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Great review, a bucket list and one from the archives

Posted on: November 14, 2017

I love my blogging community. Everyone is so supportive and I am delighted when I´m featured on their blogs.

Robbie Cheadle and her son Michael have been reading the Amanda Travels books and recently wrote a wonderful review on Robbie’s blog. This is what she had to say about Amanda in Arabia – the Perfume Flask

The story was sufficiently fast-paced to keep him interested and he wanted to read every night [instead of his usual practice of procrastinating for as long as possible before getting down to his reading]. I enjoyed the book too and thought the language was pitched at the right level for a middle school reader. 

You can read the rest of the review here


Please check out her blog. Robbie and her son not only write exciting children’s books featuring Sir Chocolate, they create the most amazing things out of fondant. The series of books about Sir Chocolate and his friends are also cookbooks. Each book includes a children’s story written in poetry form about the world of Sir Chocolate and five recipes that children can make with adult supervision. How cool is that?


Fishing boy cake created by Robbie Cheadle. Love those fondant cows!

My good blogging friend, Sally Cronin is running a feature on her blog called The Ultimate Bucket List and invited us to share two things on our personal bucket list. If you want to know what mine are read on.


Sally has also asked us to share posts from our archives. I decided to share one of mine from three years ago that features inspiration for my most recent book, Amanda in New Mexico-Ghosts in the Wind.


Sally, a talented writer herself, works tirelessly at promoting other writers. She is like the Fairy Godmother of Writers and we all appreciate everything she does. Check out her blog Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life if you haven’t already. There is something for everyone.


The Fairy Godmother of writers and bloggers



Check out this and Sally´s other amazing books https://www.amazon.com/Sally-Cronin/e/B0096REZM2

Thank you to everyone who reads, likes, shares and comments on my posts. It makes my day!!

44 Responses to "Great review, a bucket list and one from the archives"

Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
Darlene Foster celebrating reviews and also her contributions to the Posts from the Archives which are being much enjoyed..

Thanks very much Darlene for the mention and the great promo.. hugs xx

My pleasure. It’s the least I can do.

An excellent review, Darlene. Yes, when a child WANTS to read the book, that speaks volumes. Robbie is terrific!

Thanks! That just made my day when Robbie wrote that. This is the kind of review that makes it all worthwhile.

What a great post with so many great links to click over to! Thanks, Darlene, for your inspiration and your creative spirit that inspires so many!

Thanks so much for stopping by, Beth Ann and for those kind words. xo

Wonderful review, Darlene – and I love seeing Robbie’s creations.

Thanks for stopping by Teri. Robbie´s creations are amazing!

Thank you so much, Darlene, for the lovely promotion of Michael and my books. I am so glad you liked the review.

My pleasure and thanks again for the review. I am so pleased you both enjoyed Amanda´s Travels. I love your amazing baking creations!

A lovely tribute in gratitude, Darlene ❤

Great blog, Darlene, and I love the photos. I’ll have to check out Sally Cronin’s blog!

Glad you like my blog, Debra. You will enjoy Sally´s as well. Very informative.

How great to get personal notes of appreciation and reviews from readers. Love the fishing boy cake. So clever.

Thanks. It is always a boost when I get a review like that. That cake is as are all Robbie´s creations.

I find the blogging community are very supportive of one another, which makes it even more special and a very happy place to be. 👍

You can never be lonely when you are part of a blogging community. ❤

Darlene, a lovely post rightly singing the praises of two wonderful and prolific bloggers. Robbie is so talented and I love her creations and she still has time for reviews etc…a delightful one of your book! I love how she includes her son’s reaction. Sally is an amazing woman and your description is spot on – the Fairy Godmother of Wrtiers!! Popping over to have a look at your posts there. Hugs xx

There are so many great bloggers and I was happy to feature two of them. I have met so many good folks through Sally!

Congrats on the great review Darlene. Writers (and even some bloggers) have all sorts of motivations and inspirations, but there’s nothing like a good old unsolicited testimonial. And I bet that in this world of video-game addicted kids, it must feel wonderful to know that you can write books that actually make kids want to read. ~James

Thanks so much. So great to hear from you, James. It did make me feel good to know kids will still read a book if it holds their interest. I believe books that involve travel to other parts of the world will always be of interest to certain youngsters.

I think when you get such a glowing review from a child it may be the greatest compliment of all!

You are so right! It is the best.

That’s a terrific review, and it was interesting to read your bucket list items. I agree with you that blogging is an incredibly positive experience, it’s such a warm and welcoming community. Incidentally, your book covers look beautiful all bunched together on Sally’s blog.

Thanks! I do like how they look with all new covers. When I was doing my book tour in Canada, many people bought sets and they looked great together. I really hope to meet you one day, Lorna. Scotland is on my list.

That would be lovely, Darlene. 🙂

I’m racing over to all the links. You’re keeping me busy! 😆

Well, I don´t want you to be idle and get into trouble, do I?

🙂 My apologies, I don’t think I’ll get to the black and white photos on FB though. Sigh, We’ll see if I can come up with anything. But there’s a lot of links here…!!!

Don´t worry about the B & W challenge on Facebook. Glad you enjoyed the links! I´m sure we will meet up at some point. Hugs.xxoo

I’m putting the idea out to the universe (that you and I will meet in person sometime- maybe at a writers/bloggers conference!!!).

Your blog today made me smile! I will definitely go find Sir Chocolate!

Always happy to bring a smile! You will love Sir Chocolate.

Thanks for this lovely post Darlene, I’m going to check out the links now. Have a good week.

Thanks, Barbara. You will enjoy the links.

Thanks for this, Darlene, and especially for including Sally as a blogger and author. She is wonderful.

I know, so many of us owe a lot to Sally. She is amazing! Glad you enjoyed it.

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