Crime and Poetry Tea Party

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On Saturday, April 16th, the Twinsburg Public Library hosted An Amanda Flower / Emily Dickinson Tea Party to celebrate the release of my seventeenth book, Crime and Poetry. The novel is the first book in my Magical Bookshop Mystery Series. The tea celebrated both my new book and the work of Emily Dickinson because my sleuth, Violet Waverly, uses Dickinson’s poems to solve the mystery. What a great way to celebrate National Poetry Month too!

The tea was a wonderful event, and we had a full house of fabulous readers. I was truly blessed and humbled by the response that the tea received. Thank you to everyone who came. You made the day so special!

Special thanks to the Twinsburg Public Library that hosted the tea, Super Librarian Cari Dubiel who planned so much, The Friends of the Twinsburg Public Library that provided the tea and desserts, the Learned Owl that sold my books, and my friends Molly, Bobby, and Samantha for helping with set up and clean up.

Please enjoy these photos from the event!

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More about Crime and Poetry:

9780451477446-1From Amanda Flower—who writes the USA Today bestselling Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries as Isabella Alan—comes the first in the new Magical Bookshop Mystery series.

Rushing home to sit by her ailing grandmother’s bedside, Violet Waverly is shocked to find Grandma Daisy the picture of perfect health. Violet doesn’t need to read between the lines: her grandma wants Violet back home and working in her magical store, Charming Books. It’s where the perfect book tends to fly off the shelf and pick you…

Violet has every intention to hightail it back to Chicago, but then a dead man is discovered clutching a volume of Emily Dickinson’s poems from Grandma Daisy’s shop. The victim is Benedict Raisin, who recently put Grandma Daisy in his will, making her a prime suspect. Now, with the help of a tuxedo cat named Emerson, Violet will have to find a killer to keep Grandma from getting booked for good…

Watch the Crime and Poetry Book Trailer now!

Dead Fred Goes to Florida

Last week, I was in Florida on a writing retreat. It was a great time spent on thP1070712e west coast with writing friends. Lots of wonderful things happened while I was there: I started a new project, I spent time with my super agent/friend, and I saw a baby dolphin off the coast of Sanibel Island. But the most wonderful thing was a call from my an editor to tell me I was a national bestselling author since my Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries hit the Barnes and Noble bestseller’s list. I was completely shocked and overjoyed! I have my fabulous readers to thank for making this happens. Thank you! It’s something I never dared to dream of. You always encourage me to write more and dream bigger.

Of course, Dead Fred tagged along to the Sunshine State. Enjoy his photo journal!

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Dead Fred Goes to Europe

P1050061Last week Dead Fred and I were in Spain, Portugal, and France with my dear friend Mariellyn.

Here are the top ten lessons I learned on the trip.

1) I’ve traveled to over 20 countries now, and Spaniards are some of the nicest people I have met.

2) You can wash your hair with hand soap in a dire emergency… don’t ask…

3) The Eiffel Tower and Louvre lived up to the hype.

4) If I were to ever live abroad, Toledo, Spain would be at the top of my list.

5) 4 years of high school Spanish paid off.

6) Portugal’s beaches are beautiful.

7) The windmills of Don Quijote fame really are giant.

8) Picasso tried many different styles of painting before he found his own.

9) Tapas are delicious. I could eat eggplant with honey and goat cheese all day. Sounds weird, I know.

10) The Paris subway is nuts.

Enjoy Dead Fred’s photo journal!

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Dead Fred Goes to ACFW 2013

Photo by Amy Clipston

Photo by Amy Clipston

Dead Fred and I traveled to Indianapolis, IN last week for the American Christian Fiction Writers National Conference. We have a great time! I met with my agent and Zonderkidz editor. It was also nice to meet so many others who work for Zondervan and are helping launch Andi Unexpected, which releases on Tuesday, September 24, 2013. The trip wasn’t all work. Amy Clipston, Amy Lillard, and I snuck away from the conference the visit the Children’s Museum. It was so much fun, and I wished my niece and nephew could have been there. They would have loved it!

Congratulations goes out to my former editor, Julie Gwinn, for winning Editor of the Year and to Amy Lillard for winning the Carol Award for Best Romance. Both were so well deserved.

Enjoy Dead Fred’s photo journal!

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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.

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Dead Fred Goes to Romance Writers of America 2013

P1030732Dead Fred and I traveled to Atlanta, GA last week for the Romance Writers of America National Conference. We have a wonderful time! It was great getting to meet agency siblings I’ve known for years online in person, and I definitely made some new friends. I was able convince some of them to leave the conference for a bit to hit the Atlanta attractions, including the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola. The most exciting moments were when Marisa Cleveland saved me from the evil skybridge (FYI, it’s closed on weekends… you can get in but you can’t get out) and when Amy Clipston and I visited the World of Coca-Cola, bonding over our love of Diet Coke. I’m looking forward to seeing my writer friends again at ACFW in September! Don’t worry, Dead Fred will be there too!

For everyone who participated in Cupcakes, Cocktails, and Critiques, thank you! The cupcake party was a hit!

Enjoy Dead Fred’s photo journal!

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Dead Fred Goes to ALA 2013

Last weekend, Dead Fred and I traveled to Chicago, IL. Zonderkidz sent me to sign advance copies of  Andi Unexpected at the the American Library Association Annual Conference. I was only there for twenty-four hours, but in that time, I got to hang out with Zonderkidz team, including my awesome editor and YA authors Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon. Carey and Lorie’s debut YA novel Doon releases in August. They are both so sweet and funny! You should check out their book!

The signing itself was amazing, and I signed 200 ARCs in 45 minutes, a personal record. 😉

Enjoy Dead Fred’s photo journal!

Dead Fred Goes to TLA!

Last weekend, Dead Fred and I traveled to Fort Worth, Texas. My publisher sent me to sign copies of A Plain Scandal at the the Texas Library Association Convention. We were only there for 24 hours, but in that time, I got to hang out with the B&H sales team, run into and chat with my editor from Zonderkidz, and connect with hundreds of librarians. I’m so grateful that B&H gave me the opportunity to go! I’m a lucky girl!

Enjoy Dead Fred’s photo journal.