Finally, I can share the adorable covers for MURDER, PLAIN AND SIMPLE (book one in my Amish Quilt Shop Mystery Series) and PLAINLY MURDER (the prequel e-novella to the series). I write this series under the pen name Isabella Alan.
Here’s a teaser to the novella cover. That’s Oliver there. He’s my protagonist’s, Angie Braddock’s, darling French bulldog, who both helps and hinders her investigations.
To see the entire cover of each book, visit
On both websites, I am giving away an Amish Prize package, but you must visit their websites to enter. You can enter the giveaway on both websites to double your chances of winning! Good Luck!
Special thank to Cozy Mystery Book Reviews and Destination Amish for taking part in the big reveal!!!
Great news! Both India Hayes Mysteries are now available on Kindle and Nook. Maid of Murder, book one, has been in ebook for a while, but Murder in a Basket, book two, just went to ebook last week. And check out these cute ebook covers made by my friend Sara Smith!
“…this humorous cozy moves at a steady clip, throwing in a monkey wrench of two to put readers off-track. Agatha Award nominee Flower has the chops to make this series last.” -Library Journal
“Flower’s breezy debut introduces a quirky heroine…Warring cats and distinctive characters, like India’s ‘everything Irish’ landlady and her bizarre ’60s activist parents, will appeal to cozy fans.” –Publishers Weekly
Get this Agatha Award-nominated series at a great price! Enjoy!
As a special Christmas gift, my publisher is giving away free copies of Appleseed Creek #2, A Plain Scandal, before its release date on February 15, 2013! Everyone who signs up at the link below will receive a free electronic copy of A Plain Scandal! The offer ends Christmas Day. Don’t miss out!
Thank you to B&H Publishing for this lovely gift.
Request your FREE copy of A Plain Scandal HERE!
Now, to announce last week’s contest winner!
Thank you to everyone who entered! We had over 40 entries!
Congratulations to Cassie!! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize. You have one week to claim the gift or it will be awarded to another reader.
I’m happy to report that I turned in Murder, Plain and Simple to my editor at Penguin/New American Library earlier this week. This the first novel that will be published under my pen name, Isabella Alan. It will release Fall of 2013. Now, I’m back to working on A Plain Disappearance, the third novel in the Appleseed Creek Mystery Series for B&H Publishing, and I’m thinking about snow. A Plain Disappearance is my first novel set during Christmas time, and I’m learning a lot about Amish Christmas tradition. I’m also trying to be creative in how I describe snow because there is a lot of it in the novel. Luckily as a native Ohioana who works in the Snow Belt near Lake Erie, I have more than my fair share of wintry experience. It also helps to look at some photographs of snow I took only a few months ago. Here’s a break from the summer heat! Enjoy!
You can order the first Appleseed Creek Mystery, A Plain Death, on Kindle TODAY. Also Amazon says it has paper copies in stock even though the actual release is not until July 1st. If you read the novel and have the time, please post a review on Amazon.com. Those are a huge help and raise an author’s stock on that mammoth website.
Today is release day for my second India Hayes mystery, Murder in a Basket!
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.
It’s time to spread some holiday cheer with free books!
Are you tired of waiting for Murder in a Basket to be released? Does February 8, 2012 seem too far away? Do you want to read it now?
Here’s your chance to be one of the first to read my second novel in the Agatha Award-nominated India Hayes Mystery Series. I have four Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) available to give away, and you can win one!
How the contest works:
Anyone who comments on my blog or my facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/authoramandaflower) with an answer to my weekly question about mystery fiction will be entered into the drawing for that week. If you post your answer in both places, you are entered twice and have a better chance to win! If you don’t win week one, don’t worry you can reenter the next week! You have four opportunities to win.
The contest will run Monday, December 1st through Saturday, December 31st 2011. The contest schedule is:
- Week One: Thursday, December 1st- Saturday, December 10th. Winner will be announced Sunday, December 11th. ( You have more time to enter week one!)
- Week Two: Monday, December 12th- Saturday, December 17th. Winner will be announced Sunday, December 18th.
- Week Three: Monday, December 19th- Saturday, December 24th. Winner will be announced Sunday, December 25th Christmas! The winner Christmas week will also win an Amanda Flower tote bag.
- Week Four: Monday, December 26th- Saturday, December 31st. Winner will be announced Sunday, January 1st.
- Entries are limited to U.S. and Canadian mailing addresses.
- Comments deemed profane or offensive will not be included in the contest. I reserve the right to make that determination.
- Entries cannot win more than once.
- Entries have one week to claim their prize. If they do not claim it within that time period, a new winner will be chosen.
Giveaway Question #1
Who is your favorite mystery author? (You don’t have to say me!!)
Post your answer now to enter! Don’t forget, you can post the same answer on my Facebook Page for an additional chance to win!