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Compulsion (The Heirs of Watson Island #1) by Martina Boone
Date of Publishing: October 28th, 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse, Simon Teen
Genres: Adult, Romance
Compulsion is available anywhere
books are sold. Signed copies are available from One More Page Books. You can also
order with the special “I have a Compulsion for reading” bookplate from Eight Cousins.
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.
Drained by the aftereffects of anger and adrenaline, Barrie found herself breathing in Eight’s recklessness, swept up in it, and suddenly it didn’t matter where they were going or what he planned to do. His moods were contagious, dangerous to her equilibrium.
He stopped at the beach, the same beach where they’d seen the turtle nest. Neither of them said a word while Eight retrieved a musty-smelling towel from his trunk and caught Barrie’s hand, lacing their fingers like they were made to fit.
They ran barefoot over the dunes and through a break in the pickets that held back the sea oats. The moon turned the white sand to diamond dust, and Eight laid the towel down above the hide-tide marker of shells and seaweed and damp, dark sand. He sat down and drew her against him, her back against his chest. His arms wrapped around her, and she leaned into the solidness of him. His heartbeat washed through her like the waves, until she didn’t know whether the pounding of it was hers or his.
When she sighed and relaxed, he eased her down and leaned over and finally kissed her until she felt like she was going to fall. She reached for him, kissing him more deeply. His lips were scalding on hers, leaving her tingling and whole instead of so, so alone. She wanted the feeling, the moment, to never stop.
Q. What’s your favorite thing about Compulsion?
A. I secretly love Gothic novels. There was a point where Daphne du Maurier’s
REBECCA and Mary Stewart’s AIRS ABOVE THE GROUND were among my favorite
novels. I’ve always adored books with exotically dangerous settings, quirky characters,
and elements of mystery and suspense. Since I’m from Prague, one of the most
magical, broodingly beautiful cities in the world, the bar for magical locations is set
pretty hight. But the South. Ah, there I have all the elements I love—a haunted past,
regret, anger, continuing conflict, and questions of morality galore. Southern plantations
are the closest thing to moldering abbeys and decaying castles that we have in the
United States. I’m grateful to Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl for reminding me of how
much I love all the elements they included in BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, because their
series got me thinking about the possibilities of Spanish moss and crumbling Southern
mansions. My favorite thing about Compulsion, hands down, is the setting and how it
shaped (and twisted) the characters and families who live there.
Q: What do you want readers to take away from COMPULSION?
A. That you can pick your family, the people you love. And that you need to do more
than just survive your life. You have to go out and live your life.
Q: What do you think will shock readers the most in COMPULSION?
A: There are a lot of surprises—I hope. At least I hear from readers that there are
surprises. And several of them are meant to be shocking, but they are shocking in
different ways. I’d love to hear from readers (privately or at least in a non-spoilery way
☺) what they think shocked them the most.
Q: What is your favorite thing about Eight?
A: Apart from the fact that he’s sexy, swoony, and sweet? It’s that he’s got a little edge
of badass, but he’s intensely kind and treats Barrie well—he may call her out once in a
while when she does something reckless, but he lets her make her own mistakes and
supports her through them. I’m all about alpha males as long as the relationship is
equal. Eight makes Barrie stronger and helps her see herself through his eyes, helping
her to realize that she is more than she ever thought she could be.
Q: There’s a moment when the love between Eight and Barrie almost feels a little
insta-lovish. But it isn’t. Did you worry about that when you were writing?
A: At the moment when Barrie and Eight meet, the reader doesn’t fully understand their
gifts, so it was a risk leaving that open to the reader’s interpretation. I like to leave room
for the reader, though, so I never spell that out. Once readers understand the gifts, they
get it when they think it through. It isn’t insta-love at all! And Barrie is very determined
not to make the mistake of letting herself believe in love that comes too quickly. The two
of them do fall for each other, but they go through a lot together very quickly. And trust
me, their story is far from over in the first book.
As far as insta-love in general goes? My husband told me he loved me in the middle of
a poker party two weeks after we met. We married less than a year after we met, and
we’re still married. Love can happen very fast and still be real and lasting. I’m not
personally a fan of the kind of insta-love where a character is in danger but the second
she sees a hot guy, all she can do is think about how hot he is. Or the kind where one
or two super-hot guys fall in love with a heroine who’s not only ordinary looking but
doesn’t really do anything that makes her stand out. Barrie takes action early on, even
though she’s scared and not used to handling things on her own. She’s naïve, so
sometimes her decisions aren’t the smartest, but you know what? I was making naïve
decisions when I was a lot older than Barrie. That’s what I love the most about her. She
does the best she can at any given time. Her choices sometimes drove me crazy as I
was writing, but I had to let them be her choices, based on her background and her
Q: What’s the coolest part of COMPULSION’s journey to publication so far?
Talking to readers about my characters as if they are real. Hearing the excitement in my
agent’s voice and in my editor’s voice when they talk about my characters. That’s
fabulous, because to me Eight and Barrie and all the others are very real. But also
seeing the incredible amount of love and support that everyone at Simon Pulse has
given to this book. I’m awed and overwhelmed by that. Ask me what the most humbling
and the most inspiring part of COMPULSION’s journey has been so far, and my answer
will be identical to this one. : )
There was also a moment four days after I got the electronic version of the copyedited
pages hot off the press. I noticed a line from a book in my Twitter notifications. I
frequently tweet quotes I like from my Tumblr account, but while the quote looked
familiar, I didn’t remember posting it. The bookstore that tweeted it used hashtag
#mynewfavoritequote, though, and I stared at it for like thirty seconds before I realized it
was from my book, which I hadn’t even realized was out in the world anywhere. That
was a jaw-dropping and immeasurably cool moment I will remember forever. (Thank
you Sara Hines from Eight Cousins Bookstore!)
He took the candle from her and used it to light the lantern. The flame guttered, then steadied. Reflecting in the mirror at the back of the lantern, it gave off a surprising amount of light. Eight blew out the candle, turned off the flashlight, and tucked it into the waistband of his shorts. He reassembled the tinderbox before sliding it into his pocket.
“Ready?” he asked.
With the light and triumph playing across his features, he looked even more beautiful than usual. Things, and people, were always more beautiful when you were afraid to lose them.
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“Why do you suppose my mother was afraid of Wyatt?” Barrie rolled and rested on one elbow to look at Eight.
“Apart from what we saw tonight, you mean?”
“I assumed it was about the feud. Because she was a Watson and she’d run off with Wyatt’s brother. But it felt more personal.”
“Feuds are always personal. That’s what makes it hard to break the cycle. Everyone lives locked inside their own anger until someone is finally brave enough to step outside themselves to see the view from the other side. It’s why I need to get away from this place.”
“But you’re not stepping out for a different view.” Barrie tipped her face up to the stars so she wouldn’t have to look at him. “You’re stepping out to run away.”
He was silent, and she was suddenly afraid. Afraid that she had said too much, presumed too much, hoped too much. She rolled her capris as high as they would go, then ran toward the water. She didn’t look back until she was knee deep, which was as far as she dared. He was right behind her, his face gleaming in the kind of light that turned beautiful boys into gods. He caught her, and held her, his skin so warm and alive, she couldn’t help but melt.
“Why did you run?” he asked.
“To see if you’d come after me.”
“It scares me how willing I am to run after you. We’re both doing too much running.”
“So kiss me again.”
Her hands crept around his neck, tangling in his hair to keep him closer, even though she knew that beautiful boys with expiration dates couldn’t be held, only borrowed for a time.
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 Tumblr site devoted to news, giveaways, and insider secrets of much-loved and up-and-coming 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.