India Got Paperback! New edition of Maid of Murder

It’s been a long time coming, but I can finally share with you the cover of the mass market paperback edition of MAID OF MURDER.  This new edition will be published by Harlequin in July 2014, just a few weeks from now and is available to purchase through Harlequin’s website. Click here to see the pricing.

I can’t tell you how exciting this is for me. MAID OF MURDER will always be the book of my heart. It’s my first baby, the one that started my career, the one nominated for the Agatha, and the one that made my dreams come true. I’m so happy that it will now have a chance to reach more readers in paperback form. Huge thanks goes to my super star agent Nicole for making this happen.

 

Now the cover…

maid of murder pbHERE LIES THE BRIDE . . .
An upscale Fourth-of-July wedding. A beyond-horrible bridesmaid’s dress. A snobbish mother-of-the-bride from hell…. If the struggling college librarian India Hayes didn’t owe ex-friend Olivia Blocken a big favor, she’d bail before the champagne is chilled. Especially since India’s brother, Mark, is still piecing his life together after Olivia’s callous rejection, and India’s family won’t forgive the not-so-beautiful bride. Now Olivia is dead in a campus fountain—and police find incriminating evidence in Mark’s possession. And even as India tries to keep her parents’ street-theater protests from sending the investigation into a tailspin, she must dig deep to uncover Olivia’s secrets. But trapping a murderer with a lot to lose won’t be a piece of eight-tiered, 24-karat-gold-frosted, crystal-decorated spun-sugar cake….

 

It’s so different than India’s first cover, but I do love it! I like to think India is a bridesmaid in the middle with the skull bouquet. 😉

 

 

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Murder in a Basket is Launched & Upcoming Event

It’s been a busy couple of weeks as I’ve held signings around Ohio for Murder in a Basket. On Saturday, March 10th, I had the official launch party for the book at my home church, Goodyear Heights Presbyterian Church, in Akron. It was a fun event with great tea-style food made by the ladies of the church.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the party.

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My next event is Thursday, March 22. I will be returning to my Alma Mater, Malone University in Canton, Ohio.  There will be a reading in the university library at 4:30pm. It’s free and open to the public.  Click here for more details.

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.

Murder in a Basket ARC Giveaway- Week Three

The holiday cheer continues with another chance to win an ARC copy of MURDER IN A BASKET!

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 two more Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) available to give away, and you can win one!

Because it’s Christmas week, the winner of this drawing will also receive an Amanda Flower tote bag. (Cat not included.)

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 three opportunities to win.

Click here for contest rules/exclusions.

Giveaway Question #3

India is an artist and librarian. If you created an amateur sleuth, what occupation would you give him or her?

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!

This week’s contest runs Monday, December 19th- Saturday, December 24th. Winner will be announced Sunday, December 25th, Christmas Day!

 

Second Week Murder in a Basket ARC Winner Announced!

Congratulations to KIM!!!! You said you liked “a sense of humor and wit” in a sleuth. Your name was pulled out of the snowman’s hat. See photo below. My cat Reepicheep assisted with this week’s selection.

You are the lucky winner of a signed Advanced Reader Copy of Murder in a Basket!

Please email me your snail mail address to authoramandaflower@gmail.com to claim your prize, and I will mail you the ARC right away.

You have one week to contact me or a new winner will be chosen, so don’t delay.

Thank you to all who entered!

There are still two more chances to win an ARC! New contest begins tomorrow with a brand new mystery question!

Murder in a Basket’s Book Cover

One of the most exciting and terrifying things for an author is seeing your book cover for the first time because the truth is covers sell books. Last week, I received an email from my publisher saying the cover for Murder in a Basket was complete. With trepidation, I opened the photo file for a peek and sighed with relief.

I’m very happy with the result and hope you are too!  The novel takes place during October in Ohio, and I think the artist captured the season perfectly.

I showed it to a friend, and she said, “You have another dead hand on the cover. That must be your thing!” I realized she was right as there is a much smaller hand on the cover of Maid of Murder. It will be interesting to see if the third book will have one too.

Here’s a short blurb about the book:
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.

Release is February 8, 2012

Writing Any Time and Anywhere

When I was in my twenties, I traveled a lot. I rode the Eurail through Europe, a “Chicken bus” across Guatemala, and a camel in Israel. One of the best skills I picked up from those experiences was the ability to sleep anywhere and at any time. Sleep on the dirty floor of train station, check. Sleep in a tent in the freezing mountains, check. Sleep in the back of a taxi, check. I had to sleep when the opportunity arose because time to sleep was hard to come by.

In the last few months, I’ve learned to apply that skill to my writing. Wherever I go I take my little netbook to write as I continue to squeeze in writing time around my fulltime job as a librarian. If I’m waiting in a doctor’s office, I write. If I’m sitting in a car waiting for someone, I write. If I’m at church and it’s between services, I write. If I know I have at least fifteen minutes of free time, I write.

I find writing to be easier as a result of the short spurts because the story and characters are always fresh in my mind.

It’s challenging sometimes, but I’m grateful for my dual career. I know how lucky I am to have two jobs I love when so many people just want one.

Oh, I have a few minutes now…time to write.

Mount of Olives overlooking Jerusalem, 2009