ABOUT THE BOOK
By Martina Boone
October 28, 2014
Simon & Schuster, Simon Pulse
Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.
When loss is all you know, how do you find true love?
All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lived 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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Here's a little video tease of the book with the cover reveal. (Not the book trailer -- that will be coming later.)
When I first started writing Compulsion, the part of Barrie's godfather Mark was meant to be very small. But I ended up loving him and the relationship he has with Barrie so much that he stuck his size-fourteen Louboutins into nearly every chapter.
Here's an example. We're starting with Mark talking to Barrie on the phone:
“Good. So tell me about this moonlit walk with your lucky number.”
“Well, there was moonlight and there was walking.” Barrie drew her knees to her chest to try to hold herself together. But there were more and more pieces of her heart splintering off all the time. “Then this morning he brought me a rose and took me to see sea turtles, and fed me the most amazing hot dog for lunch. A can’t-do-better-so-never-eat-hot-dogs-anywhere-else hot dog, so it’s a good thing I hate baseball, or I’d starve at the games. Have you ever heard of sweet potato mustard?”
“Sounds too good to be true,” Mark said. “The boy, I mean, not the mustard.”
Barrie thought of the way Eight pushed and acted like he knew everything, and she almost laughed.
“Trust me, he isn’t too good. He is picking me up in an hour, though, so I have to hang up. Oh, and I lost my phone. Call Pru’s number if you need me.” Mark was quiet so long, she thought she’d lost the connection. “Mark?”
“I’m still here. Quick, what shoes are you wearing?”
“Jeffersons.” As always, Barrie named the first shoes that came to mind, which was how the game was played.
“Jeffersons? Huh. High and sporty. Kick-ass cute without making you seem like you’re trying hard. You be very careful now, sweetness. You’re not used to this, and the number’s still just a boy. You’ve got places to go. No falling for him.”
Barrie didn’t need that kind of aggravation.
The next teaser 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 Barrie’s 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.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ABOUT THE GIVEAWAY
- THESE BROKEN STARS signed by Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman
- WHAT'S LEFT OF ME (Book One of the Hybrid Chronicles) signed by Kat Zhang
- ONCE WE WERE (Book Two of the Hybrid Chronicles) signed by Kat Zhang
Martina's running eight giveaways in total, in honor of the cover reveal and Eight Beaufort, Barrie Watson's delicious love interest. Each has more great signed books (or series) from her favorite authors, including Laini Taylor, Maggie Steifvater, Stephanie Kuehn, Tahereh Mafi, Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, Megan Shepherd, Veronica Roth, Claudia Gray, Kendare Blake, and Jennifer L. Armentrout. Click the banner here to find them all.
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