Amanda in New Mexico – Ghosts in the Wind – PLUS GIVEAWAY!!!

Today, I’m thrilled to be joined by Darlene Foster, author of a series about a traveling twelve-year-old named Amanda.

In book six of the Amanda Travels series, Amanda in New Mexico – Ghosts in the Wind, the book follows Amanda and her class on a school trip from Calgary to New Mexico. Their exploration of different parts around Taos, New Mexico, is interrupted by a ghost. Ms. Foster’s description of the New Mexico geography, architecture, and artifacts is truly amazing! Ms. Foster brings New Mexico to life for readers as she details Amanda’s travels. 

Amanda in New Mexico

Welcome, Darlene!

Thank you so much for inviting me to be a guest on your blog, Elizabeth.

You asked me what drew me to Amanda as my main character. The wonderful thing about being a writer is that you can create any character, place and situation you want. You are totally in control. Well almost, sometimes your characters take over the story. I know Amanda does.

Amanda Jane Ross seemed to pop into my head and wouldn´t go away. She is a spunky young girl whose love for travel takes her around the world to many interesting places where she meets intriguing people, learns a lot about the culture and always has an adventure. She is curious, brave and cares about other people, which sometimes gets her in trouble. I would have loved to be able to travel all over the world when I was her age.  I guess you could say Amanda is the twelve-year-old girl I would have liked to be.

My books are inspired by my travels. I have been to all the places Amanda goes to. Although I didn’t have the opportunity to travel as a young person, I have explored much of this amazing planet as an adult. Every time I visit a new place, I feel like a child experiencing something awesome.  I try to incorporate these thoughts and feelings into my stories which is why I like telling the stories from a tween’s point of view. My books feature places I myself have found fascinating such as the United Arab Emirates, Spain, England, Alberta, Germany, Austria and Hungary. In recently released book six, Amanda in New Mexico – Ghosts in the Wind, Amanda visits the enchanting state of New Mexico. I spent some time in this state a couple of years ago and immediately knew it would be the perfect setting for an Amanda adventure.

The character of Amanda tags along with me everywhere I go now. I am constantly thinking about what she would like about the place and the adventures she could have. I take lots of pictures and keep a notebook handy to jot down ideas. I have often said in my out loud voice, “Amanda would just love this!” My husband has got used to having my imaginary friend with us.

Where is Amanda planning to go to next? She is scheduled to visit Holland, a remarkable place with brilliant tulips fields, charming windmills, wooden shoes and many bicycles. While visiting the sites of Holland, she learns more about World War II and attempts to find out what happened to a great-uncle who went missing in action in that country many years ago.

The more Amanda travels, the more she learns about the world and herself. To me, that is what travel is all about. My wish is that my books will encourage readers of all ages to explore new places.

I have a question for you and your readers, if you could travel with any fictional character, which one would you chose and why?

Awesome question, Darlene! Can’t wait to see who folks say they would want to travel with (and why)!

Darlene is offering an amazing Amanda in New Mexico GIVEAWAY for U.S. and Canadian residents (if the winner is from a location outside those two countries, he or she will win digital copies of the full series)!

A little more about Darlene:

Brought up on a ranch in southern Alberta, Darlene Foster dreamt of travelling the world and meeting interesting people. With a desire to write since she was twelve, her short stories have won a number of awards. She is the author of the exciting Amanda Travels series featuring spunky twelve-year-old Amanda Ross who loves to travel to unique places. Her books include: 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, Amanda on The Danube – The Sounds of Music and Amanda in New Mexico – Ghosts in the Wind. Readers of all ages enjoy travelling with Amanda as she unravels one mystery after another. Darlene, her husband and their dog, Dot, divide their time between the west coast of Canada and Orihuela Costa, in Spain. She was encouraged by her parents to follow her dreams and believes everyone is capable of making their dreams come true.

You can follow Darlene on her website, on her blog, on Facebook, and on Twitter!


13 thoughts on “Amanda in New Mexico – Ghosts in the Wind – PLUS GIVEAWAY!!!

  1. Darlene October 16, 2017 / 12:59 pm

    Thanks for featuring me and Amanda on your blog!


  2. Darlene October 16, 2017 / 1:11 pm

    Reblogged this on Darlene Foster's Blog and commented:
    Today I´m a guest on a great site 2 Cooks Crafting Books. Stop in, check it out and leave a comment. Also another opportunity to enter the give away if you haven´t already. done it.


  3. Lorna October 16, 2017 / 3:23 pm

    That’s a tricky question about fictional travelling companions. My immediate answer is Sherlock Holmes, although I’m sure he’d be quite intolerable. Maybe I’ll opt for his less cerebral biographer, Dr Watson.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Darlene October 17, 2017 / 6:56 am

      I think Dr. Watson would be a great travel companion. He would keep one out of trouble or at least be counted on to help you out. Thanks for answering the question.


    • Darlene October 17, 2017 / 6:57 am

      Thanks, Robbie. This is a great blog and one you would enjoy!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. roughwighting October 19, 2017 / 10:39 pm

    Wonderful to see you over here Darlene. Wonderful to read this blog! Let’s see, I think I’d like to go with my character Meredith from my book The Right Wrong Man and travel Florence together. 🤗

    Liked by 1 person

    • Darlene October 21, 2017 / 2:01 pm

      I´m sure you and Meredith would have a lot of fun together. Thanks for stopping in and commenting.


  5. Sue Slaght October 20, 2017 / 5:59 pm

    Really looking forward to Amanda going to Holland! Thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway. Done and fingers crossed!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. badfish October 21, 2017 / 5:30 am

    I’d like to see Amanda sail a dhow into Abu Dhabi harbor. I’m amazed at all your books. I can’t get one out.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Darlene October 21, 2017 / 2:00 pm

      Oh, that would be fun. She did visit Dubai but not Abu Dhabi. It took me a long time but once I finally got the ball rolling, I couldn´t stop.

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s