Black Friday Contest: Touch of Power by Maria Snyder

Black FridayWhat is a Black Friday without a few gifts and surprises? Maria Snyder wanted to be here, but due to deadlines (and we totally want more stories, right?), she was unable to participate. However, she’s sent along this fabulous beauty instead: Touch of Power. We are giving away a copy of Touch of Power and I know you want it. *grin*

MSnyder-Touch of PowerLaying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan absorbs their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Fifteen Realms, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.

Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader, an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own, is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince—leader of a campaign against her people. As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for. Because the price of peace may well be her life….


Meet Maria Snyder!

Maria SnyderWhen I was 12, I learned about meteorologists and decided to become one. My visions of chasing tornados didn’t pan out since I was bad at forecasting. Let’s face it, I’m a daydreamer—always have been. I did graduate from Penn State University and was hired as an environmental meteorologist. It’s never a good idea to get caught idle, so I wrote my daydreams down. My first novel was Poison Study and it was published in 2005! I caught the writing bug and Magic Study and Fire Study soon followed. Even though I went on to earn a Masters degree in writing from Seton Hill University, I never lost my fascination with storms, which is evident in my Glass Series (Storm Glass, Sea Glass and Spy Glass). The environmentalist in me comes out in Inside Out. Trella’s world is contained and they must reuse and recycle everything. One thing they got right in one otherwise messed-up world! I love my new job. Where else can you take fencing lessons, learn to ride a horse, study martial arts, learn to pick locks, take glass blowing classes and get a tour of a maximum security prison and call it work? I’ll give you a hint—not working as a meteorologist :)

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Want to purchase Maria’s novels?

  1. Poison Study at Amazon | Book Depository
  2. Magic Study at Amazon | Book Depository
  3. Fire Study at Amazon | Book Depository

Study series bundle at Amazon

Opal Cowan

  1. Storm Glass at Amazon | Book Depository
  2. Sea Glass at Amazon | Book Depository
  3. Spy Glass at Amazon | Book Depository

Inside Out

  1. Inside Out at Amazon | Book Depository
  2. Outside In at Amazon | Book Depository

Avry of Kazan

  1. Touch of Power at Amazon | Book Depository


Contest Time!

Maria is giving away a copy of Touch of Power. To enter, all you have to do is answer this one question: What should Avry receive for Christmas to prepare her for her unexpected journey through the Nine Mountains, which will include mercenaries and magical dangers. Remember, you must answer the question in order to be entered.

Even though I’m not giving the additional entries any more, you can still help support the author by sharing their article, and this contest, on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere you can. After all, the more people who are aware of this fabulous author ensures we get more fabulous stories.

The winner must post a review of the novel someplace. Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just help get the word out.

All Black Friday contests will remain open until December 31st at which time I’ll determine the winner with help from the snazzy new plug-in I have. Have you checked out the other Black Friday contests yet? Check out the Master List to see all the Black Friday giveaways

I have not been contacting winners, so you will need to check back to see if you’ve won.

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  1. i think a magical bag.. kind of like Mary POppins carpet bag… will have room to put all kinds of stuff for every possible emergency!

  2. I think she needs a good knife. You can never go wrong with that. Or possibly a pair of warm, sturdy boots.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. She should get a journel so she can record all her experiences. Many years down the line she can look back at it and see everything’s been through.

  4. I think Avry could use some nice traveling supplies, like good food to eat on the trail and sturdy shoes and clothing.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  5. Avry could get a simple dress that does not get worn out, dirty, torn or ugly in any way. It needs no washing and it would keep her warm at night. It would be the perfect dress for travel and adventure.

    Thank you for the giveaway! I cannot wait to read this book! Merry Christmas!

  6. I’d get her night vision goggles or a cloak with a warming spell so she never has to make a fire that others would see,

  7. First, I can’t believe the author is a meteorologist, that’s so cool, even if you weren’t great at forecasting. I’m a geographer and always loved meteorology and natual hazards.

    Anyway, for the contest, I’d go with a weapon of some sort like a knife/dagger, something that’s easy to use and conceal.

  8. ok you said meteorologist i think of storm from X-men, you say present…still thinking of X-men more specifically wolverine and his awesome hand things but we could make hers bracelets which when activated become full gloves with spikes or something cool like that

  9. Talismans to protect herself from magic and a gun as well as something sharp and pointy to protect herself from mercenaries.

  10. A magic crystal ball! It would come in handy she would just shake it like a Magic 8 ball (or those snow globes) and she would see the answer to her questions and what will happen in the near future.

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