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December 8, 2014

Handing over the check to the Landing!
Handing over the check to the Landing!

Friday, December 5, 2014, I had the joy and privilege of delivering a check to the Landing Food Pantry in Akron, Ohio because of YOU, my readers. In September, I published A Plain Malice, the fourth and final novel in the Appleseed Creek Mystery Series and decided to donate 100% of my royalties I earned through Thanksgiving Day to the Landing. The support and excitement from my readers was amazing, and because so many of you bought the novel and shared news about it with your friends and family, I gave the Landing a check totally $4,420.81!!
My brother and sister-in-law, Andrew and Nicole Flower, manage the Landing in the basement of Akron Christian Reformed Church with a group of dedicated volunteers. The food pantry feeds over sixty families in the church���s neighborhood on $200 per week. You can learn more about the Landing in this article and video recently published in the Akronist. You can read the original post about the giveback plan here.
Thank you and God bless you! I’m truly humbled by the outpouring of support for the Landing and for my writing.
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Filed under: A Plain Malice, Amish Spotlight, Appleseed Creek Mysteries Tagged: A Plain Malice, Appleseed Creek Mysteries, Doing good, food pantry, Giveback, Thank you, Thanksgiving, The Landing, Writing
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Published on December 08, 2014 03:00 • 24 views

November 10, 2014

I’m celebrating the upcoming release of the 3rd Amish Quilt Shop Mystery, MURDER, SERVED SIMPLY, on December 2, 2014 by giving away an adorable 2″x3″ magnet of the novel’s cover to everyone who pre-orders the MURDER, SERVED SIMPLY.


To get your adorable magnet pre-order the book in either print or electronic and complete the form at this link: ORDER FORM


Possible Places to pre-order:

Amazon | B&N |Books-A-Million | CBD | Anywhere Books are sold!


Giveaway is limited to U.S. and Canadian residents. Giveaway ends on December 1, 2014. Magnets will be mailed the first week of December.


Preview of the magnet!


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Filed under: Amish, Amish Quilt Mysteries, Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries, Giveaway, murder served simple, Mysteries, Penguin Tagged: amanda flower, Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries, Amish quilts, Christmas, Giveaway, Isabella Alan, murder served simply, pre-order, preorder
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Published on November 10, 2014 03:55 • 21 views

November 5, 2014

I’m so excited to share the cover of the The Final Reveille with you! This is the first novel in The Living History Museum Mystery Series. It will release May 8, 2015!


A Civil War Reenactment just got deadly…


The Final Reveille



About the Book…


As the director of Barton Farm, a living history museum in Ohio, Kelsey Cambridge is underpaid and underappreciated, but she loves every minute of it. Determined to keep the struggling Farm open, she plans to impress the museum’s wealthy benefactress, Cynthia Cherry, with a four-day Civil War reenactment on the Farm’s grounds, complete with North and South encampments, full-scale battles, and an Abraham Lincoln lookalike spouting the Gettysburg Address to anyone who will listen. Unfortunately, the first shot in the battle isn’t from a period rifle but from Cynthia’s greedy nephew, Maxwell, who plans to close the Farm when he inherits his ill aunt’s wealth. On the first day of the reenactment, Cynthia and Maxwell stop by, and Kelsey and Maxwell have a public argument over the Farm’s funding. The next morning, things go from bad to worse for Kelsey when she discovers Maxwell dead in the brickmaker’s pit. Now Kelsey is the police’s number one suspect, and she must start her own investigation to save the museum . . . and herself while the War Between the States rages on around her.


Early reviews


“Cleverly set in the middle of a civil war reenactment, THE FINAL REVEILLE features a spunky, likeable sleuth and engaging characters. You’ll want to visit them in charming Barton Farm again and again. A thoroughly enjoyable mystery with history, humor, and heart!” -Krista Davis, NYT Bestselling Author of the Domestic Diva Mystery Series

“A spunky heroine in a fast-paced mystery….what a fun book to read!” – Mary Ellis, author of Civil War Heroines series



Preorder now!
Amazon
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IndieBound


Filed under: Cover Reveal, Living History Museum Mystery, Midnight Ink, Writing Tagged: Civil War Reenactment, Civil War reenactors, cover reveal, Cozy mystery, Krista Davis, Living History Museum Mystery, Mary Ellis, Midnight Ink, Mystery, Writing

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Published on November 05, 2014 03:00 • 15 views

October 20, 2014

Last week, I was in Florida on a writing retreat. It was a great time spent on thP1070712e west coast with writing friends. Lots of wonderful things happened while I was there: I started a new project, I spent time with my super agent/friend, and I saw a baby dolphin off the coast of Sanibel Island. But the most wonderful thing was a call from my an editor to tell me I was a national bestselling author since my Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries hit the Barnes and Noble bestseller’s list. I was completely shocked and overjoyed! I have my fabulous readers to thank for making this happens. Thank you! It’s something I never dared to dream of. You always encourage me to write more and dream bigger.


Of course, Dead Fred tagged along to the Sunshine State. Enjoy his photo journal!


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Filed under: Amish Quilt Mysteries, Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries, Beach, Bestseller, Dead Fred, Florida, Travel, Wiritng retreat, Writing Tagged: Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries, Barnes and Noble bestseller, bestseller, Dead fred, Florida, Murder Plain and Simple, Murder Simply Stitched, Writing process
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Published on October 20, 2014 10:29 • 15 views

October 14, 2014

To celebrate the release of Appleseed Creek #4, A Plain Malice, I am giving away five paperback copies of Appleseed Creek #3 A Plain Disappearance. ( Giveaway copies have very slight water damage. Photo of actual copies is below.)

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More about A Plain Malice
Finally, it’s here! The book you’ve been waiting for! After months of ups and downs, A Plain Malice, the fourth and final novel in the Appleseed Creek Mystery Series is set to release. It’s been quite a journey to see this book in print, and I would have given up if it hadn’t been for the encouragement of you, the readers.
sleigh- www.discoverlancasterpa.com / Terry Ross
Since I’ve always considered this novel a gift to my readers, I have decided to donate all of my royalties for the novel that I earn through Thanksgiving Day to charity.
Preorder or purchase any edition of A Plain Malice between now and Thursday, November 27, 2014, and 100% of my royalties will go to a local food pantry, The Landing, located in Akron, Ohio. My brother and sister-in-law, Andrew and Nicole Flower, manage the Landing in the basement of Akron Christian Reformed Church with a group of dedicated volunteers. The food pantry feeds over sixty families in the church’s neighborhood on $200 per week. You can learn more about the Landing in this article and video recently published in the Akronist.
The Kindle and Nook edition released on September 16th. September 16th is a special day for me because it’s my mother’s birthday, and I can’t think of a better way to honor her memory than to release A Plain Malice on her birthday. She read it before she passed away and said it was her favorite of all of my books.
Order Kindle edition HERE !
Order Nook edition HERE!
The paperback edition will release in November if not before.
Buy a mystery and help feed a community! And as always thank you for reading! I hope A Plain Malice brings a smile to your face.

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Filed under: A Plain Death, A Plain Disappearance, A Plain Malice, A Plain Scandal, Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries, Amish Spotlight, Appleseed Creek Mysteries, Giveaway, Mysteries, Writing Tagged: A Plain Death, A Plain Disappearance, A Plain Malice, Amish, Amish Spotlight, Free books, Giveaway, Giveback, Help those in need
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Published on October 14, 2014 05:00 • 19 views

September 3, 2014

Finally, it’s here! The book you’ve been waiting for! After months of ups and downs, A Plain Malice, the fourth and final novel in the Appleseed Creek Mystery Series is set to release. It’s been quite a journey to see this book in print, and I would have given up if it hadn’t been for the encouragement of you, the readers.
sleigh- www.discoverlancasterpa.com / Terry Ross
Since I’ve always considered this novel a gift to my readers, I have decided to donate all of my royalties for the novel that I earn through Thanksgiving Day to charity.
Preorder or purchase any edition of A Plain Malice between now and Thursday, November 27, 2014, and 100% of my royalties will go to a local food pantry, The Landing, located in Akron, Ohio. My brother and sister-in-law, Andrew and Nicole Flower, manage the Landing in the basement of Akron Christian Reformed Church with a group of dedicated volunteers. The food pantry feeds over sixty families in the church’s neighborhood on $200 per week. You can learn more about the Landing in this article and video recently published in the Akronist.
The Kindle edition is available for preorder now and will release on September 16th. September 16th is a special day for me because it’s my mother’s birthday, and I can’t think of a better way to honor her memory than to release A Plain Malice on her birthday. She read it before she passed away and said it was her favorite of all of my books.
Preorder Kindle edition HERE !
The Nook edition will be available on mid-September. Unfortunately, Nook doesn’t allow preorder for indie published novel, so I can’t give you the exact date until the actual release.
The paperback edition will release in early November if not before.
Buy a mystery and help feed a community! And as always thank you for reading! I hope A Plain Malice brings a smile to your face.

Follow Amanda on Social Media at: Facebook Twitter Goodreads Pinterest


Filed under: A Plain Death, A Plain Disappearance, A Plain Malice, A Plain Scandal, Amish, Amish Spotlight, Appleseed Creek Mysteries, Faith, Giveback, Moms, Writing Tagged: A Plain Death, A Plain Disappearance, A Plain Malice, A Plain Scandal, Akron Christian Reformed Church, Amish, Appleseed Creek Mysteries, Authors, food pantry, Kindle, Mystery, Novel writing, Publishing, the Akronist, The Landing, Writing
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Published on September 03, 2014 06:00 • 37 views

June 24, 2014

When I was a young writer and wanted to sell just one mystery novel to a publisher, I never dreamed that one day my publisher would fly me across the country to sign books. I’ve been blessed enough that I have had this oporunity several times over the last few years. However, this upcoming weekend will be a real pinch me moment when I sign free copies of my novels at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada in both the Penguin and Zondervan/HarperCollins booths. I never dreamed that big!


So fellow librarians if you will be at ALA this weekend, please see me and grab one of my free titles. I can’t wait to talk about books, writing, and all things librarianish!


Here’s my schedule:

Friday, June 27 5-7pm, Penguin booth, signing Murder, Simply Stitched

Saturday, June 28 9:00-10:00am, Zondervan booth inside HarperCollins area, signing ARCs of Andi Under Pressure

Saturday, June 28 10:30-11:30am, Sisters in Crime booth, signing Murder, Simply Stitched


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Andi Under Pressure


 


If you aren’t attending the conference, you can still take part in the adventure! Watch for Dead Fred pics from Las Vegas on my Facebook Pages.


https://www.facebook.com/authoramandaflower


https://www.facebook.com/IsabellaAlanAuthor


Filed under: Amish, Amish Quilt Mysteries, Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries, Andi Unexpected, Travel, Writing Tagged: Amish, Amish Quilt Mysteries, Andi Boggs Series, Andi Under Pressure, HarperCollins, Murder, Penguin, Simply Stitched, Zonderkidz
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Published on June 24, 2014 08:00 • 21 views

June 12, 2014

It’s been a long time coming, but I can finally share with you the cover of the mass market paperback edition of MAID OF MURDER.  This new edition will be published by Harlequin in July 2014, just a few weeks from now and is available to purchase through Harlequin’s website. Click here to see the pricing.


I can’t tell you how exciting this is for me. MAID OF MURDER will always be the book of my heart. It’s my first baby, the one that started my career, the one nominated for the Agatha, and the one that made my dreams come true. I’m so happy that it will now have a chance to reach more readers in paperback form. Huge thanks goes to my super star agent Nicole for making this happen.


 


Now the cover…


maid of murder pbHERE LIES THE BRIDE . . .

An upscale Fourth-of-July wedding. A beyond-horrible bridesmaid’s dress. A snobbish mother-of-the-bride from hell…. If the struggling college librarian India Hayes didn’t owe ex-friend Olivia Blocken a big favor, she’d bail before the champagne is chilled. Especially since India’s brother, Mark, is still piecing his life together after Olivia’s callous rejection, and India’s family won’t forgive the not-so-beautiful bride. Now Olivia is dead in a campus fountain—and police find incriminating evidence in Mark’s possession. And even as India tries to keep her parents’ street-theater protests from sending the investigation into a tailspin, she must dig deep to uncover Olivia’s secrets. But trapping a murderer with a lot to lose won’t be a piece of eight-tiered, 24-karat-gold-frosted, crystal-decorated spun-sugar cake….


 


It’s so different than India’s first cover, but I do love it! I like to think India is a bridesmaid in the middle with the skull bouquet. ;)


 


 


Filed under: India Hayes Mysteries, Librarian, Maid of Murder, Mysteries, Seymour Agency, Writing Tagged: Agatha Awards, India Hayes, India Hayes Mysteries, Maid of Murder, mass market paperback, Mystery, Novel writing, paperback
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Published on June 12, 2014 04:00 • 21 views

June 3, 2014

Happy Murder, Simply Stitched Release Day!
I’m so happy share this novel with you and introduce you to Petunia the Goat!

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Order Now!
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About the novel:


When Angela Braddock enters her quilts in an Amish auction, she never expects one of her neighbors to end up going, going, gone….


Angie is finding her niche as the new owner of her late aunt’s Amish quilt shop, Running Stitch. But as the summer is winding down, so is business. To bolster support for the shop, Angie decides to sell her quilts in the Rolling Brook Amish Auction, including some of her aunt’s most prized works.


The quilts promise to be a hit—but the gavel comes down on the lively event when Angie stumbles upon the body of township trustee Wanda Hunt behind a canning shed. The cause of death: a poisoned blueberry fry pie from Rachel Miller’s bakery table. Now Angie’s closest friend is a murder suspect. With Angie taking the lead, she and the other women of her aunt’s quilting circle set out to patch together the clues and stop a killer set on shredding the simple peace of Rolling Brook.


Includes Quilting Tips!



I’m celebrating the novel’s release by giving away two Amish charm bracelets. There will be two winners!
Enter here: http://www.amandaflower.com/Giveaways.html

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Happy Reading!

 


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Filed under: Amish, Amish Quilt Mysteries, Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries, Mysteries, Writing Tagged: Amish, Amish Quilt Mysteries, Amish Spotlight, Murder Plain and Simple, Murder Simply Stitched, Mystery, Novel writing, Penguin, Plainly Murder
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Published on June 03, 2014 04:00 • 21 views

May 8, 2014

The cover of my second children’s mystery is here! I’m so excited to reveal the cover of Andi Under Pressure. This is the sequel to Andi Unexpected, which was a 2013 Agatha Award nominee for Best Children’s/YA Novel. In book two, Andi and Colin are back solving the mysteries of Killdeer, Ohio’s checkered past. There might be a slight explosion in this one! Very special thanks to my friend chemistry professor, Dr. Sarah Preston, who helped me with the science behind the story.


Official Blurb:


Twelve-year-old Andora ‘Andi’ Boggs and her new best friend Colin Carter couldn’t be more excited to attend the prestigious science camp at the local university in Killdeer, Ohio. Unfortunately, Discovery Camp’s curriculum appears to include much more than just chemistry and biology. From day one, the university is plagued by a series of pranks—missing markers, loose crickets, and stolen scales. Campus security blames the mysterious janitor Polk, but even though Andi agrees he’s acting suspicious, she can’t believe the gentle old man would do anything illegal. Then one prank goes too far and their chemistry professor is injured by an explosion in the lab, upping the stakes of the investigation. Andi and Colin must unravel the secrets behind the chemistry department and Polk’s dark past before danger closes the camp for good.


Andi Under Pressure releases on October 7, 2014 and is available for preorder now.


Amazon | B&N | CBD



AND HERE’S THE COVER!


Someone is up to no good in the chemistry lab!


Andi Under Pressure


Praise for the series

Andi Unexpected 2013 Agatha Award Nominee


“In the upstanding tradition of Nancy Drew and Harriet the Spy, Andi is spunky and unafraid to take risks” – Booklist


“A fun little detective story with some simple life lessons.” – Kirkus Reviews


“Flower creates a cast of memorable characters and a colorful, historically detailed setting.” – Publishers Weekly


 


Filed under: Andi Under Pressure, Andi Unexpected, Kids books, Writing Tagged: Amazon, Andi Boggs, Andi Boggs Series, Andi Under Pressure, Andi Unexpected, Children's book, children's mysteries, cover reveal, Publishing, Zonderkidz
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Published on May 08, 2014 04:00 • 24 views