Martina Boone was born in Prague and spoke several languages before learning English. She’s the award-winning author of the romantic southern gothic Heirs of Watson Island young adult series, including Compulsion, Persuasion, and Illusion, from Simon & Schuster, Simon Pulse. She’s also the founder of AdventuresInYAPublishing.com, a three-time Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers Site, and YASeriesInsiders.com, a site dedicated to encouraging literacy and reader engagement through a celebration of series literature. She’s on the Board of the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia and runs the CompulsionForReading.com program to distribute books to underfunded schools and libraries.
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.
on May 16, 2018 :
Welcome Home – I loved it. I felt like we were across the table from each other or on the front porch. I've read hundreds of books on history and some of those authors could have used her help. Hopefully, she'll start of some of the "I hate history" set to read again. Please, excuse my poorly written review, it was difficult to write being emotional about history and how exciting it is to me. 5*
The perfect history book for those with short attention spans; hate history; like humor mixed with their history; or wonder where Ms. Boone got her ideas for her wonderful series. The author has done an excellent job with describing the historical background of her books. Reading Welcome Home was just as entertaining as her series. Although written as a time-sequential (or hop about using the TOC) bits and bobs of the history of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Cornwall, and how their histories mesh, the book is informative, too.
Of course, there’s nothing dry or boring with her writing style. Even if you don’t like “history” books, give this book a try. It may start you on the road to reading more about the history behind the other novels you read. Ever test your ethnic background? History explains how those foreign bloodlines became yours. I’m English/Irish/German, so where did the Asian and Middle Eastern lines come from? - Genghis Khan and Attila the Hun, and the Moors and the Spanish Armada. As I read my bloodlines, I knew the history behind each one; it made it exciting. Just as Ms. Boone uses Welcome Home to create excitement for her readers about the background of her books. Of course, you don’t need the history to enjoy her books.
(review of free book)