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VISITING TO AUSTRALIA IN APRIL 2016!!!!
Yup - you read that right! I'm traveling to Australia in April! I was invited to attend SUPANOVA CON, which is the Australian equivalent to Comic Con in the USA. I'll be at two of the locations - the Gold Coast the weekend of April 8-10 and then down to Melbourne the weekend of April 15-17. Talk about the perfect birthday present! In between the two conferences, I'll be in Sydney and will have a couple public events.
Details are up on my Appearances page HERE and/or look for updates on my Facebook Event page HERE. And my events at SupaNova con will be posted HERE.
What is SUPANOVA CON? This is from their website: "Supanova Pop Culture Expo, since 2000, is where the public comes face to face with Supa-Star celebrities and the creative talent that inspire their imaginary worlds under one big roof.
Gathered from and surrounded by the wonderful worlds of comic books, animation/cartoons, science-fiction, pulp TV/movies, toys, console gaming, trading cards, fantasy, entertainment technology, books, internet sites and fan-clubs, the result is an amazing atmosphere tailor made for expressing your inner geek and where getting into cosplay (cos-tume role-play) is the obvious thing to do! It's Comic-con, Australian style!"
MAGIC STUDY IN JAPAN!
MAGIC STUDY was released in Japan on March 25, 2016 with another gorgeous cover. POISON STUDY earned lots of wonderful reviews when it was released in July 2015. One Japanese reader said, I read this book while in the bullet train from Tokyo the other day...I almost missed my station. Wow, that was close. High readability from the beginning, and you won't be able to stop turning the pages in the latter half.
And Booklog wrote How many years has it been since I've acted like this? I couldn't stop thinking about the story, even started to solve the mystery in my dreams, woke up in the middle of sleep and finished reading it, risking being short of sleep the next day...Looking forward to reading the next book.
NIGHT STUDY OUT NOW!
Is it Book 2 or Book 5 or Book 8? How about all of the above! :) Just to confuse my readers, my publishers in various countries have taken to calling the Study books by various series names. In the USA, NIGHT STUDY is the second book of the Soulfinder Series. In the UK, NIGHT STUDY is book 8 in the Chronicles of Ixia. And I refer to them as the Study books, so it would be number 5 in the Study series. No matter what you call the book, the events in NIGHT STUDY
take place the very minute after SHADOW STUDY ends. Remember that ending? The bombshell I left you with? No? Then you need to go read SHADOW STUDY before reading NIGHT STUDY (see below for more info on SHADOW STUDY). If you'd like to see a definitive list of the books and stories in the preferred/proper reading order, go HERE.
The story once again alternates between Yelena and Valek's POV, with short chapters from Leif and Janco this time. The publication date various by country. In the US/Canada and in Australia and New Zealand, the book is now out in all formats! In the UK, the book will be available on February 25, 2016.
Here's the cover copy: 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.
Read an Excerpt from NIGHT STUDY.
NIGHT STUDY International Covers!
UK Cover / Australian Cover
You can order NIGHT STUDY online at these retailers:
For International orders go to Book Depository Free International Shipping!
POISON STUDY IN JAPAN!
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.
UNITED KINGDOM BOOK TOUR!
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.
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.
You can contact Maria at maria AT MariaVSnyder DOT com
Updated MARCH 2016.