MAID OF MURDER 5th Anniversary Giveback Thank you!

MaidOfMurderFront newThank you to everyone who participated in the Maid of Murder 5th Anniversary Giveback by buying an e-copy of Maid or Murder and/or Murder in a Basket between June 1st 2015 and September 1, 2015. Because you did this, we were able to raise $325.25 for The Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio! This money will be used to support the mission of the pharmacy and provide medications to people living in the Columbus, Ohio area who are not able to afford them otherwise.

I can’t tell you how grateful I am to each and everyone of you! Thanks from the bottom of my heart! 

❤ Amanda


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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E-Book covers of the India Hayes Mysteries

Buy a mystery and care for a community! And as always thank you for reading!

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Lost ARC Giveaway Winners

Thank you to everyone who entered the Lost ARC Giveaway!

And the winners are:

Diana Montgomery

Cindi Altman

Kaye Whitney

Debbie Curto

Debbie N Danny Mosley

Tacey McDonald

Please email me at to claim your prize. You have one week to claim your Lost ARC. Congrats!


Giveaway of the LOST ARCs

The last few weeks as I’ve waited for edits, I’ve gone a cleaning spree in my home. No clutter was safe from the garage to the den. The funny thing about cleaning is I usually find things I thought were lost forever. This time was no different, but it’s good news for you.

I found SIX advanced reader’s copies (ARCs) of my novels. I found one copy of Maid of Murder, three copies of Murder in a Basket, and two copies of A Plain Death. Now I’m giving them away. The giveaway runs through Friday, June 14th.


How to Enter:

Visit my website to enter!

This giveaway is limited to US and Canadian residents.

The winners will be randomly selected from those who entered. Contest ends Friday, June 14th., 2013 at 11:59pm (EDT). Winners will be announced here on my blog on Wednesday, June 19th, 2013.

Good luck!

India Hayes Mysteries Now in Ebook!

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!

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Murder in a Basket, Book 2 KINDLE, NOOK $4.99

“…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


Maid of Murder, Book 1 KINDLE, NOOK $2.99

“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!

Seymour Agency “THE CALL” Blog Hop- Before the Call


My road to THE CALL was nine years long…

After I finished graduate school, I was finally ready to find an agent, and I found one quickly. It was not a good experience. I was a little too naïve, a little too trusting, a little timid to fight for what I deserved. After some time, I gathered the nerve to leave that agent. It was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made, and I was certain my writing career was over.

After some tears, excessive amounts of ice cream, and a whopper of a pity party, I started over.

However, I decided to submit my first cozy mystery to small presses on my own. The first publisher, I sent it to was Five Star Publishing. Within a few short months, Five Star rejected me, and I took it as a sign to let the book go. I saved the manuscript on my computer and moved on to a new book, hoping I could sell my first manuscript after I published something else. Almost exactly one year later, I received an email out of the blue from a new acquisitions editor at Five Star. She said she found my manuscript and wondered if it was still available. I said it was, and a month or so later, she bought it. It was my first literary miracle.

After I sold my debut, Maid of Murder, I knew if I wanted to turn writing into a lasting career, I needed an agent, a good one. My friend Vannetta Chapman said that she would refer to her literary agent, Mary Sue Seymour, but I wasn’t ready. My father had just been diagnosed with cancer. I couldn’t deal with being out on query while my world was falling apart. Six months after he was diagnosed my father passed away. Maid of Murder was still a year from publication, but my dad knew that it had sold. He knew that my dream would come true. Before he died, he told me, “You can do anything.” For a girl, who achieved hoping for her father’s approval and started making up stories to make him laugh, that’s what I needed to hear.

In the summer of 2010, Maid of Murder released and was a small press hit. It earned several big time reviews and went into three consecutive printings within a four month period. Five Star was so pleased, they bought the sequel Murder in a Basket only a few weeks after Maid of Murder’s release.

At that point I knew I had hit the ceiling of what I could do on my own. I needed a literary agent, but I promised myself this time I would be picky. I started writing a new series to submit.

In the meantime, Nicole Resciniti joined Seymour as an agent.

Read the next installment on Wednesday, Jan 9th! Each day has a new book to win!

Leave a comment on today’s post to enter a drawing to win a signed copy of Maid of Murder, the novel that started it all. The winner will be randomly selected from those who entered. Contest ends Tuesday, January 15th , 2013 at 5pm (EST). Winners will be announced here on my blog on Wednesday, January 16th, 2013.

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Amanda’s Newest Book: A Plain Scandal, forthcoming Feb. 2013–Now Available for preorder

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Find out who else is participating in the blog hop on Tonya Kuper Blog (The Seymour Agency’s Promotions Manager).


Dead Fred goes to Malice Domestic

Last weekend, I was the Malice Domestic Convention in Bethseda, Maryland.

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Amanda with Elizabeth Peters

It was my third time at Malice and the best one yet. I had a wonderful time seeing old friends, making new ones, and meeting readers. Thank you to everyone who organizes this celebration of the traditional mystery each year.

I have two highlights from the convention. The first was Malice Go Round, speed dating with mystery writers. 200+ fans sit at tables, and mystery authors in teams of two have two minutes to pitch their books to the fans at each table (twenty in all). I discovered I was pretty good at it (years of pitching to agents/editors paid off!), and Rebecca M. Hale was an excellent pitching buddy. The second highlight was the Penguin/NAL dinner. I loved meeting the editors and other authors from the imprint even if I felt little like the kid who was promoted to the adult table at Thanksgiving. It was a wonderfully surreal moment.

As always, Dead Fred kept a photo journal. Enjoy!

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