Can Claire Still Love the Coyote Pups from Afar?

Claire’s Coyote Friends

Written by Christy Burbidge
Illustrated by Mary Jo Helchowski

Claire lives in a house on a golf course with her dad and rescue beagle, Buddy. Every day after school, Claire and Buddy go for a walk on the course—it’s Claire’s favorite part of the day!

The golf course is home to many animal friends: geese, swans, and…

Claire hears barking…what is that, puppies?!

Upon learning the babies are actually coyote pups, Claire becomes enamored and researches their needs and how they differ from Buddy’s. Claire’s Coyote Friends is an exploration of and helps children understand a different type of bond—one where we can feel close to others even if we can’t spend time with them.

ISBN: 978-1-946044-83-9

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About the Author

Christy Burbidge is the author of Paulie the Piping Plover’s Merry Misfits: A Martha’s Vineyard Tale. She is Associate Copy Editor for Better Than Starbucks Poetry Journal and has been published in several literary journals and magazines. Christy has an MSW from Simmons University (2004), a PhD in Expressive Therapies from Lesley University (2012), and works in the mental health field. Visit her online at www.christyburbidge.com.

About the Illustrator

Mary Jo Helchowski is a children’s book illustrator who lives in Essex, Connecticut. She is a graduate of the Lyme Academy of Fine Art with a degree in illustration. Her artwork has been featured in galleries including Spectrum in Centerbrook, Connecticut, and other children’s books about everything from baseball to bumblebees. She hopes her pictures made you smile! Visit her online at www.maryjohelchowski.com.

Can Special-Needs Pitbull Cassius Find a Way Out of the Shelter in “Different is Beautiful”?

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Different is Beautiful

Written by Penelope Lagos
Illustrated by Charles Berton

Cassius, an eight-year-old pitbull, has been stuck in the shelter for quite some time. It becomes his mission to rally all the other “special needs” animals together to change adopters’ minds and find loving homes for himself and his friends.

This time, the Paws ‘n Claws Adoption Day turns into a life lesson for all. Cassius keeps his friends positive and their heads held high, proving that looking different is not a bad thing—in fact, being yourself is the best way to be.

Different is Beautiful is a heart-warming story for children ages 7 and up that helps them accept people who may not look the same as they do. Author Penelope Lagos also offers ten helpful tips parents can use to educate children about overcoming bias.

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About the Author

Penelope Lagos, a New Jersey native, graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in Communications and Theatre Arts. Penelope is an avid animal advocate and strongly believes in being “a voice for the voiceless.” She holds certifications in Canine Fitness and Conditioning as well as Advanced Pet CPR/First Aid. She is the recipient of the Reader’s Favorite 5 star award for her first children’s book entitled I Miss My Best Friend, which deals with the grief of losing a pet. When Penelope is not spending time with her own furry friends, she is acting in indie films and commercials as well as volunteering at The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). Penelope is the recipient of the LLS Achievement Award for her dedication in fundraising events. Find her online at penelopelagos.com.

About the Illustrator

Charles Berton is the illustrator of a wide array of children’s books, as well as many book covers, posters and anything on or in which one can have illustrations. He had a natural inclination to draw from the age of five. As an adult, he was trained and certified in web and graphic design. He raised a family on Long Island where he was also born and raised, and where he continues to live and work today. Feel free to visit CharlesBerton.com and see many samples of his work and philosophy.

Will Jax Ever Get Out of the Dog House?

Jax Wants His Person Back…but Instead He’s Alone and Lonely in Out of the Dog House

by Sandy De Lisle and Stephanie Itle-Clark
Illustrated by Nina Robichaud

 
Jax used to live a cushy life inside a house with fuzzy blankets and a comfy chair. Suddenly his person can no longer care for him, and he finds himself living in a stranger’s backyard and missing his best human friend.

He misses his warm bed, squeaky ball, and bowls with his name on them. Most of all, though, he misses his person’s gentle scratches under his chin and the way he said, “Good boy, Jax.”

Will the kind animal control officer succeed in helping Jax get out of the doghouse and into the warm home of his new family? Find out in Out of the Dog House, perfect for ages 8 and up. Out of the Dog House is great for classroom and humane education efforts, too, and includes educational information and questions to provoke classroom discussion.

Available in Paperback and Kindle, coming soon in Audiobook. Just $12.97 Paperback and $3.97 Kindle; plus, it’s available as part of your subscription to KindleUnlimited, too.
 
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About the Authors

Sandy De Lisle is a lifelong animal lover, former classroom teacher, author, filmmaker, and currently serves as senior manager of content development for the ASPCA’s Pro Learning department.

Her first children’s book, Hens for Friends, was published by Gryphon Press.

Stephanie Itle-Clark is a former public-school developmental reading teacher and is the founder and president of the Academy of Prosocial Learning where she supports prosocial and empathy education and provides resources and professional development for educators.

Stephanie is the author of Tiffany Rolls On, Oliver’s Big Problem, Flock of Friends, and the editor of the forthcoming Humane Education in Higher Education.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and their pack of tiny rescue dogs.

About the Illustrator:

Nina Robichaud is an artist, former veterinary assistant, and IT professional. In her free time she tends to her island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, draws animals, and spoils her rescues Penelope the black cat and Jager the leonberger mix.

Nina is the illustrator of Out of the Dog House and Harley Saves the Day. Check out her art Instagram @neenz.art for more animal illustrations.

Animal Book Publisher Announces Humane Press Imprint Dedicated to Publication of Academic Texts

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For Immediate Release

Animal Book Publisher Announces Humane Press Imprint Dedicated to Publication of Academic Texts

WCY Humane Press Will Accept up to
Five Scholarly Texts for 2021 Publication

August 17, 2020, Amissville, VA • Who Chains You Books, a publisher of animal-related titles based in rural Virginia, has announced a new imprint serving the postsecondary community. WCY Humane Press will feature titles that provide new and emerging texts related to academic efforts in animal welfare and humane education classrooms at the college level.

higheredcover20lo-dropThe imprint will celebrate its birth with the release of its first title on October 1, 2020, Humane Education in Higher Education: Advancing Inclusive Social Justice Studies in a Postsecondary Environment, edited by Stephanie Itle-Clark and featuring contributions by twelve scholars of the humane and prosocial movements. The book puts forth the primary concept that “A truly humane education revolves around inclusive social justice and supports personal development of ‘critical thinking, problem solving, perspective-taking, and empathy as it relates to people, animals, the planet, and the intersections among them,’” according to editor Itle-Clark.

The volume further aims to bring truly inclusive humane pedagogy into the realm of the higher education to effectively address teaching intersectionality of social justice issues.

Who Chains You Books has been publishing for the animal community since 2016, with their current catalog featuring 70 titles available for animal lovers ranging from children’s to adult books.

For further information, please email us at info@whochainsyou.com. You can visit our imprint page at wcyhumanepress.com or our main website at whochainsyou.com.

What Does Wallace Willoughbee Want? A Dog, of Course!

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Now Out!

Wallace Willoughbee Wants a Dog

by Nancy Alexander

Illustrated by April Pedersen

Once a year, Wallace gets to spend a week with his Aunt Polly, and it’s his favorite week of the year. Aunt Polly lives on a big farm, with lots and lots of dogs. Wallace wants a dog with all his heart, but his mom and dad don’t want one.

Wallace couldn’t wait to tell Aunt Polly about the new program at the animal shelter. He’d seen an ad on TV: the shelter had started a program for kids and parents to volunteer to walk the dogs together.

That would be a dream come true!

At Aunt Polly’s, Wallace helps feed and walk all the dogs every day. He sits in the sun with Snickers every afternoon, and Snickers snuggles next to Wallace every night.

But the happy visits always end too soon. Will Wallace ever get the dog of his dreams? Find out in Wallace Willoughbee Wants a Dog, by Nancy Alexander, with full color illustrations by April Pedersen.

ISBN: 978-1-946044-80-8 • Buy in Paperback | Buy on Kindle

About the Author

Nancy Alexander started her career as a historic preservationist focused on helping small towns save historic resources. From that base, Nancy has been everything from a housekeeper and gardener to special events manager.

Melding all these experiences together, she started a residential cleaning company in 2005. Along the way, Nancy has supported local animal welfare movements, and personally rescued and adopted a wide variety of dogs, cats, horses and even rodents.

Writing has been a lifelong passion and she feels a deep need to find ways to connect people and animals through that vehicle. Nancy currently lives in central Virginia with twelve dogs and one intrepid cat. Visit her at alexanders-ark.com.

She’s also got some great handmade dog leashes and jackets at thepatchworkdog.com.

About the Illustrator

Our whimsical artist, April Pedersen, is a freelancer based in Reno, Nevada. She is partial to frogs, geocaching, science fiction, video poker, and chess.

April is the author and illustrator of Slow Moe, and the illustrator of Wallace Willoughbee Wants a Dog, Adopting Adele, Brave Benny, Bravo’s Freedom, Happy Dog Coloring Book, A Tail of Two Christmases, Clarabelle Comes Clean, Courageous Conner, Dandelion’s Dream, and Elyse’s Escape.

New, Expanded Edition Hardcover Showcases What Became of Michael Vick’s Dogfighting Compound

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New, Expanded Edition Hardcover
Showcases What Became of
Michael Vick’s Dogfighting Compound

Publisher Expands Author Tamira Thayne’s “It Went to the Dogs:
How Michael Vick’s Dogfighting Compound Became a Haven for Rescue Pups”

August 5, 2020 • Amissville VA

When chained-dog activist Tamira Thayne and her nonprofit purchased Michael Vick’s dogfighting compound and set about transforming it to a rescue facility, she had no idea what she was walking into.

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The decision would lead not only to a home for her nonprofit’s rescue dogs, but also to the most turbulent four years of her life: she faced down allegations of racism, community harassment, poisoning, and, ultimately, false charges aimed at driving her and Dogs Deserve Better from the county.

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The four black sheds where Michael Vick’s dogs trained and lost their lives still stand today, serving as a stark and brutal reminder of the world of dogfighting.

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What Thayne remembers about her first experience with the house and grounds of 1915 Moonlight Road was “a stillness, a loneliness, an oppressive feel; yet underneath there was a yearning for more—a wish to be seen, to be heard. Did the land, the souls who remained on the property seek redemption for the blood spilled in their name? Perhaps.”

Thayne believed—and still believes—that giving the property where dogs were victimized back to the dogs is a nod toward the just recompense “Man’s Best Friend” deserves.

The book highlights the steps taken by the group as they moved toward their goal, including obstacles and happy ending rescue stories. This new, expanded hardcover edition features over 230 black and white photos and documents from the author’s four years on the ground at the Good Newz Rehab Center for Chained and Penned Dogs in Smithfield, Virginia.

Said staffer Julie Sayre, “It’s not often that a job can change your entire life. I’ve never had a more meaningful, life-changing opportunity. The work I accomplished at DDB is truly something I will cherish for the rest of my life.”

The book is now available in Paperback, Kindle, Hardcover, and Audiobook!

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Expanded Hardcover Edition
(15 Extra Pages of Photos), June 2020

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We’re currently selling autographed paperback copies direct from our site, for just $16.97 plus $3.00 shipping to the U.S.

Hardcover: 338 pages
Publisher: Who Chains You Publishing; Expanded edition (June 2, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1946044776
ISBN-13: 978-1946044778
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches

tamijewelonyxloTamira Thayne is the founder and former CEO of Dogs Deserve Better. She’s the author or editor of 15 books, including It Went to the Dogs: How Michael Vick’s Dogfighting Compound Became a Haven for Rescue Pups. She is currently the publisher and founder of Who Chains You Books, whochainsyou.com.

www.tamirathayne.cominfo@whochainsyou.com

In “An Underwater Friend” a Boy Learns that Fish have Feelings Too

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An Underwater Friend

by Howard Edelstein
Illustrated by Jessica Henderson

Timmy woke up early and rushed to his parents’ bed to make sure his dad was awake. He’d been looking forward to this day all week. Today Timmy’s dad was taking him on his first fishing trip, and he was so excited!

But the lesson Timmy would ultimately learn wasn’t the one he was expecting…

An Underwater Friend is the story of a boy who realizes that a friendship can develop between any two individuals. It makes the reader aware that we all have feelings, and that we should treat everyone, including our animal friends, as we would want to be treated.

An Underwater Friend is a project of Fish Feel, the first organization devoted to promoting the recognition of fish as sentient beings deserving of respect and compassion.

ISBN: 978-1-946044-79-2 • Buy in Paperback | Buy on Kindle

About the Author

howardloHoward Edelstein is an animal advocate who has worked with various animal protection organization for the past three decades. He now helps humans and other animals during disasters, and with sheltering animals during cruelty cases.

Howard is the author of Ready or Not, Here it Comes, a book about planning for the animals in your care in the event of a disaster. He also wrote Scooter Strays, an interactive children’s book about the dangers a stray dog faces.

Howard serves on the board of Fish Feel. He would like to thank his fellow Fish Feel board members for their assistance in the creation of this book.

About the Illustrator

Jess dogloIllustrator Jessica Jane Henderson is an animal rights artist from Scotland. She creates colourful and thought provoking art to inspire people to be kind to animals. Jessica left her home in 2014 and has been traveling the world and spreading the vegan message ever since.

To see more of Jessica’s work or to contact her about a commission, visit her Instagram page @jessicajaneillustrations.

A Hermit Crab Becomes a Hero to His Captured Friends in New Book for Ages 8 and Up

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In Squirmy Hermie’s Heroics, a Crab Helps his Newfound Friends to Safety

by Tamira Thayne
Illustrated by C.A. Wulff

Snip, snip . . . snip, snip.

Squirmy Hermie poked his head out of his pink and yellow-painted shell, peering out into the darkening room. Where was that noise coming from? The store had closed for the night; the only sounds this late came from his newfound crab friends as they began their nocturnal hunt for food and entertainment.

And maybe a way out of here? The nagging hope slipped into his mind for the hundredth time since he’d arrived in this place only a few days earlier.

Snip, snip . . . snip, snip.

There it was again.

Squirmy and his friend Hairy had been taken, along with many others, from their beach homes in the Caribbean islands. Why? Where were they now? And how could they free themselves from this cage and the toxic shells they’d been forced into?

Will those who speak on their behalf help them to safety? Find out in Squirmy Hermie’s Heroics, the 4th volume in the Animal Protector series from author Tamira Thayne, with full color illustrations by C.A. Wulff.

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-946044-78-5

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Don’t Miss the Rest of the Animal Protector Series! This series shines a spotlight on animals in need of human protection, using fictional animal characters and action-packed storylines. Often, the highlighted animals are those whose plights have been ignored or overlooked by humans in today’s society.

One of the hallmarks of this refreshing new series is that the animals take steps to become their own heroes, and find their freedom again with the aid of caring people.

To date, there are four books in the series: the first out is Smidgey Pidgey’s Predicament, and follows two pigeon siblings who are birdnapped in New York City. What will become of Smidge and Ridge? Will they ever get home again?

The second, Spittin’ Kitten’s Speed-Away, follows a tiny orange kitten determined to bring help for his starving siblings and Mama; he soon gets stuck in a car engine and ends up miles away from home. Will Spittin’ ever find his family again?

Books Three and Four feature the plights of rodeo calves and hermit crabs, with more storylines planned for 2020-2021. The series, written by Tamira Thayne and illustrated by C.A. Wulff and Rhonda Van, is perfect for ages 8 and up. The books include vocab builders, and are great for humane education efforts; the series makes a wonderful gift for the young reader and animal lover in the family. Find links to all the series books via our website at http://www.whochainsyou.com.

Home Schooling, Schoolteacher, or Humane Educator? Don’t Miss this Full, FREE Hermit Crab Lesson for Grades 3-5

by Tamira Thayne

Lesson Link

The author has created a complete lesson to accompany the book, which can take 1-3 hours of class time, depending on activities chosen. We hope you’ll enjoy it and spread the word!

Hermit Crab Helpers

Tamira was inspired to write Squirmy Hermie’s Heroics by the actions of a group called The Plight of the Hermies, who protested stores in Virginia Beach, Virginia on behalf of those without a voice. Check out their site and support their work today at http://www.plightofthehermies.org/

Hermit Crab Experts

Illustrator C.A. Wulff consulted the experts at Hermit Crab Owners for her piece at the end on meeting the needs of our crab friends. If you want to read more about hermit crabs and feel you’re ready to adopt a crabby friend, visit the group at https://www.hermitcrabowners.com/

About the Author

tamijewelonyxloTamira Thayne is an author, animal activist, and the founder and former CEO of Dogs Deserve Better, a nonprofit organization seeking an end to dog chaining.

She is also the founder of Who Chains You Books, publishing titles for those who believe people—and animals—deserve to be free. She is the author of Squirmy Hermie’s Heroics, Raffy Calfy’s Rescue, Spittin’ Kitten’s Speed-Away, Smidgey Pidgey’s Predicament, Happy Dog Coloring Book, Capitol in Chains, Foster Doggie Insanity, The Wrath of Dog, The King’s Tether, The Knights Chain, and The Curse of Cur. She is also the editor of More Rescue Smiles, and co-editor of Unchain My Heart and Rescue Smiles.

Tamira lives by a river in the woods of northern Virginia, with her husband, daughter, one dog, five cats, and hundreds of outside birds and critters she adores from afar.

About the Illustrator

abstract-meloC. A. Wulff has been involved in pet rescue for over twenty-four years, volunteering with Ohio humane group Valley Save-a-Pet. An author, artist, and animal advocate, Wulff uses her art and writing to spread the joy of the human/canine bond. Her books, Born Without a Tail: the Making of an Animal Advocate and Circling the Waggins; How 5 Misfit Dogs Saved Me from Bewilderness, chronicle her personal journey of animal rescue. Her books How to Change the World in 30 Seconds and Finding Fido are guides for animal advocates and pet parents. You can follow her on her blog “Up on the Woof”, where she shares biscuits of dog-related info. [thewoof.wordpress.com] Wulff currently resides in one of our nation’s National Forests with her lifemate and five dogs. She attributes her love of animals to having been raised by Wulffs.

In Towpath’s Tail, a Pitbull Shows Kindness to His Bully

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In Towpath’s Tail, a Pitbull Shows Kindness to His Bully

by Will Stolzenburg
Illustrated by Rhonda Van

This week, as our nation grapples with the horror of yet another senseless death by those with power and control, we’re heartened by people of all races and creeds coming together to say as one: “No More.” We want to thank all those who’ve protested, who’ve taken undeniable risks in order to do so, and who’ve understood the underlying principle that all discrimination is cruelty. We are grateful to you.

In this week’s release from our animal friends, a pit bull named Towpath also grapples with discrimination. The book is based on a true story which has been featured in NovaDog and other venues.

Towpath’s Tail is the story of a special pit bull puppy with a magical tail that spreads happiness wherever he goes. But when Towpath’s tail is suddenly stolen by an angry young boy, his friends all abandon him. The puppy wanders, sad and alone.

Towpath’s only hope comes from the kindness of a young stranger who helps him regain the magic, despite his stubby new tail. Soon we realize that Towpath’s magic was not in his tail after all, but in his heart.

Towpath’s Tail is based on a true story, and makes a wonderful addition to family reading hour for children five and above, as well as humane education programs with lessons in bullying and kindness to others. Includes the true tale of Towpath, and comes complete with full-color, whimsical illustrations by artist Rhonda Van.

Towpath is an official poster pup for the anti-cruelty campaign, Show Your Soft Side (Showyoursoftside.org).

You can follow Towpath on his Facebook page, at facebook.com/Towpath.thewonderpup.

Available in Paperback and Kindle, coming soon in Audiobook. Just $14.97 Paperback and $3.97 Kindle; plus, it’s available as part of your subscription to KindleUnlimited, too.

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About the Author

towpath softside-loWill Stolzenburg is a former wildlife biologist who writes and speaks on behalf of all creatures, wild and tame. He and his wife Kathy live in Florida with their wigglebutt Towpath, and a houseful of former street cats now living the good life indoors. Will’s other books include Heart of a Lion, Rat Island, and Where the Wild Things Were. Find him online at willstolzenburg.com.

About the Illustrator:

rhondavan2loRhonda Van is an artist, author, wildlife rehabber, and lifelong animal lover.

She particularly adores jackrabbits, squirrels, her animal companions, Shark Week, vegan dinners in Santa Cruz, and her husband Tony. Rhonda has been drawing forever, but only got deeper into illustration after she started drawing the wildlife friends she cares for.

Rhonda is the author and illustrator of Squeak the Squirrel, and the illustrator of Towpath’s Tail, The Sleepy Honey Bee, Lop-Eared Lily, Spittin’ Kitten’s Speed-Away, and Tiffany Rolls On. Find her online at rhondaluluart.com.

In Other News:

We’re please to announce that three of our books will be used in Lollypop Farm’s Humane Education Summer Camps at Home Program: Oliver’s Big Problem, Tiffany Rolls On, and Rescue Smiles are part of their summer fun curriculum. Check out their page for more info and find out how you can sign up today!

Want to see all our Books for Animal Lovers? Click here.

Great New Summer Read for Horse Lovers, from author Eileen Watkins

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Introducing A New Book for Horse Lovers

Reboot Ranch

A Novel Based on a True Story, by Eileen Watkins

Two years ago, Anna Loehmeyer’s marriage, job and life fell apart when her husband was arrested for fraud. The experience devastated her, but Anna found a new purpose when she rescued a mare bound for slaughter. After acquiring two more hard-luck equines and a small farm in western New Jersey, Anna decides to take the plunge into her own horse-rescue operation.

The only person eager to help is her teenaged niece MJ, who is recovering from her own heartbreak—the untimely death of her beloved father. Formerly a good student, MJ has become depressed and rebellious, even jeopardizing her chances to get into college. She persuades her mother to let her spend the summer living and working at the rescue farm, because in her Aunt Anna she sees “the only adult who’s doing anything meaningful.”

Soon the two women recognize a bond that goes beyond family ties—their mutual love of horses and a desire to save them from abusive situations. Less experienced than Anna, MJ learns on the job, and her mistakes awaken Anna’s motherly instincts and amuse Walt, a young man from a neighboring farm who helps out when needed.

Signs that an intruder has been lurking around her property give Anna even more to worry about. Her greatest challenge, though, could also be her best hope for an adoption success story—the farm’s newest resident, an ex-racehorse named Murphy. Almost put down for seriously injuring a jockey, the big gray loves to jump, even without a rider.

But is he too dangerous for Anna and MJ to handle, much less to retrain? Can they afford the natural horsemanship expert the vet recommended? For the sake of their horses, both Anna and MJ may just have to learn when and how to ask for help…

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About the Author, and “The Story Behind the Story”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEileen F. Watkins has taken riding lessons on and off for most of her life. She owned only one horse, briefly—a chestnut Thoroughbred named Brenda, who inspired the equine character of “Valentine” in this book. Eileen initially shared Brenda with her trainer, and showed her in dressage. As Brenda’s health worsened, though, Eileen made the difficult decision around 2001 to surrender her to a rescue farm. At that time, Bright Futures Farm in western Pennsylvania was still young, and owner Beverlee Dee operated it mainly by herself. Under her excellent care, Brenda lived almost two more years before passing away from natural causes.

Meanwhile, Beverlee shared with Eileen written anecdotes about her experiences starting the farm, and some of her more dramatic rescues. At first they considered publishing these as a non-fiction book, but ultimately Eileen felt they would work better—with some reshuffling of events, and totally fictional human characters—as this novel. Bright Futures has grown over the decades into larger, fully accredited and highly respected Thoroughbred rescue farm.

In 2003, Eileen began publishing mystery and suspense fiction with Amber Quill Press. She eventually put out eight novels through that publisher, mostly paranormal suspense written as “E. F. Watkins.” The one exception was her 2004 romantic mystery, Ride a Dancing Horse, set on an Andalusian horse farm. Eileen also paid tribute to Brenda in her essay “Class and Courage,” which appeared in the 2006 anthology Chicken Soup for the Horse Lover’s Soul II.

After Amber Quill closed its doors in 2015, Eileen began writing the Cat Groomer Mysteries for Kensington Publishing. The series started in 2017 with The Persian Always Meows Twice; The Bengal Identity came out in spring of 2018, and Feral Attraction in the fall of that year. Newest, as of 2019, is Gone, Kitty, Gone. The Persian Always Meows Twice won the David G. Sasher Award for Best Mystery of 2017 at the Deadly Ink Mystery Conference, and the first three books all have won Certificates of Excellence from the Cat Writers’ Association, Inc.

Eileen is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the Cat Writers Association. She serves as publicist for Sisters in Crime Central Jersey and for the annual Deadly Ink Mystery Conference. Learn more at her website, www.efwatkins.com.

In Other Book News from WCY

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Fiona Finds Love has received a certificate of excellence in the Cat Writers’ Association Communications Contest for 2019! The book is now a finalist for the coveted Muse Medallion, awarded to the best entry in the category—in this case children’s picture books. Get your copy of this winner today! https://www.amazon.com/dp/1946044482

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We’re please to announce that three of our books will be used in Lollypop Farm’s Humane Education Summer Camps at Home Program: Oliver’s Big Problem, Tiffany Rolls On, and Rescue Smiles are part of their summer fun curriculum. (See below for books links.) Check out their page for more info and find out how you can sign up today!