Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Rockstar Book Tours Blog Tour, Excerpt, & Giveaway: Dawn Study (Maria V Snyder)

Displaying 9780778319856_TS_smp.jpgDAWN STUDY (Study Series #6)
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Pub. Date: January 31, 2017
Publisher: Mira Ink
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback, eBook, audiobook

New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder brings her Poison Study series to its exhilarating conclusion.
Despite the odds, Yelena and Valek have forged an irrevocable bond and a family that transcends borders. Now, when their two homelands stand on the brink of war, they must fight with magic and cunning to thwart an Ixian plot to invade Sitia.
Yelena seeks to break the hold of the insidious Theobroma that destroys a person's resistance to magical persuasion. But the Cartel is determined to keep influential citizens and Sitian diplomats in thrall and Yelena at bay. With every bounty hunter after her, Yelena is forced to make a dangerous deal.
With might and magic, Valek peels back the layers of betrayal surrounding the Commander. At its rotten core lies a powerful magician and his latest discovery. The fate of all rests upon two unlikely weapons. One may turn the tide. The other could spell the end of everything.

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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.

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[This is from Leif’s POV – He was riding on Rusalka and Mara and Esau were on a wagon filled with plants when they were ambushed. Mara yelled for Rusalka to “go home” and the horse took off through the woods.]

By the time Leif wrestled control back, Rusalka had taken them far away from the wagon and its precious cargo—Mara and his father. None of the patrol members had chased after him. Leif dismounted and walked Rusalka, letting the horse cool down. He needed to cool his raging thoughts, as well.

Impotent fury burned in his chest over what Mara had done. She’d commanded Rusalka to go home, and the horse hadn’t hesitated. Damn. This was the exact reason why he’d wanted Mara to ride Rusalka. So she’d be safe. But she’d refused, and now she was caught, along with his father. Double damn.

Trying to suppress his fear and anger, Leif considered his next move. The patrol would most likely take them to Fulgor, to either the security headquarters or the garrison. If he could intercept them before they arrived…

No. Too many of them. Plus the soldiers were on horseback, and Leif would need to bring along a couple mounts for Mara and Esau. Doubtful he’d find any extra horses in the middle of nowhere. Leif glanced around at the forest and realized he had no sense of his location. As much as he hated—no, despised—the idea, he’d have to wait until they were taken to a specific place before he could rescue them. 

At least he had friends and family in Fulgor. Opal, Mara’s younger sister, wouldn’t hesitate to help him, and neither would her husband, Devlen. Leif checked Rusalka’s legs and gave her water, but his mind was already planning his next move. 

Only later, with Rusalka headed toward Fulgor, did Leif grudgingly acknowledge Mara’s quick thinking and intelligence. Of the three of them, he had the best chance of coordinating a successful rescue. He had magic, connections and the most experience. It made sense that he’d be the one to escape. 

But that didn’t mean he had to like it.

6 Winners will receive finished copies of DAWN STUDY, US Only.

4 Winners will receive finished copies of DAWN STUDY, International.

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

1/23/2017-a GREAT read- Interview

1/24/2017- Books for Thought- Review

1/25/2017- YABC- Guest Post

1/26/2017- Mundie Moms- Review

1/27/2017- Dark Faerie Tales- Interview

Week Two:

1/30/2017- Kindle and Me- Review

1/31/2017- Two Chicks on Books- Guest Post

2/2/2017- Moonlight Gleam Reviews- Interview

2/3/2017- The Bibliophile Chronicles- Review


  1. Still have to get into this series! Thanks for sharing!

  2. A great opportunity thank you. Sounds fabulous.

  3. Thanks so much for being a part of my blog tour!

  4. The more I hear about this series, the more I want to read it.

  5. I got hooked on this series roght the way through. Desperate to read the next!

  6. What do I put in the the free entry space for the giveaway?I`m so confused?

  7. Am I suppose to put my shipping info?

  8. This series is amazing, Im sad to see it ending. But I cant wait to see what the author has next!

  9. Sounds so great! I'm so excited to read it, thank you for posting.

  10. I love this series I can't wait to read Dawn Study!