Blog Tour: Untouched

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 Game
I 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

Book Blurb
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?
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

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!

Good luck!


Andrea @ Cozy Up said...

I actually really enjoy reading books with different names, I find it makes it a little more interesting!


Avery said...

I personally love reading books where the characters have different names (which I think is a result of me having a somewhat 'different' name growing up, though not now since it seems that there are a ton of little Avery's and Ava's running around... ;) )!


Carina said...

I love different names, because they give me something to remember a book... but they have to be pronounceable and not distract me from the story. I also like normal names, but they can be dangerous - if I know a person with that name in real life, I tend to project my feelings for them on the particular character. And if I have mixed/bad feelings towards that person, that might cloud my judgement towards that character. (Yes, I'm weird like that.)

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Anonymous said...

I really don't mind so long as they seem to fit the character. Sometimes traditional names spelt originally can be a nice twist.

Thanks so much for the giveaway.
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Rebecca said...

I like a mixture. I like names to be different but memorable.


Cookie said...

I like reading books with unusual names, as long as they are not difficult to pronounce or remember. I think the actual content of the book is much more important then the character names.

Pavan said...

For me I personally love when main characters have different name, but the other characters have normal names. For me it really shows the uniqueness of each of the main characters and I think it makes the book so much more interesting!


Pavan said...

Oops my name is Pavan not PABA, lol iPod autocorrect!


Sophia Rose said...

I'm pretty laid back about the names though I tend to like traditional names in historical writes and can accept the more unusual in the futuristic or sci-fi stuff. But I'm not going to freak if I just don't think the name fits the character. I'm good with a guy named after a leafy plant. (-;

I'm really glad this is a series because I love the premise of the books.

Stormy said...

Hmmm...I like a mix of both common and different names. My name is different so, I can relate to characters with different names but if it's too weird or unpronounceable then it kind of distracts me from the story. Like the name Dank Walker that Abbi Glines came up with...totally took my mind away from the story. Common names can be confused with other characters from other books. So, it's so so.

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Unknown said...

I think that in every book there should always be a few characters that have different names, but not all of them. Cause then the names are not so special anymore. Usually giving the main characters different names works for me. (Except if the book takes place in another world, then all bets are off. :P)

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Jessica Etches said...

So far i have to say that I'm getting use to and liking the different names!


xCynyx said...

I always prefered different names... tradicional made go all "if that's the name then the character should be all *insert personality in here*"


fishgirl182 said...

i kind of like a mix. unusual names are fun but, if everyone has them, it seems like the author just made up unusual names for everyone. a mix is much more believable. thanks fro the giveaway!
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DMp said...

To tell the truth, I don't really care about the names. As long as the story is good I will certainly like whatever name the author gives his/her characters. After all, the authors are the ones who come up with the story and the characters, so they know better than anyone what fits their story line.


AliB said...

I don't mind either way, its just a little odd when I can't even pronounce it correctly. So then I say it the way I think it is. I have been wrong plenty of times.danniemax@yahoo.com

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