Ruined by Jus Accardo
Hell is looking for a way to break loose…
Jax lost the genetic lottery. Descended from Cain, the world’s first murderer, he’s plagued by a curse that demands violence in exchange for his happiness. He left everything behind, including the girl he loved, but thriving on the pain of others is lonely… And it’s killing him.
After a series of heartbreaking losses, Samantha put rubber to pavement and headed for college as fast as her clunker could carry her. But she can’t outrun her problems. When an attack at school drives her back home, she’s thrown into the path of a past—and a guy—she’s been trying to forget.
Sam strains Jax’s control over his darkness, but running isn’t an option this time. Someone—or, something—followed her home from school: a ruthless monster with a twisted plan centuries in the making. Forced together to survive, and fighting an attraction that could destroy them both, Jax and Sam must stop a killer bent on revenge.
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Today’s stop on the Embrace Launch Tour features RUINED by Jus Accardo. And luckily I got to have an interview with Jus!
Author Interview: Jus Accardo
How did you come up with the idea for Ruined?
I actually got the idea after having a long conversation with a friend about sibling rivalry. I approached my editor with the concept, aimed for Entangled’s new (at the time) imprint, Covet. But when I submitted the sample chapters, she felt the characters sounded too young. I set the idea aside and moved on. It was almost a year later, when she came back to me, remembering the plot, and asked me to write it for the NA line.
What was the most difficult part of writing Ruined?
I think if I had to pick, I’d have to say writing in duel POV. I fell so hard for Jax’s POV that it was hard to swap sometimes. I found myself mapping all the scenes through his eyes, but unfortunately the story just didn’t work that way. I think he’ll need to have a short along the way. Something that’s all his…. Hmm…
The cover looks AWESOME! Did you have any part in how it was made?
I actually didn’t. They usually ask us for ideas, and I usually have a ton, but with RUINED, I had nothing at all! My only requirement was hot guy 😉 I think they did good.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I think I’d like to either be able to talk to animals (I’d love to know what my Akita is thinkging…) or be able to teleport as I’m terrified to fly.
Three reasons why people should read Ruined?
Jax, Jax, Jax.
Seriously. Ruined is badass, original (at least, I think 😉 ), and it has twins. Hot twins. Need there be any other reason than that?
So there you have it! Obviously, Ruined is a must read. 😉 Thank you Jus Accardo for the wonderful interview!
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 bestselling author the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing and is currently working on the first book in a new adult series due out summer 2013. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.
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A girl who can’t forget…
Twenty-two-year-old Lucy Carver is like Sherlock Holmes in ballet flats, but her eidetic memory is more albatross than asset, and something she usually keeps hidden. When she notices that something’s amiss at her dead-end job, she jumps at the chance to finally use her ability for good. That is, until, a man is murdered, and she becomes the target of the killer.
A detective on his first case…
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He’s loved her. Killed for her. Yet he may not be able to save her.
Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids. Since then, he’s never stopped trying to shelter her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when skipping from one toxic relationship to another. Archer is always there, reeled in and tossed out, waiting to be noticed.Then Evan Bishop breezes into town with a warm smile and calming touch, and Archer can’t deny his attraction to him. Evan is the only person who keeps him around without a single string attached. And the harder Archer falls for Evan, the more he sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.But Viv has her hooks in deep, and once she finds out Archer’s dark secret, she threatens to expose the truth if she doesn’t get what she wants. And what she wants is for him to end his relationship with Evan…permanently.
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