February 25, 2015

Shadow Study Deleted Scene - Tour Stop + Giveaway!

About the Author

Maria V. Snyder changed from being a meteorologist to a novelist in 1995, when she began writing to keep her sanity while raising two children. Since then, she has published numerous freelance articles in magazines and newspapers, and teaches fiction-writing classes at the local college and area libraries. The classes give her the wonderful opportunity to encourage fellow writers, and to keep improving her craft.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Maria always had a fascination with big storms. Dreaming of chasing tornados, Maria earned a bachelors of science degree in meteorology at Penn State University. But she discovered, much to her chagrin, that forecasting the weather wasn't one of her skills. In order to chase tornados you had to predict where they might form. Creating fantasy worlds where she has complete control of the weather was more agreeable to her.

Maria's research on food-tasting methods with an expert chocolate taster, her husband, turned out to be a delicious bonus while writing Poison Study.

Maria has a brown belt in Isshinryu Karate, and enjoys playing volleyball and the cello. Traveling in general and via cruise ship in particular are her biggest distractions from writing. Maria has traveled to Belize, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean and through the Panama Canal.

Maria lives with her husband, son, daughter and yellow lab, Hazelnut, in Pennsylvania where she is at work on more LUNA novels. She is also pursuing a master's degree in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University.

Readers are welcome to contact Maria at the following email address: maria@mariavsnyder.com.

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About the Book

New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder wowed readers with Poison Study, the unforgettable story of poison taster Yelena. Now she's back with a new tale of intrigue.

Once, only her own life hung in the balance.

Oddly enough, when Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. But she'd survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia. Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands and protect her relationship with Valek.

Suddenly, though, they are beset on all sides by those vying for power through politics and intrigue. Valek's job - and his life - are in danger. As Yelena tries to uncover the scope of these plots, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked. She must keep that a secret - or her enemies will discover just how vulnerable she really is - while searching for who or what is responsible for neutralizing her powers.

Yes, the days of tasting poisons were much simpler. And certainly not as dangerous,

"Doing full justice to the plot of this original and entertaining epic fantasy is impossible. Suffice it to say that the action is nonstop. The many characters leap to life, particularly Yelena, whose first-person narrative is riveting."

~ RT Book Reviews on Fire Study

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“Cahil.” I really didn't have time for this. “What do you want?” I [Yelena] asked.

“What? No hello for your old friend?” Cahil smiled, but the humor didn't reach his light blue eyes.

Cahil’s beard was cropped short and traced the line of his jaw. I'd once thought him handsome, but I couldn't look at him without remembering his betrayal and treachery. Even though he had realized his mistake and made amends by helping to defeat Roze and the Fire Warper, he still wished to unseat the Commander and “free” Ixia and become king—an action, that was one of my duties as Liaison to prevent.

“What do you want?” I asked again.

“I'm here because the Council believes you're in danger.”

Leif snorted. “And that's news?”

Cahil ignored him. “Seems an assassin is after you and we are to escort you back to the Citadel so we can provide you with additional protection.”

“Please tell the Council that I appreciate the concern, but I'm quite safe. And I'm not returning to the Citadel.”

“We're not here as a courtesy. We have our orders.”

“I don't care. The Council cannot order me.”

Cahil urged Topaz closer. Kiki rubbed cheeks with the horse. Traitor.

“Yelena, a word in private.” Cahil gestured and an opening between his riders appeared.

I considered refusing, but was too curious about what he had to say. Kiki followed Topaz until we were far enough away.

“Make it quick, Cahil, I plan to be in the plains by nightfall.”

“You don't seem to understand. The Council knows all about the danger you're in.”

Fear swirled and I gripped Kiki's saddle. Was he implying they knew about my magic? Impossible.

“And considering you're heading straight to the man who vowed revenge on you, it would be wise to return with us.”

“Quit dancing around the subject.”

“Brutal honesty?”

I stared at him.

He laughed—a humorless, course sound that grated on my frayed nerves.

“Nice to know some things haven't changed. Unlike your magic. The Council knows you're powerless, Yelena. You're a regular old girl who has finally pissed off someone who is powerful enough to take you down.”

His words burned into me like a red hot pontil iron, but I used every ounce of will to keep my face neutral. “Interesting rumor. Who started it?”

“Rumor? I think not. Now you can come with us, or I can prick you with Curare and drag you back to the Citadel.”

I shrugged. “Go ahead and waste the Curare.” As I glanced back at Leif and Hale, I tapped my fingers on Kiki's neck, signaling her. “Come on guys. We're done here.”

When Cahil turned to order his people to stop them, I leaned close to Kiki's ear and whispered, “Ask the others to dump their riders and go home, please.”

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This is a tour hosted giveaway!
10 finished copies of SHADOW STUDY! International

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☆ The Tour ☆

Week One:
2/16/2015- a GREAT read- Guest Post
2/17/2015- Alice Marvels- Review
2/18/2015- Reading YA Rocks-Guest Post
2/19/2015- Tales of the Ravenous Reader- Interview
2/20/2015- Read Now Sleep Later- Review

Week Two:
2/23/2015- Two Chicks on Books- Guest Post
2/24/2015- Seeing Double In Neverland- Review
2/25/2015- Magical Urban Fantasy Reads- Guest Post
2/26/2015- Mundie Moms- Review
2/27/2015- Parajunkee- Interview


Milena said...

Thank you for the giveaway. This book sounds sooo good!

Maria V. Snyder said...

Thanks so much for being a part of my blog tour! Poor Cahil was cut from Shadow Study, but he has a small cameo (for now) in Night Study, coming January 2015!

Unknown said...

Wow another great book to look forward to reading she is so good and such a nice person <3

Emma said...

So ridiculously excited for more Yelena and Valek! Maria, you are wonderful xx

Unknown said...

So excited for the giveaway!!! It's a shame Cahil misses out.

PinkyFairy said...

thank you for the giveaway hope to win one!! so excited for this book! I just love Yelena!

Emily said...

Ahhhhh! I so can't wait to read the next installment! I have it already, I just can't face reading it all so quickly then having to wait for the next one... Thanks for the deleted scene Maria! Hope you're enjoying your tour :) (come to the Netherlands?!)

Alisia said...

Interesting that this was deleted, can't wait to see where this would have been. Thanks for continuing the story!

Unknown said...

I love reading deleted scenes! Thanks for the chance to win!

Unknown said...

I love this series! I can't wait to read more about Yelena and Valek.

Yun-A said...

I can't wait to continue Yelena and Valek's story. Thanks for the deleted scene!

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