Meet #StudioCatCheddar!

At our farm over the last week there has been a great deal of excitement! We adopted a new cat and he moved into my husband’s recording studio on our farm. He’s a friendly orange tabby who we named Cheddar! The vet guesses that he’s one year old. He just showed up at the farm one day last fall. We fed him and built him an outside house that was even heated to keep him warm through the winter. Overtime, he became more used to us and we decided that he should be an indoor cat at that point.

There are a lot of barn cats around our farm, but Cheddar was different from the start. He loved to follow me around the farm and be petted. He even came when we called his name. The other barn cats keep their distance. We think that he was a house cat who was dropped off near the farm by someone who knew about all the barn cats on our road that belong to the local cattle farmer. Maybe this person thought Cheddar would fit in with them. However, it is clear Cheddar is a people cat and likes to be around humans.

The first visit to the vet determined that Cheddar has a few health issues, all which can be fixed with medication. He’s taking his medicine with no complaints and is a very well-behaved indoor cat now. This makes us think ever more that he was house cat from the start. He’s settling in well, and I am just overjoyed to have a sweet cat to hang out with when I’m at the farm working. I write at the farm most days now.

Because Cheeps and Tummy are senior cats and because Cheeps has cancer, Cheddar will never meet the editors in person, but he has FaceTimed with them. Enjoy these photos of our new addition!

Pre-order Because I Could Not Stop For Death for a free Cheeps and Tummy key chain. You must register your pre-order at the link and complete the online form to receive your gift.

Key chains will be mailed within three weeks after the novel  is released. This promotion is good for U.S. postal addresses only.

You must register your pre-order before 9/20/22 on my website to receive you key chain. Visit to register your pre-order.

Additionally, pre-order from the Learned Owl Bookshop to receive the key chain, a signed copy of the BECAUSE I COULD NOT STOP FOR DEATH, a signed paperback novel from my backlist. You still need to register on my website for the key chain. Visit here to register.

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More about the novel:
Emily Dickinson and her housemaid, Willa Noble, realize there is nothing poetic about murder in this first book in an all-new series from USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award–winning author Amanda Flower.

January 1855 Willa Noble knew it was bad luck when it was pouring rain on the day of her ever-important job interview at the Dickinson home in Amherst, Massachusetts. When she arrived late, disheveled with her skirts sodden and filthy, she’d lost all hope of being hired for the position. As the housekeeper politely told her they’d be in touch, Willa started toward the door of the stately home only to be called back by the soft but strong voice of Emily Dickinson. What begins as tenuous employment turns to friendship as the reclusive poet takes Willa under her wing. 

Tragedy soon strikes and Willa’s beloved brother, Henry, is killed in a tragic accident at the town stables. With no other family and nowhere else to turn, Willa tells Emily about her brother’s death and why she believes it was no accident. Willa is convinced it was murder. Henry had been very secretive of late, only hinting to Willa that he’d found a way to earn money to take care of them both. Viewing it first as a puzzle to piece together, Emily offers to help, only to realize that she and Willa are caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse that reveals corruption in Amherst that is generations deep. Some very high-powered people will stop at nothing to keep their profitable secrets even if that means forever silencing Willa and her new mistress….


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