Teen Read Week 2017: Author Chat with Jaime Questell (By A Charm and A Curse), Plus Giveaway!

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Today we're excited to chat with Jaime Questell (By A Charm and A Curse)

as part of YABC's Teen Read Week!

Read on for more about Jaime, her novel, plus a giveaway!

 

 

 

Meet Jaime Questell!

 

JAIME QUESTELL grew up in Houston, Texas, where she escaped the heat and humidity by diving into stacks of Baby Sitter’s Club and Sweet Valley High books. She has been a book seller (fair warning: book lovers who become book sellers will give half their paychecks right back to their employers), a professional knitter, a semi-professional baker, and now works as a graphic designer in addition to writing.

 

Website * Twitter * Instagram

 

 

 

Meet By A Charm and A Curse!

 

LeGrand’s Carnival Fantastic isn’t like other traveling circuses. It’s bound by a charm, held together by a centuries-old curse, that protects its members from ever growing older. Seventeen-year-old Emmaline King is drawn to the circus like a moth to a flame…and unwittingly recruited into its folds by a mysterious teen boy whose kiss is as cold as ice. 

Forced to travel through Texas as the new Girl In the Box, passing out fortunes and searching for the poor soul she can transfer the curse to with one frosty kiss, Emmaline begins to fall for the quiet carnival carpenter Ben Singer. Ben is just as desperate to start a life outside the carnival as Emmaline is to escape her destiny—but giving in to their undeniable attraction means Ben’s fate would be sealed. 

Breaking the curse seems like their only chance at happiness—but no curse means no charm, either, dooming every circus worker they’ve grown to care about in the process. 

 

 

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~ Interview for Teen Read Week ~

 

 

YABC:  What book or books were your go-to choice when you were a teen?

 I loved the classics. Les Mis, The Count of Monte Cristo,The Three Musketeers, The Scarlet Pimpernel. I just couldn't do Dickens. Reading Dickens felt like eating dust. :D

 

 

YABC:  Did you prefer a specific genre as a teen? Or was any genre game?

 I'd read absolutely anything I could get my hands on, and for that I thank my school's librarians. They always had the best suggestions and got me to think outside the box. 

 

 

YABC:  What current YA book would you recommend to your teenage self? 

I'm currently reading The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, and I think my younger self would love it. It scratches that itch I had for the classics while putting a modern and decadent spin on things. 

 

 

YABC:  What book that you read as a teen had the most impact on you in your life?

 Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel. It was the first book I read that made me want to learn more about my heritage (I'm half Mexican), and it's such a vivid book that I still feel like I read it just yesterday. 

 

 

YABC:  If you could spend an entire day with the character of your choice from any YA novel, who would it be and why? 

Willowdean from Dumplin', mostly because I imagine us having a fun buy lazy day swimming somewhere in the hot sun with cold sodas. 

 

 

YABC:  What do you love most about the YA genre? 

I love that YA can do absolutely anything. The freedom of writing YA is exhilarating, and the heart beating beneath the shiny veneer is still human and real. 

 

 

YABC:  Was there a class in high school that you wished you had paid closer attention to and why?

 Oh man. Spanish. In part because I'm half Mexican and can't speak the language, but mostly because language is the gateway to other places and other stories. Not knowing another language cuts you off from some of what the world has to offer, and why would anyone want to do that?

 

 

YABC:  Which social media site do you wish had been available to you as a teen and why? 

I would have been all over Instagram when I was younger. 

 

 

YABC:  What advice would you give teens who might want to be a writer?

 Start now. Not someday, now. And it's okay to suck. The first draft is always horrible, and that's okay. The first draft is just a matter of getting the story out. Revision is where the story shines. 

 

 

YABC:  What book from your younger years do you still recommend today? 

I was gushing about it recently, but I have to say The Scarlet Pimpernel. Not only is it an incredibly fun read, but it's basically the first ever superhero/secret identity story AND it was written by a woman (Baroness Emma Orczy). 

 

 

YABC:  What 3 YA books would you love to recommend to our readers? 

Recent reads that I want to put into everyone's hands are Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy, The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell, and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

By A Charm and A Curse

By: Jaime Questell

Release Date: February 6th, 2018 

Publisher: Entangled Publishing 

 

 

 

*GIVEAWAY DETAILS* 

One winner will recieve an eArc of By A Charm and A Curse (Jaime Questell) 
 
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Comments 7

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Lily M. on Friday, 13 October 2017 23:04

Something about Carnivals make them mysterious or spooky ?

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Something about Carnivals make them mysterious or spooky ?
Isabella Wojnarowicz on Thursday, 26 October 2017 16:41

wow i love the idea and cover

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wow i love the idea and cover
Ainslee on Friday, 27 October 2017 14:34

carnival stories are always creepy and interesting and this cover is eye catching!

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carnival stories are always creepy and interesting and this cover is eye catching!
Penny Olson on Saturday, 04 November 2017 00:39

The Handmaid's Tale, Brave New World and To Kill A Mockingbird are all timeless classics I read when I was a teen.

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The Handmaid's Tale, Brave New World and To Kill A Mockingbird are all timeless classics I read when I was a teen.
Danielle Hammelef on Saturday, 04 November 2017 13:18

When I was a teen, my favorite book read a was Little Women.

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When I was a teen, my favorite book read a was Little Women.
Aireanna Lesch on Sunday, 05 November 2017 13:32

I absolutely loved the Harry Potter series as a teen!!

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I absolutely loved the Harry Potter series as a teen!!
Kelly G on Tuesday, 07 November 2017 14:03

I always loved Leftovers by Laura Weiss. It was such a dark, yet gripping story.

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I always loved Leftovers by Laura Weiss. It was such a dark, yet gripping story.

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