Monday, July 8, 2013

Shadow of the Mark Blog Tour *GIVEAWAY*

Today, here on the blog, we have Leigh Fallon dropping by with ten facts you didn't know about the Carrier Series and a giveaway!

Leigh Fallon’s Shadow of the Mark, the sequel to Carrier of the Mark, is a captivating love story set against the lush backdrop of Ireland.
Megan knew she was destined to be with Adam from the first moment she saw him and now they are determined to be together. But Megan and Adam are Marked Ones, and a romance between two Marked Ones is strictly forbidden…and could cause worldwide devastation.
Leigh Fallon’s Shadow of the Mark is a great choice for readers who love Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush.


10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Carrier Series

  1. The name of the second book was changed after HarperTeen acquired it. Its original name was Dawn of the knights.
  2. Pre edits. Half of what we have in Shadow of the Mark was actually part of Carrier of the Mark.
  3. Because of the reduction in the size of the Carrier, and a chunk of it going into Shadow of the Mark, I had to change the time line considerably. Originally Shadow of the Mark was to have taken place three months after Carrier and spanned a year instead of three months.
  4. The timeline changes meant that in the last book the Marked are still in school, when in my outline, they’d have been in college.
  5. The third book has the working title Age of the Fifth. This will not be the finished title though.
  6. Much of my writing is done to music. Shadow of the Mark’s playlist is definitely more broody than Carrier’s. Have a listen, I’ve attached links below.
  7. When I first penned Carrier the first chapter let you see Megan’s life in the US, before she left for Ireland, but I ditched it after the first draft.
  8. Jennifer’s character was originally super bitchy and horrible (I secretly loved her). After my first round of edits we decided she just wasn’t nice enough and we contemplated deleting her entirely. I decided to hang onto a slightly nicer version of her for comic relief.
  9. The last chapter of Shadow of the Mark was deleted. I ADORED the chapter and was so sad to see it go (my sister is still pouting over it), but I trust in the wisdom of my editor.
  10. The third book was by far the hardest book I’ve written to date. I’m a newbie to this industry, but from my experience the final book in a series is a killer.

Shadow of the Mark Playlist

Touched - VAST - Visual Audio Sensory Theater
Destiny - Zero 7 - Simple Things
Division - Moby - Wait for Me
I Shall Believe - Sheryl Crow - Tuesday Night Music Club
Edge of the Ocean - Ivy - Edge of the Ocean
The Birds (Reprise) - Elbow - Build A Rocket Boys!
Lippy Kids - Elbow - Build A Rocket Boys!
Dear Friends - Elbow - Build A Rocket Boys!
The Loneliness Of A Tower Crane Driver - Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
The Violent Blue - Electric President - The Violent Blue
Eat S**t and Die - Electric President - The Violent Blue
Misguided Ghosts - Paramore - Brand New Eyes
Come Away With Me - Norah Jones - Come Away With Me
Wrapped In Piano Strings - Radical Face - Ghost
Academia - Sia Furler - Some People Have Real Problems
Giving Me A Chance - Gotye - Making Mirrors
            Fallen - Imagine Dragons - Night Visions

And, now for the GIVEAWAY!

Must be 13+ to enter Grand Prize ships in US only – Runner up prize is international.

Giveaway Materials:

Grand Prize Winner will get:
- 1 Autographed ARC of SHADOW OF THE MARK
- 3 SHADOW OF THE MARK Bookmarks
- 2 Buttons for each book
- 1 Irish Bookmark
- 1 Postcard for each book

1 Runner Up will receive a $20.00 Gift Card to Amazon or B&N, their choice!

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Thank you to Leigh Fallon, HarperTeen, and Book Nerd Tours for this tour and giveaway! Look below for information about Leigh Fallon and where to find her!

I was born in South Africa, raised in Dublin, Ireland and moved to Cork in my 20’s. While living in beautiful Kinsale, Co Cork I discovered a love of writing. I write mainly for the young adult market. My current book, The Carrier of the Mark, prompted me to abandon my ‘riveting’ career in corporate treasury and have been writing ever since. I have another three books in the Carrier series and a few other projects I'm working on. My family and I now share our time between Ireland and the US.
Peace and Fangs,Alisha

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