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?
[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!
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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?
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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.