CRIME AND POETRY Countdown Giveaway!

To celebrate the upcoming release of CRIME AND POETRY, the first novel in the Magical Bookshop Mysteries, on April 5, 2016, Amanda Flower will be giving away four $50 gift cards from Barnes and Noble or Amazon. Winners can choose either Barnes and Noble or Amazon. Winners will be chosen the four weeks leading up to release on March 15th, March 22nd, March 29th, and April 5th (RELEASE DAY!).

If you pre-order the novel and provide a valid receipt number in the space provide, you will receive five extra entries into the giveaway.

No purchase necessary. There will be four winners. Limited to US and Canada residents.

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Magical Bookshop Mystery #1
Penguin Random House

Published/Released: April 2016

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From 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…

“An enchanting tale of mystery, magical books, and endearing characters. Prepare to be charmed.”
Heather Blake, National Bestselling Author of Some Like it Witchy



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!

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!

33 Things About Me on my 33rd Birthday- in no particular order


  1. I have one niece and one nephew, and I’mconvinced they are perfect. You cannot tell me otherwise.
  2. I have a terrible Sweet Tooth.
  3. My favorite color is pink.
  4. 95% of the time I am cold.
  5. Ground Hog Day is my favorite minor holiday.
  6. I won my first writing contest when I was in third grade. The story was about a girl who was sad because she had the last name Garfield. Everyone made fun of her because of the cartoon cat, but in the end, she learned that she was a descendent of President Garfield and felt proud of her name.
  7. I love to laugh.
  8. I enjoy my day job as a librarian almost as much as being a writer.
  9. My Appleseed Creek Series is very, very loosely on my experience living in Mount Vernon, Ohio.
  10. I’m afraid of needles and clowns. If I saw a clown holding a syringe, I would probably pass out.
  11. I love scarves. See number 4.
  12. When I have free time, I love to do crafty things, especially making jewelry.
  13. I’ve swam with dolphins.
  14. The most adventurous trip I ever took was to Israel and Jordan.
  15. I never write at a desk. I sit at desk eight hours a day during my job as a librarian. The thought of sitting at a desk another three to four hours when I get home makes me want to cry.
  16. I have one older brother.
  17. I have two cats, Reepicheep and Mister Tumnus… you probably knew that if you follow me on Facebook. They get a lot of face time over there.
  18. I love to swim.
  19. I’m a PK. My mom’s an ordained Presbyterian minister.
  20. Nothing makes me happier than organizing something.
  21. Flip-flops are the best footwear ever invented.
  22. My next novel releases on February 15, 2013 and is called A Plain Scandal. You probably knew that, but I had to get it in there.
  23. I write mysteries for Penguin under the pen name Isabella Alan. I chose the pen name to honor my niece and father.
  24. I’ve been all over the world, but one of my very favorite trips was to South Dakota. It’s beautiful.
  25. I get my wit from my father and my imagination from my mother.
  26. My favorite job ever was being a basket weaver at a living history museum.
  27. I love cupcakes. Okay, you probably knew that too.
  28. If I could wear jeans and a T-shirt every day, I would.
  29. Each of my protagonists has a little piece of me in them. However, India is probably the most like me just a lot more outspoken.
  30. I write a new novel every three months. It’s crazy but wonderful too.
  31. The best part of my birthday will be seeing my family, especially the wee ones. See number 1.
  32. I enjoy making list. Consider this exhibit A.
  33. This list was a lot harder to make than I thought it would be!

Dead Fred goes to Malice Domestic

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

Amanda with Elizabeth Peters

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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Dead Fred Goes to Chicago & Back in 40 Hours

I was at a library conference earlier this week in Chicago, and my buddy Dead Fred tagged along. Here is his photo journal of the trip.

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More travel to come! This coming weekend, I will be my best friend’s wedding and will serve as Maid of Honor. The last weekend of April, I’m traveling to the DC area for the Malice Domestic Convention. Dead Fred will be at both events. He promises photos.

Pinterest Addiction

I had heard muttering about Pinterest for a few months and tried to ignore it. The thought of another social media site to join and maintain was overwhelming. However finally the techie geek in me had to find out what it was all about, and I joined. I’m so glad I did! Pinning is one of my new favorite past times. If I’m having a tough day, I can search Pinterest for a photo of a cute puppy or pretty flower and remember the beauty of God’s creation. Sure, a photo of a puppy or flower won’t fix whatever problem I may be facing, but it takes the edge off.

Also as an author, it’s a great place for me to gather my thoughts about my novels. I have a different board for each series. I add and remove images as their correlating fictional events are added and removed from the stories. It’s kind of like a peek into my brain. When I write, thoughts are bouncing all over the place just like the images in Pinterest.

I have two special Amish boards going. One is for Amish buggies, which I love, and one is for Amish food. The food one is related to something in the works, but mums the word on that for the moment. Also, Dead Fred has his very own board.

My only criticism of pinning is the warnings are true. It can suck you in, and the next thing you know three hours have passed. Luckily, I can set my iPad’s alarm clock to tell me to get off the site. I pay attention to it… most of the time.

Check out my Boards & Pins!

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