Book Giveaway!

From now through June 8th, I will be giving away five books through Goodreads. Winners will be randomly selected by my publisher and all copies will be sign and sent out by me! I’ll be putting together a little something special for the winners, as well!

Mount Peter Executive Manager Pens Spooky Romance

Mount Peter Executive Manager Pens Spooky Romance

By day during the snowy season, Amy Sampson-Cutler makes sure visitors to Mount Peter, New York’s family mountain, enjoy an exhilarating time in the winter air. But in a parallel life, she’s giving people thrills and chills in another way – as the author of the ghostly romance novel A Shadow of Love.

The story is about a woman named Annabelle who moves into an 1860’s farmhouse that is haunted by the ghost of Christian, a poet who took his own life a century earlier. Christian tries to scare her away, but they soon fall in love. Time is short, however. His spirit has been magically cursed to be earthbound for exactly one century, and time is almost up.

“It is a story of unrequited love, and how people will go through crazy lengths for each other,” Sampson-Cutler said. “This is also a story about survival, and friendship, and magic, and the absolute power that we all have within ourselves to overcome anything.”

Sampson-Cutler is the executive manager of Mount Peter, a popular spot for skiers, riders and snow tubers. She is also a published author of short stories and poems. A Shadow of Love is her first novel. While its official publication date is May 5, the paperback page-turner is on sale in the Mount Peter retail shop for anyone looking for a gripping read to relax with after an active day in the fresh air. It can also be preordered at through the publishing house Black Rose Writing.

Sampson-Cutler grew up at Mount Peter “skiing in the winter and dreaming up stories in the summer,” she says on her website. She held various jobs at Mount Peter from when she was a teenager, and began working there full-time in 2004. On the writing side, she earned her master’s degree in creative writing from Goddard College. Spinning tales of suspense, horror and science fiction – plus some poetry – she has published works in journals including Tales to Terrify, Wow! Women on Writing, the Pitkin Review, Wellness Universe and Elephant Journal.

She sets modest writing goals for herself during the winter, when Mount Peter is open and she’s ensuring that the winter-loving families have a great time on the slopes. The words really start flowing when the snow melts.

The idea for A Shadow of Love was inspired by Sampson-Cutler’s parents’ farmhouse, where she “spent many spooked nights there growing up. Every day writing this story, I got to roam through my parents’ house in my mind.” It also helped her keep alive memories of the barn, which was torn down shortly before she finished writing the novel.

The story borne from the childhood nostalgia surprised even Sampson-Cutler, who generally writes straight horror and suspense.

“I have no idea how I ended up writing a love story,” she said. “Maybe some past resident of my parents’ house whispered it in my ear when I was sleeping.”

About Mount Peter
Mount Peter is located at 51 Old Mount Peter Road in Warwick, New York. Visitors may check the latest trail openings and conditions by calling the Mount Peter Snow Phone at (845) 986-4992. Tickets may be purchased in advance at to reserve a date. Also refer to the website for the snow report and live mountain webcam, as well as more information about the 2021-2022 season at Mount Peter.

Boy’s Best Friend

Boy’s Best Friend

By Amy S Cutler
As read in the Holiday Horror facebook episode by The Rejected

am real. I could feel your warmth as you unwrapped me, could smell Christmas breakfast on your breath when you took me out of the box.

I am real. I could see the dandruff on your fleece pajamas as you held me close to you.

I am real. I could hear the way you sighed when you first saw me. Sadness seeped through your thank you. Your parents might not know it, but I do: you are disappointed.

Why don’t you want me?

You wished for a real dog, and what you got was me. You see me as a stuffed toy. You don’t think that I am real. But I am, you just don’t know it yet

But you will, soon enough, when you fall asleep. You will see me in your dreams. I will talk to you, and play with you, and never leave your side. I will be the best friend you always wanted, all you have to do is close your eyes, and fall asleep. I will be waiting for you, night after night, until you believe that I am as real and alive as you are.

I don’t have a pulse. I don’t even have a heart. But I do have a soul, and you are now my soulmate. Best friends. And while you dream, we will play, and you can talk to me about anything. I will talk to you, too, and in time I will be in your head all the time. While awake, while you slumber, even in death.

I am watching you now, as you close your eyes. So close to the truth that I wish I could wag my cotton tail.

And when you close your eyes for the last time, we will be together. Forever and ever.

Boy’s Best Friend

The Rabbit Hole – The Pitkin Review

by Amy Sampson-Cutler, Published by The Pitkin Review

Dorthea had never felt so happy in her life. Not that she could remember, anyway. Window shopping on the streets of Manhattan, she wandered into a bookshop. This shop was different than other bookshops – it had a bohemian feel. Tapestries hung on the walls, and the scent of lavender and vanilla hung in the air from a scented candle near the checkout.

            Over the smell of the candle she could detect an older smell – the musky scent of old books. A used bookstore, she thought, that makes sense.

            Choosing a title from the shelf of old books, Dorthea found a dimly lit corner of the store with a wicker ottoman and sat down to read. Since she was a young girl, she could get lost in a good story. The story she chose on that day was a book of deceit, of grand illusion and the struggle to fit in.

            Dorthea wouldn’t normally sit like that in a bookstore. She would pick out a few books, flip through them quickly right there in the aisle, and purchase them before going home to get lost in the story. Possibly because this was a used book store, she felt comfortable touching the pages. She lifted the book to her nose and imagined that she could not only smell the old book, but the story as well. Damp, musky leaves of a forest combined with an animal scent, feline perhaps. Possibly it was a combination of the fact that the books were used and this store was so inviting, Dorthea settled in, tucking her feet up under her legs.          

            It would have been a perfect day, except that what Dorthea’s mind could not grasp was that she was indeed in a library. The Alzheimer’s did that to her sometimes: put her in places where she wasn’t, confusing details and twisting her own sight. The library was quiet that day, with only Sondra working at the desk. She watched the old woman shuffle in, wearing loose green sweatpants and a pink cardigan. She kept an eye on her as she slowly wandered the aisles, finally choosing The Complete Alice by Lewis Carroll. When the old woman meandered over to the sitting area, Sondra made a task of shelving some returned books nearby.

            The woman had beautiful grey hair, Sondra noticed. It was well-kept, brushed straight and tucked behind her ears. The mismatched outfit didn’t quite jive with such precisely styled hair, in her opinion, but Sondra has gotten herself into trouble before by being too nosy, so she tried not to wonder too much about the woman, even as she noticed the woman’s right foot trying to move to the top of the chair, like she was trying to casually tuck her feet. They kept twitching together, raising up a bit before falling back to the floor.

            The woman must have felt Sondra staring at her, because she suddenly turned to face her. Sondra found herself looking into milky blue eyes. Fumbling for what to say, a simple “Hello, lovely day,” was all she could manage.

            “Ich bitte um Verzeihung?” the woman asked, confused.

            Sondra found herself hugging the book she was holding to her chest. Unable to pull away from those eyes, she tried again. “I see you’re reading about Alice. Do you need any help?”           

            Dorthea dropped the book to her lap, closed her eyes, and said, “Ich kann Sie nicht verstehen.” Over and over, “Ich kann Sie nicht verstehen,” “Ich kann Sie nicht verstehen.” What started as a soft chant grew in volume, she shouted “Ich kann Sie nicht verstehen,” hands covering her face, book falling to the floor. In her head, she shouted the same words that she spoke aloud, “I do not understand!”

            Sondra dropped to her knees in front of the old woman. She thought the woman may be speaking in German, but she did not know for sure. “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, let me help you,” she pleaded. The woman was sobbing now, repeating that same phrase and patting down her beautiful hair as if in slow motion. As she picked the fallen book up off the floor, Sondra noticed a Medical ID bracelet on the woman’s wrist. Gently, she took her hand and held it closer to her so that she could read the bracelet. Dorothy Schmitt, Shady Oaks, Alzheimer’s Patient stood out in bold letters.

            Sondra held the woman’s soft hand in her own. She expected it to feel dry and wrinkled, but she swore if she closed her eyes those hands would feel like her grandson’s skin, smooth and soft. “Dorothy,” she whispered, “it’s ok.”

            At the sound of her name, Dorthea winced. “Dorthea Schmittendorf,” she said with a nod. “Dorthea.”

            Sondra smiled. It was not hard to put together what had brought Dorthea into the library. The Shady Oaks Retirement Home was only a few blocks away, and so she must have snuck past the front desk and wandered into her library. Looking at the ID bracelet once more, she wondered about the shortened version of Dorthea’s name, and thought that something like that was typical of an old age home that did not put their patients’ needs first, not even above the staff who most likely couldn’t be bothered to learn a name like Schmittendorf.

            Knowing that she would have to call the home and tell them where their missing patient was, Sondra decided that particular task could wait a few minutes. She got Dorthea settled, brought her some tea, and flipped through the pages of the book with her. After a while, Dorthea seemed to see the library for the first time. She smiled, and reached for her new friend’s hand. As their eyes locked, one set a deep brown and one milky blue, Dorthea spoke her first English words in months. “Thank you, my friend.”             Sondra squeezed Dorthea’s hand, and Dorthea squeezed back. In an instant, she was back in the Manhattan bookstore, with her new friend.