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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Diamond Peak Series by Tahlia Newland: Author and Character Interviews

Lethal Inheritance
Diamond Peak Series Book #1
Tahlia Newland
Genre- YA Fantasy

A scream pierces the night. Ariel jolts awake and watches in horror as demons drag her mother into a hidden realm. She finds help and sets off on a rescue mission. But to defeat the demons, who feed on fear and seek to enslave the human race, she must learn a secret esoteric wisdom to awaken the dormant, but potentially explosive, power of her mind.
Walnut, a quirky old wise man, guides her through treacherous inner and outer landscapes, and Nick, the powerful Warrior who travels with them, proves a dangerous attraction. Can Ariel defeat the sadistic demon lord before he kills her and enslaves her mother?
The stakes are high, death a real possibility. Fail now, and she fails humanity.
This book has been awarded the AIA Seal of Excellence in Fiction and the BRAG Medallion for Outstanding Fiction.

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Stalking Shadows
Diamond Peak Series Book #2
Tahlia Newland
Genre- YA Fantasy

Ariel hopes that the great library at Sheldra holds the key to rescuing her mother. But in order to get there, she must negotiate a forest of evil spirits, escape a mind-numbing city of sparkling towers, travel through the treacherous gullies of Minion Hills, and avoid an attack by a demon lord intent on killing her.
At the same time, a battle rages between her heart and her mind. A relationship with her travelling companion, the enigmatic Nick, is just too tempting, but can they be together without Ariel losing her focus and falling to the demons? Her life is at stake, but also her heart. She risks encasing it in stone and denying herself the very sustenance she needs.
Will they make it to the safe haven of Sheldra, or will Ariel die at the hands of the yellow-eyed demon?

This book has been awarded the AIA Seal of Excellence in Fiction

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Demon’s Grip
Diamond Peak Series Book #3
Tahlia Newland
Genre- YA Fantasy

Ariel thought she knew her travelling companion, Nick, but she discovers that at the University of Sheldra, he’s a respected translator with little time to spare. Now that he isn't at her side all the time, she wishes he was, and when she finally admits her love, powerful emotions sweep her away.
The demon lord Emot takes advantage of her inexperience in matters of the heart and preys on her desire, setting off a struggle with addiction that threatens to break Nick's heart and turn Ariel into the demon's mindless slave. She must reach deep into her soul and find the mystical power she needs to kill the one who promises pleasure but delivers only pain. Fail, and she will lose the one she loves and spend an eternity in the demon's grip.
This book has been awarded the AIA Seal of Excellence in Fiction

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Eternal Destiny
Diamond Peak Series Book #4
Tahlia Newland
Genre- YA Fantasy


Ariel and Nick face their deepest fears and their greatest challenge as they search for the Master Demon who holds the key to the future of mankind. Slay him and the world goes free; fail, and it falls irrevocably into violence and chaos.

Guided by a wisdom master of a mystical tradition that uses mind power as the basis of powerful magic, the assault party travels from the ancient granite walls of the Hermitage, up the Steps of Death, and through a labyrinth of shifting gorges to the Palace of Skulls. Even if Nick wins his struggle with the scars of his past and defeats the green-eyed head of the Cogin clan, they still must cross the scree slope, where the bones of Ariel's father lie, to get to the ice caves beneath the summit where the Master Demon awaits.

The journey is extraordinary, the enemies are deadly and the ending is mind-blowing.

This book has been awarded the AIA Seal of Excellence in Fiction

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Author Bio

Tahlia Newland, author of the multi-award-winning Diamond Peak Series, writes heart-warming and inspiring magical realism and contemporary fantasy. She is also an editor, a reviewer, an occasional high school teacher, and a mask-maker who loves creating digital art and sitting on her veranda staring at the rain forest.

Tahlia has studied with top Australian editors and has a Certificate in Editing and Proofreading. Before writing full time, she had over 20 years’ experience in scripting and performing as a dancer/mine in Visual Theatre and Theatre in Education. She has had extensive training in meditation and Buddhist philosophy and lives in Australia with a husband, a teenage daughter, and a cheeky Burmese cat called George.

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Please welcome Diamond Peak Series author Tahlia Newland to Diane's Book Blog.

What is your favorite part of the Diamond Peak Series?

My favorite part is the end of the whole series. It really is mind blowing. I also like the journey through Magan lands in book 2, Stalking Shadows, because Kestril is so unpredictable, and I like it when Nadima does something entirely unexpected with a demon in book three, Demon’s Grip. Even I didn’t know she was going to do it until I wrote it.

How long did it take you to write the Diamond Peak Series?

I started in 2007, and found an agent for Lethal Inheritance in 2010. Two years later I had all the books completed, so that’s 5 years for 4 books.

If you were stranded on a desert island which of your characters do you want by your side?

Nick Walker. He’s just my kind of guy. That’s the great thing about being a writer, you can create your own dream man! He’s also an outdoor kind of guy, experienced in hiking, handy with a knife and full of amusing banter to keep your spirits up.

What inspired you to write your first book?

The scenes just started appearing in my head and I had to write them down, they were so vivid. I also found the idea of writing a series where the demons feed on fear really interesting, and I’d never seen anyone else do it. How do you defeat them? Answering that was  a challenge. I had to turn the mind into a weapon

What is your favorite book that you wrote?

Eternal Destiny, the final book in the series. There’s so much in it that is exciting and emotionally and spiritually challenging and uplifting. There’s also some very unusual bits, like the scenes with Nick and the crone at crows nest.

What's your favorite book-turned movie?

I think they did a really good job of Divergent. So often they ruin books with bad casting, but the casting was perfect in it.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

My next book is an adult work. It’s called Prunella Smith: Worlds Within Worlds. It’s metaphysical fiction with thriller and fantasy elements, and it has several interconnecting strands of dreams, memories, physical reality, online reality and spiritual experience that wind around a central theme of cyber bullying and stalking. It’s a very unusual book. I’ve released part of it as a short story called Sacred Striptease.

What do you prefer paperback, hardcover, or ebooks?

Ebooks, they don’t take up space and are easier on your eyes because you can set the font size.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Read on!

Character Interview  

Please welcome Twitchet the cat from Tahlia Newland's Diamond Peak Series to Diane's Book Blog.

What is your name? 

Twitchet to you.

Do you have a nickname? 

Twitchet (My real name is revealed at the very end of Eternal Destiny)

What is your hair color? 

Cream, but the stupid author called it ginger, and it’s fur actually.

Eye color? 


How old are you? 

Eons old.

Where were you born? 

Which life are you referring to? I can’t remember the first one, and this time around on earth, it’s probably most correct to say that I ‘appeared’ in this form rather than was born.

Where have you lived since then? 

Anywhere on Diamond Peak near  to the heir to the Blade of Aarod. 

Where do you currently call home? 

Nope. Too hard.

What is in your refrigerator right now? 

Don’t have one, but it would be fish and cream if I did.  

On your bedroom floor? On your nightstand? In your garbage can? 

I don’t have any of those. But I like a sheepskin rug to sleep on.

Who are the people you are closest to? 


Who is your funniest friend? 


What is your biggest fear? 

I’m not afraid of anything.

What is your most treasured possession? 

My mind.

What or who is the greatest love of your life? 

I’m looking forward to finding her.

What is your favorite journey? 

The one to the top of the mountain - always.

Which living person do you most despise? 

Rasama, king of the demons, but he’s not really a person.

What is your greatest regret? 

Can’t remember any, but I probably would have had them in earlier lives.

Which talent would you most like to have? 

I’m quite fond of my shape changing ability, it allows me to get around in the air or the water, anywhere really.

What is the quality you most like in a man/woman? 


What do you most value in your friends? 


Who is your favorite hero of fiction? 


In real life? 


Which living person do you most admire? 


Which words or phrases do you most overuse? 

Walnut, apparently

What is your motto? 

Watch your mind.

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