November 09, 2011

BLOG TOUR: Touch by Jus Accardo

Today we have a guest post by the author of TOUCH, Jus Accardo. Lot's of thanks to Jus for stopping by today and sharing this post with us! Enjoy!


Guest Post Title: Fiction Verses Food

As some of you may already know, before I started to seriously pursue
writing, I applied and was accepted to the C.I.A (Culinary Institute of
America). My grandfather was a chef and I’d always loved food. Growing up
in the kitchen, there was always something in the oven or on the top of
the stove. Assorted batter bowls on the counter and chopping boards full
of fresh veggies on the table. The house always smelled amazing—like
sautéed onions or baking bread. But I also loved to read. When the stories
didn’t end exactly the way I wanted, I wrote them over myself (can you say
control freak?). I loved coming up with alternate endings, and in some
cases, completely new characters to fit in here and there. From an early
age, I knew it was going to be one or the other.

Food or fiction.

I think I’ve always leaned slightly toward fiction—my imagination had
always run kind of rampant—but food was safer. Steadier paycheck. Solid
future. It wasn’t until the last minute that I changed my mind and ran
like hell down the writing path. Have I regretted it? Not even once.

Really though, if you look at them, food and fiction have things in
common. Both take imagination. The intricate creation of worlds and
characters verses the yummy creation of a new dish. In fiction, your
characters don’t always turn out the way you expected. Like when cooking,
substitutions are sometimes necessary. A personality trait here, a dash of
paprika there. It all pulls on the imagination.

Attention to detail is a biggie, too. When following a recipe—baking
especially—it’s important to pay close attention to your measurements.
Adding a hair too much of this or a smidge too much of that can have
disappointing, if not disastrous results. When writing, it’s the same
thing. When cooking up a character, you need the perfect combination of
personality traits and flaws to make them someone the reader can relate to
and feel for. A dash of backbone mixed with a pinch of vulnerability, and
you're good to go!

What about everyone else? What did you want to do when you grew up? Is
that what you’re doing—or did you go in a different direction?


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 due out in November 2011 from Entangled Publishing. She is
represented by Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

About Touch:

Title: Touch by Jus Accardo
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
ePub ISBN: 978-1-937044-44-2
Print ISBN: 978-1-937044-45-9
Release Date: November 1, 2011

When a strange boy tumbles down a river embankment and lands at her feet,
seventeen-year-old adrenaline junkie Deznee Cross snatches the opportunity
to piss off her father by bringing the mysterious hottie with ice blue
eyes home.

Except there's something off with Kale. He wears her shoes in the shower,
is overly fascinated with things like DVDs and vases, and acts like she'll
turn to dust if he touches her. It's not until Dez's father shows up,
wielding a gun and knowing more about Kale than he should, that Dez
realizes there's more to this boy - and her father's "law firm" - than she

Kale has been a prisoner of Denazen Corporation - an organization devoted
to collecting "special" kids known as Sixes and using them as weapons -
his entire life. And, oh yeah, his touch? It kills. Dez and Kale team up
with a group of rogue Sixes hellbent on taking down Denazen before they're
caught and her father discovers the biggest secret of all. A secret Dez
has spent her life keeping safe.

A secret Kale will kill to protect.

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You can find Dee's Review of Touch HERE.

1 comment:

  1. This looks like a great book! I can't wait to read it!


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