GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY – Jus Acardo on the Writer’s Life

August 27, 2013 Giveaways, Guest Post 2

by Jus Acardo




“Our fires burn brightly for our readers and as a way to say thanks to our readers we’ve launched our latest division of Entangled Teen and it’s name is Ember. We have two exciting launch titles: Darker Days by Jus Accardo and Chaos by Christine O’Neil. Read away!” Entangled Teen Ember is a division of Entangled Teen that specializes in digital-first YAs






Jus Acardo


I’m sure at some point in every author’s career, someone has asked, why’d you start writing? I’m willing to bet most writers will say it was for the love of books. And honestly, it kind of has to be. Writing isn’t easy. It’s not stress free. It’s time consuming. Complicated. It’s a lifestyle, really. One you have to really love in order to live.

I devoured books as a kid. Like, we’re talking piles everywhere. It got to the point where my parents wouldn’t buy me any more because there was just no more room.  I pretty much lived at the library. It was the only way to support my reading habit. Every Christmas, each birthday, books, books, and more books!

So, yeah. I’ve always loved to read.

But I think my reasons, if I really wanted to dig around in the muck of my brain, go deeper than that. It’s expression. It’s a way to communicate.

In high school, writing was an escape. I didn’t have many friends, and I was always a little bit different from everyone else. That wasn’t ideal for a great high school experience. If I’ve had a particularly bad day, I just went home and wrote a good one. Someone was mean to me? They ended up smack in the middle of a gruesome fate. No matter what I was feeling—trapped, sad, lonely, happy, writing was my way of expressing it.

Writing is still a way of communication for me, regardless of the fact that it’s my full time job. In fact, I love it/need it so much, that taking an actual day off is painful. Like, really. I start twitching. It’s not pretty.

I’m all grown up (debatably) and I’m happy with my life, but I’m still me. The same girl who was socially awkward in school, is still socially awkward and shy. I still find it hard to express myself. My work takes care of that for me, though. A lot of who I am and what I’m feeling goes into my writing. That’ not to say I can kill someone with my touch, or move things with my mind, or even take down a zombie in a rich chick’s pool :D, but the emotions are there.








A little sin can be deadly…

Jessie Darker goes to high school during the day, but at night she helps with the family investigation business.

Cheating husbands and stolen inheritances? They’re your girls—but their specialty is a bit darker. Zombie in your garage? Pesky Poltergeist living in your pool? They’ll have the problem solved in a magical minute. For a nominal fee, of course…

When gorgeous new client, Lukas Scott, saunters into the office requesting their help to find a stolen box, it sounds like a simple case—until the truth comes out. The box is full of Sin.

Seven deadly ones, in fact.

They’ve got five days to recapture the Sins before they’re recalled by the box, taking seven hijacked human bodies with them. Easy peasy—except for one thing…

There’s a spell that will allow the Sins to remain free, causing chaos forever. When the key ingredient threatens the life of someone she knows, Jessie must make the ultimate choice between love and family—or lose everything.



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About Jus Acardo

JUS 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. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.

2 Responses to “GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY – Jus Acardo on the Writer’s Life”

  1. Braine

    I don’t think I could ever write a book but I can relate to writing as a form of expression. I blog and it has been a great creative outlet for me.

    • shewolfreads

      I totally agree with you, Braine! I love how this blog has become a creative project of my own. But I admit that I envy writers. It’s such an incredible thing to create worlds on the page.