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Here is my picture for Day 3 of the 5 day challenge.

The Five Day Challenge is: Post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge.

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 Darlene in the Desert

This is a picture of me in the desert of the United Arab Emirates. I visited a friend, a few years ago, who was working there at the time. I had such an amazing experience. When I returned home, I knew I had to write about it.  Six months later, I started a story about a twelve year old girl who travels to the UAE and has an adventure. This story eventually became Amanda in Arabia – The Perfume Flask, my first published novel. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. In my case it turned out to be fifteen thousand words. Like me, Amanda has done more travelling since.

Now I would like to nominate Fatima Saysell at Welcome to My World  to do the 5 day challenge. Fatima was born and raised in Spain, lives in England and travels to France for holidays whenever she can. Hop on over to her blog where she shares great pictures and writes about her wonderful camping trips to France.

I am having fun with this challenge, hope you are enjoying the short daily posts.

These past six months have been quite crazy. Moving to another country is not for the faint of heart. There is so much to learn. Since travelling around for the first month, we have lived in three different places. It feels good to be in a more permanent place now. It goes without saying that my writing has taken a back seat. I´ve been working on the fifth book in the Amanda series, but it has been slow going.

However, I was fortunate to be introduced to Pablo Solares Acebal, from Ediciones Camelot, by Mary Barr, a fellow writer from Canada.  Pablo agreed to translate and publish my story, Pig on Trial, as a bi-lingual book called Cerdito a juicio. I am very pleased with the final result.

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The book is written in English on one page and Spanish on the opposite page.

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The Blurb:

What is Sebastian to do? The family pig, Frederick, is on trial and Sebastian can’t seem to do anything to save him from this injustice. He is, after all, only a child. Children and adults can read this exciting medieval tale in both English and Spanish. A great way for individuals to learn English or Spanish by reading the story in both languages, at the same time.

Don´t you just love the cover!

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It is now available on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Cerdito-juicio-Spanish-Edition-Darlene/dp/8494369008

Please check it out.

I´m currently offering a give-away to one of my blog readers. All you need to do is make a comment and on June 12 I will pick one commenter of this blog post to receive a free copy of Cerdito a juicio.

So I haven´t been totally idle, lazing away in the sun as you thought. (well maybe a little)

 

A Winner!

Posted on: May 25, 2015

This was in my email box earlier today:

Darlene,

Congratulations ! ! ! Your book won Cover Wars and is now our Book Of The Week. We have begun sharing the wonderful news. Have a great week.

Sincerely,

Author Shout

Thank you so much for your votes! I have an amazing support group. This was a fun contest and the competition was close. Amanda in Alberta is now Book of The Week!

http://authorshout.com/

I have entered a competition called Cover Wars. If I get the most votes, Amanda in Alberta – The Writing on the Stone will be featured as Book of The Week. Please vote for Amanda. You can vote once a day until next Sunday, May 24. Thanks heaps!!
http://authorshout.com/cover-wars/

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Click here to vote  http://authorshout.com/cover-wars/

Children’s Book Week Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet Giveaway 2015

Enter to win a Kindle Fire 7″, Kids Edition Tablet + a $50 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash (US) OR a $200 Amazon gift card (US) OR $200 PayPal cash (International). Open now. Ends May 31, 2015.
I am a sponsor for this giveaway on Mother and Daughter Book Reviews. Visit the site and enter to win!
There are many great author sponsors. Check out all the books listed. You may see an Amanda book there as well.
Good Luck!!
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Amanda in Alberta

I am honoured to be featured on Sharon Ledwith´s blog. I came. I saw. I wrote. She is also offering a give-away of an Amanda  e-book if you comment on her post.

Spotlight on a Book Series: Darlene Foster and the Amanda Travel Adventure Series

I want to thank and welcome wonderful (and well-traveled) MG author, Darlene Foster for sharing her personal experiences on writing a book series and showcasing her middle grade adventure series the Amanda Travel Adventure series with us on my blog today.

BONUS: One lucky reader will win an Amanda Travel Adventure ebook of their choice just by leaving a comment! Don’t forget to leave your contact info for a chance to win, and good luck! So let’s get this interview rolling…

 

Where did you get your idea and inspiration to write the Amanda Travel Adventure series, Darlene?

I was inspired by an amazing trip I took to the United Arab Emirates. While I was there, I felt as excited as a twelve year old. I decided it would be a great setting for a children´s book. I created the character of Amanda, an average girl who wishes for travel and adventure as she blows out the candles on her twelfth birthday. The next day an airplane ticket arrives in the mail for her to visit her aunt and uncle who live in the UAE. What follows is an adventure of a life time. Once Amanda got the travel bug, she had to see more interesting places. I suppose I created Amanda because as a child, I wanted to see the world.

Read the rest  of the interview here

 

Sharon Ledwith is the author of the middle-grade/young adult time travel series, THE LAST TIMEKEEPERS, and is represented by Walden House (Books & Stuff) for her teen psychic series, MYSTERIOUS TALES FROM FAIRY FALLS. When not writing, researching, or revising, she enjoys reading, exercising, anything arcane, and an occasional dram of scotch. Sharon lives a serene, yet busy life in a southern tourist region of Ontario, Canada, with her hubby, one spoiled yellow Labrador and a moody calico cat.

Please pop over and leave a comment. Amanda and I will appreciate it.

 

Darlene:

Amanda Jane Ross is being featured today!

Originally posted on Laurel A. Rockefeller Books:

Amanda in ArabiaSeries the character belongs to (if any): Amanda travel adventure series

Character name: Amanda Jane Ross

Parents names: Don and Evelyn Ross

Place of Birth: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Books appearing in:Amanda in Arabia-The Perfume Flask, Amanda in Spain-The Girl in the Painting, Amanda in England-The Missing Novel, Amanda in Alberta-The Writing on The Stone

Profile:   Amanda is an average North American girl who dreams of travel and adventure. Her kind, caring and curious nature gets her into trouble as she can´t stop helping people in need. She discovers she is brave and resourceful when she finds herself in trouble while traveling in foreign countries.

Ideal actor or actress to play in a film adaptation: Amara Miller from the Descendants

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