Friday, November 21, 2014

YA Bound Blog Tour, Excerpt, & Giveaway: A Darker Past (Jus Accardo)

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A Darker Past (Darker Agency, #2)
Release Date: 11/11/14
Entangled Teen

The past is Darker than they thought...
Between helping her mother with the Darker Agency and laying the smack down on monster baddies, Jessie Darker puts the “normal” in paranormal. But lately, things have gotten a little crazy...even for a smart-assed half-demon teenage girl.
For starters, Jessie’s been contracted into fifty-five years of annoying servitude. To a demon. Then there’s Lukas Scott, her sexy new boyfriend. Once the former incarnation of Wrath, he’s been going through some...uh, changes. Like residual anger. And trading chaste hangouts for lusty make-out sessions.
But it’s when Lukas and Jessie accidentally release a Very Nasty Demon that things get really bad, setting into motion a chain of death and mayhem that threatens both Earth and the Shadow Realm. Jessie has exactly four days to fix it...before all of Hell breaks loose.

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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. But at the last minute, she realized her true path lay with fiction, not food.

Jus is the bestselling author of the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing, as well as the Darker Agency series, and the New Adult series, The Eternal Balance. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.

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"Bingo!" I gathered the corners of the tablecloth together so I could carry the whole thing like a sack, then slung the makeshift bag over my shoulder and turned back to Lukas. He was staring dead ahead with his mouth open and eyes wide like he'd seen a ghost. "What is it?"

His left brow twitched. The number one sign that he was about to say something I wouldn’t like. "Elaine Davis."

I readjusted the makeshift sack across my shoulders. It was heavier than I thought it'd be. "Who?"

Lukas was still staring at the wall in front of us. "Her name. It's Elaine Davis."

I looked around the room. There was no one here but him and me. "Whose name is Elaine Davis? The wall?"

He sighed. "Lucy."

I almost dropped the sack. "You can see her?"

He shuffled from foot to foot before looking me in the eye. Another twitch from his left brow. "Yes."

Since when could he see the dead? From the look on his face, this wasn't something brand spanking new, either. The guilt was etched like runes in marble. He'd been holding out on me.

"And she just told you her name?"

He looked from me to the corner, cringing a little. "Not exactly."

I took a step toward the door and set the bundle down against the wall. It flopped over noisily, but the knot held together. "Not exactly? What does that mean?"

He didn't answer.

I moved forward to wave a hand in front of his face. The whole staring into space thing was getting creepy. "Hellooo?"

With another sigh, he said, "I know her."

"You…know her."

"I courted her. Before my marriage to Meredith was arranged. I courted Elaine."

"Courted Elaine," I repeated like a parrot. When he didn't answer, I understood. "Holy crap! You're saying you dated Lucy?"

"Elaine," he corrected calmly.

"Whatever. Are you serious? Like, seriously serious? You dated the dead girl in Town Hall?"

He rolled his eyes. "She wasn't dead when we dated, Jessie."

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  1. Enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway! Lotus

  2. I hadn't know there was a second book, thanks for sharing! I just bought and I'm so loving it!!