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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 is scheduled to be released FEBRUARY 24, 2015 (always subject to change, which is why you should subscribe to my free email newsletter). 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, and the third is DAWN STUDY.

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




UNITED KINGDOM BOOK TOUR!!!


I WILL BE DOING A BOOK TOUR IN LONDON, BIRMINGHAM, AND A FEW OTHER CITIES FROM MARCH 24 TO APRIL 1!!


Here are the schedule events (I hope to post more events soon):

March 24: Book Event at Forbidden Planet. (179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, Telephone: 0207 420 3666). Evening event - time to be determined. I'll be doing a reading, answering reader questions and a book signing!


March 26: Book Event at Waterstones Birmingham. (Not sure which store yet). 7:00 p.m. I'll be doing a reading, answering reader questions and a book signing!






SHADOW STUDY BLOG TOUR!!



The tour includes posts about why I returned to the Study series, a couple Q&As, a deleted scene from the book, a scene from Ari's POV, and a chance for everyone to win one of 10 copies of SHADOW STUDY!!

To see the schedule of blogs go here ROCK STAR Book Tours




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.







TASTE OF DARKNESS! (Healer Book #3)

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 theat. 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...

Read an Excerpt from TASTE OF DARKNESS.





TASTE OF DARKNESS International Covers!



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STORM WATCHER!

This book was written for my son, Luke. When I wrote this, he didn't like fantasy novels (I know!) or science fiction, so I wrote about a boy who is fascinated by the weather, but is terrified of storms. There isn't any magic or murder or mayhem (I know!), it's just a fun story written for kids ages 9 to 14. However, all ages can enjoy this story - there's lots of humor and dogs. Come on - who doesn't love dogs? Well...my son, Luke is more a cat person (I blame his father). This book also brings together two things I love - storms and dogs (shhh...don't tell my kitty kat).

Luke Riley is lost. His mother's recent death has set Luke and his family adrift. Even though his father, twin brothers, and their three Bloodhounds are search and rescue volunteers, they have been unable to rescue themselves and become a family again. The summer after sixth grade looms in Luke's mind as a long, lonely three months where the only thing he can look forward to is watching The Weather Channel. Luke is fascinated with the weather, but since his mother's death in a storm, he is also terrified. Even the promised 13th birthday present of a Bloodhound puppy fails to lift Luke's spirits. He would rather have a different breed - a petite Papillon, but his father insists he get a Bloodhound.

When Luke decides to get the Bloodhound from Willajean, a dog breeder who owns Storm Watcher Kennel, he works out a deal to help at her kennel in exchange for the expensive dog. Thrilled to have a summer with a purpose, Luke befriends Willajean's daughter, Megan and together they plan how Luke can get a Papillon puppy instead of a Bloodhound. But nothing seems to work as they struggle with stubborn fathers, summer storms, unhelpful siblings, and hidden guilt. Can one little white dog really save both families?

Read an Excerpt from STORM WATCHER.

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