Blog Tour Kick-Off: The Occasional Diamond Thief by J.A. McLachlan!

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:

The Occasional Diamond Thief
Release Date: 05/15/15
EDGE Publishing

Summary 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 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 since
2003. In a world where young-adult fiction is booming, The Occasional
Diamond 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 Science
Fiction anyone would love." -- J. Jones, VINE VOICE

"Flawless--The Occasional Diamond Thief was one of those rare stories
where I found myself hanging onto every word. McLachlan delivers a
fast-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." --

"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

About 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 Professional
Ethics. But speculative fiction is her first love, a genre she has been
reading all her life, and The Occasional Diamond Thief is her second in
that genre, a young adult science fiction novel, published by EDGE Science
Fiction 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 - Guest Post: Do You Like Your Name?
Semi Short Chic – Excerpt
Just Us Book Blog - Guest Post: Inspiration
CBY Book Club - Excerpt

May 19:
Mythical BooksGuest Post: On Leaders, Followers and Friends, in YA fiction
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! - Character Guest Post: On Relationships
V's Reads - Review

May 20:

May 21:
MichaelSciFan - Author Interview: Why I Write Science Fiction
Hope to Read - Guest Post: Author's Favorite Things
Poetry and Book Reviews of a Young Artist - Author Interview

May 22:
Mother/Gamer/Writer - Author Interview & Excerpt
Author & Book Spotlights - Excerpt and guest
post: The things I need to know about my characters
Literary Musings - Spotlight
Books Tea and Cats - An Interview with the Author and Kia, the Main Character

Archaeolibrarian - I dig good books! -  Spotlight

May 25:
Book Lovers Life - Guest Post: The Advice I Didn't Want, and Short story excerpt Part One
Elsie Elmore - Short Story excerpt, Part Two

My Full Bookshelf - Review
Plain Talk BM - Guest Post
The Written Adventure - Excerpt

May 26:
A Book Addict's Bookshelves -  Character Interview: Kia
A Dream Within A Dream -  Guest Post: Writing and Dreaming, & novel Excerpt

 May 27:
deal sharing aunt - Short Story excerpt, Part Four

 May 28:
Thewordsiread - Video Guest Post
Samantha Writes - Review
Living in a Bookworld - Short Story excerpt, Part Five, Conclusion

May 29:
Books Direct - - Promo Post
The Phantom Paragrapher - – Review
Indy Book Fairy - Promo Post
Welcome to Book City – - Promo Post

A Novel Kind of Bliss -  Review*
Dreamscape - – Review*
A to Z Reviews - - Excerpt*

Writing Pearls -  Review*
Dalene's Book Reviews -  Short Story excerpt, Part Three*

Le Petite Books – - Review*


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