Tuesday, March 8, 2011

PSB: Guest Post & Giveaway with Darynda Jones



I love Paranormal Spring Break as much as you guys do, because I discovered amazing new-to-me authors in the process! Today, Darynda Jones, authors of First Grave on the Right is by my side for a very helpful guest post. The subject I suggested her? Reaper’s Guide: The Art of Dating. Shall we see the 5 golden rules of dating Paranormal style?



A Reaper’s Guide to Dating:

Tip #1: Prepare mentally
Everyone, even a reaper, needs to prepare for the dating arena. If you really want to succeed, to find that someone special, you’ve got to be committed to playing the dating game. Preferably without collecting the soul of the person you are dating. Unless you are willing to date a corpse. In that case, be prepared for a very one-sided relationship. Advice: Don’t kill your date.

Tip #2: Prepare physically
Treat yourself to a makeover. Go shopping. Get rid of that dry skeletal look that was so yesterday. For the love of God, exfoliate. And that long black robe? Very 70s. Update your hair and wardrobe and step into the arena in style. And don’t kill your date.

Tip #3: Think about your expectations
Consider what you hope to achieve while dating. Are you laid back and just want to have fun by poking your would-be honey bunny with the tip of your scythe or do you want to be married in eight weeks, seven days, six hours and twenty-three minutes? Dating for a long-term relationship versus dating for purely sexual reasons are two very different kinds of dating. Adjust your regimen—and your attire—accordingly. And don’t kill your date.

Tip #4: Be realistic
Dating is a whole-package kind of deal. If you want glitz and glamour, you need to present yourself that way. And, no, sewing sequins onto a tattered black robe doesn’t really count. See tip #2. You might stash the scythe while your at it as well. It makes people…uncomfortable. And don’t kill your date.

Tip #5: Never make yourself too available
Dating is very much about the thrill of the chase. Don’t be afraid to be mysterious. In keeping with this philosophy, don’t sleep with your date too early. Sure you can tie him up on the first date, but will that really give him a sense of who you are? Or will it have him pressing charges? Best to save the bondage for the third date as a general rule of thumb. And don’t kill him!
These tips were brought to you by the caring people at the Rest Easy Mortuary, where resting is easy and eternal.

Waa! What an helpful guide Darynda. I already found my second half, but I’m sure this precious will help many single girls out there *winks*
In the spirit of Spring Break, would you share with us your best memory?

I’d love to say my fav memory of spring break was when my BFF and I went to Hawaii, had torrid affairs with male supermodels, then won a bikini contest that was judged by the members of Seether. (I have a little crush on the boys of Seether.) But since none of that ever happened, I guess I probably shouldn’t say that.

Really, I’m the most boring person ever. My best spring breaks were hanging with my BFF at the lake, lounging on rocks and spinning tales of adventure and mayhem.

Once a writer, always a writer.
Thank you so much for having me!


Thank you so much for stopping by Darynda <3 It’s been a pleasure to have you on the blog!

A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time grim reaper.

Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an entity who has been following her all her life…and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely.

Read an excerpt

Fun facts about the book:

    • Charley’s name was originally Harley Davidson, lol. Yeah, it was worth a shot.
    • Originally, Charley was NOT the grim reaper. She was more like a sarcastic version of The Ghost Whisperer. But an agent who was interested in the story early on said that concept had been done to death. He wanted something bigger. And the real Charley Davidson was born! (Then the agent rejected her.)
    • Darynda stole the name Reyes from a kid while she was working as an interpreter, as well as the name Federico. She hopes they’re okay without them.
    • The character for Uncle Bob is based on the high school principal in Darynda’s hometown. He doesn’t really like her, so nobody tell him.
    • Misery is based on her brother’s cherry red Jeep Wrangler.
    • Charley’s attention span is quite similar to the author’s.
    • Swopes (ie, Garrett Swopes) is Darynda’s BFF’s last name.


Thanks to Darynda I have a Signed hardcover copy of First Grave on the Right to offer to one lucky reader!

  • This giveaway is open Internationally
  • To enter, just leave a comment sharing with us a dating tip of your own ^^
  • Don’t forget to include a way to contact you!

If you want to earn an extra entry, spread the word and provide a link in a different comment =)

Tweet: WIN! *Signed* First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones http://nblo.gs/f9s04 @parajunkee & @Tynga #ParanormalSpringBreak #giveaway PLZ RT

Ends April 6th, 2011.

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129 People left their mark on “PSB: Guest Post & Giveaway with Darynda Jones”

  1. Anonymous

    If he’s not into you, he’s not into you. DO NOT KILL HIM. I’ve learned this the hard way, girls. If you go to starbucks with a corpse, you’ll get odd looks


  2. Stacey

    LOL a dating tip – Be yourself – he has to like you not the you you’re trying to be to please him.

    secsec1 (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. Anonymous

    So you wanna date me? Please submit the following: Copy of drivers license & SS card, current pay stub, clean drug test & std screen. Otherwise don’t bother…


  4. Elodie

    Thanks for this awesome giveaway Tynga and it’s really nice to make it international =) ! Darynda Jones seems really funny ..
    Let’s see .. a dating tip .. I’d say, though it’s kind of cliché, just to be yourself because if you’re not I don’t think it’s worthy to keep seeing the guy. I mean, you have to feel comfortable around this person and in order to feel that way, you have to act like your normal self =)! I don’t know if you understand what I mean, my explonation is kind of messy.

    Thanks for the giveaway 😉 !!

  5. Katrina W

    Best dating tip I can offer is just be yourself !! Dont go over the top, wear what you feel comfortable in, just be you !! Because if he likes you it will be for the person that you are , not who you pretend to be 😉

    ** Never kiss on first dates ** is that still possible lol..

    I have twittered and tagged you I am run_with_wolves,, sorry Im not to good at posting links .. Hope you find me !!!

    Thanks for the great giveaway !! and for making it international !! I really love the sound of this book !!! ** waves Hi Darynda ** and thanks Ladies for the post it was a hooot !!!


  6. Mystica

    I think what Stacey says is the most valuable – wouldn’t know too much about dating anyway!!


  7. Chidori

    Dating tip? Maaaah, I am the one, who need some :D. Maybe don´t be too clingy and act like he has to fight for you 😀


  8. Reading mind

    Tip, tip…play it cool but not too cool. Don’t talk too much about yourself or don’t laugh at eveything he says. Be interested, smart and fun.
    As I am not anything above mentioned, I am usually teriible at dating!

    aliasgirl at libero dot it

  9. Julie S

    Oh gosh some of the dating tips are so funny!

    How about, try not to date someone on your reaping list. hehe


  10. Katy

    How about don’t date another reaper? You would constantly have to be on the lookout for him to kill you and you would have to prevent yourself from killing him…wayyy to much preoccupation and hazard for the dating arena…come on, isn’t it hazardous enough without having to dodge your date’s scyth?


  11. Moonlight Gleam

    My dating tip would have to be, to just be yourself :). If the person doesn’t like you for who you are, then it’s their loss.

    thank you for the opportunity!


  12. Robin K

    I have been married for far to long to give dating tips… hmmmm… HUMOR! Make sure there is humor.

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  13. mpyff

    Wow, I haven’t dated in a loooong time, so my only tip is be yourself and make him laugh. 🙂


    this book sounds great!!

  14. Teril

    My dating tip would be, that even if you don’t like the individual or want to ever go on a date with them again, at least have a fun time in the moment then. Just because they were not your type, doesn’t me you can’t have a fun one time evening with them.

    terilhack at yahoo dot com

  15. Kaya H

    Yes always drive yourself, and carry your phone, or mace. Some people out there are really strange and it takes a few minutes to find that out. For a first time, go to a public place.

    kasuranna at yahoo dot com

  16. Darynda

    *Waving madly*

    Hey all! I love the dating tips, and ‘be yourself’ may seem cliche, but it certainly still holds true.

    Thanks everyone and good luck!

  17. Judy

    I love the look of this book and also the cover!!

    I would say don’t be too aggressive at first. Many girls now a days are a little bit grabby and yessy!!


  18. Anne

    Take a credit card and some cash in case you #1 need to get out of Dodge #2 the bum expects you to pay at least half of the bill even though he invited you.


  19. Thais Pampado

    Be relaxed and don’t try to be someone you’re not. If you want it to work out, don’t start off by lying.


  20. skyla11377

    Never go into the relationship thinking you can change him. This Thursday I will have been married for nine years and I can honestly tell you that it just is never going to happen. There are VERY few men that will change so you have to go into a relationship with the knowledge that what you see is what you get.


  21. BLHmistress

    I say be honest and but you don’t need to tell your whole life history on the first date lol.


  22. Kasumi

    Ask yourself “can I stand his (something disgusting) ten years?” Because, you can’t change him. What you see is what you get, and if you find something disgusting in your first date, with time it will be worse…


  23. Rosie

    Don’t try too hard . . . that will just push him away. Be yourself, be fun and he’ll want to be with you!

  24. Melissa (Books and Things)

    Dating tip… hm… don’t know… I mean she said leave the bondage until the 3rd date… now I’m at a loss! I thought you could do that at a coffee date! (j/k so you don’t think I’m THAT bad, but I couldn’t resist!)

    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

  25. Anonymous

    Seriously, just have fun, but don’t laugh at everything a guy says, and just be yourself.

  26. heatwave16

    Be yourself. You don’t want to attract someone with a fake you, because they won’t be what you really need or want.


  27. Pamk

    hum a dating tip. That’s a hard one since i’ve been married 25 yrs this year lol. But keep your cell phone charged so you can call for a ride if he’s a turd lol.

  28. winnie

    My dating tip would be similar to others here: make sure you are comfortable with being yourself because it will just get tiring to keep up pretenses anyway.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win! Would love to read this book.


  29. Barbara E.

    Don’t try too hard, just be yourself. If you feel like you have to impress him, he’s not for you in the first place.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  30. JenM

    Dating tip – if you go out to eat with him, don’t be afraid to actually eat most or all of your food. If he’s paying for the meal, he’ll hate it if you order something and then just take a couple of bites.

    jen at delux dot com

  31. pauletta horn

    Be yourself. Wouldnt you hate to find down the road, that he wasnt being himself either. Than where will you be? You would both have to start all over again.


  32. Maria

    Just be your self and don’t settle for just any guy. Its ok to be a little picky. Thanks for the giveaway! I have had this book on my tbr list since it came out so I would love to win a copy. m.ramey@ymail.com

  33. My name is Patricia

    I have to agree with most, just be yourself and don’t try to impress. You can impress while being yourself but many impress by being someone they are not.


  34. Jessica

    Is it bad that I really don’t have a dating tip? I agree with a lot of the ones I see here.


  35. Llehn

    Dating tip … hmmm, remember that he’s probably just as nervous as you are 😀


  36. bookluvrmindy

    Dress nice but show a little clevage. Don’t seem too interested but at the same time make sure they don’t feel like you are out of their league. I tweeted and added Paranormal Spring Break to my side bar. Find me @bookluvrmindy on twitter and my blog is bookluvrmindy.blogspot.com

  37. Susan

    Well my tip is to be yourself. Don’t change yourself for him he should love you the way you are. And always be honest. He’ll appreciate it.

    aah-susann @ hotmail.com

  38. Misha

    If you really would like to date somebody, hit him on head and put him on yor cellar. He’ll love you imediatly:D

    misadevilgirl at seznam dot cz

  39. The Itzel Library

    Great Guest post! Thanks for the chance, this books sounds very good.

    Ok. Let’s see, dating tips…
    Be yourself, honest, fun or boring (there are all sorts of people) do not talk too much about yourself, but neither should talk all the time about the weather, it is knowing each other, go to a place where both feel comfortable and no kisses haha, guys like to play a hunter yet.


  40. Le'Loni

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!
    On the first date, dont kiss. It may seem right at first, but you may not like them later, because their true colors may begin to show. And it will be a whole lot easier to break up with them if you show that you are not very intersered.

  41. MsInformed

    My tip: Don’t be afraid to eat when you do dinner! Why starve if he’s paying? Although tip #2: don’t get too drunk on the first date.

    mlleinformed (at) gmail (dot) com

  42. Jessy

    Dating tip? No idea, I’d need to have actually dated to be sure of one.
    But I’d say not to be too sticky-needy-whatever. These kinds of people totally annoy me, and my guess is I’m not the only one.

    @jessygt on Twitter (:

  43. Sandy!

    My dating tip: be yourself (if you’re a violent person, control a little; if you’re a crybaby, don’t cry for every little thing; if you’re a very happy and optimistical person…, be yourself 100% and have a happy time! -maybe they want a violent-crybaby girl? then… if you’re happy and optimistical: you’ve problems LOL-)


  44. Natasha

    It’s been a while since I dated.. I’ve been with DAnny for t we still go on the 5 years.. we still go on the odd date and the only advice I can give is to be yourself and have fun. If they don’t go for it, they aren’t the one.; )


  45. RK Charron

    Hi 🙂
    Thank you for the fun post Darynda & thanks to Tynga for having her here.
    I also enjoyed reading all the dating tips in the comments.
    (I’m still grinning)
    Mine is: Be chivalrous.
    All the best,
    RKCharron (at gmail.com)

  46. CLMcCune

    The best advice I can give to either girl or guy is to *wait for it*: LISTEN!!! Hear what the other is saying! You may not agree , but listen and talk with them, not TO them


  47. Phanee

    My dating tip is BE HONEST! Do not go around inventing stories about yourself. It doesn’t make the other person on the date say ‘Wow’. It just makes them think you are desperate. Plus, if it really turns into something, it’s going to be difficult to keep the lie going!

    funnywool [at] live [dot] com

  48. Jess (The Cozy Reader)

    I don’t date so I can only suggest going to a place that is positive and being yourself. I know a lot of friends who pick up dates at the bar. That just doesn’t seem like the kind of place I’d want to pick up a guy.

    thecozyreader @ gmail.com

  49. Anna

    I’m guessing the best tip would be to just be yourself!If a guy is into you as you really are,I’m guessing you have more odds to have a good time with him!


  50. Aleetha

    Tips Dating: just be yourself. No need to change for something that you are not.

    aleetha.ally at gmail dot com

    PS: I have never seen this book but in this GP

  51. Pam S

    Loved your post with Tips Darynda, ty so much for sharing.

    Avoid messy foods like BBQ ribs and such on the first few dates ;).

    pams00 @ aol.com

  52. FidFid

    Hmm .. Dating tip ?
    In any kind of relationship , the most important would definitely be RESPECT . Respecting each other is important . If the other is not treating you correctly , don’t be with him/her . There’s no reason to put up with him/her . There will be someone out there for you 🙂 It’s probably hard to see it right now . But there is .
    So , RESPECT!

    Yours truly , Fidah .


  53. jenn

    Relax, be yourself, and tell a friend where you’re going in case the date ends up going badly 😉


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