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Amanda in Malta on NetGalley

Posted on: March 27, 2021

It’s six weeks until the release of Amanda in Malta: The Sleeping Lady and I’m getting excited.

Here is what early readers have had to say about Amanda’s latest adventure:

“A missing friend, a mysterious boy . . . Amanda’s holiday on the island of Malta takes you on a fast-paced adventure through ancient forts and fishing villages, sea caves and spooky castles. A real page-turner!”

“I love how the author mixes creativity, imagination and cultural appreciation in her writing – for minds of all ages!”

“Middle-grade readers will be drawn in by the action, pulled forward by the mystery, and absorbed by the colourful backdrop of the Maltese archipelago in the Mediterranean.” 

Amanda in Malta, the eigth book in the series, is now available on NetGalley if you would like a free advanced reading copy and are willing to write a review.


Amanda receives a postcard from her best friend, Leah, and is surprised to learn that she is in Malta with her aunt. Reading between the lines, she senses Leah is in trouble. Desperate to help her, Amanda travels to Malta with her classmate Caleb and his parents.

Amanda is intrigued by this exotic island in the middle of the Mediterranean, full of colourful history, sun-drenched limestone fortresses, stunning beaches and fascinating birds. But…who is killing the protected birds? Who stole a priceless artifact from the museum? And why is Leah acting so strange? She couldn’t possibly be involved in these illegal activities, or could she?

Join Amanda and her friends as they visit ancient temples, an exciting falconry and the enchanting Popeye Village, as they try to get to the bottom of the mystery of the Sleeping Lady.

Check out the trailer I’ve created.

Please share and let your friends know. Thanks!

63 Responses to "Amanda in Malta on NetGalley"

Uh, this sounds interesting!! And I love the trailer. In fact, it’s one of the few book trailers I really like! Well done.

Thanks so much, Christa. That is quite a compliment as I’m not a very technical person. I do have fun creating the trailer through Animoto.

Great. I’ll have to remember that in case I ever want to make one for my books!

I just requested it. I hope you post about how you got onto NetGalley. It would be very interesting.

My amazing publisher does this for me. Thanks for requesting it. I hope you like it. xo

I’ve liked the others I read. I’m expecting this to be a good read!

Look forward to its release. Have visual issues, so have to pass on the a Netgalley copy for review. It looks like another excellent Amanda journey!

I remember that. We will see what we can do. I hope you like this one!

Beautiful setting for this book. I spent a holiday on Malta and drove around taking in some of its history and beautiful buildings. And of course, Popeye. I am sure this will be a great story.


Thanks, Miriam. I visited twice and just loved it. I hope I did it justice.

Darlene, you certainly did justice to the book. Your review got me rather carried away. I hope Leah isn’t involved in the disappearance of the birds 🦅?.

I love your book trailer!! And congratulations on the early reviews, very exciting!!

Thanks so much, Liz. It is exciting.

You’re welcome, Darlene!

I’m heading over to NG right now Darlene!

That´s so great! Hope you enjoy the story and Malta.

Congratulations, Darlene! Six weeks will go fast. It’s always exciting when a new book is released. It never gets old, does it?

This is my 8th book, and it is just like the first time. Thanks so much.

Sounds brilliant, Darlene. We have grandchildren (not mine, obviously, I’m far too young) lined up for Amanda when they’re older. Good luck with her adventures in Malta!

Thank you, Mike. It will be fun to share Amanda´s travels with the little ones.

How exciting! The birth of a new baby. Congratulations, Darlene!

Exactly! Thanks, Pete.

I am ready to go with Amanda! My bags are packed and now I just heard from my mother, Frances, that she wants to come too. A fabulous trailer!

Thanks, Amanda will be happy to have both you and your mother along. Glad you liked the trailer. xo

Congratulations, Darlene!

Thanks so much, Stevie.

Looks good, Darlene. Great video. All the best for the launch.

Thanks, Anne. I appreciate your good wishes.

It looks like Amanda is going to have a lot of mysteries to solve – well done Darlene!

Hope the launch goes well!

Thanks! It won’t be in person this time, I’m afraid. Maybe later.

Congratulations, Darlene! Amanda seems to always have another mystery to solve. 🙂

Thanks, Lynn. As mom would say, “There is always something.”

Congratulations on your new release, Darlene. Your trailer in brilliantly done! Very intriguing!

Thanks, Donna. Glad you enjoyed the trailer.

I like your blog, … Bravo

Congratulations, Darlene, on your forthcoming release. Sharing.

Thank you so much, Robbie!

Darlene, I LOVE the trailer video – it’s wonderful and captivating! The storyline has me hooked and I’ve requested the book from NetGalley (how exciting that your book is with them!) Have a few exciting weeks until publication!

Thanks, Annika. I so hope you enjoy it. xo

Wonderful book trailer, Darlene! I put my name in for a copy of the book 🙂

Thanks, Jacquie. Enjoy the Malta adventure!!

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Sounds wonderful, Darlene. Congrats as the release gets closer! Cheers!

Whoo Hoo- another Amanda book. And by the look of the wonderful trailer, Amanda in Malta will be another winner. 👏

Thank you. I hope everyone has as much fun reading it as I did writing it.

I’m really excited for you and for this one Darlene! My Mum’s family is from Malta (on her mother’s side) so I have a singular affection for the country – even if I haven’t been there (yet!).

I’m looking forward to getting this one

xxx Dean.

I recall you mentioning that at one time. Lucy will enjoy reading about a place her ancestors come from too. It is an amazing place and the people are so wonderful. I hope you enjoy it from Amanda´s viewpoint. Hugs, xo

A beautiful, creative trailer, Darlene. I’ve shared it on Twitter!

Dear Darlene,
congratulation! Wishing you great sales. The trailer is well done 👍
All the best and Happy Easter 🐣
The Fab Four of Cley
🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Thank you so much. Happy Easter to you as well, Klausbernd.

Congratulations! I’ll bet this is as wonderful as your other Amanda books. I love the trailer–very clever!

Thank you, Marcia. Glad you enjoyed the trailer.

Hi Darlene, this sounds amazing. Can it be read as a stand alone, or should we read the books in order?

It can be read as a stand-alone. Thanks for asking. Have a great weekend.

Fabulous. I’m off to Net Galley now to put in a request!

Whoop, whoop! Got it on NetGalley – can’t wait to read it!

That is so great! I hope you like it. xo

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