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    NIGHT STUDY Blog Tour: Interview with Maria V. Snyder + Giveaway

    Night Study

    I am absolutely thrilled to be today’s stop on the NIGHT STUDY Blog Tour. I absolutely adore this series by Maria V. Snyder and Valek and Yelena are two of my most favorite characters. And I am so excited that NIGHT STUDY has released and everyone will get the chance to read it… and then begin the countdown to DAWN STUDY.

    For my stop today I have an AWESOME interview with the author. So if you’d like to know what Maria V. Snyder had to say about her series and characters and what she’s done to them, be sure to check it out below.

    This tour also includes an amazing giveaway – US and International – so if you’d like the chance to win a copy of the book, be sure to enter in the Rafflecopter.

    And if you’d like to check out a few of the other stops on the tour, scroll down to the schedule for direct links to all the stops.


    About NIGHT STUDY

    Night Study Cover

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    Title & Series: NIGHT STUDY (Soulfinders #2)
    Author: Maria V. Snyder
    Release date: January 26, 2016
    Publisher: Mira
    Pages: 448
    Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Ever since being kidnapped from the Illiais Jungle as a child, Yelena Zaltana’s life has been fraught with peril. But the recent loss of her Soulfinding abilities has endangered her more than ever before. As she desperately searches for a way to reclaim her magic, her enemies are closing in, and neither Ixia nor Sitia is safe for her anymore. Especially since the growing discord between the two countries and the possibility of a war threatens everything Yelena holds dear.

    Valek is determined to protect Yelena, but he’s quickly running out of options. The Commander suspects that his loyalties are divided, and he’s been keeping secrets from Valek…secrets that put him, Yelena and all their friends in terrible danger. As they uncover the various layers of the Commander’s mysterious plans, they realize it’s far more sinister than they could have ever imagined.

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    The Interview

    Q&A with Maria V. Snyder

    Q. If you had to describe NIGHT STUDY in 25 words or less, how would you describe it?

    A. An unputdownable continuation of the adventures of Yelena and Valek.

    Q. What was your favorite scene and your most challenging scene to write in NIGHT STUDY and why?

    A. My favorite scene is a spoiler so I can’t reveal that!  As for my second favorite scene, it is when Leif and Devlen are together and investigating who made the glass panels for those hot glasshouses. The two of them together ended up being fun to write, which was a bit of a surprise to me. It showed that Devlen has been accepted by Leif as part of the “herd.” The most challenging is also a spoiler, but I can say it has to deal with Valek and what had happened to him when he witnessed his brothers being murdered. Poor guy I really put him through the wringer ;).

    Q. Across the series, who was your favorite secondary character to write and why?

    A. Janco! Which shouldn’t be a surprise ;). He is so fun to write because I can just insert random comments and rants from him and he’s a nice balance to the serious problems Yelena and Valek are experiencing.

    Q. What are your two most favorite non-spoiler-y quotes from Valek in NIGHT STUDY? And what are your two most favorite non-spoiler-y quotes from Yelena in NIGHT STUDY?

    A. “You can’t assassinate bullies or boys who kiss your daughter.” Yelena says.

    “Pity.”  Valek says in response.

    “Are you sure it’s not seven dog years? You have a lot of gray in your muzzle,” Yelena quipped, referring to Janco’s salt-and-pepper goatee.

    “Love trumps logic. And when it comes to you, love, I can be extremely irrational.” Valek

    Q. What has been your greatest challenge about writing a series of this length with these characters?

    A. Finding new challenges for them has been hard. I had to take away Yelena’s magic because she was too powerful as a Soulfinder. Plus she grew and changed as a character in the first three books. However, Valek stayed the same throughout the first 3 books, so by focusing on him and his journey I was able to come up with some fun problems for them.

    Q. What has been your greatest joy about writing a series of this length with these characters?

    A. I know them so well and they’ve become like family.

    Q. If you could change one character’s fate from the series for the better or worse, whose fate would it be and why?

    A. I’m not the type to wish to change anything from my books. Once printed, that’s the story and I’m happy with it. But there have been a few times I wish Moon Man was still alive since he would add in some nice humor and provide plenty of cryptic advice for Yelena.

    Q. What do you love most about writing this series – the characters, the plot, the world?

    A. The characters! It’s always about the characters for me – the world and plot evolve from the characters and their desires and motivations.

    Q. If you had to live in Ixia or Sitia, where would you choose to live and why would you choose to live there?

    A. I’d live in Ixia. I like wearing a uniform—it makes life easier. And I like the way the Commander does things. I’d become a member of  Valek’s corp and hopefully be able to go on missions with Ari and Janco. Maria the spy! Fun stuff!

    Q. If Yelena could say one thing to you about the direction of her story, what would she say?

    A. That’s enough!

    Q. If Valek could say one thing to you about how you’ve crafted his and Yelena’s relationship, what would he say?

    A. Thank you.


    About Maria V. Snyder

    Maria

    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.

    Readers are welcome to contact Maria at the following email address: maria@mariavsnyder.com.

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    Other Books in the Series

    Shadow Study

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    Title & Series: SHADOW STUDY (Soulfinders #1)
    Author: Maria V. Snyder
    Release date: February 24, 2015
    Publisher: Mira
    Pages: 416
    Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Once, only her own life hung in the balance…

    When Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. She survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia.

    Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands—and protect her relationship with Valek.
    Suddenly, though, dissent is rising. And Valek’s job—and his life—are in danger.
    As Yelena tries to uncover her enemies, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked.And now she must find a way to keep not only herself but all that she holds dear alive.

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    The Giveaway

    There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

    • SIX (6) winners will receive a finished copy of NIGHT STUDY – US only
    • FOUR (4) winners will receive a finished copy of NIGHT STUDY – International

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    The Tour

    Week One

    1.18.16 | Dark Faerie Tales – Interview with Valek

    1.19.16 | The Bibliophile Chronicles – Review

    1.20.16 | Two Chicks on Books – Deleted Scene

    1.21.16 | Young Adult at Heart – Review

    1.22.16 | Read Now Sleep Later – Interview

    Week Two

    1.25.16 | Seeing Double In Neverland – Review

    1.26.16 | Magical Urban Fantasy Reads – Excerpt {Valek’s POV}

    1.27.16 | a GREAT read – Review

    1.28.16 | Fiktshun – Interview

    1.29.16 | Mundie Moms – Review

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    POISON STUDY Read-Along: Chapters 26-32 + Giveaway

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    In case you weren’t aware, the POISON STUDY Read Along began on October 1st. It’s now in its final days, though if you are a quick reader and want to join in, feel free to check out the sign-up post HERE for more details. The read along ends on October 31st so there’s still a little time left.

    Today I’m sharing my thoughts on chapters 26 through 32. And while I am a touch late in posting, I did end up finishing POISON STUDY last week. I just couldn’t wait.

    If you’d like to check out what the other four hosts think, be sure to stop by their blogs.

    AND… if you’re participating in the read along and would like to share your thoughts for this week’s chapters, leave them and/or your post link in the comments.


    The Read-along Schedule

    • October 4th-10th | Chapters 1-8
    • October 11th-17th | Chapters 9-17
    • October 18th-24th |Chapters 18-25
    • October 25th-31st |Chapters 26-32 and closing post

    The Hosts


    Thoughts on Chapters 26-32

    Everything happens in these last seven chapters. They are totally intense, nail-biting, action-packed, nerve-wracking.

    During the Sitian’s visit, Yelena is poisoned by Love Me when testing the Commander’s brandy. She finally discovers that the beans were Criollo when they’re tossed into Rand’s ovens. She has it out with Rand, revealing she knows he betrayed her.

    If that’s not enough, when she sets out with the Commander for MD-5 Rand betrays her again to Captain Star before redeeming himself. She connects with Irys who informs her she needs to find Mogkan’s magic source as he’s clearly been amping up his power. She meets up with Valek and tells him what she knows.

    When they finally arrive, the Commander is basically turned into a puppet and Yelena’s put under guard by Brazell and Mogkan. She manages to escape, find Valek, and they go looking for the source, which turns out to be even more horrifying than she ever could have imagined.

    They’re caught and imprisoned and she reveals to him all that happened to her when she was with Brazell and Reyad. They find a way to escape the dungeon and go into hiding while a massive search for them is undertaken. And they finally, finally, finally hook up and reveal their feelings for each other.

    Oh, and Valek shares a bit of his past with her, too.

    And while I could reveal all that happens at the end – with Yelena and Valek, the Commander, Brazell, Mogkan, Irys, Ari and Janco – I’m not going to. I’ve spoiled enough. But it is an epic finish, and definitely a bit sad, and it is guaranteed to make you wonder where things are headed.

    I will, however, share yet another short passage. It’s a declaration by Valek, actually.

    “Yelena, you’ve driven me crazy. You’ve caused me considerable trouble and I’ve contemplated ending your life twice since I’ve known you.” Valek’s warm breath in my ear sent a shiver down my spine.

    “But you’ve slipped under my skin, invaded my blood and seized my heart.”

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

    “Exactly,” Valek replied. “You have poisoned me.” He rolled me over to face him. Before I could make another sound, he kissed me.

    And on that note, so ends the read along.

    I hope you loved reading (or re-reading) POISON STUDY this past month. Ten years after its release it’s still every bit as timely as today’s releases. It’s exciting and epic, with characters you can’t help but adore. It’s one of those “forever” stories that will be remembered and talked about for decades to come.


    About POISON STUDY

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    Add to Goodreads

    Title & Series: POISON STUDY (Study #1)
    Author: Maria V. Snyder
    Release date: October 1, 2005
    Publisher: Luna
    Pages: 440
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Read an EXCERPT

    Description…

    Choose: A quick death . . . or slow poison.

    About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

    And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

    As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear. . . .

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    The 10 Winners to Match 10 Years Giveaway

    The Prizes

    • GRAND PRIZE: SIGNED hardcover first editions of POISON STUDY and MAGIC STUDY
    • FIRST PLACE: a SIGNED hardcover first edition of POISON STUDY
    • FIVE (5) WINNERS: a SIGNED cover flat of the original cover of POISON STUDY
    • THREE (3) WINNERS: a SIGNED original bookmark for POISON STUDY

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    POISON STUDY Read-Along: Chapters 18-25 + Giveaway

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    In case you weren’t aware, the POISON STUDY Read Along began on October 1st. And although it’s already started and is ending soon, it’s not too late to sign up. Just check out the sign-up post HERE for more details.

    Today I’m sharing my thoughts on chapters 18 through 25. And as soon as I finish writing my thoughts for this week’s chapters I am totally going to read the remaining chapters. Because I can’t possibly stop now with just eight chapters remaining. I can’t. I won’t.

    If you’d like to check out the schedule, it follows below. But I’ll be sharing my thoughts for the final chapters next Wednesday and closing out the read along on the 31st.

    If you’d like to check out what the other four hosts think each week, be sure to check out their weekly posts.

    AND… if you’re participating in the read along and would like to share your thoughts for this week’s chapters, leave them and/or your post link in the comments.


    The Read-along Schedule

    • October 4th-10th | Chapters 1-8
    • October 11th-17th | Chapters 9-17
    • October 18th-24th |Chapters 18-25
    • October 25th-31st |Chapters 26-32 and closing post

    The Hosts


    Thoughts on Chapters 18-25

    The pace has really picked up in these eight chapters. A lot went down. And even though I have read this book, I am on the edge of my seat, biting my nails, and am so anxious about what’s to come.

    Yelena is getting better at learning to defend herself. Practicing with Ari and Janco (and now Maren) has really started to pay off. She’s also trying to learn as much as she can about magic. And… Janco has taught her how to pick locks, which has come in somewhat handy.

    Margg is still trying to prove her to be no better than a rat, but she turns the tables on her with some rather unexpected results.

    Things aren’t going great with the Commander. Brazell has definitely done something involving magic and the Criollo to exert some kind of control. A secret about the Commander was also revealed to Yelena, though she isn’t sure if it is real or just a dream.

    Nix is discovered to be working for Brazell and finally makes his move on Yelena. Though, because of her smarts and her new abilities she is able to take him down.

    We learn the truth about exactly what happened between Yelena and Reyad and why she murdered him. We also learn that Yelena has the hots for Valek and maybe, just maybe, he feels a little something for her.

    Yelena discovers she’s been betrayed by a friend which leaves her devastated. But not too devastated to end up making a drunken move on Valek after tasting one too many brandies at the Generals meeting.

    The representatives from Sitia show up, one of whom is quite the surprise. So there’s no way I can possibly stop reading now.

    These chapters were so unbelievably awesome. I am now determined to read this entire series this winter.

    And, in keeping with last week, I just have to share my most favorite short exchange between Yelena and Valek of this entire book.

    “What have I earned from you, Valke? Loyalty? Respect? Trust?”

    “You have my attention. But give me what I want, and you can have everything.”

    Mmmmmm. Aaaand on that note…

    Until next week…


    About POISON STUDY

    Poison-Study-Cover-2

    Add to Goodreads

    Title & Series: POISON STUDY (Study #1)
    Author: Maria V. Snyder
    Release date: October 1, 2005
    Publisher: Luna
    Pages: 440
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Read an EXCERPT

    Description…

    Choose: A quick death . . . or slow poison.

    About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

    And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

    As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear. . . .

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    The 10 Winners to Match 10 Years Giveaway

    The Prizes

    • GRAND PRIZE: SIGNED hardcover first editions of POISON STUDY and MAGIC STUDY
    • FIRST PLACE: a SIGNED hardcover first edition of POISON STUDY
    • FIVE (5) WINNERS: a SIGNED cover flat of the original cover of POISON STUDY
    • THREE (3) WINNERS: a SIGNED original bookmark for POISON STUDY

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    POISON STUDY Read-Along: Chapters 9-17 + Giveaway

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    In case you weren’t aware, the POISON STUDY Read Along began on October 1st. And although it’s already started, it’s not too late to sign up. Just check out the sign-up post HERE for more details.

    Today I’m sharing my thoughts on chapters nine through seventeen. I have been fighting the urge to read ahead and have been only semi-successful so far. I’ve managed to bargain with myself – if I stick to the read along schedule I’m allowing myself to continue reading the series next month. And I really, really, want to continue this series. So I’m trying hard.

    If you’d like to check out the schedule, it follows below. But I’ll continue to share my thoughts on the assigned chapters every Wednesday.

    If you’d like to check out what the other four hosts think each week, be sure to check out their weekly posts.

    AND… if you’re participating in the read along and would like to share your thoughts for this week’s chapters, leave them and/or your post link in the comments.


    The Read-along Schedule

    • October 4th-10th | Chapters 1-8
    • October 11th-17th | Chapters 9-17
    • October 18th-24th |Chapters 18-25
    • October 25th-31st |Chapters 26-32 and closing post

    The Hosts


    Thoughts on Chapters 9-17

    While this week’s chapters totaled nine instead of eight, they somehow flew by even faster. There was an attempt on Yelena’s life. And it was not on Brazell’s orders. She’s now being targeted by one of Sitia’s elite magicians. Yelena agrees to become a fugitive to test the Commander’s soldiers and she does surprisingly well. And she decides she wants to Ari and Janco – who we finally meet – to teach her how to defend herself.

    Even more questions have arisen – about Yelena, about magic, about Yelena’s ability to wield magic, about Brazell’s motives, about the mysterious gift of Criollo he sent the Commander, about his factory, about Rand. Because something fishy is definitely going on with Rand.

    Valek is proving himself to be even more likable, fascinating, intriguing than before. From his ability to withstand magic, to his skills at tracking, fighting, poison tasting, spying, stealing, sculpting, he is quite the talent. And his concern for Yelena’s safety makes him an even more appealing man.

    This one line from the book says it all: Valek was liquid in motion.

    And yes, I did peek ahead. Just a little. I couldn’t resist.

    But that’s all. I promise. Until next week…


    About POISON STUDY

    Poison-Study-Cover-2

    Add to Goodreads

    Title & Series: POISON STUDY (Study #1)
    Author: Maria V. Snyder
    Release date: October 1, 2005
    Publisher: Luna
    Pages: 440
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Read an EXCERPT

    Description…

    Choose: A quick death . . . or slow poison.

    About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

    And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

    As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear. . . .

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    The 10 Winners to Match 10 Years Giveaway

    The Prizes

    • GRAND PRIZE: SIGNED hardcover first editions of POISON STUDY and MAGIC STUDY
    • FIRST PLACE: a SIGNED hardcover first edition of POISON STUDY
    • FIVE (5) WINNERS: a SIGNED cover flat of the original cover of POISON STUDY
    • THREE (3) WINNERS: a SIGNED original bookmark for POISON STUDY

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    POISON STUDY Read-Along: Chapters 1-8 + Giveaway

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    In case you weren’t aware, the POISON STUDY Read Along began on October 1st. And although it’s already started, it’s not too late to sign up. Just check out the sign-up post HERE for more details.

    Today I’m sharing my thoughts on the first eight chapters of the book. And let me tell you, even though I’ve read POISON STUDY before, it was impossible to stop reading at the end of those eight chapters. I have a feeling I’ll be finished with the re-read before next week. I’ll probably be finished re-reading it today.

    But I will wait for the appropriate dates to post my thoughts. I may read ahead, but I won’t post ahead.

    If you’d like to check out the schedule, it follows below. But I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the assigned chapters every Wednesday.

    If you’d like to check out what the other four hosts think each week, be sure to check out their weekly posts.

    AND… if you’re participating in the read along and would like to share your thoughts for this week’s chapters, leave them and/or your post link in the comments.


    The Read-along Schedule

    • October 4th-10th | Chapters 1-8
    • October 11th-17th | Chapters 9-17
    • October 18th-24th |Chapters 18-25
    • October 25th-31st |Chapters 26-32 and closing post

    The Hosts


    Thoughts on Chapters 1-8

    I have previously read POISON STUDY. But it was quite some time ago when I did read it. So when I picked it up for the read along, I wasn’t instantly familiar with what was happening and wasn’t entirely sure of how things would unfold. But it didn’t take long to be reminded of the characters, the world, what I loved about this book.

    POISON STUDY is one of those reads that grabs hold right from the start. You’re introduced to a prisoner who is about to be executed. You’re only given the slightest bit of information about them before their time is supposed to be up. You learn the prisoner is a woman. That her name is Yelena. And that she’s being offered the choice between execution or becoming the Commander’s food taster – a job that lasts until death and might not be much of a stay of execution if she were to make a mistake.

    Every piece of information the author reveals only makes you want to know more. It makes you eager to keep reading to find out exactly what situation Yelena found herself in that made her become a murderer.  It makes you want to know how Valek, the Commander’s right-hand man, earned his reputation. It makes you want to learn more about Ixia and whether the new militaristic regime is better or worse than the previous one.

    In the first eight chapters Yelena goes through an interesting but pretty awful learning process in order to get up to speed about poisons and what is required of her to be the Commander’s next taster. She is continually hounded by the guards of the General whose son she killed. She is constantly being tested, poisoned, by Valek. But she survives every ordeal and is all set to begin her job as the official food taster.

    Much is learned about Ixia. Quite a bit is revealed about Yelena, including the fact that she may have some ability to wield magic and seems to have an affinity for detecting poisons. And there is a bit of foreshadowing involving General Brazell.

    Valek remains quite the mystery at the end of the eighth chapter. One you’ll most definitely want to solve.

    It’s still very early in the read. The world is only just being developed. But more than enough detail is provided so that you can start to picture it. Already certain characters are beginning to stand out. And although their trustworthiness is still up in the air, there are a few that fall onto the “likable” side and a few that definitely fall onto the “despise” side.

    And as far as the re-reading experience goes? Awesome. These chapters flew. And yet I couldn’t read fast enough. I wanted to devour this entire book, not just the eight chapters assigned. The story so far is incredibly exciting. And with Yelena’s job, it’s guaranteed to be a nail-biter. Because at any moment she could be fatally poisoned.

    Or Brazell’s men could come after her. Or the Commander could tire of her, sealing her fate. Or Valek could decide she’s not trustworthy enough. Or her ability could be discovered.

    So much could go wrong. At any moment. We’ll just have to wait and see.

    Until next week…


    About POISON STUDY

    Poison-Study-Cover-2

    Add to Goodreads

    Title & Series: POISON STUDY (Study #1)
    Author: Maria V. Snyder
    Release date: October 1, 2005
    Publisher: Luna
    Pages: 440
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Read an EXCERPT

    Description…

    Choose: A quick death . . . or slow poison.

    About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

    And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

    As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear. . . .

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | HARLEQUIN | THE BOOK DEPOSITORY | INDIEBOUND | GOOGLE PLAY | BOOKS-A-MILLION | KOBO  | GOODREADS


    The 10 Winners to Match 10 Years Giveaway

    The Prizes

    • GRAND PRIZE: SIGNED hardcover first editions of POISON STUDY and MAGIC STUDY
    • FIRST PLACE: a SIGNED hardcover first edition of POISON STUDY
    • FIVE (5) WINNERS: a SIGNED cover flat of the original cover of POISON STUDY
    • THREE (3) WINNERS: a SIGNED original bookmark for POISON STUDY

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    POISON STUDY Anniversary Tour: Scavenger Hunt Post + Giveaway

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    I am so excited to be celebrating the 10th anniversary of Maria V. Snyder’s POISON STUDY and to have an awesome excerpt to share from chapter two with my scavenger hunt word – which I have to say is the best word.

    POISON STUDY is an amazing book and the author is incredibly talented and imaginative. And I’m thrilled that ten years later the story is still exciting, the characters are still very much beloved, and it has had some beautiful covers to be wrapped up in.

    In addition to the scavenger hunt part of the tour, there’s a fan-freaking-tastic giveaway for some seriously cool prizes. So don’t forget to enter in the Rafflecopter for a chance to win!

    And be sure to check out just some of the book’s lovely covers below.


    About POISON STUDY

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    Title & Series: POISON STUDY (Study #1)
    Author: Maria V. Snyder Release date: October 1, 2005
    Publisher: Luna
    Pages: 440
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

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    Choose: A quick death . . . or slow poison.

    About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

    And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

    As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear. . . .

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    The Poison Study Covers

    The Scavenger Hunt Excerpt

    …From Chapter Two

    With some trepidation, I took a sip, again detecting the faint orange taste.  Bracing myself for the rancid flavor, I gargled Valek’s drink and was relieved that it only enhanced the orange essence.

    “Better?” Valek asked as he took back the empty cup.

    “Yes.”

    Valek sat down behind his desk, opening my folder once more. Picking up his quill, he talked to me while writing.  “You just had your first lesson in food tasting.  Your drink was laced with a poison called Butterfly’s Dust.  Mine wasn’t.  The only way to detect Butterfly’s Dust in a liquid is to gargle it.  That rotten orange flavor you tasted was the poison.”

    I rose, my head spinning.  “Is it lethal?”

    “A big enough dose will kill you in two days.  The symptoms don’t arrive until the second day, but by then it’s too late.”

    “Did I have a lethal dose?”  I held my breath.

    “Of course.  Anything less and you wouldn’t have tasted the poison.”

    My stomach rebelled and I started to gag.  I forced down the bile in my throat, trying hard to avoid the indignity of vomiting all over Valek’s desk.

    Valek looked up from the stack of papers.  He studied my face.  “I warned you the training would be dangerous.  But I would hardly give you a poison your body had to fight while you suffered from malnutrition.  There is an antidote to Butterfly’s Dust.”  He showed me a small vial containing a white liquid.

    Sinking back into my chair, I sighed deeply.  Valek’s metal face had returned; I realized he hadn’t offered the antidote to me.

    “In answer to the question you didn’t ask but should have, this…”  Valek raised the small vial and shook it, “…is how we keep the Commander’s food taster from escaping.”

    I stared at him, trying to understand the implication.

    “Yelena, you confessed to murder.  We would be fools to let you serve the Commander without some guarantees.  Guards watch the Commander at all times and it is unlikely you would be able to reach him with a weapon.  For other forms of retaliation, we use Butterfly’s Dust.”  Valek picked up the vial of antidote, and twirled it in the sunlight.  “You need a daily dose of this to stay alive.  The antidote keeps the poison from killing you.  As long as you show up each morning in my office, I will give you the antidote.  Miss one morning and you’ll be dead by the next.  Commit a crime or an act of treason and you’ll be sent back to the dungeon until the poison takes you.  I would avoid that fate, if I were you.  The poison causes severe stomach cramps, and uncontrollable vomiting.”

    Before full comprehension of my situation could sink in, Valek’s eyes slid past my shoulder.  I turned to see a stout woman in a housekeeper’s uniform opening the door.  Valek introduced her as Margg, the person that would take care of my basic needs.  Expecting me to follow her, Margg strode quickly out the door.

    I glanced at the vial on Valek’s desk.


    About Maria V. Snyder

    Maria

    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.

    Readers are welcome to contact Maria at the following email address: maria@mariavsnyder.com.

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    Other Books in the Series

    The Study Series


    The 10 Winners to Match 10 Years Giveaway

    There is an amazing tour-wide giveaway for…

    The Prizes

    • GRAND PRIZE: SIGNED hardcover first editions of POISON STUDY and MAGIC STUDY
    • FIRST PLACE: a SIGNED hardcover first edition of POISON STUDY
    • FIVE (5) WINNERS: a SIGNED cover flat of the original cover of POISON STUDY
    • THREE (3) WINNERS: a SIGNED original bookmark for POISON STUDY

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    The Tour Schedule

    Week One

    Week Two

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    The POISON STUDY Read Along Starts Today + Giveaway

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    I just wanted to post a quick reminder that the POISON STUDY Read Along starts TODAY! Be sure to check back next week for my thoughts on the first eight chapters.

    If you haven’t yet heard about the read along, check out the announcement post, HERE. And for convenience, I’ve included the read along hosts and the schedule below.

    The Hosts

    The Read-along Schedule

    • October 4th-10th | Chapters 1-8
    • October 11th-17th | Chapters 9-17
    • October 18th-24th |Chapters 18-25
    • October 25th-31st |Chapters 26-32 and closing post

    There is also a giveaway that coincides with both the tour and the read along. The details follow.

    The 10 Winners to Match 10 Years Giveaway

    The Prizes

    • GRAND PRIZE: SIGNED hardcover first editions of POISON STUDY and MAGIC STUDY
    • FIRST PLACE: a SIGNED hardcover first edition of POISON STUDY
    • FIVE (5) WINNERS: a SIGNED cover flat of the original cover of POISON STUDY
    • THREE (3) WINNERS: a SIGNED original bookmark for POISON STUDY

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Also be sure to visit the BLOG TOUR STOPS for additional entries into the giveaway and to check out some really cool posts!


    About POISON STUDY

    Poison-Study-Cover-2

    Add to Goodreads

    Title & Series: POISON STUDY (Study #1)
    Author: Maria V. Snyder Release date: October 1, 2005
    Publisher: Luna
    Pages: 440
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Read an EXCERPT

    Description…

    Choose: A quick death . . . or slow poison.

    About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

    And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

    As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear. . . .

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | HARLEQUIN | THE BOOK DEPOSITORY | INDIEBOUND | GOOGLE PLAY | BOOKS-A-MILLION | KOBO  | GOODREADS

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