Book Blitz - Compulsion by Martina Boone - Teaser & 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.

Compulsion Teaser:
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.

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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  1. Thanks so much for this giveaway! I have received this book for review and seen a lot of positive reviews for this book. Do you intend to read it too?

    1. I think this looks like a really good book as well. I hope to get a chance to read it at some point. I will keep my eyes open for your review - I can't wait to hear your thoughts.


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