Anniversary Tour: #Giveaway 10 Years Poison Study by Maria V Snyder ~ Scavenger Hunt #Win

I am so excited for the Poison Study Anniversary Tour and read along. I love Maria's writing and love this book. I own every version of this book signed and I am still trying to beg for the new covers in print since they are stunning. 

Just reading the excerpt I received for the tour made me want to dive back in to Poison Study all over again. Yelena is such a smart and fierce lead character. I love fantasy and I love reading about women who can inspire. This is such a magical world and I am so happy we are celebrating it 10 years later. 

Please read and find the word in bold red for the scavenger hunt.

Tour Schedule:

Week One:
9/28/2015-Magical Urban Fantasy ReadsScavenger Hunt
9/29/2015- a GREAT readScavenger Hunt
9/30/2015- Seeing Double In NeverlandScavenger Hunt
10/1/2015- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post
10/2/2015- Alice MarvelsScavenger Hunt

Week Two:
10/5/2015- FiktshunScavenger Hunt
10/6/2015- Read Now Sleep LaterScavenger Hunt
10/7/2015- Mundie MomsGuest Post
10/8/2015- Tales of the Ravenous ReaderScavenger Hunt
10/9/2015- ParajunkeeScavenger Hunt

Author: Maria V. Snyder
Release Date: October 1, 2005
Pages: 361
Publisher: Luna
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, audiobook
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...

The Covers of Poison Study through the years!

The newest cover can we all beg for this in print please!

Excerpt from Poison Study:

“A woman? The next prisoner to be executed is a woman?” His voice was icy. My body trembled on hearing the word ‘executed’ aloud. The calm I’d established earlier fled me. I would have sunk sobbing to the floor if the guards weren’t with me. The guards tormented anyone who showed any weakness.
The man tugged at the black ringlets of his hair. “I should have taken the time to re-read your dossier.” He waved impatiently at the guards. “You’re dismissed.”
When they were gone, he motioned me to the chair in front of his desk. The chains clanged loudly as I perched on the edge.
He opened a folder on his desk and scanned the pages. “Yelena, today may be your lucky day,” he said.
I swallowed a sarcastic reply. An important lesson I had mastered during my dungeon stay was never to talk back. I bowed my head instead, avoiding eye contact.
The man was quiet for awhile. “Well behaved and respectful. You’re starting to look like a good candidate.”
Despite the clutter of the room, the desk was neat. In addition to my folder and some writing implements, the only other items on the desk were two small, black statues, a set of panthers carved to a life-like perfection that glittered with streaks of silver.
“You’ve been tried and found guilty of murdering General Brazell’s only son, Reyad.” He paused, stroking his temple with his fingers. “That explains why Brazell’s here this week, and why he has been unusually interested in the execution schedule.” The man spoke more to himself than to me.
Upon hearing Brazell’s name, fear coiled in my stomach. I steadied myself with a reminder that I was soon to be out of his reach forever.
The Territory of Ixia’s military rule had produced strict laws called the Code of Behavior. During peacetime, proper military conduct didn’t allow the taking of a human life. If murder was committed, the punishment was execution. Self-preservation or an accidental death was not considered acceptable excuses. Once found guilty, the murderer was sent to the Commander’s dungeon to await a public hanging.
“I suppose you’re going to protest the conviction. Say you were framed or you killed out of self-defense.” He leaned back in his chair, waiting with a weary patience.
“No, Sir,” I whispered, all I could manage from unused vocal cords. “I killed him.”
The man in black straightened in his chair, shooting me a hard look. Then he laughed aloud. “This may work out better than I planned. Yelena, I’m offering you a choice. You can either be executed, or you can be Commander Ambrose’s new food taster. His last taster died recently, and we need to fill the position.”
I gaped at him, heart pounding. He had to be joking. He was probably amusing himself. Great way to get a laugh. Watch hope and joy shine on the prisoner’s face, then smash it by sending the accused to the noose.
I played along. “A fool would refuse the job.” My voice rasped louder this time.
“Well, it’s a lifetime position. The training can be lethal. After all, how can you identify poisons in the Commander’s food if you don’t know what they taste like?” He tidied the papers in the folder.

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

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Giveaway Details:

10 winners to match 10 years!

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

First Place a signed hardcover first edition of Poison Study

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

3 winners will get a signed original bookmark for Poison Study

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  1. Just read the excerpt on this...the magical powers really spices up the book I bet! I'd love to read it!

  2. Where do I find the read-along to share it?

    1. Here is the facebook event for the Anniversary.

  3. Thanks for being part of Poison Study's Anniversary blog tour Fallon! It was so wonderful to see you this weekend - I wished we lived closer :)

    1. <3 Maria! Me too but it was great to b able to have dinner together. I can not wait for Night Study

  4. I loaned my copy of Poison Study out to a friend, had to buy another, loaned it out to yet another, and so it went on. I think that I have purchased Poison Study 5 times. It was the first book I had read of its kind and completely turned me off of regular police detective mysteries.

    1. I probably would have told my other friends go get it at the library LOL


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