Hello everyone! and thank you for visiting us on our ILLUSION by Martina Boone tour stop. I read Compulsion a few years ago and was immediately enthralled by this southern gothic, with it's slow building romance and mysterious setting, it was the perfect read for me. I am sad that this series is coming to an end but I am excited to help spread the word about this amazing series that is one of my favorite reads. Please check out Martina's Guest Post for why this series was set in the South and make sure to enter the giveaway at the end of the post. Good Luck!

About the Book:
Author: Martina Boone
Pub. Date: October 25, 2016
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 480
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
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Barrie must rescue her beloved and her family from evil spirits in the masterful conclusion to the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy.

Caged by secrets all around her and haunted by mistakes that have estranged her from Eight Beaufort, Barrie Watson is desperate to break the curse that puts her family in danger—without breaking the beautiful magic that protects Watson’s Landing. To do that, she must heal the rifts that have split the families of the island apart for three hundred years, unravel the mystery of the Fire Carrier and the spirits he guards, and take control of forces so deadly and awe-inspiring they threaten to overwhelm her.

With the spirits that cursed Watson Island centuries ago awake and more dangerous than ever, she finds an unlikely ally in the haunting and enigmatic Obadiah, whose motivations and power she still can’t read—or trust. His help comes at a price, however, plunging Barrie into a deadly maze of magic and wonder, mystery and intrigue that leads through history to places she never imagined she could go.

About the Book:
Author: Martina Boone
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Pages: 464
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
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Beautiful Creatures meets The Raven Boys in the spellbinding second novel in the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy that “skillfully blends rich magic and folklore with adventure, sweeping romance, and hidden treasure” (Publishers Weekly, on Compulsion).

Grieving the death of her godfather and haunted by her cousin Cassie’s betrayal, Barrie returns from a trip to San Francisco to find the Watson plantation under siege. Ghost-hunters hope to glimpse the ancient spirit who sets the river on fire each night, and reporters chase rumors of a stolen shipment of Civil War gold that may be hidden at Colesworth Place. The chaos turns dangerous as Cassie hires a team of archeologists to excavate beneath the mansion ruins. Because more is buried there than treasure.

A stranger filled with magic arrives at Watson’s Landing claiming that the key to the Watson and Beaufort gifts—and the Colesworth curse—also lies beneath the mansion. With a mix of threats and promises, the man convinces Barrie and Cassie to cast a spell there at midnight. But what he conjures may have deadly consequences.

While Barrie struggles to make sense of the escalating peril and her growing and forbidden feelings for Eight Beaufort, it’s impossible to know whom to trust and what to fight for—Eight or herself. Millions of dollars and the fate of the founding families is at stake. Now Barrie must choose between what she feels deep in her heart and what will keep Watson’s Landing safe in this stunning addition to a series filled with “decadent settings, mysterious magic, and family histories rife with debauchery” (Kirkus Reviews, on Compulsion).


Why this series needed to be set in the South

I was born in Prague in what’s now the Czech Republic. Looking out my window, I could see the spires of the great castle on the hill, and all around me, under communism, the big beautiful houses and apartment buildings were crumbling from inattention. It’s not a surprise that I fell in love with gothic stories about decaying castles and remote estates, but honestly, it’s the sense of history, the stories of what’s happened within those decaying walls that has always struck me, the murders and the conspiracy plots, the despots and betrayers who lived there.

The America South has that same capacity for story and gothic grotesquerie, horrible past deeds and terrible choices playing against the love for family and tradition, the deep rooted love of the home and the genuine kindness and compassion of the people who live there. In communist countries, the history is very much controlled and presented in a narrative that lines up with what the people in power want their citizens to know. Think of Pavel Chekov in Star Trek; it’s like that. Coming to the United States, I thought the history I learned in school was real. Free. But as I grew up, I slowly realized how even here we shape history by picking and choosing what we want people to know, what we tell them, who we celebrate. There are a lot of people left out of that history, and stories change according to who tells them. Too often we don’t consider why someone wants to tell a story in a certain way.

My inspiration for the series was based on the character of Eliza Lucas Pinkney, who at the age of 17 ran three plantations for her absent father and founded the American indigo industry, which was the 3rd largest economic export before the Revolutionary War. I never learned about Eliza in school, and when I discovered her story, I wished I had—I would have paid more attention in history class. When I learned about her, I started to wonder who else I didn’t know about and why.

Eliza doesn’t appear until the third book, ILLUSION, but she’s at the heart of the mystery of the gifts and the curse. It is only as Barrie learns about Eliza and the people who inhabited the plantations after they were built that she starts to come to terms with what the plantations were and what they are and what she wants them to be in the future. That’s when she discovers the magic that is all around her on Watson Island, and finally learns what the yunwi and the Fire Carrier need from her.

This series couldn’t be set anywhere other than the South, because the mystery of the Fire Carrier and the yunwi is a story that could only have taken place in the Southern lowcountry with its nexus of European, Native American, and African cultures. The history we learned in school left a lot of people out: women, Native Americans, and African Americans. Their history is tragic and bitter and full of courage and fortitude, full of honor, kindness, generosity, and patience. I wanted to tell their story. The United States is 32nd in the world when it comes to places to grow up as a girl, and we all know how recent events are uncovering other biases within our society. The Heirs of Watson Island series is about looking deeper than the surface and finding the magic in ourselves and in the people and places we see around us. It’s about building bridges.

About the Book:
Author: Martina Boone
Release Date: October 28th, 2014
Pages: 433
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook
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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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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. She’s the author of SIBA Book Award nominated Compulsion, book one in the romantic Southern Gothic trilogy, the Heirs of Watson Island, which was an Okra Pick by the Southern Independent Bookstores Alliance, a Kansas State Reading Circle selection, a Goodreads Best Book of the Month and YA Best Book of the Month, and an RT Magazine Best of 2014 Editor’s Pick. The second book in the trilogy, Persuasion, will be published in October 2015.

She’s also the founder of, a three-time Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers site, the book drive campaign for underfunded schools and libraries, and, a site devoted to the discovery and celebration of young adult literature and encouraging literacy through YA series. She is also a founder and permanent mentor at, helping to shepherd aspiring writers into the publication process and help them find the right starting point for their novels in progress, Locally in her home state of Virginia, she is on the board of the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, helping to promote literacy and adult education initiatives.

She lives with her husband, children, and a lopsided cat, 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.

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Giveaway Details:

2 winners will receive hardcover sets of COMPULSION, PERSUASION, & ILLUSION, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/17/2016- Just Commonly- Review-Compulsion
10/18/2016- Kayl's Krazy Obsession- Guest Post
10/19/2016- Always Me- Review-Compulsion
10/20/2016- YA Book Madness- Guest Post
10/21/2016- The Young Folks- Review-Compulsion

Week Two:

10/24/2016- The Cover Contessa- Review-Persuasion (repost)
10/25/2016- Good Choice Reading- Guest Post
10/26/2016- Curling Up With A Good Book- Review-Persuasion
10/27/2016- Tales of the Ravenous Reader- Guest Post
10/28/2016- A Dream Within A Dream- Review-Persuasion (repost)

Week Three:

10/31/2016- Here's to Happy Endings- Review-Illusion
11/1/2016- Two Chicks on Books- Guest Post
11/2/2016- Bookish Lifestyle- Review-Illusion
11/3/2016- Dark Faerie Tales- Guest Post
11/4/2016- Book Briefs- Review-Illusion


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