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(Archives of the Invisible Sword Book 1)

2020 PRISM Award Winner for Best Fantasy Novel!

My Lastest Release!!

But, Maria, WAIT!?! Wasn't The Eyes of Tamburah already released? Yes, it was released in Austraila and New Zealand back in June 2019 with a different cover (check it out HERE). However, the book, eBook, and audio book were only available to my readers who lived in those countries. Or to readers who didn't mind spending extra for international shipping or who had ordered one of the 200 copies Cupboard Maker Books imported. Now, you can get what I call the "Rest of the World" edition of The Eyes of Tamburah without expensive shipping costs! (Note: The audio book is in production) The beautiful cover was designed by Joy Kenney, who also designed the cover for book 2, The City of Zirdai and book 3, The King of Koraha.

And speaking of The City of Zirdai, it will be released Worldwide on June 2, 2021 and you can pre-order the ebook (scroll down for more info!) And the best news...The King of Koraha will be out at the end of November 2021. Woot! All three books in one year!! Can you tell I'm excited? Are you? ;)

That's cool, Maria, can you tell me more? Of course I can! Read on for more:

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Sun Goddess - she is still renowned for uncovering innumerable archaic facts, lost artefacts, ancient maps, and obscure historical documents.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.
Release date: February 1, 2021 Maria V. Snyder Publisher

For ALL my Readers, you can order THE EYES OF TAMBURAH online HERE:

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It's suicide, Shyla. You're the prize they want.

Through her courage and tenacity, Shyla Sun-Kissed has awoken the power of The Eyes of Tamburah. But this feat only marks the beginning of the challenges that the magical order, the Invisible Sword, faces to free the underground city of Zirdai.

Though they have allies among the monks and splinter cells inside the city, Shyla knows the Invisible Sword doesn't have the strength to win. With the group fracturing due to the strain of losses from their latest ordeal, thinly veiled suspicions and endless disagreements, it's up to Shyla to forge a new united order.

When both the draconian Water Prince and brutal Heliacal Priestess learn of Shyla's new powers, life becomes even more complicated as they will stop at nothing to capture Shyla and take the magic of The Eyes for themselves. Hunted at every turn and unable to hide, Shyla and the Invisible Sword must use every resource at their command - and unearth new ones - in their race to save the city from destruction. But their enemies always seem to be one step ahead. And the cost to win the battle may be more than Shyla would ever be willing to pay...

Read an Excerpt from THE CITY OF ZIRDAI.
Worldwide release date: June 2, 2021

For ALL my Readers, you can order THE CITY OF ZIRDAI online HERE:

DEFENDING THE GALAXY (Sentinels of the Galaxy Book 3)

DTG is the long-awaited finale to my award-winning Sentinels of the Galaxy series! This series has been a blast to write and it has been getting lots of love. You don't need to take my word for it because Amanda Bouchet, USA Today bestselling author of the Kingmaker Series, said this about my series, Oh. My. Stars! I just raced through Maria V. Snyder's Navigating the Stars and Chasing the Shadows, and I'm blown away! All I want to do is dive straight back into this world and be with these characters forever! I'm desperate for book three, out in November. I got these for my son (12 years old), and he begged me to read them straight away so that we could talk about them. He was so excited, and we just squealed over book 2 and speculated about book 3 the second I finished it. This is YA with a pretty strong romantic thread and HUGE adult crossover appeal. The plot is fantastic, the pacing spectacular, the intricacies, the snark, the banter...oh my! Go, go, go. You'll love this! See? Amanda is a smart lady and talented author, so you all should listen to her. ;) Below is more info about the book:

Year 2522. Oh. My. Stars.

Junior Officer Ara Lawrence here, reporting for duty. Again. It's situation critical for the security team and everyone in the base - including my parents - with a new attack from the looters imminent, a possible galaxy-wide crime conspiracy and an unstoppable alien threat. But this all pales in the face of my mind-blowing discovery about the Q-net. Of course, no one believes me. I'm not sure I believe me. It could just be a stress-induced delusion. That's what my parents seem to believe...

Their concern for me is hampering my ability to do my job. I know they love me, but with the Q-net in my corner, I'm the only one who can help the security team beat the shadowy aliens from the pits we discovered. We're holding them at bay, for now, but the entire Milky Way Galaxy is in danger of being overrun.

With battles on too many fronts, it's looking dire. But one thing I've learned is when people I love are in jeopardy, I'll never give up trying to save them. Not until my dying breath. Which could very well be today...

Read an Excerpt from DEFENDING THE GALAXY.

Worldwide Release date: November 23, 2020 Maria V. Snyder Publisher
Price: $16.95 - Trade-size paperback (ISBN: 9781946381002)
Price: $4.99 - eBook (ISBN: 9781946381033)

You can order DEFENDING THE GALAXY online at these US and Canadian retailers: For UK purchase links go HERE

For Australian/New Zealand purchase links go HERE

(Sentinels of the Galaxy Book 2)

WON the 2020 PRISM Award for best Young Adult AND also won the 2020 BEST of the BEST PRISM!! WOOT! It was super exciting to win two PRISMs! I was surprised to win the YA SF category since this is a second book in a series. It's hard to judge a second book without reading the first. So the fact it won, is extra rewarding. Then, at the end of the award ceremony, the organizers do a "Best of the Best" award for the book that earned the highest score of all the category winners. I was texting my daughter, and not paying that much attention as I knew I'd never win that. Imagine my utter and complete shock when they announced that Chasing the Shadows won the Best of the Best! I was flabbergasted and I wasn't that coherent when they made my video feed live so I could thank everyone. There I was with my hand over my mouth and my eyes agog. I managed to stumble through my thank yous and I don't think it really sunk in until much later!

And since this is a love fest for the book ;) here is a lovely review for the book: The Sentinels of the Galaxy series is a fascinating blend between sci-fi and fantasy and the second book in the series, in my opinion, is even better than the first book...Chasing the Shadows is a gripping, sci-fi adventure that raises as many questions as it answers as the book draws towards its conclusion. This book is an unmissable, addictive read that I could not put down. Bingeworthy Book Blog.

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WON the 2020 PRISM Award for best Fantasy novel!! WOOT!! I really had a big night at the PRISM Award Ceremony, winning not one, not two, but THREE PRISM awards! The other finalists were teasing me in our private chat, asking what size they should order for my crown. Double extra-large since my head has swelled! ;) I'm now the proud owner of five PRISMs and they're beautiful.

I didn't start writing to win awards. I wrote a story that I wanted to read. Something different than what was available at that time, and also had a strong female protagonist, which, in the early 2000s was hard to find. I never thought about awards or reviews or the impact my stories would have on my readers. Only when my books were out in the world, did I realize they would be read by people other than my family, that they would be reviewed by professionals, and judged against other novels. Gasp! It's a good thing I didn't know or I'd been frozen in fear and unable to write a single word. However, winning awards and getting great reviews helped build my confidence that, yes, I am a good writer and people enjoy my stories. And, let's face it, winning is the cherry on top!

Speaking of reviews, here's a wonderful one: I feel this book really stands out from the other series I have read by Maria V. Snyder as I adore books that have an easy flow to read with an have an Arabian desert feel to it. I really enjoyed the plot, the action, the suspense and the characters. The setting is really one I can connect with and I am really looking forward to the next instalment of this amazing series. I am invested! The Nerd Daily


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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."

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