Finally! #ExcerptWeek resumes with our last three contributors. Today’s guest is children’s author, Darlene Foster, and I know you’ll enjoy her charming excerpt. Please remember to share, thanks! Darlene, welcome to The Write Stuff.
Excerpt From Amanda On The Danube
The Sounds of Music
The girls continued to look around the market, stopping to pull the strings on jumping jacks and stroking teddy bears dressed in lederhosen, just like the dancers wore the night before.
Amanda looked around but couldn’t see anyone.
Amanda swung around and saw a finger motioning to her from between two stalls. Leah was busy looking at jewellery. Amanda slipped into the tiny space. There crouched in the corner, sat the young boy who played his violin by the Gingerbread House earlier.
“Please, Miss. I need your help.”
Amanda noticed blood seeping out of the dirty bandage on his thumb. “What happened to your thumb?”
“Oh, that. It is nothing.” The young man reached for his violin case. “You are on the boat, yes? The Sound of Music boat?”
“Yes, I am. Why?” She looked at the bloody finger. “You should have that cleaned up. You could get an infection.”
“Please, could you take this with you on the boat?” His large blue eyes pleaded with her as he held out the case.
“Why can’t you take it to the boat?” asked Amanda.
“I do not have a ticket. But my violin must get on the boat. It is of much importance.”
“Well -” Amanda took a deep breath. “I guess I could take it, but then what will I do with it once I’m on the boat.”
“Perhaps you could keep it in your room until you get to Vienna. I will meet you there.”
“H – How…”
“Amanda! Where have you gone?” She could hear Leah shouting.
“OK. I have to go.” Amanda snatched the violin case.
“Danke, fraulein. Don’t tell anyone you saw me, bitte. I mean, please.”
Author Darlene Foster
Brought up on a ranch in southern Alberta, Canada, Darlene Foster dreamt of writing, travelling the world and meeting interesting people. Following her dreams, she’s now an award-winning author of the exciting Amanda Travels series featuring spunky 12-year-old Amanda Ross who has adventures in 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 and Amanda in Alberta – The Writing on the Stone. Readers of all ages enjoy travelling with Amanda as she unravels one mystery after another. She is also the author of a bi-lingual book, Pig on Trial/Cerdito a juicio. Darlene divides her time between the west coast of Canada and the Costa Blanca, in Spain. She believes everyone is capable of making their dreams come true.
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Amanda on the Danube: The Sounds of Music