Prose and Cons Giveback Ends an Incredible Year

I am thrilled to announce that through the Prose and Cons Giveback we raised $5,043 for the Landing Food Pantry in Akron, Ohio. 4,852 copies of the novel sold before 12.20.16, and as promised, I made a $1 donation to the Landing for every copy sold before that date. The additional $191 was made up from direct donations from the Learned Owl and Goodyear Heights Baptist Church. Thank you so much for purchasing the book and helping others.

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It seems every year is a year of change, and that was certainly the case for me this year. However, 2016 was also an incredible year for my writing. Andi Unstoppable won the Agatha Award for Best Children’s/YA Mystery. I was one of the featured author at the 20th annual Ohioana Book Festival. I released four novels  (Crime and Poetry; The Final Tap; Murder, Handcrafted, and Prose and Cons). Crime and Poetry was name one of the Best Cozy Mysteries of 2016 by Suspense Magazine. Crime and Poetry hit the Barnes and Nobel and Indiebound Bestsellers lists, and Prose and Cons hit the Barnes and Nobel Bestsellers list. Prose and Cons was my twentieth published book, a dream that would never have even occurred to me as a little girl who just wanted to see one book with her name on it in the library.

It’s been an incredible year because I have the support of incredible readers. I could never thank you enough.

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Happy New Year! Wishing you all the very best in 2017!

❤ Amanda

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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!

❤ Amanda

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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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.

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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!

-Amanda

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Murder, Served Simply by Isabella Alan Pre-Order Giveaway!

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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Dead Fred Goes to Florida

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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Buy A Plain Malice, Feed a Community! Chance to win A Plain Disappearance!

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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Enter here!

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.
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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!

Order Paperback edition HERE!

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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