Thursday, February 5, 2015

30 Persuasion ULTIMATE Readers' Giveaway & Scavenger Hunt


USA Today's HEA blog revealed the cover for PERSUASION this morning! I'm SO excited. I love this sequel to COMPULSION, and I literally can't wait to share it with you all. I'm also thrilled to be able to give away the first ARC hot off the press (it will be mailed as soon as I get it), along with a TON of other goodies -- including your chance to have your name in the final book of the trilogy.

You can enter at the bottom of the page and on the other five sites for a chance to win six separate prizes, each including:

  1. A $25 gift
  2. A signed Hardcover of COMPULSION
  3. A signed ARC of PERSUASION
  4. A tibetan silver Compulsion bookmark
  5. An "I have a Compulsion for Reading" bumper sticker
Here are the sites -- and remember, there's a separate prize for each one! : ) 

But there's ALSO a scavenger hunt! Each of the six sites has a CODE highlighted somewhere on the cover reveal page. Find the text for all six sites, enter it in the space provided in the Rafflecopter (just once -- on the final site you visit, enter all six codes!) and you'll be eligible to win the prize in the picture. One winner will take home:

  1. Your name in Book Three of the Heirs of Watson Island Series
  2. A signed hardcover of COMPULSION
  3. A signed ARC of PERSUASION
  4. A signed complete set of the BEAUTIFUL CREATURES series
  5. A signed complete set of THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER series
  6. A chalkboard "Today I'm Reading" coffee mug
  7. A banned books zippered pouch
  8. An "I have a Compulsion for reading" tote
  9. A Fictionista note stack
  10. A library word cloud notebook

Don't forget! You must enter ALL SIX codes to be eligible for the grand prize, but you can enter any or all of the the individual giveaways without the codes.


Crouched among the trees, there was also the cemetery beyond the church and the small modern house where Cassie and her family lived. Even without the pieces that had belonged to the old rice fields, the property was enormous, and Barrie had no idea what she was searching for. 

Presumably the lodestone, though, if it registered at all, would register as something important. Something like the bone-jarring lostness that radiated from beside the ruined mansion.

“This way,” she said, letting the Watson gift guide her toward it.

With Obadiah striding beside her, she left Cassie to bring up the rear. Cassie seemed in no hurry to get any closer to Obadiah than was absolutely required, and Barrie wondered whether that was Cassie reacting to his obviously magical glow, or to his equally obvious dislike. Where Obadiah went, a solid dose of fear was probably not unwise.

Reaching the steps and the jutting columns of the mansion, Barrie stopped where the finding sense was strongest. Lostness roiled from the ground and drilled into her temples, making it impossible to feel anything but loss. The kind of loss she had felt in the Watson tunnel where she’d found Luke and Twila. The kind that said whatever was buried there had mattered to someone, and had mattered with devastating consequences.

“There,” she said, pointing to the spot.

Obadiah squinted at the patch of ground covered by grass. In the moonlight and the dimmer but still visible macabre glow that seemed to seep from the very darkness of his pores, the small lumps of broken bricks and charred chunks of mortar that occasionally protruded from the ground stood out in colorless relief.

“You’re sure? What do you feel?”

“Don’t you feel anything?” To Barrie, that seemed strange. For her the sense of loss was so very clear. But evidently magic was specific, like eye color or hair, and no matter how much Obadiah had, and how little she had, it was not the same.


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PERSUASION - Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse (October, 2015)

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 besieged by reporters and ghost-hunters. Some are hoping to see the ancient spirit who sets the river on fire each night, while others are chasing rumors of a stolen shipment of Civil War gold that may be hidden at Colesworth Place. Chaos descends as Cassie hires a team of archeologists to excavate beneath the mansion ruins. But more is buried there than treasure.

A mysterious, magical man appears at Watson’s Landing, claiming the key to the Watson and Beaufort gifts and the Colesworth curse also lies beneath the mansion. With a mix of threats and promises, he engages Barrie and Cassie in a midnight visit, but the spell he conjurs has potentially deadly consequences.

While Barrie and dreamy Eight Beaufort struggle to make sense of the escalating danger and their growing feelings for each other, Barrie has to figure out not only whom to trust, but which gift is more reliable—Eight’s or her own. With millions of dollars and the fate of the founding families at stake, she must choose between what she feels deep in her heart and what will keep her loved ones safe.


“Eight Beaufort is so swoon-worthy that it’s ridiculous. Move over Four, Eight is here to stay!" — RT Book Reviews, RT Editors Best Books of 2014

“Skillfully blends rich magic and folklore with adventure, sweeping romance, and hidden treasure . . . An impressive start to the Heirs of Watson Island series. ” — Publishers Weekly

“A little bit Gone with the Wind, a little bit Romeo and Juliet…” — School Library Journal

"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

"Beautifully written, with vivid characters, a generations-old feud, and romance that leaps off the page, this Southern ghost story left me lingering over every word, and yet wanting to race to the compelling finish." — Megan Shepherd, Author of THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER



Six Giveaway Stops, One AMAZING Grand Prize, which includes getting your name in book three of the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy. Want a chance to win it all? Collect the highlighted code words from each of the six blogs participating in the giveaway!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!! I can't wait to read Persuasion when it comes out! Have a great week!

  2. Awesome giveaway!!
    LOVE the cover - it ties in so well with Compulsion, yet completely stands on its own as well. Can't wait to meet Obadiah!

    1. Thanks, Jemi I agree! It's like it's a perfect mix of series and standalone. They really did a wonderful job!

  3. Martina! I LOVE the cover! This is so exciting <3 <3

  4. This is a great giveaway. Thank you.

    I love the cover for PERSUASIAN! It's quite eye-catching.

    1. Thanks, Angela! I'm thrilled with it! And I hope it will catch the eyes of some new readers. It's written so it can stand alone as well. : )

  5. Congrats on the Persuasion cover reveal, especially on the USA blog. Love the cover. So excited for you!

    1. Thanks, Natalie! It's amazing that USA Today was kind enough to do that. : )

  6. Love the cover! Can't wait to read it. Question on the giveaway. I have all the highlighted words, where am I supposed to enter them?

  7. I don't see where to enter the scavenger codes.

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  9. I need help on how to get to the rafflecopter form, not good with technology, that's my dad's specialty, so I would really appreciate help on how to get to the form, Thanks ;)

    1. Hi Brookyln -- I think you should just be able to enter your email address and get into the form that way. Hope you were able to get it to work!

  10. Thank you so much for the great giveaway! :) Can't wait to pick up Compulsion and Persuasion!

  11. I thought I was to enter the codes one at a time and it won't open again, so I'm not sure if this will count, macabre glow,more paranormal,bargain,a little wild,magical systems and haunted.

  12. Macabre Glow, a little wild, magical systems, bargain, more paranormal, haunted

  13. This is an AMAZING giveaway. And I am in love with the cover! PURPLE!!! :) It looks so good! And I cannot wait until it is out!!!

  14. Code: macabre glow. I loved the cover for Persuasion! The purple/lavender color scheme goes splendid with the lush gold cover of Compulsion. I made a few errors on my entry form and I couldn't go back in to correct it. My Facebook name is Stephanie L Tullis and D01-2964089-8608019 is my Amazon order number for Compulsion.

  15. Hey, thank you so much for the giveaway!! I just had a slight problem with entering. I accidentally entered my name only without my mailing address, so I entered again through my Google account with the same name. I really really hope that it's okay 'coz I don't want to be disqualified for using multiple accts. I didn't enter on the proceeding entries on my first acct. 'coz I know that would be cheating.I hope I'm not disqualified, am I? Thanks.

  16. I'm loving this giveaway! I haven't read the series yet, but I'm hoping to win so that I can!

  17. This is amazing! Thanks for the opportunity I'll keep my fingers crossed 📖📕📓📑📒📚📔📙📘📗😆

  18. This is amazing! Thanks for the opportunity I'll keep my fingers crossed 📖📕📓📑📒📚📔📙📘📗😆

  19. Awesome giveaway! *fingers crossed* can't wait to read the books :)

  20. I thought there was going to be a separate entry on each blog for the scab nger hunt words so mine only has Mundie Mom's words. Here are all of them:
    macabre glow, a little wild, magical systems, bargain, more paranormal, haunted. Thanks for this stellar giveaway contest!


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