all types of romances. It gives you variety so you never get bored.

  • dina r

    i love your books!

  • Marie Brown

    This was such a wonderful post! I LOVE Darynda Jones. Her Charley Davidson Series is fun, sexy, funny, and just downright AWESOME. Thank you so much for this chance to win and for this wonderful Blog Post.

  • Alyssa Champagne

    I love Darynda Jones and the Charley Davidson series!! I can’t wait for Seventh Grave and No Bodies!!!

  • Sara Underhill

    Romance is great because there is such a variety of different types! I mostly read historical romance with dukes and viscounts and stuff myself, but once in a while I’ll grab a good contemporary or paranormal to mix it up a bit.

  • Martha B

    It has been fun to read these blog postings because you (the various authors,) have articulated what I believe. What I struggle to explain (not that I need to defend my reading choices,) but I’d like to educate others. Anyway, they ALL have resonated with me in a way I don’t easily express (or explain) to others. After all, that’s why you write (and I read)! The phrase that you wrote, “Love conquers all” made me shoot out loud (inside the privacy of my den). It is EXACTLY how I feel about reading romance. Thank you.

  • Tammy H

    I loved your post and your books!

  • Kim

    I haven’t read your books yet, but the first book in this series is in my TBR pile. I look forward to reading it.

  • Crystal Flannery

    I love paranormal romance, it’s about all I read. Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson series is awesome! Thanks so much for the great giveaway!

  • Cara Loveland

    I fell in love with Charley Davidson and all the characters in Darynda Jones series with the first book. Eagerly awaiting October for book seven. Darynda Jones, I love your amazing books, I have read them all. I especially love your wonderful sense of humor. Thank you!

  • Patty Vasquez

    I love that there was one book that was the key to your reading and comprehension. The fact that it was a romance novel only means it was truly the right book for you in all ways. Having said that, I’ll remember your story when I’m trying to find the right book, be it text or graphic novel, to motivate a student to read. And when conferencing with parents!

  • Timitra

    I’m a Zsadist fan too <3 him so much

  • Glittergirl

    This is the first of your words I have read and found so much in common with your thoughts especially this quote. “Because if romance does anything, it lifts our spirits. It edifies us as women in our robes of many colors, each color representing a different role in life.” I look forward to reading your Charley Davidson series. I’ve managed to collect most of it but like you I’m a binge reader…gobble an entire series at one time 🙂

  • Cyndi F

    I love books, and there writers, it is so nice to read and be taken to another place. love your writing and books thanks so much for the giveaway

  • Toni Linenberger

    I agree, sometimes you just need sweet. I love the authors you’ve recommended.

  • Emmel

    I started with the Signet regencies, and I still have a soft spot for the sweeter romances!

  • Gayle Harvey

    I really love books that I can laugh out loud sometimes while reading. Your Charley Davidson Grave series has those moments. Thanks for all the books and great writing.

  • Ellen

    A Rose in Winter was a favorite of mine, too. Thanks for sharing.

  • M Kuxhaus

    I loved Shanna by Woodiwiss.

  • Sheryl N

    Thanks for writing laugh out loud books, Charley is a huge favorite of mine.

  • Kassandra

    I just introduced a co worker to the wonderful characters and world of Charlie Davidson. I now have someone who will get all of my references and who will not judge me for wanting to make several t-shirts of some of my favorite chapter openers in the series!

  • Bernadette Long

    I’m going to add your books to my TBR list.

  • Mo

    I love the Charlie books. SHe is snarky, fun, smart, and just freakin’ wonderful.

  • rebecca moe

    So many authors have mentioned Woodiwiss! I’m going to have to add her to my TBR.

  • Pamby50

    Great author that inspired you. The first romance book I read was Shana.

  • donnas

    I really agree wholeheartedly, romance does lift our spirits. It makes you not only believe but know things will be better soon or that you can find and make your own happiness.

  • Janie McGaugh

    I really enjoy Charley. She’s such a kooky, amazing character (and, of course, there’s Reyes, too)! Thanks for some new (to me) author recommendations for me to check out.

  • Glenda

    I do love the humor in your books! Thanks for the recommendations! 🙂

  • tami wendt

    I love laughing out loud and looking like a lunatic while reading her books!!!

  • Judy C

    I will have to check out your books. I love Zsadist, too!

  • Kharen Dreyfus

    I love the quotes in the beginning of each chapter!!! Makes every chapter a new adventure!

  • Sheila M

    One of the earliest romance authors I read was Woodiwiss. I think her books still influence what type of heroes I like the best.

  • Stephanie M.

    Thank you for your post today. Historicals have always been my favorite, but I bounce around to other sub-genres. I am originally from NM. 🙂 We moved all over the place. I still have family there and try to get back every chance I get. I miss the fresh roasted green chiles, desert storms and dry heat.

  • Stephanie Fredrick

    Wonderful Q&A. Love the series, one of my all time favorites. Live Charley’s snark and I want a Cookie of my own.

  • Sara Mourglea Kline

    Thanks for featuring Darynda! Love her books and development of the characters! She is a wonderful author and I can’t wait for book #7!

  • Felicia M. Ciaudelli

    Another historical romance/Zsadist fan? Awesome!

  • shaina pierce

    Looks great! 🙂

  • Courtney Cogswell

    Judging from the comments below, I need to check out your Charley books. I read a ton of romance and I tend to get in the mood for one subgenre for a few books, then jump to another for a few more and so on. I always enjoy books with complicated characters and sweet romance though. I have to admit that most of my favorite heroes are the somewhat dark and twisty ones that are redeemed by the heroine although the reverse can be just as fun. Great post and I can’t wait to dig into your books!

  • Joan Varner

    I love romantic suspense, cozy mysteries, historical and contemporary romance. I have to mix them up to clear my head because I often binge read one genre at a time. For me, reading to just that much fun.

  • mariannewestrich

    Love your Charley series and yes, Zsadist is HOT! 😎

  • Ann Mettert

    I read all kinds if stuff and yes sometimes lighter is better.

  • Jen C

    Ah, Z and Bella. 🙂

  • LSUReader

    I love the Charley Davidson books. The wit and the humor balance out the serious aspects so perfectly. Thanks, Darynda.

  • Kim

    Great post! I love the Charley books! I love the relationship between Charley and Reyes! BDB is another great series.

  • Beverly DeeAnjello

    I love Charley and Reyes! Paranormal romances are my favorite and I do love the BDB series. This series is my favorite.

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  • Erin F

    thanks for such a fun post! Congrats to Darynda on her series!

  • Stephsco

    I’m just getting caught up on the series and I’m addicted! These books make me laugh out loud. #4 so far has been the funniest with all those As Seen On TV products Charley ordered 🙂

  • Adaffern

    Love Woodiwiss too.

  • Cindy Bailey

    I love Darynda, I just discovered her books during BAM’s buy 2 get 1 free special! I have read them all, looking forward to October! !! :=)))))

  • Meredith Richeson Hillenbrand

    I read just about anything, but I do enjoy historical romances quite a bit. I like what you had to say in your blog. Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

  • Judy Goodnight

    From the comments below, it looks like I really need to check out your books.