Tornado Summer By Amanda Flower

Summer is my favorite season. I love summer vacations, summer flowers, and summer projects. It seems like every summer I start out with great expectations of everywhere I will go, everything that I will do, and everything that I will write. In general, I would say I have a seventy-five percent success rate of doing all those things. But this summer… this summer was a monster. My To Do List was more epic and daunting than any in recent memory. I traveled a lot and had a lot of fun, but I worked harder than I ever have in my life. That’s not a complaint. As an author to have work is a blessing, a huge one. However as this summer comes to a close, I feel a little bit like I stumbled through the eye of tornado and my goals for what I was going to do are strewn on the ground around me. Some of those goals were reached and some were not.

Typically, I feel melancholy when summer comes to end but not this year. This year, I’m happy for the change of season, and instead of bemoaning the coming winter, which to be honest is pretty awful in NE Ohio, I am looking forward to everything fall has to offer.

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And because I’ve never met a list I didn’t like I decided to write down everything that I’m looking forward to this fall.

*The release of Murder, Plainly Read, Amish Christmas at North Star, and Andi Unstoppable. All in October!

*Pumpkins

*Mums

*Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks- YUM!

*Boots

*Scarves

*Sweaters

*A friend’s wedding

*A friend’s baby shower

*Writing the last novel I’m contracted for 2015… that was #5 of 5!!

*Research trips to Holmes County

*The Buckeye Book Fair on November 7th in Wooster, Ohio

*A weekend on the beach with friends

After the tornado summer, it’s shaping up to be quite an awesome autumn. What are you looking forward to most this fall?


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 National Bestselling Author Isabella Alan. www.amandaflower.com

 

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MAID OF MURDER 5th Anniversary Giveback by Amanda Flower

June 16, 2010 was a monumental day in my life. It was the release day of Maid of Murder, my very first mystery novel. The book went on to be nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel, attracted the attention of the world’s best literary agent, and led to the release of twelve more novels over the next five years. I can never express how grateful I am for that day and everything that came after because of it.

When I was a little girl I wanted one published novel with my name on it. Nothing more, nothing less. It has become so much more, and every day there is a new surprise, which leaves me humbly thanking God for every blessing and challenge it brings.

To celebrate the fifth anniversary of this great day, I have decided to donate all of the royalties that I earn June 1, 2015-September 1, 2015 from the two novels in the India Hayes Mystery Series, Maid of Murder and Murder in a Basket,  to charity. There is no better way to celebrate my 5th anniversary as a published author.

After the great success of The A Plain Malice Giveback last fall, I have chosen another local charity close to my heart, The Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio. My dear friend Mariellyn Dunlap Grace, who has been with me every step of the way through my writing/publishing roller coaster, works for the ministry as Patient Services Coordinator.

The Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio provides free medications to low-income, uninsured, and under-insured residents of Franklin County, OH. Since opening on February 26, 2010, the Charitable Pharmacy has served 4,250 patients and dispensed over 200,000 prescriptions valued at more than $17 million. All the money raised will go to this worthy cause.

The Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio provides free medications to low-income, uninsured, and under-insured residents of Franklin County, OH. Since opening on February 26, 2010, the Charitable Pharmacy has served 4,250 patients and dispensed over 200,000 prescriptions valued at more than $17 million. All the money raised will go to this worthy cause.

Please watch this video to learn more about the pharmacy or visit their website for more information.

The cost of all ebook editions of both novels is $1.99!

    • Order Kindle of Maid of Murder HERE!
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Buy a mystery and care for a community! And as always thank you for reading!

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MAID OF MURDER 5th Anniversary Giveback by Amanda Flower

Barton Farm Rice Pudding By Amanda Flower

The Final Reveille released this month, and it’s my first mystery in the Living History Museum Mystery Series. The series is about a fictional living history museum and farm in Ohio. The first novel takes place during a Civil War reenactment on the Farm. Unfortunately, one of the attendees to the reenactment is found dead, and now single mom and museum director, Kelsey Cambridge, has to find the killer before her museum is ruined by the scandal.

Although the novel takes place in the present day, I had to extensive research on the Civil War and Civil War reenactments to get my facts right for the novel. I couldn’t have my reenactors walking around in the wrong regiment uniforms. As a librarian, I love research, and for this series, I particularly enjoyed researching the Civil War era foods. A popular dessert during the 1860s was rice pudding. I hope you will enjoy this recipe!

Recipe for Barton Farm Rice Pudding

Ingredients:

1/2 cup rice

1/3 cup of sugar

4 quarts of milk

4 tbsp. butter, diced

dash of salt

1/2 cup raisins

Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl and allow it to sit for half hour, so that rice can soak up the milk. Bake mixture in baking dish at 275 degrees F for 2-3 hours. Stir twice during the first hour at 20 minute mark and 40 minute mark.

Serves four. Serve hot or cold.

The Final Reveille released this month, and it’s my first mystery in the Living History Museum Mystery Series. The series is about a fictional living history museum and farm in Ohio. The first novel takes place during a Civil War reenactment on the Farm. Unfortunately, one of the attendees to the reenactment is found dead, and now single mom and museum director, Kelsey Cambridge, has to find the killer before her museum is ruined by the scandal.

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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 National Bestselling Author Isabella Alan.

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