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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….

Drum roll……

Marsha Theelan!!

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.

Photo by Jody Kihara

Photo by Jody Kihara

Y's Books - 4307 Main Street @27th, Vancouver, BC

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.

New Novel – Amanda in Alberta – Darlene Foster.

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

It is so exciting being the author of the month at Cassandra Giovanni’s blog. Today she featured the very first book in The Amanda adventure series, Amanda in Arabia – The Perfume Flask. If you are not familiar with the book, read Cassandra’s great review (in which she gets what I was meaning to do) and an excerpt. Leave a comment if you wish. It is not too late to enter the give away of Amanda in Alberta – The Writing on the Stone. Remember, you can enter more than once.

Book Review & Excerpt – Darlene Foster.

Since I am the featured author on  Cassandra Giovanni Writer’s blog this month she has featured three of my books today.

She is also running a contest to win a copy of Amanda in Alberta – The Writing on the Stone. So head on over and enter!

Cassandra  says:  “I highly recommend picking up ALL of these novels!”

Books Behind the Author – Darlene Foster.

And for a great review on Amanda in Alberta –  The Writing on the Stone, check out Lynn Davidson’s blog Polilla Writes  (Did you know that Polilla means bookworm in Spanish? How cool is that!)

Lynn says:

If you haven’t met Amanda before, you’ll need to know she is a twelve-year-old, adventurous, travel-loving girl who seems to find mysteries wherever she goes. This time in Amanda in Alberta: The Writing on the Stone, not evening the one leaving home she still gets involved in a situation.

Read more here:

Book Review: Amanda in Alberta: The Writing on the Stone – by Darlene Foster.

 

Thank you so much Cassandra and Lynn! I am so grateful for the tremendous support from my blogging community. Without you I would just be a struggling author sitting in front of my computer wondering how to let the world know about my books. You all rock!!

 

 

I am thrilled and honoured to be the featured author for September on Cassandra Giovanni’s wonderful blog. Cassandra is an accomplished Young Adult/New Adult Author. Here is the interview in which she calls me an awesome Canadian!!

SEPTEMBER’S FEATURED AUTHOR – DARLENE FOSTER by

I cannot believe that it is September already. This year has flown by! This month we have middle-grade author, Darlene Foster on board for our Featured Author. Darlene was hesitant to ask about the feature, because she writes middle-grade, but I jumped right on featuring her. Darlene is one of those authors that is truly supportive of others in the business, and has a true passion for her readers and the books she writes. Even though her books are considered ‘middle-grade’ and appeal directly to ages from seven to fifteen, they transcend that age group and are truly enjoyable for all ages. I have personally read her novels and enjoyed the way she entwined educational pieces with fun and adventure. Those are the best kind of stories–the ones that teach us something while entertaining us. I think this is very important for books in the middle-grade range, so I am more than happy to introduce you to her! Oh, and she’s also Canadian…which I think is awesome!

Read more of the interview and perhaps learn a few things about me you didn’t know. Click like, leave a comment and enter to win an e-copy of Amanda in Alberta.

http://cgiovanniauthor.com/2014/09/05/septembers-featured-author-darlene-foster/

There will be more posts about me and my books all month. How is that for awesomeness!!

I am happy to be part of  a cover reveal for an author I am impressed with, Cassandra  Giovanni.  Cassandra is a Young/New Adult author with spunk and drive. Qualities I admire. I will be reviewing one of her books here soon. She is not only a wonderful writer, she is also an excellent marketer. What a great combination. Her new book is soon to be launched but she is teasing us with a look at the cover and an excerpt.

cover with tattoosBook Description:
Emma Walker was a writer who’d lost herself to someone else’s anger–who had given up on ever feeling like herself again.
Evan Levesque was a rock-god–the one all the woman wanted, but he’d never gotten used to the loneliness between the stage and real life.
With just one cup of coffee they’ll begin a journey of self-discovery at each others sides, but can Emma handle Evan’s fame while dealing with her own demons? Emma’s checkered personal past, a bad relationship that haunts the edges of her memories, threatens to make everything implode on them when Evan takes matters into his own hands.
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but your words…they’ll destroy my soul–Can Emma handle being put back together and facing who she’s become because of it?
GENRE: New Adult – Contemporary Romance
Excerpt:

When he came off the plane he was wearing aviators, a black button-up, dark wash jeans and those Converse shoes that I hated on anyone but him. He lifted his sunglasses and broke into a smile as I ran into his arms. He dropped his bag and spun me around as soon as I was in his arms.

“How did you know?” he asked as he set me on the ground, his hands tangled in my hair.

“You told me what flight you were on.”

He shook his head and held my chin in his hand. “I’ve always wanted to have someone to wait for me—to spin them around and then do this.”

He pulled my chin up and tilted it until our lips touched—soft at first and then the reminder that we hadn’t kissed in two months came over us. The only thing that could pull us apart was the whistle that echoed through the terminal and then the incessant flash of cameras.

“Crap,” Evan hissed, his forehead pressed to mine with his hands on either side of my face so they couldn’t get a good picture of me. “You don’t want them to know who you are yet, do you?”

I shook my head but said with my voice shaking, “I knew the risk.”

He swallowed and then smiled. “Tilt your head down so that your hair covers your face from view.”

I did what he said and then felt his hands slip the glasses over my eyes. As I looked up his cocky half-smile made me laugh.

“They look a hell of a lot hotter on you,” he teased, throwing his duffel bag over his shoulder and wrapping his arm around my waist so that his fingers were in the front pocket of my jeans.

“I don’t think that’s possible,” I replied, breathless from the feel of his touch as my t-shirt rose, exposing the flesh of my hip to his warmth.

“It’s very possible with you,” he whispered into my ear as we made our way past the flashing cameras. “I can’t wait to see the tabloids on this one.”

“It would be much better if we did something dangerous, like locked ourselves in a public restroom.”

He looked down at me through his eyebrows. “Really? That’s not all that clean.”

“I haven’t seen you in two months,” I said, turning and stopping in front of him. “I’ve thought about you every single day. Do you know what that does to a girl? Especially when pictures of you half-naked are strewn across the internet.”

“I see you found those.” His voice was edged with amusement, but his face was red in embarrassment.

I pulled on the collar of his shirt before leaning up on my toes and whispering into his ear, “I need some real ones.”

“What do you need pictures of when I’m here?” he answered, his breath hot on my chin, voice seductive.

“I need you to burn the images into my mind then,” I said before gently biting his ear.

His free hand drifted down the small of my back to my rear pocket. “I thought I already had.”

“Mhmm…I need more.”

“I have to admit I kind of enjoy this.” He smirked down at me. “But teasing me like this is just cruel.”

“Does the rental car have blacked out windows?” I asked over my shoulder as I turned.

I watched his Evan’s Adam’s apple rise and fall. “I sure hope so.”

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Author Biography:
Cassandra doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character’s stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. In 2012 she became a published Young Adult author, releasing In Between Seasons (The Fall, #1) and Walking in the Shadows. In 2013 she branched out by using her artistic illustrating talents to publish her first Children’s novel, The Adventures of Skippy Von Flippy: Tales of Friendship (Skippy Tales, #1). Cassandra will also release her first New Adult novel, Just One Cup, in the Spring of 2013.

Cassandra is a freelance professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is the owner of Gio Design Studios, a photography and publication marketing company that designs covers and marketing materials for authors utilizing the company’s photography. She is currently studying to receive her associates degree in Marketing. Cassandra is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England with the other loves of her life their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.

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Cassandra  Giovanni
Young Adult Author
In Between Seasons–Post-Apocalyptic Romance
Walking in the Shadows–Suspense Romance
www.cgiovanni.com
Follow  at:www.cgiovanniwrites.wordpress.com
“Like”  at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cassandra-Giovanni/137027576457969?ref=stream

An author to watch for!

I was pleased to be invited as a guest blogger on Darlene Quinn’s site.  Darlene Quinn is an award-winning author, writing coach and public speaker.  Check out her award-winning books Webs of Fate, Twisted Webs  and Webs of Power.  This busy, dynamic woman is also the host of the Facebook group, Talking Fiction. A  group for anyone and everyone who loves fiction. Reader, writer, dabbler, dreamer…  Here is my article:

Why Writing for Children is Important – Guest Blog By Darlene Foster

Many of us began our love affair with books as children. Being read to before bed by a family member, walking into the library for the first time, discovering the ability to read by yourself; are warm and fuzzy memories. We keep worn copies of our favourite childhood books and share them with the new little ones in our lives.  Books and children go together like strawberries and ice cream….   read more at   http://darlenequinn.net/2013/why-writing-for-children-is-important/

Jesse reading my book

My grandson reading one of my books

I was very excited to see my name appear on the blog of another superb writer, Cassandra Giovanni,  C Giovanni Writes where she wrote a flattering review of Amanda in Arabia, proving that my stories are not only for children but for readers of all ages.

This book was an excellent, easy flowing adventure. You meet the very inquisitive Amanda as she begins a journey to the United Arab Emirates and as she learns about this new country, so do you.  Here is the rest of the review: http://cgiovanniwrites.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/i-woke-up-and-wanted-to-read-so-i-did/

 I have also been mentioned on a blog hop called The Next Big Thing where writers talk about their WIP or soon to be released work. It is fun to see what others are working on.  My next big thing was mentioned on a previous post in case you missed it.  https://darlenefoster.wordpress.com/2012/11/21/the-next-big-thing-blog-hop/

Others in this blog hop are:

Elizabeth Egerton Wilder

Linda Cassidy Lewis

John Cammalleri

Annie Acorn

Christa Polkinhorn

I love blogging, hopping and reading about what others think of my work. It makes it all worthwhile, doesn’t it? It also motivates me to keep writing!

 


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