UK Releases
To celebrate the release of SHADOW STUDY in the United Kingdom, I will be doing a multi-city BOOK TOUR from the 24 March until 6 April!

Below are the events that have been confirmed:

March 24: Book Event at Forbidden Planet (179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, Telephone: 0207 420 3666). 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (1800 - 1900). I'll be doing a reading, answering reader questions and a book signing! Feel free to bring books from home and since it's only an hour, I'll try and get there early!

March 26: Book Event at Waterstones Birmingham (128 New St, Birmingham, B2 4DB, 0121 631 4333). 7:00 p.m. I'll be doing a reading, answering reader questions and a book signing! Feel free to bring books from home!

March 28: Book Signing at Waterstones Piccadilly (203/206 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HD, ) 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Also thinking it'd be fun to do a get-together with my readers after the signing at a local pub if there is interest!

March 29: Book Signing at Waterstones Manchester (91 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2BW, 0161 837 3000). 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

March 30: Book Signing at Waterstones Edinburgh (83 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3ES, 0131 225 3436). 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

April 6: Book Event at Waterstones Bristol Cribbs-Causeway
(33 Lower Mall, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol, BS34 5GF, 0117 950 9813). 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. You need a ticket for this event. The tickets are FREE and you can reserve them over the phone.


SHADOW STUDY The first book in the new set of Study books (also known as the Soulfinder Series book #1, the Chronicles of Ixia book #7) is available in the UK!

Once, only her own life hung in the balance...

Oddly enough, when Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. But she'd 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 to protect her relationship with Valek.

Suddenly, though, they are beset on all sides by those vying for power through politics and intrigue. Valek's job--and his life--are in danger. As Yelena tries to uncover the scope of these plots, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked. She must keep that a secret--or her enemies will discover just how vulnerable she really is--while searching for who or what is responsible for neutralizing her powers.

Yes, the days of tasting poisons were much simpler. And certainly not as dangerous...

Read an Excerpt from SHADOW STUDY.

You can order all Maria's UK editions online at these online UK retailers:

NEW COVERS IN THE UK! My UK publisher has re-printed my three Study books with new covers and are calling them the Chronicles of Ixia. They used the Australian Study covers (see below) and are hoping the fresh look will attract a new generation of readers and they are also moving the books to their Mira Ink imprint. All three Study books were released in June 2013. Mira Ink plans to re-print the Glass books as well. However, instead of using existing covers, they created new covers that match the new UK Study set (see below). Aren't they pretty? The three Glass books will be released in September 2013.

Healer Series United Kingdom Covers:

Original Study Series / Glass Series United Kingdom Covers:

Insider Series United Kingdom Covers:

January 2010 Book Tour Details and Pictures! The tour started on an off note. My niece, Amy, who came along with me, and I arrived at Washington Dulles airport at 7 am for our 9:45 am flight to London and check in only to discover the flight was delayed 9 Hours! Yep 9 whole hours due to a mechanical problem that wouldn't be fixed in time for the curfew at Heathrow. Not much we could do but wait around the airport. If you ever find yourself in this situation, there are a number of things you can do to pass the time.
For example, you can:
  • walk slow to annoy those who are dashing for their flights.
  • browse in the book store so long you learn all the names of the staff.
  • count the number of times they play the "can I have your attention" announcement about keeping bags close (12 times in one hour - and each time they played it, I kept hoping for them to say something different. Didn't happen).
  • watch currency exchange board and try to make money buying and selling foreign currency (3 hours of work netted me a whooping 20 cents).
  • pose with cardboard blowup of the First Lady, Michelle Obama (see picture below :)

Maria and Michelle Obama

Instead of arriving in London at 10 pm Friday night, we arrived at 6:15 am Saturday, having supposedly slept while we flew over the Atlantic - didn't happen. In order not to get too jet lagged, we stayed awake and toured the Tower of London and the Tower bridge. The Tower of London had a Henry VIII exhibit "Dressed to Kill" that was really cool and I saw the crown jewels. My favorite piece was the Royal Sceptre with Cross which has the 530-carat Star of Africa diamond on it.

As you can see in the pictures below the typical England weather didn't disappoint - it was cold and rainy. But the up lines. The guidebook warns that visitors to the Tower of London will have to stand in long lines - not in January baby! The first two pictures are of the Tower of London. The Tower Bridge is the classic photo op - as recognizable as Big Ben. I thought it was neat that I could see the Thames below through the seam in the bridge.

Next to the bridge is a picture of Amy in Tralfager Square. She had more time to sightsee and she roamed the city during most of my book events. She did come to a few :)

Tower of London Tower of London Tower Bridge

After sleeping 15 hours, it was Sunday and in honor of the day of the week, the sun came out (the only sunny day of the trip!). We hopped on the Underground and visited the British Museum. The museum has the best Egyptian collection outside Egypt. In order to see everything, we needed weeks and not hours. But in the time we had, we saw the Rosetta Stone (the real thing - not the language software company)!

Courtyard of the British Museum Rosetta Stone

Movie Night with Murder One Books was my first event of the tour on Monday. It was a blast. I met Trisha Telep finally and I signed books, read an excerpt, did a Q&A, and watched Hero on the big screen. A great time was had by all :)

Visiting St. Mary's was the highlight for Tuesday. Amy came along and we took the train to Liverpool and I talked to about 150 students of the Wirral schools. The students had voted POISON STUDY the "Wirral Paperback of the Year" for 2009. Winning this award set my whole UK tour in motion. The students were fantastic and supportive and they laughed at all my jokes :) I had so much fun talking to them! The school already put an article and pictures up about my visit on their website. Here's a link: Wirral School Website

Maria with St. Mary's Students

The book signing & talk at the Waterstones' Bookshop in Crawley was another highlight of my tour. The event was well attended and it was another great group of readers. We had lots of fun and during the Q&A I was asked a question I've never been asked before! A very nice young gentleman asked me if Valek was my vision of the perfect man :) I answered that my husband tells his friends and family that Valek is based on him. In order to keep marital harmony, I won't say anymore ;>

The staff of the Waterstones in Crawley were super nice and I had to pleasure of finally meeting Louise, who has been hand selling my books for years (she's in the top picture with me) and she was the reason I came to Crawley. Another plus was meeting Reema (she's in the bottom picture with me), another big supporter and friend who sent many letters to MIRA Books UK, asking them to bring me over. Her poor beleaguered boyfriend drove her 3 hours to see me (he was a sweetheart!). You can see more pictures from this signing on Louise's Facebook page here: More Crawley Pictures.

Maria and Louise
Signing at Waterstones in Crawley

Signing at Waterstones in Crawley
Maria and Reema

My Friday night book signing at Foyles Bookshop was lots of fun. The bookstore is in the Westfield Centre, which is a new, huge, modern mall. If you're a connoisseur of malls, this one is worth a visit. I had to study the map to find the store, and I worried my readers would be lost. But they all found me, and I had another lovely evening. The lady in red who is sitting next to me in the picture is Sophie. She organized my whole tour and kept me on track so I arrived at all my events on time and relaxed!

If you're looking for signed copies of the UK edition of SEA GLASS online, I also stopped at Forbidden Planet and signed a ton of books. They have the books listed on their website at: Forbidden Planet And if you just want copies of my other UK books, I have a list of online retailers near the bottom of this page :)

Maria and Sophie

Informal Get Together/Book Signing on Saturday turned into more of a formal signing, which was good as many people traveled from far away to see me. The manager of the Waterstones in Chelsea was very gracious and I immediately liked him. He also managed to find chocolates made with criollo beans - how cool it that? The informal part came a little later as the queue died. I hung out with a few readers and we chatted about the books. The Book Pushers came to see me, and they posted pictures here: The Book Pushers

A mother and daughter traveled from Wales to see me, and another friend/reader of mine traveled from Paris so the four of us went out for tea after the signing. (side note - I loved the English tea! Every morning at breakfast the hotel's restaurant gave me a pot of tea. Not a bag, but a whole pot ready to go!) And yes, I'm wearing the same jacket and my signing scarf (it has signatures of famous authors on it). I could only pack so much ;>

L-R: Sarah, Savannah, Maria, and Marie

Saturday wasn't all work. I did get to see Big Ben, Parliament, and Westminster Abbey with Amy. It was rainy and cold, but the joggers were still out in shorts and tee-shirts (brrrr!). After spending all week hopping on and off the Underground, we began to view the Gloucester Road station as home. Our last night in London was spent at the Playhouse Theatre, watching the musical, Dreamboats and Petticoats. It was High School Musical meets Grease. The show was excellent. Not only did the actors and actresses sing and dance, but they played their own instruments as well (no pit orchestra for them), which was very impressive! The show was a great way to end a wonderful trip!

Big Ben Home base - Gloucester Road

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