A Different Amish Mystery By Amanda Flower

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The Amish Candy Shop Mystery Series debuted at the end of August with the release of Assaulted Caramel. When I was asked to write another Amish mystery series after I had written the popular Appleseed Creek Mysteries and the Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries, which I wrote under the pen name Isabella Alan, I was a little bit hesitant. After writing ten Amish mysteries, what more did I have to say? How many more ways could I have a murder occur in Ohio’s Amish Country without jumping the shark? Despite my reservations, my agent and editor were both convinced that I should write another Amish series, and I started to think how I could make it different even though it was still set among the Ohio Amish. Here are the ways the Amish Candy Shop Mysteries are different from any other Amish books I’ve written before.

1) The protagonist, Bailey King, is an opinionated New Yorker. She also made some mistakes in her past. They are big mistakes too. She is unlike innocent Chloe Humphrey from Appleseed Creek or quirky Angie Braddock from the Amish Quilt Shop. Bailey is more edgy.

2) For the first time, I am writing a series built around food and with recipes! Believe you me, this terrified me as I am a mediocre cook and never until writing this series attempted to make candy. The candy thermometer scares me. I will only test recipes with a much more experienced cook by my side.

3) There is bad boy in the series. Usually, my characters fall for the nice guy, but Bailey is a little more daring with her heart.

4) The candy shop is built around the many candy shops that I had visited in Holmes County while researching the series. The types of candies, how they are made and packaged, and how they are displayed, comes straight from those visits. Yes, I do know that it is a tough assignment to visit candy shops for a book. Even worse, I had to EAT the candy. All part of the job.

5) There is a big surprise near the end of the book, and no, it’s not the identity of the killer although I hope that surprises you too! This surprise was totally unexpected and set the course for all the books to come after it. It even surprised me when I wrote it. Nope, I’m not going to tell you what it is, but if you read the novel and figure out what I am referring to, message me on Facebook or shoot me an email. I’d love to hear what you think it is!


Amanda Flower is a national bestselling and Agatha Award winning mystery author. She also writes mysteries as USA Today bestselling author Isabella Alan. In addition to being an author, Amanda is librarian in Northeast Ohio. Follow Amanda on Social Media at: Facebook Twitter Instagram


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Thankful By Amanda Flower

There is still the better part of two months left in 2015, but as Thanksgiving approaches and the end of the year, I can’t help but reflect on what a year this has been. And I am thankful for it. At the beginning of the year, I knew that I was under contract to write five novels, and somehow by the Grace of God and the loving support of my family and friends I did it while working a fulltime job as a college librarian. It wasn’t easy, and I don’t know that I will ever do it again. However, I’m thankful that my publishers trusted me to do it and that my readers cheered me on.

I’m also thankful for a career change in my work as a librarian. After twelve years in college libraries, I am leaving academia behind to be a public librarian. My new position will have better hours, far less stress, and a very short commute, which all means I will have more time and motivation to write. It truly is a dream job for me, and I can’t wait to start.

But most of all, I am thankful for my readers. You made three things happen this year for me that would never have happen without you. The first was my third Agatha Award nomination for Andi Under Pressure. The second was hitting the USA Today bestseller list with Murder, Plain and Simple, and the third was hitting the ECPA bestseller list with Amish Christmas at North Star. None of these great career-changing milestones could have happened without you buying, sharing news, reviewing, and most importantly reading my books. I am so grateful for your loyalty and excitement about my work. I could never thank you enough.

So this Thanksgiving, I pray for you wherever you might be. I pray that you are happy and healthy and that you find as much joy in the coming year as you have given in me in 2015.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Amanda


Amanda Flower, a three time Agatha-nominated mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. Amanda is a librarian in Northeast Ohio. She also writes as USA Today Bestselling Author Isabella Alan. www.amandaflower.com

 

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Amish Christmas at North Star Giveaway By Amanda Flower

I had the pleasure of being part of the five-author anthology Amish Christmas at North Star released by WaterBrook Multnomah. This collection begins with the birth of four Amish children all delivered by the same Amish midwife twenty-five years ago. Each novella tells the story of where that child is in the present day. Spoiler… my Amish child in “Mourning Star” turns into an amateur sleuth. You know I love my crime solvers!

What I love about the collection is how each novella fits in the overall story but remains distinctly written in each author’s unique voice. It was an honor to be included on this project with these accomplished and talented ladies.

Because this is an Amish Christmas collection, I asked my co-authors what they would most like to do or see if they had the opportunity to spend Christmas in Amish Country. Here’s what they had to say.

My favorite part of the holidays is when our family all gathers together and cooks dinner, so I’d probably most enjoy being in the thick of things with an Amish family, helping to prepare their Christmas feast with them.Emily Clark

I’d love to go to a Christmas program in an Amish school. How precious that would be!Mindy Starns Clark

I’d like to sit in on one of the singings to see how the youth socialize.Katie Ganshert

Amish youth Christmas caroling is in my novella inside Amish Christmas at North Star because the whole concept is so endearing, and I would love to be in one of the Amish homes when the youth arrive to sing Christmas carols!Cindy Woodsmall

And my answer is:

I would love to go caroling with the Amish too and ride in a buggy from house to house. I hope the caroling includes an Amish bakery on its agenda!

Giveaway: One paperback copy of Amish Christmas at North Star
How to enter: Leave a comment telling us what you most like to see or do if you spent the Christmas season in Amish Country.
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Giveaway starts today, Tuesday, October 20th and ends Tuesday, October 27th.
*Giveaway is only open to US residents*

Amanda Flower, a three time Agatha-nominated mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. Amanda is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland. She also writes as USA Today Bestselling Author Isabella Alan. www.amandaflower.com

Also released by Amanda in October

Andi Unstoppable (third novel in Andi Boggs children’s mystery series)

Murder, Plainly Read (fourth novel in Amish Quilt Shop Mystery Series)

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