One of my New Years Resolution was to host more giveaways to pay it forward for all the fabulous books I've been luck enough to win since starting to blog seriously. I've been racking my brains to think of a suitable prize and have decided to start with an author I've adored and reviewed - Maria V Snyder. She's written two trilogies set in the same world - the Study series and the Glass series both of which are excellent reads - as well as a YA series, Inside Out and Outside In (Reviews of both coming up in the next month). There doesn't seem to be as much buzz around her work as she deserves and I honestly can't recommend these books enough, so in order to convert people to her writing or just spread joy if you've already discovered her writing I've decided to give one lucky person the chance to win a book of their choice from her back catalogue. The winner can choose a copy of one of these books (I've only put the synopsis for the first book of each trilogy up as there are some spoilers in the following synopsis!).
POISON STUDY (Study Book 1)
About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered a 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 dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and she develops magical powers she can't control. Her life’s at stake again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear!
Untrained. Untested. Unleashed. With her unique magical abilities, Opal has always felt unsure of her place at Sitia's magic academy. But when the Stormdancer clan needs help, Opal's knowledge makes her the perfect choice - until the mission goes awry. Pulling her powers in unfamiliar directions, Opal finds herself tapping into a new kind of magic as stunningly potent as it is frightening. Now Opal must deal with plotters out to destroy the Stormdancer clan, as well as a traitor in their midst. With danger and deception rising around her, will Opal's untested abilities destroy her - or save them all?
I'm Trella. I'm a scrub. One of thousands who work in the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. The Trava family who rules our world from their spacious Upper levels wants us to be docile and obedient, like sheep. To insure we behave, they send the Pop Cops to police us.
So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? Not like it's all that dangerous--the only neck at risk is my own.
Until a lower level prophet claims a Gateway to Outside exists. And guess who he wants to steal into the Upper levels to get the proof? You’re right. Me. I alone know every single duct, pipe, corridor, shortcut, hole and ladder of Inside. It’s suicide plain and simple. But guess who can’t let a challenge like that go unanswered? Right again. Me.
I should have just said no...
OUSIDE IN (Insider Book 2) - Out March 2011
Sound good? So, the prize will a book of the winners choice from Maria V Synder's back catalogue (or pre-order if you you would like Outside In!)
Rules (cos otherwise they’ll be chaos!):
-Leave a comment on this post on which author you feel should have a wider recognition
-Don’t forget to leave a way for me to contact you
-Competition is International – as long as The Book Depository ships to you. Not sure check here.
-Giveway ends Sunday 9th January 2011 and the winner will be picked at random and announced the following week