We’re getting close to the end of OAAA but there are some really great posts coming your way. Today is Amanda Flower to talk about her new release, The Final Reveille!
By Amanda Flower
On May 8th, my thirteenth mystery, The Final Reveille, releases, and I do believe thirteen is a lucky number. I started writing this novel over four years ago, but other publishing commitments and deadlines pushed it to the side. Last spring, I re-read the manuscript and remembered how much I loved it. I asked my agent if she could sell it, and she did.
This is a special book to me because it includes all the things I love about novels: mystery, romance, quirky characters, local history, humor, and animals. What can be better? I was thrilled when my agent sold it and two more books in the series, so for me thirteen is a very lucky number. Here’s a little more about the book…
In The Final Reveille, Kelsey Cambridge is the director of Barton Farm, a living history museum in Ohio, Kelsey Cambridge is underpaid and underappreciated, but she loves every minute of it. Determined to keep the struggling Farm open, she plans to impress the museum’s wealthy benefactress, Cynthia Cherry, with a four-day Civil War reenactment on the Farm’s grounds, complete with North and South encampments, full-scale battles, and an Abraham Lincoln lookalike spouting the Gettysburg Address to anyone who will listen. Unfortunately, the first shot in the battle isn’t from a period rifle but from Cynthia’s greedy nephew, Maxwell, who plans to close the Farm when he inherits his ill aunt’s wealth. On the first day of the reenactment, Cynthia and Maxwell stop by, and Kelsey and Maxwell have a public argument over the Farm’s funding. The next morning, things go from bad to worse for Kelsey when she discovers Maxwell dead in the brickmaker’s pit. Now Kelsey is the police’s number one suspect, and she must start her own investigation to save the museum . . . and herself while the War Between the States rages on around her.
It was a blast to research and write, and I’m so grateful that I had the chance to do it. I’m grateful that I have had the chance to write all of my novels and for the ones yet to come. It wouldn’t be possible without my wonderful readers who anxiously await the next title.
When I was a child, I just wanted one book I wrote sitting on library and bookstore shelves. That dream came true almost five years ago with the release of Maid of Murder. Thirteen books are more than I ever dreamed. Everything that has happened since Maid of Murder’s release, including The Final Reveille, has been the icing on a huge cupcake.
Preorder The Final Reveille today!
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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