{Interview} Jus Accardo, author of Ruined

In case you missed our post about the launch of Entangled’s brand new Embrace imprint (with awesome giveaway!), we’re pretty excited about their latest endeavor dedicated to one of our favorite genres: New Adult! Today, we’re visiting with Jus Accardo:


Thank you so much for stopping by Steamy Guys After Dark today, Jus!

Thanks for having me! 🙂

We’re so excited that you’re one of the premiere Entangled: Embrace authors. We can’t wait for our readers to check out Ruined. How did you come up with the idea for this story?

I actually got the idea after having a long conversation with a friend about sibling rivalry.

I’d approached my editor with the concept for Entangled’s new (at the time) imprint, Covet. Ruined was loosely based on Cain and Abel, and she loved it. 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.

We’re glad you did. We love New Adult! How would you introduce Jax and Samantha to our readers?

Jax is dark and dangerous. He has a nasty temper, but is also good-hearted at the core—though he will do anything to keep people from knowing that. He will step up to defend the underdog, then slink back into the shadows, going to great lengths so no one will know it was him. Jax is damaged, but as he puts it, the dents and dings life has dealt along the way gave him personality.

And a wicked right hook.

Sam is headstrong and independent. She’s had kind of a rough life, losing her parents at an early age, and subscribes to the take-no-shit-from-anyone school of thought.

That includes Jax.

Fun! Do you have any interesting writing quirks or rituals?

I need to have lots of coffee. And cheese. And chocolate. But not all at the same time. Ew!

LOL How would you describe yourself in three words?

Quirky, coffee-addicted, and owned-by-multiple-dogs. (-‘s make it all one word, right? RIGHT?)

Totally. What’s the best piece of advice you ever received from another author?

Never give up. Short, simple, and the most valuable piece of advice I’ve ever gotten!

Great advice! Which character makes you swoon the most (yours or someone else’s)?

Without fail, each and every time, Clayton Danvers from Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series.

We have to check him out! Do you have any current or future projects you can tell us about?

I’m waiting on edits for a standalone NA at the moment. I can’t say much except that it’s a contemp full of action, badassery, and some awesome smoochies 😉

Can’t wait to read. Is there ever anything that you always wish someone would ask you, but they never do?

Hmmm… Well, every time I’m at this one coffee place in town, they never ask me if I want a refill. 😉

hehe Thanks again for coming by, Jus. We can’t wait for our readers to get to know your characters!

I had so much fun! Thanks for having me.

***About Jus Accardo***

Author Jus AccardoJus 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.

Find Jus Here: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

***About the Book***

Ruined by Jus Accardo


Ruined by Jus Accardo (The Eternal Balance #1)

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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We loved getting to know Jus. Grab your copy of Ruined today, and be sure to check out our post on the launch of Entangled Embrace to see all of the premiere titles and enter the giveaway for a Kindle Fire and an iPod Shuffle!

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