Sunday, November 13, 2011

Shop Smarter Not Harder with Guest Blogger: Jus Accardo

Meet our November featured author...
Jus Accardo, today at the Book Boost!

Here's what she had to say...

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Holiday Shopping

Turkey day is approaching. Yay! I’m a sucker for stuffing and gravy, and don’t get me started on the pie…(Mmmm now I want pie!) It’s a time for families to gather and reflect on all the good in their lives. To be thankful for all the things they have. But it also means something else.

Something darker.

It means the start of the Christmas shopping season.

If this doesn’t make you run screaming like a Six being chased by Denazen, then I don’t know what will. When else can you walk into a store and see adults fighting over toys? A trip to the mall can result in bodily injury—or at least a headache the size of China. Here’s my take on the
good, the bad, and the ugly of the holiday shopping.

The Good:

The atmosphere. There’s really nothing like walking through the mall in December. Bright, twinkling Christmas decorations, cheerful holiday music… It can really put you in the spirit of the season (or the spirit to murder someone depending on the crowd).

The Bad:

The lines. I’m an impatient person on a normal day. Stick me in a thirty person line behind a woman who soaked her clothing in cheap perfume before leaving the house and I’m an unhappy puppy. I can buy that blender from the comfort (and pleasant smell) of my own home.

The Ugly:

The bathrooms. I’m the only one willing to say it? Fine. You’re out there shopping and you stop for a drink. Several, in fact. A cup of hot chocolate here, a soda there. Inevitably, you have to use the restrooms. This is a nightmare in a league all its own. There’s a line out the door to get in and it’s full of complaining Moms and screaming children. When you finally do make it inside, what you find is enough to scare the likes of Stephan King and Clive Barker. Plus, there’s never any TP.

I’m mainly an internet shopper. Several years ago there was an incident with a mall Santa that left me disturbed for life. Let’s just say there was Santa, a really creepy looking elf, and a messy cheeseburger…

What about you? Mall or Internet shopper?

A Note from the Book Boost: Too funny. I'm totally an online shopper. Can't take the crowds and frustrations. Thanks for joining us today. Please share more about your 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.

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