Monday, 1 December 2014

Book Blitz! Compulsion by Martina Boone

Release Date: 10/28/14
448 pages
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.


This excerpt speaks a little bit to some of the unique elements of Watson's Landing, one of the three plantations around which the HEIRS OF WATSON ISLAND trilogy is centered. Arriving at Watson's Landing as the de-facto Watson heir, Barrie has no idea what she's getting into, and because of the way some secret, spoilerish things happened in her family, there isn't anyone who can explain it to her. She keeps getting herself into situations she isn't prepared for at all.

From the top basin of the three-tiered fountain, a figure stared back at her. Not a person. Another spirit of some kind, a woman with translucent hair cascading around shoulders that melted into water drops and the moonlit dark of night. Her fingers were rivulets pouring into the basin, her legs and hips and torso a streaming column of water. She watched Barrie with ancient eyes, evaluating her. Judging. Yes, that was the word. Barrie felt she was being judged.

W-what do you want? Barrie croaked. 

The voice that answered was a whisper of water and a breath of wind. It came from inside Barries mind and from everywhere around her. You have given blood, it seemed to say.

Given? Barrie swayed on her feet. She grabbed the edge of the fountain to keep from falling.

We accept the binding.

The pronouncement echoed. Before it had fully faded, the woman collapsed in a froth of water. Then the water calmed, and the fountain was only a fountain once again. 


(Some of these made me giggle!)

Q: Chocolate or vanilla? 
A: Chocolate. 

Q: Peanut butter or Nutella? 
A: Nutella.

Q: Rain or shine? 
Rain for reading indoors. 

Q: Cold or hot? 
A: Cold. I can always put on more clothes or wrap up in a blanket. 

Q: Salty or sweet? 
A: Depends on mood and writing emergency. 

Q: Crunchy or soft? 
A: Definitely crunchy. 

Q: Night or morning? 
A: Night, often spilling into early morning. 

Q: Gayle or Peeta? 
A: Gayle. 

Q: Drafting or revisions? 
A: Drafting where I am still discovering the story. 

Q: Pantser or plotter? 
A: Plantser with the definite scary possibility of face-planting at any moment. 

Q: Computer or notepad? 
A: Computer. Have you seen my handwriting? 

Q: Mac or PC? 
A: Recent Mac convert, but not evangelical. 

Q: Drive or walk? 
A: Walk in Europe, drive in the U.S., because otherwise it would take me all day to get 

Q: Dog or cat? 
A: Dog and cat. And horse. 

Q: Coffee or tea? 
A: Coffee in the morning, tea with milk in the afternoon or when I’m writing. 

Q: Shower or bath? 
A: Bath. 

Q: Blankets or comforter? 
A: Down comforter and lots of pillows. 

Q: Bikini or one piece? 
A: Very long t-shirt. 

Q: Beach or mountains? 
A: Beach. A foggy one, because there's nothing like a walk on a foggy beach to clear 
your head. 

Q: City or countryside? 
A: Horse country close enough to go into the city for museums, events, and meals. 

Q: Humor or drama? 
A: Drama with humor and heart. 

Q: Hogwarts or Narnia? 
A: Gryffindor! 

Q: Jack Daniels or Merlot? 
A: Prosecco. 

Q: Dauntless or Erudite? 
A: Dauntudite. 

Q: Today or tomorrow? 
A: Todayish. 

Q: Geek or jock? 
A: Geek with good balance. 

Q: Library or amusement park? 
A: Library, or even a shady bench at the amusement park. 

Q: Write or read? 
A: Write, unless it's going badly or it's a book I've been wanting to read. 

Q: Work or retire?
Work most of the year and travel the rest. Or write while traveling. 

Q: Jeans or a dress? 
Dressy jeans. 

Q: Free will or fate? 
Free will in how you react to what's beyond your control. 

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 enternal? 

Q. Passion: Fiery or slow burning? 
Slow burn to third-book INFERNO. 

Q. Mystery or mayhem? 
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? 

Q. Bad boys or bad girls? 
Bad girls and excellent boys. 

Feuds are always personal. Thats 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. Its why I need to get away from this place.

But youre not stepping out for a different view. Barrie tipped her face up to the stars so she wouldnt have to look at him. Youre 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 didnt 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 couldnt help but melt.

Why did you run? he asked.

To see if youd come after me.

It scares me how willing I am to run after you. Were 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 couldnt be held, only borrowed for a time.

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Compulsion is available anywhere books are sold. Signed copies are available from One More Page Books. You can also order with the special “I have a Compulsion for reading” bookplate from Eight Cousins.

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, a Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers site, and, 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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