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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Interview with Debut Author Jus Accardo & Swag Giveaway!

Thank you, Jus, for joining us today here at Two Chicks on Books. We are so happy to that you were able to stop by since we know that you are busy working on the second book in the Denazen Series, Toxic. We would love to get to know you and the characters a bit more so here’s are few questions that we came up with.

Two Chicks: We are really excited about your new book! How did you come up with the idea for TOUCH?

Jus: It was really just a spur of the moment thing. I was on line waiting to get coffee and BOOM. The idea just kinda tromped through my brain.

Two Chicks: Some of the best ideas happen that way
TOUCH is awesome in that it dealt with some very awesome abilities. If you were a “Six”, which ability would you want to have?

Jus: I'd totally be able to talk to animals. I have 3 dogs (and a bear--sort of).  I'd love to know what's going on in their heads :)

Two Chicks: That’s an awesome ability. We are both dogs lovers, too. What is your ideal setting when writing? Is there anything that you MUST have in order to write?

Jus: I can work anywhere, but I usually work at the dining room table. It's where I’m most comfortable (plus only a few feet from the fridge (cheese) and coffee pot! As for the must have, see coffee and cheese. Oh, and fluffy socks are a plus.

Two Chicks: That’s so awesome. We have more things in common, we two chicks also love cheese although Jaime is more of a tea drinker while Patricia is more of a coffee drinker. Do you listen to music when you write and if so what are some of your favorite artists?

Jus: I do. I have a playlist for every book and all my characters. Even some scenes get specific songs. I listen to everything from Disturbed and Powerman 500, to Adele and Beethoven. Really, anything with a killer beat or something to say will get my attention.

Two Chicks: Ah, music is so great! We love that your tastes are so eclectic a lot like ours. How many books will there be in the series?

Jus: Right now there are 3 books and 2 novellas in the series.

Two Chicks: So in other words, more goodness to look forward to. We can’t wait!
Kale is absolutely gorgeous (just thought we’d throw that in) and his innocence makes him somehow more approachable. How is Kale adjusting to the new world around him?

I think he's adjusting. It's a lot to take in, but he's doing really well. In TOXIC, we'll see him getting more familiar with things. It's a slow process. He's not going to learn everything overnight. I think the biggest problem he has is that he doesn't understand  why people say and do the things they do. So much of Kale's world is black and white. He doesn't see the need for lies or slang.

By the time book 3 rolls around...well...Kale is going to be...*ahem* Anyway... ;)

Two Chicks: Oh, my! That’s evil to leaves us that way. LOL Dez is one kick-ass chick! Besides pissing off her dad, what are some of Dez’s favorite things to do?

Jus: Well, Dez loves coffee (my kinda girl!). She's a skateboarder and she really does love the rush. She's really like most seventeen year old girls. She loves to hang with her friends, listen to music and dance, and once in awhile, stir up a little trouble. Okay, with Dez it might be a little more frequent than once in awhile, but...

Two Chicks: She’s our kinda girl, too. Dez is so full of life and energy it’s intoxicating in a good way. Dax was one of our favorite characters in TOUCH, will we be seeing more of him in TOXIC?

Jus: I'm SO so happy to hear you say this! Dax was originally going to be a walk on/walk off character, but I fell in love with him. In TOXIC, there will be more Dax. In fact, you'll get to see a different, very surprising side of him. It's something I don't think anyone will see coming.

Two Chicks: We can’t wait to read TOXIC. We’re sure that it will be great. Thank you so much for chatting with us today. We look forward to reading more of your books and wish you the very best! You are always welcome to stop by and chat with us again.

A bit more about Jus:
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:
"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 realized.

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."
You can check out Patricia’s Review of TOUCH HERE.

Leave a comment below and be entered to win some TOUCH swag! Be sure to leave a way to contact you. Giveaway ends Dec 7th at 11:59pm. Good luck!

UPDATE: We have a winner for the TOUCH swag & it is.......

We love to draw from the hat...

Jess from Taking it One Book at a TIme

 Congrats!! Please be on the lookout for an email from us so we can get your info!  Thanks to all who entered :) 


  1. Don't enter me, I just wanted to comment.

    Awesome interview, I love Kale he is my favorite YA male, and on of my top favorite males of all genres. Touch is also on of my favorite books this year, I loved it and I can't wait for Toxic, I'm hoping to get an ARC when that comes out. Ill do what ever I can to get that. I love love love Touch!

  2. This is one of the 2011 releases I've really been looking forward to.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

    Christina Madison

  3. Great interview! I loved, loved, loved this book & the ended was PERFECT!

    Jess @ Taking It One Book at a Time


  4. Thank you! I love the interview. I really want to know what happens to Kale (love that name). Can't wait to read it!

  5. AH! I loved the interview! I haven't read Touch yet but I really LOVE the name Dax. Oh, reminds me of Jax. Teller! LOL

    And I'm so happy that Jus listens to music; it's always a must for me when I read my books, haha!

    Thanks Two Chicks for the swag giveaway! <3 I need to read Touch like yesterday!

    Twitter: BooksOverBoys

  6. Thanks for the chance. Cant wait to read this book!

  7. I love finding new people and most definately love finding 'new authors'!! (I'm a new follower) Thank you for introducing me to Jus Accardo.
    GFC: Sebrina C

  8. I honestly didn't read much of the interview because I haven't read the book yet and don't want to know too much about it or the sequel. However, after I read the book I will check it out!


  9. Thanks for the interview; this book has been on my TBR list for a while.


  10. So excited to see how many more books are to come!!! YAY!! Great interview, ladies! :)


  11. This sounds like such a great book, I can't wait to read it! I'm always thrilled to be able to read author interviews, it's so fun to get inside their heads. Thanks so much for the giveaway. :)

  12. Sorry, meant to add that my email link is in my Blogger profile. :)


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