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Review: Pointe by Brandy Colbert
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Interview with Martina Boone, author of Compulsion + Giveaway!

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Compulsion
I’ve got the wonderful Martina Boone on the blog today for an interview as part of her blog tour. And you can also enter to win before you go! ;) First, let’s see what her book is all about:

Interview with Martina Boone, author of Compulsion + Giveaway!

Compulsion
Martina Boone
Series: The Heirs of Watson Island #1
Publication date: October 28th 2014
by Simon Pulse

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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.


Interview with Martina Boone


Hi Martina,
I actually met you at BEA where I got a signed copy of your book so I’m excited to be a part of your blog tour! :)

YAY! Thank you so much for being willing to host me. I’m excited to have that personal connection, because this whole process all kind of scary and exciting! : ) I’m thrilled to be here with you and your readers though, and I love the questions you sent!

Let’s start with how the idea for Compulsion came to you?

I wrote a short story about a plantation and two sisters who were separated by a father and an accident. The characters wouldn’t let me go, and then I dreamed about a ball of fire drifting through the woods each night and setting a river on fire. I couldn’t stop thinking about that image and what it meant. Who was doing it and why? The answer came when I researched the history of the Charleston, SC area, and that’s when I knew I had to write the book.

“Highly atmospheric” is something I’ve seen in many reviews for Compulsion so far, what’s your secret to creating such a vivid setting?

The mysteries at Watson Island all stem from the setting in one way or another, so it was really important to me that the plantation and the whole island became a character in the book. I can see the place so clearly that i feel like I’ve lived there myself.

What were your biggest challenges in writing Compulsion?

There are so many things going on. There are mysteries on three different timelines, not to mention the romance; the paranormal elements and the development of the setting, atmosphere, and history; Barrie’s coming of age and family story; the awakening of Pru and Watson’s Landing . . . that kind of layering requires a very specific kind of pacing, but at the same time I wanted to have it accessible.

If you had a do-over, would you tackle anything differently?

I stopped writing for twenty years after a set-back. I had a legitimate reason—raising kids, starting a business—but really, i could have done more if I’d had the courage and the drive. I regret not pushing myself to keep going.

If I were to ask you for the perfect snacks to go along with your book once I sit down and read it, what would you send me?

A chocolate whoopie pie! : )

What’s on your winter to-be-read list?

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
The Young Elites by Jandy Nelson
Clariel by Garth Nix
This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner


About the Author




Martina Boone writes contemporary fantasy set in the kinds of magical places she would love to visit. She is the founder of YASeriesInsiders.com and AdventuresinYAPublishing.com, a two-time Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers blog. 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.




This post is part of the Compulsion blog tour.
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Giveaway

Thanks to Martina and Rockstar Book Tours, you can enter to win some fab prizes! Up for grabs:

(1)  $100 Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Book Depository Gift Card.  International.
(1) Prize pack with 10 books! SWEET EVIL, DEATH SWORN, MADMAN’S DAUGHTER, ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD,ECHOES OF US, A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU,THE BODY FINDER, THE TAKING, and STONE COLD TOUCH. US Only.
(3) Swag packs containing a Compulsion necklace, key bookmark, signed bookplate, and “I have a Compulsion for reading” temporary tattoos. International.

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Follow Me Through Darkness Playlist + Giveaway!

Follow Me Through Darkness Playlist + Giveaway!

Posted by on 10/21/2014 • 5 Comments

The Follow Me Through Darkness tour is stopping by the blog today with the book’s playlist along with a giveaway! I haven’t read this one yet, but it sounds like a really interesting dystopian book that sounds right up my alley! Here’s some info on the book if it’s new to you:

Follow Me Through Darkness Playlist by Danielle Ellison

I spent four years between first draft and the release of Follow Me Through Darkness. Music was instrumental in setting the mood, in keeping me in the zone, and in creating the tension that I wanted to build in the novel. This is a longer playlist, because it’s four years of music! I found that I kept adding to the songs I already had, and none of…

Review: The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

Review: The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

Posted by on 10/20/2014 • 20 Comments

“There are three rules in the Walled City: Run fast. Trust no one. Always carry your knife.”

I admit, this is all I read of the blurb before I dived into this book in line at BEA, so what I expected was some kind of dystopian. And in a way, it is a dystopian-like setting inside the city itself, but this book is not a dystopian/post-apocalyptic story at all. It’s a contemporary thriller. Outside the Walled City, the world is just like ours today, with modern civilization and normal people living normal lives. Inside this city, however, we’ve got another story. In a gist, this book is about the horrors of human trafficking in a city without laws, controlled by gangs and criminals, ruled by brothel owners and drug…

Stacking the Shelves [October 19th]

Stacking the Shelves [October 19th]

Posted by on 10/19/2014 • 12 Comments

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews featuring the books we got this week, and I also mention blog news/happenings of the past week. Hi y’all! I haven’t done an STS in a few weeks – haven’t really gotten anything up until this week and have not gone book shopping in so long! I def have to make a trip to Chapters soon! Are you all ready for Halloween? We’re all decorated here with a lil one excited to go trick or treating! So on the blog I have a few giveaways that I think you should enter! I took part in the Spooktacular Hop again this year, and I’ve had a few tours drop by with some awesome prizes. You can find the full list of…

Fresh Batch (New Releases October 19th – 25th)

Fresh Batch (New Releases October 19th – 25th)

Posted by on 10/18/2014 • 8 Comments

Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

Blue Lily, Lily Blue Maggie Stiefvater Series: The Raven Cycle #3 Publication date: October 21st 2014by Scholastic Press

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There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray. Mothers can disappear. Visions…

Review: Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle

Review: Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle

Posted by on 10/16/2014 • 14 Comments

Being from a small town in the middle of nowhere, Canada, where we hardly get anything exciting happen more than concerts from washed up artists, stardom is really something like another world for me. I’m fascinated by their lifestyle and by how… wildly different living that kind of life must be. So while this book may not be the next Great American Novel, it’s a whole lotta entertainment in a guilty pleasure sort of way.

Paige is just your regular high school girl with big dreams, until one day these dreams become reality when she’s cast in the next big Hollywood book-to-movie. This movie is clearly made to be akin to Twilight in how huge it is. And honestly, how is it not fun to imagine yourself being cast…

Review: Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker

Review: Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker

Posted by on 10/15/2014 • 9 Comments

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It did grab me full-on at the start, though. Sterling’s brother goes missing inside a swamp, and the next thing you know, a strange girl comes out in his place and no one but our main character even remembers her brother. So of course, her family thinks she’s gone insane. They remember this new girl, though, as if she had been there all along. Even Sterling starts getting false memories about their childhood together. Sounds awesome, right? I loved it,then, I truly did!…

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop

Posted by on 10/14/2014 • 11 Comments

I don’t join giveaway hops very much anymore, but this is one that I love to do because books and candy go so well together, no? >.< I love this holiday, and I love to give back to my readers, so I’m joining in again this year for the Spooktacular giveaway hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. This hop has close to 300 participants so your chances of winning are wild!

What’s up for grabs: Your book of choice from The Book Depository up to a value of 15$.

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