Sunday, March 3, 2019

Welcome guest author Amanda Flower + book #giveaway

Please welcome today's guest, Amanda Flower.   She's offering a giveaway below.

Amanda Flower, a USA Today bestselling and  Agatha Award-winning 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.  In addition to being an author, Amanda is former librarian in Northeast Ohio. 

Bailey’s Easy Easter Birds’ Nests

Easter comes later this year at the end of April, which is a great thing because there is a promise of real spring weather. Where I live in Ohio, March Easters are known to come with snow; even some April Easters have been snowy. However with Easter on April 22nd, there is a much better chance for spring flowers and blue skies even in Ohio. And I’m very ready for spring. Because of that, I am thinking of spring and Easter recipes. One of my favorites and the easiest by far from one of my books can be found in the back of Criminally Cocoa, an e-novella in the Amish Candy Shop Mysteries. If you read the series, the e-novella takes place between book three, Premeditated Peppermint and book four, Toxic Toffee, which comes out in July. The novella just released and it’s about a case of sabotage that Bailey King and her Amish cousin Charlotte Weaver have to solve in New York City, where Bailey lived before moving to Ohio’s Amish Country. While there, Bailey shares this Amish recipe in the midst of solving the crime. It’s a great one to do with kids too. Enjoy!

·      Container of pretzel sticks
·      1/4 cup caramel sauce
·      One bag candy-coated milk chocolate eggs
·      Parchment paper

1.              Warm caramel in a saucepan over medium heat until it’s melted and easy to stir
2.              Put pretzel into a large bowl. Pour caramel over the pretzel sticks; stir to coat the pretzels with the caramel.
3.              Scoop pretzel mixture from bowl with a large spoon onto parchment paper and form into small bowls. To make this easier, you can hollow the center out to create the nest with the back of the spoon.
4.              Arrange three chocolate eggs in each nest.
5.              Let cool and enjoy!

Today, Amanda is offering a giveaway of ASSAULTED CARAMEL,  the 1st in the series, a delicious read. Leave a comment and your email address so she can contact you if you win, and tell her if you're looking forward to spring. 

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  1. We lived in NE Ohio years ago and some years I thought winter would never end. Even between cold fronts it is looking like spring here in Houston with the azaleas blooming.

  2. I'm looking forward to spring cause I'm tired of the weather we are having!!!
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  3. Spring can't come soon enough; the Polar Vortex just keeps sucking me down! pjcoldren[at]tm[dot]net

  4. Yes,I'm ready for spring.I live in the Midwest, I can't wait till I can smell the lilac bushes. BakingCookies32(at)Gmail(dot)com

  5. Even though we live in N. CA and haven't experienced the terrible weather other parts of the country have, we've still had cold and rain. Yep, ready for spring.

  6. I look forward to Spring. Sunshine, warmth and flowers blooming. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  7. I’m so ready for spring & working in the yard. I love having my windows open. Its been a snowy cold winter. Snowing & single digit temps again today

  8. Spring means long walks, mild temps and enjoying the longer days. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  9. We haven't had the weather the rest of the country has had, but we've sure had a ton of rain for California. My dog Sparky is ready for dry days. ~ Daryl

  10. Yes, my car keeps freezing under the hood and now won’t start. Bahumbug winter please leave. It’s -30😳

  11. I am verrryyyy much looking forward to spring!
    clarksrfun at gmail dot com

  12. I am looking forward to spring. No more heaters on and no need for air condition on. Thank you for this chance. Carolyn 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com

  13. I enjoy spring, especially the flowers and longer days.
    browninggloria(at)hotmail(dot) com

  14. In more than ready for spring! It's snowing again today in Central Illinois and I'm ready for warmer weather .Thank you for the opportunity; I love your books. sljesse10(at)hotmail(dot)com

  15. I'm looking forward to my rose garden blooming in the spring.

  16. Absolutely love your books. Remember fondly your visit many years ago to the Newton Falls Public Library when you were a brand new published author.

  17. Clever idea.
    I think I'd use thin pretzel sticks so they look more ike twigs.
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  18. I’m ready for spring and planting vegetables
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

  19. I don’t miss my allergies from spring up there, but I miss the lilacs and other flowers. It’s still odd to not really have seasons since I lived in Ohio for most of my life.

  20. I am in PA so I know how the weather can be! I love the books of yours I have read so far, and I would love to add this to the list!

  21. I love your books!

  22. I am excitedly looking forward to spring. Spring is a time of renewal AND one of my favorite days, April Fool's day, my birthday.

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