When a strange boy tumbles down a river embankment and lands at her feet, seventeen-year-old adrenaline junkie Deznee Cross snatches the opportunity to piss off her father by bringing the mysterious hottie with ice blue eyes home.
Except there’s something off with Kale. He wears her shoes in the shower, is overly fascinated with things like DVDs and vases, and acts like she’ll turn to dust if he touches her. It’s not until Dez’s father shows up, wielding a gun and knowing more about Kale than he should, that Dez realizes there’s more to this boy—and her father’s “law firm”—than she realized.
Kale has been a prisoner of Denazen Corporation—an organization devoted to collecting “special” kids known as Sixes and using them as weapons—his entire life. And, oh yeah, his touch? It kills. The two team up with a group of rogue Sixes hellbent on taking down Denazen before they’re caught and her father discovers the biggest secret of all. A secret Dez has spent her life keeping safe.
A secret Kale will kill to protect.
Untouched (Denazen #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?
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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
When a Six saved Kale’s life the night of Sumrun, she warned there would be consequences. A trade-off. Something taken for the life they gained. But Dez never imagined she’d lose the one thing she’d give anything to keep… And as if it’s not enough Dez finds her immunity to Kale fading, the Six brought in to help Kale learn to control his killer touch starts drooling on him the moment they meet. Worse than that? Jade can touch Kale. But bimbo Barbie is the least of Dez's problems.
After Dez and Kale got away at Sumrun, her father lost not only his most powerful weapon but an important piece of the Supremacy project. Forced by Denazen to remedy the situation, he poisons Dez and offers her a choice—surrender to Denazen for the cure…or die. Determined to find a solution that doesn’t involve being bagged and tagged—or losing someone she loves—Dez keeps the poison a secret. But when a rash of Denazen attacks hit a little too close to home, Dez is convinced there’s a traitor among them. Jade.
Sacrifices, broken promises, and secrets. Dez will have to lay it all on the line if there’s any hope of proving Jade’s guilt before they all end up Residents of Denazen. Or worse, dead...
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.
My interview with Jus
Today we welcome Jus Accardo author of Touch and Untouched to A Diary Of A Book Addict. Jus thank you for stopping by and answering some questions. First I must say I have never read such an action packed book that had me on the edge of my seat. From the moment Kale was running in the woods to when Dez sacrificed herself to save Kale.
You have such a huge following and a lot of us Kale groupies wanted to ask you some questions. So here we go!
How did you come up with the story Touch?
It was totally random and spur of the moment! I was on line waiting for coffee, got this mini scene in my head, and POOF. Dez and kale were born. I started writing the next day, and a few weeks later, had the first draft J
Is there a reason why Kale can touch Dez and not affect her?
What was going through Kale’s mind when he went back to the corporation?
Why was Dez so scared to use her powers at first?
Her ability causes her a lot of physical pain to use. It makes her sick. It really scared her… She’s trying to work past it though…
Will we see more of Alex in Toxic? Can you tell us a few things about Alex that we did not read about? I have this theory and the girls think I am crazy but I think Alex really truly loves Dez and is trying to get her back. He is a little selfish at times but I think deep down somewhere in his heart he loves Dez.
I have a soft spot for Alex, so yes, we will be seeing more of him. A lot more ;)
Can you tell us a few secrets about Dez and Kale?
Hmm… This is a tough one to do without spoilers…
Before Dez went out with Alex, she had a crush on Curd. Not a huge bomb, but it’s funny considering her reaction in TOUCH to Curd when he suggests they should have hooked up.
As for Kale… He really wants to know more about his mother and her ability—and also his father’s. Since it’s too late for his mother, he’s seriously thought about searching for his father.
Okay Jus here are a few rapid questions for you
Ack… Totally impossible to pick just one. I have several comfort books though… A few being Nightlife by Rob Thurman, Bitten by Kelley Armstrong, and The Heavenly Horse from the Outermost West.
How many books are going to be in the series?
At the moment, there are three books and two novellas.
Can you give us a sneak peek of Toxic?
Hmm. Well, speaking of Alex, here’s a small Kale/Dez/Alex teaser:
“Stop!” I yelled, spreading my arms in front of Alex. Not for his sake, but for Kale’s. No matter how mad he was, he’d still feel guilty if he killed someone.
Reflexes sharp, Kale stopped with about two inches to spare. “What is he doing here?” The venom in his voice matched the angry twist of his lips and barely contained rage in his eyes. Instead of flicking his fingers—the Kale equivalent of a nervous twitch—his fists were balled and ready to go.
Okay. Maybe he wouldn’t feel guilty.
Carefully, I placed the palm of my hand against his chest and pushed back. He resisted at first, cool blue eyes filled with hate and trained on Alex. After a few long moments, he took a single step back. “Explain before I touch him.”
Jus thank you for taking the time to stop by and share Kale and Dez with us. I am looking forward to reading Untouched and Toxic ASAP!
Thank you for having me! This was so much fun T
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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