Maid of Murder ARC Contest!

Are you tired of waiting for Maid of Murder to be released?  Does June 16, 2010 seem too far away?  Do you want to read it now?

Here’s your chance to be one of the first to read my debut mystery, featuring librarian-sleuth India Hayes.  I have one Advance Reader Copy (ARC) available to give away, and you can win it!

How the contest works:

Anyone who makes a comment on any one of my blog posts (including this one) between Friday, March 19, 2010 and Friday, April 2, 2010 will be automatically enrolled into a random drawing to win a signed Maid of Murder ARC.  Entries names will be placed into individual plastic Easter eggs for the drawing.  My nearly one-year-old niece will select the winning egg/contestant on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2010.  The winner will be announced here on my blog on Sunday, April 4, 2010 at 9pm EDT.  After the announcement, the winner will be asked to send his or her snail mail address to me via email.  The winner will have five days to claim his or her prize or a new winner will be chosen.

Contest Rules/Exclusions:

1)      Entries are limited to U.S. and Canadian mailing addresses.

2)      Comments deemed profane or offensive will not be included in the contest.  I reserve the right to make that determination. (No curse words, please!)

3)      Immediate family may not enter. (You know who you are!)

I’m looking forward to your comments! Good Luck!


From the book jacket of Maid of Murder:

India Hayes is a lot of things . . . starving artist who pays the rent as a college librarian, daughter of liberal activists, sister of an emotional mathematician, tenant of a landlady who has kissed the Blarney Stone one too many times, and a bridesmaid six times over. But she’s about to step into the most challenging role of her life: amateur sleuth.

Childhood friend and now knockout beauty, Olivia Blocken is back in town to wed her bodybuilder fiancé with India a reluctant attendant . . . not just because the bridesmaid’s dress is a hideous mess, but because she’s betraying her brother. Mark still carries a torch for the bride who once broke his heart and sent his life into a tailspin.

When Olivia turns up dead in the Martin College fountain and the evidence points to Mark, India must unmask the real culprit while juggling a furious and grieving Mother of the Bride, an annoyingly beautiful Maid of Honor, a set of hippie-generation parents, the police detective who once dated her sister and is showing a marked liking for her, and a provost itching to fire someone, anyone—maybe even a smart-mouthed librarian.

India’s investigation leads her on a journey through childhood memories that she’d much rather have left in the schoolyard, but to avoid becoming the next victim, it is a path she must follow.

Maid of Murder is a fast-paced, laugh-out-loud mystery set in an amusing world of academia. Readers will fall in love with India Hayes’s fierce loyalty and wit.

47 thoughts on “Maid of Murder ARC Contest!

  1. I am so excited to read your book! Whatever happens with the contest (which, by the way I think is too cute for words), I am going to have a copy:)

  2. Hey! This sounds like it is going to be an awesome book!!! I will be camping when it is going to be released:( but I can’t wait to read it!!!

  3. I’ve already ordered my hard copy but I’d love to win the ARC because I can’t wait until June to read this book. I’m so excited for you, Amanda. The contest is a cute and clever idea. Tell Belle to pick me!

  4. I hope I’m the one; I hope I’m the one; I hope I’m the one:) It’s okay though if I’m not, I’ll just have to wait a little longer since I’m going to get my AMAZON copy as soon as they receive it:)

  5. I’d love to read about a heroine who survives being a bridesmaid six times, plus the landlady who’s kissed the Blarney Stone sounds like fun.

    Kari Wainwright

  6. Thanks for having such a fun contest and also for writing a new mystery. The selection method is precious. I wish you all the best and can’t wait to read your book!

  7. Thank you for having this contest and it’s such a delight to enter my name. I wish much success and I cannot wait to read MAID OF MURDER, you had me at Kissing the blarney stone.

  8. Speaking as a 30(ish) librarian with a smart mouth (according to some) and who has been a bridesmaid a few times too many…I can’t wait to read your upcoming book! Congratulations!

  9. I’m another Guppy who’s love to win one of your books! You are certainly quite a traveler. (I’ve been to several interesting places, but not as many as you have.) Will India travel in future books?

  10. Congratulations from a new Guppy. As a lover and frequenter of libraries, I can’t wait to read your book, so I would love to win the ARC.

  11. Please enter my name in the “easter egg hunt contest”. I’m a huge mystery fan and have found that Five Star publishes excellent mysteries, so I’m looking forward to yours.

  12. Amanda,

    Thanks so much for opening up your contest to Canadians; it was a very gracious response. I’d like to enter to win your contest, but I think I’ll track down the book and read it regardless.

    Best wishes,

  13. Congrats on the new book! I love finding new mystery authors! Your debut book sounds really entertaining! I can’t wait for it to be released.

  14. What a cute idea Amanda. Looks like there are a lot of people who can’t wait to read your book. I’m one too.

  15. I’m telling everyone I know about your book. I’m so proud of you and happy for you! Can’t wait for the release. Hayden gives 2 thumbs up!

  16. Alright, I know I’m being greedy but I’d LOVE an ARC so I’m trying this out. Of course, I’ll buy a ton of copies when they actually come out anyway…:-)

  17. I would love to get to know India. She reminds me of a lovely college librarian I know who might have a knack for getting mixed up in mysteries, and is very clever to boot!

  18. I’m excited for you and your publishing debut. I hope to read Maid soon. Looking forward to more SICCO meetings with you.


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