Maria v snyder short stories

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maria v snyder short stories

The Poison Study Short Story Collection: Assassin Study, Power Study, Ice Study by Maria V. Snyder

Assassin Study (Study #1.5)
Assassin Study by Maria V SnyderThis free short story which is available on Ms Snyders website is a fun, short glimpse back into the Study world. It shows us the importance of Yelena to Valek and what he would do to ensure her safety, even when she is unaware of it.

I really enjoyed this small glimpse back into the world. It was a great refresher for me since its been a while since Ive read the series.

The interesting thing about this story too is the fact that each chapter is reader driven. Im assuming at some point Ms Snyder released each chapter separately and asked at the end of each chapter what Valek should do and then wrote the next chapter accordingly. This was fun. I reminded me of my younger days when they used to publish those make your own story books where you get to choose where each story goes.

This certainly whets my appetite for continuing with Yelena and Valeks story.

Power Study (Study #3.5)
Power Study by Maria V SnyderWhat a fun short story! Again, this is a short story which is available to read from Ms Snyders website. Simply head on over there to read it online.

I loved this story because it gave me a little adventure with Ari and Janco. I had forgotten what fun these two were and how they complemented each other.

The best part was Janco. Its always a bit of a mystery trying to predict what will come out of his mouth and what craziness will ensue. Hes such a character. So much fun.
This is a short adventure of a young man with an enchanted blade on a quest for revenge. He leaves a path of blood behind him as he works towards his ultimate goal. Ari and Janco, suspicious after encountering him for the first time set off after him. Mayhem ensues ... well, you know Janco!

Its another great installment for a glimpse into the Study world and a reminder of its characters.

Some of my favorite moments in the story includes a comment from Ari about Janco:

Ari sighed. Just what I need. A variable-speed genius.
... which by the way, describes Janco to a T.

And Janco complaining about Valek:

Thats not fair, Janco said. ... Valek gets everything. Immunity to magic, Yelena, super assassin skills_
... Yeah, Valek rocks!

If you havent yet, do read these short stories. They are hella fun.

Ice Study (Study #3.6)
Ice Study by Maria V SnyderThis is a free short story which is available on Ms Synders website.

Once again, I love the small glimpse back into the Study world and most of all the connection between Valek and Yelena and how important she is to him. The glimpses to the intimacy and depth of their relationship are short but meaningful. Any fan of Valek and Yelena would appreciate the connection.

In this story, Valek and Yelena are once against separated as Yelena is forced to do something against her will as her brother is hold hostage for her good behavior. Valek races to help Yelena in any way he can while distance and lack of communication does him no favors.

This is another fun adventure for the reader and certainly a good snippet to keep the reader going until the next book comes out.


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Maria V. Snyder interview - creating a "Valek study" with the Soulfinder series

Maria V. Snyder

When she's not traveling, Maria V. Snyder lives in Pennsylvania with family. She was born and raised in Philidelphia, Pennsylvania and originally wanted to be a meteorologist. She has been writing since and published numerous articals and other works. She published her first book, Poison Study , in , about a young food taster and magician.

Cancel anytime. From condemned prisoner to food taster for the commander of Ixia, from apprentice to a charismatic assassin to warrior with ever-evolving magical powers, Yelena is a remarkable heroine like none you've ever experienced. Follow her amazing journey through Maria V. Snyder's breathtaking fantasy series, which New York Times best-selling author Mercedes Lackey calls "engaging and entirely original Bundle includes Assassin Study and Ice Study!

Maria V. Snyder, Author. Snyder changed careers in from being a meteorologist to a novelist when she began working on her first novel, Poison Study published by LUNA Books in She has also published numerous freelance articles in magazines and newspapers, and teaches fiction writing classes at the local college and area libraries. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Maria always had a fascination with big storms. Snyder changed careers in from being a Meteorologist to a Novelist when she began working on her first novel, Poison Study.

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Maria V. Snyder born April 15, is an American fantasy and science fiction author best known for her Study Series. When Maria V. Snyder was younger, she aspired to be a storm chaser in the American Midwest so she attended Pennsylvania State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology. Bored at work and needing a creative outlet, she started writing fantasy and science fiction stories.

We have a detailed look inside her research and writing process, and what her revision process is like. We discuss the importance of creating a story bible and keeping track of the details when writing a book series, and how to develop and maintain romantic relationships throughout. And Maria shares advice on finding your voice as a mother and a writer, and how to create intentional writing time with a busy schedule. These specific steps help to increase our visibility on iTunes which really helps new listeners discover us. A huge heartfelt thank you for your time and support! About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster.


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    Audio version of three short stories from Maria V. Snyder's Study series. Assassin Study Yelena, the heroine of Maria V. Snyder's stunning debut novel Poison.

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