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It’s Thanksgiving in Canada and I have so much to be thankful for. My family, my friends, my health and a wonderful place to live, to name a few. I am also extremely thankful to everyone who has supported my writing endeavours.

It has been ten days since Amanda on the Danube has been released and things have been going great! I was pleased to see an article about the book in The Delta Optimist.

A new adventure for Amanda

Children’s author, inspired by her own travels, adds fifth entry to novel series


OCTOBER 7, 2016 12:00 AM


Children’s author Darlene Foster has added another entry to her travel adventure series.

Amanda on the Danube: The Sounds of Music follows the 12-year-old main character on an adventure with her best friend Leah aboard an elegant riverboat along Europe’s second-longest river.

“It is a fast-paced, fun and intriguing story with some European history tucked in,” says Foster, who has a book launch event scheduled for next month at Albany Books in Tsawwassen.

The title marks the fifth entry into this series and Foster says she thinks it’s the best one yet.

Read more here

Amanda on the Danube is also the book of the week on Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Book of the Week – Amanda on the Danube – The Sounds of Music by Darlene Foster

Today my chosen book is another adventure for Amanda, an ordinary Canadian teenager, who has travelled the world from Arabia to Alberta via Spain and England. Author Darlene Foster now crafts a new adventure as Amanda finds herself on the Danube helping a homeless young musician.


Read more here and add a comment if you wish. Sally’s blog site is chock full of interesting and  inspiring information. She is an amazing person and  does so much to promote us struggling authors. You may want to follow her blog, you won’t be sorry.

I am so thankful I met Sally through the wonderful world of blogging.

What are you thankful for?

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I attended a book lauch yesterday at our local bookstore, Albany Books. The author, eight-year-old Teagan Read, has written, illustrated and published a book called Kya’s Treasure.

From the back cover:

A treasure!  That is what Kya decides to search for one hot, sunny afternoon.   Nobody has ever attempted such an important mission in her small village in Uganda before.  Will she find what she is looking for?  Come along on Kya’s adventure and help her find her very special treasure!

This book, written by an eight-year-old Canadian girl, is a refreshing story about a young African girl on an extraordinary quest.  It highlights the differences between needs and wants by focusing on various objects that different cultures  value.  Used as a valuable teaching tool or a bedtime story, children of all ages are sure to enjoy this book.

This young woman is an inspiration for anyone, of any age, who has an idea or a dream!

According to an article in the Delta Optimist, Teagan  was inspired after seeing a June story in the Optimist about a team of locals heading to Kamuli, Uganda to help build a well and clean water system at the Good Samaritan Community Nursery and Primary School. Since she enjoys drawing, painting and writing, she created her book, titled Kya’s Treasure, to help “the kids in Africa to have clean water.” She decided to write and illustrate this book to raise funds to help build wells in Kamuli, Uganda and in other areas of Africa. – See more at: http://www.delta-optimist.com/girl-creates-book-to-help-kids-in-africa-1.643554#sthash.eJUn5T0M.dpuf

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The book has delightful illustrations and a wonderful message about what a treasure means to various individuals, represented by African animals.

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Children will love this book, learn about another part of the world and perhaps be inspired to help those less fortunate themselves. Parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, will have fun reading it to the little ones.

Teagan’s mother told me that initially Teagan wanted to go to Africa with the team to help build the well. When she was told she was too young to go along, this enterprising young woman decided to write a book instead ,to help out. The proceeds from the sale of the book will go the team to help build the well in Kamuli, Uganda. I have no doubt Teagan will get to Africa herself one day.

The book is available at

Albany Books, Tsawwassen

Black Bond Books



I wish Teagan much luck with this delightful book. I am sure it is the first of many more to come.

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