Compulsion (The Heirs of Watson Island #1)
Author: Martina Boone
Release Date: 10/28/14
Publisher: Simon Pulse, Simon Teen
Blurb Description: 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.
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 AdventuresInYAPublishing.com, a Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers site, and YASeriesInsiders.com, 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.
READ ON FOR AN EXCERPT:
In this telephone scene between Barrie and her godfather Mark, who is dying of cancer on the other side of the country, Barrie is trying to keep things light by telling him about her first kiss with Eight. Mark immediately leaps to a conclusion that she refuses to accept, but with time running out, Mark is all too aware of what it’s like to have regrets for the road not taken.
“Earth to Mark?” Barrie said. “I told you I kissed a boy. Aren’t you going to say anything?”
“I warned you about falling in love with him, didn’t I? I told you to have a good time. Have a fling, I said. Why don’t you ever listen?”
Barrie’s lungs deflated. “Who said anything thing about love?”
“You don’t need to say it. But so we’re clear here: I told you not to fall for him.”
“And I told you orange was not your color, but you still ordered that Isaac Mizrahi dress. Don’t give me I-told-you-sos.”
“The dress had bows that tied at the elbows. How was I gonna pass that up?”
“Easy. You could have moved on to something better.”
“That’s exactly what I’m saying—”
“This is a boy, not a dress!”
“Which only makes him harder to return!” Mark took a deep, long breath that ended in another cough. “All right. Clearly you’ve already fallen for your number boy. So you might as well figure the pain is coming and make sure the crash is worth it.”
“What do you mean?” Barrie stopped where the path ended and the dock began and turned away so Eight couldn’t see her face.
“The things I regret at the end of my life aren’t the ones that left me hurt. I regret all the things I never had the courage to do.”
“You have more courage than anyone I know.”
“Overcompensating for being scared isn’t the same as being brave, baby girl.”
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