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Blog Tour of The Occasional Diamond Thief by J.A. Mclachlan

The Occasional Diamond Thief Source: YA Bound Book Tours

YA Bound Book Tours is organizing a Blog Tour for: The Occasional Diamond Thief by J.A. McLachlanThis tour will run from May 18th to May 29th. Check out the full blog tour schedule below:

Hello, I’m J. A. McLachlan, the author of The Occasional Diamond Thief. I’m so pleased to be meeting you, and I’d like to thank Amanda and Jessica for having me here on Writing Pearls, and reviewing my book. This blog tour is part of my online launch of The Occasional Diamond Thief, and I’ll have something different at each stop – book excerpts, author and character reveals, vlogs, reviews and blog posts – for you to enjoy. 

Occasional Diamond Thief
Date: 05/15/15
EDGE Publishing
from Goodreads:
What if you learned your father was a thief? Would you follow
in his footsteps, learn his “trade”? If you were the only one who knew,
would you keep his secret?

When 16-yr-old Kia is training to be a universal translator, she is co-opted into traveling as a translator to Malem. This is the last place in the universe that Kia wants to be—it’s the planet where her father caught the terrible illness that killed him—but it’s also where he got the magnificent diamond that only she knows about. Kia is convinced he stole it, as it is illegal for any off-worlder to possess a Malemese diamond.

Using her skill in languages – and another skill she picked up, the skill of picking locks – Kia unravels the secret of the mysterious gem and learns what she must do to set things right: return the diamond to its original owner.

But how will she find out who that is when no one can know that she, an off-worlder, has a Malemese diamond? Can she trust the new friends she’s made on Malem, especially handsome but mysterious 17-year-old Jumal, to help her? And will she solve the puzzle in time to save Agatha, the last person she would have expected to become her closest friend?

Kia is quirky, with an ironic sense of humor, and a loner. Her sidekick, Agatha, is hopeless in languages and naive to the point of idiocy in Kia’s opinion, but possesses the wisdom and compassion Kia needs.

Buy Links:

EDGE Publishing has a Thank you Gift for anyone who
buys the print version of the book.  If they send an email to events@hadespublications.com
with their Amazon receipt, they will receive a copy of a short story that
features Kia.


 Praise for The Occasional Diamond Thief by J. A. McLachlan
“J. A. McLachlan is a terrific writer — wry and witty, with a keen eye
for detail. I’ve been following her work with interest and delight since2003. In a world where young-adult fiction is booming, The OccasionalDiamond Thief propels McLachlan to the front of the pack.” — Robert J.Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of FlashForward”The story is full of humor, danger, fun, and adventure. This is ScienceFiction anyone would love.” — J. Jones, VINE VOICE“Flawless–The Occasional Diamond Thief was one of those rare storieswhere I found myself hanging onto every word. McLachlan delivers afast-paced, unpredictable story with perfectly-executed twists.

Descriptions were succinct and epigrammatic with no room for boredom. It

felt so real, it was almost like being in the theater with a surprise

treat at the end. Much like the theater, once the credits have started to

roll and the crowd starts to thin, there was a snippet at the end that you

do not want to miss.” — BittenbyBooks.com

“Loved it! I haven’t read a heroine I loved this much since Katniss

Everdeen. McLachlan’s Kia is smart, tough and hilarious, and pairing her

with serene, forgiving Agatha left me laughing long after I finished the

story. The settings were vivid, the plot raced along, and the themes kept

me turning pages. McLachlan combines her love of science fiction, ethics

and good, old-fashioned storytelling in The Occasional Diamond Thief, and

the results couldn’t be better. I loved every page.” — Amanda Darling,


“J. A. McLachlan is a remarkable creator of worlds, a remarkable creator

of character, a master of suspense. In short, a remarkable storyteller.

You don’t have to be a young adult to love this book.” — Sheryl Loeffler,

Writer, A Land in the Storytelling Sea

Writing Pearls Review 

In an Oyster Shell –  With it’s complex plot, other world (space) setting,  and overall well-crafted story makes for a great read and is well worth your time. I highly recommend it.

The Pearls – 

Initially, I picked this book because I liked the description and I loved the cover. Once I started reading it I was not disappointed., The plot was intriguing from beginning to end. The story opens up with some complex dynamic going on in a family home. You don’t know all of what is going on, but you can tell by what the character says that there is a lot of tension in that home. The conflict of the story starts right away with her sick father. His illness is a mystery and was contracted when he was off on one of his trading expeditions. His death opens up a wide door of mystery and adventure for our main character Kia.

The setting of this books starts out on another world in a complex alliance of other planets. It immediately has a si-fi space feel to it. After the Lunar Chronicles, I was quite excited to come across another book that had the same setting. The setting moves from her homeland to an almost desolate place called Malem that takes three months of space travel to get there. I thought this was pretty exciting and felt the author did a great job building the worlds.

Overall I just felt like the story was extremely well crafted. I though the concept was unique, the writing well done, and the characters enduring. I was pleasantly surprised by this book and hope that you get a chance to read it!

The Sand- 

There were some parts of the story I didn’t quite understand. I ‘m not sure if I missed something or the necessary information was not there. There was so much going on it was hard to keep track of everything.

All in All, I give this 4 Pearls. Fantastic Read


the Author
J. A. McLachlan was born in Toronto, Canada. She is the
author of a short
story collection, CONNECTIONS, and two College textbooks on ProfessionalEthics. But speculative fiction is her first love, a genre she has beenreading all her life, and The Occasional Diamond Thief is her second inthat genre, a young adult science fiction novel, published by EDGE ScienceFiction and Fantasy Publishing. After over a decade as a college teacher,she is happy to work from home as a full-time author now.

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Blog Tour Schedule:

May 18:

the bookdragon – http://sheisadude.blogspot.com/ – Guest Post: Do You Like Your Name?

Semi Short Chic – www.semishort.blogspot.com – Excerpt

Just Us Book Blog – http://justusbookblog.blogspot.com/ – Guest Post: Inspiration

CBY Book Club – http://cbybookclub.blogspot.co.uk/ – Excerpt

May 19:

My Full Bookshelf – http://myfullbookshelfreviews.blogspot.com – Review

Mythical Books – http://www.mythicalbooks.blogspot.ro/ – Guest Post: On Leaders, Followers and Friends, in YA fiction

3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – http://3partnersinshopping.blogspot.com – Guest Post

Poetry and Book Reviews of a Young Artist – http://t.co/fqlcLfSazh – Author Interview

V’s Reads – http://vsreads.com – Review

May 20:

Sunshine Book Promotions – http://sunshinebookpromos.blogspot.com/ – Excerpt

Reading Addict – http://readingadd.blogspot.ro/ – Guest Post

Undercover Book Reviews – http://undercoverbookreviews.blogspot.com/ – Excerpt

May 21:

Plain Talk BM – Http://www.plaintalkbm.com – Guest Post

MichaelSciFan – http://www.michaelscifan.us – Author Interview: Why I Write Science Fiction

Mother/Gamer/Writer – http://empyreanedge.com – Author Interview & Excerpt
Hope to Read – http://HopeToRead.com – Guest Post: Author’s Favorite Things

May 22:

Author & Book Spotlights – http://authorcjanaya.com/ – Promo Post

The Written Adventure – http://nataliecarrollthewrittenadventure.blogspot.com/ – Promo Post

Dreamscape – http://www.dreamscape-blog.com – Review

A to Z Reviews – http://bookreviewsbyjackie.com/ – Promo Post

Literary Musings – http://literarymusing.weebly.com/ – Promo Post
Books Tea and Cats – http://booksaccordingtomaria.blogspot.com/ – Promo Post

May 25:

Archaeolibrarian – I dig good books! – http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/ – Review

Book Lovers Life – http://bookloverslife.blogspot.ie/ – Promo Post

Elsie Elmore – www.elsieelmore.com – Promo Post

May 26:
A Book Addict’s Bookshelves – http://www.jesswatkinsauthor.blogspot.co.uk – Character Interview: Kia

A Dream Within A Dream – http://adreamwithindream.blogspot.com – Promo Post

Dalene’s Book Reviews – http://dalenesbookreviews.blogspot.com – Promo Post

May 27:

A Novel Kind of Bliss – http://www.anovelkindofbliss.blogspot.com – Review

deal sharing aunt – http://dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/ – Promo Post

May 28:

Writing Pearls – http://www.writingpearls.com – Review

Thewordsiread – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwPT71BRZiUVCwl2OVCkKxg – Review

Samantha Writes – www.samanthawrites.ca – Review

Living in a Bookworld – http://livinginabookworld.blogspot.gr – Promo Post

Le Petite Books – www.lepetitebooks.com – Review

May 29:

Books Direct – http://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com.au/ – Promo Post

The Phantom Paragrapher – www.thephantomparagrapher.blogspot.com – Review

Indy Book Fairy – http://paranormalbookfairy.blogspot.com/ – Promo Post

Welcome to Book City – www.welcometobookcitynews.blogspot.com – Promo Post

{ 2 comments… add one }
  • Jane Ann McLachlan May 29, 2015, 5:20 am

    Thanks for the great review, Jessica. I’m so pleased you liked my story!

    • Jessica June 2, 2015, 2:34 pm

      I hope there is more to come! Thank you for stopping by.

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