Andi Under Pressure Nominated for the Agatha Award & Andi Unstoppable Cover Reveal

I’m so thrilled and delighted to share that my middle grade mystery, Andi Under Pressure, has been nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Children’s/YA Novel. The Agathas are awards that honor the best in traditional mystery. It’s a great honor! My very first novel, Maid of Murder, was nominated for Best First Novel in 2010, and Andi Unexpected, my first middle grade mystery, was nominated last year for Best Children’s/YA Novel.

I’m so grateful for the Malice Domestic Convention that hosts the awards. They have been so kind to me over the years, and it’s my favorite book convention, hands down. I’m also thankful for my publisher Zonderkidz, my super agent Nicole Resciniti. The winners will be announced on May 2, 2015 during the Malice Domestic Convention.

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To celebrate the nomination, I am revealing the cover for Andi #3, Andi Unstoppable. It will release from Zonderkidz on October 6, 2015!  I’m so excited about Andi’s next adventure. It might be my favorite in the series. And here’s the cover….

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Andi Boggs and her best friend Colin Carter are at it again … in this third book of the Andi Boggs series, Andi Unstoppable, school has begun for the two Killdeer middle schoolers and the science teacher has a great idea! He is an expert birder and wants his class to share in the fun. In a birding group with Colin and her biggest school rival, Ava, Andi sets out to be the first student in class to spot the elusive Kirtland’s warbler but ends up spotting the town’s resident ghost instead!

Together with her friends, Andi takes on another small town mystery—is the legend of the ghost of Dominika Shalley more than just a story? And does her sudden appearance have anything to do with the holes the friends find in the Shalley graveyard as they look for the rare bird?

Isn’t the cover awesome? I can’t wait for you and the kids in your life to read it!
Here’s a full list of the Agatha Nominees! Congrats to all!

Best Contemporary Novel:
The Good, The Bad and The Emus by Donna Andrews
A Demon Summer by G.M. Malliet
Truth Be Told by Hank Phillippi Ryan
The Long Way Home by Louise Penny
Designated Daughters by Margaret Maron

Best Historical Novel:
Hunting Shadows by Charles Todd
An Unwilling Accomplice by Charles Todd
Wouldn’t it Be Deadly by D.E. Ireland
Queen of Hearts by Rhys Bowen
Murder in Murray Hill by Victoria Thompson

Best First Novel:
Circle of Influence by Annette Dashofy
Tagged for Death by Sherry Harris
Finding Sky by Susan O’Brien
Well Read, Then Dead by Terrie Farley Moran
Murder Strikes a Pose by Tracy Weber

Best Nonfiction:
400 Things Cops Know: Street Smart Lessons from a Veteran Patrolman by Adam Plantinga
Writes of Passage: Adventures on the Writer’s Journey by Hank Phillippi Ryan, Editor
Death Dealer: How Cops and Cadaver Dogs Brought a Killer to Justice by Kate Flora
The Art of the English Murder by Lucy Worsley
The Poisoner: The Life and Crimes of Victorian England’s Most Notorious Doctor by Stephen Bates

Best Short Story:
“The Odds are Against Us” by Art Taylor, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Nov. 2014
“Premonition” by Art Taylor, Chesapeake Crimes Homicidal Holidays
“The Shadow Knows” by Barb Goffman, Chesapeake Crimes Homicidal Holidays
“Just Desserts for Johnny” by Edith Maxwell
“The Blessing Witch” by Kathy Lynn Emerson, Best New England Crime Stories 2015: Rogue Wave

Best Children’s/Young Adult Novel:
Andi Under Pressure by Amanda Flower
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
Uncertain Glory by Lea Wait
The Code Buster’s Club, Case #4: The Mummy’s Curse by Penny Warner
Found by Harlen Coben

Cover Reveal! ANDI UNDER PRESSURE

The cover of my second children’s mystery is here! I’m so excited to reveal the cover of Andi Under Pressure. This is the sequel to Andi Unexpected, which was a 2013 Agatha Award nominee for Best Children’s/YA Novel. In book two, Andi and Colin are back solving the mysteries of Killdeer, Ohio’s checkered past. There might be a slight explosion in this one! Very special thanks to my friend chemistry professor, Dr. Sarah Preston, who helped me with the science behind the story.

Official Blurb:

Twelve-year-old Andora ‘Andi’ Boggs and her new best friend Colin Carter couldn’t be more excited to attend the prestigious science camp at the local university in Killdeer, Ohio. Unfortunately, Discovery Camp’s curriculum appears to include much more than just chemistry and biology. From day one, the university is plagued by a series of pranks—missing markers, loose crickets, and stolen scales. Campus security blames the mysterious janitor Polk, but even though Andi agrees he’s acting suspicious, she can’t believe the gentle old man would do anything illegal. Then one prank goes too far and their chemistry professor is injured by an explosion in the lab, upping the stakes of the investigation. Andi and Colin must unravel the secrets behind the chemistry department and Polk’s dark past before danger closes the camp for good.

Andi Under Pressure releases on October 7, 2014 and is available for preorder now.

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AND HERE’S THE COVER!

Someone is up to no good in the chemistry lab!

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Praise for the series

Andi Unexpected 2013 Agatha Award Nominee

“In the upstanding tradition of Nancy Drew and Harriet the Spy, Andi is spunky and unafraid to take risks” – Booklist

“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.” – Publishers Weekly

 

Cover Reveal Gift Card Winner

Thank you to everyone who entered the BAM Gift Card Giveaway to celebrate the cover reveal of my children’s mystery, ANDI UNEXPECTED!

And the winner is: Loretta Shumpert

Loretta said, “My favorite, which I don’t have anymore is 365 Favorite Bedtime Stories. It would be nice to find it somewhere again.”

Please email me at authoramandaflower@gmail.com to claim your prizes. You have one week to claim your gift card and cupcake bookmark. Congrats!

And if you missed it last week, here is the cover again. Isn’t it great?

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Andi Unexpected Cover Reveal and Giveaway

It’s finally here! The cover for Andi Unexpected, my first mystery for children. I wrote this novel in 2006 and thought it would never be published. Even though I believed that, I wrote it because the main character, twelve-year-old Andora “Andi” Boggs, with frizzy strawberry-blonde hair, braces, and cheerful resilience, popped into my head fully formed and wouldn’t go away until I wrote her adventure. I was beyond thrilled when my superhero agent Nicole sold it to Zondervan, and I’m looking forward to sharing this story with you and the kids in your life.

About the novel:

After the sudden death of their parents in the jungles of Central America, twelve-year-old science geek Andora “Andi” Boggs and her diva teenaged sister Bethany move to rural Killdeer, Ohio to live with their eccentric twenty-something aunt. The timeworn house has been home to the Boggs family for generations. Exploring the attic in her grief, Andi discovers proof of another Andora Boggs in the family tree hidden in a Depression-era trunk. Despite the meddling of the citizens of Killdeer, Andi and her new friend, Colin Carter, are determined to find out who this first Andora was, how she vanished, and why no one in town wants to talk about her. As more and more unanswered questions pile up, Andi and Colin must decide who they can trust with their secrets and who is interested in Andora’s story for the wrong reasons. (Middle Grade Mystery, target age 8-12)

 Without further ado…

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What do you think? For me, the cover looks like a glimpse into my own childhood which was filled with adventure, mystery, and wonder too. I could not be happier. To celebrate this gorgeous cover, I’m hosting a giveaway here on my blog. See below for details.

What you will win:

A $20 gift card from Books-A-Million and a cupcake bookmark. Even if there isn’t a BAM in your area, you can use the gift card on their website.

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How to Enter:

1) Leave the title of your favorite children’s book in the comments. I’m looking forward to learning your favorite titles.

Extra entries!

With this contest you will have two more chances to enter, giving you THREE chances to win! You have the opportunity to enter two more times by doing the following. Be sure to leave a comment letting me know you did one or both of these.

1) Like my author page on Facebook.

2) Like my pen name Isabella Alan on Facebook

The winner will be randomly selected from those who entered. Contest ends Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 at 5pm (EDT). Winners will be announced here on my blog on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013.
Thank you again for following me on Facebook ! Good luck!