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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.
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.
A wonderful review by one of my favourite kid book reviewers. This made my day.
Originally posted on This Kid Reviews Books:
By Darlene Foster
156 pages – ages 8+
Published by Central Avenue Publishing on July 11, 2014
Amanda is back in an all-new adventure, but this time, it’s on her turf! Leah (Amanda’s friend) has come all the way from England to visit Amanda in her province of Alberta, Canada. Everything goes well, until a rodeo clown drops a strange stone. Amanda picks it up, and tries to return it to the clown, but she was too late – he was gone. The stone was round and had a marking on it. Suddenly, people seem to be wanting the stone urgently, although their purposes may be unclear – and maybe even dangerous!
This is a marvelous book, one that made me feel like I was there with Amanda and Leah. Ms. Foster really has a way of taking you through the landmarks…
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A great review of Amanda in Alberta – The Writing on the Stone on Clarbojahn’s Blog
Have I ever got a treat for you!! One of our own. In this blogging circle. Darlene Foster, Dreamer of dreams and Teller of Tales.
Read more here and see what she has to say.
Clara is the author of two great picture books.
We have a winner from last month’s featured author posts at Cassandra Giovanni’s blog!
The lucky winner of Amanda in Alberta – The Writing on The Stone is….
Congratulations Marsha and thank you to everyone for reading the posts, commenting and entering the draw.
A huge thank you to Cassandra for featuring me. It was an honour to be the featured author for September.
Speaking of September, where it go? It certainly flew by for me, but ended well. I spent the last Sunday of the month at Y’s Books in Vancouver presenting my latest book. The cosy book store provided an intimate setting. A lively crowd attended and asked great questions. We all had a lot of fun on a sunny fall Vancouver afternoon. Thanks Y’s Books for making me feel so welcome and for providing quality books for the community.
My bison puppet didn’t have a name. Thanks to suggestions from the audience he is now Buffy the Bison.
I truly hope September was good for you and October is even better!
This is my last week as the featured author for September on Cassandra Giovanni’s blog and the last chance (until September 30) to win a copy of Amanda in Alberta -The Writing on the Stone.
Today Cassandra is featuring the latest book in the Amanda travel/adventure series. Hop on over to see what she has to say and enter to win a copy for you or for a gift.
Darlene’s COMING SOON, is also an AVAILABLE NOW! I personally can’t wait to check out her newest book, as it takes place in her home country, Canada, and I would love to go to Canada some day! Read more: New Novel – Amanda in Alberta – Darlene Foster
I was invited to read my books to the students and families of Sowing Seeds Preschool today. What a fun experience that was! Most of the children were preschool age, which is younger than I am used to reading to. But they were very attentive and well behaved. Parents and siblings were also invited so it was a large and diverse group. I read small excerpts from each book and allowed for questions and comments in between. The puppets were a hit again with Ali Baba stealing the show. He was passed around so everyone had a chance to hold him for a minute or two. One young listener was reluctant to return him to me.
The school went all out to make me feel welcome. As I approached the gates of the school, a poster announcing my visit greeted me.
A walk of fame directed everyone to the gymnasium where I made my presentation. How cool is that!
I set up my display featuring items representing all four books.
I read short excerpts from each book, choosing passages with lots of action and animals.
One delightful three year old girl, Bhargavi, asked me if Amanda was going to India. I said that it was a great idea and that Amanda would love to go to India, as would I.
When the children got a bit restless, the Director of the school had them stand up and do the Hokey Pokey. They loved shouting Yee Haw at the end (the cowboy version). So I donned my cowboy hat and read from Amanda in Alberta.
I was presented with a delightful book the students had created together just for me as a thank you.
It ended with thank you written in all the languages represented in the school. Something I will treasure forever!
And some may wonder why I write.
Today was a fabulous sunny day and a perfect day to launch Amanda in Alberta – The Writing on the Stone. This is the fourth book in the Amanda travel adventure series. (Can it be possible that I have had 4 books published?) The event was held at Albany Books, a wonderful local book store. I was delighted to see so many of my friends and supporters stop in. I am blessed with the most amazing fans of my work. Those that couldn’t make it were there in spirit.
I dedicated this book to my dear cowboy dad. The bolo tie I am wearing was his and the horseshoe on the table came from his ranch. I think he would have liked that. It was indeed a perfect day for a book launch!