I’m always excited when a children’s book is featured during Bad Moon Rising – it’s important that the little guys not be left out. I’m thrilled to have Darlene Foster back with the newest addition to her Amanda Travels series, released earlier this month. She’s also hosting a giveaway on her blog – make sure to enter!
Thank you, Teri, for the opportunity to participate in Bad Moon Rising. It has been a month of fascinating posts.
Amanda Ross is on a school trip to Taos, New Mexico with several of her fellow creative students. She shares a room with Cleo, an anxious classmate who insists she sees ghosts. Although Amanda is determined to prove there is no such thing, she can’t seem to shake the feeling that something or someone is watching her.
Join Amanda, Cleo and their funny friend, Caleb as they visit a rugged and beautiful landscape where a traditional hacienda, an ancient pueblo, and a haunted and spooky hotel all hold secrets to a wild and violent past.
Does Cleo really see ghosts? Can Amanda escape the eerie wind that follows her everywhere? Perhaps the Day of the Dead will reveal the mysteries of Taos in this latest adventure of Amanda’s travels.
Excerpt from Amanda in New Mexico – Ghosts in the Wind
She took pictures of the San Geronimo church and then continued on to a ruin tucked behind houses. Crumbling gravestones and weathered wooden crosses were scattered around the remainder of a damaged brick bell tower. Among the weeds lay broken gravestones and crosses that had fallen over.
Amanda felt a sudden sadness wash over her.
She pulled out her map and guide. It explained that the ruin was the original San Geronimo church, destroyed by the soldiers in retaliation for Governor Bent’s murder. Only the battered bell tower remained standing. The graves belonged to the many who lost their lives in the fight.
The sun went behind a cloud. Tall grass leaped around the crosses as the wind whistled a mournful tune.
Amanda shuddered. A harsh breeze pushed her forward.
Looking up at the sky, Amanda felt the wind push her again and she tripped over a rock. She stumbled hard into the low adobe brick wall surrounding the cemetery.
Another shove sent her right over the fence. Her head hit a fallen brick. She saw stars before everything went black.
Favorite Halloween costume as a child or adult?
My husband and I once attended a Halloween party as Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. I had the costumes made specifically for us and they were awesome. My head was still intact.
What fictional character would be your nightmare neighbor?
Annie Wilkes from Misery. As an author, I would be very frightened to have her living next door.
Favorite Halloween candy?
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I would buy them to hand out and then eat most of them. I would also steal them from my kids´ loot.
What are you working on now?
I am working on Amanda in Holland: Missing in Action, book #7 in the Amanda Travels series. While in Holland she enjoys the brilliant tulips fields, charming windmills, wooden shoes and many bicycles. She also 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.
When you finish a book, do you take time off or jump into another project?
I jump right into another project, usually one that has been simmering in the back of my mind for a while. There are many ideas lurking back there. It´s a scary place.
Do you have a favorite character you’ve created?
In Amanda in New Mexico: Ghosts in the Wind, I created a character called Caleb and I really grew to like him. He’s a funny, no nonsense guy that´s not afraid to take risks and is a good friend to Amanda. I am sure he will turn up in another book soon.
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 believes everyone is capable of making their dreams come true.