Book Blitz: Compulsion by Martina Boone with random author facts, teaser and a giveaway

Release Date: 10/28/14
ISBN: 1481411225
Simon Pulse, Simon Teen
448 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
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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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.

Random Author Facts 

• I was born in Prague in what’s now the Czech Republic, which is probably the most
magical city on earth (just ask Laini Taylor’s Karou or Zuzana). I think that probably
explains my love of magical settings. There’s nothing like waking up every morning
with a fairytale castle rising on a hillside above you, spending days walking down
narrow cobblestoned alleys full of alchemists shops and stores that sell Absynthe, and
going to sleep at night with the lights of a hundred spires winging into the sky to spark
the imagination.

• I love to travel and made it to twelve different countries last year. Well, eleven if you
don’t count the U.S. Prague and Austria were, as always, two of my favorites, but I
loved Turkey and Thailand, had a ball visiting an elephant orphanage in Sri Lanka,
and despite my fear of heights, I forced myself to go to the top of the Burj Khalifa in
Dubai, the world’s tallest building, and the Petronas Tower in Kuala Lumpur. I also
climbed the 272 steps to the Batu Cave Temple, which wasn't so much a height
problem as a distraction problem. I was so busy watching the monkeys sliding down
the banisters that I practically took a header. I think my favorite place of all though—
because it was completely new to me and full of incredible things everywhere I
looked—was India. The Taj Mahal is truly incredible, but I was completely enchanted
by the people and the mixture of old and very modern. I also collected the framework
of a book I’m dying to write in Bermuda.

• I used to tell Edgar Allen Poe “ghost” stories at Girl Scout Camp and make people get
creeped out, but I can’t watch horror movies to save my life.

• I love Nutella, marzipan, and stale sugar-free licorice.

• I’ve taught both skiing and horseback riding, and together those have resulted in
enough concussions to more than explain the crazy stuff my imagination dreams up.

• I love coffee, but when I’m writing, I prefer to drink chocolate flavored tea with milk.

• I have a Shetland Sheepdog named “Auggie” (Auggie the doggie), who is a certifie
therapy dog. In addition to performing tricks at nursing homes and hospitals, he has
helped me to teach writing to first and second graders.


Teaser Eleven

In this scene, Barrie has just discovered something about the reason her
mother Lula ran away from Watson’s Landing back when she was Barrie’s age.
She doesn’t know how to tell her aunt Pru, but the discovery also sheds light on
the reason that Barrie’s grandfather kept Pru isolated at Watson’s Landing for all
the years between Lula’s leaving and his recent death. Pru, examining her own
life, is beginning to see that she has existed more than lived for all those years.

 “Sad, isn’t it?” Pru looked up from the clothes she was refolding. “All these
remnants discarded or left behind when people died.”
“Exactly what I was thinking.” Barrie folded the quilt she had just
photographed and laid it on top of the others in the cedar-lined trunk. Her fingers
trailed across the intricate needlework that someone, many someones, had
labored over, sewing unwanted scraps of shirts and dresses into a work of art.
But whose work of art?
“It’s like that old question about the tree falling in the woods,” Barrie said. “If
you don’t leave any achievements behind, did you really live? Does it count if
you create something beautiful but no one knows it’s yours?”
She spoke without thinking, but Pru’s indrawn hiss of breath reminded her that
Pru, like Lula, had existed more than lived. Imprisoned. Chained. Figurative or
not, Mrs. Price’s words were accurate. Pru’s life had been stolen from her.
Was it possible to hate someone you had never met? If so, Barrie hated

About the Author
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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