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VOTE for Name That Kitten & Puppy!

by | Feb 14, 2018 | Cat Behavior & Care, Contest, Dog Training & Care, Fiction | 23 comments

Lei Crime Kindle World Keiki & LiaWow, what a great response to my call to NAME THAT PET vote contest for my newest Keiki & Lia thriller! I counted over 40 suggestions posted on the blog and various Facebook threads. and it was difficult to narrow down the list. Based on the story themes and the established characters, I’ve chosen my top 5 names for each–and I’d be THRILLED with any of these!

The winners will be acknowledged in the book, have their chosen character names included in CALLED TO PROTECT, the latest and final Keiki & Lia thriller, and receive Advance Readers Copies of the Ebook.

Ready–set–Name that pet! Vote vote vote–as many times as you want, and share away to campaign for your favorite character name. Voting closes Friday morning, so I can finish a final edit and submit the manuscript to Amazon.


THANK YOU for all your support! I can’t wait to see which furry wonder wins the NAME THAT PET contest. Remember to share this page and the polls to campaign for YOUR selection.

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  1. Debi @ RescueDogs101

    Voted, it was hard to choose just one, they are all awesome names. Good luck finishing the manuscript!

    • Amy Shojai

      Thanks for voting! You could vote for more than one, I suppose–but then we’d have ties and I don’t know what I’d do! LOL!

  2. Sonja Lishchynski

    Oh i loved the Hawaiian names best!! I always like pet names to be a little out of the expected!


    No fair! Just One name. This is SO tough, you know!!!!!!!

  4. fashionbeyondforty

    What great names!!!! Honestly I would have to know the pet’s personality to be sure but I did vote. I picked Ruger for a pup because it sounds cool and it’s unique. Trouble for a cat because let’s face it – it works for MOST cats MOL!

    • Amy Shojai

      Hahaha! You’re right about the names–and that’s why they were on my “finals” list, too. Honestly, the pets’ personalities will be decided by the names that are chosen. Fun stuff!

  5. Debra Bailey

    These are all such awesome name ideas! I voted for Phantom and Ranger! Excited to see what names win!

    • Amy Shojai

      Great! Those seem to be popular choices, too. I’m anxious to see the winners, too.

  6. Jana Rade

    Voted; I hope it helps. What a great idea to get people’s input on the characters’ names.

    • Amy Shojai

      Thanks Jana. Whenever possible, I try to get readers involved in the process–after all, once it’s published, the story no longer is mine and ultimately belongs to the readers. *s*

  7. TheRufusFiles

    Those Hawaiian names are very cool! What wonderful fur kids. Good luck with your book!

    • Amy Shojai

      Thanks a bunch, it’s a fun bunch of characters and stories to write.

  8. Beth

    I voted, but it was tough to pick a favorite. All the names are great.

  9. Enviro_Dog

    I voted, but I also had a hard time choosing. I chose more normal names that I could pronounce, but these weren’t very popular. When I went to Hawaii I had a real hard time with the names.

    • Amy Shojai

      Ha! I know what you mean re: pronunciations, but it really does add to the flavor of the story. The original Lei Crime thrillers are all set in Hawaii, and in this novella, Keiki the police dog finally makes her way to the Islands.

  10. Sweet Purrfections

    We voted! We saw the original call for cat names and didn’t think our “soft and sweet” names fit with your descriptions. We love reading your books, but haven’t read any in this series yet.

    • Amy Shojai

      Thanks for submitting suggestions! There were so many great names and yep, had to go with the ones that best fit the story. Stay tuned for next in the SEPTEMBER & SHADOW series (more cat theme stuff to come!)

  11. Heather Wallace

    I voted! I had to vote Ruger for the puppy because my cousin had an absolutely amazing dog of her heart by that name. He was an extremely gentle pitbull but would have done anything to protect her. He is still sorely missed.

    • Amy Shojai

      Thanks for voting! I love those pitties, such lovely dogs.

  12. Cathy Armato

    I like that you’ve included us all in helping to name the pets in your story! I didn’t care for names that are related to guns, something about it rubs me the wrong way….. so I made more peaceful name picks, LOL!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

    • Amy Shojai

      Thanks for voting, Cathy!

  13. Paroma Chakravarty

    I voted for both Hawaiian names, paws crossed one will be approved:-)



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