Tuesday, March 4, 2014

COMPULSION by Martina Boone, Cover Reveal & Giveaway!


Hello & Welcome to today's exciting cover reveal for debut author Martina Boone's COMPULSION! I am so thrilled to help Martina reveal her cover. Before I tell you about her book, and her awesome giveaway today, check out THIS cover:


I'm totally loving this cover. This is the kind of cover that would make me pick up this book if I was heading out to the pool or the beach, or snuggle up with on a cool fall day. What do you guys think of the cover? Find out more about the book:

ABOUT THE BOOK

COMPULSION
By Martina Boone
Hardcover
October 28, 2014
ISBN: 18732883
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.

ADD TO GOODREADS | PREORDER

Here's a little video tease of the book with the cover reveal. (Not the book trailer -- that will be coming later.) 


Teaser One

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.”

No worries.

Barrie didn’t need that kind of aggravation.

Teaser Two

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


Martina Boone was born in Prague and spoke several languages before learning English. Her first teacher in the U.S. made fun of her for not pronouncing the "wh" sound right, so she set out to master "all the words”—she's still working on that! In the meantime, she’s writing contemporary fantasy set in the kinds of magical places she'd love to visit. If you like romance steeped in mystery, mayhem, Spanish moss, and a bit of magic, she hopes you'll look forward to meeting Barrie, Eight, Cassie, Pru, Seven and the other characters of Watson Island.

ABOUT THE GIVEAWAY



To celebrate the new cover, Martina is giving away an ARC of Compulsion, which will be hot off the press in a couple of weeks. The winner will receive on of the very first copies, signed and personalized, of course. To go along with the ARC, Martina is also giving away a sterling silver key necklace with a design similar to the keys on the necklace Barrie wears in the book. There are also some great, signed books she loves and wants to share:
The giveaway will run through 3/31/14, and it's open internationally. Use the Rafflecopter giveaway  below to enter.

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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78 comments:

  1. Oooo, this cover is fantastic and the teasers are fab as well! And I've loved the sound of the book since I first heard the summary :) Congratulations, Martina!

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  2. Christina R. in the rafflecopter

    Those are awesome awesome excerpts! The characters and setting and creepy stuff rock!!

    Thank you :)

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  3. The cover is amazing and the plot so interesting! :) Congratulations and thanks for the chance :)

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  4. The cover is amazing and the plot so interesting! :) Congratulations and thanks for the chance :)

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  5. I love the cover and the trailer - and Martina rocks so bad! :-) Can't wait for this book!

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  6. The cover is absolutely gorgeous and the book sounds amazing.

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  7. Sounds interesting, love the cover!

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  8. I LOVE THE COVER SO MUCH! I have been on the edge of my seat waiting for the cover reveal. Well done, Simon and Schuster!

    Thank you!

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  9. The cover is gorgeous! I'll definitely be featuring it on my Breathtaking Book Cover meme =) Thanks for sharing!

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  10. The cover is beautiful and one I would proudly display on my shelf :) Thank you!

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  11. Oh my gosh. I need all of these books. Like yesterday. All of them look beautiful!

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  12. Beautiful! I am excited to read this book!

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  13. I agree the cover is beautiful! Thank you for this post and the introduction to this book!

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  14. It's gorgeous! I love all the autumn orange, and the curliques behind the title :D

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  15. Thanks for all the cover love, everyone! The design team did a fabulous job, didn't they? And <3333 to Katie and Sophie for having Compulsion here today!

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  16. This cover just pulls me into the story already! Can't wait!

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  17. I love the cover!!! I am really looking forward to reading the book!

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  18. What a mesmerizing cover. Love it. I have yet to read a ghost book and this one sounds interesting!

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  19. I adore this cover!!! Love the color scheme!

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  20. I really want to read this book! The cover is beautiful.

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  21. It is beautiful and I can't wait to read it!!!

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  22. I love the cover. It's very different and I really like that!

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  23. The cover is gorgeous! Congratulations on the impending release of COMPULSION ... I can hardly wait to get my hands on it!

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  24. Love the cover and thanks for the giveaway!

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  25. I can't wait, the cover is amazing :)

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  26. The cover is awesome and I'm sure the book is going to be just as good!

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  27. Oh my! I love the cover and the giveaway!

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  28. I want to have a picnic there!

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  29. Wow the book sounds amazing! Can't wait to hear more about it!

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  30. I love this cover! Expecially the color and the font :)

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  31. I love the cover, I think it's stunning and it sounds so good xD

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  32. Beautiful cover, I love the color scheme!

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  33. Wow, I'm impressed! I really want to read about thge 3 plantation's mysteries! The cover is gorgeous :)

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  34. I think the cover is beautiful but I personally think that it looked gloomy somehow. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  35. So excited for this one! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  36. Thanks for the giveaway and for introducing me to a new, must read book!

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  37. Great Teasers! The cover is very beautiful and thank you for the giveaway!

    Raffle name: Demitra Giote

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  38. Gorgeous cover! Really want to read this one.

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  39. Compulsion sounds great! And so are the giveaways! :)

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  40. the cover is beautiful.. the book seems to be awesome.. i can't wait to get my hands around it.. :D

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  41. Love the cover! and thank you for the giveaway its so nice and appreciated :)

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  42. That necklace is so lovely! And those other books are amazing, so surely this one will be too ;)

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  43. OOOOHH! I'm so excited to read Compulsion!! Also the cover is fantastic!!

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  44. Really excited to read! And I love the cover!

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  45. I adore the cover! Super excited to read this one!

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  46. Very pretty cover, almost has a gothic, swoony feel.

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  47. Love the giveaways!!! Thank you so much for the chance to enter! Love the cover of Compulsion and cant wait to read it!

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  48. I love the cover and can't wait to read Compulsion.

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  49. The cover is so beautiful! I love it!

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  50. Love the cover and can't wait to read it! :) Thanks for an amazing giveaway! :)

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  51. Love it :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  52. Love this cover and thank for this giveaway! :)

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  53. The more I look at this cover, the more I love it!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  54. I have all these books on my to read list and can't wait to get my hands on them!

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  56. This cover looks amazing! And thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  57. Super excited about the giveaway! Thank you so much! :)

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  58. The Cover looks so pretty and the book seems really good thank you!!

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  59. Oooh, the cover is amazing, love it!

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  60. Like the cover! I´m looking forward to read it.

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  61. I absolutely, positively LOVE IT!! I have told Martina that once or twice (or ten times!) ;) I told her I feel like I could just get lost in the image - the colors are amazing and so soothing to the eye, and I just imagine strolling underneath that gorgeous canopy. I've been eager to read this since Martina first announced it and said what it was about. I'm a Southern girl myself, and I crave good Southern fiction. So I'm ready to go!!

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  62. The cover itself is beautiful and so is the story. I'm looking forward to reading your work!

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  63. The cover of this book is absolutely fantastic. I'd love to win it in a giveaway!

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  64. Love the cover! Thank you so much for all these wonderful giveaways! <3

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  65. Sounds like an amazing book. Thanks for the giveaway

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  66. The cover looks great, and Martina is so sweet! I'm so looking forward to this book!

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  67. i'd love a chance to win any of these! also, the cover is gorge!!!

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