Character Envy, Guest Post by Jus Accardo
How lame would it be to say that I’m totally jealous of my main character, Dez? I know, I know. The grass is always greener in someone else’s field, right? But seriously—that girl is awesome with a side of sauce.
While she has her issues and faults—she’s a little too impulsive at times and doesn’t know when to stop talking—she’s got a lot going for her.
One of the major things I love about Dez is her confidence with the boys. At her age, I couldn’t get a coherent sentence out to a guy I liked. There was stuttering and at times, drool. It was the very definition of a train wreck. Dez? She plays it cool and leaves a trail of broken hearts in her wake.
She’s also not afraid to try new things. Dez is an adrenalin junkie. She’s bungee jumped, skateboarded from rooftops and jumped from moving vehicles. I too jumped from a moving vehicle. Except I didn’t exactly jump. I kind of fell out. And we weren't moving much. The car was pulling up to a red light. In five o’clock traffic. You haven’t lived until twenty cars have honked their horn to salute you for face planting in the middle of rush hour.
I’m a sucker for attitude, and Dez has definitely got it.
“Current relationship status?” Her voice cut like an arctic chill blowing through the room.
“If you mean me, then you’re not my type. If you mean my dad, he’s single, but I don’t think you’re his type either,” I said with a small smile.
Mercy didn’t find it amusing. A small blue vein in her forehead started throbbing like crazy....
“Actually, come to think of it, I don’t think he has a type. I’ve never seen him with a woman. Mercy, I hate to break it to you, but there’s a very real possibility my dad is gay.”
And yanno, she’s got Kale.
“If I had the ability to touch anyone else in this world, I still don't believe I'd want it to be anyone but you.”
Who wouldn’t envy a girl with a guy that?!? If for none of the other reasons, I’d envy her that ;)
So now it’s your turn. What fictional characters do you envy and why?
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. As a thank you to those who pre-order, Jus is giving away a book plate and magnet of choice (Touch, Untouched, or Toxic) Get the details here.
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.
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