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!
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!
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.
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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.
- 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. [polldaddy poll=10040261]
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. [polldaddy poll=10040264]
3. NAME THAT HORSE: A spirited ranch horse that helps train the Rottie pup, and saves Lia during a wildfire. [polldaddy poll=10040265]
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. [polldaddy poll=10040270]
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