Heirs of Watson Island #1)
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.
AUTHOR QUESTIONSQ: Tell us a little about yourself.A: Five things: 1) I’m from Prague, 2) I’m a reader, 3) I’m crazy about horses, 4) I’m essentially tone deaf, and 5) I’m actually pretty shy so I babble as a defense mechanism. I plan to outgrow that someday. But then I’ve been planning to do that for more years than I want to mention, so I’m pretty sure it’s not going to happen.
Q:What are your hobbies?A: Definitely travel. I love going places, and last year I visited eleven countries, well, twelve if you count the United States. I also love to ski, ride horses, do tricks for people in hospitals and rehab clinics with my Sheltie, who is a certified therapy dog; and of course, of course, I read. A lot.
Q: What’s your favorite book now?Yikes. That still totally changes with every book I read. I’m definitely distracted by squirrels. But the book that I love because I know that it would have been my hands-down favorite book when I was a teenager is Maggie Stiefvater’s THE SCORPIO RACES. I love her DREAM THIEVES series too, and of course Laini Taylor’s DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE series, and Jandy Nelson’s THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE, and Tahereh Mafi’s SHATTER ME series, and Gayle Forman’s WHERE SHE WENT, and Cath Crowley’s GRAFITTI MOON, and, and, and . . . Oh, and PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. Basically, I love anything where an author tells a wonderful story in a beautiful way that’s also true.
Q: What authors do you most look up to?A: The writers who make me want to slow down to savor every word, to think about a new idea or a new way of looking at an old idea. The writers who make me put together two thoughts in a way that I suddenly see a hundred connections and feel like I’ve learned something I don’t know howI ever lived without knowing.
“Feuds are always personal. That’s what makes it hard to break the cycle. Everyone lives locked inside their own anger until someone is finally brave enough to step outside themselves to see the view from the other side. It’s why I need to get away from this place.”
“But you’re not stepping out for a different view.” Barrie tipped her face up to the stars so she wouldn’t have to look at him. “You’re stepping out to run away.”
He was silent, and she was suddenly afraid. Afraid that she had said too much, presumed too much, hoped too much. She rolled her capris as high as they would go, then ran toward the water. She didn’t look back until she was knee deep, which was as far as she dared. He was right behind her, his face gleaming in the kind of light that turned beautiful boys into gods. He caught her, and held her, his skin so warm and alive, she couldn’t help but melt.
“Why did you run?” he asked.
“To see if you’d come after me.”
“It scares me how willing I am to run after you. We’re both doing too much running.”
“So kiss me again.”
Her hands crept around his neck, tangling in his hair to keep him closer, even though she knew that beautiful boys with expiration dates couldn’t be held, only borrowed for a time.
anything with Nutella on it.