Why the musical instruments? Because in another life I’m a musician, singer, composer. And yesterday I had a ball at the first rehearsal for Suessical, The Musical where I’ll be playing cello in the pit for the children’s theater production. It’s brain candy! Of course, the Magical-Dawg is always a critic.
I’ve a quick update on the THRILLERS WITH BITE front for everyone in the N. Texas area. The lovely students at Grayson County College will host a book launch party this Friday, October 26 from noon until 1:00 pm. Please come! I’ll offer some super-insider-neato information about how my debut thriller LOST AND FOUND came to be, read a bit from the book and answer publishing/writing questions for those interested. And hey, if I don’t know the answer I’ll just make schtuff up…that’s what fictioning is all about, after all!
I’m delighted at the most recent review, which said in part: “Lost and Found is Amy Shojai’s debut novel, but you’d never know it. Packed with stunning imagery, great pacing, intense characters (some lovable some not), and a story with heart, she’s going to be an author to watch. Her ability to mix lovable pets, caring humans, corporate greed, and a child with autism makes for a thriller like none other.” Read the rest of the review here.
A note/reminder: THANK YOU to those who have posted reviews, and I encourage you to continue that favor–for my books and any other author’s books. That’s truly a great gift you can offer to the writers you enjoy, and helps other readers find the books more easily.
I’m even more delighted to be part of a colleague’s awesome book launch. Michael W. Sherer is a best selling thriller and mystery author and NIGHT BLIND releases TOMORROW! Woot! He’s got a contest with the grand prize of a Kindle Fire plus a boatload of best-selling thriller author books in a give-away basket–they include books by Allison Brennan, Hank Phillippi Ryan, JT Brannan, Traci Hohenstein, Amy Shojai, and Eyre Price. (Yes, you can win a copy of LOST AND FOUND in the bunch, kewl beans!) Of course the LOST AND FOUND give away continues over at Good Reads, too, through November 15.
Monday Mentions is the mash-up-day of all the neato-torpedo writer links and videos, pet schtuff and bling and writer-icity crappiocca collected over the past week. There are LOTS of fun links today. The two featured videos today are all about pet care cuz I know most (if not all) of my readers ADORE their furry muses, too.
Fair warning, guys–the first one may make you cross your legs.
Do Sniffer Dogs Violate Privacy Rights? interesting Supreme Court cases, and could impact how we write our novels, too.
Newsweek Drops Print Edition the end of an era
Red Tree Literary Open to YA and MG Submissions
Fill The Shelves Initiative brings books to underfunded school libraries
Essentials Of Creating A Hero from Jodie Renner
Depression–More Than Sad blogger Louise Behiel offers great insights helpful to writers and characterization
E-Originals vs Paperbacks, an interesting discussion from agent Richard Curtis
Adding It Up, Jenny Hansen (techie maven extraordinaire) offers tips on keeping a total of Ebook sales in a snap.
SHELTER ALERT! Grant-Funded Training for Zeuterin, the zinc-injection neuter technique from Ark Charities seeks qualified nonprofits interested in being trained. Deadline is Friday October 26, contact Anne M. Bolzoni, Executive Director 1-877-346-4664 ex.10, www.arkcharities.org Here’s a story that explains more and the video below has more info–neutering without surgery for dogs! Could be a game changer for our animals.
Save The Bats! an initiative from the awesome folks at Morris Animal Foundation
Bobcats & Parasites, boy I could see some basis for a sci-fi or medical thriller
Dog Whispering in the 21st Century a long and very detailed (referenced) article trainers will want to read–and dog lovers will find enlightening
Britain Politicians & Cat Fights (not what you think!)
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