Monday, March 26, 2012

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR, JUS ACCARDO

INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR OF "TOUCH" & "UNTOUCHED" JUS ACCARDO (ENTANGLED PUBLISHING)

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Well, well, well! Hello again Jus, how have you been? First I would just like to say I am both delighted and overwhelmed by your much deserved success. "Touch" was of course a huge success and I'm sure "Untouched" and "Toxic" will be even bigger! I have heard that your book is now going into distribution, so we'll be seeing copies on the shelves of Barnes & Noble and many other book retail stores. How does all this make you feel?

Hey Kitty! Thanks for having me back again. The whole thing has been surreal. Giddy doesn’t even cover it. I’m trying to imagine walking into a book store and seeing my book there on the shelves… I’m gonna be such a dork about it. I can see it now. Going into stores and taking pictures. Just call me Goober …:D

When you first began writing "Touch" did you ever have moments of self-doubt, or feel as though it might not pan out to be this big?

This big? Um, yeah… I was hoping a few hundred people would read it… I never imagined it would turn out anything like it did. I kind of went back and forth. One second it was, This is awesome! The next it was like, Dude…what the hell is wrong with you? This sucks monkey trumpets! It all depended on the hour…and the caffeine intake.

Tell us a few things we can look forward to in upcoming editions and if there's one hint you can give us about what to expect in these wonderful books without giving too much away what would it be?

Some characters are going to surprise you—I know they shocked the hell out of me! Good guys will turn bad. Bad guys will turn good. Betrayal, lies, tons more secrets…it’ll be total chaos—in a good way 

I have to say I'm hooked on the series and can't wait to read every single one. How have you felt about the fan base that you are gathering?

It’s awesome! To think there are people out there who love Dez and Kale as much as I do is more amazing than you can ever know. I got an email a week ago with fan art. Fan art! Talk about awesomeness!

Can you tell us about some other characters that may be coming into play in the novels in the near future?

Well, we’ll be seeing more of Dax. And there’s a new character, Kiernan. We meet her in the first novella, Untouched. Then, in Toxic, there’s a set of twins that’ll really twist your mind… I know, I’m being vague—but there’s a good chance someone will send Kale after me if I say more;)

Using one word to describe Kale, what would that word be and why?

There are so many words that come to mind, but since I can only pick one, I’m going to go with Strong. Kale went through a lot before he met Dez. To say his life wasn’t ideal would be like saying Spider One was simply cool—Dez’s analogy, not mine (although Spider does rock pretty hard). He went through hell and came out of it with his heart and soul more or less in one piece. He doesn’t always see it, but it takes a unique kind of person—a strong person—to do something like that. They tried to break him, and they failed.

Do you have a set plan for how many novels will be in the series or are you going on with it and allowing your imagination to run free for as long as it takes?

At the moment, Dez and Kale’s story is three books. That’s not to say I wouldn’t take it further if the right plot came along… But, there are a lot of other Sixes. So providing things go well, it’s not a stretch to say we might see some of their stories, too.

Is your character Dez based on any certain person in your life? Or is she completely made up?

Dez is Dez. She’s one hundred percent fictional—which sucks. She’s totally the kind of girl I could hang with.

I have seen the playlist for "Touch" on your site and I have to say I love all the songs, what would you say is the one thing that music does for you as far as creative flow?

The right music can help me picture the scene. I can really put myself in there. Get the right mood and attitude. If I’m stuck on something, all I need to do is listen to the music and all the snags just kind of untangle.

Without giving away anything... if it came down to Kale or Dez, and one of them had to die, which do you think you could kill off easiest and why?

Wow… Um, wow. I’m not sure what to say. If we’re talking easiest as in doing the deed, then I think Kale is definitely harder to kill. He’s got the whole ninja badass thing going for him, and ya know, you can’t touch him. I’d say Dez would be easier to off.

Now if we’re talking easiest as in, for me, then…um… I plead the fifth?

Finally, I'd love for you to give us your links and any other valuable information as to where we can find more about you, your wonderful novels, and especially where to buy! Thank you so much Jus, as always it's been a pleasure and I'll be waiting to do this again!

Thank you! This has been so much fun 

You can Pre-order TOXIC here. It’s on sale, too! Not sure how long the lower price will last, so gogogo!

You can also pre-order the re-release version on TOUCH here. (It’s going to have some Kale POV bonus material!!)

Then there are the usual places, Facebook, twitter, ect. The links are all below. Come visit or give me a shout. I love to chat with readers!


Book Blurb

Untouched (A Denazen Novella 1.5)
Until he met Dez, Kale’s days were filled with violence and death. He was used as a weapon of destruction by the power hungry men of Denazen. He’s a Six. A person with an abnormal ability. Some people call them gifts, but not Kale. Kale’s touch means instant death.

But now there’s Dez, the girl he can touch, and they’re hunting down Sixes and warning them about Denazen. Kale is learning about the world outside captivity and trying to put his dark past behind him. But they underestimated how badly Denazen wanted him back.

When Dez sacrifices herself to save the new Six they’d rescued from falling into the corp’s hands, Kale is lost. Denazen has brought out its best to get the job done. Samsen, a nightmare from Kale’s past—the only person he’s ever truly feared—has come for them, and it soon becomes obvious he has his own twisted agenda.

Kale will need all his training to get Dez back and ensure they make it out, free—and alive. But will it be enough?

Add Untouched to your TBR pile on Goodreads

Touch, the first novel in the Denazen series, is set to re-release in mass market on June 12th (Complete with additional scenes from Kale’s POV!). You can pre-order your copy here
Toxic (Denazen 2) hits shelves on September 11th 2012
Bio

Jus Accardo is the author of YA paranormal romance and urban fantasy fiction. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald. Her first book, Touch, is available now from Entangled Publishing. She is represented by Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

Give Jus a yell on Twitter, or visit her on Facebook, and her website.


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