Monday, November 30, 2009

In Appreciation of *Maria V. Snyder* and a Book Giveaway!

So the other week I received a fantastic surprise in the mail from Maria V. Snyder. Her first series of books, The Study Series starting with Poison Study, is very well loved in blogger land. I had been hearing about the trilogy before the new(ish) teen alternate covers were released. Bookshelves of Doom put me on to the title way back.

Now, while I wait for Inside Out to be released, which makes me super psyched (April pub date), I want to read through Maria's other titles. Especially Storm Glass! This is the first of a second trilogy, followed by Sea Glass and a third book which Maria is working on right now. I think it's called Spy Glass.

Anyway, what I received in the package was a collection of exquisitely inscribed book plates, unique to each of her books. Yeah, she didn't just sign her name. On the book plate for Storm Glass Maria has written: "Put on your rain gear, this storm is going to be wild"! And on the book plate for Poison Study she's inscribed: "Swirl the liquid around your tongue before swallowing"! My total favourite is for Sea Glass, though: "The sea is full of treasure"! And then she signs her name of course. These book plates are amazing. There area also little images in the bottom right hand corner of sea stars, a bottle of perfume, a goblet with a butterfly on it. Can you imagine picking up a book and opening it up to find these wonderful things inside? She also sent bookmarks. When I can I will post pictures of the book plates and of my book display in the store.

AND, Maria has also generously offered a signed copy of Storm Glass to a very lucky winner! So leave your name and e-mail address in the comments and blog, facebook, or twitter about the contest to gain a second entry. Two times the chance to win! Just let me know how you've passed on the word or just type x2 beside your entry.

I'll leave you with a teaser. I love this from Storm Glass:

All thoughts fled when Aydan placed the pipe in front of me. Glass cooled quickly and I had no time to dwell on anything but shaping the molten ball. Using metal tweezers, I pulled and plucked. When the slug transformed into a recognizable image, I blew through the end of the pipe. The piece's core glowed as if lit by an inner fire.
My one magical trick--the ability to insert a thread of magic inside the glass statue. Only magicians could see the captured light.

Read the first chapter of Storm Glass here.

Oh, and a very well done book trailer!

Good luck to everyone who enters this giveaway!



Eleni said...

Please enter me, I wanted to read this book for some time now :)


Courtney Barr - The Southern Princess said...

So excited! This book sounds wonderful!

Please enter my name:


Jordan Perryman said...

Please enter me:)

Staysi said...

Wow, the book plates sound awesome!! Post up pictures soon :)
& count me in. I'd love to win Storm Glass. (I linked this contest on my sidebar- don't know if that counts as x2)

Thanks for the giveaway!

staysil7 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Kim Pickett said...

I've always wanted to read her books! Thanks :)


D Swizzle said...

enter me :)

Steph Bowe said...

ooh, I want to enter! Storm Glass sounds wonderful. Thanks for the great contest :-)

Helen's Book Blog said...

Thanks for the opportunity of the give away!

hcmurdoch (at) gmail (dot) com

jpetroroy said...

Please enter me! Sounds great

jpetroroy (at) gmail (dot) com

Brodie said...

Ohhh, I would love to enter this! Great teaser!! If this contest is open internationally, throw my name in, please :)


ParaJunkee said...

Oh please do enter me! I tweeted:

- Parajunkee

parajunkee (@)

lovely1117 said...

Thanks for the email. =]

in which a girl reads said...

X2 (sidebarred at

Katy said...

I've heard this series is wonderful! Throw my name in the hat!

I just tweeted the giveaway:

srfbluemama at gmail dot com

Jessica B said...

Please enter me!

Jessica Secret

shutupjessicasreading @ gmaildotcom

Katie said...

Ooh I would love to be entered. I loved the Study series. =]

Erica said...

I would love to be entered!!!!

:) Erica

Ellz said...

I would love to be entered. I have heard of this series before, I heard it is a great read!
Elie (Ellz Readz)

X2 I am tweeting

Unknown said...

I like the cover to this book. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

foltzsfantasticbooks at

Milka said...

If this is international, please count me in!

throuthehaze said...

count me in please!

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Chioma said...

I really really want this book!!! I would love to be entered!!!

Lauren said...

Oooh, I'm going insane waiting for Inside Out, so it'd great to have a chance to read something else by Maria V. Snyder. Please enter me if this one's international (I'm in the UK).

lauren dot wavekeeper at googlemail dot com

ReaganStar said...

Great contest, the book looks amazing enter me please added to my sidebar as well

Misty said...

I already have all of her books signed, but thanks for letting me know. :)

Sara said...

This book sounds awesome - and it's so cool that it's signed! Please enter me :)


Jess said...

These books are always checked out at my library! Please enter me in this contest!

Jess. x2

I also posted on my sidebar (

pepsivanilla said...

I haven't read anything by Maria V. Snyder yet, but I've seen so many great reviews of her books!

Please count me in :)


Cherry said...

Hey, I want this book! Count me in!!

Thank you Mandy, for letting me know about this contest!!

Re-posted your contest at:

mischivusfairy-inbox12 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Kelsey said...

Awesome contest, I really want to read this (:

kelseythebookscout at gmail dot com

cait045 said...

Enter me in! I can't wait to read this book.


bookjourney said...

This sounds fantastic! Please count me in!

journey through books @ gmail dot com

Nikki @ Bookizzle said...

Sign me up! Thank you for the opportunity. :)

~ Nikki
nikkinizzle @

Dani. said...

This book looks amazing! I want to read it soooo bad:)

X2: Tweet-


Park Avenue Princess said...

Please enter me!

Thanks for the great giveaway!

x0xx Park-Avenue Princess

Sheere said...

The trailer is awesome! Please enter me

x2 Tweeted

Esther said...

Thanks for the giveaway I tweeted about it

Unknown said...

Hi :)
Wow - thank you for the opportunity to win a SIGNED edition.
All the best,

Unknown said...

Thanks for the giveaway,

Lindsay Frost said...

I would LOVE to win this!!
Thankyou!! :D:D:D


booklover0226 said...

I've heard a lot of good things about Maria V. Snyder. I look forward in reading this book and her other works.

Tracey D
booklover0226 AT gmail DOT com

Trollololol said...

Please enter me! I've read and absolutely loved the study trilogy but i can't find Storm Glass anywhere!
AND it's signed, you have no idea how much I want to win this!

Reversing The Monotony

brizmus said...

Please enter me!
x2 it's in my sidebar under the contest list

Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Thanks for emailing me about the awesome contest! I haven't entered until now, because it kept on slipping my mind, but I DEFINITELY want to read Storm Glass (Maria V. Snyder obsession here). Thanks for the awesome giveaway, and the book plate sounds gorgeous! :)

x2 sidebar: htttp://


Dizzy said...

Please enter me!

Izlinda -


Melissa Moreno said...

Count me in too!! LOVE Maria's books - such an amazing author and truly gifted. x2 i guess also!
I got my mom, 3 of my best friends, and my sister to read poision study! Plus, my mom and 2 of my friends went on to read Storm/Sea Glass - I am a little behind on my reading though lol Thanks Maria!

Kaleidoscope Eyes 8 said...
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Kaleidoscope Eyes 8 said...

I just finished this book last week and Sea Glass this weekend! I cannot wait for Spy Glass!

My name is Kate and my e-mail address is

I will also post this contest on Facebook, so x2!

Also, I like the abstract cover best, so I really hope that is the cover of the signed copy!

Bianca said...

I have Sea Glass but not this book, so please enter me!

infinitemusic19 at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

Wow. thsi sounds like a great book. count me in! thanks for the giveaway!

Ashley R.

Kirthi said...

count me in :)

Anonymous said...

very exciting, I've been wanting to read Storm Glass.

I also posted a link on my twitter (kategrey)

Kelsey said...

Please enter me!


The Insouciant Sophisticate said...

I love the Study books so please enter me in this contest!

stephaniefleischer889 [at] gmail [dot] com

Unknown said...

Exited the cover looks awesome
merry christmas

Mary said...

Love love LOVE Maria V. Snyder's books.

Anonymous said...

This is my first entry! :)

Heather said...

I love Maria Snyder's work. I'm always rereading her stories.


lisa-marie said...

Please enter me!



BookMac said...

Can't WAIT to read this!



Natalie said...

This looks awesome! I haven't gotten a chance to read Maria Snyder's work yet, but I've heard nothing but good things about her. Thanks so much for hosting this contest!

x2 Tweeted it!

ReaganStar said...

Enter me please, looks like a fantastic book

Stacey Brucale said...

Please enter me!


Emily H said...

Looks like a good book. I've also tweeted about the contest:

treerose AT yahoo DOT com

Jessy said...

I've heard such great things about this series. Please enter me.

findjessyhere at gmail dot com

Aik said...

I'd love to read this book!

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Aik said...

x2 Linked on my blog:

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Emily said...

I would love to win this book! Thanks!

emily DOT wittenberg @ gmail DOT com

Mrs. D. Anzo said...

I love this series, she truely does wonders with her words!


AnAddictedBookReader said...

Awesome, thanks!
adrienne2093 at comcast dot net

mariska said...

I haven't had any of Maria's books, please count me in the drawing.

uniquas at ymail dot com

Taylor P. said...

Sounds great! This book looks interesting. =)

Thuy said...

I love The Study Series. I'm looking forward to reading The Glass Series.

vision.nguyen AT gmail DOT com

Emma Michaels said...

Emma Michaels!


Sue said...

I'd love a chance! Thanks for the giveaway.

s.mickelson at gmail dot com

Amanda Leigh said...

I have book plates for her study series and I love them! I would love to win a signed copy of Storm Glass. I haven't started this series yet, but I can't wait to read it!


Sarah♥ said...

Sarah Jagroo!

omg i LOVEE her! i saw her today at borders actually... she was doing a bake sale :) her books are amazing :)

Sarah♥ said...

woops, i meant i was doing a bake sale and she was doing a book signing :) sorry :)

Sarah♥ said...

woops, i meant i was doing a bake sale and she was doing a book signing :) sorry :)

JG said...

I'd love to win this! Thanks so much!

x2 Sidebar post

Amy C. said...

Best giveaway ever! I've read her Study series and loved it very much.

Amy Chang
amychaang [at]

x2- I twittered about it!

~The Book Pixie said...

X2 Count me in. I'd love to win this book!



Anonymous said...

I'm in! Thanks for giving this away:

Link on my blog's "Contests" page:

~Jacqueline (bookbutterfly, "The Nerdette")

Anonymous said...

I'm in! Thanks for giving this away:

Link on my blog's "Contests" page:

~Jacqueline (bookbutterfly, "The Nerdette")

Anonymous said...

I read the Study trilogy a while ago, and couldn't wait for Storm Glass. I've forgotten about it until now.


FrankSandy said...

Please enter me.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to be entered in this giveaway.

Alex said...

Calling all Maria Snyder fans! She's touring the UK this week and a new widget for her Glass series has just been created!

Go to to get the widget and find out more!


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