March 23, 2012

Interview & giveaway with author Jus Accardo!

1. What can you tell us about your latest/upcoming release?

UNTOUCHED is the first novella in the Denazen series. It’s done in Kale’s POV and
also introduces us to a new character in the series, Kiernan.

2. What was the best part about writing UNTOUCHED?

It was so much fun writing from Kale’s POV. I love giving people a glimpse of what goes on in his mind. He sees things so differently from everyone else and that just makes even the simple things ten times more interesting!

3. Looking back now, was there a scene you wish you left and/or removed from

Well, the finished draft changed a LOT from the original. The bad guy was UBER dark
and twisted—we had to water him down a bit. I’ll admit I’m a sucker for the dark and
twisted so I kind of miss it, but it really was necessary. There was also a particular kissy
scene that got cut. I’m debating posting it as an extra at some point in the future. Ya
know, if people are interested in that kinda thing… :P

4. If you could switch places with any of your characters, who would it be and why?

Well, it’d be awesome to swap with Dez because—well—KALE—but since my husband
might be a bit upset by that, maybe I’d like to swap with Kale. Just for a day.

Yeah, he’s had it rough, but I’d love to remember what it was like to see the world
with innocent eyes. Everything he sees is unjaded and easy. He doesn’t feel the need to
complicate things…and I think we could all do with less complicated in life!

5. Can you share a tiny sneak peek of UNTOUCHED?

I can tell you we learn a bit more about what makes Kale tick. His likes and dislikes. As it
turns out, he’s a lot more normal than he thinks himself to be. One word for you.


Dez to Kale : “What do we have here? Is my super hot assassin boyfriend freaked out by


Enough said ;)

-- Thank you, Jus, for stopping by today and answering my questions. And O-M-G that little sneak peek made me laugh out loud. I love Dez! Cannot wait to read it UNTOUCHED! 

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.


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.


Enter to win an ecopy of either TOUCH, or UNTOUCHED by Jus Accardo. All you have to do is leave a meaningful comment on this post. Please include a way for us to reach you if you win.

This giveaway is open INTERNATIONAL. Good luck!


  1. I love Touch and I can't wait for Untouched. That is so funny that Kale is afraid of clowns. I personally have no fear and I don't get that fear, but I had a friend that was afraid of clowns and I would purposefully show her movies with clowns just to see her reaction, I know I'm such a terrible friend but it was so funny!

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  2. I am half way through reading Touch. I'm really enjoying it. I already have Untouched and Toxic on my wishlist. Thanks for the post and giveaway. Have a great day!

    1. Sorry. I forgot to leave my email.

  3. Interesting how the guy was uber dark in the original draft and had to be watered down. These days it takes quite a lot to shock us but at the same time you can't go too far. I can't wait to read Touch.

  4. I didn't know books are like movies with deleted scenes :) I am for posting it as an extra later on :)
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  5. I've seen Touch around, but I havent acutally read it yet. It's on my list of to-read books. I read Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout, and the person who recommended Obsidian to me recommended Touch! I'd love to read it, so thanks for the chance to win!!! :D
    I love the guy on the covers! He looks so dark!
    Alyssa Sooklal

  6. Touch's story really intrigues me. I have it on my kindle and I want to get to it asap. Thanks for reminding me. I would love to win the second book.

    lisaisabookworm at gmail dot com

  7. I can understand why the author would want to change places with Kale. I often wish I could go back and see things all over again with those innocent eyes of youth. We tend to get pretty jaded as we get older. I guess that's what kids are for, our second chance?!

  8. I like the idea of the Untouched novella being from Kale's POV. I'm always curious what each character is thinking about the same situation and we usually only get one of them.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  9. I really loved the sneak peek!! I'm so bloody excited for more from this author. I am such a huge fan of Male POV.

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  10. i haven't reach touch yet but i keep hearing such great things about it and would love to win a copy. thank you for the giveaway!
    twee66 at gmail dot com

  11. I like the premise for this series. added it to my TBR list and can't wait to read it!

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  12. Clowns?! Nooooooo....they FREAK me out! Creepy! I love that Untouched is from Kale's POV. So looking forward to this novella & Toxic!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. I haven't read Touch yet, but it seems to be doing pretty well on YAMM this year. I would love to see what the fuss is about.

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  14. I havent read Touch yet but I would like to. It sounds very good. Please enter me in contest.

  15. Oh Cloud *-*
    I was intrigued with all the answers Jus gave BUT that little sneak peek? KILLED ME! I SO NEED to read Touch and THIS NOVELLA! >.< Kale seemed dark and sexy before but now with THAT? I'm all for a boy that doesn't like clowns...he's my nirvana, thank you very much *_* That means, no clown bugging his girl or friends. PERFECT!
    Thanks for the interview you guys and Just for taking the time to answer and make it deliciously teasing!


  16. I was trying to think of a meaningful comment. All I have is... I havent read either book. But they sound amazing, and I would love to win! Good bucks, you can lose yourself in them. For me with 3 kids, that is how I relax!


  17. You know what I can totally agree with him being freaked out by clowns. They are scary! Awesome interview by the way. Oh and you can hit me up on twitter, my username is 1wren.

  18. I like the cover and the story. I've never read your books before. It's difficult to find your book in Indonesia. It's nice to meet a new author.
    I can't imagine that touching somebody means you kill that person. Is it a gift or curse? It's good to have Kale POV so we know his feeling.

  19. Hi...I'm currently reading Touch... and hoping that i can read the series in one sitting.....without interruptions.

  20. I've really wanted to read Touch since I first heard about months and months ago. Maybe now I'll get my chance;)Thank you so much for the great giveaway!

  21. I have had Touch on my wishlist it seems forever and now it is being re-released LOL I love a good series and am excited that the second is here, which says to me there are good things to come. Thank you for taking the time to share with us and for the awesome giveaway opportunity.

  22. So TOUCH is basically one of my all time favourite books!! I love the plot, characters (KALE!) and the ideas behind all aspects of the book! If you have me on twitter you know I'm going hard out with the YAMM ;) I can't wait for TOXIC and UNTOUCHED is just around the corner!!!! Awesome Interview!
    Twitter: LovesBooks96

  23. I've been wanting to read Touch for a really long time. It sounded so good but I just haven't gotten a copy yet. Thanks for the awesome giveaway :)

  24. I love the Denazen series and can't WAIT to meet Kiernan!! Thanks so much for the fun interview and the awesome giveaway!!

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  25. Haha he's not the only one scared of clowns. Clowns are seriously creepy!
    This is the first I've heard of Jus Accardo, so I'm definitely adding her books to my TBR pile :)
    Thanks for the chance to win!


  26. Your comments about Kale being uncomplicated is exactly why I LOVE him. He has an innocence and a sense or what's right that I just can't resist. Don't even what to resist Kale. I want this next book!


  27. I am really excited for the next book!! HMMM clowns??!!??
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  28. I enjoyed the interview, especially about the question regarding switching places with a character. the book sounds very good.


  29. Yeah, clowns freak me out too! Would love to read this! Thank's interesting to read the male's POV. Most novels are written from the girls.

  30. Oh I'd love to read that first draft. I love uber dark and twisty! :D I also have to meet Dez!! I so want to read this series.

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  32. That was an awesome interview especially the little sneak peek into Untouched. I have yet to read Touch, but I plan to soon. Maybe after I finish the Fever series. Des and Kale sound like memorable characters I would love to read about. This interview just makes me want to read it even more. Thanks for the awesome giveaway and interview! :D
    longmichelle15 at gmail dot com.

  33. I loved Touch! It was one of my favorites! I am having a hard time waiting for Toxic and Untouched!! Thanks for the opportunity to win! My email is

  34. Great interview, I loved getting to know Jus better. This books sounds really good and I have added this series to my to be read pile. Would be interesting to read just how twister you originally made the bad guy and getting to read deleted kissy scenes wouldn't hurt


  35. Don't worry Kale, I'm scared of clowns too! They're creepy!


  36. Fantastic interview! I think I'd love this series. Thanks so much for the chance to win:)

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