Interview with Jus Accardo, Author of Untouched and Giveaway!

Jus Accardo is the author of the Denazen series, which includes the latest release, Untouched.  Jus stopped by the virtual offices for a chat, and she brought along a digital copy of Untouched for one of you lucky readers!  Enter for your chance to win after the interview.

[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Jus Accardo] Warcraft junkie, lover of cheese, fearer of planes, and collector of stray dogs.

[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about Untouched?

[Jus Accardo] Untouched is written from Kale’s POV. We finally get a peek at what goes on inside his head and it’s a blast! He and Dez are on the road warning the Sixes on the list they got from her cousin, and they’ve made it to their second to last stop. Kiernan. In an attempt to convince her that they’re the good guys, they all go off for a nice afternoon at a local amusement park and, well, it doesn’t go as planned…

[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Jus Accardo] Sadly there’s no interesting story to this. I was in line to get coffee and Dez and Kale’s characters just came to me—it’s pretty much how my brain works. There’s no real rhyme or reason to anything that goes on in there. The others developed as I was writing.

[Manga Maniac Café] What three words best describe Kale?

[Jus Accardo] Loyal, dangerous, and honest.

[Manga Maniac Café] What are three things Dez would never have in her bedroom?

[Jus Accardo] Anything pink. Peppermint gum. Dr. Pepper.

[Manga Maniac Café] What is Kale’s single most prized possession?

[Jus Accardo] Dez’s heart.

[Manga Maniac Café] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Jus Accardo] S.E. Hinton, Mary Stanton, and Poe.

[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Jus Accardo] Coffee, doggie snores, and no shoes!

[Manga Maniac Café] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Jus Accardo] Oh, wow… There’s no way I can narrow it down to one.

[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Jus Accardo] I’ve always been a reader, but S.E. Hinton I think is the one who made me a book nerd. The Outsiders, Tex, Taming the Star Runner…

[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Jus Accardo] I’m a World of Warcraft addict. I have an unused beta key for MoP (the upcoming expansion) and it’s killing me! I love the outdoors and cooking, too.

[Manga Maniac Café] How can readers connect with you?

[Jus Accardo] I’m on twitter and Facebook, and I’ve got a website. And people can email me at jusaccardo@gmail.com. I love chatting with fans!

[Manga Maniac Café]  Thank you!


GIVEAWAY TIME!!

Ready for a chance to win a digital copy of Untouched?  Just fill out the widget for your chance to win! Extra entries for following!  Open Internationally.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Didn’t win? You can order the Denazen series from your favorite bookseller, or by clicking the widget below.

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 26th (Complete with additional scenes from Kale’s POV!).

Toxic (Denazen 2) hits shelves on September 11th 2012. As a thank you to those who pre-order, Jus is giving away a book plate and magnet of choice (Touch, Untouched, or Toxic) Get the details here.

Interview with Jayne Fresina, Author of The Most Improper Miss Sophie Valentine and Giveaway!

Jayne Fresina is the author of The Most Improper Miss Sophie Valentine.  She dropped by the virtual offices to talk about her book, and she brought a copy for one of you to win!  Fill out the widget after the interview for your chance to win The Most Improper Miss Sophie Valentine.

[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Jayne Fresina] I’m a crazy writer who loves dogs, tiramisu, shoes and cappuccino.

[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about The Most Improper Miss Sophie Valentine?

[Jayne Fresina] This is a story about love and second chances. It’s about a woman’s journey to understand herself and forgive her own flaws. And it’s about a man who wants to turn his life around. When Sophie puts an advertisement for a husband in the Farmer’s Gazette she doesn’t really expect anyone to answer it. Mischief and temper make her do it, as well as a generous dose of frustration with her life and the constraints of propriety. Then our hero, Lazarus Kane, shows up on her doorstep, taking the advertisement seriously, and suddenly Sophie has to face reality.

[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Jayne Fresina] I woke up one morning thinking about a scarred woman opening her door to a dark, mysterious stranger. Have no idea where that came from, but that’s often the case with my inspiration! I was actually working on another manuscript at the time and had to put that aside because Sophie demanded her story be told at once!

[Manga Maniac Café] What was the most challenging aspect of writing The Most Improper Miss Sophie Valentine?

[Jayne Fresina] I have a tendency to want to use a lot of characters, so my biggest challenge with this one was cutting out a few small parts to streamline the story. Often I become very fond of minor characters and don’t want to edit them out, so that’s a struggle!

[Manga Maniac Café] What three words best describe Sophie?

[Jayne Fresina] Mischievous, curious dreamer.

[Manga Maniac Café] What are three things Lazarus would never have in his pocket?

[Jayne Fresina] Hmmm – good one! A pen (he can’t write very well); A To-Do list (he just does things— gets on with it); a compass (he knows where he’s going without one)

[Manga Maniac Café] What is Sophie’s single most prized possession?

[Jayne Fresina] The clockwork linnet in a cage that Lazarus buys for her. Although she’s also very fond of her French lace drawers with the little silk roses—as is Lazarus.

[Manga Maniac Café] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Jayne Fresina] Friends and family, particularly my Dad who used to tell us stories about his life growing up in the country.

[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Jayne Fresina] Coffee, clean teeth, peace. (I assume you mean in addition to the computer!)

[Manga Maniac Café] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Jayne Fresina] Enslaved by Virginia Henley.

[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Jayne Fresina] Olga Da Polga by Michael Bond (who also wrote the Paddington Bear books). I can remember reading it when I was very young and I was so sad that the story ended I just read it over again immediately. I have always wanted a guinea pig ever since!

[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Jayne Fresina] I like to "veg" out in front of the TV, or I sketch portraits. I went through a phase where I painted furniture. It’s usually something else creative or just something to let my mind untie itself – hence the addiction to The Real Housewives marathons—complete mindless fun!

[Manga Maniac Café] How can readers connect with you?

[Jayne Fresina]  I have a website www.jaynefresina.com and readers can contact me through that.

[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!

GIVEAWAY TIME!!

You can win a copy of The Most Improper Miss Sophie Valentine by filling out the widget below.  Extra entries for following.  Open to US and Canada.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Didn’t win?  You can order The Most Improper Miss Sophie Valentine from your favorite bookseller or by clicking the widget below.

THE MOST IMPROPER MISS SOPHIE VALENTINE BY JAYNE FRESINA – IN STORES JUNE 2012

"Wanted: one husband, not too particular. Small dowry, several books, sundry furnishings, and elderly aunt included. Idlers, time-wasters, and gentleman without other attachments need not apply."—Miss Sophie Valentine

A SCANDALOUS LADY…
Sophie Valentine knew placing an ad for a husband in the Farmers Gazette would bring her trouble-and she was right. When the darkly handsome, arrogantly charming Lazarus Kane shows up on her doorstep, the nosy residents of Sydney Dovedale are thrown into a gossiping tizzy. After all, it’s common knowledge that Sophie is a young lady In Need of Firmer Direction. But even Sophie isn’t so scandalous as to marry a complete stranger. .. is she?
SEEKS HANDSOME STRANGER…
Lazarus Kane has been searching for Sophie half of his life. She may not remember him, but he could never forget her. But the past is a dangerous thing, and it’s best if his remains secret if he wants to tempt Sophie with …
A MOST IMPROPER PROPOSAL…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jayne Fresina sprouted up in England, the youngest in a family of four girls. Entertained by her father’s colorful tales of growing up in the countryside, and surrounded by opinionated sisters— all with far more exciting lives than hers— she’s always had inspiration for her beleaguered heroes and unstoppable heroines. Visit www.jaynefresina.com for more information.