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The Big Day is Here!!

Posted on: May 11, 2021

It always seems like such a long time between the day you type The End and when your book is actually released to the public. But when that day arrives, it is always exciting, no matter how many books you have written. Things are different this year so my launch for Amanda in Malta: The Sleeping Lady will be virtual. At least for now. I wish to thank all the wonderful people who have offered to help me with this virtual launch and those who have posted reviews and guest posts leading up to this day. I am one lucky girl to have so many people on my street team!!

Jacqui Murray is starting off the tour. Jacqui so kindly chatted with me on ZOOM and gave me some super ideas on how to do a virtual blog tour. She writes amazing prehistoric sagas and offers great writing and technical advice on her blog. As well as a glowing review, she asked me a couple of questions and included an excerpt from Amanda in Malta. Hop over and enjoy.

Another Great Amanda Travel Book

Posted on  by JACQUI MURRAY

I’m so excited to be part of Darlene Fosters launch of her eleventh Amanda book–Amanda in Malta: The Sleeping Lady. This is a wonderful series that take kids all over the world to not only solve mysteries but visit some of the planet’s exquisite sights.

Before we get to my review of this book (spoiler: This Amanda story is great) and let you read an excerpt that will whet your appetite, I had the opportunity chat with Darlene about this book:

Why did you choose Malta as the setting for this adventure?

When I started to write this series, my goal was to introduce readers to interesting locations that may not be that well known. Malta is one such place. It’s not a country many people get to or know much about. My husband and I visited Valletta, the capital, for half a day while on a cruise. We loved it and decided to return for a week a year later. While we were there, I kept saying, “Amanda would love it here.” So, it was not surprising that I choose Malta for Amanda´s next adventure.

Read more here


Here is the schedule for the month long blog launch tour. These are all amazing blogs and well worth checking out.

May 11 Jacquie Murray https://worddreams.wordpress.com/

May 15 Robbie Cheadle https://www.robbiecheadle.co.za/

May 18 Miriam Hurdle https://theshowersofblessings.com/

May 21 Anne Mehrling https://amehrling.com/

May 24 Kim Barker https://cadburypom.wordpress.com/

May 27 Nancy Blodgett Klein https://spainwriter.home.blog/

May 30 Shirley Healy https://therapybits.com/

June 2 Debra Purdy Kong http://www.debrapurdykong.com/

June 5 Michele Somerville https://michelesomerville.blog/

June 7 Meg King-Sloan https://meggiesadventures.com/

June 11 Lisa Day https://booktime584.wordpress.com/

Thank you everyone for your support and encouragement. I am feeling the love!
One of the colourful doors and unique door knockers of Malta

92 Responses to "The Big Day is Here!!"

This is wonderful, Darlene – congratulations on the release of Amanda in Malta! 🙂

Thank you so much!!

Congratulations Darlene! How exciting – enjoy the launch. All the best for the blog tour and for the book’s onward journey.

Thank you for the good wishes, Anne.

Congratulations, Darlene, and good luck with the book tour!

Thanks, Stevie. I didn´t even need to buy a new outfit for the launch!!

Congratulations on birthday yet another book baby! You’ve already begun a successful marketing campaign and now a book tour.

Thanks to for posting the blue door, which reminds me of the quote: “Not knowing when the dawn may come, I open every door” by Emily Dickinson. You are a door opener and a trailblazer! 🙂

Thanks for such a wonderful message. I have always loved that Emily Dickinson quote. The doors in Malta were awesome.

Uh-oh, that should have been “birthing”–not “birthday”!

No problem. I thought that’s what you meant. xo

Hi. And well done. Here’s to the next one.

Thanks for your help and encouragement. It means a lot.

Congratulations, Darlene, great news that your book baby is now available.

Thanks, Robbie. It always seems a long road, doesn´t it.

Congratulations, Darlene. That’s awesome! 🙂

Congratulations on the new release!


On Tue, 11 May 2021, 13:12 Darlene Foster’s Blog, wrote:

> Darlene posted: ” It always seems like such a long time between the day > you type The End and when your book is actually released to the public. But > when that day arrives, it is always exciting, no matter how many books you > have written. Things are different this year ” >

Thanks, Sue. I appreciate your support and suggestions while I was writing this book.

Many congratulations! Wishing you every success with the latest book!!

That’s an awesome doorknocker!

There were so many interesting doorknockers.

Congratulations, Darlene! As you know I’m a huge fan of your book and will enjoy being reacquainted with it during your blog tour. Have a fabulous launch!

Thanks! Your review was wonderful too. I am so pleased with the reception this book is getting.

I’m honored to kick off your tour, Darlene. You have a wonderful book on your hands. I should have asked one more question: Where do you go next?

Thanks again for all your help. Amanda will be going to France next!

So very very cool! I am so proud of you! You and your writings are an inspiration to us all! 💗

Thank you. You are so kind.

Congratulations Darlene! I am a true Amanda fan, and looking forward to her Malta adventure!

Thanks, Irene. You’ve been a fan from the start.

Good luck! Hope it goes really well for you!

Thanks, Clive. I appreciate that.

Looking forward to taking part!

Congrats again, Darlene! Have a wonderful tour and I’ll see you in your travels!

Thanks so much. I am sure feeling the love today!!

Exciting news, Darlene!!! I am thrilled to be a witness to this event and am looking forward to receiving my copy in the mail box. Congratulations!

Thanks, Rebecca. It should be there soon. I believe they were all sent out today. I still don’t have mine!!

Sending you a virtual bouquet on your new release, Darlene – I adored this story and Amanda and her friends!

Thank you so much, Teri. Your wonderful review was a great bouquet!!

Congratulations, Darlene, on the release of Amanda in Malta! I’m excited for you!!

Thanks, Liz!! It´s a great feeling.

You’re welcome, Darlene!

Sending a BIG congratulations, Darlene. This is an awesome accomplishment. A great review by Jacquie! 😀

Thanks, Donna. It is a super review!!

So happy for you, Darlene! Waiting for the day when we can meet in person once again and I can buy my copy directly from you!

Thanks, Debra. It will happen. We will see each other soon. xo

I’m excited when the big day comes for any author because I know our stories are like our babies. I guess the only question on my mind is where Amanda will go next? I think I read somewhere that you are already in the middle of another Amanda project. Way to run with it!

Thanks, Pete. It is very much like birthing a baby. Amanda will be going to France next, all being well.

Woot! Congratulations, Darlene! Hugs on the wing.

Thanks, Teagan!! Hugs back. xo

Great news. Let’s see it fly!!

Thanks, my friend!!

Congratulations, Darlene. Here’s to lots of sales and more fab reviews.

Thank you so much, Mary!! xo

Congratulations Darlene for bring another great book into the world! You have a busy schedule but I’m sure you will handle it the way you always. You are such an inspiration!

Thanks, Laura. We both published our first book around the same time and look how far we have come. It’s been a great journey. xo

Big congrats on your new book, Darlene. So happy for you!

Hooray! I just got an email from Amazon letting me know the book is available.

Hey Darlene,
Congratulations! It’s published! Good luck on the next phase.

Thanks, Marion for your input, critique and encouragement!!

Congrats on your big release, Darlene- exciting!

Thanks, Jacquie. It never gets old, does it?

Congratulations Darlene! Looking forward to receiving my copy. I had a message from Amazon saying there was a delay so hopefully it will be here soon.

I have heard from a few Canadians that there has been a delay. Hope it arrives soon. And I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for ordering the book.

Great news of the release of your next Amanda series! Many congratulations and I hope it gets the right reception as expected. Read the prologue and it’s quite interesting to captivate readers of all ages. Good luck and best wishes.

Thank you very much.

Congrats on the release of your newest book in the series!!

Thanks so much, Kirt.

I shall look forward to reading it! ❤

Thanks, Carol Anne!!

many congrats! wonderful news! would you be so kind as to guest blog post for my site? If you’re so inclined, here’s a link to general guidelines: https://wp.me/p6OZAy-1eQ

I would love to do a guest post for your site. It will be after my blog tour. Thanks for the congrats.

that would be lovely 🙂

Love how you are doing a blog launch tour. That’s fabulous!

We do what we need to do. It’s also great to learn something new and to know you can do it!

Thanks for leading the way. : )

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