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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

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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

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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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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    Review: MENAGERIE

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    Title & Series: MENAGERIE (Menagerie #1)
    Author: Rachel Vincent
    Release date: September 29, 2015
    Publisher: MIRA
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    When Delilah Marlow visits a famous traveling carnival, Metzger’s Menagerie, she discovers a fierce creature lurking just beneath her human veneer. Captured and put on exhibition, she’s forced to “perform” in town after town.

    But there is breathtaking beauty behind the seamy and grotesque reality of the carnival. Her handler is as kind as he is cryptic and strong. The other “attractions” are strange, yes, but they share a bond forged by the brutal realities of captivity. And as Delilah struggles for her freedom, and for her fellow menagerie, she’ll discover a strength and a purpose she never knew existed.

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    Note: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


    The Review

    MENAGERIE is fascinating and unique and incredibly imaginative. It’s a story quite like no other with its unusual array of interesting and exotic characters. It’s a story that will break your heart, will make you think, and will make you rail against the injustice toward, and inhumane treatment of, the beautiful and terrifying and extraordinary creatures that make up the menagerie.

    Author Rachel Vincent invites readers into a world that is dark and intriguing, strange and seductive and spellbinding, harsh and heartbreaking, vicious and cruel. And she gives them a glimpse of what life is really like behind the scenes of Metzger’s Menagerie for its reluctant performers.

    When Delilah Marlow first visited Metzger’s Menagerie she was both captivated and repulsed by what she saw. Years later when the show was back in town she found herself just as drawn to the beasts, the oddities, the spectacle. But an act of cruelty toward one of its young and helpless performers enraged Delilah in a way she hadn’t ever been before, revealing to her, her friends, and everyone who witnessed her transformation that she is not so different from the curiosities in the menagerie they’d come to gawk at.

    Finding out she was not human and that the life she had planned was no longer possible was devastating. Being taken into captivity and forced to make sense of a power she hadn’t even known she had in order to perform for the menagerie was an absolute nightmare. One without end, unless she could find a way to use her power to escape her captors and flee to a place where she could exist, undetected, and live free from persecution.

    MENAGERIE isn’t a story for the faint of heart. It doesn’t tread lightly when it reveals the barbaric conditions the captives are forced to endure. It tackles all of its very real and relatable issues head on. It will give readers plenty of food for thought – about human nature, about fear-based actions, about a human’s capacity for cruelty, about what makes someone human. It will give them characters to love, to root for, to sympathize with. It will show them how important that hope, the will to survive, and a fighting spirit can be in the face of heartlessness, insensitivity, oppression, barbarity.

    Rachel Vincent has proven herself a masterful and inventive writer with this brilliant and heartrending first installment in her new series. MENAGERIE is amazing and wonderful and disturbing and touching and an absolutely riveting and insanely good read.

    The Rating

    06

    Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.


    About Rachel Vincent

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    Rachel Vincent is a former English teacher and an eager champion of the Oxford comma. She shares her home in Oklahoma with two cats, two teenagers, and her husband, who’s been her # 1 fan from the start. Rachel is older than she looks and younger than she feels, and she remains convinced that writing about the things that scare her is the cheapest form of therapy—but social media is a close second.

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