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Leah Cypess, today’s Compulsion for Magic tour stop guest author, knows a little something about characters with limited magic. Her main character in Death Sworn—who Booklist called a “a heroine at the intersection of Tamora Pierce’s Alanna and George R.R. Martin’s Arya Stark”—is losing her magic at the same time that she’s supposed to be teaching magic to a group of deadly assassins. The more she uses her magic, the less she has, and the less she has, the more danger she is in. Since she is one of the authors who said generous things about Compulsion, she’s here today to share Ileni’s thoughts on “small magic.”
But what about you? For a chance to win the HUGE tour mega prize of books and the $100 gift card, tell us about the magical gift you’d like to have or one you wouldn’t wish on yourself.
Here’s what Leah had to say . . .
If you could have any “everyday” magical gift, like finding lost things or knowing what people want, what gift would you want and why?
I’d settle for being able to recognize peoples’ faces and names when I meet them! My 7-year-old daughter has this gift, and I’ve trained her to whisper people’s names into my ear, since I have terrible facial recognition skills. But to go for something a little more magical – I would want the ability to do things super-fast, so I could actually get to the end of my to-do list before 3 a.m.
What everyday magic would your characters wish they had and why?
I don’t know if Ileni of DEATH SWORN would settle for everyday magic — she used to be a powerful sorceress, and nothing but true magic would satisfy her. That said, I think she would like the ability to tell when people are about to try to kill her. That would be immensely useful in the Assassins’ Caves.
Eight, Barrie’s love interest in Compulsion, has inherited his family’s gift of knowing what people want and feeling compelled to give it to them. What’s one gift you’re glad you don’t have? Or your characters would be glad they didn’t have?
I don’t think Ileni would want the gift of being able to tell what people think of her — useful though it would be, it would also be incredibly depressing, since most of the people around her don’t think much of her. For someone used to being honored and admired, that would plunge her into a depression that even a hot assassin guy might not be able to pull her out of.
Barrie is tied to her family’s plantation, Watson’s Landing, in a magical way, and the whole landscape becomes magical for her. What’s the one place in your book that you wish you could bring to life?
Most of the caverns described in DEATH SWORN are actually based on real caves — so they already exist! I do wish I could visit the ones I haven’t made it to yet, especially Lechuguilla Cave in New Mexico.
If you were going to a Halloween party and you had to dress as a character from a Southern Gothic or a Gothic romance, what would your costume look like?
Like my pajamas, because I would probably make an excuse to stay home and work on copyedits or something. (Sorry to shatter any illusions about authors’ exciting lives….)
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Hah! I think most writers can relate—if not to the pajamas then at least to yoga pants. The glamorous life indeed . . .
Now your turn! Tell us about your magic.
And/Or . . .
Bonus option: If you’ve already left a comment on another tour stop about what kind of magic you’d like or you just want to do something different for extra entry points, show us your magical, gothic, or Southern gothic costume! How would you do a character like Ileni from Death Sworn or a character a gothic romance like Jane Eyre or Rebecca du Maurier’s Rebecca? How would you do Scarlet from Gone with the Wind? Or show us an“everyday magic” as part of a Halloween costume! Post a comment with the URL to your photo and we’ll share it. Use tag #CompulsionMagic.
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Here’s more about Compulsion, in stores October 28th:
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.
Signed copies are available for pre-order from One More Page Books. You can also pre-order with the special “I have a Compulsion for reading” bookplate from Eight Cousins. Pre-Order Incentives Going on here.
Early Praise for Compulsion:
“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
“A fresh twist on the Southern Gothic — haunting, atmospheric, and absorbing.”
— Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author of A Thousand Pieces of You and the Evernight and Spellcaster series
“Compulsion is a stunningly magical debut with a delicious slow burn to be savored. I want to live in this story world!”
— Wendy Higgins, USA Today and NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil trilogy from HarperTeen
About Martina Boone:
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 things 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.
Do you have a Compulsion for Reading? Then you don’t want to miss what Martina Boone is giving away! 5 lucky winners will each win the following:
Grand Prize Winner – will win EVERYTHING pictured above! That’s the right! That entire bag of books will go to 1 reader!! *US residents only
Next Winner – will win a $100 gift card to the book store of their choice! *open internationally
3 Additional winners will each win a Compulsion prize pack which features a signed copy of Compulsion, a Compulsion necklace and bookmarks. *open internationally