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Today I talk about location in a story and how to describe it.

KRISTINA STANLEY

As we continue our journey through Mystery Mondays writing advice, Darlene Foster is here to talk to us about location. Just check out the titles of the four books below, and you’ll see why she chose this topic.

Location, Location, Location

by Darlene Foster

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Jane Austen gave us English country villages, Charles Dickens took us along the streets of Victorian London, and Lucy Maude Montgomery made us fall in love with Prince Edward Island. The location of many well-known works of fiction are an important element to each story. Think of one of your favourite novels and I am sure a vision of a place comes to mind.

Real estate agents declare the three most important things to selling a property are – location, location, location. The same applies to writing a story. It doesn´t have to be a real place. In fantasy, writers create worlds of their own. But…

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Lynn Davidson over at  Polilla Writes reads and reviews a variety of books on her blog. She recently wrote a wonderful review of Amanda in England. You can read it here and comment if you wish:

Book Review: Amanda in England: The Missing Novel – by Darlene Foster

 

Lynn’s blog is a great resource for writers and readers.  Thanks Lynn!

 

 

Amanda in England-The Missing Novel was reviewed at Travel Novels today and given a four beach umbrella rating. I am delighted with the rating and the review. It made my day!!

Here is some of what was said:

This travel book is full of adventures and mystery that will be easy for any young mind to assess and evaluate. What I love about this book is the specific descriptions of the famous landmarks in England and how these are worked out in the story to help Amanda and Leah solve the mystery of the missing vintage novel.

This travel novel is indeed worth reading because it offers extraordinary descriptions of the famous landmarks in England coming from a young traveller’s point of view. I give this travel book a rating of four beach umbrellas for the innocent way the country was described and all the values that the author has imparted to her readers through Amanda. She really did a great job of bringing out the young traveler in me and, I’m sure, to all her readers as well.

To read the entire review with pictures and excerpts, please visit

http://travelnovel.com/travel-novel-review-amanda-in-england

Wishing everyone in Canada a Happy Thanksgiving!  We have so much to be thankful for. I am thankful for my family, friends, health, and for this awesome review.

I will be spending time with my wonderful daughter this weekend. There will be pictures. What are your plans?

 

 

5 Star Rating Seal

 

I was pleased to recieve a wonderful 5 star review for Amanda in England – The Missing Novel at Long and Short Reviews

Here is what they said:

Amanda in England: The Missing Novel is a delightful romp through modern-day London. I highly recommend it for readers in late elementary school or for anyone who loves solving playful mysteries that do not reveal their secrets easily.  You can read the rest here http://www.longandshortreviews.com/book-reviews/amanda-in-england-the-missing-novel-by-darlene-foster/

For September 1 and 2 only, Long and Short Reviews  is offering a monthly poll  to decide which book or story sounds like the best read based on their reviews.  The winning author gets a nifty button and the privilege of having their book or story featured at the top of the Long and Short Reviews home page the entire next month, as well as getting a custom made animated banner from Goddess Fish Promotions to publicize their review and the win!

If you haven’t already voted for Amanda in England – The Missing Novel, could you please take a moment to so. It is very easy, you don’t have to log in or anything. Here is the link http://wp.me/p2ZcT9-5yC

It would be so cool if my book won.  But you have to hurry as it’s only open until the end of MOnday, September 2, EST

Thanks so much!

 

Amanda in England – The Missing Novel is featured on The Plum Tree’s Dr. Nanaplum’s Rhyme Corner. The review is cleverly done in rhyme. I just love it. So will you!

Dr. NanaPlum’s Rhyme Corner
I found Darlene first on twitter,
And thought, “my goodness,”
I must meet her ~
Super-mega-woman sounded,
Like someone sweet,
Well-balanced, rounded.
A writer of adventure too,

read more
http://ontheplumtree.wordpress.com/2013/06/17/dr-nanaplums-rhyme-corner/

Just back from my travels and will be posting pictures soon. I am pleased to be the featured author on Lada Ray’s blog this week. Pop over and say Hi!

http://ladaray.wordpress.com/2013/05/27/author-feature-4-darlene-foster-amanda-travel-adventures/

Hasta luego

Albany Books

The launch for Amanda in England-the Missing Novel was held on Saturday at our wonderful local bookstore, Albany Books.  Thank you to everyone who showed up in person or in spirit.  I had a wonderful time, was treated very well by the staff and showered with good wishes from fans old and new. After the successful launch, my dear husband treated me to a fish & chip dinner at Rob’s Fish & Chips. A fitting way to celebrate a book about England.

 

Then today, Sunday, I volunteered to tend the  Federation of BC Writer’s table at the Surrey International Writer’s Conference.  Some wonderful people stopped by such as Carol Garvin. We have been following each other’s blog for almost two years, but have never met. Carol is just as nice in person as she is on her blog! Ruth Kozak, Kimberley Alcock, Sharon Edelmeier and many others stopped by.  I was lucky to be seated next to Joie Carlton who writes hilarious travel books and makes unique beaded book marks. It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces. Diana Gabaldon gave me a nice warm smile as she walked by.

So it was a very good weekend for me. How was your weekend?.


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