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#BadMoonRising: Amanda in New Mexico – Ghosts in the Wind #childrensbooks #ghosts

Posted on: October 30, 2019

I’m back from a fabulous time in Canada just in time for Halloween. So it’s fitting that Amanda in New Mexico – Ghosts in the Wind is featured on Teri Polen’s Bad Moon Rising blog today. Check out what I think my spirit animal is.

Books and Such

Today’s author brings a book (a whole series!) for the younger crowd.  I think her spirit animal describes her perfectly, and these questions may have sparked ideas for two more books.  Welcome Darlene Foster!

Would you rather boogie down to Monster Mash or get your groove on to Thriller?

Although Thriller is a great song, I prefer dancing to Monster Mash. It’s from my youth and makes me think of high school dances and all the fun we had. Whenever I hear it, especially around Halloween, I always bop around the house, much to hubby’s embarrassment. I love the line, “Tell them Boris sent you.”

Would you rather be abducted by aliens or a serial killer?

Aliens for sure. They wouldn’t be quite as scary, at least I don’t think so. I imagine they would be friendly and not want to do me harm. They would probably just want to…

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33 Responses to "#BadMoonRising: Amanda in New Mexico – Ghosts in the Wind #childrensbooks #ghosts"

so sorry we missed you when you were at the book signing in Tsawwassen Hope you and Paul are well

Sorry I didn’t get to see you. It was a busy time. Trying to catch up on my rest now. We are all doing fine. Hugs to both of you. xo

I’m in total agreement on Monster Mash and the alien abduction I hope that your Canadian adventures went well. I’m sorry that I missed you when you were here,

It was a very busy time but fun. Maybe next time we can try to meet.

I’m sure your time in Canada was not only productive but fun as well. I’m with you about the aliens, I can’t imagine anyone choosing a killer.

It was. I plan to post about it once I catch my breath. No way do I want to spend time with a killer, rather take my chances with an alien.

Sounds perfect for Halloween. Hope Canada was lots of fun!

It was. I’ll write more about it later

I enjoyed this post, and I was thrilled that you feel a kinship with hummingbirds. I love the little birds, too, and watch them just outside my window in the warm months.

Thanks, Anne. I love watching them as well.

I see other bloggers are playing the “Would you rather” game, which I find fascinating. Next, off to check the link to find out about your spirit animal, Darlene. What an exciting tour you’ve had. Now for some rest. Eh?

Thanks, Marian. I think I’ll sleep for a week. xo

Love this interview Darlene! I agree a hummingbird would be the perfect spirit animal ❤️

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Thanks, Bonnie. We used to do this in Job Club and I always picked the hummingbird. It was so great to see you again and I loved meeting your daughter. xo

This sounds like a lovely series of books, Darlene.

Thanks, Nora. It´s been fun to write them.

I am so happy that someone is writing girl hero books again. I so loved Nancy Drew stories when I was younger (and that was a very long time ago). It is so important for us to have stories like these with young girls in different countries living adventures fearlessly. Young girls need to have heroes they can look up to. I am going to look up your books in our local library in Yucaipa, and if they are not yet carrying the books, they need to be.

We have a lot of young girls in this area who are bullied at school, and I think books like this give them a sort of strength that can help them to get through that. One young girl, age 13, and just blocks away from our senior mobile home park, hung herself because she was bullied so much over her braces. So when I say that young girls need heroes who are also young women, it is more important than I can say. And being a young woman who travels from country to country is an excellent example.

Reading Nancy Drew saved my love of reading when I was in a university studying Archaeology the first time. The reading (most of it in those days) was incredibly boring – so dry that I had to keep drinking water or coffee to get through a lesson. Reading Nancy Drew on the weekends once again (( read her when I was much younger too) made reading worthwhile again. If I can find your books or perhaps get the e-books, I will be sure to write a review for you. I love things like this. Thank you very kindly.

Thank you, Anne. This is exactly why I write these books. I too believe that girls need strong role models. Amanda is a very real girl too as she gets scared, questions herself and makes mistakes like all girls do. I also read Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden and Donna Parker when I was young and those books helped get me through tough times. I do hope you can find my books, most stores can order them if they don´t have them on the shelves. There is always Amazon as well. I really appreciate your comments.

Yep – Monster Mash always made me smile (although I loved Thriller too).
Love that book title – reminded me of the Creedence Clearwater Revival song – which I loved even more than Monster Mash and Thriller combined.

I too loved that CCR song. A funny story for you – When I first heard the song as a child, I thought the words were, “There´s a bathroom on the right.” I got teased a lot about that.

Darlene, lovely to learn more about you in this terrific interview. I loved the questions! I’ve never heard the monster mash until this year (I know, where have I been?!) but wow, great song! Ahhh … what a beautiful choice of the hummingbird for your spirit animal – it has amazing characteristics. Congratulations on your seventh book in the Amanda series – a fantastic feat! Happy Weekend!😀

Thanks so much, Annika. I have to admit I can’t believe I have written and published seven books. I’m sure there are many songs I haven’t heard about either. Glad you discovered the Monster Mash.

When cooking dinner I always have the radio on and this has been one of the most requested songs these past weeks – has me bopping around the kitchen!😀

Congrats again … yep, that’s you! Seven books in one series alone!! Amazing!

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Ooo!!! Hope all is well and your trip was a good one, Darlene.

It was. Will blog about it soon. Getting caught up right now. xo

Wonderful, Darlene! Best to you. 🙂

Fun interview and your latest Amanda books look wonderful!

This is fun. What a challenge.

Lovely to learn more about your incredible work of writing kids books darlene!

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