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by | Oct 14, 2013 | Cat Behavior & Care, Dog Training & Care, Writing Advice & More | 27 comments

HeroDog2013That’s Elle (pronounced “Ellie”) in the picture and yes–she’s a Pit Bull. She’s also the hero dog of the year! Click the picture to find out about her and the other doggy heroes.

I got NEWS…the next thriller HIDE AND SEEK is done! Well, I’m heavy-duty-head-down in revisions, but I’m very pleased with this book. There’s more dog viewpoint, more cat involvement, more September and her friend Teddy…and some new characters (and villains). Those gnashing their teeth over the first book’s unanswered questions will find out the secrets September must keep.


Oh, and there are a couple of dog and cat characters that need names. Yes, it’s time for NAME THAT CAT and NAME THAT DOG contest! As before, I’d love to include the name YOU choose (and perhaps description, too) in this next book. The winners will have that pet name/description in the book, get an acknowledgement in the book, get an ARC of the book (advance reader’s copy) before  anyone else, AND a paw-tographed print book once it’s released. So what do you have to do? It’s easy…

Post your suggestion in the comments, and whether it’s for a dog or a cat (or both). Tell all your friends. I’ll narrow down the suggestions to the top 5-10 (depending on numbers) and then YOU get to vote on the ones you want. Here’s the furry characters and how they figure in the plot:

DOG CHARACTER is a resident therapy dog in an Alzheimer’s unit.

CAT CHARACTER is a barn kitty, with several half grown kittens, cared for (on the sly) by a nine-year-old girl whose mom won’t let her have cats.

So ready…set…NAME THAT CAT/DOG!

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. Check out the THRILLERFEST video at the bottom, too.  For new followers to the blog, welcome! and you can expect more cat and dog specific schtuff later in the week on Wednesday and Friday.


The Importance of Self Publishing–Top of the Heap?

The Fussy Librarian a new “match making” service (similar to BookBub) for authors and readers launches today! And yep, one of my books is on the schedule. Check it out, sign up, and get your “read” on!

 Robotic Surgery and another blog on the subject could give y’all some fiction-icity ideas!

Prepare for NaNoWriMo! and yes, this year I’M IN!

 Bloomsbury & Author Solutions, urk…

Merchandising for Apple advice from Mark Coker (and if you have to ask who he is well…


Dogs Vs Cats, Which Is Better?   Hoooo boy, here we go again…

 ACL & Dogs, Dexter’s Journey See what you can learn from my friend Carol’s experience with her dog

 8 Ways to Get Your Dog Stolen another great post from Carol Bryant

2012 Thrillerfest Panel

I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions. Do you have an ASK AMY question you’d like answered–post in the comments. Do you have a new kitten and need answers? Stay up to date on all the latest just subscribe the blog, “like” me on Facebook, check out weekly PUPPY CARE must knows, and sign up for Pet Peeves newsletter. Stay up to date with the latest book give aways and appearances related to my  THRILLERS WITH BITE!


  1. Caren Gittleman

    Dog Character “Star”

    Cat Character “Belle”

  2. Carol Bryant

    Thanks for the shout out – I am always honored when you mention a post I wrote because I admire you and your writing so much!

  3. Andrea

    Dog character: Timmy (I don’t know why, that name just popped into my head when I read your description)

    Cat character: Nile (because everyone is blogging about black cats this month and Nile was one of my family’s cats years ago, a momma barn cat that was very much loved)

    • Sue Bacon

      Dog character: More-more-got or Mor-mor for short. Story goes in my family that my older brother couldn’t say “I forgot,” so he would say “I more-more-got. People with Alzheimer’s forget the names of things & people.

      Cat character: Tabatha. When you mentioned that she was a barn cat the picture that popped in my mind was a grey/brown/black tabby cat… tabby cat… Tabatha.

      • Amy Shojai

        Thanks Sue. My cousin had a cat named Tabatha–during the era of the TV show Bewitched. *s*

    • Sue Bacon

      What’s that Timmy? Has Lassie fallen down the well? Lol Sorry I couldn’t resist.

      • Amy Shojai

        *s* Actually I thought the same thing! But that could work.

        • Andrea

          Yeah, as soon as I typed it that was the picture in my head too! The way my mind works……who can understand it?

    • Amy Shojai

      Terrific–especially like “Nile.” Thanks!

      • Andrea

        My mom has always been enthralled with anything Egyptian so of course it rubbed off on all of us kids.

        • Amy Shojai

          I have a reproduction of one of the Egyptian BAST statues in my office. I think cats are very much associated with that heritage, having ruled the roost in ancient times and…continuing to do the same today.

          • Karyl

            Our cat kept jumping on the shelf with my Bast statue. …he doesn’t jump up there as much since I moved it. Hmmm. LOL

  4. Sue Bacon

    Amy: Don’t know if you are aware of this. But your link entitled “Dogs Vs Cats, which is better?” sends you to a link on self publishing vs publishing houses. I found the article interesting, seeing as I am looking to go that route with my new book. But not exactly interchangeable.

    • Amy Shojai

      Oh…woops, thanks. Fixed now.

    • Amy Shojai

      Nice! Thanks for adding your suggestion, Allia.

  5. Patricia

    Enjoyed the blog this week especially The Fussy Librarian and the Robotic surgery. It’s amazing what medically can now be done for our animals.

    Dog character – Rocky

    Cat character – Hope

    • Amy Shojai

      Hey Patricia, I love both those names! Thanks for adding to the list.

  6. Karyl

    Sounds like it’s a female kitty this time so I guess Anubis won’t work. LOL

    I suppose I can toss in Jodie for the dog. She would have made a cool therapy dog. Smart girl.

  7. Marci DeLisle

    Cat names: Mooch, Pinkerton, Rocket (he was always zooming around as a kitten), Noogie (my beloved male Balinese), Puckett, Trucker, Angelica, Scooter, Phantom, Shy Anne, Ready Teddy, Alfred Stubby Bum, Boomer, Max da Million, Tiger Lilly

    Dog names: Big Bear, Dolly, Timber, Bridget

    And yes, these were all critters I’ve had over the years!

    • Amy Shojai

      What fun! I need to do a blog just on different pet names (and how they were chosen). This is priceless! Thanks Marci!

  8. Marci DeLisle

    Yup, even more critters that I’ve had over the years.

    Cats: Randy Dandy, Fleur, Leggins, Moose (my old and cranky Siamese – female), Maui Wowie (one of my Balinese), KeoKoh (Maui’s mom), Su Lee (Maui’s sister), Blu Boo (Maui’s brother), Rainy (named for Rainier beer), Bud (Rainy’s brother – name for Budweiser beer), Harley (because he looked like a little feline biker dude!), Fraidy, J.R. Katz, Kat, Willie (female named because she was found outside a Goodwill store)

    Dogs: Bugtussle (Bugs for short … a Lab with a lot of attitude), Morgan (the sweetest Dobie I’ve ever owned)

    • Amy Shojai

      Bugtussle…isn’t that from Dogpatch cartoon? LOL! Lovely additions to the list. Now we’re cooking!

  9. Kristi Brashier

    Dog Character:

    Dot – white mutt with black eye (hence the name Dot) who just happens to be the absolute smartest dog in the world. She slides into every room very much like the Kramer character on Seinfeld.

    Trixie – a very dark red golden retriever diva dog. Her goal in life is to have everyone pet her and tell her she’s pretty. She’s also known as the neighborhood thief because she goes around retrieving things from the neighbors which we then have to throw back into their yards the next morning. (Perfect for a therapy dog who could tote things from one room to another in the Alzheimer’s unit if you need moments of comic relief)

    Copper – smooth coated Collie who loves to lay right up against people and make their aches and pains feel better with his body warmth. One would assume his name is from his coppery color but it’s really because he was “like a bad penny”. LOL! Every time we thought we had found a home for him he kept turning back up at our house.

    Shots – no, not a great dog name but I couldn’t leave him out. Black lab service dog with a silly, goober personality who makes us laugh every day. Named after, well – insulin shots.

    • Amy Shojai

      LOVE LOVE LOVE these! Wow, all the readers will have a hard time picking the winner(s). Thank you so much for adding to the list, Kristi!


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