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Monday, October 25, 2010

Blog Tour: Guest Post: Julie Berry (Author of Secondhand Charm)

I want to thank Julie Berry for stopping by today to talk about charms.
Julie Berry grew up in western New York. She holds a B.S. in communication from Rensselaer and an M.F.A. in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of the Fine Arts. She now lives in eastern Massachusetts with her husband and four young sons, and works for a technology startup.

Juilie's other works include The Amaranth Enchantment and Splurch Academy for Disruptive Boys, a new series from Grosset & Dunlap. Her current novel, Secondhand Charm is in stores today!

A Practical Guide to Charms

Most people who buy charms from the traveling gypsy caravans passing through Pylander get exactly what they pay for –decorative trinkets, worthless unless you think they’re pretty. If the gypsy lady selling the charms says they’re love charms, or luck charms, or charms to ward off the fever, you can smile, but you know you’re only buying them because they’re cleverly made and the lady is persistent. They’re only a joke, and everyone knows it.

But there are certain people – certain women and girls – who can put on the charms and make things start to happen. The gypsies, who travel the world over and deal in small magic, know how to recognize such women. Mostly they’re found in kingdoms other than Pylander, and then, generally in coastal cities. Most would know not to tamper with talismans and charmed trinkets. But if you’re Evie Pomeroy, living all your life miles and miles away from the sea, or from any knowledge of what your capabilities are, then you might just succumb to the gypsy woman’s persuasions. If you wear a charm for good luck, your chickens will lay more eggs than you’ll know how to scramble. If you don a love charm, you’ll need to fend off suitors with a tree limb. And if you add to the mix a charm against snakebite, the gypsy lady will bite her tongue and laugh, for she knows well you’re sure to never need it.

Pub. Date: October 2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Format: Hardcover, 352pp
Age Range: Young Adult
Source: Publisher
In a secluded village, magic sparkles on the edges of the forest. There, a young girl named Evie possesses unusually strong powers as a healer. A gypsy's charms—no more than trinkets when worn by others—are remarkably potent when Evie ties them around her neck. Her talents, and charms, have not escaped the notice of the shy stonemason's apprentice. But Evie wants more than a quiet village and the boy next-door. When the young king's carriage arrives one day, and his footman has fallen ill, Evie might just get her chance after all . . .

Berry's debut novel garnered glowing reviews and strong sales—and now she's done it again with a beautifully woven tale to keep all readers, young and old, absolutely charmed.

For more info about Julie Berry and her books, please visit her website here.


  1. I've always had a curiosity in talismans and if they really work. I'm intrigued by the use of this subject for the premise of the book, it will make for a great read.

  2. I agree. This is a unique twist on charms and gypsies. Sounds like an interesting book.

  3. I love the idea of talismans. And the thought of only some girls who put it on have an effect on it is so cool. I think this book looks like so much fun.

  4. Sounds interesting :)
    I'm not sure if I'd trust a gypsy trying to sell me talismans or sounds a little risky :P lol

    Thanks for sharing :D


  5. I personally don't believe in the power of talismans or charms, but I think it would be a great idea for a fictional story. This book looks like it will be good! Can't wait to read it!

  6. I enjoyed the post and the description of the book. I think the premise of the book is delightful - I love stories about magic - so Secondhand Charm sounds like a book I'm going to enjoy.

  7. It was really cool reading the guest ost! Secondhand Charm looks like a really fun book!

  8. Cool! This seems like such a fun book. The talisman/charm bit is a different take on the typical fantasy/paranormal books that are out lately.

  9. This sounds like an interesting book.

  10. I have already read the amaranth enchantment and think that this one will be just as good! Thanks!

  11. I'm really interested in this idea of charms! Sounds like a great book.

  12. Wow, this is a really cool concept! I'd never really given much thought to charms and what they do, but now I'm quite intrigued!
    Thanks for the guest post!

  13. This is a unique twist and I've never read a book like this. Sounds really good

  14. What a great storyline. :) I am always intrigued by such things as charms and talismans. Can't wait to read it.

  15. This book sounds great, and I already know I like her writing style since I enjoyed her first book.


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