WHERE DID AMELIA GO? Hiding In Plain Sight



I went to the Rose Glen Literary Festival this past Saturday. For the second year in a row, I was able to hang out with my critique group, Debbie Dadey, Rick Starkey, and Rinda Beach. Nationally known authors, local literary celebrities, and lots of book lovers coming together to  celebrate the written word. 

Lot of visitors stopping by my booth…young and old…and I got to share Amelia’s story with them all. They wanted to meet her but I had to explain she’s been traveling and I don’t always know when she will show up.

Weird thing, though, the whole time I’m talking to people, selling books, and taking pictures, I kept hearing the faint whisper of a giggle but can’t find the source. It sure sounded like Amelia but it’s kinda hard not to recognize a large mouse scampering around so I figured it was just my imagination.

It wasn’t until the festival was over and I was packing up when I discovered the source of the giggles. Hiding in plain sight was my adventurous Amelia…laughing because she played a trick on everyone with her quirky game of hide and seek…and then she was off in a flash. I wonder where she’s off to now?


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Eleven-year-old Emma misses her father who’s serving in Europe during World War II. He left behind a treasure box with six secret compartments to be opened during her birthday week. He also told her to watch out for the gris-gris while he was gone. Looking out for swamp creatures and dealing with wartime rationing was hard enough, but now there’s a British refugee coming to stay at the house! How will Emma enjoy her birthday and keep her decision to hunt for the gris-gris a secret with a stranger hanging around?
Coming to a bookstore near you in the spring of 2020!




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Best selling, award-winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection. Donna’s latest chapter book series is called HISTORY’S MYSTERIES. Book three, Hunting Gris-Gris, is scheduled to be released later this spring!

Donna L

Hybrid award winning author; aspiring sketch artist; and 4th Degree Senior Certified Taekwondo Instructor. Host of BOOK NOOK REVIEWS. Member of SCBWI. Mom to fabulous son and adventurer delving into the tricky world of indie-publishing.

4 thoughts on “WHERE DID AMELIA GO? Hiding In Plain Sight

  • February 29, 2020 at 4:28 am

    If I’d only known Amelia was there, I would have said hello!

  • February 29, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    I confess. I saw her toward the end of the lunch hour; she shushed me and winked. So I kept my mouth shut.


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