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Is a NEW Facebook Reading Group for all my readers. I started it at the end of March and already has over 800 members! The group is all about books, especially mine, but also others as well! It's a great place to find fellow MVS readers (there's already talks of meet up in Australia and the UK). There will also be perks to being a member - exclusive contests and you'll hear all the MVS news FIRST!

The name of the group was picked by an advisory team of readers. Rachel from New Zealand suggested it because she believes, "...a part of the soul goes into each word written..." and Kristen from Australia said, "...we are souls trying to find similar souls to ours who love and enjoy your books." Lovely sentiments. And then there's this quote from some dude named Plato, "Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything."

To join go HERE Please answer at least 2 of the questions as best that you can! We don't want any trolls in our group - just Soulfinders!

THE EYES OF TAMBURAH (Archives of the Invisible Sword Book 1)

What? you ask. You just released a book last November and you're releasing another in June 2019! Is this a trick? No! I sold two different series to my publisher in Australia--a science fiction series and a fantasy one (6 books in all). Much to my chagrin, they decided to release one book from each series six months apart. Yikes, I have to write two books a year. However, it's been rather fun to switch between SF and fantasy. Currently Book 2, The City of Zirdai is scheduled to be released in June 2020 and Book 3, The King of Koraha is scheduled for June 2021 in Australia and New Zealand.

I've no idea when it'll be out in the US/UK/Canada/etc... Still waiting for news. See here's the publisher for all my other novels (except NTS), Harlequin decided not to publish anymore of my new books. Except the Australian office - they believed in me and bought both my new series (love you guys!!). I'm shopping the series around to other publishers and hope to get some interest. I tried to find a home for Navigating the Stars without luck so that's why I did it myself! If I can't find a home for The Eyes of Tamburah, I'll do that myself as well.

This series has been brewing in my head for a long time--even before I sparked on my Sentinels of the Galaxy idea. This one also has archeology, precious artefacts, and a desert. In fact, the world of Koraha is completely covered in a desert and the inhabitants have retreated underground to live. If they're caught on the surface when the sun is at its zenith, they're cooked alive! So is this a good time to say I was inspired by my visit to the Australian Outback? It's true, I was amazed by the bright orange sands and the fact that so many people survive in the middle of nowhere!

Here's the cover blurb: He thinks you are the thief...

Shyla is a researcher who resides in the underground desert city of Zirdai, which is ruled by the wealthy Water Prince and brutal Heliacal Priestess. Even though Shyla is sun-kissed - an outcast, considered cursed by the Sun Goddess - she is still renowned for uncovering innumerable archaic facts, lost artefacts, ancient maps, and obscure historical documents. Her quiet life is about to change when Banqui, an archaeologist, enlists her services to find The Eyes of Tamburah: legendary gemstones that bestow great magic on their wielder. These ancient objects can tip the balance of power and give whoever possesses them complete control of the city.

But chaos erupts when The Eyes are stolen soon after they're found - and Shyla is blamed for the theft. Forced to flee, with the Prince's soldiers and the Priestess' deacons on her trail, Shyla must recover the jewels and clear her name. A quest that will unearth secrets even more valuable than The Eyes of Tamburah themselves...

Read an Excerpt from THE EYES OF TAMBURAH.

ISBN 13: 9781489252807
Release date: June 17, 2019 HQ Young Adult Australia
Price: 19.99 AUD

You can pre-order THE EYES OF TAMBURAH online at these Australian retailers:

NAVIGATING THE STARS is longlisted for a Silver Inky Award!

I'm so thrilled that my book has been selected as one of ten YA novels of 2018 for the Silver Inky Award. It's an honor to be included in this talented group!

An explanation of the Inky Awards from the Inside A Dog website: "Founded in 2007, the Inky Awards are Australia's only teen choice book awards. The Inky Awards give young adults across Australia the opportunity to vote for their favourite YA release of the year. The awards are divided into two categories: the Gold Inky for Australian fiction and the Silver Inky for international fiction."

Inside A Dog might sound like a strange name for a website about books. This quote from Groucho Marx may shed some light ;) "Outside a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside a dog, it's too dark to read."

Check out the rest of the selections, including the ten books written by Australian authors, HERE.

NAVIGATING THE STARS (Sentinels of the Galaxy Book 1)

I'm excited to announce that Navigating the Stars is available now in print worldwide!

Navigating the Stars is the first book of my Sentinels of the Galaxy series. It's a fast-paced, action adventure science fiction story, starring Lyra Tian Daniels. It's set 400 years in the future and, in this world humans have discovered Chinese Terracotta Warriors on exoplanets throughout the Milky Way Galaxy. Lyra's parents are the archaeological experts with a capital E and are assigned to travel to Planet Yulin to assess the newest Warrior discovery.

Lyra's not as enthused about the adventure to say the least, but, since she's not yet eighteen Actual years old, she has no choice but to leave her friends behind--50 years behind that is. Traveling through space very fast has a big price--the time dilation. However, once she arrives at Planet Yulin fifty years in the future, she has more to worry about than missing her friends. Looters attack and strange things are afoot!

One of the reasons I really loved writing about Lyra is her voice. She takes snark to a entirely new level and just--as another character remarks on--refuses to be ignored. I think in today's increasingly dangerous world, speaking up for yourself and others is extremely important. And I hope Lyra inspires my readers to Refuse to be Ignored!

Another aspect that was super fun to write was Lyra's relationship with her parents. In so many YA books, the main character's parents are absent, dead, or abusive. But Lyra's are alive and well and involved in her life--too involved if you ask Lyra. And I received one of the biggest compliments about Lyra's mother from my daughter (who has high standards). She said, "I like the mom character because she's so...momish." Boo-yah!

I hope you enjoy reading Navigating the Stars as much as I enjoyed writing it. Book 2 in the series, Chasing the Shadows will be coming out December 2019, with Book 3, Defending the Galaxy coming out December 2020!

Read an Excerpt from NAVIGATING THE STARS.

ISBN 13: 9781489252746
Release date: November 24, 2018 Maria V. Snyder publisher
Price: $17.95 - Trade-size paperback
Price: $4.99 - eBook

You can order NAVIGATING THE STARS online at these US and Canadian retailers:

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