Guest post: Scent of Mystery and Giveaway

I am happy to welcome Kathleen Kaminski to the blog today.  I know Kathy through the cozy mystery community. She be a book reviewer and blogger. You may know her as Katreader, a commenter on many mystery blogs, or as Cozy Up With Kathy, the cozy mystery blog she writes ( and it’s corresponding Facebook page ( Kathy interviews mystery authors, writes reviews and posts her own literary musings. She’s also started a new business that mixes well with her love of mysteries. I’ll let her tell you about it…

Scent of Mystery

by Kathleen J. Kaminski

I love bringing fragrance into my home. That’s one of the reasons I became an independent consultant for Pink Zebra. Pink Zebra is a direct sales company for home fragrance products.  We make Sprinkles, a unique scented wax melt. The wonderful thing about Sprinkles is that because of their small size, they blend really well. So, even though we have over 50 scents, you can mix and combine to create your own personalized fragrances!

Pink Zebra Amish Festival Prize Pack

As I was reading Isabella Alan’s Murder, Plain and Simple I could imagine myself walking around Rolling Brook, Ohio. To make it even more real I began to smell…apples, and to help celebrate Watermelon Fest-watermelon! I was inspired by the book to create a scent that would always remind me of it, and I can do that because I’m a Pink Zebra! I got my Sprinkles and mixed.  Equal parts of Red Delicious Apple and I Love Watermelon became Amish Festival, my Pink Zebra recipe inspired by Murder, Plain and Simple.

I came up with that recipe for the whole book, but you could create recipes for individual characters as well. For Rachel, what about mixing Blueberry Muffin with Mom’s Lemon Bars? Or perhaps Chocolate Whoopie Pie and Vanilla Crème?

When thinking about Amanda Flower’s Appleseed Creek Mystery series I came up with a blend inspired by the whole series thus far. Red Delicious Apple (of course, it is Appleseed Creek) and Citrus and Herbs. I call that recipe Amish Countryside.

It’s wonderful to be able to combine my love of mysteries with my love of home fragrance-and my new business.


I’d like to share Pink Zebra with you. One winner will receive a light green simmering pot and 2 jars of Sprinkles, Red Delicious Apple and I Love Watermelon in celebration of the release of the Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries. I trust that melting these scents will transport you to the Amish Countryside.

How to enter:

Leave a comment on this post telling us what we like about Amish mysteries or novels with your email address. Amanda will chose a winner from the comments.

Contest ends Tuesday, September 24 at 4pm EDT. Winner will be announced in the comments to this post on Wednesday, September 25.


Contest is only open to US and Puerto Rico residents

I hope I’ve piqued your interest in Pink Zebra. Let me tempt you to create scents for your favorite mysteries and characters. Come check out my Facebook page ( ) and website ( where you can order any time you’d like. If you have any questions about Pink Zebra, please e-mail me at


Don’t forget to enter my Amish Quilt Giveaway!

It’s SUPER SEPTEMBER! Amanda Flower (also writing as Isabella Alan) has three novels releasing in September 2013. To celebrate, she is giving away an authentic Amish Quilt hand-stitched by Amish in Holmes County, Ohio.

Enter to Win an Authentic Amish Quilt from author Amanda Flower! Click here to Enter!

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  1. Debbie Carney

    What a great giveaway !!! I love all things Amish, I grew up in NJ and went to PA Dutch country all the time. I always thought I just might be able to live like them, a hard life but the seem very happy and at peace. I love their crafts, foods and as I said their way of life.
    Really look forward to reading more of your books

  2. I love Amish Mysteries because you feel like you really know the people and are a part of the community. I also like them because you don’t expect murder to happen in the Amish community so that adds more intrigue also. I love Amanda’s books and this giveaway sounds awesome thanks.

  3. Kim

    What I like about Amish Mysteries is how they let us learn about another way of life–introduce us to a culture which has been woven into the fabric of what is now America.

    I love aromatherapy and lavender in particular!


  4. Valerie Consoer

    I, too, love to fill my home with scents that are cozy and make me feel good! I’d love to win this giveaway!!

  5. i love the Amish mysteries and how even tho it brings in the out side world the help solve the crimes thier way, i would love to win this give away, i love sweet scents in my home,

  6. Charlotte

    I will have to be truthful and say I haven’t ever read any Amish mysteries, sorry. I am sure they would be great reading. Would love to win this wonderful give away. It is so pretty. I did have two birds, they have passed away now. While I had them I couldn’t have nice smelling scents in my home, they would kill your birds. Now, that they are gone, this would be a time to win and use this beautiful bowl in my home filling it with the nice swells that come with the give away.

  7. I’ve already finished reading your newest book “Plain Disappearance” and am working on your Isabella Allen’s new book. I love the Amish books because they are a simpler life and yet they live in many ways with the same problems we do.

  8. Layne Brewster

    I like reading Amish mysteries because I am a history major, a police officer, and I live in the country. I do love the conveniences I have, but I love to imagine I could do without and “rough it”. My grandmother quilted, sewed her own clothing, and lived on a working farm. I’ve always been interested in the Amish Folk and their way of life. A little bit of a ramble – I would also loooove to win – I loooooove Pink Zebra!!!!

  9. Juanita Cook

    I love the Amish mysteries, because you don’t expect to find that anyone get’s murdered in an Amish community. I also love the different scents that are being brought into our homes. Makes everything smell so good.

  10. Brenda Harding

    I love reading about the Amish..the mystery makes it even better

  11. great giveaway. amish mysteries are awesome, you usually only think of amish as god-farin individuals who dont turn to police. the last youexpect is murder, suspense. keep writing, i love them

  12. i love reading the books. They are clean and family can all read. They just make me feel such a peacefulness. Very hardworking people. They would help anyone in need. I like how they all come together to worship together and fellowship afterwards. I believe they are God honoring people. There is romance but they don’t show it in public. It’s another world. I love reading and learning about them. Love to win this.

  13. I enjoy reading about the Amish culture and lifestyle, and a great story has so much reading pleasure mixed in with all those interesting tidbits of truth… (tiffany@tiffanyblitz,com)

  14. I love reading Amish mysterys because you never really know what to expect since there rar ely is violence with the Amish!Its exciting to read and wonder where and when it will happen and which character it will be. I visit Amish in Wi. In. and Ohio and enjoy them and their way of life. Thank you for this contest I enjoy flower & fruity scents and some

  15. Cheryl Baranski

    I love Amish fiction. There is just something about Amish mysteries that really draw me in so I don’t want to put down the book until the end!!

  16. Carol Edwards

    I love to see their take on things in solving the mysteries. centraleast2 at gmail dot com

  17. What a great giveaway. I grew up in NJ and our big vacations after a day or two at the Jersey shore were going to the Amish country in PA. I loved being able to see the horse and buggies and being with my family on vacation. Thanks for bringing back those memories.

  18. ok forgot the email part

  19. Love the gentleness of the Amish people.

  20. I enjoy Amish mystery and suspense novels because you are given a great story without graphic violence or sexual situations. It proves it is not necessary to write in an extreme manner and still deliver a great novel that people want to read.

  21. I love Amish mysteries, they have the simple good things that the Amish lifestyle makes you think about as well as real problems one can understand and just enough excitement to keep you reading as quick as you can. :)

  22. Tammy Courts

    What I liked most about Amish mysteries is – when you think you got it figured out – there’s another twist! They keep you hanging until the right time! Thanks for the chance to win this great giveaway!

  23. I have become a huge fan of Amish mysteries due in part to Amanda! I only review Amish fiction and sometimes find the same story lines being used time after time so reading mysteries is a nice reprieve :)

  24. I love the simple way of life and that the stories are clean. It’s so fun to read about a culture that I have always admired. I live in Ohio, and I’m always happy when I see a horse and buggy on the road. :)

  25. susanlulu2013

    I love Amish Christian fiction novels because they inspire me to be more humble and praise God daily. I haven’t read any Amish mysteries yet, but I would love to. I have some on my wishlist. Thanks!

  26. I have the first book on my large list of books waiting for me to read. I have to wait until another school break to have the time to read! That said, I like how I will get to learn a few things about another culture. I also thank you for the opportunity to win! 😊

  27. The first book is on my list of need-to-reads that I will be delving into once I have another school break. That said, I really appreciate learning about new cultures. Thank you for that, and the chance to win! 😊

    • Sorry, didn’t know of it came through…

  28. I love Amish mysteries! They have opened a whole new world for me. Amish mysteries tell a story with lots of twists but without the violence. They make me wish for a simpler life.

  29. Bonnie Traher

    Love reading about the Amish because they work together and families stick together.

  30. Maria Kulscar

    I love everything Amish! Mysteries based in Amish country are a new find for me. I thoroughly enjoyed yours and am looking forward to reading your next addition to the series!

  31. Elizabeth Bevins

    I love the beauty and simplicity of these stories. Refreshing, intriguing, and delightful.

    Thanks so much for the entry.

  32. valerie laux

    I love everything about the amish. But most of all their faith in God

  33. Jean Smith

    I love to read all about the Amish, so Amish Mysteries would rank right up there on top.

  34. Katie Johnson

    What a great giveaway. I love reading Amish Fiction and love everything Amish.

  35. Juanita Cook

    I shared on my fb page.

  36. Jane Reeves

    I love to read all amish books. They are so interesting with the way of their lives.

  37. Loretta

    reading amish books is my getaway…
    would be nice to have a nice scent wafting around while I read, thank you :)

  38. Esta Mar Laughner

    I love Amish books, my husband loves mysteries!! You Amanda Flower have made it possible for me to share something with my husband, and for that I will be forever a huge fan of yours. I bought all three of An Appleseed Creek Mystery and we both are enjoying them together!! Please keep them coming and know that I will keep buying and sharing them with others!! God Bless You!!

  39. Barbara Thompson

    I love to read the Amish books. I respect the morals and values they past from generation to generation. I love their family oriented and service to their religion is consistent and greatly loved.
    Barbara Thompson

  40. Donna Durnell

    I have enjoyed every Amish story / book I’ve ever read. I don’t think I could live the Plain life as I like my conveniences way too much (and I’m way too lazy), but I do admire their values and ‘simple’ life style. But I think they are people just like us and therefore have some of the same problems, worries, and concerns, and it’s interesting to read how the Amish deal with these.

    The scent you have described, apple and watermelon, — well, I can almost smell the apples. Years ago, I got to visit an area famous for the apples. We watched them prepare apples for canning, make apple pies and baked items, and in general were surrounded by apples. I loved the smell! One doesn’t get that scent from apples purchased in the store. :)

  41. Thank you so much to everyone who entered! The winner of the Pink Zebra gift is Esta Mar Laughner. Esta, I will be sending you an email shortly!

    • Esta Mae Laughner

      Thank you so much Amanda…I am so excited, this is my first win of a contest and I am so happy that it is yours. I am currently reading your Appleseed Creek Mystery Trilogy and loving them! And so is my husband!! Thanks for all you do. Blessings to you and your loved ones!! Esta Mae Laughner

  42. Juanita Cook

    Congrats Esta. So happy for you.

  43. Congratulations Esta. I mailed your prize off to you today. The post office says it should be there Monday. Enjoy your Sprinkles!

    • Esta Mae Laughner

      Thanks, I will eagerly be waiting on the mailman Monday!!! :) <3

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