Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Fiercely Independent




By Chase Wyatt from The Final Tap

It’s winter in New Hartford. It’s a quiet time in the town and at Barton Farm where Kelsey Cambridge lives and works. She has a tiny cottage tucked back in the corner of the Farm behind the maple sugar grove. She lives there with her six-year-old son Hayden, her corgi Tiffin, and the one-eyed feline terror of the county Frankie. Of those living in the home, Frankie scares me the most. No, I take that back. Kelsey scares me the most. She’s a single mom with a lot of responsibility on her small shoulders and doesn't take backtalk from anyone. She might punch me if she knew that I told you that. She’s a tough cookie. That’s why I like her.


Kelsey is independent. I remind myself of that often when I want to offer my help and she refuses. It’s one of her most attractive qualities but also most infuriating. This is a good and a bad thing. I like a woman who wants to stand on her own two feet, but I want to help her too. Sometimes she needs help, but she won’t ask for it. At least, she won’t ask me for it. The times that she needs help the most occur when she is in pursuit of a murderer. And there are times she could really use some backup like when she is trapped in the basement of Barton House or being chased through the maple grove. Her first instinct is to protect the people she loves and then get out of the situation herself not to ask someone to back her up. She's a mother bear at her heart. Don’t tell her I said that either.

Despite her fierce independence, I hope someday she will ask me for a hand. In fact, I’m counting on it.

COZY UP TO SUMMER WITH A KILLER CHARACTER
TODAY'S GIVEAWAY
What is the quality you like most to see in a mystery protagonist? Leave your answer and email address in the comments below for a chance to win a signed copy of The Final Tap.

U.S. and Canada mailing addresses only. Contest ends at 4pm EDT on Wednesday August 3, 2016

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Amanda Flower, a 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. Amanda is a librarian in Northeast Ohio. She also writes as USA Today Bestselling Author Isabella Alan. Her next release it PROSE AND CONS release December 6, 2016. www.amandaflower.com

58 comments:

  1. Integrity! I also live in Northeast Ohio, Amanda. I'm in Chagrin Falls! Thank you for the chance to win your book! Dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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  2. Honesty and ingenuity. This is on my wish list. Thank you for the chance to win. Dmskrug3 (at) hotmail ( dot) com

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  3. Integrity and kindness.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  4. I like to see a protagonist who is likeable and has a lot of friends but life isn't always easy for her. dbahn@iw.net

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  5. Things already mentioned, of course, but I also like someone with a good heart. You can tell a lot about people by how the interact with pets, parents and the like. Thanks so much!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. I like a protagonist who is not perfect but keeps trying.
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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  7. I like one who is curious and caring.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  8. I like someone who is just an average person. Honest and caring. And the things the others have said.

    ElaineE246(at)msn(dot)com

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  9. I like sincerity with a sense of humor. mlarkin at rmrgroup dot com

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  10. I like a protagonist who is just an ordinary person.
    marlene(dot)ezell(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. All of the above - and smart!
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  12. Integrity, compassion and intelligence. lkleback@hotmail.com

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  13. Honesty,caring, unselfish even in their time of need. Thank you for this opportunity to win.
    mommomsworld(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. In one word? SPUNK! I love women with spunk as amateur detectives. They have no training yet hit the ground running.

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

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  15. I like a smart, strong, independent person with a good head on their shoulders and can think for themselves. One who doesn't need to rely on others. Thank you for this chance! areewekidding@yahoo.com

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  16. I like someone who is down-to-earth, willing to help others, but also
    willing to stand up for herself. S/he should have a sense of humor
    and be ready to have fun whenever s/he can.
    thanks
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  17. Smart, strong willed, logical and has a sense of humour!! Thank you. nelson_ee at yahoo.com

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  18. I like my protagonist to be smart and witty with a sense of humor, a good heart, common sense and not gullible or whiny.
    Thank you for the giveaway.
    Suzieqsb(at)aol(dot)com

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  19. I like protagonists who are determined, unscathed by fear even when I would run with my tail between my legs. I'm usually drawn to women protagonists more than men, some that have qualities I wish I had in myself.
    awilcox1182@gmail.com

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  20. Sense of humor and smart.
    rhondajgothier@yahoo.com

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  21. Honest an kind debbiesherwood50@gmail.com

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  22. I like a protagonist who is smart, but knows his/her limitations.

    bonnijean.marley@gmail

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  23. Amanda Flower has a talent that guarantees those who read her books a wonderful adventure. Thank you
    for including her book on your blog. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  24. I like the protagonist to be someone who could be your friend - loyal, reliable, compassionate, funny and able to ask for help when needed (not to proud to admit needing help when things are really difficult). Must love pets and children, thought not necessarily their own. bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  25. I love strong female protagonists. This book sounds like it has one.
    cjreynolds52@comcast.net

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  26. I Like when they are funny Thanks for the chance to win iamabho (at) gmail (dot) com

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  27. Humor, gutsy, a fair amount of level-headedness
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  28. If there is such a protagonist as this I don't know of her, but I would like to see a character that is mildly flawed or not considered amazing but proves herself time and time again. I look for intelligence but not snobbery and a bad attitude. I also like non risk takers that would hurt someone else but doing something too ridiculous on her own. And I love a sense of humor and wit but not having a bad attitude. Just a fun, smart woman who has a few little flaws to make her seem more approachable and like the rest of society. If you only want one character then it would be a personable-smart and down to earth character.

    Thank you.
    Cynthia B
    ceblain(AT)tmlponline(DOT)net

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  29. With your next release on December 6th, I will be ordering it as I always get any books that are released on my birthday. Sounds great as all of your books are.

    Cynthia B.

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  30. Smart and gutsy with a solid backbone and a good sense of humor.
    kkcochran(at)Hotmail(dot)com

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  31. Inquisitiveness tempered with common sense. Also a fun character.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  32. Grit and strength of character. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  33. Principles and strong ethics.elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  34. Protagonist with comical bad luck. But some how always gets her man or woman. whatever the case may be. lady(dot)janel(@)hotmail(dot)com

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  35. I like a protagonist who has the guts to stand up for herself and her family and friends. She knows how to fight for what is right and no.one pushes her around.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  36. I like a protagonist who has the guts to stand up for herself and her family and friends. She knows how to fight for what is right and no.one pushes her around.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  37. I like a protagonist who is intelligent with great gut instincts and a strong desire to see justice correctly served. servedogmom(at)yahoo.com

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  38. I like a protagonist who is quirky, has a sense of humor, and loves animals.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  39. They don't give up and always keep trying through all they go through. centraleast2 at gmail dot com

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  40. I like sense of humor but someone who also stands up for things. Zeta(at)iwon(dot)com

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  41. someone who has confidence, shows humor, is caring & can get the job done.

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  42. A likeable character who could possibly be my friend.
    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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  43. Someone with common sense and a love of animals!

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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  44. I find a character that isn't weak, has a brain, and yet cares about others whether human or animal,
    is my cup of tea. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  45. Honesty and courage. Thank you for the chance to win this book. bookaunt at outlook dot com

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  46. I don't like female or male stereotypes...I want strong characters that have partners that have a sense of right and wrong, logical. I do not like weakness or "what? that doesn't make sense" behaviors. I like comic relief from sub-characters.
    kat8762@aol.com

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  47. I love anything written by Amanda Flower. Thanks for the chance at a signed book! frybbe (@) gmail (dot) com.

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  48. I like to see logical common sense and decency. Caring and integrity. Strong characters with strong friends. That does not mean they are perfect. Just sensible integrity keepers.
    Della at deepotter@peoplepc.com

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  49. honest and curious.
    This book looks so good, love the cover. Georgia
    queenvictoris50 (at) aol (dot) com

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  50. Spunk! Love this new series & everything else that Amanda Flower writes. doward1952@yahoo.com

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  51. Humor and Adventurous qualities...the Books sounds great. And I love the Cover and Artist whoever they are. Thanks for the Contest.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  52. Thanks for the opportunity. So many great qualities mentioned. I like protagonists who are also intelligent. cheers@marjimmanor.com

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  53. I value loyalty and gumption in both book characters and real people. :) wvalice at gmail dot com

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  54. Ordinary and intelligent. Love Amanda Flower books!
    Forgot my email in the first comment! rebeccacase1919@gmail.com

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  55. Smart and fun. I love these books! Thanks for the chance!
    Lisa
    hseaside5@aim.com

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  56. I like a protagonist who shows strength of character and is a real person.
    Merry

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  57. A common sense person with a good heart. Would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the chance.
    babemomara@att.net

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