Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Wistful YA: COMPULSION, a Giveaway, & ISWG!

Within the publishing arena, is there anything more thrilling than watching a dear friend achieve her dream? I think not. I am beyond ecstatic to share Martina Boone's dream with you - a story that enraptured her heart. A story she wrote to capture yours. 

Release Date: 10/28/14
ISBN: 1481411225
Publisher: Simon Pulse, Simon Teen
Pages: 448

Summary from Goodreads:
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.

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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.
About the Author:
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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. Author Links:
Before we get to the fabulous giveaway, let's have some fun.

Martina, what’s your favorite thing about Compulsion?
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. 

Exotically dangerous settings ... #clearsthroat #blushes

What is the weirdest piece of research you had to do when writing COMPULSION?
I researched a LOT of off the wall things for this book: pirates, shipwrecks, ghosts, witches, voodoo, hoodoo, Cherokee witchcraft, slavery, drug running, lost treasures of the Civil War, Confederate privateering, the Red Sea Gold, indigo production, drag queens/drag shows, secret rooms, furniture with hidden drawers, ball lightning . . . The thing that fascinated me the most on a research level was the various forms of magic that were present in the South with the confluence of belief systems brought there by slaves from different regions and religions intersecting with Native American belief systems. I spent a lot of time Googling specific spells and curses and trying to work out how the interpretation of them might have changed over three hundred years.

What do you want readers to take away from COMPULSION?
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. 

Very profound.

Can you sum up COMPULSION in one word?
Sure. The title: Compulsion. I think my editor nailed it coming up with that.

So COMPULSION wasn't the original title?
The book has had three titles, and I love them all. My working title was FIRE CARRIER, and when you read the book, you'll get that. My brilliant acquiring editor, Annette Pollert, who edited the book all the way up to copyedits, came up with BEHOLDEN, which everyone loved, and that also suits the book perfectly. But the bottom line is that COMPULSION fits several themes in the book and also conveys a sense of energy that I hope I've achieved in the plot. It's by far my favorite, and it carries through into the rest of the series.

COMPULSION is part of a trilogy. Did you already have the series written when you submitted the manuscript?
I never meant to write a series, but I knew I wasn't done with Watson Island yet, so after I'd written the second draft, I gave both Eight and Cassie little sisters. I intended to let them help me explore the magical aspects of those families in companion novels. When my agent and I were getting ready to submit COMPULSION to publishers, I very quickly wrote synopses for the novels. Just quick sketches. And then I immediately went to work writing the second book to keep from going crazy while I was waiting to see if COMPULSION would sell. 

We already had a phone call scheduled with a publisher for a Monday, and my agent called me at five o'clock on Thursday night to tell me that Annette, my future editor, wanted to talk to me the next day, and did I have time. Um, does McDonalds sell hamburgers? 

#snort #giggle

Also, he said, Annette wanted to know if I would consider making the other two books a series. Sure, I said. Of course. And then I had until ten-thirty the next morning to come up with ideas: plot and character arcs for the series, a plot that was progressive instead of episodic, themes that would carry across the books. All that. 

'K, me interjecting here ... Now that is chaos for a writer - less than a handful of hours to mind-create two full stories. But, obviously, you handled it amazingly! 

So I called my critique partners and begged for brainstorming help. We were all focusing on plot at first, and then when I was just talking things trough, I finally realized what the character progressions had to be. Instead of crying about the loss of what I'd already written in Book Two, I got excited about the series idea instead, and I also realized that I could use what I'd done for Book Two. Just in a different way. 

Martina, you rock in ways I can't even express here. I remember when you first contacted me as you were launching Adventures in YA Publishing. I am thrilled for you! Congratulations. 

Now for you amazing readers: GO ENTER THE COMPULSION GIVEAWAY
Best of luck to you. 

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To fulfill my #ISWG post today, I'm going to leave you with a few thoughts to ponder over the coming weeks.

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'Tis the holiday season, as we all know. No matter where you live or what beliefs you hold you are most likely aware of the commercialism that has come to blanket this time of year. During my childhood, there were times when advertisements and the luring 'sale' caused commotion. Anyone remember Cabbage Patch dolls?                                                                                                                                              As an adult, I've seen these isolated commercial moments multiply to the point there is almost no relief. I fear this generation will miss out on the importance of this calendar month, that it's about reflecting, remembering there is good in the world, and being thankful. Despite my valiant efforts to lend reminders and be a better example (as I'm sure you do as well), it just might not be enough. What will their children feel during this time of year? Their childrens' children? What will we leave them to focus on? And if they don't focus on the importance that is life and how we came about, what will happen to society?

Yeah, a heavy question to leave you with, but one I think is worth our time. 

Until our next IWSG chat ... ((HUGS))


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28 comments:

  1. Thank you so, so much for this, Sheri, and for being a great friend and an inspiration to me all these years. I've been so honored to know you, and this is just another example of your kindness, generosity, and beautifully positive spirit! Sending you huge hugs, lovely! XO

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    1. Your words are so kind, Martina. I will never forget the confidence you injected in me when you contacted me to help spread the word about AYAP. I thought, "Me? Really?" Thank you.

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  2. Fascinating book, I'm hooked. I too feel the same way about the commercialism of December! It's terrible. Sharing this wonderful link from Facebook... https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=533740169977550&set=vb.137684739349&type=2&theater

    Hope the link works!

    Best regards,
    Donna
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    Ignite Curiosity in your child through reading!
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  3. Congratulations, Martina! I wish you much success! :)

    Yes, I do remember the Cabbage Patch Doll. I was one of those kids hopeless in love with those dolls. Haha! But I do know what you mean...I can already see how the commercialism of this month has impacted my nephews who are 8 and 7. It is disappointing.

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    1. Yeah, it is. I mean, in my area retailers started bombarding us with advertisements for holiday shopping before Thanksgiving. Geesh, we always talk about not rushing life.

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  4. Oh yes, always time to talk to an editor interested in your book. :) Huge congrats to Martina! I love the cover. Simply gorgeous!

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  5. One word - the title. Funny! Congratulations, Martina. That is awesome. And I didn't plan a trilogy either.
    I pray the true meaning of Christmas is never lost.

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    1. As long as we can keep that true meaning alive during this year, we might make it. But I think we need reminders throughout the year as well. So tough to do in the world we live in, though.

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  6. The only thing which matters at Christmas is how much we spend - that's the constant message, isn't it?

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    1. It's pretty said, isn't it? I'm all for 'stuff' to play with life and make it more enjoyable. We just can't forget the 'real' of life. Tough to teach kids that today.

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  7. Congrats to your friend! Her books sounds awesome! And your ISWG post was so thoughtful. I feel the same way.

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    1. Thanks for commenting that you feel as I do about the holidays. Maybe if we all boycotted or something.... LOL

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  8. What will we leave them? The question of the new century. Will they listen to our words if our actions are inconsistent?

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  9. Congrats to Martina! Her book truly sounds amazing!

    And you leave us with a very thought-provoking question. I don't know about society in general, but I feel as though all I can do is teach my children and hope their influence will be one for good. Just the other day, in an attempt to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, we decided as a family to do small acts of service every day leading up to Christmas day. I'll have to let you know how it turns out! :)

    And thanks for your comment on my blog! You're the best. I'll email you soon so we can chat. :)

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  10. Oh, and one more thing...I tagged you recently in the 777 Challenge. Not sure if you've heard of it, but you can check it out here:
    http://swordsandstilettos.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-777-challenge.html

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    1. Ooh, I think I have, but I'll check it out!

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  11. Good luck to Martina and her books! Leaving something of value to the next generation is so important. It's the best gift we can give them.

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  12. Martina, what a cover. BEAUTIFUL!! Huge congratulations. Compulsion sounds like a great read. Must add it to my TBR pile.

    ACK! Commercialism, Sheri. BAH! Don't get me started.

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  13. I've heard so many things about Martina's book. It sounds amazing!
    As to your question, I do think we can make a difference with our kids. We've consciously limited gifts. It hasn't been easy at times, but it's been worth it.
    And although I got a lot of gifts as a kid, some of my fondest memories are Christmas Eve services and giving a meal to a needy family.

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  14. Congrats to Martina! Great interview, ladies!

    I can't say much about the future of society, but holidays do have a tendency toward becoming commercial and secular. You can go back thousands of years and see that. Even through the changes of history, people haven't changed that much and there will be those who see the true value beyond getting gifts and eating too many sweets.

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  15. I totally remember Cabbage Patch dolls. ;)

    What a beautiful cover! Loved reading the author interview too!
    ~Jess

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  16. Congrats to Martina! I love ghost stories and hers sounds great!

    Yes, I remember Cabbage Patch dolls. And then I think there was some Beany Baby thing. Commercialism is definitely at its height during this season. I think children won't really remember the gifts so much as the feelings of home and hearth, togetherness, and family love when they're adults.

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  17. Great interview! Compulsion is a perfect title!

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  18. sheri!!!! <--see?? compulsions sounds gothy and mcdonald's fab! *snort wink* also, over marketing Christmas... not so fab. agreed!!

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  19. I love the atmosphere of a Gothic novel. Congrats to Martina.

    I never had a Cabbage Patch. Looking back, I'm glad my parents didn't feed into my material wants. As a child I cherished cocoa, blankets, TV time, and the family during the winter.

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  20. YAY to Martina!! I am just so silly-happy for her. Fun to read her answers here, too. Can't wait to read her book (just bought me a copy). :)

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