Welcome to the start of the blog tour for Night Study by Maria V. Snyder. I am a HUGE fan of the Study Series and being able to interview one of my all time favorite book boys is amazing. Night Study is the 5th novel in the series and it will be releasing on January 26, 2016! If you haven’t started reading this epic high fantasy you really should start now. You can check out my review for Poison Study here and my review for the rest of the series should be posting soon!
Down below you will get to see my interview with Valek and there is also a fantastic giveaway for 10 finished copies of Night Study! There will be both U.S. and International winners!
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 address: moc.redynsvairamnull@airam.
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Interview with Valek
Dark Faerie Tales: First off, I just have to say that interviewing you is a dream come true, so thank you so much for agreeing to answer a few questions for us! To start things off, will you introduce yourself so anyone that is crazy enough to have not read your story yet will know a little bit more about you?
Valek: Thank you for inviting me to your blog. I’m Valek, the Commander of Ixia’s chief of security and in charge of the vast intelligence network throughout Ixia and Sitia. But don’t tell Yelena, my heart mate the part about Sitia. As Liaison between Ixia and Sitia she’s been trying to get me to stop spying on our neighbors to the south. In other words, to play nice. As a trained assassin and protector of Ixia, I do not play nice.
DFT: Your relationship with the Commander is very unique, you have been his loyal servant for years and you have become good friends. But some recent events have come to light that may jeopardize your relationship with him. If things don’t turn out well for you and the Commander, how are you going to handle that?
Valek: Our relationship has had its ups and downs over the 24 years I’ve known the Commander. It has been difficult, but I hope to restore our relationship. If that doesn’t happen, then I will find another position in Sitia or retire. Personal bodyguard for the Liaison has a nice ring to it don’t you think?
DFT: You are a trained assassin and over the years you have killed many people! Emotionally, who was your hardest kill? Which one was the most satisfying?
Valek: The corrupt King of Ixia was the most satisfying – he needed to die. When I kill someone, emotions are not part of the equation – my opponent either deserves to die or he does not and I let him live. If the Commander had ordered me to execute Yelena, I would have obeyed, but that would have been the purest form of torture for me and I would have taken my life soon after I took hers.
DFT: Ari and Janco are some of my favorite characters in the books. They are quite the dynamic duo and over the years you have become good friends. What do you think is the best part about each guy individually, and what is the best thing about them when they work together?
Valek: Ari is very protective and dependable and will risk his life for another without hesitation. His steady presence provides a nice counterbalance to Janco’s wild personality swings. However, Janco is also dependable and has never let me down. Together they’re an efficient and effective team and I know when I ask them to do something, it will be done.
DFT: Now I am going to ask you a few questions about Yelena! I know you have been together a long time now, but when was the first moment you found yourself falling in love with her?
Valek: She intrigued me from the very beginning, and the more I interacted with her the more I was drawn to her. I’d have to say when I learned that she’d been chased through the castle by Brazell’s goons, a strong protective urge shot through me. That might have been the first inclination that I was falling for her.
DFT: Yelena and you have a very interesting story and you have now been together for many years. We as the readers have been with you for much of your journey together and we all have our favorite Valek/Yelena moments, but what is your favorite memory with Yelena?
Valek: My favorite memories with her are when we’re alone in our cottage, spending time together without any interruptions or problems to deal with.
DFT: Yelena is an amazing woman and there are so many things I love about her! What is your favorite physical attribute of hers and what do you think is her best quality?
Valek: I love that she’s a fighter. By that I mean, that she fights for what she believes in and fights for others. That she won’t give up or give in to self-pity or depression. As for her physical attribute, I love everything about her and couldn’t pick one.
(MAJOR SPOILER FOR ANYONE THAT HAS NOT READ SHADOW STUDY)
DFT: At the end of Shadow Study it was revealed that you are going to be a father! How do you feel about that?
Valek: Well, it’s not confirmed at this point. She’s been under a great deal of stress lately. However, should it occur, I’d be thrilled beyond measure.
DFT: Since none of us have ever had the pleasure of actually meeting you in person, can you possibly show us a picture of what you look like?
Valek: I could, but then I’d have to kill you Just kidding. I included a drawing that matches rather well.
(Okay everyone take a moment to drool over how gorgeous this man is)
DFT: Lucky for us your story isn’t quite over yet, but the end of Night Study left us dying to read more! Can you give us any hints as to what we can expect from the next chapter in your story?
Valek: Well, the Cartel must be dealt with and Owen has to die and we have to do this with very few resources at hand. If you wish to wager a few coins, I’d suggest you not bet on us.
Quick Fire Questions:
Favorite Weapon? A knife of course!
Favorite food? Opal’s mother’s lemon pie.
Favorite book? The Art of the Lie, by Hedda Bhavsar.
Favorite poison to use? My love.
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This giveaway is provided by Maria V Snyder & Rockstar Book Tours!
Six lucky winners will receive a finished copy of Night Study, US Only.
Four lucky winners will receive a finished copy of Night Study, International.
Available January 26, 2016 by MIRA Ink
About this Book:
Once, only her own life hung in the balance…
When Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. She survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia.
Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands—and protect her relationship with Valek.
Suddenly, though, dissent is rising. And Valek’s job—and his life—are in danger.
As Yelena tries to uncover her enemies, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked.And now she must find a way to keep not only herself but all that she holds dear alive.