Andi Unstoppable Wins the Agatha

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Back in January, I received a phone call from the Washington D.C. area while I was driving. I remember exactly where I was when the call came in. I was on State Route 91 in Summit County, Ohio, driving by my favorite park where I hike as often as I can. It was oddly warm day, like much of the winter had been, and the sun was shining. As soon as I saw where the call orginated I knew what it was. I knew it was a member of the Malice Domestic board and I knew I had just been nominated for an Agatha Award. I answered and the board member told that Andi Unstoppable the third mystery in the Andi Boggs series was nominated for the Agatha for Best Children’s/ YA Novel. This wasn’t my first call like this. It was fourth. I had been nominated three times before. This call wasn’t any less thrilling than it had been the first time. I squealed and thanked the board member repeatedly just as I had when my first novel, Maid of Murder, had been up for best first five years before. To be nominated, not once but four times, was a greater gift than I could ever imagine, a bigger dream than I could have conjured.

And then at the Agatha Awards banquet on April 30th, Andi Unstoppable won, and if it wasn’t for the Agatha teapot, which is the trophy for the award, sitting on my mantle at this moment, I still would have trouble believing it. When my name was called as the winner, I stood on shaky legs, and I continued to shake the entire walk to the stage, up the stairs to the platform, and as  stood at the microphone to deliver a speech I had written on a scratch piece of paper just a couple of hours before but never expected to recite.

Although not verbatim because I did ad lib some of it, here is my acceptance speech.

This is such and enormous honor. I’m so grateful to the Malice community and the readers. I wrote the Andi series because at a young age I was reading Sue Grafton, Patricia Cornwell, and Marcia Muller and I saw that there was a gap I could fill. I wrote it because it was a character that wouldn’t let me go. I never expected it to be published. I have my agent Nicole Resciniti–who is going to freak out when she hears that I won– and everyone at Zonderkidz and HarperCollins Chrisitian Publishing to thank for making that possible.

I also have to thank my family and friends, especially my brother Andy and my sister-in-law Nicole, who came all the way from Ohio to be with me tonight. And to my niece and nephew, my great joys; we call each other super besties. They support and encourage me and feed me when I am on deadline.

However, my biggest encouragers were my parents, and I accept this award in their memory. When I was a little girl and told them I wanted to be a mystery author when I grew up, they never said that was impractical, they said what can we do, how can we help and I am so very grateful. Thank you.

Like Andi Boggs, who is an orphan in the series, my parents are gone. Although, I was not twelve when they died but a young adult, the loss of them was no less great. There was much that they didn’t see, that they won’t see like this moment when I won the Agatha. That is heartbreaking, but it makes moments of pure happiness like winning the Agatha more meaningful too. To have suffered great loss makes me appreciate great joy that much more; to know deepest pain allows me to recognize greatest happiness. It has made me a better writer, a better Christian, a better person. I learn something new about myself and the world from every novel I write. Like Andi in the series I have made a conscience choice to hold on joy and seek out new adventures and challenges. God has taught me through writing  the Andi series that pure joy with no baggage to hold it here on earth is still possible. I’m so very grateful for that lesson, and so very grateful that He’s blessed me beyond measure. All I can do to show my thanks is the work I have been assigned for my time here on earth: to write books that glorify Him and bring joy to others.

Enjoy these photos from the awards and convention.

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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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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

Malice Domestic Bound

I’m packing for 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 Unexpected was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Children’s/YA mystery. It’s my second nomination and first for the children’s/YA category. The winner will be announced at the Agatha Banquet on Saturday (5/3/14).

If you see me at the convention, stop me to say “hello.” I’ll be in the hotel all weekend, but you can also find me at my panel, Kids Love A Mystery: Our Agatha Best Children’s/Young Adult Novel Nominees, along with my fellow nominees: Joelle Charbonneau, Kathleen Ernst, and Penny Warner on Saturday (5/3) at 9am with a signing right afterward. Leslie Blatt is moderating what promises to be a fun panel about kids and mystery.

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

Mister Tumnus thinks he's coming too!

Mister Tumnus thinks he’s coming too!

 

Andi Unexpected Nominated for the Agatha Award

I’m so thrilled and delighted to share that my middle grade mystery, Andi Unexpected, has been nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Children’s/YA Novel. The Agathas are awards that honor the best in traditional mystery. It’s a great honor! My very first novel, Maid of Murder, was nominated for Best First Novel in 2010. That event changed the course of my writing career, so I know how monumental being nominated is. I’m so grateful for the Malice Domestic Convention that hosts the awards. I’m also thankful for my wonderful publisher Zonderkidz, my agent Nicole Resciniti, and my editor Kim Childress. The winners will be announced on May 3, 2014 during the Malice Domestic Convention.

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Here’s the full list of nominees:

Best Historical Novel

Heirs and Graces by Rhys Bowen (Berkley)
Death in the Time of Ice by Kaye George (Untreed Reads Publishing)
A Friendly Game of Murder by JJ Murphy (Signet)
Murder in Chelsea by Victoria Thompson (Berkley Prime Crime)
A Question of Honor by Charles Todd (William Morrow)

Best Children’s/YA Nominations

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau (HMH Books for Young Readers)
Traitor in the Shipyard: A Caroline Mystery by Kathleen Ernst (American Girl Mysteries)
Andi Unexpected by Amanda Flower (Zonderkidz)
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein (Random House Books)
Code Busters Club: Mystery of the Pirate’s Treasure by Penny Warner (Edgmont USA)

Best Contemporary Novel

Through the Evil Days by Julia Spencer-Fleming (Minotaur Books)
Pagan Spring by G.M. Malliet (Minotaur Books)
How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
Clammed Up by Barbara Ross (Kensington Books)
The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge Books)

Best Nonfiction

Georgette Heyer by Jennifer Kloester (Source Books Inc.)
Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova (Viking Penguin)
Not Everyone’s Cup of Tea: An Interesting & Entertaining History of Malice Domestic’s First 25 Years by Verena Rose and Rita Owen (editors) (Wildside Press)
The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower (Minotaur Books)

Best First Novel

Death Al Dente by Leslie Budewitz (Berkley Prime Crime)
You Cannoli Die Once by Shelley Costa (Pocket Books)
Board Stiff by Kendel Lynn (Henery Press)
Kneading to Die by Liz Mugavero (Kensington)
Front Page Fatality by LynDee Walker (Henery Press)

Best Short Story

“Evil Little Girl” in Don’t Get Mad, Get Even by Barb Goffman (Wildside Press)
“Nightmare” in Don’t Get Mad, Get Even by Barb Goffman (Wildside Press)
“The Hindi Houdini” in Fish Nets by Gigi Pandian (Wildside Press)
“Bread Baby” in Best New England Crime Stories 2014: Stone Cold by Barbara Ross (Level Best Books)
“The Care and Feeding of House Plants” by Art Taylor (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)

Happy Murder in a Basket Release Day!

Today is release day for my second India Hayes mystery, Murder in a Basket!

Now available at Amazon.com, Five Star, Barnes and Noble & Books-A-Million

If you can’t find the mystery at your favorite bookstore, please ask the shopkeeper to order it. Remember, you can always suggest Murder in a Basket to your local library to purchase so that you and all of your friends can read it!

In Murder in a Basket, college librarian India Hayes thought the worst thing about the Stripling Founders’ Festival was her pink gingham pioneer dress until she discovered the body of a free-spirited basket weaver on the festival grounds. The basket weaver leaves behind an angry blacksmith husband, a confused adopted son, greedy siblings, a dysfunctional artists’ co-op, and a labradoodle with a two-million-dollar trust in his name. Despite the wrath of her college’s provost and protests by handsome police detective Rick Mains, India finds herself playing sleuth as well as foster-owner to the two-million-dollar dog. With her own eccentric family commenting from the sidelines and her Irish-centric landlady as volunteer sidekick, India must discover the truth before she has a permanent canine houseguest or ends up the next victim in the basket weaver’s murder.

What the reviewer are saying…

“. . . this humorous cozy moves at a steady clip, throwing in a monkey wrench or two to put readers off-track. Agatha Award nominee Flower has the chops to make this series last. ”- Library Journal

“Fans of Donna Andrews’ humorous Meg Langslow mysteries will enjoy India and her quirky extended family.” –Booklist

“In Flower’s delightful, clean-as-a-whistle second India Hayes mystery, India, the librarian at Ohio’s Martin College, intends to retrieve the items she left in her face-painting booth at the founders’ festival, but discovers more than she bargained for . . . The satisfying conclusion will leave cozy fans eager for India’s next adventure.” –Publishers Weekly

To celebrate the second India Hayes Mystery, I’m hosting a Super Sale of Agatha Award-Nominated Maid of Murder on Kindle. Now, it’s $2.99!! Click here for the Kindle version.