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In the ten years since my first novel, POISON STUDY was published in the United States, it has been making its way around the world! On July 22, 2015 it will be published in Japanese! When I wrote the book, my dream had been to have it published and see it sitting on a shelf in my local bookstore. I never considered anything beyond that, so imagine my surprise when my book began its journey around the globe, sitting on bookshelves in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and the United Kingdom! And now POISON STUDY is in Japan. Its 24th country and 17th language. Amazing! I've received so many emails from excited readers from all over the world. And it's been an unexpected joy to me to hear how my books have touched their lives. In fact, I treasure those emails more than my writing awards.


I had an absolutely fantastic time when I visited the UK back in March and April 2015 to promote SHADOW STUDY. I visited London, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, and Bristol and it was amazing. The best part was meeting all my readers who were able to take the time to visit me. I'm truly touched and honored by the sheer number of readers willing to stand in line! Especially fun for me were those informal gatherings at the local pubs. It was nice to get to know a few of my readers better and to become friends!

I posted a bunch of photos and details about the trip. Click HERE for more details.


was recently nominated by the Pennsylvania School Libraian Association (PSLA) for their Young Reader's Choice Award for grades 6 to 8! I'm thrilled about being nominated and hope the book reaches more young readers.

SHADOW STUDY! I've been getting requests from my readers to write more Yelena and Valek stories since FIRE STUDY hit the shelves (I don't think the ink was dry before I received my first email). Fast forward six years and nine novels later, and I finally had an idea worthy of my two most popular characters. In fact, the idea sparked not one more Study book, but THREE more! SHADOW STUDY the first of the three books was released FEBRUARY 24, 2015. More information about the book is listed below:

Yelena and Valek's POV will alternate chapters, starting with Yelena. And there are sections from Janco's POV.

The reason the book is titled, SHADOW STUDY is because during Valek's chapters, there are a number of flashbacks to his past and the place where he learned how to be an assassin is called, The School of Night and Shadows.

The second of the new set of Study books is titled, NIGHT STUDY, due out January 26, 2016, and the third is DAWN STUDY, due out February 28, 2017. (publication dates are always subject to change, which is why you should subscribe to my free email newsletter ;)

As for the story - it starts soon after the events in SPY GLASS. Valek is returning to Ixia because the Commander has ordered him home - seems crafty smugglers have found a new route into Ixia and he needs Valek and Ari and Janco to investigate.

After an all too brief vacation with Valek, Yelena has to deal with an increasing anti-magician sentiment from the Sitian Council and she goes on a mission to find Ben Moon (Owen Moon's brother). Ben escaped from Wirral prison. He'd tried to kill Yelena after his brother, Owen was executed in Ixia. I highly suggest you read the story about Owen Moon's nefarious deeds before February 24, 2015. Read it here: Ice Study.

SHADOW STUDY is already receiving wonderful reviews. This one is from RT Book Reviews: After years of clamoring, fans of Snyder's awesome Study series are about to be rewarded with a new adventure featuring former poison taster turned Soulfinder Yelena Zaltana. Snyder's complex world and rich characterization are what have made this series so unforgettable, and she doesn't miss a beat in this new installment. Having Yelena, Valek, Ari, Janco and the rest back is pure reading pleasure!4.5 stars, March 2015 issue.

Read an Excerpt from SHADOW STUDY.

SHADOW STUDY International Covers!

UK Cover  /  Australian Cover

You can order SHADOW STUDY online at these USA retailers: For International orders go to Book Depository Free International Shipping

GOLDEN LEAF HALL OF FAME AWARD! Because three of my books, SCENT OF MAGIC, TOUCH OF POWER, and STORM GLASS won the Golden Leaf award for best Paranormal Novel given by the New Jersey Romance Writers chapter of RWA, I was inducted into the Golden Leaf Hall of Fame in October 2014 and given a beautiful plaque.

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