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First Day of Spring Cover Reveal

Posted on: March 21, 2022

“That is one good thing about this world…there are always sure to be more springs.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea

I hope everyone is enjoying the first day of spring if you live in the Northern Hemisphere. This is typically a time for new birth. So to celebrate, I am revealing the cover of my upcoming new birth, book #9 of the Amanda Travels series.

Amanda in France: Fire in the Cathedral

Amanda is in love! With Paris – the city of love. She’s in awe of the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre and Notre Dame Cathedral. While there, she gets to work as a volunteer and stay in a famous bookstore, along with her bestie Leah and Leah’s eccentric Aunt Jenny. A dream come true for a book lover like Amanda.

Except, while she’s at the Paris Opera House there is a bomb threat. Then the lights go out during their visit to the Louvre. Worst of all, a devastating fire blazes in Notre Dame. Why does a mysterious man, who claims to be a busker, writer and artist, show up every time something bad happens?

Join Amanda as she explores the exciting streets of Paris, the fabulous Palace of Versailles and the colourful gardens of the painter Claude Monet, all the time looking for clues as to who would want to destroy such a beautiful, historic cathedral.

Comments from beta readers:

Children all over the world, impatiently waiting for this latest addition to the Amanda travel series, will not be disappointed! M. Iberg

I found the book compelling in the way a tragic news story has been woven into a mystery for children.  Readers will want to explore more about the famous cathedral after reading this book. S. MacArthur

So, without further ado… Drum roll please… Here it is!

I hope you love it as much as I do.

The book is scheduled to be birthed, I mean released in September 2022.

“If people did not love one another, I really don’t see what use there would be in having any spring.”
― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

82 Responses to "First Day of Spring Cover Reveal"

good luck with the new book Darlene! ❤

Terrific news Darlene – more Amanda on the way!

Thanks, John. Wrote this one during the pandemic.

It was only a matter of time for Amanda to make it to France.

I know, right. I hope everyone enjoys reading this book as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Hi, Darlene – I join you in warmly welcoming Spring.
Congratulations on the upcoming release of Amanda in France — Paris is one of my absolutely favourite cities!

Thanks, Donna. It is indeed a favourite city for many! Amanda loved it.

Congratulations on your newest book. I especially like the name Amanda, my daughter’s name. I hope many readers and libraries discover your series.

Thank you so much. One of my granddaughters is named Amanda too.

I’m excited for you. Marvelous!

Congratulations on this new book, Darlene. What a warm, friendly cover.

Thanks, Jacqui. I love the cover too.

I love the new book cover!
It sounds like an exciting and engaging read for young people!
All the best to you!

Thanks, Wanda. Glad you like the cover.

I do love it and the story sounds fabulous! Congratulations!!

Thanks, Debra. My pandemic project.

Darlene, it is a delight to read about your new book set in Paris.
I do find the cover very beautiful and enticing. Victor Hugo’s quote is very wise. May your book fly on wings of love and fun.


Thank you so much, Miriam. I´ll let you in on a secret, Victor Hugo is mentioned in the book.

Celebrating your every success!

Thanks, Annette. So sweet of you. xo

Beautiful cover, and I love how you incorporated real-life events into the storyline!

What a great cover, and also wonderful photos from the arriving spring, Darlene! Lets follow Amanda to France. As a German i would say “for better eating”. Lol Best wishes, Michael

I am so pleased you like the cover, Michael. There is some great food mentioned in the book, of course.

Congratulations! You have captured the essence of spring, I love the colors! 🙂 🙂

Thank you!! I love the colours of Spring.

Enjoy. Our spring lasts only 1-2 days before snows and cold return. Enjoy Nature!

Congratulations, Darlene! Love the new book cover!

So glad you love the cover. I do too. xo

Great cover, Darlene, and it sounds like the story makes the most of the setting. Good luck with the launch.

Your new cover is lovely, Darlene. So exciting. Congratulations!

It is exciting! Thanks so much.

Perfect cover and perfect time to announce it with spring leaping forward with hope and joy. Thanks, Darlene! 😀

Thanks, Marian. I thought it was a good time to share the cover. Happy spring.xo

Fabulous Darlene! Can’t wait to read it. Congratulations.

Thanks so much! A fan from the start.

Congratulations, Darlene. This book sounds very exciting and the cover is stunning.

Thanks, Robbie. I love the cover too. My publisher does a great job and lets me get involved which is nice.

A beautiful cover, Darlene and an interesting plot. All the best with this book and all your other books in the series. Amanda sure travels a lot! Happy Spring! ❤

Thanks so much, Carol. Yes, she gets around!

Congratulations on your newest book!

I’ll bet Amanda’s latest adventure will prompt some trips to France!

This is EXCITING. I have already pre-ordered the Kindle and Paperback versions. Frances will be very happy to hear this news, Darlene. Many thanks. And congratulations .

Thank you so much, Rebecca. I do hope Francis will enjoy the France adventure.

Fantastic Darlene! This looks utterly charming! Congratulations!

Hey, Dean. Thanks so much, my friend. Charming is what I was hoping for, just like Paris. xo

What a gorgeous cover, Darlene! I can’t wait to read about Amanda’s next adventure. I’ll keep an eye out for it on NetGalley.

Thanks, Teri. I´ll let everyone know when it is available on NetGalley. The manuscript is with my publisher right now. So glad you like the cover.

What a beautiful cover for you upcoming book! Best of luck with the release. Oh, and happy Spring!!

Thanks! So happy that everyone loves the cover. Is it spring in Eastern Canada yet?

It is finally starting to feel like Spring. Most of our snow has melted, the days are getting longer, and the birds are all out and about. We have been getting a lot of rain though. I’m hoping that April (or rather March) showers bring May flowers.

Sounds similar to here in Spain. Way more rain than we are used to but when it stops it will be lovely. Take care. xo

Sounds exciting! Hope it’s a big success.

Congrats on the new book and what a lovely cover! Wishing you all the best success.

Good luck with the new book Darlene! I’m excited to hear more when it is published!

Darlene, I am SO excited! This is an Amanda book I MUST have. I’ve preordered it from Amazon. The beta reader reviews are terrific.

Thanks so much. I had fun writing it.

You’re welcome, Darlene. I know you had fun writing it! And I will have even more fun reading it!!

Oh, and the cover reveal is lovely. Monet, move over.

Nice cover, Darlene. Good luck!

Congratulations on the new book, Darlene! Happy Spring… perfect timing!

Thanks, Bette. The timing couldn’t have been better. Happy Spring to you as well. xo

What a beautiful picture of spring flowers! Congratulations on your new book.

Thanks, Carol. The picture was taken in Monet’s garden in Giverny. Amanda visits this garden in the next book.

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