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Amanda’s Adventures in Holland ARC

Posted on: May 7, 2019

We are almost there. Amanda in Holland – Missing in Action has been edited and edited and edited some more. How could I miss so many commas and how did all those ‘ly’ words sneak in? And what is with the word just? I just use it too often. However, I am very happy with this book and am pleased to announce it is available on NetGalley for a free e-version for those of you who would like to read an ARC (Advanced Reading Copy) and possibly write a review. You can access the e-book here.

Amanda is in Holland to see the tulips with her best friend, Leah. She travels the canals of Amsterdam, visits Anne Frank House, checks out windmills and a wooden shoe factory, and takes pictures of the flowers of Keukenhof Gardens. She is keen to find out what happened to her great uncle who never returned from WWII and was declared missing in action. What she doesn’t expect to find and fall in love with is Joey, an abandoned puppy. While trying to find a home for him, she meets Jan, a Dutch boy who offers to help, a suspicious gardener, a strange woman on a bicycle, and an overprotective goose named Gerald. Follow Amanda around the charming country of Holland, filled with colourful tulips, windmills, and more bicycles than she could have imagined. Once again, intrepid traveller Amanda encounters danger and intrigue as she tries to solve more than one mystery in a foreign country.

Here is a short excerpt

They disembarked at the next stop in front of a shop with large wheels of cheese piled high outside the door. Once inside, the sour milk scent of cheese greeted them.

A cheerful girl in a pointy white hat with wings on each side handed out samples.

“Yum, this cheese is so good.” Amanda smacked her lips. “Let’s buy some for a snack later.”

Mr. Anderson took out his wallet. “Good idea. We’ll take a wedge of Gouda and one of that one we just sampled.” He pointed to the cheeses.

“You mean the Edam?” asked the sales clerk. “These are good choices.”

While Leah’s father paid for the purchase, the girls went outside. Amanda heard a whimpering sound. “Did you hear that?” she asked Leah.

“Did I hear what?”

“A sound like a baby or a baby animal. I think it came from over there.” Amanda pointed at a large garbage can across the road. “There it is again!” She stepped off the curb.

“Amanda, watch for bikes!” Leah shouted.

One whizzed past, barely missing Amanda. She didn’t even notice. She headed for a cardboard box sitting beside the smelly garbage. Bending over, she opened it. Curled up in the bottom, a brown and white puppy, with the biggest chocolate brown eyes she had ever seen, stared up at her.

The puppy whimpered and put his head between his front paws.

Amanda in Holland – Missing in Action will be released on September 1, 2019 and is available for pre-order.

An example of the gorgeous flowers Amanda sees while in Holland.

60 Responses to "Amanda’s Adventures in Holland ARC"

Congratulations, Darlene. I couldn’t help smiling at your editing comment because I am also guilty of using just far too often. I have cut down my use of that. My tutor on a writing course pointed out I’d used that about 500 times in one 3,000 word chapter!

I know. There are other words I use to often but that one “just” annoys me!

Exciting! Well done you. yes, I’m just the same just use just far too many times 🙂

That is just so funny!!

Can’t wait to read this, Darlene.

Thanks, hope you like it.

Congrats–just downloaded it from NetGalley and hope to read it today if I can ever get my house back in order from being gone 9 days! I know it is going to be excellent!

Thanks, Beth Ann. I know what it’s like when you’ve been away. xo

I agree with Mary Smith too! I am amazed at how many repeated words I have written, and have edited the darn thing 10 times! Mine was “as if”. And guess what — I registered! I didnt know something like this existed. I am looking forward to reading and review. I learn so much from you!

We learn from each other in this business. I hope you enjoy it.

Oh goodness those irritating fillers. I’m a ‘so’ fanatic… just so… glad you’ve another baby taking flight too.

Thanks, Geoff! I am almost up to Queen Victoria in my making of (book) babies.

Awesome Darlene! Am going to register for NetGallery and greatly look forward to reading this next Amanda adventure.

Thanks, Irene. Look forward to hearing what you think of it.

Well done and do we still have a chapter for the end of the month

Thanks, John. Glad you are enjoying Florida.

Sounds fascinating – well done!

Congrats on the upcoming release, Darlene!

Darlene, congratulations! How long will it be available on NetGalley?

Thanks. I’m not sure but it is usually on for a month or more.

I have been deeply (an “-ly” word) immersed in edits this week. I’m almost cross-eyed. Is the end in sight. I think so.

Congrats on your ACReaders, Darlene, a MILESTONE!

It’s OK to have a few ly words! Editing can be tedious but necessary. And just when you think you found every little thing, you find another one!

I see someone earlier said she signed up for NetGalley. I filled out the form twice, because I would like to read your book. I’m sure it’s a marvelous read, and I’ve enjoyed your blog for a while. After clicking “register” I tried to sign in, but the program did not recognize me. Perhaps there is something wrong on my end. I tried, and I’m sorry it didn’t work.

So sorry it didn´t work for you Anne. I´ll see what I can do from my end.

Thank you for checking. I might try again using a different computer.

Let me know how you make out with NetGalley. I sent you a PM as well.

We had unexpected house guests, so I will be 24 hours behind. I want to look at NetGalley again as soon as I can.

Congrats, Darlene! I hope Amanda has a great adventure in Holland. 🙂

Fabulous, Darlene! Loved that shot of the flowers, too. I know what you mean about editing and re-editing…

Editing is the bane of writers worldwide. But worth it n the end. Thanks for dropping in.

Congratulations Darlene. I have many fond memories of visiting Holland and The Keukenhof Gardens. Awesome.

The Keukenhof Gardens are something else. Glad I brought back some good memories.

Congratulations, on your newest book, Darlene. When it’s released, I’d be happy to buy a copy and review it at that time, but if you’d prefer I can register with NetGalley, although I don’t know much about NetGalley.

Thanks, Debra. Whatever way you prefer to read the book is fine with me. NetGalley is a good way to get a few Advanced Reading Copies out to get some feedback and reviews. But they are ebooks and not final copies. I plan to be in Vancouver this fall to do some readings and signings.

Wonderful. Let me know when, and I’ll try to attend!

I’m just so darn pleased for you….and for all of your readers!

That is so sweet of you to say!!

Fabulous news, really enjoyed the snippet!

Congrats Darlene! Enjoyed this little teaser.

Glad you enjoyed it!

Congratulations Darlene! Loved having that little snippet preview. Another great read to add to the collection for our Granddaughter.

Thanks, Sue. Glad you liked the little snippet.

I love the cover of this book, Darlene. I agree that editing goes on forever. I am going to read Amanda in Spain soon. It really interests me.

Thanks! I love this cover too. My favourite so far. xo

Congratulations, Darlene. The cover is just wonderful! I’ll certainly be letting Miss Charlotte know you’ve another book coming out. She has loved every one she’s read so far.

Thanks, Laura. Glad to hear Miss Charlotte is an Amanda fan.

This carpet of flowers is really something 😍

It was amazing to see. Thanks for dropping by.

Loved your editing comments….have been through the process with my step mother when she published her book….so easy to miss so many small things as most of us read what we expect. It is an arduous task, but so worth it….love the cover…my best to you with the release of your newest book!!!

Thank you, Kirt. So you what I mean. Just when you think you got them all, another one shows up. Perhaps the gremlins sneak them in while you are sleeping. I appreciate the good wishes.

Congrats to you! This post brought back lovely memories of a visit we had to Holland when we were there in the tulip season and took the train from Amsterdam out into the countryside to walk in the tulip park. It was absolutely delightful.

Interesting to think that Amanda, who is of course ageless, still would be in the same age range as Ann Frank and could relate to her life.

Peta and Ben

Thanks so much, Peta and Ben. I remember reading Anne Frank’s Diary when I was Amanda’s age and relating to her. I appreciate how you get that Amanda is ageless. Holland is indeed delightful, especially in the spring. I so enjoyed writing about it. xo

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