Deadly Destinations: Stephanie Kuehn on the Eastern US & win CHARM & STRANGE

July 14, 2013 Deadly Destinations, Giveaways, Guests 33

Today’s Deadly Destination is from Stephanie Kuehn on the Eastern United States from CHARM & STRANGE (published on June 11, 2013 by St. Martin’s Griffin). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below.

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Stephanie Kuehn on the Eastern United States from Charm & Strange

The world of Charm & Strange is a familiar one because it’s our world. The monsters in it are familiar, too. Because they’re our monsters.

Charm & Strange

It’s a story that jumps between two timelines: the past and the present. In the past, the story begins on a sun-warmed country club tennis court in Charlottesville, Virginia. It’s a world populated with vast estate homes, manicured lawns, financial privilege, and dark, dark secrets. 

As the past marches forward in time, the setting expands into the feral woods of West Virginia, where all manner of beasties live. It then roams up to Massachusetts into the twin towns of Concord and Lexington, home to the Old North bridge, Minuteman statues, and the Shot Heard ‘Round the World, before prowling around the White Mountain wilderness of New Hampshire, with its chilled lake depths and full moon nights.

In the present day story line, events take place in an unnamed Vermont boarding school. It’s a New England boarding school like all New England boarding schools—quaint, storied, and wildly aswirl with the forces of pride, tradition, academic elitism, and students who are under intense pressure from their driven parents. There are other forces at play here, too. Forces such as loyalty and loneliness, cruelty and compassion, and the bonds between people who have no one to rely on but each other.

This is a world filled with both savage truth and sweet, sweet beauty.

This is Charm & Strange.

 Stephanie Kuehn holds degrees in linguistics and sport psychology, and is currently working toward a doctorate in clinical psychology. She lives in Northern California with her husband, their three children, and a joyful abundance of pets. When she’s not writing, she’s running. Or reading. Or dreaming. Her debut young adult novel, CHARM & STRANGE, is out now. COMPLICIT will be published in 2014.

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2 copies of CHARM & STRANGE 

Charm & Strange


Available on June 11, 2013 by St. Martin’s Griffin


When you’ve been kept caged in the dark, it’s impossible to see the forest for the trees. It’s impossible to see anything, really. Not without bars . . .

Andrew Winston Winters is at war with himself.

He’s part Win, the lonely teenager exiled to a remote Vermont boarding school in the wake of a family tragedy. The guy who shuts all his classmates out, no matter the cost.

He’s part Drew, the angry young boy with violent impulses that control him. The boy who spent a fateful, long-ago summer with his brother and teenage cousins, only to endure a secret so monstrous it led three children to do the unthinkable.

Over the course of one night, while stuck at a party deep in the New England woods, Andrew battles both the pain of his past and the isolation of his present.

Before the sun rises, he’ll either surrender his sanity to the wild darkness inside his mind or make peace with the most elemental of truths—that choosing to live can mean so much more than not dying.

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33 Responses to “Deadly Destinations: Stephanie Kuehn on the Eastern US & win CHARM & STRANGE”

  1. Vivien

    Do you prefer writing from a a male or female point of view?

    • stephanie

      That’s a good question! I’m not sure I have a true preference, although this book and my next book are both male points of view, so I do enjoy that perspective. It’s always interesting to step out of my own experience and try on something new.

  2. Angie F.

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book! It definitely seems strange, but I like that! 😀

    • stephanie

      Thank you! There is definitely much strangeness in the story. 🙂

  3. Sarah

    I’ve wanted to read this for a while, it seems like a cool book. For my question: how did you pick Vermont for the setting?

    • stephanie

      My husband is from Vermont, so we spend time there every year. It’s beautiful and wild and it was the perfect setting for an isolated school in a quaint New England town. I actually attended a boarding school (near Boston), but I wanted to choose a location that felt more rural and demanded more self sufficiency.

  4. Kai W.

    The story sounds interesting with two timelines as well as the settings. I would be interested in reading the Charm and Strange

  5. Denise Z

    This is certainly one of the more unique storylines I have seen and I am eager to read Charm and Strange – can’t wait to learn more about the beasties and whether they are two legged or four 🙂 Thank you for sharing with us.

  6. Christine Sutor

    Would love to read this, I don’t want to know to much about it, just to experience it! Sounds like a good read.

  7. erinf1

    congrats Stephanie on the new release! Sounds fantastic 😉

  8. Jasmyn

    This book sounds quite a bit different than others I’ve read and it’s getting great reviews. How do you keep a different feel in a genre as popular as paranormal.

    • stephanie

      Thank you, Jasmyn. It’s really a book that plays with genre to tell a certain kind of story and to express a certain kind of emotional state. It’s much more about the psychology behind the paranormal mystique, than it is about anything paranormal.

  9. Mary G Loki

    Have you ever been to a creative writing workshop? How was ur experiance if yes? If no, why not?

    • stephanie

      Hi Mary! I attended a weekend writing workshop/retreat once. I thought it was fun and helpful in that I connected with a lot of other writers and felt inspired. I also think it helped me think critically about my writing in new ways and that that perspective has been helpful. It’s probably not something I would do again, however, as I think I learn best through reading.

  10. Natasha

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Sounds like a great read!!

  11. Rachel S

    Yay! I didn’t know part of this was set in Virginia! I live about 2 hours from Charlottesville! Nothing is ever set here. I have heard awesome things about this book and I want to read it so bad! Maybe this will be my chance, fingers crossed 🙂

    • stephanie

      Oh, how neat! There are a number of different settings, but Charlottesville is the main character’s hometown.

  12. Tiffany Drew

    I’ve seen only great things about this book and honestly, with a cover like that you can’t go wrong! Looking forward to reading it for myself 🙂

    • stephanie

      Thank you, Tiffany! Yes, St. Martin’s did a beautiful job with the cover. It’s even prettier in person. 🙂

  13. Chelsea B.

    Man, this novel sounds intense! I’m looking forward to reading what it’s all about!

  14. Rabiah

    This has been on my wishlist FOREVER! Thanks so much for the amazing giveaway 😀 The cover looks gorgeous and the story sounds fabulous and totally unique. LOVE IT! 😀

  15. Nicole E

    The description has me super intrigued! I really want to see where the story goes =]

  16. Bridget Howard

    I have heard a lot of good things about this book and I would love to give it a try!!!