As part of the blog tour for Jus Accardo's Untouched novella in the Denazen series, I have the always lovely Jus herself here to share about some of her experiences as a writer and choosing names! I have a confession to make myself- I'm name-shallow. I read way too much into names, and I can spend hours looking up names for a character I'm dreaming up. Touch was one of my FAVOURITE reads ever, so you guys just know how excited I am for this novella and the sequel!!
Also, make sure you pay attention to the post because at the end, I have a special giveaway for you from Entangled Publishing! <3 They're fab over there.
The Name GameI think a lot of kids go through that phase where they hate their name. They wanna
change it to something cool. Something epic. For example, my cousin insisted we call him Space
Captain Marvis for over a year… Seriously. I’m not kidding. I’ve been trying to get him to get it
tattooed on his forearm. He’s not biting.
Anyway, as a writer, I get to name multiple people. This is awesome for me since I’ve
always been a sucker for names. And not the garden variety. No, I like em different. Why? Cause
that’s just how I roll, yo.
Let’s take Kale for example. I’ve heard everything from uber love for his name, to
WTF—kale is a food. Why would you name someone after a food!?! Well, considering my near-
collision with the culinary career path, you have to admit, it is kind of funny. Ginger. Sayge (a
character we have yet to meet)… Yeah. I love the food names. If I ever name a character coffee
though, you have my full permission to flog me senseless. Twice.
Unless it’s Kopi Luwak. Cause, come on, that would be awesome!
Then there’s Dez. Sarah, Jane, Jessica… Those were names that were just never going
to fit—even before she and Kale swapped places (originally Dez was the Denazen escapee and
Kale was the one on the outside). Dez needed a different name. Something wild and out there—
just like her.
So what do you prefer when reading? Traditional names? Different names? Or an even
mix of the two?
|Oh... hi there, Kale <3|
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?
will it be enough?
(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.
Entangled Publishing is offering up one e-book copy of either Touch or Untouched to one of you readers!
Just leave me a comment answering Jus' question about names (above) with your e-mail address to be entered!