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. You can follow the entire tour. Trust me, you don’t want to miss the author guest posts, the excerpts, and the massive giveaway going on with the tour.
Paula Stokes is today’s guest author on the Compulsion for Magic tour, and she’s a pro at writing books about characters in conflict between want and need. (That’s something Barrie in Compulsion has a bit of trouble with too.) Like Compulsion also, The Art of Lainey has a strong heroine who doesn’t need a sword to go after what she wants. In fact, Lainey arms herself with a book instead, and as we all know, books are the best form of everyday magic.
Paula is going to tell us a little about what she, and Lainey, think about double-edged magical gifts.
But first . . .
What about you? For a chance to win the HUGE tour mega prize of books and the $100 gift card, tell us about the magical gift you’d like to have—but remember, as it does on Compulsion’s Watson Island—all small magic has a downside. Think a little about living with the consequences!
Now here’s what Paula had to say . . .
If you could have any “everyday” magical gift, like finding lost things or knowing what people want, what gift would you want and why?
I would want to have super-remembering power. I want this because right now it seems like I have super-forgetting power. If someone says “Remind me to do the thing when we get to the place” and the place is more than five minutes away, I’ll forget. I forgot to go to class when I was in grad school…more than twice. The only reason I never forgot to go to work is because I always wrote my shifts down on a piece of paper, then transferred them to a calendar, then transferred them to my daily to do lists. If I had super-remembering power, I could spend a less time writing things down and spend more time on crucial tasks, like cupcake eating and playing with my cats 🙂
What everyday magic would your characters wish they had and why?
I think Lainey would want magic that made her a better soccer player, either that or magic that made her hair naturally straight without needing a flat iron. For obvious reasons!
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 am soooo glad I can’t read minds. It seems like it would be cool, like knowing everyone’s secrets, but then you’d also know what they were thinking about YOU all the time. No thanks.
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?
Clearly, CLEARLY Mizz Creant’s House of Torture (and Pancakes.) Delicious breakfast food served in a somewhat deviant and macabre environment? What’s not to love about that?
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?
Um…does True Blood count? I’d kill for an excuse to dress up like Pam, Eric’s leather-sporting, no-nonsense progeny who is one of the most flawed yet likable characters I’ve ever come across. (Sorry, I haven’t read a lot of Gothic books so I had to cheat with TV :D)
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What do you say, Sookie Stackhouse fans? Obviously, that totally counts!
Your turn! Leave a comment.
And/Or . . .
Bonus option: If you’ve already done that elsewhere on the tour or just want to do something different for extra entry points, show us your magical, gothic, or romantic Halloween costume! What character from a Gothic or Southern Gothic romance would you dress as? Or how would you show an “everyday magic” as a Halloween costume? Post a comment with the URL to your photo and we’ll share it. Use tag #CompulsionMagic.
About the book:
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 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 somehow seems to know 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.
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 reading” bookplate from Eight Cousins. Pre-Order Incentives Going on here.
Early Praise for Compulsion
“Darkly romantic and steeped in Southern Gothic charm, you’ll 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!”
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.
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.
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: