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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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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Birthday Book Giveaway!

It’s my birthday this week, and to celebrate, I’m giving away copies of my mystery novels written under my own name and my pen name Isabella Alan!!

There will be three winners. Winners can choose one novel from the following:

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To Enter CLICK HERE to visit the GIVEAWAY page on my website.

Giveaway is limited to U.S. and Canadian residents only.

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 (http://cozyupwithkathy.blogspot.com/) and it’s corresponding Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/CozyUpWithKathy). 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.

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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.

Restrictions:

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 (https://www.facebook.com/CricketHollowSprinkles ) and website (http://www.pinkzebrahome.com/crickethollowsprinkles) where you can order any time you’d like. If you have any questions about Pink Zebra, please e-mail me at CricketHollowSprinkles@aol.com.

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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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Super September Events and Beyond

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Super September 2013
A Plain Disappearance by Amanda Flower Release
September 1

Murder, Plain and Simple Release
September 3

American Christian Fiction Writers Annual Conference
Indianapolis, IN
September 12-16

Annual Conference of Northern Ohio Chapter of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
Cleveland, OH
September 21

Andi Unexpected by Amanda Flower Release
September 24

Twitter Chat about ANDI UNEXPECTED
September 24, 2-3pm

SUPER SEPTEMBER LAUNCH PARTY
Goodyear Heights Presbyterian Church, Akron, OH
September 28, 2-4pm

October 2013
Westerville Public Library
Amish Fiction Panel & Signing
Westerville, OH
October 3, 7pm

Danville Public Library, Book Talk
Danville, OH
October 5, TBA

Tallmadge Branch Library, Book Talk
Tallmadge, OH
October 7, 7pm

Granville Public Library, Book Talk
Granville, OH
October 26, 2pm

Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library, Book Talk
Stow, OH
October 28, 7pm

November 2013
Buckeye Book Fair
Wooster, OH
November 2, 10-4

Plain Community Branch Library, Book Talk
Canton, OH
November 16, 2pm

McKinley Memorial Library
event with Mary Ellis and Kathy Fuller
Niles, OH
November 23, 1pm

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P1030606-quiltDon’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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Follow Amanda’s alter ego Isabella on Facebook

Andi Unexpected- Great Reviews and Goodread Giveaway

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I’m giving away a signed advanced reader’s copy of ANDI UNEXPECTED, the first mystery in the Andi Boggs Series  on Goodreads. Contest runs from August 27, 2013- September 18, 2013.

Click on the link below to enter!

Goodreads ANDI UNEXPECTED Giveaway

About Andi Unexpected

Twelve-year-old Andora ‘Andi’ Boggs and her fourteen-year-old sister Bethany move to rural Ohio to live with their eccentric twenty-something aunt after the sudden death of their parents. While dealing with her grief, Andi discovers proof of another Andora Boggs in the family tree whose existence was hidden in a Depression-era trunk in the attic. With help from her new friend and neighbor, Colin Carter, Andi is determined to find out who this first Andora was and what happened to her.

Release 9/24/13
Hardback & Ebook now available for preorder! 

Preorder from Amazon.com, B&N, Zondervan
a mystery for children ages 8-12

 

The Reviews Are Coming In! (The one from Emma is my favorite!)

“I really loved ‘Andi Unexpected’ and I recommend it to anybody who’s in the mood for a leave-me-alone-I-want-to-finish-this-book type book. I really hope it’s a series so I get to find out what happens to Andi in the future. I have a feeling Colin and Andi aren’t just going to turn out to be the sit-still-at-home type of people.”
-Emma, 10-year-old reviewer

“Flower weaves in some history and also shines a light on the emotional difficulties the two recently orphaned girls experience… Characterizations… stand out as nicely individualistic… Some life-threatening suspense highlights the book’s climax, and a small smattering of religion keeps the story appropriate for a Christian audience. A fun little detective story with some simple life lessons.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Flower creates a cast of memorable characters and a colorful, historically detailed setting. Though a somewhat sinister foe threatens to derail Andi’s investigation, she proves a resourceful sleuth. Throughout, the realistic but warm rapport between the sisters and their aunt is the tent pole for a story about starting anew while remembering the past.” –Publishers Weekly

Best Issue of RT Book Reviews EVER!

I’m thrilled to share that I received two wonderful reviews in the September 2013 issue of RT Book Reviews.

The first is a 4 1/2 STAR TOP PICK review for A PLAIN DISAPPEARANCE, the third Appleseed Creek Mystery.

This is what reviewer Patsy Glans writes:

“The third installment of the outstanding Appleseed Creek series is a mystery with twists and turns and an unexpected ending that will keep readers up until the wee hours of the morning. Readers are reunited with characters from the first two books and will meet some new ones. Flower has hit it out of the ballpark with this series and continues to amaze with her knowledge of the Amish way of life.

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The second review is a 4 STAR review for MURDER, PLAIN AND SIMPLE, the first Amish Quilt Shop Mystery, which I write as Isabella Alan.

This is what the reviewer writes:

This series starter set in Amish country will delight readers with its details of the community’s culture and lifestyle. The contrast between the simple life and a grisly murder play out nicely in this well-done cozy… the author does a good job of introducing several key players in the community, which develops a strong sense of place, and provides plenty of material for future mysteries.”

Reviews make a huge difference for authors in the success of the novel. From reviews on seller sites like Amazon and B&N to reviews in trade publications like RT Book Reviews, they all help. I want to thank everyone who has been so generous to take the time to read and review my novels over the years.

BIG GIVEAWAY COMING!

I have a HUGE giveaway planned to launch SUPER SEPTEMBER. It starts August 6th, release day of PLAINLY MURDER, the e-novella prequel to MURDER, PLAIN AND SIMPLE. Subscribe to my e-newsletter to be one of the first to hear. Trust me, you are going to want to enter this one!  Sign up for my e-newsletter HERE or email me at authoramandaflower@gmail.com

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