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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Shades of Doon

The new Doon book is out today!  SHADES OF DOON by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon is the third in the Doon series, which will have four total.

I really love this series.  The main characters, Veronica and MacKenna are likable and proactive and intelligent.  I will admit I'm partial to MacKenna as I love how she references Broadway Musicals and exclaims, "Son of a Sondheim!" She's more snarky and light hearted than Veronica, but that's a good thing as they balance each other out.  If you haven't read any of these book, the first on is DOON and the second is DESTINED FOR DOON.  For me to stick with a series this long - it has to be good ;)

I interviewed Carey and Lorie on my blog last year.  Here's the link if you're interested: Interview!

Speaking of series....any recommendations?  What's your current favorite??

Friday, July 31, 2015

NIGHT STUDY COVER ART and Giveaway!

The US cover for NIGHT STUDY has arrived! I'm loving the colors and background.  What do you think?  To celebrate this exclusive first peek, I'm giving away FOUR early copies of NIGHT STUDY!!  Go to the bottom of this post to enter. It's open to ALL and will be open until August 14, 2015.




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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Summer YA Book Party Giveaway!

Today I'm participating in Michelle Madow's Summer YA Book Party over on Facebook.  I needed someplace for my giveaway so thought I'd dust off the old blog.  I'll be answering questions and posting cool stuff about my books and maybe a sneak peek of Night Study over on Facebook from 5 pm to 6 pm Eastern time on July 22 2015.  Please stop on by and ask me anything.  I'm also going to be giving away a copy of the Japanese edition of Poison Study over on the Facebook party page during that hour. Its being released in Japan today!

Here's the link to the Facebook Party:  https://www.facebook.com/events/931584730217931/941669032542834/ 

The prize is ALL 4 Study eBooks!  Yup - you'll get the eBook of Poison Study, Magic Study, Fire Study and Shadow Study!  Please stop over on my Author page and like it!  I'm trying to get 10,000 likes by October to celebrate Poison Study's 10th anniversary!

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Also for anyone in the USA - there's a MEGA prize giveaway for this party over on Michelle's blog. You can win a Kindle and 14 books!

Here's the link for the MEGA prize: http://blog.michellemadow.com/2015/07/mega-giveaway-for-michelle-madows.html  Hurry this one ends in 2 days!

Friday, March 13, 2015

UK Book Tour!

My poor neglected blog!  Too much to do in too little time and this has slipped through the cracks.  I'm the most active over on my Facebook author page.  Here's a link: http://www.facebook.com/mvsfans

What I've been doing these last 3 months - writing/finishing NIGHT STUDY book #5 in the Study Series, promoting SHADOW STUDY book #4 in the Study Series, and organizing and getting ready for my upcoming UK Book Tour!  I've very excited about my trip and wanted to post the details. Feel free to bring books from home to any of these events.  See them below!

March 24: Book Event at Forbidden Planet (179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, Telephone: 0207 420 3666). 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (1800 - 1900). I'll be doing a reading, answering reader questions and a book signing! I'll try and get there early!

March 26: Book Event at Waterstones Birmingham (128 New St, Birmingham, B2 4DB, 0121 631 4333). 7:00 p.m. I'll be doing a reading, answering reader questions and a book signing!

March 28: Book Signing at Waterstones Piccadilly (203/206 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HD, ) 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Also thinking it'd be fun to do a get-together with my readers after the signing at a local pub if there is interest!

March 29: Book Signing at Waterstones Manchester (91 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2BW, 0161 837 3000). 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

March 30: Book Signing at Waterstones Edinburgh (83 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3ES, 0131 225 3436). 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

April 6: Book Event at Waterstones Bristol Cribbs-Causeway (33 Lower Mall, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol, BS34 5GF, 0117 950 9813). 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. You need a ticket for this event. The tickets are FREE and you can reserve them over the phone. 

To get links go here: http://www.mariavsnyder.com/UK.php

I'm also going to be doing a UK blog tour at the same time!  Here's some info:



Thursday, September 18, 2014

Poison Study T shirts!

Numerous times over the last nine years, my readers have asked me about T-shirts for my books and characters.  I never really had a way to do it without it involving a ton of time and money and then there was always a chance I'd be stuck with left over merchandise.  However, I recently discovered Teespring and it does all the work of keeping track of orders, printing the shirts, and shipping and all I had to do was find a design and set up a campaign.

So...I asked my Facebook friends what their favorite book quotes from my books was and then asked them if there was any interest in T-shirts.  The response was positive, and the most popular quote was, "Sieges Weathered, Fight Together, Friends Forever."

So...The Sieges Weathered, Fight Together, Friends Forever T-Shirts are NOW AVAILABLE!! Thanks so much to my reader/friend Daniel M for the design based on my descriptions. There are color, size, and long sleeve options. I couldn't make black shirts as the color of the graphic is black.

Teespring must have at least 50 shirts ordered for them to print (no problem if we go over that amount!).  You have until October 9th to order. International shipping is available AND a portion of the proceeds will go to the National Children's Cancer Society.


Here's the link to order:  http://teespring.com/poisonstudytee 

All shirts are $15 plus shipping - international shipping is more than the US and Canada.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Destined for Doon - Author Interview + Give Away!

Here's another author interview - except I should say authorS as I'm thrilled to have both Lorie Langdon and Carey Corp as my guests today!  They co-wrote both DOON and DESTINED FOR DOON, which was released on September 2nd.  I LOVED both books - they have mystery, romance, history, and suspense elements with very likable characters - all my favorites. Plus hot guys in kilts! Below is the interview, plus pictures of their desks - see Carey's for a fun I Spy challenge!

DESTINED FOR DOON is the second in a series that will span 4 books.  The authors are giving away a signed copy of DOON for a lucky commenter on this blog - please include your email address, so I can contact you.  This give away is open for US only.

Here's the cover copy: Mackenna Reid realizes she made a horrible mistake in choosing to follow her dreams of Broadway instead of staying in the enchanted land of Doon. To make everything worse, she's received her Calling—proof she and Duncan are each other's one true love—and it's pure torment, especially when visions of the very alluring Scottish prince appear right before she goes on stage. So when Duncan tells her an ancient curse threatens to overtake Doon and the new queen and Kenna’s best friend, Veronica, needs her to return, Kenna doesn't have to think twice. With darkness closing in on all sides, Kenna and Vee must battle a world of nightmares in order to protect the kingdom. But it will take the ultimate test of courage for Kenna to salvage her happily ever after.

Take 10 with Carey and Lorie:

1.) This is my first time interviewing co-authors and I’m really curious about how you two met and then decided to write a series of books together?

Lorie: We met at a local writers meeting and became friends almost instantly! We’d just finished editing our respective solo projects and were discussing what we each wanted to write next, when I mentioned my idea of doing a retelling of Brigadoon. Coincidentally, Carey had just completed her second young adult novel, so I was picking her brain on voice and technique when somewhere along the way our conversation took a detour. Our ideas for the mythical kingdom of Doon sparked an explosion of evil witches, magic spells, daring adventures, two unique best friends, and heroic princes in kilts … soon it became clear that this story was bigger than the both of us, but that together we could make it amazing. So we jumped in with both feet and DOON was born!

2) Who came up with the idea to write a YA series based on the musical Brigadoon? What was it about that musical that inspired you?

Lorie: As I mentioned above, that would be me. J When I was sixteen I saw the musical Brigadoon and fell in love with the romantic tale of the village that only appears to the modern world once every one hundred years. But one thing always bothered me about the original – during the hundred years that the portal to the kingdom is closed, the people in Brigadoon sleep. Really? They sleep! I couldn’t stop thinking about what I could do with that hundred years…

3) How does your partnership work? Both books have chapters from Mackenna’s and Veronica’s POV. Do you each take a character?

Carey: We divide the writing by character. I write Mackenna and Lorie writes Veronica. And we both research, create the overall plot and work to polish the final document. Splitting responsibilities such as blogging, promotions, and social networking is a great blessing. The biggest advantage is that you have someone who is equally invested. Someone you can call at midnight with a brilliant plot idea, who won’t curse you out and block your phone number.

4.) What do you find most interesting about Veronica and Mackenna?

Lorie: One of the most interesting things about Veronica and Mackenna is how their friendship works when they are such polar opposites. But much like Carey and myself, they balance each other out in a way that makes them an unshakable team.

5.) Did you have to do any special research for this book? Did you travel to Scotland? I especially enjoyed Mackenna’s theater references during stressful times. Did you watch musicals and plays until you couldn’t stand them any longer? :)

Carey: I am a total Broadway nerd! I’m always watching some performance snippet on youtube. It’s my rabbit hole. I listen to Sirius On Broadway radio and see tons of shows, about 2-3 a month. Since Kenna’s and my musical theatre tastes differ somewhat, I’m always looking to expand my knowledge with new works and revisit classic shows. Lorie and I have not travelled to Scotland, yet, but I draw from the time I spent time in Northern England and Italy.

6.) What else do you enjoy doing besides writing? Interests? Hobbies??

Lorie: Of course, I love to read. No matter how busy I am, reading is still my escape. I’m married with two sons who are active in sports and band, so when we’re not at sporting events, we love to see movies together as a family.

Carey: I don’t have time for a whole lot else. My daughter is a budding theatre nerd, so we see shows together. I also read – as much as I can. And I love taking my giant puppy to the dog park. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen the pictures. LOL!

7.) How did you become a writer? Is this what you saw yourself growing up to be? Or did it take you by surprise?

Lorie: Mine was a long journey with lots of detours. I grew up obsessed with reading fiction and had a teacher in high school who encouraged me to purse writing as a career, so I majored in Journalism in college. But because of some well-meaning guidance from a professor—“you have too much talent to waste it writing stories about old ladies with cats for minimum wage”—I changed my major to Sociology with an emphasis in Human Resources.

For many years I made good money working in large corporations, but the work of hiring and firing was slowly killing my soul. So when I was in my early 30s, I began to search for a larger purpose for my life. It may sound cliché, but it’s entirely true, that my first novel came it me in a dream. (That novel is a time-travel set during the American Revolution. It has yet to be published, but I’m currently re-working it for the YA market. :)

Carey: When I invested my summer after sixth grade writing 100 pages of bad soap opera fashioned after Santa Barbara, I should have figured out that writing was my passion. But sadly, it would take another decade and a half to discover my destined path. In my late 20s, I had a dream inspired by the live-action Peter Pan movie from 2003 directed by P.J. Hogan. The next day I wrote the first chapter of Shades of Neverland and I was hooked.

8.) Do you have a writing routine? Talk process for a moment, how do the words get on the page?

Lorie: I wake up, get my coffee and start writing. I’m most productive in the morning. I typically have a word goal for the week. So, for example, if I know I need to write 5000 words that week, then my daily goal is 1000 words a day. But there are days when life intervenes or the words just aren’t coming and I only hit half my goal. I don’t sweat it. I just know I’ll need to increase my word count the next few days to make up for it. 

Carey: I’m up and at my computer at 5:00 am.[ugh - that's when I'm just going to bed!] I try to stay off social networking sites for the first couple hours and just write. I don’t get hung up by inspiration or writer’s block. Even bad words can be the origin of something good. Rather than word goals, I tend to focus on chapter goals. If I’m really struggling, I’ll start framing my chapter. For example:

Kenna
Chapter 6
(Brilliant opening paragraph)
K, bouncing on bed: “I want a cat.”
V: “No. You’re allergic.” Looks out window. “Look. The hills are on fire.”
K crosses to window, has memory of house fire. “Those are bonfires, silly.”
(Brilliant transition - Duncan enters – he explains why there are bonfires on the hills)

You get the idea. On the next pass I rework into prose.

9.) Office? Closet? Corner of the living room? Do you have a set place to write? A favorite?

Lorie: I just commandeered our dining room and converted it into my office. I have a reading corner and all of my favorite books around me. I love it.

Lorie's desk

Carey: I used to have an office upstairs, but my leaving my kids, the puppy, and the kitten unsupervised leads to wild rumpus, so now I write in a corner of the living room.


Carey’s Writing Space note: I can’t believe that I’m showing you my wreck of a writing space. But I thought that the authors who exist—and thrive—in chaos might appreciate the validation. I like to think of it like an I Spy picture book. I spy … five Doon Lego figures, a playbill from the my most recent Broadway series musical, a stuffed Kenna doll, wind chimes, a Doon coffee mug, a kalimba made from recyclables, one Scottish nutcracker, a Campbell County Public Library CONNECTIONS newsletter, a carriage fit for a princess, a Darth Vader Lego pen, the fantasy castle that inspired the Castle MacCrae, a KEEP CALM AND CROSS THE BRIDGE button, and a baggie of clothing buttons. (Bonus points for finding the owl, sheep, spotted inchworm, beanie frog, and monkey.)
[NOTE: Can you find all those things Carey mentions? How about something she doesn't? Click on the picture to make it bigger! Let me know in your comment]

10.) What are you writing now? What's coming out next in the Doon Series? And when is book 3 due out – I must know!

Lorie & Carey: We’re working on DOON, book 3 and it’s going to be fabulous! In the third book, we’ll be revisiting some characters and settings from the first book. We’ll check in on Bainbridge, Indiana and maybe even get a glimpse of Vee’s father. Then we have a short break before we start on book 4. By this 2015 we might be able to talk about what comes after. :)

Links:
Website:  http://www.DoonSeries.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DoonSeries
Amazon: Destined for Doon

Monday, September 1, 2014

SHADOW STUDY COVER!

Here it is!  The cover for SHADOW STUDY which will be on sale on February 24, 2015!  For those who are unaware, this is a new Study series book featuring Yelena and Valek, with chapters from both their POVs!

Two Chicks on Books Blog is hosting a give away of a signed early copy of SHADOW STUDY.  I get my author copies anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks before the pub date so if you win you'll get the book mid-January to early February.  Yes - it's open to ALL, including international :).

Click Here to enter the give away: http://www.twochicksonbooks.com/2014/09/exclusive-cover-reveal-shadow-study-by.html

FRONT COVER

 
 
BACK COVER
 
 
 
What do you think?  I LOVE the colors!