Curse of Stars
(Diamond Crier #1)
Publication date: February 19th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Sabi Perez is the last Diamond Crier, only she doesn’t know it. Not until a crazed ruler from another world comes to collect her priceless tears and won’t take no for an answer.
Living in New York, Sabi’s seen some nasty things, but the lengths to which her captor will go to keep his crown are things found only in the darkest nightmares. Afraid and alone, Sabi finds solace in her cellmate, Anya, and Cabal, a fellow Crier who also has powers, a rare combination that buys his favor from the ruler. Only it’s a favor he doesn’t want.
In a fit of rage, power erupts out of Sabi, the same power Cabal has, and a spark of hope ignites. Together they may have a chance at escape, something no other Crier has done. Except a ruler hellbent on draining them of every last diamond tear isn’t their only hurdle. If they escape they’ll be hunted to the ends of the earth, if they survive the trek to safety. If they stay the ruler will leech them dry. Sabi would rather die trying than lie down and die, even if that means running away into even more danger.
“. . . vividly imagined and deftly plotted dark fantasy . . .” BookLife Prize in Fiction
normally write in silence and I can count the number of times a playlist has popped up for a story on one hand with fingers to spare. It’s just not my natural state in writing. I get too easily distracted by it. But if I had to choose some songs that related to CURSE OF STARS in some way, below would be it (in no particular order).
- Cry Little Sister (Theme Song to The Lost Boys) – Gerard McMann (G Tom Mac, original movie version)
- Biting Down – Lorde
- Yellow Flicker Beat – Lorde
- Hey Man, Nice Shot – Filter
- Kiss with a Fist – Florence and the Machine
- Bad Kids – Lady GaGa
- Toy Soldiers – Martika
- Welcome to the Black Parade – My Chemical Romance
- Are We All We Are – P!nk
- Games Without Frontiers – Peter Gabriel
- This Is War – Thirty Seconds to Mars
- Closer to the Edge – Thirty Seconds to Mars
- Youth of America – Birdbrain
- Don’t Fear the Reaper – Gus (remake, original by Blue Oyster Cult)
So, yeah. It’s a pretty eclectic mix of music, but it’s all fitting.
Donna has been writing since she was in the single digits when she first realized she needed to do something about all the thoughts in her head. After a stint with bad poetry she finally found her way to novels, mainly of the young adult fantasy variety. When she’s not cranking out more stories she works a regular 9 to 5, reads anywhere from 2 to 3 books a week, drinks copious amounts of tea, eats way too much, and makes her own beauty products because her skin turns into a sentient hive if she uses anything else. This is mostly because she lives in the desert where the air siphons water clean out of her. She lives with a man named Steve and several quadrupeds: three cats named Renfield, Sam, and Dean; and a MinPin named Malfoy.