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Book Release, Giveaway and Tips from a Pro

Posted on: October 5, 2017

Book six in the Amanda Travels series, Amanda in New Mexico – Ghosts in the Wind has been officially released on Amazon, Kobo and other sites. A recent reviewer stated: This story combines a good young adult adventure story with hints of the paranormal while also providing some well placed educational material lightly in the text and great ideas for other young people to aspire to.

Thank you to everyone who has already purchased a copy of the book. I do hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. If you like the story, a short review would be most welcome.

To celebrate, we are featuring a fabulous giveaway that includes a copy of the book, a colouring book, the cutest little ghost stuffy, cookie cutters and an Amazon gift certificate. All in time for Halloween!!


You can enter this great giveaway here:


Please note it’s only available to US & Canadian entries. Any international winners will be granted digital copies of the full Amanda Travels series.

And there´s more! I was honoured to be invited to be a guest on The Maltese Tiger´s Tips From a Pro.  My responses to his excellent questions.

Do you think that creative writers need to pursue a formal education, or can you learn the craft on your own?

Foster: I think creative writers need to continue learning as long as they breathe. But I don’t believe they need a formal education, although it certainly doesn’t hurt. But not having a formal education should never stop one from writing. There are so many ways to learn and improve the craft of writing. Reading everything you can get your hands on will always be the best teacher. I’m a great believer in workshops and seminars, both in person and online. Critique groups also provide a fount of knowledge. Hanging around other writers, not just those who write in your genre, can teach you so much. Every time I attend a writers’ conference, I come away feeling like I just received a degree.

What kind of research do you do when writing a book or story?

Foster: I usually start my research during my travels by being curious, taking a lot of pictures, keeping notes and chatting with people. When I return home and start the story, I do more detailed research on certain topics I plan to include in the book, usually on the internet.

Read the rest of the interview here and leave a comment if you wish.

Don´t forget to enter the giveaway http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/4e6fad2120/?

I hope everyone is having a super autumn, whether you are basking in the sun or enjoying the freshly fallen snow, it is always a lovely time of the year. Life is good!



29 Responses to "Book Release, Giveaway and Tips from a Pro"

The finished product is wonderful, here in time for Hallowe-en, but I sense you enjoy the research as well. Blessings, Darlene!

I do enjoy the research. I am very happy with the finished product.


Thank you for sharing your helpful thoughts on my blog, and congratulations on your newest book!


Thanks! Pleased to be a guest on your blog.

Excellent Q&A here. I’m so impressed with your promotional abilities! Congrats again on the release of your newest book. 👏

Thanks. He had some great questions.

Great interview responses…as always! Amanda in New Mexico is on my order list for Amazon Kindle! Looking forward for reading it!

Thanks, Irene. I hope you like this one.

Congratulations once again, Darlene. Being curious, interested in the details of your new surroundings and chatting to people is indeed a good recipe for getting more out of any trip. Of course, there is the added bonus in your case, of new story lines.

Thanks, Catherine! I am been fortunate to get many story ideas out of my travels.

I like the little ghost stuffy, that’s an enticing giveaway and an ideal pack of goodies to go with your new book and the Halloween theme. Woooooo!

That little ghost is so cute. Glad you like the assortment!!

There’s nothing I’d rather color in than skulls.

Rent Free. Sustainable. NYC.

They are fun to colour! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Congratulations on your new book. All the very best with it. x

Thanks so much. We just can´t seem to stop writing, can we??

Congratulations on your new book, Darlene. Great answers to the questions.

Have just entered for the cute giveaway Darlene. Congrats on your new release. Always makes me smile thinking of your ongoing success in publishing. Dreams can come true.

It is always a good day when you cause someone to smile (and not just for being goofy!) Good luck with the draw.

Lovely interview, Darlene. And congrats on the new book! I love the cover ~ made the Southwest call to me once again 🙂 ♥

I am very happy with the cover of this book. I hope this book encourages folks to visit this amazing part of the world.

Congrats on the new book Darlene. I’ve entered and shared. 🙂

Thanks, DG and good luck!!

Thanks Darlene. 🙂

Congratulations Darlene. May you sell many copies.

Entered! Congrats on your new release! 😀

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