Those who have followed the September Day suspense thriller series know that with each book I’ve held a contest to NAME THAT DOG and NAME THAT CAT character in the stories. In fact, the winning canine or feline not only gets named, but often the pet’s foibles are incorporated in the story.
In the first book LOST AND FOUND, the winning dog name was Dakota–meaning “trusted friend”–and came from Caren Gittleman and her lovely Sheltie boy. Raelyn Barclay suggested Bruno and took the second dog name. Patricia suggested the winning cat name Macy for the main character’s pet, and this character has become a mainstay of the series! Finally, Karyl Cunningham’s suggested cat name Simba took the final spot.
The second book HIDE AND SEEK also included four pet names. Marci DeLisle’s winning cat name was Pinkerton (named for his pink nose); Patricia won the second cat name suggestion with Hope–incredibly appropriate, once you’ve read the book! And for the dog names, Patricia was a double winner by suggesting Rocky. And finally, Kristi Brashier won the final dog name with an incredible 805 votes for Trixie, the Golden Retriever therapy dog in the books’ Alzheimer’s unit.
Now it’s your turn to NAME THAT DOG and NAME THAT CAT!
I’ve just sent out my Pet Peeves newsletter announcing this to my subscribers (they will always get the news first! have YOU subscribed yet?), but always share on my blog, too.
SHOW AND TELL again takes place in the fictional town of Heartland, Texas. When September Day figures out missing pets aren’t lost, but instead stolen to be training bait for dog fights linked to a drug distribution ring, she has 24 hours to save the victims (furry and human). For those who have read the first two books, you’ll be pleased that SHOW AND TELL brings the story full circle. (Okay, that’s enough of a hint!).
For those who have NOT read my thrillers, rest assured that I hate stories where animals are killed for shock value. While my books are suspenseful and thrilling, that is a line I don’t ever cross.
WILL YOUR PET STAR IN “SHOW AND TELL?”
I’d like to begin collecting preliminary cat and dog names to include in the future polls where YOU get to vote and choose the furry stars. You can list a single dog or cat name (please indicate which it is!) or several. I’d love to hear what the pet(s) look like, why they were given that name, and any unique characteristics, behaviors, or history that make them even more special.
Here are the pet characters in the story. But who knows, your suggestions may inspire an added kitty or doggy (or other critter) character to leap into the story, so don’t hold back.
NAME THAT DOG (4 NAMES)
I need FOUR DOG NAMES, as follows:
Two “hog hunting” dogs that belong to BeeBo (from the HIDE AND SEEK book). They are adult Pit Bull (or pit mix). These dogs (one girl, one boy) adore each other and I’ve currently named them “Beggar” and “Dizzy” for their behaviors. That may changed, if your suggestions work better!
The third dog is a 200-pound Mastiff, lovely docile but powerful dog (and a drooler).
The fourth dog belongs to Willie Combs, the young son of Detective Jeff Combs. The dog loves to dig and is a fence escape artist addicted to chasing rabbits and squirrels. I’ve imagined him as a Beagle but am open to breed and looks. He needs to be of a size that September can carry for a short distance.
NAME THAT CAT (3 NAMES)
I need THREE CAT NAMES, as follows:
A young rescue kitten, found with a murder victim. It has typical kitten antics and can be any breed or look, and will be the key to catching the bad guy.
The second is one of the stolen pets, small enough to fit inside Willie’s jacket and be carried—so could be a small adult or an older kitten, any look/breed.
The third is an adult stolen pet cat, a shoulder perching, Tarzan-leaping, rope climbing maniac cat and can be any age, any breed/look. This kitty will help September and Shadow escape a trap.
HOW TO ENTER THE CONTEST
Just post your name suggestions in the comments and I’ll add them to the pot. Share this post with anyone else you think might want to include their pet’s name for consideration. I’ll let you know if your suggestions make the poll list, so you can share with your friends and family to get as many votes as possible.
The winning names not only will be included in the book, but your name and real pet’s description will be added to the “fact or fiction” acknowledgements in the book, and I’ll send you a paw-tographed copy of the book as soon as it comes out.
Ready…set…GO! NAME THAT CAT….and NAME THAT DOG!
UPDATED: NOMINATIONS NOW CLOSED! VOTES COMING ON WEDNESDAY JUNE 24, 2015.
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