Monday, May 18, 2015

Book Tour: The Occasional Diamond Thief by J A McLachlan


The Occasional Diamond Thief
by J.A. McLachlan
Release Date: 05/15/15

****GUEST POST**** 
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 S.E. Daley for having me here on Semi Short Chic today. 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. You can find The Occasional Diamond Thief at:

Summary from Goodreads:

The Occasional Diamond Thief is the tale of Kia, who is courageous and practical with a quirky sense of humor, and a loner.

When 16-yr-old Kia is training to be a translator, she is co-opted into travelling 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.

Even worse, Kia must translate for Agatha, who is as different from Kia as it's possible for two people to be - Agatha is idealistic, naïve, and compassionate.

Using her skill in languages – and another skill she picked up, the skill of picking locks - Kia unravels the secret of her father's 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?

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Book Excerpt:

(This excerpt from the novel describes Kia’s first meeting with Jumal.)

The day is cold and overcast again, raining off and on in short, angry bursts. In the three days we’ve been here there’s been as much precipitation as we get in a year on Seraffa. I go out anyway, hoping to walk off the bad feeling I have, and trudge down the muddy road, flapping my arms to keep warm.

I stop when I realize I must look like a duck in the rain. Too late. I’ve already emerged from Prophet’s Lane onto the cobblestone street, and a guy about my age is staring at me as he walks past, his lips curved in a mocking half-smile. I stare back, partly because he’s being rude, and partly because he’s worth staring at: tall and slim, with high cheekbones and dark eyes framed with long, dark lashes my college roommate would kill for.

“Quack,” he says, laughs, and keeps walking. I stand there, trying to think of a clever reply to shout after him, but all my four-and-a-half languages fail me. I turn and walk in the opposite direction, feeling exactly like I must look: not just normal stupid, but major moronic.

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About the Author
J. A. McLachlan was born in Toronto, Canada. She is the author of a short story collection, CONNECTIONS, published by Pandora Press and two College textbooks on Professional Ethics, published by Pearson-Prentice Hall. But science fiction is her first love, a genre she has been reading all her life, and Walls of Wind is her first published Science Fiction novel. Her new science fiction novel is The Occasional Diamond Thief. She is represented by Carrie Pestritto at Prospect Agency. 

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Blog Tour Schedule:
May 18:
the bookdragon - - Promo Post
Semi Short Chic – - Promo Post
Just Us Book Blog - - Promo Post
CBY Book Club - - Promo Post
May 19:
My Full Bookshelf - - Review
Mythical Books - - Promo Post
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! - - Promo Post
Poetry and Book Reviews of a Young Artist - - Promo Post
V's Reads - - Review
May 20:
Sunshine Book Promotions - - Promo Post
Reading Addict - - Promo Post
Undercover Book Reviews - - Promo Post
May 21:
Plain Talk BM - Http:// - Promo Post
MichaelSciFan - - Promo Post
Mother/Gamer/Writer - - Promo Post
A Book Addict's Bookshelves - - Promo Post
May 22:
Author & Book Spotlights - - Promo Post
The Written Adventure - - Promo Post
Dreamscape - – Review
A to Z Reviews - - Promo Post
Literary Musings - - Promo Post
May 25:
Archaeolibrarian - I dig good books! - - Review
Book Lovers Life - - Promo Post
Elsie Elmore - - Promo Post
May 26:
A Dream Within A Dream - - Promo Post
Dalene's Book Reviews - - Promo Post
May 27:
A Novel Kind of Bliss - - Review
deal sharing aunt - - Promo Post
May 28:
Writing Pearls - – Review
Samantha Writes - – Review
Living in a Bookworld - - Promo Post
Le Petite Books – - Review
May 29:
Books Tea and Cats - - Promo Post
Books Direct - - Promo Post
The Phantom Paragrapher - – Review
Indy Book Fairy - - Promo Post

Welcome to Book City – - Promo Post

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