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Monday Mentions: Plague, Spam & Writers

by | Jul 18, 2011 | Writing Advice & More | 9 comments

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Welcome to all the new followers! After last week’s Monday Mentions after the amazing Thrillerfest weekend, lots of folks “discovered” the blog. Turns out that folks who read (and write) thrillers often have a furry muse in the background–and also may be considering the pros and cons of continuing the traditional pub route vs “going rogue.” *ahem* I mean, ‘indy.’

More on specific writer-icity tomorrow as the weekly Tuesday Tips Kindle-lization Journey continues with tips on self promotion. This blog focuses on furry stuff usually on Woof Wednesday and Feline Friday. Monday Mentions–hey, that’s today!–offers a mash up of awesomeness, some of the great blogs, articles and other assorted WOW schtuff that makes me sit up and take notice. So I figure it’ll wag some other writerly tails, too.

To that end, those who have a new book, blog, article, fill-in-the-blank that might be a fit, please email me (amy AT shojai.com) with the particulars of your book/work and I’d love to feature you on a future blog. Hey, it’s all about helping each other out, right?

I suspect thriller writers (including those with a fantastical bent) appreciate some of the biting tidbits in today’s blog. Enjoy and share.

MINI BOOK REVIEW

Got a copy of “the Things That Keep Us Here” by Carla Buckley (Bantam) as a freebie at the Thrillerfest banquet. Started reading on the plane flight home. Couldn’t put it down, read straight through and finished it late that night. OUTSTANDING!

It’s what I’d call a “quiet” thriller, one with such internal tension and driving characterization that you nearly explode waiting to see what happens next. It’s “Hot Zone” meets “Ordinary People” and is awful and heartrending and scary-bad in just the way a thriller should be–with brilliant writing. Oh, and a dog appears in the story with a pivotal role.

WRITER CRAPPIOCCA NEWS

Rejections-R-Us: 30 Famous Authors’ Rejections–plus some more Well Known Self-Pub’d Authors and now they’re thumbing their collective noses, doncha think?

Spam Hits Kindle  Okay, this is old news to self published folks, but others may not be aware of the latest get-rich-quick scheme to “aggregate” content (legally? illegally?), roll it into a ball and self-pub for big bucks. Uh…nope. IMO readers are smarter than that. But it does create lots of crappiocca.


CANINE CURIOSITIES

AMAZING pictures and story that purports to be the dog SEAL that cornered Osama Ben Laden

Seeing Eye-To-Eye: How Dogs REALLY See the World, a fascinating look at eye structure and debunking past ideas about canine sight.

New AKC Therapy Dog Title — it’s about time! Dogs that have met the criteria can be awarded the AKC Therapy Dog title (THD)

FANTASTIC FELINE FACTS

Should You Get Your Cat From A Pet Store? My colleague and outstanding cat writer Christine Church has an excellent examiner.com column you’ll want to check out

Where Does Kitty Roam? A study of free-ranging ferals and housecats, covers some amazing ground. All you folks writing about were-cats and suchlike might want to take a look at how real cats do it.

SCARY SCH*T & LOL!

Bubonic Plague Affects Pets–And People!  It affects cats most often because they hunt critters infested with disease-carrying fleas, but dogs also can catch the disease. That “cat fight abscess” might instead be a bubo! (Anyone else thinking “medical thriller plot?”)

Learn To Pick Your Battles–A Tale of a Metal Chicken a hilarious blog my friend Judy Gharis sent me, enjoy!

I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions–and to stay up to date on all the latest just subscribe the blog, “like” me on Facebook, listen to the weekly radio show, and sign up for Pet Peeves newsletter with pet book give-aways!

9 Comments

  1. Bridgette Booth

    Hi Amy,
    I thing I’ll need to find a copy of Carla Buckley’s book. It sounds intriguing!

    That’s a fantastic shot of your (?) Shepard. Are you the photographer? My dogs would be jealous if I showed them that. LoL.

    Glad you mentioned your theme on the class loop. Much to learn. . .
    Bridgette

    Reply
    • amyshojai

      Hi Bridgette, The picture in the blog is of a Belgian Malinois purported to be the SEAL K9 that cornered Osama Bin Laden. My German shepherd (Magic) with my Siamese wannabe (Seren) is in the blog photo with me on the right of the page.

      The class loop is great. I’ve not had a lot of time to read and share, though. Thanks so much for visiting the blog.

      Reply
  2. Linda Burke

    You blog looks great. Love the color, format, and pictures.

    Reply
    • amyshojai

      Thanks Linda! Appreciate the visit and comments.

      Reply
  3. Layla Morgan Wilde

    I’m new to Monday Mentions. It’s a smashing mash-up! I review books at two blogs every Sunday and it’s been ages since finding one I couldn’t put down. The Carla Buckley thriller sounds enticing.

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    • amyshojai

      Thanks Layla! I also love Carla’s bit about her publishing journey–one of those success stories where the author wouldn’t take “no” for an answer.

      Reply
  4. Naomi Bulger

    Woah! If that dog was coming at me I’d be on my knees with my hands in the air before you could pronounce the word “surrender”! Love the storyline ideas and nuggets hidden in here.

    Reply
  5. Angela/Curiocat

    Hey, Amy. Thanks for the links. My son in law says he heard the Navy Seals dogs had their teeth replaced with metal canines. Have you heard that?

    Also, the metal chicken is hilarious and I want one.

    Reply
    • amyshojai

      Hi Angela, I want a metal chicken, too. *s* As for the metal canines–why would metal “jaws” be any more awe-inspiring than the natural fangs? I’ve heard this rumor and am sure it’s fabrication (not worth it’s “metal” LOL!)

      Reply

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