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TASTE OF DARKNESS Blog Tour: “Favorite Quotes” Guest Post + Giveaway


I am absolutely thrilled to be today’s stop on the TASTE OF DARKNESS Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours and to be able to share Maria V. Snyder’s Five Favorite Quotes from her novels and why they are favorites of hers on this first day of the new year.

Maria V. Snyder is an amazing and creative and imaginative writer who not only pens brilliant fantasy novels but unique and engaging science fiction books, too. And while I haven’t yet met all of her characters in all of her series, I have met, crushed on, adored, several of them. And there’s not a story of hers that I’ve read that I haven’t fallen in love with.

TASTE OF DARKNESS is the third installment in the Healer series that released just yesterday, on December 31st. So if you haven’t yet had a chance to grab a copy and want to take a peek, there is an awesome excerpt of the first chapter of TASTE OF DARKNESS on the author’s website HERE.

If you haven’t yet heard of this amazing series by the author, the descriptions for all three books in the series, along with places to find them online, are below. And if you haven’t yet had a chance to meet Author Maria V. Snyder, her bio and links to places where she can be found online are below the book details.

A super awesome, exciting and dramatic trailer was created for TASTE OF DARKNESS. It is also below if you haven’t yet had the chance to watch.


This tour includes several amazing book giveaways – US and International – so be sure to check out the Rafflecopter toward the bottom of this post. And be sure to visit all the stops on tour for some wicked awesome interviews, guest posts and reviews. I’ll be updating the schedule with direct links to all the stops on tour.


Guest Post

Five Favorite Quotes & Why

Maria V. Snyder’s Top Five Favorite Quotes from Her Novels… and Why

Finding only five is going to be hard! But here’s goes.


“It’s a dirty way to fight, but I’m late for lunch.” Valek says this after he disarms and knocks out two opponents in ten seconds. I love this quote because it defines Valek’s character so well. He’s an assassin, he’s practical, and he has a bit of a dark sense of humor.


2 – From POISON STUDY (this one really doesn’t need an explanation for why I like it so much ☺):

“But you’ve slipped under my skin, invaded my blood and seized my heart.” [Valek confessing his love to Yelena]

“That sounds more like a poison than a person,” was all I [Yelena] could say. His confession had both shocked and thrilled me.

“Exactly,” Valek replied. “You have poisoned me.” [sigh!]


3 – From INSIDE OUT:

“I never said it would be easy. Giving up is easy.” Riley says this to Trella when she’s at her darkest point in the story. I’m a big believer in persisting and to keep going despite the setbacks in life. This quote says it perfectly.



“I know I hated magic for a reason,” Janco said.

“Congratulations. This is the first time you’ve had a VALID reason to hate something,” Ari countered. “Remember your campaign against sand?”

“Sand! Horrid little stuff. Gets everywhere. I had a perfectly good argue–”

“Janco.” Ari’s voice rumbled deep in his throat.

In a heartbeat, Janco switched gears. “Well, this blood magic sounds worse than sand.”

Ari and Janco are two of my most popular side characters. My readers are always commenting that they want more from these guys (I did write a short story about them called POWER STUDY that’s available for free here: http://www.mariavsnyder.com/powerstudy.php). I love Janco’s quirky way of looking at life. He’s fun, goofy, and doesn’t pout for long or hold grudges unless it’s regarding sand. However, he can become deadly serious when the time is right. This little exchange between the partners just shows their personalities so well.



“…things happen that are out of your control.” [Belen says to Kerrick as he and Avry are about to leave for a mission]

Kerrick gave him a tight smile. “You mean I’m not omnipotent?”

“You’re not even semi-potent.” [Belen]

“’Is that even a word?” Kerrick asked.

“He probably means you’re impotent,” I [Avry] offered.

I love this exchange between these three. It shows that Belen cares for Avry and is stepping into the protective “older brother” role. It shows Kerrick does have a sense of humor after chapters of being way too serious. And it shows Avry is comfortable enough with Kerrick to tease him.


Fiktshun: I LOVE all five of these quotes. They are the perfect choices. Especially the first one, which I completely and totally agree speaks volumes about Valek and left me grinning when I first read it and again when reading it in this post.

I also wholeheartedly agree with the quote from INSIDE OUT. It’s so true and real and is something to remember when faced with the many challenges that life throws at you.

And oh my gosh that passage from TOUCH OF POWER is not only laugh out loud funny, but left me snickering for a long while after reading it.

Remember, this is just a small taste of the amazing that is Maria V. Snyder, so be sure to pick up any (or all) of her books to find out just how awesome she is.


About Taste of Darkness

Taste of Darkness cover



She’s fought death and won. But how can she fight her fears?

Avry knows hardship and trouble. She fought the plague and survived. She took on King Tohon and defeated him. But now her heart-mate, Kerrick, is missing, and Avry fears he’s gone forever.

But there’s a more immediate threat. The Skeleton King plots to claim the Fifteen Realms for his own. With armies in disarray and the dead not staying down, Avry’s healing powers are needed now more than ever.Torn between love and loyalty, Avry must choose her path carefully. For the future of her world depends on her decision.

Series: Healer #3
Release date: December 31, 2013
Pages: 464
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Formats: Paperback, eBook



The Book Trailer


Other Books in the Series

Touch of Power cover



Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Territories, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.

Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader, an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own, is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince—leader of a campaign against her people. As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for. Because the price of peace may well be her life….

Title & Series: TOUCH OF POWER (Healer #1)
Release date: December 20, 2011
Pages: 400
Publisher: Mira
Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook



Scent of Magic cover



Hunted, Killed—Survived?

As the last Healer in the Fifteen Realms, Avry of Kazan is in a unique position: in the minds of her friends and foes alike, she no longer exists. Despite her need to prevent the megalomanical King Tohon from winning control of the Realms, Avry is also determined to find her sister and repair their estrangement. And she must do it alone, as Kerrick, her partner and sole confident, returns to Alga to summon his country into battle.

Though she should be in hiding, Avry will do whatever she can to support Tohon’s opponents. Including infiltrating a holy army, evading magic sniffers, teaching forest skills to soldiers and figuring out how to stop Tohon’s most horrible creations yet; an army of the walking dead—human and animal alike and nearly impossible to defeat.

War is coming and Avry is alone. Unless she figures out how to do the impossible … again.

Title & Series: SCENT OF MAGIC (Healer #2)
Release date: December 18, 2012
Pages: 416
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook



About Maria V. Snyder


Maria V. Snyder changed from being a meteorologist to a novelist in 1995, when she began writing to keep her sanity while raising two children. Since then, she has published numerous freelance articles in magazines and newspapers, and teaches fiction-writing classes at the local college and area libraries. The classes give her the wonderful opportunity to encourage fellow writers, and to keep improving her craft.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Maria always had a fascination with big storms. Dreaming of chasing tornados, Maria earned a bachelors of science degree in meteorology at Penn State University. But she discovered, much to her chagrin, that forecasting the weather wasn’t one of her skills. In order to chase tornados you had to predict where they might form. Creating fantasy worlds where she has complete control of the weather was more agreeable to her.

Maria’s research on food-tasting methods with an expert chocolate taster, her husband, turned out to be a delicious bonus while writing Poison Study.

Maria has a brown belt in Isshinryu Karate, and enjoys playing volleyball and the cello. Traveling in general and via cruise ship in particular are her biggest distractions from writing. Maria has traveled to Belize, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean and through the Panama Canal.

Maria lives with her husband, son, daughter and yellow lab, Hazelnut, in Pennsylvania where she is at work on more LUNA novels. She is also pursuing a master’s degree in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University.



The Giveaway

As part of this tour, there is a tour-wide giveaway for some seriously awesome prizes…

– TWO (2) copies of TASTE OF DARKNESS (International)

– TEN (10) copies of TASTE OF DARKNESS (US only)

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Tour

Week One

Dec. 30th – Read Now Sleep Later – Interview

Dec. 31st – Tynga’s Reviews – Guest Post

Jan. 1st – Fiktshun – Guest Post

Jan. 2nd – Bibliophilia, Please – Interview

Jan. 3rd – Snowdrop Dreams of Books – Review

Week Two

Jan. 6th – Parajunkee – Guest Post

Jan. 7th – Moonlight Gleam Reviews – Review

Jan. 8th – The Cover Contessa – Interview

Jan. 9th – Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post

Jan. 10th – Mundie Moms – Interview

38 Responses to “TASTE OF DARKNESS Blog Tour: “Favorite Quotes” Guest Post + Giveaway”

  1. Vivien says:

    So eager to read this installment!! I just adore Maria’s writing style. Enjoyed the great post 🙂

  2. Ann says:

    o0o0o Very excited about these books! Thanks for the opportunity! =D

  3. Hi!!
    I loved the quotes! I haven’t had the time to read Maria’s book, but know I think it would be the first book I’ve read this year haha
    Thanks for the giveaway ^^

    – Patri

  4. Looking forward to reading the conclusion of this trilogy!

  5. Babel says:

    So love equals poison? Not very romantic, or perhaps exactly so, considering 😉
    Thanks for this kind of post. Nice to know more about an author and her work. And she was a meteorologist, wow!
    Happy New Year everyone!

  6. Kai W. says:

    I love Maria Synder’s books. I have following her books since I read A Study in Poison. Just love the characters Yelena and Valek.

  7. I would love to read this series. It sounds so good. Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. Renee says:

    I am looking forward to this book!!

  9. I agree perfect quotes from some of my favorite characters! But really there are too many great quotes from great characters to choose that was perfect!

  10. Sara says:

    I can’t wait to read this book! I love Maria V. Snyder’s books!!

  11. Thanks so much for hosting me on my Blog Tour! And you’re super sweet to say all those nice things about my writing (blushing). I enjoyed writing this post despite having to limit it to 5 quotes 😉 It’s funny that when I’m writing, I don’t recognize a passage or bit of dialogue as anything special, but then when I read back through or when a reader points it out, then I’m like, “Yeah, that’s actually pretty good,” and I’m surprised I wrote it 🙂

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      You’re so welcome. And thank you for allowing me to host you on the tour. I would totally have been delighted with 10 passages and quotes but I thought it might be too greedy to ask. But you chose five that were perfect examples of why I – and we all – love your writing and characters.

      Oh and what I said about your writing is TOTALLY true. And lol isn’t it nice to be surprised by your own writing? Seeing things through other people’s eyes can sometimes change the entire experience of it. And yeah it’s MORE than “pretty good.” Just saying. 🙂

  12. DawnMarie Wahl says:

    Love Maria V Snyder! I have been reading her books since I bought a hard copy of Poison Study when it first came out so long ago! It’s impossible to have too many of her books on my shelf 🙂

  13. lilitusilith says:

    ToD is my birthday present! Super excited.

  14. rachael constant says:

    I love your books and have them all. my favourite couple are valek and Yelena. I have given your books to lots of people for xmas

  15. N Beasley says:

    Love the Study series and Opal Cowan series. Can’t wait to read the latest installment of the Healer series 🙂

  16. I love all of Maria’s books, and she’s a super cool human! I can’t wait to catch-up!!!

  17. Great quotes. Have read all her books, and just love them.

  18. maidenveil says:

    Hi Maria! I’m a fan of your books. I’m an avid reader of fantasy genre and I must say I love how you write your stories. Cheers!

  19. Becky says:

    More of Janco and Ari is always good! Keep them coming!

  20. Nellie Boyer says:

    I love all the quotes that you like they all made me smile and made me want to sit down and read all the books again in a comfy corner

  21. Jenelle Riane says:

    Aww, love the quotes! I’m gonna finally read the Glass series soon, want more of Ari and Janco! 🙂

  22. Dovile says:

    I really love the covers in this series, and I can’t wait to read the newest book!

  23. Jamie Leigh Martin says:

    Thanks for the chance.

  24. Jenny Jensen says:

    I loved Touch of Power and just recently was able to buy The Scent of Magic. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series, and I’ll have to pick up some of her other books too, especially after reading some of those quotes!! 🙂 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

  25. jamieayres says:

    Love the quotes and love the trailer! Thanks for spotlighting this . . . sounds terrific!

  26. Mary Preston says:

    Most informative thank you.

  27. karins28 says:

    sounds very interesting

  28. Denise says:

    Ohhh Valek … My favorite fictional husband those are some beautiful quotes.

  29. I loved the quote you picked from TOUCH OF POWER and I really need to start reading the STUDY series. 🙂

  30. wulfluva says:

    With a chocolate taster? That’s like every girl’s dream job! XD

  31. alicia marie says:

    Love her books and can’t wait to read this one!!

  32. i love ur books maria..can’t wait to read ur new book..
    thx u for the chance 🙂

  33. Amy says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I am looking forward to this book!

  34. Adriana C says:

    Is this the conclusion of the series/trilogy or there are going to be more books. I was asuming than this was a trilogy but the “third installment” had me doubting. .
    Love this series.

    • Adriana – yes Taste of Darkness is the final book…for now. After I write 3 books in a series, I need to move on and write other stories, but sometimes I’ll go back. For example, I’m writing more books in my Study series after a long break – that’s why I won’t say “never.”

      Thanks to everyone for the wonderful comments!

  35. Lexie says:

    I haven’t read this series yet. I’ve been meaning to since I always read some good reviews about it. My online friends are giving it high praises! 🙂

  36. 1110cg says:

    Loved this post 🙂

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