Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Magical Settings and an Amazing Book...



Mark O’Koopmans took us on a virtual road trip this week on his blog. It was perfect timing because I’ve sooooo been in one of those moods where I just want to pack up everything and escape to the open road. There’s nothing better than zooming with the windows unrolled and the music blaring. Love.

Which made me think of the one place I’d like to go.

Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia. I’ve never been to a more magical place. I visited 12 years ago when I was 19. Took off there with a close friend and explored the land for two weeks. It was amazing. And I’ve been DYING to go back since.

Have you ever visited a place where there’s magic embedded in the air? Where it’s almost as if you’re standing on holy land or the setting itself is almost alive?




That’s how I feel about one of my besties, Leigh Fallon’s second book, SHADOW OF THE MARK. Her beautiful world is set in Ireland, and the world she’s created is like one of these magical places. 

Shadow of the Mark was released YESTERDAY (!)  and having beta’d this book, I can tell you it’s fabulous. I can’t wait to read it again. 

I'd love to know where your "magic" place is. Have you been there? Plan to go again? And have you checked out Leigh's work? (For more on Leigh, check out my Laude list tab at the top. She's amazing) 

Red. Head. Out. :D 

57 comments:

  1. Congratulations to Leigh!
    Mark's road trip was fun. I'd say visiting some of the castles in Scotland and England was that kind of magical.

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  2. I've visited a few places that just scream stories and mystery, and all kinds of good stuff. I'd love to go back to Edinburgh for that reason, and I adored Barcelona for all its hidden nooks and crannies :) I think I'm in the mood for a trip myself!

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  3. Oh I love that cover! I think being in France was pretty magical. It was just beautiful. Italy, too, with all of the historical sites.

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  4. I'm dying to go to London one day. Hopefully before I die :)

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  5. I also just realized that I wrote "dying" and "die" in my last comment so it sounds like I have some kind of morbid death wish. LOL. I promise I don't!

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  6. Funny as it is, I've never been to a place that felt more magical than the Spiral Jetti in the Great Salt Lake. It's like a living breathing fairytale. So weird, because I've been to a lot of cool places, but that's what popped into my head first. I love the cover of that book, I might have to pick up the first one in the series :)

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  7. My magic place is Rome :) I LOVE it.

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  8. my magic place is somewhere in Italy, I will go there someday!

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  9. Funny that I'm doing a cyber road trip, but for me, it's being in an RV and driving across the U.S. preferably on Route 66 - with no time frame and no bigger goal than finding the next place to lay my hat :)

    PS: Thanks for the Shout O'ut and hope you make it back to Penny's place sooner than later :)

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    1. Oh gosh that is one the things on my bucket list mark. I love route 66 and hope to drive it from chicago to LA!

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  10. Good luck to Leigh and her new release! I'm sending big thoughts of success her way right now.

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  11. Oh congratulations to Leigh! Yay!!

    Yes, a trip somewhere secluded, beachy and exotic sounds just about perfect. C'mere Cabana Boy....

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  12. South Africa is my magical place. Ever since I visited SA years ago, I've been wanting to go back. I hope I get that chance, would love to bring my kids there too. And congratulations to Leigh!

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  13. Um, does Disneyland count?

    I love places like Scandinavia, which seem to be plucked out of fairytales.

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  14. Ah ... Magical Places... We all need enchantment in our lives. Escapes feed our imaginations and soul. I have several places I LOVE to escape to.. Like Stina, Disney World is one of my places. What can be more magical than to escape back to our childhood and act like a kid in such a magical place.

    Montreal also sparked enchantment for me when I had visited a few years ago. It's a city I hope to call home one day. I've never been to Scotland, but I know I would find a whole new form of enchantment for me. Although I have traveled through almost every country in Europe, I haven't had the chance to visit Scotland or Ireland yet. BUt I will.

    I hope you experience enchantment again, Morg... It will happen when you least expect it...

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  15. The most amazing, special place I've ever been to is Jerusalem. Everything there feels special and holy, even the secular and mundane things, even outside of the Old City. Even when I got lost there a few times (not too badly), I never felt nervous like I would've in a big city like Manhattan or LA. It reminds me a bit of Boston in how it's arranged and the friendliness of the people. So many things there have stories from thousands or hundreds of years ago.

    Congratulations to Leigh!

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  16. As a proud Canadian, I love that your most magical place in the world is Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia. I've been to the east coast, but for whatever reason my parent's didn't take us to Peggy's Cove. I think it was due to time constraints and there's just so much to see out there. Hmm, I'm not sure I could pick just one magical place. Mackinac Island in Northern Michigan, hiking trails in Agawa Bay, Ontario, Banff in the Rocky Mountains. If I had to pick somewhere I haven't been, I think I'd choose somewhere like the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland.

    Speaking of Ireland, I didn't realize that was the setting for Leigh Fallon's books. Might have to put those on the TBR list, because that sounds very appealing! Great post, Morgan!

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  17. I still want to see England and, especially, Stonehenge. I think there's magic there, for sure.

    Peggy's Cove looks pretty magical, as well.

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  18. As you know, I'm Canadian and I've actually been to Nova Scotia. But like Erin said, our parents didn't actually take us to Peggy's Cove. Not sure what was up with that! I'd love to go! I was pretty young when we went to the Maritimes, so I don't think I appreciated it nearly as much as I would now. I'd love to return, especially when the leaves are all changing. So, so pretty!

    One of the most magical places for me in the entire world is the Highlands of Scotland. I especially loved the area up around Inverness, out toward the Isle of Skye, and Eilean Donan. Such a magical place and easily my favourite place in the entire world. I would pick up and move there in a heartbeat if I could. :)

    I have CARRIER OF THE MARK sitting on my shelf and have for WAY too long. Must get reading it! :)

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  19. Some years back I went to Ireland. It was such a magical, wonderful place. I'd love to return one day.

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  20. San Juan Islands in Washington. However, I will be going camping next week, which usually rejuvenates me.

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  21. Congrats to Leigh. I love the cover.

    There are so many beautiful places I'd love to go to. Looking at pictures of them makes me want to drop everything and travel.

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  22. Wow. Congrats, Leigh!
    Love that cover!!! :)

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  23. Would it bother you if I said for me that was a bookstore? Bookophilia is the coolest book store in Jamaica. They adapted what makes both local and foreign bookstores great. Plus they have the best customer service anywhere. When I stop by it's like visiting old friends. It's cool you beta read this book Morgan and Peggy's Cove looks Amazing. Congrats Leigh.

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  24. Great pic! It reminds me of parts of Ireland...lots of magic there...in the air, the land, the pubs:)

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  25. Congrats to Leigh! My magical place was Australia and New Zealand. I studied abroad for 5/6 months in Australia and fell in love with the people and sites. I lived in a city much like Boston - a city called Brisbane which is on the East Coast. They have a great library system and an easy to use bus system. I also visited New Zealand - the South island when I was there, I did not get to go to the north. The south is where they filmed Lord of the Rings and let me tell you IT LOOKS JUST LIKE IT! Very wooded and beautiful trees and sky and mountains. They were filming The Hobbit when I was there but I didn't find the actors, lol... guess they were pretty hidden ;-)

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  26. Congratulations to Leigh!
    Scotland, Hawaii, parts of Florida, and Pacific Coastline (most of it), are all magical places for me. The closest place that I really love is on the Olympic Peninsula about a five hour drive from where I live . . . there's this wonderful walk down the beach to a rock wall with a large hole in it that's accessible during low tide, and climbing through that rock gives access to a multitude of tide pools, sea stars, and other fun creatures.

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  27. Congratulations to Leigh! I'd love to see the touristy places in Europe. Not when it's really cold or hot...but when it's just right :)

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  28. Congrats to Leigh! Of the limited places I've been, I've found the greatest magic in Kauai and the German Alps. They are places I can just look around and be in awe. I wish I could visit areas with that kind of magic more often. I'd love to visit Nova Scotia one day.

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  29. When I was little my favorite all-time magical place was the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. I imagined fairies and pixies and all kinds of fun stuff when I visited there. I keep wanting to go with my girls, and see if they look at it with the same wide-eyed wonder I did.

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  30. I live for those moments when I step into a cool place and the energy takes over. When was the last time that happened? Hmm. Gonna have to think about that one for a while. :)

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  31. Shadow of the Mark looks amazing!

    And I love when you come across such magical places in real life. :)

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  32. Oh how I loved this post. As fas as my "place", I think as far as places I'ev actually been, the beaches of Cape San Blas really hold a special place in my heart. Have a beautiful weekend Morgan :)

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  33. Okay, now you've got me wondering where my magic place is. I'd like it to be in Alaska or the Caribbean. Always wanted to see the northern lights and those crystal clear waters. Oh well, one day perhaps.

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  34. I'm in the mood for backpacking too.
    I'd love to go to Naples and reach up to the top of the Vesuvius, with it's sulfur fields, lunar dunes, and fumes gushing up from the mountain.

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  35. Hi Morgan .. I love just being away from others - the milling masses - and having peace and quiet in the countryside .. I love places in Cornwall ... but I did visit Ireland to stay with a girl-friend when I was 21 and we had a fabulous time .. just getting in the car and going - then pondering the landscape and the world in general .. I hope to get back to the west coast of Ireland one day ..

    Cheers Hilary

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  36. Hi Morgan,

    Just stopped by to let you know that you've once again won a prize for the Paying Forward Awards. Congrats! Please contact me at mishagericke(AT)gmail(DOT)com to claim your prize.

    :-)

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  37. My magic place is PARIS and I'm dying that hubs gets to go without me!!! (Of course, you know that, ha ha.) But I'd love to go to Hawaii, to London, Rome, Venice, Russia would be cool. Egypt. Too many awesome places!

    Congrats to Leigh--I still have yet to read her series!

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  38. That's a really great cover! I'll go check it out.

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  39. What a gorgeous cover! I've been to places in the mountains where I was lost to the magic.

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  40. Oh yes, I been lucky to find several places that have that feel of magic.

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  41. whoa that cover makes me WANT to read it, and then find out the designer of that dress...

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  42. Haven't heard of this book - thanks for the rec! And I haven't visited Nova Scotia, but I flew over it once I think :D

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  43. My magical place is Paris. I've been there once before, many many moons ago...
    What a beautiful cover picture, the lilac colored dress is... magical!
    Writer In Transit

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  44. Hi Morgan,

    Okay and yep, time for me to visit here and delight you with one of my um highly collectable comments! :)

    "Shadow of the Mark" certainly seems to instil the magic that be the Emerald Isle. My magical place is wherever I find myself immersed in the wonder around me. Wales is magical. Canada is magical and where I now live in England is magical.

    Be well and thanks for commenting on my posting, Morgan.

    Gary :)

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  45. That cover totally rocks. Interesting question. I LOVED my visit to Ireland. So much fun, and I have to go back.

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  46. York Beach, Maine. Making drip sand castles.

    Congratulations to Leigh.

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  47. Love Leigh's book cover, and someday I'd like to travel to the magic Isle of Ireland! However, Colorado was glorious. You don't feel the awesome power of the majestic mountains or The Garden of the Gods in Boulder in pictures. You have to be there, standing right in front of them!!!

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  48. I love the billowing smoke dress on Leigh's book cover. It kinda makes me think of the space shuttle taking off only with purple smoke.

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  49. I would love to go to Nova Scotia! Leigh's cover is beautiful.

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  50. Magic place. Um. I don't think I've ever consider what my favorite magical place is ... I will definitely be thinking as I try to go to sleep tonight. That'd be a fun one to dream about! :) And I agree with Michael's comment - that cover is wonderful.

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  51. Sounds like you had a lot of fun. Good for you, Mark and Leigh! Writer’s Mark

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  52. My magical place is the Chesapeake Bay. Our extended family (aunts and uncles and my mother) own a place on the water in Annapolis, and I grew up spending weekends there. Awesome! The Atlantic beaches are just a few hours away, so going on a whim is easy.
    By the way, the button for Gary's blogfest is AWESOME! Thanks for doing that and being part of the crew.
    Tina @ Life is Good

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  53. Lake Tahoe fills the bill for me. I'd love to return one day and see if I still get the same feeling.

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  54. Love the cover. And the story sounds intriguing!

    nas

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