Black Friday Contest: Scent of Magic by Maria Snyder

MSnyder-Scent of Magic

BlackFriday.2012What 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: Scent of Magic. We are giving away a copy of Scent of Magic and I know you want it. *grin*

MSnyder-Scent of MagicAs the last Healer in the Fifteen Realms, Avry of Kazan is in a unique position: in the minds of friends and foes alike, she no longer exists. Despite her need to prevent the megalomaniacal King Tohon from winning control of the Realms, Avry is also determined to find her sister and repair their estrangement. And she must do it alone, as Kerrick, her partner and sole confidant, returns to Alga to summon his country into battle.

Though she should be in hiding, Avry will do whatever she can to support Tohon’s opponents. Including infiltrating a holy army, evading magic sniffers, teaching forest skills to soldiers and figuring out how to stop Tohon’s most horrible creations yet: an army of the walking dead—human and animal alike and nearly impossible to defeat.

War is coming and Avry is alone. Unless she figures out how to do the impossible…again.

READ the first chapter here: Chapter One

Meet Maria Snyder!

When 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, 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?
Avry of Kazan

  1. Touch of Power
  2. Scent of Magic

Opal Cowan

  1. Storm Glass
  2. Sea Glass
  3. Spy Glass

Study series bundlePoison Study, Magic Study and Fire Study
Inside duology bundleInside Out and Outside In

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Contest Time!

Maria is giving away a copy of Scent of Magic. To enter, all you have to do is answer this one question: What should Avry receive for Christmas to help with her deal with a holy army, evading magic sniffers, and/or the walking dead? 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 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. Someone should give her a potion that makes her “scentless” so the magic sniffers don’t detect her

  2. I’d say a magic cloak.. more along the lines of LOTR/Harry Potter. To hide her from unfriendly eyes. :)

  3. I think Avry needs a drop of Felix Felicis, also known as Liquid Luck in Harry Potter. It’s going to help her escape her pursuers, even if it’s just for a few hours.

  4. I think Avry needs some perfume to deal with the magic sniffers, a decent shot gun for the walking dead (no other weapons is as effective against them!). The Holy Army…though would need something like a miracle and I’m not sure where to buy them! :-)

  5. Avy would need a charm to wear – one that she can invoke at will or invokes with the scent/hint of danger. The charm would basically work according to the threat.

  6. I would give her a magical mirror that she can use channel her emotions to others. If she’s nervous she can channel a confident emotion when dealing with bad guys.

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