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Pub. Date: October 25, 2016
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.I like to say that the Heirs of Watson Island series contains a lot of kitchen magic. Not just the kind that sets fire to the river around Watson Island, keeps the magical garden cared for, and gives the founding families their special gifts, but also the magic of family and friendship that centers around the kitchen table.
Food is important in the South, and it’s a core part of the Heirs of Watson Island series. Not only is the tea room at Watson’s Landing a big draw for the public in the first book, but Pru and Barrie and Mary open a full scale restaurant in the later books. Cooking was also one of the rituals that was important to Barrie and Mark. From the moment that Barrie arrives at Watson Island, she is immersed in the food of the lowcountry, from cakes to pastries shrimp and grits—and of course, the amazing hot dogs at the Beach Dogs shack in town.
Here’s the recipe for the first food mentioned in COMPULSION. The amazing Jamie Arnold of Two Chicks on Books was kind enough to do a Pinterest board for the series that contains all the various recipes for anyone who’s interested!
Peanut Butter Whoopie Pie Cake from Compulsion
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup Dutch processed cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, lightly softened
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups milk or water
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 1/3 cups butter, softened
2 cups marshmallow fluff
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate
1/4 to 1/2 cup finely chopped Reeses Peanut Butter Cups — or substitute chocolate or mint chips.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
- Combine dry ingredients: flour, cocoa, and baking powder.
- Combine milk and vanilla in a small, separate bowl.
- Cream butter in a separate large bowl, then add sugar and salt and beat on medium for five minutes or until light and fluffy.
- One at a time, beat eggs into the butter mixture.
- Beating continuously on low speed, alternate adding milk mixture and dry mixture into the creamed butter mixture until smooth. Scrape sides and remove lumps.
- Divide the batter evenly between the two cake pans.
- Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely on cooling rack before frosting.
- Beat butter in a large bowl for 2 minutes on medium. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
- On low speed, add vanilla and marshmallow fluff until combined and smooth.
- Frost cake and refrigerate until cold before pouring the ganache on top.
- On medium heat, bring whipping cream to a simmer, stirring continuously.
- Pour hot cream over Dutch processed chocolate in a heat-resistant bowl, cover with foil. Let sit 3 to 4 minutes. Whisk until smooth.
- Let mixture cool until lukewarm and pour over the frosted cake, letting it drip down the sides.
- Sprinkle chopped Reeses Peanut Butter Cups on top, or sprinkles, or chopped candy canes, or whatever you like.
Recipe adapted from Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice
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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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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 AdventuresInYAPublishing.com, a three-time Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers site, the CompulsionForReading.com book drive campaign for underfunded schools and libraries, and YASeriesInsiders.com, 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 1st5PagesWritingWorkshop.com, 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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