Bookpushers meet Maria V Snyder

Yesterday we went to have our books signed at Waterstones Kings Road with Maria V Snyder, author of the amazing ‘Study series’ and ‘Glass series’. She is here to promote her new ‘Glass series’ book in the UK: ‘Sea Glass’. ‘Sea Glass’ is the second book of the series, telling the journey of Opal. Here’s the excerpt from the book:

Like the colorful pieces of sea glass washed up on shore, Opal has weathered rough waters and twisting currents. But instead of finding a tranquil eddy, Opal is caught in a riptide. Her unique glass messengers which allow instant communication over vast distances have become a vital part of Sitian society. Once used solely by the Councilors and magicians, other powerful factions are now vying for control. Control of the messengers equals control of Sitia. Unfortunately that also means control of Opal. If that isn’t enough of a problem, Opal’s determination to prove blood magic is still being used is met with strong resistance. The Council doubts her, her mentor doubts her, and even her family is concerned. When her world is turned upside down, she begins to doubt herself. In the end, Opal must decide who to believe, who to trust, and who has control—otherwise she will shatter into a million pieces and be swept out by the tide.

Her next book ‘Spy Glass’ will come out in September 2010. Maria also has a YA book coming out in April (US) and December (UK) called ‘Inside out’.

Maria was very friendly and charming. She didn’t mind signing a mountain of books we brought along. We discussed how much we love her book covers and how covers could affect sales of the books. She also let us on a little secret of happy marriage is to say ‘Yes, dear’. Her husband thinks she based Valek on him with dark hair and blue eyes!

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