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Cover Reveal: ILLUSION by Martina Boone + Giveaway

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I am so excited to be able to share the awesome cover for ILLUSION, the third installment in the Heirs of Watson Island series by Martina Boone. The cover for PERSUASION was my favorite cover but this is my new favorite cover of the series.

I love the haunting quality of the image of the trees, made even more so by the green color of the cover. I love the shadows cast by the couple as they walk over the bridge. And I love how there’s continuity in the fonts for the title, subtitle and author, in addition to the graphical/artistic element. Gorgeous.

But enough of my rambles. If you haven’t yet scrolled down, be sure to do so now to check out this incredible cover. AND there’s also a description, so if you’re dying to know what’s to come in book three, read on.

Martina Boone is also offering up some seriously amazing prizes for giveaway. Just enter in the Rafflecopter for a chance to win.

And if you’re new to the series, some information about the first two books in the series is at the bottom of the post along with places to find it online.

First, though, here is ILLUSION’s cover…. What do you think?


The Cover Revealed

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Title & Series: ILLUSION (Heirs of Watson Island #3)
Author: Martina Boone
Release date: October 25, 2016
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 425

Description…

Caged by secrets all around her and haunted by mistakes that have estranged her from Eight Beaufort, Barrie Watson is desperate to break the curse that puts her family in danger—without breaking the beautiful magic that protects Watson’s Landing. To do that, she must heal the rifts that have split the families of the island apart for three hundred years, unravel the mystery of the Fire Carrier and the spirits he guards, and take control of forces so deadly and awe-inspiring they threaten to overwhelm her.

With the spirits that cursed Watson Island centuries ago awake and more dangerous than ever, she finds an unlikely ally in the haunting and enigmatic Obadiah, whose motivations and power she still can’t read—or trust. His help comes at a price, however, plunging Barrie into a deadly maze of magic and wonder, mystery and intrigue that leads through history to places she never imagined she could go.


The Series Covers Compared

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The Giveaway

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This reveal includes an awesome giveaway hosted by the author for:

  1. Signed Hardcover Compulsion
  2. Signed HC Persuasion
  3. Compulsion Charm Bracelet
  4. Dreamcatcher Earrings
  5. Oak Tree Necklace
  6. Indigo Picture Frame
  7. Magic Garden Coloring Book
  8. Magical Mason Jar Garden Light
  9. Teacup Baking Set
  10. Artist’s Sketchpad
  11. Secrets Box
  12. Shoe Notepad
  13. Flower Charms Set
  14. Summer Romance Sachet
  15. Watermark Beach Sachet
  16. Compulsion Trinket Bookmark
  17. Persuasion Trinket Bookmarks
  18. Paper Hearts

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Other Books in the Series

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Title & Series: COMPULSION (Heirs of Watson Island #1)
Author: Martina Boone
Release date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 448
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

Description…

Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.

All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead—a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family’s twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

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Title & Series: PERSUASION (Heirs of Watson Island #2)
Author: Martina Boone
Release date: October 27, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 464
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Description…

Beautiful Creatures meets Gone with the Wind in the spellbinding second novel in the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy that “skillfully blends rich magic and folklore with adventure, sweeping romance, and hidden treasure” (Publishers Weekly, on Compulsion).

Grieving the death of her godfather and haunted by her cousin Cassie’s betrayal, Barrie returns from a trip to San Francisco to find the Watson plantation under siege. Ghost-hunters hope to glimpse the ancient spirit who sets the river on fire each night, and reporters chase rumors of a stolen shipment of Civil War gold that may be hidden at Colesworth Place. The chaos turns dangerous as Cassie hires a team of archeologists to excavate beneath the mansion ruins. Because more is buried there than treasure.

A stranger filled with magic arrives at Watson’s Landing claiming that the key to the Watson and Beaufort gifts—and the Colesworth curse—also lies beneath the mansion. With a mix of threats and promises, the man convinces Barrie and Cassie to cast a spell there at midnight. But what he conjures may have deadly consequences.

While Barrie struggles to make sense of the escalating peril and her growing feelings for Eight Beaufort, it’s impossible to know whom to trust and what to fight for—Eight or herself. Millions of dollars and the fate of the founding families is at stake. Now Barrie must choose between what she feels deep in her heart and what will keep Watson’s Landing safe in this stunning addition to a series filled with “decadent settings, mysterious magic, and family histories rife with debauchery” (Kirkus Reviews, on Compulsion).

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PERSUASION Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

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I am so excited to be today’s stop on the PERSUASION Blog Tour. For my stop today I’m sharing my thoughts about this fascinating and intriguing sequel. There is also a tour-wide giveaway for some awesome prizes.

PERSUASION released on Tuesday so the wait is finally over and now everyone can return to Watson’s Landing and Colesworth Place to find out what’s been going on with Barrie, Eight, Pru, Seven, and Cassie.

If you haven’t yet had the chance to discover this enchanting series, there’s some information about each of the books below. And if you’d like to learn more, be sure to follow the tour to check out a few guest posts by and interviews with Author Martina Boone and to learn what other bloggers had to say about PERSUASION.


About PERSUASION

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Title & Series: PERSUASION (Heirs of Watson Island #2)
Author: Martina Boone
Release date: October 27, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 464
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Description…

Beautiful Creatures meets The Raven Boys in the spellbinding second novel in the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy that “skillfully blends rich magic and folklore with adventure, sweeping romance, and hidden treasure” (Publishers Weekly, on Compulsion). 

Grieving the death of her godfather and haunted by her cousin Cassie’s betrayal, Barrie returns from a trip to San Francisco to find the Watson plantation under siege. Ghost-hunters hope to glimpse the ancient spirit who sets the river on fire each night, and reporters chase rumors of a stolen shipment of Civil War gold that may be hidden at Colesworth Place. The chaos turns dangerous as Cassie hires a team of archeologists to excavate beneath the mansion ruins. Because more is buried there than treasure.

A stranger filled with magic arrives at Watson’s Landing claiming that the key to the Watson and Beaufort gifts—and the Colesworth curse—also lies beneath the mansion. With a mix of threats and promises, the man convinces Barrie and Cassie to cast a spell there at midnight. But what he conjures may have deadly consequences.

While Barrie struggles to make sense of the escalating peril and her growing and forbidden feelings for Eight Beaufort, it’s impossible to know whom to trust and what to fight for—Eight or herself. Millions of dollars and the fate of the founding families is at stake. Now Barrie must choose between what she feels deep in her heart and what will keep Watson’s Landing safe in this stunning addition to a series filled with “decadent settings, mysterious magic, and family histories rife with debauchery” (Kirkus Reviews, on Compulsion).

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NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


The Review

PERSUASION is the intriguing and fascinating second installment in the Heirs of Watson Island series that takes readers back to a world full of mystery and magic, gifts and curses, dark secrets, envy, and enmity. New threats arise, more complications emerge, and greater challenges must be faced in this instantly captivating sequel.

Returning to Watson Island after attending Mark’s funeral, Barrie realized there is no place she’d rather be. Even with traumatic events that occurred that almost ended with Eight and her deaths. She missed the connection she had with the land and the spirits that reside there. She missed seeing the Fire Carrier.

But her return reveals that things at the Watson plantation have changed, and not for the better, and that she was kept in the dark by those she trusted. Anxious to regain the privacy and security they once had and to find a way to reopen the Tearoom, Barrie will have to move past their betrayal if she’s to have any hope of getting things back to the way they were.

Though with the arrival of a mysterious man who claims to be able to break the curse and remove their gifts, and insists upon her help in making at least the former happen, it doesn’t seem likely that a return to the way things were will ever be possible.

Forced to choose between secrets and honesty, kindness and vengeance, trust and doubt, mistakes will be made, lives will be put at risk, and Barrie could lose the one person she can’t imagine her life without.

PERSUASION moves the story forward while at the same time introduces a new twist – the possibility of breaking the Colesworth curse and removing the Watson and Beaufort gifts. More will be uncovered about the Colesworth’s history. The search for the hidden gold continues. Something from Cassie’s past will come to light. And Barrie will learn more about her gift and discover something about Eight’s, something he doesn’t know but that could change everything.

Martina Boone introduces a number of interesting and thought-provoking issues in her story – compassion toward those that might not deserve it, choice and free will, a human’s capacity for evil, for kindness, and for forgiveness, and the need for faith and the ability to trust. She creates conflict between Barrie and Eight, adding in the need for secrets and heightening Barrie’s insecurity about their relationship, which makes for a bumpy ride for the two. And she leaves many questions still to be answered about the magic, the spirits, the curse, the gifts, about the newcomer’s true intent, and about Barrie, Eight, Cassie and all the families’ futures in the next installment in the series.

PERSUASION is an enchanting and engaging and beautifully-written read. The world is magical and danger-filled. The characters are appealing. The mystery is gripping. It is a sequel that is sure to leave readers anxious for the next book.

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About Martina Boone

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Martina Boone was born in Prague and spoke several languages before learning English. She fell in love with words and never stopped delighting in them. She’s the author of SIBA Book Award nominated Compulsion, book one in the romantic Southern Gothic trilogy, the Heirs of Watson Island, which was an Okra Pick by the Southern Independent Bookstores Alliance, a Kansas State Reading Circle selection, a Goodreads Best Book of the Month and YA Best Book of the Month, and an RT Magazine Best of 2014 Editor’s Pick. The second book in the trilogy, Persuasion, will be published in October 2015.

She’s also the founder of AdventuresInYAPublishing.com, a three-time Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers site, the CompulsionForReading.com book drive campaign for underfunded schools and libraries, and YASeriesInsiders.com, a site devoted to the discovery and celebration of young adult literature and encouraging literacy through YA series. She is also a founder and permanent mentor at 1st5PagesWritingWorkshop.com, helping to shepherd aspiring writers into the publication process and help them find the right starting point for their novels in progress, Locally in her home state of Virginia, she is on the board of the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, helping to promote literacy and adult education initiatives.

She lives with her husband, children, and a lopsided cat, she enjoys writing contemporary fantasy set in the kinds of magical places she’d love to visit. When she isn’t writing, she’s addicted to travel, horses, skiing, chocolate flavored tea, and anything with Nutella on it.

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Other Books in the Series

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Title & Series: COMPULSION (Heirs of Watson Island #1)
Author: Martina Boone
Release date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 448
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

Description…

Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse. 

All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead—a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family’s twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository | iTunes | IndieBound | Goodreads


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The Giveaway

There is tour-wide giveaway for…

  • ONE (1) winner will receive The Daughter of Smoke and Bone series SIGNED by Laini Taylor, SIGNED personalized copies of COMPULSION and PERSUASION, a charm bracelet, and a jar of the sweet potato mustard that is on the cosmic dog in COMPULSION – US ONLY

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The Tour Schedule

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PERSUASION by Martina Boone Mini Tour: Teaser + Giveaway

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I am super excited to help spread the early word about PERSUASION‘s upcoming release this October. In anticipation of its release, Author Martina Boone has shared a teaser and is offering up some awesome prizes for giveaway.

I absolutely loved the first book in the Heirs of Watson Island series and cannot wait for PERSUASION’s release. I’ve already started counting down!

In addition, be sure to visit Compulsion for Reading (linked at the bottom of the post) each month for a chance to win some amazing prizes for your school or library.


About PERSUASION

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Title & Series: PERSUASION (Heirs of Watson Island #2)
Author: Martina Boone
Release date: October 27, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 464
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Description…

Beautiful Creatures meets Gone With the Wind

As reporters chasing rumors of a stolen shipment of Civil War gold descend on Watson Island, Barrie Watson discovers more is buried at Colesworth Place than treasure. A mysterious, magical man claims the key to the Watson and Beaufort gifts and the Colesworth curse also lies beneath the mansion, and Barrie has no option but to help him find it. While she and Eight Beaufort struggle to make sense of the escalating danger and their growing feelings for each other, Barrie must decide not only whom to trust, but which gift is more reliable—Eight’s or her own. With the fate of the founding families at stake, she has to choose between what she feels deep in her heart and what will keep her loved ones safe.

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The Teaser

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About COMPULSION

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Title & Series: COMPULSION (Heirs of Watson Island #1)
Author: Martina Boone
Release date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 448
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

Description…

Three plantations. Two gifts. One ancient curse.

Three hundred years ago, an ancient spirit cursed one of the founding families of Watson Island and gave the other two magical gifts that became compulsions. Arriving for the first time at her aunt’s plantation home, Barrie Watson finds herself haunted by the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she can’t see. With the help of Eight Beaufort, who seems to know what she wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family’s twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

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Praise

“Skillfully blends rich magic and folklore with adventure, sweeping romance, and hidden treasure . . . An impressive start to the Heirs of Watson Island series.” —Publishers Weekly

“Eight Beaufort is so swoon-worthy that it’s ridiculous. Move over Four, Eight is here to stay!”  —RT Book Reviews, RT Editors Best Books of 2014

“Darkly romantic and steeped in Southern Gothic charm, you’ll be compelled to get lost in the Heirs of Watson Island series.” —JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT, #1 New York Times bestselling author


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About Martina Boone

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Martina Boone is the founder of AdventuresInYAPublishing.com, a Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers site, and YASeriesInsiders.com, a Tumblr site devoted to news, giveaways, and insider secrets of much-loved and up-and-coming YA series.

From her home in Virginia, where she lives with her husband, children, and Auggie the wonder dog, she enjoys writing contemporary fantasy set in the kinds of magical places she’d love to visit. When she isn’t writing, she’s addicted to travel, horses, skiing, chocolate flavored tea, and anything with Nutella on it.

Website | Blog | Tumblr | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Google +Goodreads


The Giveaway

There is an awesome mini tour giveaway for some fab prizes…

  • A “Compulsion for Reading” t-shirt, oak tree necklace and two trinket bookmarks PLUS a chance for a Grand Prize tote bag, signed copy of COMPULSION, two trinket bookmarks, and ANY YA novel of your choice – Int’l (ends 6/30/15)

There are THREE options for winning the t-shirt AND you can get an automatic chance to win the GRAND PRIZE here and at each of the following blogs by completing the Rafflecopter form by 6/30/15:

For a bonus chance to win the GRAND PRIZE plus tons of author interviews, articles on writing, and many additional giveaways, stop by Adventures in YA Publishing!

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The Compulsion for Reading Giveaway

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I Have a COMPULSION for Magic Blog Tour: Kami Garcia and Kimberly Derting Guest Post + Giveaway

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I am so excited to be participating in the I Have a COMPULSION for Magic Blog Tour hosted by Mundie Moms Blog Tours.

I cannot wait for COMPULSION to be released later this month so that I can meet Barrie and Eight. And although Andye of Reading Teen claims Eight for herself, I’m not giving up any claim. Not without having had the chance to meet him.

This tour kicked off yesterday and continues all the way up to COMPULSION’s release on the 28th. So be sure to follow along – the schedule can be found at the bottom of this post or on its very own tour page, which you can find by clicking the banner (or the link) above.

This tour is filled with all sorts of awesome excerpts from COMPULSION, guest posts from a number of amazing authors, and a super fab giveaway – none of which you’ll want to miss.

Especially my post today which follows below…

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The Guest Author Feature

We’re kicking off something special on the Compulsion for Magic tour with a guest-author feature! On different stops of the tour, we’re going to ask authors to weigh in and talk about what kinds of Compulsion-style magical gifts they (or their characters) would like to have and definitely wouldn’t want to have.

Simon Pulse, the publisher of Compulsion has suggested the book is a little like Beautiful Creatures meets The Body Finder, by which they mean it’s like an atmospheric Southern Gothic romance with paranormal elements meets a mystery solved by a main character with an ability to find lost things.

Since Kimberly Derting, author of The Body Finder series, The Pledge novels, and The Taking, had nice things to say after reading Compulsion, we asked her to share some thoughts.

But first . . .

We want to hear from you!

For a chance to win the HUGE tour mega prize of books and the $100 gift card, tell us about the magical gift you’d like to have, but remember—as it is on Compulsion’s Watson Island—magic is often a curse as well as a gift. Don’t forget to think about what it would really be like!

Want to get a head start on your answer?

We also asked Kami Garcia, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Beautiful Creatures novels, Unbreakable and Unmarked in The Legion series, and the new Dangerous Creatures series, what kind of magical gift she would like to have.

Here’s Kami’s answer…

“I would love to be able to bend metal like Magneto. Imagine the possibilities… Secretly, I just want to be Magneto.”

And here’s what Kimberly Derting had to say…

If you could have any “everyday” magical gift, like finding lost things or knowing what people want, what gift would you want and why?

I like the finding-lost-things one, mostly since I come from a family of people who lose everything! But I think if I could have any power, other than a Midas turn-everything-into-chocolate touch, it would definitely be to know where my kids are at all times. And I’m not talking about the “Where’s my iPhone” stalker-mom magical app (although I do love that!). Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to know what they’re always doing, since two of my kids are 21 and 27, but I love the idea of looking into my crystal ball and knowing that they’re safe.

On the other hand, maybe the Midas-chocolate thing after all! ☺

What everyday magic would your characters wish they had and why? 

I can sort of imagine Violet (from THE BODY FINDER) wishing she could turn off the whole finding dead bodies thing, and instead picking something fun like walking through walls, flying, or being invisible. All of those are way less disturbing than being drawn to the dead.

Eight, Barrie’s love interest in Compulsion, has inherited his family’s gift of knowing what people want and feeling compelled to give it to them. What’s one gift you’re glad you don’t have? Or your characters would be glad they didn’t have?

I think at one point or another everyone sort of wishes they could read minds. That is, until you really think about all the weird/creepy/probably even insulting things you’d be overhearing inside other people’s heads. I’m not sure I want to know every teeny-tiny thing my husband, my kids, or even my neighbors think about me. Or anyone else for that matter.

Barrie is tied to her family’s plantation, Watson’s Landing, in a magical way, and the whole landscape becomes magical for her. What’s the one place in your book that you wish you could bring to life?

My place would be the ice castle in THE ESSENCE, book #2 in The Pledge trilogy. It’s this old fortress built into an island covered almost entirely in ice and snow, and for some reason (which is strange, since I’m always freezing!), it’s the one place in my novels I’d like to see in real life. (I guess I need to write some books that are set in the Bahamas!)

If you were going to a Halloween party and you had to dress as a character from a Southern Gothic or a Gothic romance, what would your costume look like?

I would go full Scarlett O’Hara, but only because I’ve always wanted to wear a hoop skirt 😉

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You have to love Kimberley! A Midas touch for chocolate? Count me in!

Now your turn!  Tell us about your magic. 

And/Or . . .

Bonus option

If you’ve already done that elsewhere on the tour or just want to do something different for extra entry points, show us your magical or Southern gothic costume! How would you do Scarlet O’Hara? Or would you do Lily from The Raven Boys? Violet from Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea? Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca? Or how would you show an “everyday magic” as a Halloween costume?

Post a comment with the URL to your photo and we’ll share it. Use tag #CompulsionMagic.


About Compulsion

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COMPULSION (Heirs of Watson Island, Book 1)
Release date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Simon Pulse
Pages: 448
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
ISBN: 1481411225

Description

Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.

All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead–a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family’s twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

Praise

“Darkly romantic and steeped in Southern Gothic charm, you’ll be compelled to get lost in the Heirs of Watson Island series.” — #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout

“A fresh twist on the Southern Gothic — haunting, atmospheric, and absorbing.” — Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author of A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU and the Evernight and Spellcaster series

“Compulsion is a stunningly magical debut with a delicious slow burn to be savored. I want to live in this story world!” — Wendy Higgins, USA Today and NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil Trilogy from HarperTeen

Pre-order Compulsion

Signed copies are available for pre-order from One More Page Books. You can also pre-order with the special “I have a Compulsion for reading” bookplate from Eight Cousins. And be sure to check out the Pre-Order Incentives at CompulsionToRead.com.

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About Martina Boone

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Martina Boone was born in Prague and spoke several languages before learning English. She fell in love with words and never stopped delighting in them. She’s the founder of AdventuresInYAPublishing.com, a Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers site, and YASeriesInsiders.com, a site devoted to encouraging literacy and all this YA Series.

From her home in Virginia, where she lives with her husband, children, and Auggie the wonder dog, she enjoys writing contemporary fantasy set in the kinds of magical places she’d love to visit. When she isn’t writing, she’s addicted to travel, horses, skiing, chocolate flavored tea, and anything with Nutella on it.

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The Giveaway

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Do you have a Compulsion for Reading? Then you don’t want to miss what Martina Boone is giving away!

5 lucky winners will each win the following…

  • Grand Prize Winner – will win EVERYTHING pictured above! That’s the right! That entire bag of books will go to 1 reader!! **US residents only**
  • Next Winner – will win a $100 gift card to the bookstore of their choice! **open internationally**
  • 3 Additional winners – will each win a Compulsion prize pack which features a signed copy of Compulsion, a Compulsion necklace and bookmarks. **open internationally**

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The Tour

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Week Two

Week Three

Week Four

Visit the tour page at Mundie Moms Blog Tours for more details HERE.


Interview with COMPULSION Author Martina Boone + Pick Any YA Novel Giveaway

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I am so excited to welcome Author Martina Boone to the blog for an interview in which she talks about COMPULSION, the first book in her Heirs of Watson Island series which is releasing on October 28th, and shares a very awesome scene from the book. She also answered a few Quickie “This or That” Questions in which she cleverly managed to avoid choosing either this or that for one or two…or more… of her answers.

I am also super thrilled to be sharing an amazing “PICK ANY YA Novel Giveaway” the author is hosting this month in anticipation of her books’s launch, which includes an entry into a Grand Prize Giveaway for some lovely signed books and swag. All details are below and on the author’s website.

I cannot wait for COMPULSION’s release next month – I’ve been anxiously awaiting its release ever since I first saw its cover and read the description. And now, after reading the author’s responses to the interview questions and devouring that totally delectable scene, I am even more stoked that I’ll soon be able to get my hands on a copy.

Some information about the book, places to find it online and places to pre-order signed copies follows immediately below. I’ve also included the book’s trailer and some information about the author and places to find her online. But if you want to know even more about COMPULSION, be sure to check out the interview.

And if you scroll down just a bit more after that, you can find the details for the giveaway and the Rafflecopter form to enter.

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About Compulsion

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COMPULSION (The Heirs of Watson Island #1) by Martina Boone
Release date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse
Pages: 448
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Description

Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.

All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead–a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family’s twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

Praise

“Darkly romantic and steeped in Southern Gothic charm, you’ll be compelled to get lost in the Heirs of Watson Island series.” — #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout

“A fresh twist on the Southern Gothic — haunting, atmospheric, and absorbing.” — Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author of A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU and the Evernight and Spellcaster series

“Compulsion is a stunningly magical debut with a delicious slow burn to be savored. I want to live in this story world!” — Wendy Higgins, USA Today and NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil Trilogy from HarperTeen

More Early Praise

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About Martina Boone

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Martina Boone was born in Prague and spoke several languages before learning English. She fell in love with words and never stopped delighting in them. She’s the founder of AdventuresInYAPublishing.com, a Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers site, and YASeriesInsiders.com, a site devoted to encouraging literacy and all this YA Series.

From her home in Virginia, where she lives with her husband, children, and Auggie the wonder dog, she enjoys writing contemporary fantasy set in the kinds of magical places she’d love to visit. When she isn’t writing, she’s addicted to travel, horses, skiing, chocolate flavored tea, and anything with Nutella on it.

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The Interview

Q. You call the setting a “magical place” on your website. Could you paint us a picture of Watson Island?

Watson Island is the sort of sleepy, close-knit, gossipy town that most people who have visited the South will recognize, with a bit of a difference. The town is well aware of the magic that surrounds the three founding families, and particularly the plantation at Watson’s Landing. They keep the secret. In that way, the book begins like magical realism, but the magic is part of the mystery that Barrie Watson has to uncover when she arrives.

The truly magical place is Watson’s Landing. There, the spirit of a Cherokee witch sets the river surrounding the property on fire each night at midnight in a ceremony he has performed for longer than anyone remembers in order to keep the land protected and to keep the yunwi, the mischievous and magical little people, confined to the island. As Barrie comes to find out, she is bound to this land, both physically and spiritually, and uncovering what that means and why the island exists is part of what I am having a blast exploring in the course of the trilogy.

The gifts (and the curse) that belong to the Watsons, Beauforts, and Colesworths, all tie into this magic, but not necessarily for the reasons the families think.

Q. Had you always planned for your story to be a trilogy? If so, what makes a trilogy the best way to tell the tale? If not, have you had to make any significant changes to it?

My acquiring editor is very smart. I had planned three companion novels to tell this story, one from the perspective of a member of each family, but she saw that not only was the romance between Eight and Barrie the heart of the story, but that the magic of Watson’s Landing was the story itself. I didn’t have to change much except the point of view, but I’m so glad that I’m having the chance to explore what is happening at Watson’s Landing in greater detail.

Q. What was your favorite scene to write in COMPULSION (and why)? And can you share a teaser from that scene?

I love the beach scene where Barrie and Eight finally get to really kiss — there are a lot of other things going on in that scene, but I can still see it so clearly in my mind:

Drained by the aftereffects of anger and adrenaline, Barrie found herself breathing in Eight’s recklessness, swept up in it, and suddenly it didn’t matter where they were going or what he planned to do. His moods were contagious, dangerous to her equilibrium.

He stopped at the beach, the same beach where they’d seen the turtle nest. Neither of them said a word while Eight retrieved a musty-smelling towel from his trunk and caught Barrie’s hand, lacing their fingers like they were made to fit.

They ran barefoot over the dunes and through a break in the pickets that held back the sea oats. The moon turned the white sand to diamond dust, and Eight laid the towel down above the hide-tide marker of shells and seaweed and damp, dark sand. He sat down and drew her against him, her back against his chest.

His arms wrapped around her, and she leaned into the solidness of him. His heartbeat washed through her like the waves, until she didn’t know whether the pounding of it was hers or his.

When she sighed and relaxed, he eased her down and leaned over and finally kissed her until she felt like she was going to fall. She reached for him, kissing him more deeply. His lips were scalding on hers, leaving her tingling and whole instead of so, so alone. She wanted the feeling, the moment, to never stop.

Only when she came up for air did the word “love” enter her thoughts. She pushed it away, but maybe by the time any girl thought about protecting herself, keeping herself from falling for a guy who was going to leave her brokenhearted, it was already too late. Maybe it had been like that for Lula with Wade, and instead of being Prince Charming, Wade had turned out to be like Wyatt.

“Why do you suppose my mother was afraid of Wyatt?” Barrie rolled and rested on one elbow to look at Eight.

“Apart from what we saw tonight, you mean?”

“I assumed it was about the feud. Because she was a Watson and she’d run off with Wyatt’s brother. But it felt more personal.”

“Feuds are always personal. That’s what makes it hard to break the cycle. Everyone lives locked inside their own anger until someone is finally brave enough to step outside themselves to see the view from the other side. It’s why I need to get away from this place.”

“But you’re not stepping out for a different view.” Barrie tipped her face up to the stars so she wouldn’t have to look at him. “You’re stepping out to run away.”

He was silent, and she was suddenly afraid. Afraid that she had said too much, presumed too much, hoped too much. She rolled her capris as high as they would go, then ran toward the water. She didn’t look back until she was knee deep, which was as far as she dared. He was right behind her, his face gleaming in the kind of light that turned beautiful boys into gods. He caught her, and held her, his skin so warm and alive, she couldn’t help but melt.

“Why did you run?” he asked.

“To see if you’d come after me.”

“It scares me how willing I am to run after you. We’re both doing too much running.”

“So kiss me again.”

Her hands crept around his neck, tangling in his hair to keep him closer, even though she knew that beautiful boys with expiration dates couldn’t be held, only borrowed for a time.

Q. Your Goodreads bio mentions that COMPULSION has romance, mystery, mayhem and magic. Which component was your favorite to write about? And can you tell us just a little bit more about the mayhem?

Compulsion is a Southern Gothic, so there is definitely the “setting as character” aspect to the story, which I’ve outlined a bit in the previous question about the magic. But it also introduces elements of narrative that are unique to the South—the sense of a place remaining static as history eddies around it the way water flows around a rock, the way social position and family determine not only how a person is viewed but also who they become, the desire to both embrace and run away from the past. There are also the characters, who, as is requisite in a Southern Gothic, are weird and fantastic and often “grotesque.” Apart from the romance, that’s my favorite aspect.

Where I departed from the Southern Gothic is that I pushed the paranormal elements and the romance further than usual. The School Library Journal calls it a “little bit Gone with the Wind and a little bit Romeo and Juliet” and it is like that, which I love. I also took the typical macabre and fantastical situation and made them related to the wishes and the curse that tie the three families together. That results in things that went very wrong on three different timelines, each of which place Barrie into danger as she starts to connect the pieces.

All of that makes the book a bit of a hybrid. It starts out sleepy in the way of a Southern Gothic, and along the way, the romance is building between Eight and Barrie, and between Barrie and Watson’s Landing. Walking in Barrie’s footsteps, the reader is following a protagonist who has led a very sheltered life and has no idea that a place like Watson’s Landing could exist. She has little experience with people, or with family, so she has to figure out who to trust and how far to trust them. Mostly, she has to learn to trust herself as she grows into her own strength. But as she gets stronger, she pushes other people more to get the answers she needs, and that results in the “mayhem” I mentioned. Careful readers will see things building in the beginning that others, including Barrie, might have missed. They won’t be surprised when it turns into a thriller by the end. 🙂

Q. COMPULSION comes out on October 28th, what has it been like waiting for its release day? And do you plan on waiting at the bookstore for it to hit shelves on the 28th?

I’m lucky to be part of an AMAZING tour, which we’re calling Compelling Reads (www.CompellingReads.com). There are eleven stops on the tour and eighteen incredible authors. The way things worked out, we’re actually starting events on the tour on the 26th with a presentation at the Arlington Library, and my actual launch party will be on the 27th with a Book Dating Gameshow at One More Page Books including Melissa Marr, Wendy Higgins, Leah Cypess, and Kimberley Griffiths Little. These are literally some of my favorite authors on the planet, and I am beyond honored that they’ve read the book and are willing to come hang out with me and celebrate their own books as well as mine. I guess that means technically I’ll be waiting at the bookstore BEFORE the 28th, and honestly, between putting that tour together, working on Persuasion (Book Two), putting together the massive book-trailer celebration and pre-order giveaways (www.CompulsionToRead.com), I’ve had very little time to feel like I’m “waiting” for release day. I’m so happy and grateful to have the opportunity to share this book with bloggers and readers, and it’s truly bewildering how kind everyone has been!


Quickie Questions

Q. Happily ever after or happily never after?

  • HEA. No doubt.

Q. Insta love or insta hate?

  • Insta love with a caveat. (It isn’t always what it seems.)

Q. Eternal love or love for now?

  • What’s longer than eternal?

Q. Passion: Fiery or slow burning?

  • Slow burn to third-book FIRES, baby.

Q. Mystery or mayhem?

  • LOL! Mystery TO mayhem.

Q. Free will or fate?

  • Free will responding to fate.

Q. Standalones or series?

  • Whatever works best for the book and characters.

Q. Secretive or an open book?

  • Secrets RULE.

Q. Dark magic or white magic?

  • Gray.

Q. Bad boys or bad girls?

  • Bad girls and excellent boys.

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