Excerpt & Giveaway: Compulsion

Reading Lark thrilled to be apart of the tour to celebrate the upcoming release of Martina Boone's debut, Compulsion. Martina is one of our favorite authors!

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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.” 

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 AdventuresInYAPublishing.com, a Writers Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers site, and YASeriesInsiders.com, 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.

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!


  1. I think I would want the gift of being able to read minds if I wanted to. I'm always wondering what people are really thinking.

  2. I think I would want the gift to know what people are thinking. It could be good or bad in many ways. Good you would know when someone needed help and wouldn't ask but bad when you see stuff you would rather not see.

  3. I think I would want to know what was going to happen.I would be able to plan my life better and make a lot less mistakes.

  4. I'd like the ability to predict the future...as long as I had the ability to shut it down, upon demand.

  5. Aw, THANK YOU, ladies! XOXO Thanks so much for being part of the tour!

  6. I have received compulsion for review and I can't wait to start reading it! Meanwhile this sounds like an awesome prize!


  7. To know when someone needs a hug or even just a smile.


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