Friday, October 17, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Compulsion by Martina Boone

Hello & welcome to the I Have A Compulsion for Magic blog tour
I'm so thrilled to be apart of the tour to celebrate the upcoming release of Martina Boone's debut, Compulsion. Your can follow the entire tour here. Trust me, you don't want to miss the author guest posts, the excerpts, and the massive giveaway going on with the tour. 

Simon & Schuster, Simon Pulse
Hardcover, 10/28/14 ISBN: 1481411225

Three plantations. Two gifts. 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 aunts South Carolina plantation insteada 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 somehow seems to know what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her familys twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isnt what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

Pre-order Compulsion

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Signed copies are available for pre-order from One More Page Books. You can also pre-order with the special I have a Compulsion for readingbookplate from Eight Cousins. Pre-Order Incentives Going on here.

Early Praise for Compulsion

Darkly romantic and steeped in Southern Gothic charm, youll be compelled to get lost in the Heirs of Watson Island series.” 
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout

"A fresh twist on the Southern Gothic haunting, atmospheric, and absorbing.” 
Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author of A Thousand Pieces of You and the Evernight and Spellcaster series 

"Compulsion is a stunningly magical debut with a delicious slow burn to be savored. I want to live in this story world!" 
Wendy Higgins, USA Today and NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil trilogy from HarperTeen

About Martina

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.
Shes the founder of, a Writers Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers site, and, a site devoted to encouraging literacy and all things 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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Ever wonder what it would be like to be a little bit magic? That’s exactly the subject of the Compulsion for Magic tour! The characters on Watson Island don’t fly, they don’t kill people with a touch. They just have an extra “gift” that doubles as a curse if you look at it from a different angle. 

We want to hear from you! What kind of a “gift” would you like to have? For a chance to win the HUGE tour mega prize of books and the $100 gift card, tell us in the comments below—but remember, as it is on Compulsion’s Watson Island—magic isn’t always a solution, it’s just as often a problem in itself.

To help give you an example to follow, we asked Beth Revis, the NYT bestselling author of The Body Electric, the hot new sci-fi about a girl who uses tech to slip into people’s minds and experience or influence their memories, and the fabulous Across the Universe series to share some of her magical ideas. She’ll be heading out to bookstores with Martina on the Compelling Reads tour.

Beth, if you could have any “everyday” magical gift, like finding lost things or knowing what people want, what gift would you want and why?

What I really want is the ability to stop time so that I could read and write as much as I want to, or the ability to teleport so that I could travel anywhere. But if it was just a little gift...I think I'd like the ability to truly love healthy food and to always have exactly what I want to eat readily available. This idea brought to you by the fact that, once again, the husband and I just sat around saying "What do you wanna eat?" for an hour before popping something in the microwave.
What everyday magic would your characters wish they had and why?

In The Body Electric, my main character Ella would like to always be able to tell when someone's lying to her. She is surrounded by people she can't entirely trust, so she would greatly value that! My other main character, Jack, would probably very much like the ability to convince others of truth...
Eight, Barrie’s love interest in Compulsion, has inherited his family’s gift of knowing what people want and feeling compelled to give it to them. What’s one gift you’re glad you don’t have? Or your characters would be glad they didn’t have?

I've always felt that Gail Carson Levine's Ella Enchanted is a touch of a horror story--the idea that you must obey any order given to you...shudder. I would never, ever, ever, ever want that ability. I value my freedom of choice more than almost anything.
Barrie is tied to her family’s plantation, Watson’s Landing, in a magical way, and the whole landscape becomes magical for her. What’s the one place in your book that you wish you could bring to life?

I actually would really love to see the entire city of New Venice in The Body Electric come to life. It's not a dystopian society--there are bad people, but it's not a bad world, and the city itself is a beautiful mix of old and new. It's not perfect, but it's not a world I'd mind living in. You know, minus the evil people.
If you were going to a Halloween party and you had to dress as a character from a Southern Gothic or a Gothic romance, what would your costume look like?

Oh, I would totally be the raving crazy woman the family keeps hidden in the attic.

Beth has the Gothic nailed. There’s always a crazy relative (or at least a skeleton) in the attic. Southern Gothics are a little more up front. No one bothers to hide the crazy—it’s right there in front of you.

Your turn!  Leave a comment.

Would you go with a crazy magic or a useful one? How would it affect your life?

And/Or . . .

Bonus option: If you’d rather do a photo answer, show us a Halloween costume with your interpretation of a Southern Gothic, Gothic, or magical costume! Would you go Beth’s crazy route, or would you go romantic? Post a comment with the URL to your photo and we’ll share it. Use tag #CompulsionMagic.


The Giveaway 

Do you have a Compulsion for Reading? Then you don't want to miss what Martina Boone is giving away! 5 lucky winners will each win the following:

Grand Prize Winner - will win EVERYTHING pictured above! That's the right! That entire bag of books will go to 1 reader!! *US residents only

Next Winner - will win a $100 gift card to the book store of their choice! *open internationally

3 Additional winners will each win a Compulsion prize pack which features a signed copy of Compulsion, a Compulsion necklace and bookmarks. *open internationally

To enter to win, please fill out the form below:

Good luck!

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