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Amanda in France on NetGalley

Posted on: June 21, 2022

The final edits are done! Whew. At times it seems as if we will never get there but it always feels so good once we get to this stage.

Amanda in France: Fire in the Cathedral, the ninth book in the Amanda Travels series, is scheduled to be released on September 13, 2022. However, it is now available on NetGalley if you would like a free digital advanced reading copy and are willing to write a review. http://netgal.ly/eLELmj

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 book store, 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 gardens of the painter Claude Monet, all the time looking for clues as to who would want to destroy such a beautiful, historic cathedral.

Here is what beta readers have had to say about Amanda in France:

“Revisiting Paris with Amanda was a roller-coaster ride through the city I once knew so well. A great adventure story, and I couldn’t put it down!”
Maureen Moss, author of The Tour Guide Life – It Could be Yours, More to Life and There’s a Funnelweb on the Floor!

“Amanda’s latest romp around the world’s favourite city of love will appeal to both the armchair traveller and the mystery fan.” Gina McMurchy-Barber Author of The Jigsaw Puzzle King  (Winner of the 2021 Silver Birch Awards) 

“Children all over the world, impatiently waiting for this latest addition to your Amanda travel series, will not be disappointed!” Marion 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.” Sheila MacArthur

A short excerpt for you:

As night fell and the sky grew darker, roaring flames rose higher, painting the sky bright red, orange, and yellow. From inside, the sounds of crackling and falling timbers caused Amanda to shiver when she thought of the destruction. As if at a funeral, the crowd watched silently.

 An immense sadness crushed Amanda’s chest.

Notre Dame before the fire

I am excited to hear what readers think of this adventure.

86 Responses to "Amanda in France on NetGalley"

Congratulations, Darlene. Best wishes on the latest.

Good luck! I hope the book does really well for you 😊

Thanks so much, Clive.

This sounds fascinating. Looking forward to reading about Amanda in Paris!

Way to go, Darlene! Hugs on the wing.

Thanks, Teagan. Seems there’s just no stopping us.

I bet this will do great. You probably have a lot of readers waiting for the next in the series.

Thanks, Jacqui! Many have asked when the next adventure will be available.

I’ve just signed up for NetGalley and requested a review copy.

Thanks, Liz. I do hope you enjoy Amanda’s adventure in FRance.

You’re welcome, Darlene. I’m sure I will.

Frances and I can hardly wait for our pre-order to come through!!!! Always exciting to tag along with Amanda!

Enjoy the armchair travel with Amanda!!

This is awesome, Darlene. Congratulations.

I have three books on my read pile (2 are pressing), but I’ll see if I can read your book before launch day and write a review on that day.

Thanks, Diane. So kind of you. You are also busy writing.

I signed up for Netgalley and requested the book. I wasn’t sure how this process went. I see many publishers use this. I think I looked at Netgalley before, but I didn’t stick with it.

It’s a great way to get some presale interest going and to get some of those much-needed reviews. It really helped with my last book.

Love the cover and the storyline. Sounds like a great addition to the series. Can’t wait to read it!

Thanks, Patricia. I look forward to your review.

Loved the little snippet… chills. That magnificent building! Amanda will have quite the adventure and learning experience in France!

Thanks, Priscilla. Amanda learns a lot while in France. But then isn’t that what travel is all about?

I remember our trip to Paris. I’m sure Amanda in France will remind me of many sights and sounds. Congratulations, Darlene! 😊

I hope it brings back some great memories for you. Paris is such an amazing city. xo

I am going to Paris next month and haven’t seen the destruction. I wish I had time to read about Amanda’s visit before I go! But, when the book is published it will definitely be bought for my granddaughter.

Enjoy Paris! I understand they are making good headway in the reconstruction. I was there one year before the fire and will never forget being inside the nave and hearing the choir sing.

Congratulations, Darlene! Exciting times are ahead and I just know this book will mesmerize readers as have all of Amanda’s other adventures. 🙂

Hi. Well done. 31 responses that’s good too.

Thanks, John. I am pleased.

Congratulations, Darlene. This sounds like a very exciting addition to the series. I’d love to visit all those places in France, especially Monet’s garden. Perhaps I’ll have to do it vicariously through Amanda.

Monet’s garden is spectacular. I hope I do it justice, from the eyes of a twelve-year-old. Nothing wrong with armchair travelling.

Sounds exciting, Darlene. I look forward to reading it.

Congrats on finishing the final edits to your book. That’s exciting that you also have a release date!!

It is exciting. After 9 books in 12 years, you would think I’d be used to this, but I’m still giddy. Thanks!

I have joined Netgally and sent request to read it Darlene

That’s awesome, thanks.

This is the first time I’ve heard about your books and Netgally. I will definitely check it out!

Thank you, Catherine. Amanda and I love getting new readers. The books do not have to be read in order as each one is a stand alone.

Another jaunty feather in your hat, Darlene. Paris…one only has to say its name to get excited! If it’s as enjoyable as your other books, readers are in for a treat. Here’s wishing it every success. Cheers! xx

Thanks, Joy for your encouragement!!

I’ve requested to read Darlene. Looking forward to it. Paris, hey, how could I say no… lol. x

That’s so great! Can’t wait to hear what you think. It was fun to write about Paris.

Yes, it must be fun! Maybe one day I will write a travel memoir about Portugal. 🙂

Congrats on your latest, Darlene 🙂 It sounds like another good one that I will be reading.

Congratulations on your newest book Darlene!! I’ve said it before and I will say it again…our granddaughter will love this series when she masters reading….she starts kindergarten this fall and is already starting to read. Again, congratulations!!

Thanks so much, Kirt! She is growing up so fast.

We just spent this last weekend in LA to be there for her “graduation” from pre-school to kindergarten. They grow up so fast!! Having said that, I am blown away be her abilities to read and write at this age.

Congratulations, Darlene!!!

And then there were nine! Congratulations, Darlene! I think it’s great that you have found such a successful and long-running series. Does Amanda stay the same age throughout, or is she getting older with each book?

Thanks, Pete. Amanda stays the same age in all the books. She is 12, and if I have her become a teenager, I would have to write a different type of book for a different audience. Nancy Drew was the same age for 32 books. (This is why the books do not have to be read in order.)

Hi, Darlene – I have never used NetGallery before but I would love to read Amanda in France and write a review. I am off to try to join up now!

Thanks, Donna. NetGalley is a great way to get some new books and is free to join. I hope it works for you.

This sounds really exciting, Darlene. Can’t wait to read it! Will you be coming to BC this year to promote the book?

I am planning to come to BC in September. I’ll let you know.

I am excited, too! I can’t wait for my preordered hardcopy to arrive in September. I want to feel and turn every page as I read the story.

I know what you mean. So pleased you have pre-ordered it. xo

Congratulations 🎊

AHHHHH CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! SO EXCITED FOR YOUUU

Amazing! Another book already. Well done!

Thanks, Ruth! I hope everyone likes this one.

Thanks, Darlene. I really appreciate all your support.

Sounds great. Tweeted.

Thanks, appreciate it.

Congrats Darlene! I think Notre Dame is slowly being repaired now.

It’s coming along nicely. The goal is to have it done for the 2024 Paris Olympics or at least done to the point of being open to the public and for worship.

Congrats, Darlene! Another one on its way. 🙂

Thanks, Diana! It feels good to have it on its way!

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Congratulations, Marje – I can’t wait to join Amanda in France. Toni x

Enjoy, Toni! What’s not to love about France.

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Congratulations on your new book!

Thanks so much, Wanda!

I loved it! I highly recommend everyone pick it up!

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