Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Share an Excerpt from a previous books 2021 – #YA #Adventure – Amanda in New Mexico: Ghosts in the Wind Book 6 by Darelene Foster

We put a great deal of effort into promoting our new, recent and upcoming books but often our previous releases get sidelined.

In this latest series I am offering authors in the Cafe and Bookstore a chance to promote an earlier book (not your most recent) by sharing an excerpt from the book of 500 words. At the end of the post you can find out how to participate.

Today Darlene Foster shares an excerpt from book 6 of her YA travel adventure book  series, Amanda in New Mexico: Ghosts in the Wind. Amanda’s latest adventure on the island of Malta is released on May 11th and is currently on Pre-Order

About the book

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 for Amanda in New Mexico: Ghosts in the Wind by Darlene Foster

The wind blew colder and stronger. Amanda zipped up her jacket and pulled the hood over her head, glad she’d listened to Ms. Bowler’s advice.

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.

She woke up, surrounded by crosses. Her head hurt. It took a few minutes to remember where she was. At first, she thought she had been dreaming. Amanda struggled to stand up. She held onto a cross. It fell over.

“Hey! You! What are you doing in there?”

An angry man waved his arms and shouted. He appeared all blurry. Amanda realized she was no longer wearing her glasses. She squinted and spotted them lying under another cross. She knelt down to pick them up.

“No point trying to hide, I can see you. Can’t you read the signs? It says not to climb on any structures. It also says not to enter the graveyard.”

Amanda stood up. When he got closer, she recognized the same angry man they had encountered earlier. She backed away.

“You! You are nothing but trouble!” Grabbing her by the arm, he pulled her out of the cemetery.

Amanda struggled to put on her glasses with one hand. “Ow, you’re hurting me. Let me go!”

“Not until I take you to your teacher. I have had it with you kids poking your nose where you shouldn’t.” The man dragged Amanda back to Estrellita’s shop.

Ms. Bowler looked up and gasped as they entered.

“What is it? What’s happened to you, Amanda?”

Amanda opened her mouth to speak, but the man bellowed, “This girl was in the graveyard, crawling around the crosses and causing damage. I caught her earlier at a sacred site with her buddy taking pictures!” His face turned scarlet and his nostrils flared like an angry bull. “This cannot be tolerated. These kids have no respect.” He tightened his grip on her arm.

“Take it easy, Jim.” Estrellita put her hand on his shoulder. “Let go of the girl.”

One of the reviews for Amanda in New Mexico

Bette A. Stevens 5.0 out of 5 stars History & Mystery with plenty of life lessons along the way!  Reviewed in the United States on January 15, 2019

Amanda and her sixth-grade class are on an educational field trip from their hometown of Calgary, Canada to visit, explore and document their experiences in New Mexico, USA. As the class tours Taos, New Mexico and the surrounding area, their trip is interrupted by ghosts present and past. In “Amanda in New Mexico—Ghost in the Wind,” Foster has written a contemporary fiction story through which middle grade students will not only learn about the region’s geography, architecture, and artifacts—they’ll learn invaluable life lessons along the way. Students and teachers are sure to want to follow Amanda through further adventures in this well-written series. ~Bette A. Stevens, author of award-winning children’s picture book” AMAZING MATILDA, A Monarch’s Tale” and other books for children and adults

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

A selection of other books by Darlene Foster


Find out more about Darlene’s books and read the reviews: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Website/Blog: Darlene Foster WordPressGoodreads: Goodreads – Twitter: @supermegawoman

About Darlene Foster

Growing up on a ranch near Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, Darlene Foster dreamt of writing, travelling the world, and meeting interesting people. She also believed in making her dreams come true. It’s no surprise she’s now the award-winning author of Amanda Travels, a children’s adventure series featuring a spunky twelve-year-old who loves to travel to unique places. Readers of all ages enjoy following Amanda as she unravels one mystery after another. When not travelling herself, Darlene divides her time between the west coast of Canada and the Costa Blanca, Spain with her husband and entertaining dog, Dot.

I hope you will participate in this series.. there are currently 130 authors on the shelves with reviews within the last six months and you can check your entry at this linkCafe and Bookstore

How to participate in this series

In this latest series I am offering authors in the Cafe and Bookstore a chance to promote an earlier book (not your most recent) by sharing an excerpt from the book. Please check the link if it has been some time since you were promoted in the Cafe.

The aim of the series

  1. To showcase a previous book and sell some copies.
  2. Gain more recent reviews for the book.
  3. Promote a selection of other books that are available.
  4. Share an excerpt from the first book in a series to encourage readers to buy following books.

I will top and tail in the usual way with your other books and links, bio, photo and social media. I will also select a review that I feel has the best selling pitch for the book.

  • This series is open to authors in the Cafe and Bookstore who have more than one book (as this already gets promoted on a regular basis) and have reviews for that book I can select from. Cafe and Bookstore
  • I suggest an extract of 500 words or a poem that you feel best reflects the theme of your collection. This is a PG rated blog and there are younger readers so it would be great if you could bear that in mind.
  • If you have an illustration or images you can attach to the email for me to include. No need to send the cover as I will have that or will access from Amazon.
  • I will check reviews on Amazon sites as well as Goodreads and select one I feel is a great advertisement for the book.
  • As an author in the Cafe and Bookstore I will already have all your details, links and covers of other books so need to send anything further.
  • Please send your excerpt and any accompanying images to

N.B..If you participated last year in the two series and would like to check which book you shared, please email and I will let you know.

Look forward to hearing from you.


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