Today, please welcome Jus Accardo, author of Touch. Thank you to Jus and Entangled Publishing for giving me the chance to feature you. If you haven't heard of this book, make sure you check it out below! Also, I'm sure Jus would love to hear your thoughts on what you love or hate about Thanksgiving.
:: GUEST POST ::
Why I love Thanksgiving—And Why I Hate It.
Thanksgiving marks the beginning of crazy season in my house. All our relatives come here on all the major holidays. I cook for anywhere between 20 and 30—by myself. Really though, that’s my choice. No one is allowed in my kitchen! I thought I’d share a few of the wonderful things I loved about the holiday—and a few I could live without.
What I love…
1. The food. I’m Italian, so pretty much every holiday involves crazy amounts of awesome food. I have pictures of holiday tables decked out with the most amazing dishes you can possible imagine, but none compare to Thanksgiving. There’s just something about it. A golden brown turkey in the middle of a ten foot long table. Sweet potato pie flanked by mashed potatoes with melted cheese and steaming corn bread pudding. Out the window the few leaves remaining on the trees are a mix of brown, red, and yellow. It’s perfection.
2. The family and friends. They don’t call it the busiest travel day of the year for nothing. Family and friends come from all over to sit down together in peaceful reflection. It’s the perfect time to remember and be thankful for all the blessings in your life. You’re home, family, and friends.
3. The memories. Anytime family and friends gather for a holiday, memories are made. There was the first Turkey day with your husband (or wife). You fumbled through making your very first Thanksgiving Day meal, everyone insisting it was fantastic. Or the year your cousin proposed to his girlfriend using three sing-grammers dressed as turkeys. And no one will forget the year you decorated the entire house from top to bottom. Everything from handmade fall inspired table cloth, to scattered fall leaves on the floor.
What I hate…
1. The food. There’s so much of it—and it all looks amazing. You eat and eat and eat until your clothing no longer fits and gravy starts running from your ears. Friday rolls around, and guess what? The food is still there! Each time you open the fridge it’s calling to you. It reappears on the dinner table over and over again for the next week. Turkey pot pie. Stuffing casserole. Turkey pot pie. Crock pot turkey and rice. Turkey pot pie. Turkey stew. Turkey pot pie. It’s never frigging ending…
2. The family and friends. They invade your house like locusts…consuming anything and everything that’s not nailed down. They break your stuff, terrorize your pets, and clog your toilet with things that would make Clive Barker run away screaming.
3. The memories. (aka the nightmares) Who wouldn’t want to remember the year drunk uncle Carmine set fire to the living room rug in an attempt to burn out satan? Or the time crazy aunt Gia ran naked through the house with her eyes closed screaming Marco Polo? And you know you’ll never forget your cousin’s twelve year old twins taking a leak on the fake potted fern because it looked like it needed a drink.
All in all, I really can’t complain. Much. I love Thanksgiving and I love my family—burning carpets and clogged toilets included. So how about you? What do you love (or hate) about Turkey Day?
:: AUTHOR BIO ::
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 due out in November 2011 from Entangled Publishing. She is represented by Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
:: ABOUT THE BOOK ::
"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. Dez and Kale 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."
Title: Touch by Jus Accardo
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
ePub ISBN: 978-1-937044-44-2
Print ISBN: 978-1-937044-45-9
Release Date: November 1, 2011