School’s In: Jus Accardo & Dez, Kale, and Alex (Contest)

Schools In (200px)It’s that time of year again. Everyone is going back to school and so is Jus Accardo’s Dez, Kale, and Alex from Toxic.

When a Six saved Kale’s life the night of Sumrun, she warned there would be consequences. A trade-off. Something taken for the life they gained. But Dez never imagined she’d lose the one thing she’d give anything to keep… And as if it’s not enough Dez finds her immunity to Kale fading, the Six brought in to help Kale learn to control his killer touch starts drooling on him the moment they meet. Worse than that? Jade can touch Kale. But bimbo Barbie is the least of Dez’s problems.

After Dez and Kale got away at Sumrun, her father lost not only his most powerful weapon but an important piece of the Supremacy project. Forced by Denazen to remedy the situation, he poisons Dez and offers her a choice—surrender to Denazen for the cure…or die. Determined to find a solution that doesn’t involve being bagged and tagged—or losing someone she loves—Dez keeps the poison a secret. But when a rash of Denazen attacks hit a little too close to home, Dez is convinced there’s a traitor among them. Jade.

Sacrifices, broken promises, and secrets. Dez will have to lay it all on the line if there’s any hope of proving Jade’s guilt before they all end up Residents of Denazen. Or worse, dead…

Make sure you stick around to the end. We’ll be giving away an ecopy of Toxic and a Denazen swag pack.

Dez, Kale, and Alex

JAccardo-ToxicJus: Hey guys! I’m hanging here today, and I brought Dez, Kale and Alex along to talk about their most memorable first day of school. Dez, why don’t you start things off? Tell us about your most memorable first day…

Dez: I think it has to be the year I got my first detention.

Alex: You got detention on the first day of school?

Kale: Detention?

Dez: *looks proud* Yep. Kindergarten. *turns to Kale* Detention is kind of like an after school time out.

Alex: Do they even give detention in Kindergarten?

Dez: *grins* I bet I was the first.

Kale: What did you do?

Dez: I was totally justified. Tommy Manchester stole my red Lego. When I tried to take it back, he hit me. All I did was hit him back.

Alex: *narrows eyes* How many times did you hit him?

Dez: Just once! *blushes* With a chair. You know, one of those plastic booster seats?

Alex: *groans*

Kale: *takes Dez’s hand and smiles* I would have done the same thing.

Alex: Sure you would. Suck up.

Jus: Oooookay. So Alex, wanna tell us about your most memorable first day of school?

Alex: Oh, that’s easy. Eight grade.

Dez: What was so special about eight grade?

Alex: Three words for you. *hold up fingers and ticks them off* Girls locker room.

Dez: I don’t get it.

Alex: You know the west wall of the girl’s locker room?

Dez: The one they replaced a few years back? Didn’t someone drive through the building?

Alex: *grins* Yep.

Dez: *eyes widening* OhMyGod! Was that you?

Alex: Nah. I was outside though. The entire cheerleading squad was in the locker room. Best back to school gift ever. No one was hurt. All it did was knock the wall down enough to give a few lucky bastards a bird’s eye view.

Kale: *shakes head* Pathetic.

Alex: Why is he even here? He’s never been to school.

Kale: *leans a bit closer to Alex* True, but Denazen did teach me things. I’d be more than happy to show you what I learned on my first day of training…

Jus: *jumps between the two boys* Annnnd we’re done here!


Meet Jus Accardo!

JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. At the last minute, she realized her path lay with fiction, not food, and passed on the spot to pursue writing.

Jus 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 was released in November 2011 from Entangled Publishing. She is currently working on the next book in the Denazen series.

Jus AccardoContact Info
Website: website
Blog: Blog
Social Media: Facebook | Twitter

Want to purchase Jus’s novels?

  1. Untouched at Amazon | Book Depository
  2. Touch at Amazon | Book Depository
  3. Toxic at Amazon | Book Depository
  4. Tremble at Amazon | Book Depository (Jan 15, 2013)

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Contest Time!

Thank you Jus for taking part in Literary Escapism’s School’s in!

Jus is giving away an ecopy of Toxic (International) and a Denazen swag pack (US/CA), which means two winners! To enter, all you have to do is answer this one question: What was your most memorable first day of school? Remember, you must answer the question in order to be entered.

Even though I’m not giving the additional entries any more, you can still help support the author by sharing their article, and this contest, on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere you can. After all, the more people who are aware of this fabulous author ensures we get more fabulous stories.

The winner must post a review of the novel someplace. Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just help get the word out.

All School’s In contests will remain open until October 7th at which time I’ll determine the winner with help from the snazzy new plug-in I have. Have you checked out the other Black Friday contests yet? Check out the Master List to see all the Black Friday giveaways

I have not been contacting winners, so you will need to check back to see if you’ve won.

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  1. I’d have to say my first day of 7th grade. I couldn’t find my homeroom. The JH principal wound up showing me where it was (upstairs).

  2. when I was in primary school, my younger brother got stung by a bee in the eye while we were waiting for the bus on the first day of school. I’ll never forget that.

  3. The most memorable day of school was the day that some crazy, scary looking hobo came on campus. The staff freaked out and put us under lock down. Which meant that there were approximately 25 high school students locked into an itty bitty little bathroom, so we would be “safe.” Um, yeah. Turns out the guy was just really drunk and not out to kill us all.

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  6. I actually can’t remember a single first day of school. I still remember all the stress of preparing for the first day. But none of them were all that memorable to have stuck with me.

  7. I really don’t have a memorable first day of school. I really just remember all the lines of cars just to get to a spot where I could be dropped off.

  8. Sixth grade. My first day of middle school. It was stressful enough that the sixth graders didn’t get lockers and this was my first time having multiple teachers/classes. But I also had a huge cold sore right in the middle of my upper lip. I was so self-conscious that I really didn’t want to go to school until it went away. And to make it worse, my homeroom teacher took everyone’s picture, so the cold sore was immortalized even after it was gone. :(

  9. My most memorable first day of school? When I saw the new guy who came in our school. He was so beautiful. I had a huge crush on him for a long time. I still remember him.

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