Monday, September 26, 2011

Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon Blog Tour: First stop - The Marina - guest post by Leigh Fallon

Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon
Published by Harper Collins
Release date October 4, 2011

Welcome to the first stop on the Carrier of the Mark Blog Tour. 

Each stop on the tour features an exclusive guest post from Leigh offering a look at an important place in the book.

BCM is lucky enough to not only have the first stop on the tour, but also the Marina as our featured location:

Kinsale in County Cork is one of the most picturesque, popular and fashionable resorts of the south-west coast of Ireland, and is twined with Newport, Rhode Island.  It is part of Cork Harbor, which is the second biggest natural harbor in the world!  Just outside of Kinsale, beyond the Old Head of Kinsale is the resting place of the Lusitania, the beautiful ocean cruise liner that was sunk by a German U boat in 1915.  On sunny clear days, from the sky, you can actually see the ship on the sea bed. 
Another interesting fact about the harbor is that it was the last port of call for the Titanic.  She left from Cobh, on her last ill-fated voyage.  There are memorials, graveyards, and museums dedicated to the great ships and their passengers in both Kinsale and Cobh.
Kinsale Marina is nestled between the hills of the town and the sheltered shoreline where the sea meets the Bandon estuary. The Marina has been busy for hundreds of years with the comings and goings of the French, Spanish, British, and Americans.  Each culture has left its stamp on the town.  It was from the Marina quay side that James II of England, fled from Ireland following his defeat at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690!
The Marina today is buzzing with sailing enthusiasts and highflying European aristocracy. During the summer months it’s a who’s who of the rich and famous & sailing royalty.  It also has a big educational side with the Kinsale OEC (Outdoor Education Centre) running sailing courses year round. 
In Carrier of the Mark, Megan’s dad manages the Kinsale Yacht club.  And the gorgeous Adam DeRís works there.  It is on one of the OEC’s sailing lessons that Adam finally discovers the truth of his bizarre attraction to Megan.

The marina has a lot of significance in this book. It is also, just by looking at the pictures, breathtakingly beautiful.
What location will we be seeing on the next stop? Make sure you stop by Starry Sky Books on Wednesday September 28 to find out! 

About the book:
Their love was meant to be.

When Megan Rosenberg moves to Ireland, everything in her life seems to fall into place. After growing up in America, she's surprised to find herself feeling at home in her new school. She connects with a group of friends, and she is instantly drawn to darkly handsome Adam DeRís.

But Megan is about to discover that her feelings for Adam are tied to a fate that was sealed long ago—and that the passion and power that brought them together could be their ultimate destruction.

My review:
This book was very beautifully written. Leigh has a way of putting words together that enable the reader to picture what exactly is going on. The characters are well developed and believable, as well as being likeable. Although there is just enough mystery to keep you guessing on whether or not any of these likeable characters are hiding something. 
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and am looking forward to the next book in the series. 

About the author:
Leigh Fallon was born in South Africa, raised in Dublin, Ireland, and moved to Cork in her twenties. While living in beautiful Kinsale, her novel, Carrier of the Mark, was conceived. She promptly abandoned her “riveting” career in corporate treasury and discovered Inkpop, a website for budding writers of teen fiction. Within weeks, her manuscript hit the coveted top-five spot and was reviewed by an editor at HarperCollins. A few emails and some hysterical screaming later, she signed her first deal. Leigh and her family now share their time between Ireland and the United States.


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