Two more blurbs arrived yesterday for Tokyo Heist! And they crackle like New Year’s fireworks. I’m so happy to have these endorsements from two rock star YA mystery authors: Peter Abrahams and Alane Ferguson.
Shorter versions of their comments will appear on the final book jacket, but here are their quotes in full:

Tokyo Heist is a fast-paced, exotic reading adventure, a story where The da Vinci Code meets the wildly popular manga genre!  Author Diana Renn infuses protagonist Violet with plenty of chikara (power) and Renn’s fresh, spot-on author’s voice is irresistible.  I couldn’t put it down!” 

–Alane Ferguson, author of The Christopher Killer and winner of the Edgar Alan Poe Mystery Writer of America award

“A terrific heroine, exciting and unexpected plot twists, and fascinating and beautifully-wrought real-life settings: young adult mysteries do not get better than this.”

–Peter Abrahams, New York Times bestselling author of Reality Check and Down the Rabbit Hole; winner of the Edgar Alan Poe Mystery Writer of America award

As a new author, I can’t stress enough how grateful I am to established authors who take the time to read and review a galley copy of a novel, and who lend their words and their name to the book package. Four authors now have taken time from their schedules to do this (you can find the other two blurbs on my Books page). I don’t know any of them personally. 

Do you remember the trio of little green aliens in the Toy Story movies? Who gaze wide-eyed at the toys who saved them and repeat, endlessly, “You have saved our lives, we are eternally grateful”? I feel like that pretty much all the time these days. Wide-eyed with awe and endlessly squeaking thanks to the many people who have been so generous with their time or expertise and helped me along this journey.