Murder, Plain and Simple is a USA Today Bestseller & Reader Appreciation Giveaway

Thank you, thank you, thank you, readers! I could say thank you a million times and it still would never be enough to express how grateful I am to you for making Murder, Plain and Simple a USA Today Bestseller. It was truly a dream come true!

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To show my gratitude, I am giving away a signed novel from my backlist to three winners.

The giveaway is limited to US and Canada residents. 9780451413635-1

The novels that the winners can choose from are:
Maid of Murder (India Hayes #1)
Murder in a Basket (India Hayes #2)
A Plain Malice (Appleseed Creek #4)
Andi Unexpected (Andi Boggs #1)
Andi Under Pressure (Andi Boggs #2)

To enter the giveaway click HERE!

Good luck and thank you one last time!

<3 Amanda

Midnight on the Mississippi by Mary Ellis

While on vacation summer, I read Midnight on the Mississippi by Mary Ellis. Mary is a friend of mine and has been writing bestselling novels for years, but this is her first mystery. What a great mystery debut! The atmospheric novel has a clear sense of place, a spunky heroine, and enough twists and turns to keep me guessing. I can’t wait for her next mystery! You should check it out!51QcSg01vHL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_

Summary of the novel:

Midnight on the Mississippi begins the new Secrets of the South Mysteries from bestselling author Mary Ellis. These complex crime dramas follow an investigator’s quest to make the world a better place…solving one case at a time.

New Orleans–Hunter Galen, a stock and securities broker, suspects his business partner, James Nowak, may be involved in embezzling their clients’ money, but he’s reluctant to jeopardize their friendship based on suspicion alone. After James turns up dead, Hunter realizes his unwillingness to confront a problem may have cost James his life.

Nicki Price, a newly minted PI, intends to solve the stockbroker’s murder, recover the missing millions from the client accounts, and establish herself in the career she adores. As she ferrets out fraud and deception at Galen Investments, Hunter’s fiancee, Ashley Menard, rubs Nicki the wrong way. Nicki doesn’t trust the ostentatious woman with an agenda longer than the Mississippi River. Ashley seems to be hiding something, but is Nicki’s growing attraction to Hunter–a suspected murderer–her true reason for disliking Ashley?

As they encounter sophisticated shell games, blackmail, and murder, Nicki and Hunter’s only option is to turn to God as they search for answers, elude lethal danger, and perhaps discover love along the way.

Meet Amanda Flower/Isabella Alan this Fall!

pslFall means two things to me: Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Book Fair Season. Yes, I am one of the hordes who goes absolutely gaga over Starbucks’ PSL. When September strikes, I begin asking my local barista if the PSL has arrived. It officially launched on September 8th, but I got one a few days earlier at my local Starbucks. Nothing can compare to the Starbucks version of the pumpkin spice latte. I tried one by an unnamed competitor over the weekend and it wasn’t even close.

So with my PSL in hand, I face the fall and book fair season. In Ohio and in neighboring states many book fairs are held in the beautiful Midwestern autumn, and I will be appearing at several. I would love to meet you at one of the below events! If you can’t make one of these, check your local paper and see what book events are happening in your own area.

Amanda Flower’s Fall Book Signing Schedule

NEO Sisters in Crime One Day Conference
Twinsburg Public Library
Twinsburg, OH
September 12 10am-4:30pm

Kerrytown Book Festival
Ann Arbor, MI
September 13 11am-5pm

Medina Library Event
Medina, OH
September 16 12pm

Hiram Book Fair
Hiram College
Hiram, OH
September 19 10am-12pm

Northwest Branch Library
Akron, OH
October 21 1pm

Buckeye Book Fair
Wooster, OH
November 7 9:30am-4pm

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MAID OF MURDER 5th Anniversary Giveback Thank you!

MaidOfMurderFront newThank you to everyone who participated in the Maid of Murder 5th Anniversary Giveback by buying an e-copy of Maid or Murder and/or Murder in a Basket between June 1st 2015 and September 1, 2015. Because you did this, we were able to raise $325.25 for The Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio! This money will be used to support the mission of the pharmacy and provide medications to people living in the Columbus, Ohio area who are not able to afford them otherwise.

I can’t tell you how grateful I am to each and everyone of you! Thanks from the bottom of my heart! 

<3 Amanda

MAID OF MURDER 5th Anniversary Giveback!

June 16, 2010 was a monumental day in my life. It was the release day of Maid of Murder, my very first mysMaidOfMurderFront newtery novel. The book went on to be nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel, attracted the attention of the world’s best literary agent, and led to the release of twelve more novels over the next five years. I can never express how grateful I am for that day and everything that came after because of it.

When I was a little girl I wanted one published novel with my name on it. Nothing more, nothing less. It has become so much more, and every day there is a new surprise, which leaves me humbly thanking God for every blessing and challenge it brings.

To celebrate the fifth anniversary of this great day, I have decided to donate all of the royalties that I earn June 1, 2015-September 1, 2015 from the two novels in the India Hayes Mystery Series, Maid of Murder and Murder in a Basket,  to charity. There is no better way to celebrate my 5th anniversary as a published author.

After the great success of The A Plain Malice Giveback last fall, I have chosen another local charity close to my heart, The Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio. My dear friend Mariellyn Dunlap Grace, who has been with me every step of the way through my writing/publishing roller coaster, works for the ministry as Patient Services Coordinator.

DSC_0051The Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio provides free medications to low-income, uninsured, and under-insured residents of Franklin County, OH. Since opening on February 26, 2010, the Charitable Pharmacy has served 4,250 patients and dispensed over 200,000 prescriptions valued at more than $17 million. All the money raised will go to this worthy cause.

Please watch this video to learn more about the pharmacy or visit their website for more information.

The cost of all ebook editions of both novels is $1.99!

  • Order Kindle of Maid of Murder HERE!
  • Order Kindle of Murder in a Basket HERE!
  • Order Nook of Maid of Murder HERE!
  • Order Nook of Murder in a Basket HERE!

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E-Book covers of the India Hayes Mysteries

Buy a mystery and care for a community! And as always thank you for reading!

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Malice Domestic Bound! Appearance Schedule!

I’m heading to the Malice Domestic Convention, and I cannot wait to get there to see old and new friends and to meet readers. I love my readers!

I’m still pinching myself that Andi Under Pressure was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Children’s/YA mystery. It’s my third nomination and second for the children’s/YA category. The winner will be announced at the Agatha Banquet on Saturday (5/2/15).

If you see me at the convention, stop me to say “hello.” I will be in the hotel all weekend. Please don’t be afraid to stop me, but you can also see me at these times and places:

Friday, May 1 @ 5pm : Opening Ceremonies

Friday, May 1 @ 9:15pm: Welcome Reception. Since it is co-hosted by Midnight Ink, the publisher of The Final Reveille, Midnight Ink will be giving away signed copies of the novel at the reception!!

Saturday, May 2 @ 9am: My panel, Kids Love A Mystery: Our Agatha Best Children’s/Young Adult Novel Nominees, along with my fellow nominees.

Saturday, May 2 @ 11am: Signing in the Atrium

Saturday, May 2 @ 7pm: Agatha Awards Banquet. I will be hosting a table, and we will find out if Andi it the winner!

I hope to see you there! Oh and be on the lookout for Dead Fred photos at the convention on my Facebook Page. Andi Under Pressure

Spring Flowers

If you’re like me, you are so ready for winter to be over. I live in Northeast Ohio, and the last two winters have been brutal. Each winter seems to be longer and colder than the last. It needs to end! I’m ready for spring, but even more than the warm weather, I’m ready for spring flowers. Just like many Amish people, I love to garden. I don’t have much space for a garden, but I make the most of what I have, and by mid-summer, the land surrounding my home is bursting with flowers. I miss them, and I find that surprising because last summer was the first year I had my own garden. My mother passed away the fall before, and I inherited her home. She always had a beautiful garden, the best on the street. One of my fears after she died—and I had many—was all of her hard work in the garden would die too because I wouldn’t be able to care for it. How could I hope to live up to her standard of beauty?

In my family, gardening is a tradition. My great grandfather was a gardener, and my grandpa would tell me all of his dad’s secrets for a glorious garden like using coffee grounds as fertilizer and egg shells to keep slugs away. Mom followed in their tradition, and now to continue on, it was up to me.


I jumped in with both feet. I bought seeds, plants, and fertilizer. I read dozens of gardening books and magazines. I watched hours of gardening tips on YouTube. I spent countless hours outside even well after dark planting, pruning, and weeding. Through it all, I discovered I not only liked to garden, but I was good at it. I suppose that’s bragging, but it came to me as a complete surprise because I have killed every houseplant that I’ve ever known, but outside my plants flourished. My neighbor even started calling me Farmer Flower, the same nickname he had given my mom, by the end of the summer.

But more than realizing a hidden talent, I found a way to grieve the loss of my mom that was active. I cried many of tears on those flowers, but they were good tears, tears I needed to shed to survive. Since she died, I had never felt as close to her as I did as when I was in the garden. I could hear her advice in my head and I felt her love with each flower that bloomed. And I knew she was as proud of me for bringing her garden back to life as she was with every book I wrote. After this winter, I am ready to go back into the garden and spend time with my mom again.

May all your flowers bloom!


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