Tuesday, October 27, 2015

8 Persuasion Fun, Halloweenish Things, and Giveaways

Happy book birthday to PERSUASION! I can't believe it's HERE. In some ways, it's been a long time coming, and in other ways, it feels like COMPULSION just came out.

There are so many people who made this book possible, so today is dedicated to them. My amazing critique partners and readers, especially Erin Cashman, Susan Sipal, and Lisa Gail Green, and the incredible and generous beta readers from my street team. To my editors at Pulse, Annette Pollert, Sara Sargent, and Jennifer Ung, to my incredible agent, Jessica Regel. And to EVERYONE at Simon & Schuster and Simon Pulse, for their support, faith, patience, and generosity. To the marvelous team at JKS Communications, and to my blog partners here for being supportive and patient and not throwing things at me when I get too overwhelmed to do what I need to do.

Thanks also to all of you for coming along with me on this journey!


If you're thinking of getting Persuasion, today's a great time to do it. It can make a big difference to the book, AND there are pre-order incentives still in place through the end of the week.

IndieBound | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Book Depository | (free worldwide shipping)


Get Compulsion AND Persuasion trinket bookmarks while supplies last, plus random winners get a Tiffany-style necklace, oak tree necklace, one of five silver bookmarks or one of five Compulsion for Reading T-shirts. 


Launch party and fundraiser for the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia!
Instead of the traditional launch for Persuasion, I'm helping to raise funds for the Literacy Council, a ground-breaking and award-winning organization dedicated to adult literacy.

Join me on October 30 from 5-9 PM at Barnes & Noble in the Tyson's Corner Mall. There will be fun for all ages, including two age-divided costume contests, face painting, cupcake decorating, bookmark-making, Q&As, two impromptu story writing session where I'll create a story with the audience on the fly, and more. Lots of fun and prizes, so come out and bring your friends!

Can't come? Order your holiday gifts online! If you enter the event ID number (#11709870), a percentage of all purchases made that day – online or in store – will benefit LCNV. 


Three ways to win prizes including a $50 gift card, one of three Tiffany-style necklaces, and LOTS, lots more. Plus there are free downloadable bookmarks, door hangers, wallpapers and more.

In the Heirs of Watson Island books, Barrie Watson has a gift for finding lost things. And since Eight Beaufort’s gift is knowing what Barrie wants, when Barrie needs to develop her gift and test its limits in Persuasion, Eight gives her a book of word search puzzles.

To test your own finding gift, you can play along to win prizes and/or download free wallpapers, stickers, origami bookmarks, door hangers, and more!

Click here to play!


Know an underfunded classroom, school, or library?

I'm so happy to be able to say that the Compulsion For Reading campaign is expanding. This month, we have seven authors and/or bloggers participating, so we're sending out seven packages of books to the teachers and librarians who not only can use them, but areusing books to reach teens and get them excited about reading.

I need to send out a huge shoutout to Vivi Barnes, Tara Dairman, Sara Jude, Jen Malone, Mary Elizabeth Summer, and Anna Weimer for offering up packages for the campaign this month. Check out the amazing packages they are offering!

Please nominate here:

Want to donate?

Go here


There are two incredible blog tours going on for PERSUASION, complete with amazing prizes and tons of information you've never heard or seen anywhere about PERSUASION and the series as a whole.


Week One

Week Two


Week 1

Week 2


I have read many generational family sagas, many Southern Gothic tales, many books full of magic and magical realism, and many romances, but Martina Boone's "Persuasion" takes each of these genres and mixes up a perfectly delectable cocktail!! I could not get enough. This book kept me up late into the night. I was absolutely captivated with her brilliant use of folklore, Cherokee legends, voodoo and various other magical systems. ~ Laura, Malaprop's Bookstore

Martina Boone's follow up to last year's brilliant tale of love and Southern folklore does not disappoint! The Heirs of Watson island are back, and this time with even more magic and hair-raising adventure. Boone keeps the story moving nicely; just when you think you know where it's going, something unexpected happens. The only bad thing I can say is that I still wanted more!  ~ Maureen, Fountain Bookstore

So much love for this series! Book 2 is very different from 'Compulsion,' but still completely engrossing. Martina Boone does an amazing job of exploring more of the characters introduced in the first book--especially Cassie and Seven. We also learn more about the curse and its conditions, as well as the history of Watson Island. It has more of an eerie feel than the first book, and the stakes are definitely even higher in the sequel. And of course, there's plenty of the stalwart and sassy Eight Beaufort. *swoon* I can't wait for book 3! ~ Lelia, One More Page Books


Here are a few more notes from readers!

"Beautiful, lyrical, haunting, mysterious, romantic, rich, thoughtful, dangerous, atmospheric and complex. I love this book." ~ Andye, Reading Teen

"Just as magical as Compulsion! Martina sure knows how to write a beautiful story with compelling characters, mystery, magic, romance, and southern recipes that make me hungry! I can't wait for the third book in this series! And I hope we get to see more of Berg! I have a new crush!" ~ Jaime, Two Chicks on Books

"Hold on to the edge of your seat, because PERSUASION takes you on a ride that will leave you breathless. Martina Boone does an extraordinary job weaving together history, magic, mystery, and modern times." ~ Liza, Who R U Blog

"Amazing, as fantastic, if not better, than Compulsion!" ~ Kristi, The Book Faery

"Dark voodoo magic, southern charm, family secrets, complicated love, southern folklore, buried treasure, and ancient curses. This combination makes for an amazing second book to a wonderful series." ~ Alicia, Book Lovin' Alicia

"Guys, I am so excited for you to read this next installment. Boone really knocks it out of the park. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be scared, but overall you'll enjoy." ~ Amanda, The Golden Mantle Blog

Barrie and Eight are back along with all of the beautiful creepiness readers adore from Watson Island. Is the binding cost of young love worth it? Must you want what your family wants? PERSUASION is high on fantasy yet grounded in the real life issues teens face every day. ~ Jennifer, The YA Gal

"Loved this book! I was definitely not expecting it to end so quickly. I kept flipping until I got to the very back of the book and realized that was in fact the end. I need more now!" ~ Halson, The Pages Yet Traveled


Tell us what you think. We'd love to hear from you! :)