Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Compulsion by Martina Boone

4 March, 2014 Cover Reveals, Giveaways 97 comments

CompulsionCoverRevealHorizontalWelcome to the official cover reveal for Compulsion by Martina Boone! Kat used to be head of the art department for Cuddlebuggery. Those were the good days when her covers could rival such beauties as anyone had made before. But Meg is now in charge of the art department so she decided to give the Compulsion cover designers a run for their money with these three designs!

After you’ve finished gazing at the faux covers, check out the real one and enter to win a personalized ARC and a few other signed books!

Cover #1:

What is Compulsion? It’s that goddamn Sims game, that’s what! Let’s see what Martina has to say…



WOW. The Sims is possibly the most addictive game in history, so I can see the element of compulsion there. And I love the double meaning. (I’m a sucker for double meanings :D) In the Sims, players compel the Sims to act, and there are definitely aspects in Compulsion where the characters are forced to do things against their will or better judgment. But what really floors me about this cover is that Meg nailed something I don’t think is out anywhere on the web. One of the themes in the book centers around defining what it means to live. Living versus existing and pretending to live. So hats off to Meg. But overall? Um. I’m going to have to say this cover isn’t working for me because it’s missing any hint of the magical Southern setting. Also? No romance. I need some romance. 🙂



Cover #2

Chocolate, wine and coffee. I can hardly think of a greater compulsion!



Now you’re talking my language. Wine and chocolate. YES! But not for Compulsion, which is more about sweet tea and shrimp and grits. : ) On the other hand, I went through a lot of medicinal chocolate while I was writing and editing this book. And wine. Lots of wine while I was pulling out my hair. (You should see me. I’m practically hairless.)  So all in all, I’d probably better keep the beautiful cover that Regina Flath and the Simon Pulse team came up with for Compulsion, but if you don’t mind, I think I’ll print out this delicious cover of Meg’s, and okay, maybe the men cover too,–strictly in the interest of research, you understand. I’ll hang them on my wall for—cough–inspiration.


Cover #3

Men. Not just any men. Delicious men. Lots and lots of delicious men. Surely this cover would perfectly capture Compulsion! C’mon. I’m definitely feeling some compulsions right now. 



Well, I did ask for romance! LOL! And you gave me Colin O’Donoghue, Tom Hiddleston, AND Benedict Cumberbatch? EXCELLENT job! And is that Idris Elba? Now I really am laughing, because I just used him as my dream cast pick for Mark, Barrie’s godfather. Of course, Idris would need to shave, put on a dress, a pair of Spanx, and some size fourteen Louboutins. He’d completely rock the look, though. But I digress. As much as I love this cover—and who wouldn’t love it?—I have to admit that I don’t love it for Compulsion. Barrie and Eight are compelled by their family gifts, but that’s what complicates the romance. It isn’t what creates the romance.



Some people are just impossible to please! Ready for the real cover?

Will the Real Compulsion please stand up?



By Martina Boone
October 28, 2014
ISBN: 18732883
Simon & Schuster, Simon Pulse

Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.

When loss is all you know, how do you find true love?

All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lived 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.

I approve!

I wish to walk into it and lie down in that path and read a book. I’d have to kick out the happy couple first before they started stripping.

About Martina Boone

Martina Boone was born in Prague and spoke several languages before learning English. Her first teacher in the U.S. made fun of her for not pronouncing the "wh" sound right, so she set out to master "all the words”—she's still working on that! In the meantime, she’s writing contemporary fantasy set in the kinds of magical places she'd love to visit. If you like romance steeped in mystery, mayhem, Spanish moss, and a bit of magic, she hopes you'll look forward to meeting Barrie, Eight, Cassie, Pru, Seven and the other characters of Watson Island.


Ready to win an ARC copy and some truly awesome swag? Martina has it all here and she’s willing to share! (Us getting her drunk and running off with her stuff may have helped!) Don’t forget to visit Martina’s blog for a list of all the giveaways going on!


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Kat Kennedy

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Co-blogger at Cuddlebuggery
Kat Kennedy is a book reviewer and aspiring author in the Young Adult genre. She reviews critically but humorously and get super excited about great books. Find her on GoodReads.
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Meg is an all-around book nerd who just really wants to talk about books, preferably with other people but by herself will do. Find her on Goodreads.

97 Responses to “Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Compulsion by Martina Boone”

  1. anamaria

    The cover is so pretty and the giveaway is absolutely amazing.
    I can’t wait to read compulsion, it sounds fantastic

  2. Alice

    Preeeeetty sure my ovaries exploded at faux cover #3. I mean…Tom Hiddleston…that face…*strokes*. The real cover looks absolutely amazing though. Can’t wait for it to be released and I can get my hands on it and stare at its beauty on my shelves!
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  3. Gabrielle

    So about an hour and a half ago I started reading this post, with a great degree of enthusiasm and expectation. I was not let down. In fact, by the time I reached the third cover reveal, I was blown away. Like, literally, down the internet hole. I knew every man on that cover, but for one. THAT SMILE! Honestly, I mark my reading of this post by Before Daniel Sharman, and After Daniel Sharman.
    But! I made my way back. And I do love the real cover. It’s magical, and just so gorram shiny!

  4. Tiffany Drew

    Love the cover, it’s gorgeous. Thank you for all of these amazing giveaways to celebrate!!

  5. Martina

    I couldn’t agree more with you all! Meg’s covers are stunning, and that Men cover? Hello.

    Thanks Kat, Steph, and Meg. You all are fabulous for having Compulsion’s reveal here today and for going to so much trouble. <3
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  6. Kirsten!

    It’s gorgeous! I love all the autumn orange, and the curliques behind the title 😀

  7. Antonia

    I have yet to read a ghost book, maybe this one will be a good start. The cover is truly mesmerizing.

  8. Zaira Fernando

    I love the color scheme in the cover!!! I’m looking forward to reading this book!

  9. Rachel S

    It is a beautiful cover, I’m so excited to finally see it and can’t wait to read it! Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Christine

    Love the actual cover–but I could stare at the third cover FOREVER. Colin O’Donoghue…there are no words. <3

  11. Christine L.

    While the Meg mockups have their charms (especially that 3rd one … good GOLLY), the official cover strikes just the right note. Gorgeous!

  12. Sarin

    I haven’t read Charm & Strange or Compulsion, but if they’re half as good as The Raven Cycle books, they’re sure to be amazing and I want to rectify being unfamiliar with them!

  13. Rhys

    This book sounds quite good! And dig the cover, too. I’ve heard only great things about Charm & Strange, and the Raven Cycle is perfectperfectperfect. Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  14. Sam

    I want these books!!! And those prizes too. oh wow. i really want to win this giveaway!!! *fingers crossed*

  15. Darith L.

    It sounds like a great, paranormal story! I get that Beautiful Creatures vibe, so I’m excited for it!

  16. Alyssa

    Yay! I’ve been wanting to read Maggie Stiefvater’s books and owning signed copies of them would be a great start! Thank you for this giveaway.

  17. andie

    This is a great prize – I think my daughter would love the KEY necklace – thanks.

  18. Lillian

    Currently thinking about all the possible gif covers for every book I’ve ever read, this is fantastic. Let’s get some scientists involved man.

  19. Courtney

    This is an awesome giveaway! I’m looking forward to the release of Compulsion!! The cover is gorgeous and I love southern fiction 🙂

  20. Autum Reimer

    Thanks for the opportunity to win these awesome prizes! Compulsion looks amazing!!!!

  21. Ajiiiko

    I spy colin o’donoghue! haha cover is really pretttyyyyy i want it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. Desnica Kumar

    Compulsion sounds really interesting! Can’t wait to read it! The cover is really pretty, I love the gold-ish tone.
    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

  23. komal

    I’ve got my eyes on Raven boys and compulsion! 😉 *fingers crossed* Thank you for the giveaway!!

  24. Amna

    This cover looks so great! I can’t wait to read it, and thanks so much for the giveaway!

  25. Lisa Weasley

    Loved the mockups, but I think the real cover looks absolutely fabulous! Can’t wait to read the book if I win this giveaway!

  26. Tisha

    I can’t wait to read all of these books and I really hope I win! I need to expand my tiny little library! <3

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