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!

Meet Amanda Flower/Isabella Alan this Spring!

9780451477446-1Amanda Flower’s Spring Book Signing Schedule

NEO Sisters in Crime Death March
Cuyahoga County Public Library
Cleveland, OH
March 12, 9:30am-5pm

Sisters in Crime Hollywood Conference
Hollywood, CA
April 1-3

CRIME AND POETRY LAUNCH PARTY
An Amanda Flower/Emily Dickinson Tea Party
Twinsburg, Public Library
Twinsburg, OH
April 16, 2pm

Ohioana Book Festival (Amanda is the featured author in fiction this year!)
Columbus, OH
April 23, 10am-4pm

Malice Domestic Convention
(Amanda is an Agatha Award nominee for the 4th time!
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Bethesda, MD
April 29-May 1

Girlfriends Weekend with Shelley Shepard Gray & Vannetta Chapman
Charm, OH
May 21-22

Booktalk & Signing
Ada Public Library
Ada, OH
June 18

Hope to see you at one of these events this spring! And don’t forget to enter the CRIME AND POETRY countdown giveaway! Chance to win a $50 gift card from B&N or Amazon. Winners choice!

❤ Amanda

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.

Enter here: http://www.amandaflower.com/Giveaways.html

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Pre-Order Now!

Magical Bookshop Mystery #1
Penguin Random House

Published/Released: April 2016

Amazon | B&N | Books-A-Million | CBD

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 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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Cupcakes, Cocktails, and Critiques-Blurb Submissions Open!

logo2Going to the Romance Writers of America National Conference in Atlanta in July? The agents and authors from the Seymour Agency want to meet you there!

Enter, Cupcakes, Cocktails & Critiques, the Seymour Agency’s novel blurb and elevator pitch contest, to have you work crtitqued by authors and considered by top-selling agents.

Submissions are open from May 13-May 25, 2013. I will post the blurbs here on my blog on Tuesday, May 30th. The Seymour Agency authors and agents will critique and comment on those blurbs from June 1st-15th. Visit Seymour Agency Agent and Author Marisa Cleveland’s blog on Wednesday, May 15th to learn about the authors who will be critiquing the blurbs.

Everyone who attends RWA and enters this contest will be invited to the Cupcakes, Cocktail & Critiques Party during the conference at the hotel’s bar. This party is not a pitch session but a celebration and opportunity to network with agency authors and agents. Cupcakes will be provided!

Also during this time, the Seymour Agency agents and authors will be reviewing the blurbs and vote for their favorites. Brand new agent Marisa Cleveland will treat the author Agent Mary Sue chooses, the author Agent Nicole chooses, and the author with the most votes from our authors to a cocktail at the agency party at RWA!

However, you do not have to attend the conference to have your blurbs critiqued by the agency authors and agents. Even if you are unable to attend RWA, this is a wonderful opportunity to get your work in front of bestselling agents and maybe even get signed!

The Agents:

Mary Sue Seymour, Founder of the Seymour Agency and the #1 Top Selling literary agent in Inspirational Fiction.

Nicole Resciniti, Senior Agent, one of Publisher Marketplace’s Top Dealmakers, and ACFW’s Agent of the Year 2012

Marisa Cleveland, Associate Agent and Romance Author with Entangled Publishing

How to enter and rules:

Email your blurb (100 word limit) and one sentence elevator pitch for your book to authoramandaflower@gmail.com.

Submissions close on Saturday, May 25th. Submissions will be posted here on my blog on Friday, May 31st. Authors and Agents will review and votes on the submissions June 1st-June 15th. Winners will be announced Monday, July 1st on Marisa Cleveland’s blog.

Murder, Plain and Simple Cover Reveal and Giveaway!

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Finally, I can share the adorable covers for MURDER, PLAIN AND SIMPLE (book one in my Amish Quilt Shop Mystery Series) and PLAINLY MURDER (the prequel e-novella to the series). I write this series under the pen name Isabella Alan.
Here’s a teaser to the novella cover. That’s Oliver there. He’s my protagonist’s, Angie Braddock’s, darling French bulldog, who both helps and hinders her investigations.
To see the entire cover of each book, visit
Cozy Mystery Book Reviews
and
Destination Amish
On both websites, I am giving away an Amish Prize package, but you must visit their websites to enter. You can enter the giveaway on both websites to double your chances of winning! Good Luck!
Special thank to Cozy Mystery Book Reviews and Destination Amish for taking part in the big reveal!!!

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.