March 14, 2013

Blog Tour: Death, Doom and Detention by Darynda Jones – Interview with G!veaway #darklight2


Thanks for stopping by for our Tour Stop for

Death, Doom and Detention by Darynda Jones!

We are so excited to have Darynda stop by for a quick Q & A!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!



The normal part of Lorelei MacAlister’s life didn’t just slip away quietly the day Jared Kovach came to town. Nope. The normal part of her life shattered. It exploded. It burst into a gazillion shards of fleeting light.
It went out with a bang.
Goodbye normal.

Hello dark and eerie.

While her best friend, Brooklyn, is focusing all of her energy on helping Lorelei hone her abilities, Lorelei is dealing with the reality that Satan’s second in command has taken up residence inside her body. Oh, and the fact that she has a crush on the Angel of Death. But what a beautiful death it is. If those weren’t bad enough, something sinister has come to town and it wants nothing more than to hear Lorelei’s dying breath as it strangles it out of her. Thank goodness the gang has a supernatural champion. But what happens when the only being who can save them switches sides midstream? How can a group of misfits capture one of the most powerful beings ever created? And will they find out how to bring Jared back to them before it’s too late?

add to goodreadsDeath, Doom and Detention (Darklight #2) by Darynda Jones
Publication Date:  March 5, 2013
Publisher:   St. Martin’s Press

Available for Purchase:
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Ideas for Top Favorite Things

Hello Darynda, we are so happy you are visiting Chapter by Chapter

Thank you for having me, Mary Ann! I’m honored to be here.


  1. You’re home alone, there’s a fire!  Top 3 things you’d grab and save from the fire.
    1. My husband and sons. (They’re okay, I guess.)
    2. My dogs. (Well, two of them anyway. The third is iffy.)
    3. My cell phone. (How did we ever live without these things?)


  1. Top 3 Favorite authors (dead or alive) and why:
    1. (Okay, this changes from week to week, but today it’s) Jane Austen, because Mr. Darcy? Hayell yes.
    2. Stephen Hunter. His heroes are so badass and they have no clue of that fact. I love that kind of character.
    3. Suzanne Collins: Absolute genius. She wrote about a subject matter that most authors, including myself, would run away from screaming. And she did it with such style and grace that the reader forgets she is reading about the most horrific event imaginable: Children forced to fight to the death on live television.



  1. Top 3 Favorite books that inspired you to write and why:
    1. A Rose in Winter (the Reader’s Digest version actually) by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. I read this sitting in a dentist’s office while in high school and it was my first introduction to romance. I’ve been a voracious reader since and have always wanted to write romance.
    2. Something about Joey. I read this when I was young and have never forgotten it. It taught me the importance of emotion and motivation. Sadly, it was creative non-fiction, and I have never read that genre since. I like to live in my make-believe world.
    3. The Duke and I by Julia Quinn. This book taught me a depth of character I’d never experienced before, or maybe I’d just never paid attention. But I love the hero in this story and I’ve been hooked on the tortured ones ever since.



  1. Top 3 favorite techniques to overcome writers block and why:
    1. Step away from the computer. Sometimes you need to sit back and figure out what you’ve done wrong, because very often writer’s block is simply your brain’s way of telling you you’ve messed up somewhere. You need to step back and figure out where that is. (Easier said than done, but still…)
    2. Get up early! Bizarrely, sometimes getting up early and jumping right into your manuscript before anything else, i.e., email, Facebook, Twitter, family, etc., can kick start your imagination.
    3. Reduce distraction. Never underestimate the power of checking into a hotel for a few days just to wrap your head around your story and to really dig into it.


  1. Top 3 favorite animated movies and why:
    1. How to Train your Dragon. This is one of the best movies ever written, acted, and directed. It is a thing of beauty. The character and story arcs are stellar and even the music is incredible. I’ve watched this movie more times than I care to count.
    2. Beauty and the Beast. This is probably a favorite because this has always been one of my favorite fairy tales, and Disney did this one right on every level. It’s powerful and visually stunning.
    3. Toy Story. Just really well written, acted and directed.



About the Author:


NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious Golden Heart®, a Rebecca, two Hold Medallions, a RITA ®, and a Daphne du Maurier, and she has received stellar reviews from dozens of publications including starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and the Library Journal. As a born storyteller, Darynda 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 is ever so grateful for the opportunity to carry on that tradition. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press: The Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of almost 30 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. She can be found at

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads


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  1. Proserpine

    Hi! Thanks for this chance! What I love about YA… I love the discovery of life, the way ”teen and YA” are seeing life is still like a fairy tale and I like to read about how they manage to survive through love, friendship, school, jobs… But most of all love!

  2. Joy F

    I love the innocence and excitement of YA. I don’t find the excitement in a lot of adult books.

  3. Samantha P

    YA books are all about learning and growing as an individual. A lot of the time they take serious situations and put them into stories that people can relate to and enjoy without being too graphic.I absolutely adore YA novels. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. I really loved the first one and I cannot wait to read this one.

  4. Angela Williams

    Great interview! I love YA books because of the fresh look at love, life & relationships.

  5. Heather C.

    I love the way I can relive my youth through YA books. Plus, I relate better to them than grown up books. I’m not sure why though, lol.

  6. Marie Brown

    LOVE the 3 things to grab if there were a fire! *chuckles* Its nice to see the insight to how a author came to loving books. I remember when i first got into romance and i still smile thinking of it today. I LOVE everything about Dayrnda Jones and her deliciously fun books!

  7. Darynda

    Thank you so much for having me!!! I love the way you put this post together. Wonderful!

  8. leannessf

    I love the coming of age theme that usually occurs in YA books – the protagonist discovering who they are and learning to accept and be OK with her or his imperfections and flaws!

    And there is usually a great romantic lead as well! :)


  9. S. Young

    The sounds like an amazing book. I have it on my tbr list. Thank you for the giveaway chance as well.

  10. Amber Hughes

    Great post! Darynda’s answers to the first question crack me up! :-)

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  12. LeKeisha Thomas

    Great Giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win.

  13. LeKeisha Thomas

    I love the storylines in YA books. I’ve always preferred YA over any genre. Great plots,characters,and so much depth.

  14. Alex

    I love that I can connect with the characters. I love that I can fall in love with the stories. Thank you for the giveaway!

  15. Erika

    I need to read this series soon! Love YA for the first loves, fun characters, unique worlds,etc. Thanks!

  16. danielle james

    The young fresh characters. The purity of the love really draws me!

  17. Viki S.

    I love how YA brings me back there and I wonder if I make the right decisions.

  18. sarah c.

    I like YA for many reasons..the stories, the romance and it holds my attention like no other..

  19. Traci @ Mad Hatter Reads

    YA takes me back to a simpler more innocent time; even if the characters are dealing with some pretty tough issues, there’s still an innocence about them.

  20. elaine bishop

    the new and fresh books are wonderful

  21. Ann S

    I enjoy the perspective of someone who still sees the world as a bunch of possibilities. Even though the characters are young they face some crazy situations and they handle them well. The books are great.

  22. Tiffany

    Loved this book great giveaway and I can’t wait for the next!

  23. Kamla L.

    The exuberance of youth, the young adventurous view of life, the innocence in the romance, characters that are fun.

  24. Very interesting. I loved The Hunger Games too! Getting up early? who wants to do that? LOL

  25. Sherry J

    Thanks for the chance to win.


  26. Sayomay

    They are coming of age and finding yourself. Which is someone my age is going thourgh! :D

  27. Shannon Bereza

    What I love about YA books are that they are always about kids at an age where they are so vulnerable in their growth and they tend to be a bit awkward in relationships and they are just figuring out what love really is or has the potential to be. Also I love reading these because I can read them along with my nieces and we get to discuss what we love and don’t love about them.

  28. Brooke D

    Thanks for this amazing giveaway and article! :)

  29. Misty S.

    I really loved this, thank you for sharing! How awesome to find out new things about your favorite author! :)

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