Name That Dog & Name That Cat Contest WINNERS: Get WIN OR LOSE Preorder

Update: Poll closed and congratulations to a hotly contested vote! The winners Tigger and Lefty will have starring roles in the book. BUT…It was so neck and neck for a while that…stay tuned, I may have to add the runners up Kami and Storm to the story in some way. Thanks to all for sharing about your beautiful animal friends!

I’m excited to share details about my next thriller, WIN OR LOSE, the 6th installment in my September & Shadow series. Read on for more about the forthcoming story, which releases January 2, 2022. You can preorder now on all retail platforms!

Don’t miss your chance to VOTE to choose the hero dog and hero cat to appear in the story! With each thriller, I ask my readers to nominate their pets based on the story requirements. 

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Hero Cat & Hero Dog in Win Or Lose

Note: Nominations are closed--I sent a call-out to my newsletter list last Sunday. Want in on more good stuff? Be sure to subscribe here!

I needed ONE CAT NAME...and I got 104 cat name nominations!

I needed ONE DOG NAME…I received 150 dog name nominations! 

I’ve narrowed the choices on each poll to 18 cat names and 18 dog names. Not everyone sent in pictures, but here are a few of the finalists! (Browse down to reach the poll to vote!).

Vote as often as you like. The winners get their pet’s name as a hero in the story, acknowledgments in the book, and a paw-to graphed print copy of the thriller. Feel free to campaign for your pick of the litter-atti! Scroll down for the polls to vote.

DOG WINNER! Nothing slows down Lefty, the Great Pyrenees, nominated by Linda.

Rascal, a 22lb tuxedo boy, gets “in your face” to get you to do his bidding, nominated by Sheryl (that’s her daughter holding Rascal).

DOG WINNER RUNNER-UP! Kami, the German Shorthair Pointer helped her injured person Nancy get home, and recover during healing.

Mia, a seizure alert Chinese Crested, was nominated by Britt.
Cat Winner! Tigger, nominated by Crystal. A second “Tigger” (huge black and white tuxedo) was nominated by Rose. STORMAGEDON (not pictured) was the Cat Runner-up in the contest!
Lilly, a Golden Retriever/Chow and Border Collie mix nominated by Clarke.
Grey, a climbing kitty with an ear tip burned from a hot tailpipe, nominated by Martha.
Five-pound Beaner, a “Chiweenie” Dachshund/Chihuahua helps Bobbie Jo with challenges of MS.
Bowser, who loves to snuggle, play tug, and sometimes forgets he’s not suppose to chew stuff, nominated by Deborah.

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT? Here’s a quick look…

A kidnapped girl. A merciless killer. Can this stressed-out dog trainer stop a callous murderer claiming innocent lives?

September Day can’t shake her mounting wedding-planning angst. Too overwhelmed to pick up a dropped-off shelter dog she once trained, she finally leaves the house to check in on a missing vet clinic employee. But when she gets there, she’s terrified to find the girl’s brother hanging on the edge of death and the poor young woman abducted.

Discovering the hound got dumped by the same vicious criminal, September and Shadow race out of town on a dangerous rescue mission. But when a body surfaces and the kidnapper seizes more victims, September fears she may be too late to prevent further bloodshed.

With the clock ticking against them, can September and Shadow deliver justice?

Win or Lose is the riveting sixth book in The September Day thriller series. If you like engaging heroes, fearless animal companions, and non-stop action, then you’ll love Amy Shojai’s page-turning tale.

Buy Win or Lose to play a deadly game today!

 
 
 
 
 

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CAT LIFE Honored by Cat Writers Association: On Sale Now in Countdown Deal!

Cat Life On Sale Now! — Yep, I’m celebrating that my book CAT LIFE has been honored with a Certificate of Excellence Award from the Cat Writers’ Association. Yee-haw! To celebrate the honor, I’ve put CAT LIFE Kindle version on sale at Amazon in a “countdown deal.”

The KINDLE version’s usual price is $9.99 so I’m discounting the book as follows–the earlier you catch the deal, the more you save, starting at $1.99 for an 81% discount. Each day the price goes up a bit, so this deal runs Sunday until Friday, August 14 and goes up to full price the next day.

The schedule’s below–and you’ll also find the “ticking countdown” on the book page here:

Of course, if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, you can read the book there at any time. *s* 

Cat Life: The History, Culture & Love of the Cat

This is the first time I’ve published with full-color interior photographs. I wanted this cat gift book to be beautiful, as well as provide fun insight into the kitties that share our lives. The pictures, though, make the book file so large, that I could only upload an Ebook version in “print replica” on Kindle. 

The book is divided into four parts that explore the evolution and history of cats; the feline influence on our culture from paintings and media to literature and more; basic anatomy and cat care concerns; and finally, a gallery of breeds to celebrate the many gorgeous pedigreed cats. You can get a taste of the book in this trailer–and the music is from STRAYS, THE MUSICAL.

Where to Find Cat Life Book

If’ you’d prefer a print version, CAT LIFE is available at the following stores (but not discounted, sorry). 

Barnes & Noble (Paperback)

Amazon (Paperback)

Books-A-Million (Paperback)

Barnes & Noble (Hardcover)

Amazon (Hardcover)

Books-A-Million (Hardcover)

Amazon (Kindle)

 

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HIT AND RUN–VOTE NOW for Name That Dog & Name That Cat Contest for New Thriller

NOMINATIONS & VOTING CLOSED: As of April 19, there are 158 cat names and 172 dog names nominated, woot!

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Those who have followed the September & Shadow pet-centric 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.

HIT AND RUN, Name That Pet!

Now it’s your turn to NAME THAT DOG and NAME THAT CAT!

A dog trainer with hidden secrets. A dead body with the keys to the past. Sniffing out the truth could get them all killed.

I sent out my Pet Peeves newsletter announcing this to my subscribers (they will always get the news first! have YOU subscribed yet?). I’ve already received more than 330 suggestions (some folks submitted many names) but always share on my blog, too.

A message from the grave propels September on a mission to answer shocking questions about her past. But one by one, her sources die before she can reach them. Now death stalks September to silence her as well. Can Shadow thwart the killer? Will Macy-Cat sniff out the key to unmask a decades-old horror?

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.

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WILL YOUR PET STAR IN “HIT AND RUN?”

There were so many brilliant suggestions and names, MANY with gorgeous photos plus moving “gotcha-day” or other stories, that y’all inspired me to add a couple more pet heroes to the story. I’ll probably be sharing some of those pictures and stories in future newsletters–you won’t want to miss that! So instead of one dog and one cat, there will be TWO of each.

Ready…Set…VOTE!

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” acknowledgments in the book, and I’ll send you a paw-tographed physical copy of the book as soon as it comes out.

The top two names in each poll will win the contest. You can vote as many times as you wish, and share the poll with your friends.

NAME THAT CAT (TWO NAMES)

Both cats are PROBABLY Maine Coons, as s/he belongs to Macy-Cat’s breeder. However, often professional catteries also have non-pedigreed kitty companions, too, so I’m open.

One cat has bonded with a young girl “helper” at the cattery. The girl runs, with the cat, when confronted by the killer. The other cat has bonded with the breeder and protects her from all perceived threats–human or canine.

NAME THAT DOG (Two NAMES)

One dog any age, any breed, any size. This mysterious dog appears out of a snowstorm. The dog probably belongs to a local farmer. The same young girl mentioned above runs from the killer and gets run off the road and trapped in her car. The dog climbs through the broken car window to keep the driver warm, and later, blocks a police car passing on the road to alert to the accident.

The second dog, any age, any breed, any size, ends up with Theodore “Teddy” Williams (from previous books). I’m still not sure his dog fits into the story so the inspiration will come from which dog wins the contest.

 

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FIGHT OR FLIGHT: Thriller Preorder & Thriller Paperback Give Away!

I’m excited to announce the release of my newest thriller FIGHT OR FLIGHT.  You got to vote for the NAME THAT PET contest and now the book is finally here! The thriller preorder is now available at a discount, so you can get the story at $2.99 until release day on July 31st when the price goes up to $4.99.

Want a paw-tographed PRINT copy of the book? Scroll on down for your chance to win!
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FIGHT OR FLIGHT: Available on Ebooks Everywhere!

Get FIGHT OR FLIGHT on Kindle here

Get FIGHT OR FLIGHT on Nook here

Get FIGHT OR FLIGHT on iBooks here

Get FIGHT OR FLIGHT on Kobo here

Get FIGHT OR FLIGHT on GooglePlay here

A THRILLER PREORDER FAVOR?

THANK YOU to those who have “followed” me on my BookBub page, a site that keeps track of promotions and sends out announcements about ever 6 months or so (or sooner if I have a new book). I need only a few more followers to qualify and send out a preorder announcement for FIGHT OR FLIGHT so I would love for y’all to do me a favor, even if you don’t enter the contest or preorder the book.

CLICK and follow me on BookBub here.

WIN BLING & A THRILLER PAPERBACK GIVE AWAY

I’m giving away THREE (3) paw-tographed copies of FIGHT OR FLIGHT along with a rhinestone paw jewelry set. Enter for you chance to win, below. Remember, the more you share, the better your chances to be one of the winners!

UPDATE: SORRY, THIS GIVE-AWAY HAS ENDED.

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Fight or Flight: Name That Dog, Name That Cat & Name That Horse Contest!

FINAL UPDATE! More than 50 names were suggested — the finalists are listed on polls, below, and the POLLS HAVE CLOSED! With nearly 400 votes, the winners are:

  • KARMA for the Rottie
  • MAGIC for the Pup
  • FURY for the Horse
  • GIZMO for the Cat

This contest, for the first time, folks voted for names that I suggested, with one exception–GIZMO-kitty was suggested by an anonymous voter, and I don’t know who that is. So please message me on Facebook or email me amy @ shojai.com to let me know!

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Back in 2015, I was thrilled to be invited to join Toby Neal’s Lei Crime Kindle Worlds family. I wrote three novella prequels that introduced the Rottweiler police dog Keiki and her North Texas dog trainer Lia Corazon. First of all, THANKS! for those who adopted my Keiki & Lia thrillers. But I have some sad news to share about my Kindle Worlds novellas.

Kindle Worlds Shutting Down

Amazon will shut down the Kindle Worlds program, and will delete all of the Kindle Worlds stories. UPDATE: As of July 1st, all of my novellas are gone.

It has been my honor to write in Toby Neal’s fabulous Lei Crime Kindle Worlds, and imagine Keiki’s puppy life. I’m sad there will be no more Keiki & Lia stories. Toby Neal, like the rest of us, was blindsided by this change.

FIGHT OR FLIGHT 

There’s good news. I will release my stories in an expanded full length thriller, the 4th installment in my September Day & Shadow Thrillers. While Kindle World stories were only available via the U.S. Kindle Worlds store, FIGHT OR FLIGHT (like all of my novels) will be available in print, on ALL EBOOK PLATFORMS (including international stores), and eventually in audio.

Because of contractual obligations, the new book cannot be made available for pre-order until after July 15 when Kindle Worlds novellas are deleted. I also must rename any characters borrowed from Toby Neal’s world to ensure FIGHT OR FLIGHT is truly my creation alone–and also to freshen up the story. Whether or not you’ve previously read the Kindle Worlds novellas, you’re in for a treat. This new book fills in some of the missing puzzle pieces from SHOW AND TELL (remember when Shadow was missing? *s*). Additional chapters have been added to ensure FIGHT OR FLIGHT truly carries on the nail-biting tradition and characterization you love in the first three thrillers.

Therefore, I’m reopening the contest to name some of the specific animal characters in the story. That’s where YOU come in!

Fight or Flight: A September Day & Shadow Thriller #4

When a violent flood sweeps Shadow away, he must save  himself–and others–to find his way home.

A THREAT FROM THE PAST seeks a deadly revenge.
A MENACING SECRET terrorizes children.
AND A LOST DOG braves an inferno…and finds true love.

NAME THAT PET CONTEST

Those who read SHOW AND TELL know that Shadow goes missing for a week. The mystery of what he does during those missing days begins this new story. In addition, I need new names for some revised characters and plots. On the polls, I’ve included some of my favorite names–vote for one of them, or add your own suggestions.

POLLS CLOSE ON JULY 9.

SHARE the polls, SHARE the blog post, SHARE your excitement!

The four winners will each have their pet-name-choice featured in FIGHT OR FLIGHT (and possibly future stories), will be thanked in the acknowledgements AND receive an advance readers copy (ARC) of the Ebook. Once the print book has been released, those who reside in the U.S. (or Canada) will also receive a paw-tographed copy of the book.

  1. NAME THAT ROTTIE: A brave and stoic Rottweiler girl. She begins the book as a four-month-old clueless puppy, and develops into a savvy, well trained police protection dog by the end of the book. Will become a recurring character in future stories.

2. NAME THAT PUPPY: A fearless, intuitive black Rottie/shepherd boy. He’s destined to be extraordinary (in future stories) developing a telepathic partnership with Lia. 

3. NAME THAT HORSE: A spirited ranch horse that helps train the Rottie pup, and saves Lia during a wildfire. 

4. NAME THAT CAT: A kitten rescued by the Rottie girl, and in turn, thwarts the bad guy in a very cat-like way. Ultimately adopted by Lia, this kitty will be a recurring character in future stories.

 


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