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Written By: Vera Nazarian
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Vera Nazarian is a two-time Nebula Award Finalist author, award-winning artist, publisher of Norilana Books, musician, philosopher, and creator of wonder.

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  1. Bill Bodden says:

    Congratulations on the new site! I look forward to reading your blog posts.

  2. Ken Gire says:

    Dear Vera,

    I quote you in an upcoming book of mine: “Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.”

    Beautifully said.

    I couldn’t find a reference for it on the web. Could you tell me where you wrote that? And on what page.

    Thanks so much!


  3. Cheryl says:

    Hi Vera,

    I have loved the Cobweb bride and Cobweb Empire and have been waiting on tenterhooks for the third book. When will it be available to buy as I have been going through and it is still not listed.

    Hope you are having a great Christmas and best wishes for the new year!



    • Vera Nazarian says:

      Thanks so much for asking, Cheryl! :-) Glad you’re enjoying the Cobweb Bride books!

      The book (Cobweb Forest, book three) is delayed about a week as I am putting finishing touches on it, and it should be available by December 31st!

      If you want to be notified as soon as it’s out, you can subscribe to my new release notification list:

      Thanks again for dropping by! :-)


  4. Jere Mullen says:

    Finished Cobweb Bride and have started on number two, so glad I will be able to get three without waiting too long! I love your series. In fact I am reading them on my Kimdle, but, they are a keeper I will be buying them in hard back forms.

    • Vera Nazarian says:

      Dear Jere,

      Thank you for your kind words and I am thrilled you are enjoying the Cobweb Bride books! The third volume is coming in just a few days! :-)

      Thanks so much for dropping by!


  5. Michael Lee Hoenig RPhT says:


    I had no idea how honored I was to have been befriended by you on Facebook!

    If you ever visit the Omaha Metro (Nebraska) I would *love* to meet you. (Not that I’m much of a conversationist…)

  6. Evelyne Irimies says:

    I’ve been awaiting the release of the 3rd Cobweb Bride Book and although the website says it’s available via B&N, it is not. When will it be available so that I may purchase it on my Nook?


    • Vera Nazarian says:

      Thanks for asking, Evelyne, and so glad you are enjoying the books! :-)

      The third book, Cobweb Forest has been released on December 31, 2013, and is gradually propagating in the global distribution system and showing up in various online bookstores.

      It should be up on Barnes & Noble in a few days, depending on how fast they get it processed. (Could be any day now, keep checking, My guess is by next Friday!)

      In the meantime you can buy the Nook edition (EPUB format) from Smashwords here:

      Hope this helps! :-)


  7. Cheryl says:

    Hi Vera,

    Just finished The Cobweb Forest and it was amazing! I couldn’t put it down, started yesterday afternoon and was simply oblivious to the world around me. Absolutely loved it! I will definitely miss Percy and Beltain.

    Thank you so much :)

    • Vera Nazarian says:

      Thank you so much fr the kind words, Cheryl! :-)

      I am so glad that you enjoyed the books, and believe me, I also miss Percy and Beltain and the others!

      The good news is, I think I will write a short bonus story about them in a few months… :-)

  8. I just finished Cobweb Bride. But this has begun my appreciation of your writing abilities! Holy Mackeral as my Grandfather used to say! I am a prolific reader, often digesting several books a month. When a top quality book fibds its way onto my plate, I surely know it. Cobweb Bride was a filet mignon among many burgers so thank you! I look forward to the next with overly eager anticipation. Literally like Chtistmas in July, no pun intended since it actually IS July!

  9. Robin Harsh says:

    I finished Cobweb Bride just a few moments ago and am still fizzing with the wonderful excitement of finding a really, really good storyteller. I’m thrilled to see how many other books you have for me to explore, especially the Cobweb sequels. And Austen! Oh, this is going to be fun!

  10. Arthur says:

    Hello vera.

    I love your quote about the nutcracker. May I cite you and this line: “The nutcracker sits under the holiday tree, a guardian of childhood stories. Feed him walnuts and he will crack open a tale…” for an upcoming self published book in my area? Thank you very much!

  11. Eswar says:

    Beautiful Quotes..
    My Website has your most famous
    quote about Books as it’s Mast.
    Thanks and regards,
    Eswar Velury

  12. Tricia Salese says:

    Hi Vera,
    I just discovered your Cobweb Bride series and I am hooked! I just ordered the 2nd e-book to read this upcoming weekend. I am an avid reader of everything, and I don’t normally write to authors, but the story really impressed me – your writing is Gorgeous!

    I can’t recall how I found the first book, but isn’t that how it’s supposed to be some times?
    Please keep writing and I promise to keep reading.

    Tricia Salese – Berkeley Heights, NJ

    • Vera Nazarian says:

      Dear Tricia,

      Thank you so much! What a pleasure to know you are enjoying the series! And thank you immensely for caring enough to let me know! :-)


      Vera (happy author!)

  13. vkut says:

    Hello vera.

    I love your quote:

    “Have you ever seen the dawn? Not a dawn groggy with lack of sleep or hectic with mindless obligations and you about to rush off on an early adventure or business, but full of deep silence and absolute clarity of perception? A dawning which you truly observe, degree by degree. It is the most amazing moment of birth. And more than anything it can spur you to action. Have a burning day.”

    Have a great Christmas and best wishes for the new year!


  14. Morgan says:

    I’m a teen and I really love your Atlantis Grail book! I don’t know what to do with my life now while I’m waiting on the last two and I’m so impatient when I really want something, hahaha! The ending killed me, though. My heart broke a little bit. It was so good!

    • Vera Nazarian says:

      Dear Morgan,

      Wow, thank you! :-) There are no better words to hear, and it warms my author heart! So glad that the Atlantis Grail has connected with you!

      I promise the next book is coming soon, and so many new and wonderful revelations, twists, and turns are ahead for all your favorite characters… So, stay tuned, hang in there, and, patience! :-) Because to say anything else would be spoilers!

  15. Shreya says:

    You have the greatest magical power of words. I am reading QUALIFY: The Atlantis Grail (Book One) and I am now beyond words.I just love it. You have the skills of one among a quadrillion of the best bestsellers. I am midnightsqueeen from wattpad and I am grateful to it for it is what has introduced you to me. I love to read books and that’s what I am doing most of the time on internet. Yours is the best I have found yet.I am a great fan of yours. I wish that you continue writing and typing such enchanting stories.I am impatient for the rest

    • Vera Nazarian says:

      Dear Shreya / midnightsqueen,

      You’ve just made my day! :-) How absolutely wonderful to get your lovely note! I am so glad you are enjoying QUALIFY, and there are plenty more stories to read, if you want to try my other work.

      Start here, where everything is free:

      Enjoy! :-) And thanks again so much for dropping by from Wattpad! You are always welcome here!

  16. zepure bakmazian says:

    an honor and privilege to meet an Armenian who is doing great work,, sorry I have not read any of your books because I did not know about you and it was through a meditation literature that I found a quote by you .. and being a true Armenian I started to investigate and here I am .. I would love to talk one day because you seem like someone I could be friends with ,, I love fantasy books because it takes me away from everyday reality .. I am so proud of you .. it is our 100th anniversary of the GENOCIDE I was wondering if you were going to do something to promote this to your followers to show everyone that we as ARMENIANS are unique and diverse in all fields,,, love to hear from you

  17. bella says:

    Hi Vera,
    I am reflecting on one of your quotes for an assignment:
    “whenever you read a good book somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.”
    and I was just wondering what you meant by it because I think it means that when you read a good book it opens your mind to new ideas, possibilities and cultures.

    Hope to hear from you soon,

    • Vera Nazarian says:

      That’s one way of looking at it, sure, Bella. However I meant it as a greater whole.

      The world, or all of us, is composed of a certain cumulative amount of common knowledge and enlightenment. The more each one of us reads and learns, the more we “improve” upon our greater cumulative store of awareness, wisdom, knowledge, and goodness — what I mean by light.

      Thanks for asking, and good luck! :-)

  18. Cheryl says:

    Hi Vera,

    I just finished reading Compete today and what an ending. It is going to be so hard to wait for the next one next year. Those two books have been so good, i went through them in a week; I could not put them down. Haven’t had a series do that since Cobweb; they just hook you in and will not let go.

    • Vera Nazarian says:

      Dear Cheryl,

      I am honored that you enjoyed Compete so much! Thank you for the lovely comment! :-)

      Win, book three, will be here before you know it, and I do plan to give you guys a holiday preview of it on Wattpad in December! :-)


  19. Paul Anthony says:

    I’ve enjoyed Qualify and Compete. I look forward to the next two.
    I’m sure you wrote these books for a teen audience, so you may be surprised to learn I am a 68 year old male! Your writing is compelling. Not only have you created a complex plot (complete with multiple sub-plots) but you have also developed not one or two but a large cast of interesting characters.
    I am an author of lesser talent, but also a publisher/editor, so please take this critique in the spirit it is offered. Early in Compete, Gwen calls her family and Mom, Dad and George are seated on the couch. During the conversation, Gwen asks about George and Dad says he’ll be home soon. WHAT! He’s right there! You have my permission to slap your editor. LOL

    • Vera Nazarian says:

      Thank you so much, Paul! I really appreciate your wonderful comments and so glad you are enjoying the series, regardless of age!

      I do need to point out that I think you’ve misread the story — nowhere does it say that George is literally sitting on the couch or is even in the same room with his parents — because he is still on the road, on his way home. You may be thinking of the line “Because there’s Mom and Dad and George.” That part refers to Gwen simply thinking about them, grouping them together in her thoughts, in the sense of “there they are,” still in trouble back on Earth, not literally in the same room together.

      So, unless you can point out some other section where we might have have missed it (which I would appreciate), I believe the book is okay as it is — in this sense at least. :-)

      Thanks again for taking the time out to comment!



      • Joanna says:

        Something about this section also made me think at first George was right there. I finally decided he wasn’t (because of further info about his location). Just thought you might want to know if you ever were doing an edit on the book. I too am enjoying this series (f. Mid 40’s). Learned about it off of Ripley’s book list, best book they’ve recommended yet (write YA so I try to keep up on current readings in YA). Eagerly awaiting Win. Hoping mid-feb but understand the difficulties of life and deadlines :-). Thank you for writing books so enjoyable!

        • Vera Nazarian says:

          And thank you so much for the lovely comments! :-)

          So far none of my beta readers or anyone else had a problem seeing George was not in the room, since that whole section is mostly a “dream-state” interior monologue of Gwen’s, as she remembers that day in snatches (and even her tenses are mixed, to highlight it), but I will keep your observation in mind. :-)

  20. Jonella Moore says:

    I just finished the second book of the Atlantis Grail and I loved it so much! When is the next book coming out? I am truly hooked!

    • Vera Nazarian says:

      Thank you so much! :-)

      Book three, WIN, is coming out on February 14, 2016, Valentine’s Day.

      There will also be an early preview of some of the chapters, to be posted on Wattpad in December, just in time for the holidays! :-)

  21. sheila dennis says:

    I just finished the Atlantis grail books. Well done! They were both excellent and I am looking forward to the third book.

  22. Megh F says:

    I just finished the first two books in the Atlantis Grail series-wow!! Do we really have to wait until February? Looking forward to possibly getting to know Aeson.

    Thanks so much for sharing your stories!!

    • Vera Nazarian says:

      Thank you so much! :-) Much more Aeson to come, including various personal revelations…

      Yes, February is the release date, because I need at least 6 months to write the book! :-) Working on it now!


  23. KV says:

    I just finished the two Atlantis books. I loved them. I was mesmerized by the physics and kept stopping to go off and read Scientific American articles about Quantum Physics and Entanglement! I also enjoyed the character development and the sense of family portrayed in the books.I really cannot wait until the third books comes out! Thanks again, PS I am 62 and love science fiction of all sorts Young adult or old adult! Your stories cross generations!

    • Vera Nazarian says:

      Quantum entanglement is truly amazing! Thank you so much for your lovely comment and for enjoying the books! :-) WIN, book three is coming soon!


  24. Mark says:

    This may sound like a repeat, but I must congratulate you on the Atlantis series. WOW! I normally speed read through books, but after the first two chapters of the book “Qualify” I slowed way down to a crawl. I haven’t read a book that slowly with full attention in years. I got so absorbed into the story that I actually had full pictures in my mind as it were a movie. Thank you so much for that experience. The last time I think I slow read something was “The vampire assistant”. Your style of writing automatically engaged me. That has not happened in a long time. I thank you for that and look forward to Valentine’s day for book 3!

  25. Brandi says:

    I just wanted to thank you so much for writing this story. My 16 year old daughter and I have throughly enjoyed both of the Atlantis Grail books and are eagerly awaiting WIN in February! Your writing is so intense and descriptive, I haven’t enjoyed a book this much in a long time. I was on the edge of my seat , then crying, then laughing. You are a true storyteller! Keep up the good work!

    • Vera Nazarian says:

      I really appreciate your lovely comments, thank you! :-) So glad that both you and your daughter are reading and enjoying the books!


      • Brandi says:

        Hi Vera,

        My daughter and I were just discussing the Atlantis series and we were wondering if you had planned to do a book with Aeson’s POV?

        • Vera Nazarian says:

          Great question! And the answer is, yes! :-)

          After WIN and SURVIVE are done, I plan to do a number of shorter “outtake” novellas, such as:

          BLUE: Aeson’s Story
          RED: Logan’s Story
          RED: Xelio’s Story
          YELLOW: Blayne’s Story
          GREEN: George’s Story

          … and others, all from the POVs of those characters.

          If you want to see some lively discussion about the Atlantis Grail Series, (including fun speculation about what’s coming), take a look here on Wattpad in this comments section — plenty of questions and answers:



  26. Ron Hoffman says:

    Vera, My wife and I just finsihed reading Qualify and Compete. Great books. I would like to know when Win will be available? I hope Gwen will save Atlantida and Earth from “they”. Can’t wait for the adventure. Thanks. Ron and Marsha

    • Vera Nazarian says:

      Thank you so much, Ron! It makes me so happy that both you and your wife enjoyed! Please tell her a big thank you from me also! :-)

      The adventure will continue in WIN, book three, which is coming on February 14, 2016, Valentine’s Day. The good news is, I plan to post an advance preview of several chapters over at Wattpad in December, just in time for the Holidays!

      For more information, please see the official Atlantis Grail website:

      Thanks again! :-)


  27. Lori says:

    After reading the first 2 books in the Atalntis Grail series (both books in about 2 weeks!) and reading the above posts, I also wanted to reach out to you. These books are fantastic – and I think that is partly a great story and equally excellent writing. As others have said, your writing is amazing, keeping me completely immersed in the story throughout. I literally had a hard time putting down my kindle to sleep/eat/work. I stumbled onto these books and now (like everyone else here) cannot wait for the next book(s) next year. I will be following closely but also look forward to reading your other works. Also, the “outtake novellas” you mentioned previously sound cool!
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful story! Lori

  28. Amy says:

    Just finished reading QUALIFY and COMPETE in a marathon back to back reading session. Can’t believe I have to wait until February for the next installment

    • Vera Nazarian says:

      Thank you so much, Amy! :-)

      February will be here before you know it, plus I will be posting an advance preview of several chapters over at Wattpad in December, just in time for the Holidays!

      Thanks again! :-)


  29. Karen says:

    Hi Vera, I just finished reading book two of the Atlantis Grail series and they are great! I could hardly put them down as they were so entertaining. I can’t wait for Win to be released. Can you give me an idea when it might be released?

    • Vera Nazarian says:

      Thanks so much, Karen! :-)

      WIN, book three, is coming on February 14, 2016, Valentine’s Day. I will also post an advance preview of several chapters over at Wattpad in December, just in time for the Holidays!

      For more information, please see the official Atlantis Grail website:

      Thanks again! :-)


  30. Marie says:

    Just finished the Qualify & Compete series. Looking forward to the next two books. Have you considered writing from Pilot Kass point of view. His conversation w/Oalla & Xelio, etc. Really love the books so far. Thank-you.

    • Vera Nazarian says:

      Thank you so much, Marie! So glad you like!

      Okay, after the main 4-book series is done, I plan to write several novellas from the POVs of other characters. One will be BLUE: Aeson’s Story. :-)


  31. Rasika says:

    Hi. I haven’t read anything as compelling as qualify since harry potter. I am a big fan of ya fiction. Thank you. Thank you.

  32. Grace says:

    Vera, I logged onto your web site to find out when “Win” would be released. You answered that questions many times over. I truly enjoyed both of the books in the Atlantis series.
    My question is, is there a way to get a reminder via email when “Win” becomes available in its entirety?
    Please keep up the excellent writing!

    • Vera Nazarian says:

      Thanks so much, Grace, so glad you liked! :-) And yup, to get an email book release notification, that’s what my Mailing List is for.

      The best way to keep up with the Atlantis Grail series news and be notified of what’s happening, is to subscribe to my Mailing List:

      Thanks again! :-)


  33. Najette Chouchane says:

    Hi Vera!!!!
    omg so glad I found this website! Last night I finished reading Compete and wow! I can’t wait for Win to come out. I subscribed to your mailing list. I really love Gwen, I can really relate to her and understand what she goes through. I drew Xelio the way I imagine him! well at least tried to hehe I’d love to show it to you :) I want to draw Aeson Kassiopei and Gwen too. I hope you have a wonderful day 😀
    thank you so much for making my life so happy and amazing!

    Najette Chouchane.

  34. Mandy says:

    So I happened upon Qualify and Compete. Read them both in the past 2 days. In between work and very little sleep. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed them. It’s been forever since a book kept me up all night reading it. I am crying inside because I have to wait for so long for the next 2. Found you on pint rest and started following you. Will look for you on Facebook and Goodreads also. Left you 5 stars for both. Anyway we can get an idea of what’s going to be happening in Win? Anyway, THANK YOU!!! Awesome books and I enjoyed every second of them.

    • Vera Nazarian says:

      Wow, Mandy, thank you so much! :-)

      WIN, book three will be here before you know it, and I plan to post an advance preview of several chapters of it over at Wattpad in December, just in time for the Holidays.

      Meanwhile, you might want to subscribe to my Mailing List, to get notified as soon as it’s there:

      Thanks again!


  35. Jessica Landers says:

    I have read both of the Atlantis Grail books and loved them. I have had them for about a month and have read them at least 4 times. I called my mom and told her about them and now she is hooked also. February cant come fast enough. Love love love these books.

    • Vera Nazarian says:

      Dear Jessica,

      I am absolutely thrilled that both you and your mom are enjoying the Atlantis Grail! THANK YOU! Lovely to hear! :-)

      I’m writing WIN as we speak, and there will be fun early preview chapters posted on Wattpad in December, so stay tuned! :-)


  36. Emily says:

    Qualify came up as a book sugestion on my amazon account a couple of days ago and I have since consumed it with gusto as I found it such a good book. The only problem is that it has given me little time to do the other things I need to do like work/sleep etc.

    Any chance the series will be available as an audiobook? That way I can at least ‘try’ and multitask…

    Either way this weekend is a write off as I have compete to read, good job most of my Christmas shoping is done!!

    • Vera Nazarian says:

      Thank you so much Emily, what a joy it is to know the Atlantis Grail series is connecting with so many people! :-)

      At this point there is no audiobook edition, but if there is enough interest, and if my finances permit, I will gladly release it…

      Thanks again! :-)


  37. Kammera Rice says:

    Wow! That’s all I can say about the Atlantis Grail series. I LOVE sci-fi and I kept thinking this would make an awesome movie. If Hunger Games and Divergent made it to the big screen, these book would blow them away-hands down. Your books are written on such a much bigger scale. It has everything whic makes it so appealing in my opinion. The importance of family, love interests, super cool technology, survival of humanity, and gorgeous “aliens”. What more could you ask for!??? I’m 50 yrs old and while I glossed over some of the teenage angsty stuff, I loved how you made Gwen such a likable teen and I can’t wait for the 3rd book. Ps: I had to slap myself after I realized your 3rd book was called Win. I at first thought I could actually win your new book and was searching for the entry ! Haha

  38. Gisele Pelletier says:

    Hello Honey;

    I read that you dear mother’s favorite movie was Persuasion…I share this preference with her…a heart warming triumph of love.

    May I use a quote of yours (with your name of course)? “love – not dim and blind…” Currently writing short stories of my own experience of life that I may some day publish……..Thank you Gisèle

    • Vera Nazarian says:

      Thanks very much for asking, and yes, you may use my quote with proper attribution (include my name). :-)


  39. Gisele Pelletier says:

    Thank you honey

  40. MacKenzie says:

    i love these books sooo much. but in win will we know why aeson kasseopi put up that ice cold front? also will i be able to get the whole book of win on my kindle paperwhite on feb. 14? or will it just be the 4 th chapter? also i have tons of friends and i recommended atlantis grail to them. we are all behind you trying to get this made into a motion picture! and funny story, when aeson declared that he needed gwen i screamed out loud “Take that Logan!”. that was in the middle of the night. while i was home. that scream woke up my whole family but it was worth it Vera! :)

    ps- i was always suspicious of logan. ive always liked aeson!

  41. Trish says:

    Omg omg omg, I LOVE YOUR ATLANTIS GRAIL SERIES. And i just found your website and realized there will be 4 books not just 3…woohoooo. i am really interested in reading how you create Atlantis! Was such a unique plot line! I secretly jumped for joy when i read logan was out. But I was kinda torn between xel and Aeson. :( but I did have one question about book 2. And if u you deliberately left us wondering well, grre, but no problem. The whole ceremony at the end where Aeson claims her as his Bride… is that there version of a wedding, or is that his version of “proposing?” Seemed kinda dictorial if its a wedding, like Gwen has no say!

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