Poison Study Anniversary Tour

Hello readers and fans of the fabulous Poison Study series. Today I'm participating In The Posion Study Anniversary Tour and would love for you to join along. Simply spot the special clue and wait for the next clue tomorrow. Good Luck!! 


Author: Maria V. Snyder

Release Date: October 1, 2005

Pages: 361

Publisher: Luna

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, audiobook

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Choose: A quick death…Or slow poison...

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can't control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren't so clear... 



About Maria

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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Now let's READ A LONG

"Pulling clumps of knotted hair out with the comb, I arranged the rest into a single long braid down my back.  

Not long ago all I had hoped for was a clean prison robe before they hanged me, and now here I was sinking into the Commander’s famous hot baths. 

“That’s long enough,” Margg barked, startling me out of a light doze.  “Here are your uniforms.  Get dressed.”  Her stiff face radiated disapproval.  

As I dried myself, I felt Margg’s impatience.  

Along with some undergarments, the food taster’s uniform consisted of black pants, a wide satin red belt, and a red satin shirt with a line of small black diamond-shapes connected end to end down each of the sleeves.  They were obviously sized for a man.  Malnourished and measuring only four inches past five feet, I looked like a child playing pretend with her father’s clothes.  I wrapped the belt three times around my waist and rolled up the sleeves and pant legs.

Margg snorted.  “Valek only told me to feed you and show you to your room.  But I think we’ll stop by the seamstress first.”  Pausing at the open door, Margg pursed her lips and added, “You’ll need boots too.”  

Obediently, I followed Margg like a lost puppy.

The seamstress, Dilana, laughed gaily at my appearance.  Her heart-shaped face had a halo of curly blond hair.  Honey-colored eyes and long eyelashes enhanced her beauty.  

“The stable boys wear the same pants and the kitchen maids wear the red shirts,” Dilana said when she had stifled her giggles.  She admonished Margg for not spending the time to find me better-sized uniforms.  Margg pushed her lips together tighter. 

Fussing around me like a grandmother instead of a young woman, Dilana’s attentions warmed me, pulling me toward her.  I envisioned us becoming friends.  She probably had many acquaintances and suitors who came to bask in her attentions like cave dwellers drawn to a blazing hearth.  I found myself aching to reach out to her. 

After writing my measurements down, Dilana searched through the piles of red, black, and white clothing stacked around the room.  

Everyone who worked in Ixia wore a uniform.  The Commander’s castle servants and guards wore a variation of black, white and red color cloths with vertical diamond-shapes either down the sleeves of the shirts or down the sides of the pants.  Advisors and higher-ranking officers usually wore all black with small red diamonds stitched on the collars to show rank.  The uniform system became mandatory when the Commander gained power so everyone knew at a glance who they were dealing with.  

Black and red were Commander Ambrose’s colors.  The Territory of Ixia had been separated into eight Military Districts each ruled by a General.  The uniforms of the eight districts were identical to the Commander’s except for the color. A housekeeper wearing black with small purple diamond-shapes on her apron therefore worked in Military District Seven or MD-7."

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Grand Prize is a signed hardcover first edition of Poison Study and Magic Study (both books).


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5 winners will get a signed cover flat of the original cover of Poison Study


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By Kylie Scott

Cover Reveal
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Are you ready to get Dirty?  
Dirty is Book One in Kylie Scott’s Dive Bar Series releasing April 5th!

Pre-order your copy of DIRTY here:
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The last thing Vaughan Hewson expects to find when he returns to his childhood home is a broken hearted bride in his shower, let alone the drama and chaos that comes with her.

Lydia Green doesn't know whether to burn down the church or sit and
cry in a corner. Discovering the love of your life is having an affair on your wedding day is bad enough. Finding out it's with his best man is another thing all together. She narrowly escapes tying the knot and meets Vaughan only hours later.

Vaughan is the exact opposite of the picture perfect, respected businessman she thought she'd marry. This former musician-turned-bartender is rough around the edges and unsettled. But she already tried Mr. Right and discovered he's all wrong-maybe it's time to give Mr. Right Now a chance.

After all, what's wrong with getting dirty?

Kylie Scott
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Kylie is a long time fan of erotic love stories and B-grade horror films. She demands a happy ending and if blood and carnage occur along the way then all the better. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and one delightful husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.

Kylie is represented by Amy Tannenbaum at the Jane Rotrosen Agency, New York.

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COVER REVEAL: SPARK by Holly Schindler

Hello Readers!! Today I have a wonderful treat for you today. It's the cover reveal to Holly Schindler's upcoming YA novel, SPARK. Just look at how gorgeous it is and after reading the synopsis I cannot wait to read it.

Holly Schindler’s Spark:

When the right hearts come to the Avery Theater—at the right time—the magic will return. The Avery will come back from the dead.

Or so Quin’s great-grandmother predicted many years ago on Verona, Missouri’s most tragic night, when Nick and Emma, two star-crossed teenage lovers, died on the stage. It was the night that the Avery’s marquee lights went out forever.

It sounds like urban legend, but one that high school senior Quin is now starting to believe, especially when her best friend, Cass, and their classmate Dylan step onto the stage and sparks fly. It seems that magic can still unfold at the old Avery Theater and a happier ending can still be had—one that will align the stars and revive not only the decrepit theater, but also the decaying town. However, it hinges on one thing—that Quin gets the story right this time around.

Holly Schindler brings the magic of the theater to life in this tale of family ties, fate, love, and one girl’s quest to rewrite history.


“In my hometown, the restoration of a former movie theater on the town square provided the genesis for my new YA novel, SPARK. Who among us hasn’t dreamed of seeing their name in blazing neon across a gigantic marquee? Let me invite you to dim the lights and draw back the velvet curtains—let your imagination run wild as you enter my fictional Avery Theater, where literally anything goes…”

—Holly Schindler


Holly Schindler is the author of three previous YA novels: PLAYING HURT as well as the critically acclaimed FERAL (starred PW review) and A BLUE SO DARK (starred Booklist review, ForeWord Book of the Year silver medal, IPPY gold medal). A writer of books for all ages, Schindler’s MG, THE JUNCTION OF SUNSHINE AND LUCKY, has made the master list for children’s book awards in Illinois, South Carolina, and Alabama. She is also a hybrid author, having independently released comedic women’s fiction (FIFTH AVENUE FIDOS) and the forthcoming PLAY IT AGAIN, her adult follow-up to her YA PLAYING HURT. She can be reached through her author site: hollyschindler.com, and hosts special sneak peeks and giveaways for subscribers of her newsletter: tinyletter.com/hollyschindler.com.


Spark “Premieres” May 17, 2016, but you can buy your “tickets” now. Links to pre-order -

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Spark-Holly-Schindler/dp/0062220233/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1443300868&sr=8-1&keywords=spark+holly+schindler

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/spark-holly-schindler/1122566794?ean=9780062220233

IndieBound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780062220233

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Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26155766-spark

Jill over at Breaking the Spine started this and I believe that it's awesome" This blog post is to alert those that visit about "the" book that we cannot wait to get our hands on.

This week my WoW is THE PASSION OF DOLSSA by Julie Berry. I am always on the hunt for an intriguing read and this novel is precisely what I am always looking for. The cover is simply beautiful and the synopsis immediately ensnared me.  

The Passion of Dolssa   by Julie Berry
On Sale Date: April 12, 2016
9780451469922, 0451469925
$17.99 USD

The year is 1241; the place, Provensa, what we now call Provence, France. A land still reeling from the bloody Crusades waged there by the Catholic Church, now in power.

Dolssa, a young gentlewoman from the city, is on the run from a rogue monk who wants to burn her as a heretic for her beliefs. Botille, a scrappy and charismatic peasant, is a matchmaker running a tavern with her two sisters in a tiny seaside village. When the matchmaker finds the mystic, half-dead beside a country road, she takes Dolssa in and discovers the girl’s extraordinary power to heal people. But the monk who pursues Dolssa will stop at nothing to find his heretic and see her burn, and the more Dolssa becomes a part of Botille’s family, the graver the danger becomes for the entire village.

From the author of the award-winning All the Truth That’s in Me comes a spellbinding tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat and make you wonder if miracles really are possible.


This upcoming Sunday YA authors Veronica Rossi and Tamara Ireland Stone will be signing and discussing their novels at the Library in Livermore.

Come and join them 
Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 2:00pm

UPcoming SF YA Author Event: #YANovCon


Hello, SF Bay Area YA book lovers. This Saturday, October 10 from 2 to 6pm #YANOVCON is coming to the bay area at Burlingame High School. Check out all these YA authors that are attending. There will be panels and signings and even speed dating (coolness!) Books will be available to purchase there.

Jill over at Breaking the Spine started this and I believe that it's awesome" This blog post is to alert those that visit about "the" book that we cannot wait to get our hands on.

This week's wow came from an author recommendation. I love attending book events, not only to see and meet an author but to also get the skinny on what they have recently read and can recommend. A few weeks ago Josephine Angelini suggested THE YEAR WE FELL APART by Emily Martin and I quickly got online to check this book and it's author. I was sold within moments and cannot wait to read this contemporary gem.

by Emily Martin
January 26, 2016 
9781481438414, 1481438417

In the tradition of Sarah Dessen, this powerful debut novel is a compelling portrait of a young girl coping with her mother’s cancer as she figures out how to learn from—and fix—her past.

Few things come as naturally to Harper as epic mistakes. In the past year she was kicked off the swim team, earned a reputation as Carson High’s easiest hook-up, and officially became the black sheep of her family. But her worst mistake was destroying her relationship with her best friend, Declan.

Now, after two semesters of silence, Declan is home from boarding school for the summer. Everything about him is different—he’s taller, stronger…more handsome. Harper has changed, too, especially in the wake of her mom’s cancer diagnosis.

While Declan wants nothing to do with Harper, he’s still Declan, her Declan, and the only person she wants to talk to about what’s really going on. But he’s also the one person she’s lost the right to seek comfort from.

As their mutual friends and shared histories draw them together again, Harper and Declan must decide which parts of their past are still salvageable, and which parts they’ll have to let go of once and for all.

In this honest and affecting tale of friendship and first love, Emily Martin brings to vivid life the trials and struggles of high school and the ability to learn from past mistakes over the course of one steamy North Carolina summer.

“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I've accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.”

Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman

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Upcoming YA Bay Area Book Events

I have compiled all the SF, bay area YA events in this section. If you know of any events that I have failed to post, please let me know. Also, please keep in mind that some events may change and it is always best to verify any event prior to attendance.



Books Inc. Opera Plaza
Thursday, October 8 @ 7pm


Alameda Free Library
Thursday, October 8 @ 6pm

PATRICK NESS in conversation with SABAA TAHIR
Kepler's sponsored at the Redwood Shores Library
R.S.V.P. Here
Friday, October 9 @ 7pm

Young Adult Novelist Convention
Burlingame High School
Saturday, October 10 from 2 to 6pm

Livermore Public Library
Sunday, October 11 @ 2pm

Kepler's in Menlo Park
Wednesday, October 14 @ 7pm

Kepler's in Menlo Park
Thursday, October 15 @ 7pm

Copperfield's in Santa Rosa
Friday, October 16 @ 4pm

A Great Good Place for Books in Montclair Village
Tuesday, October 20 @ 7pm

A Great Good Place for Books in Montclair Village
Wednesday, October 21 @ 7pm


Diesel in Oakland
Thursday, October 22 @ 6:30pm

A Great Good Place for Books in Montclair
Sunday, October 25 @ 4pm

The Reading Bug in San Carlos
Tuesday, October 27 @ 6:30pm
Get your tickets HERE

Call or stop by your local Books Inc. to purchase your ticket
Books inc. at the Grand Lake Theater
Wednesday, October 28 @ 6pm

Book Passage in San Francisco
Wednesday, October 28 @ 6pm

Book Passage sponsored must purchase tickets
Thursday, October 29 @ 7pm


Books Inc. Opera Plaza
Tuesday, November 3 @ 7pm

Hicklebee's in San Jose
Friday, November 6 @ 7pm

Towne Center Books in Pleasanton
Saturday, November 7 @ 4pm

Books Inc. Opera Plaza
Sunday, November 15 @ 5pm
Get your tickets HERE

...and lots more events are coming. I am so excited but cannot share them yet :) Stay Tuned!!

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