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Happy Book Birthday!

Posted on: September 3, 2019

I am so excited! Today is the long-awaited release of the seventh book in the Amanda Travels series. I can hardly believe it has been almost nine years since the birth of my first book, Amanda in Arabia – The Perfume Flask. Since then, Amanda has visited many places. Join me in celebrating book #7!

In Amanda in Holland – Missing in Action, she explores the Netherlands with Leah and falls in love with the country, and an abandoned puppy she names, Joey. While trying to find a home for him, she learns about a missing gardener, tulips that have disappeared and an uncle who didn’t return from the war. Can she find these missing things without putting herself in danger?

Jacqui Murray from Word Dreams has written a fabulous review for Amanda in Holland on her blog. This is part of what she has to say –

The story is told in a conversational voice that will draw all readers in and deftly mixes the cultural details with how Amanda engages in and solves the mystery.

If you haven’t already, you can read the entire review on her blog https://worddreams.wordpress.com/2019/08/09/book-review-amanda-in-holland/

Thank you, Jacqui and everyone who has written reviews, they mean so much to a writer. Thanks to everyone who pre-ordered the book. I hope it has arrived safely. And a huge thanks to everyone who is planning to pick up a copy for themselves or for a gift.

Amanda and I are very excited to hear what everyone of all ages thinks of this adventure.

79 Responses to "Happy Book Birthday!"

Congratulations, Darlene. Very exciting to hear of the release of Amanda in Holland!

Wonderful Darlene.. congratulations.. your promotion going out tomorrow with another early review but will use Jacqui’s in a cafe update end of next week.. enjoy the day hugsxx

Thank you so much, Sally. Really appreciate your ongoing support.

Congratulations Darlene. I’ve enjoyed following along with you and Amanda. Your new book sounds like a lot of fun.

Thanks so much. I love hearing from my followers. xo

I’m not sure why I’m showing up with my family blog – I never did understand WordPress. 🙂 Barbara

So great to hear from you! Hope all is well.

Congratulations Darlene. Very pretty cover.

Thanks so much. It is my favourite cover. xo

Congratulations, on the birth of number 7, Darlene. Great achievement 🙂 Go Amanda!

Thanks, Anne. Seven births and it doesn’t get any easier.

Congratulations, Darlene. It should be really popular, it looks like an exciting read.

Thank you, Cath. I do hope everyone loves it.

I am a newcomer to your books, Darlene. Seems I have a lot of catching up to do!

Thanks. Some armchair travelling and a chance to be a kid again!

Huge congrats, Darlene – exciting times!!

It is indeed exciting times! Thanks.

You ROCK, Darlene! The title SuperMegaWoman certainly applies to you. I’m so proud of you! 🙂

Thanks so much, my friend. You have been such a great supporter of me, my books and my blog. Looking forward to your book which should be out soon. Stay safe from the storm. xo

Huge congratulations Darlene! It must indeed be so exciting. I will look forward to adding this one to the series for our granddaughter.

Thanks, Sue. I’ll be back at Shawnessey Library Oct 5 from 2 – 3. Maybe I’ll see you there. There is a small part of the book you may recognize. xo

Unfortunately we will be leaving Amsterdam that day on our way to Jordan! I would have loved to have seen you again. You have me intrigued so I will need to get a copy to check that out.

Bravo to you Darlene! I have a special person in mind who is just about to enter an age when she can begin to experience these books, and I plan to get her the entire set for Christmas!

Thank you so much, John. I do hope she enjoys them. xo

Hearty congrats, Darlene. Best of luck with this!

Congratulations Darlene! I hope ‘lucky’ book #7 does really well!

I am hoping the same. Thank you so much.

Congratulations, Darlene. I hope it’ll be a huge success!

Wow – congratulations! Having one book out there is an accomplishment, much less the seventh in a series! I’ll have to check out Amanda!

I never in my wildest dreams thought I would have written and published 7 books! Thanks.

It is indeed a happy book birthday, Darlene! Lovely cover and a great review from Jacqui. May this one be Lucky #7 in every way.

Thanks, Audrey. I am very pleased with the review from Jacqui.

What a great feeling of pride you must have, Darlene. Well done!

Thanks, Pete. It is a great feeling of accomplishment.

Congratulatons, Darlene. This is an awesome accomplishment. I agree that the cover looks great!

Congratulations, Darlene. Excited and happy for you!!

Thanks! You will be next.

Way to go Darlene …so very proud of you and all your hard work and passion for writing …look forward to seeing you next month and reading Amanda to my grandson Dylan…..❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

I look forward to seeing you too. Thanks for all your support over the years.

Congratulations!! I am sure the book will be a great success. I will be looking forward to reading it. Is it out on Kindle?

Thanks, Gilda. Yes, it is available on Kindle. Hope you enjoy it!

Congratulations on the Amanda in Holland book! So exciting. Thrilled for you….


Thank you so much, Peta.

This is awesome. Congratulations.

Thanks, Diane. You have been a supporter from the beginning.

Congratulations Darlene. 🙂

Congratulations, Darlene!

Thanks, Stevie! Your support is much appreciated.

Yay Yay Yay! All the covers of your books are wonderful, but I think this one is even the best, most wonderful one so far. You inspire, Darlene. Many many congrats.

Thank you, thank you. This cover is my favourite so far. It really depicts the setting well and the paw prints running across the top lets you know there is a doggy in the story. (funny how that happened soon after I got Dot!)

Dot is truly an inspiration in so many ways. She even inspires ME and I haven’t pet her in person…yet. ❤

Hooray! 😀

Thanks! Feels like a long time coming. More like an elephant gestation.

I’m a little late getting here, but congrats on the new release, Darlene – beautiful cover!

Thanks, Teri. I’m so happy with the cover.

Congratulations, Darlene and what a fabulous review from Jacqui…Amanda is quite a well-travelled young lady now 🙂 x

That she is! She has a few more places to go to as well. Thanks, Carol.

My pleasure, Darlene 😊

Congratulations, Darlene. I have bought my copy.

Thanks so much, Robbie. I can’t wait to hear what you think of it as I value your opinion.

Congratulations! 🙂

Thank you! And thanks for following my blog!

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Congratulations! Did you go to Holland for your research? 7 books – well done! -Rebecca

I did go to Holland to do research. I always make sure I visit the place before I write the book. Thanks, Rebecca.

What a wonderful series. I think I’ll start with Amanda in Spain. : ) Rebecca

Thanks, hope you enjoy it!

I love the type of books you write and can’t wait to have time to get to reading some of them! Congratulations on the birthday of this!!! We need more things like this to read for sure. Thank you kindly.

Thank you so much, Anne, for those kind words. It means a lot to me. xo

Congrats, Darlene! Hard to believe it’s been 9 years! Carry on, Amanda. 🙂

Thanks, Lynn. Who would have thought?? Hope you are doing OK. xo

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