Benefits Of Blogging? Authors Dish About Blogging

SPARKLY-KEYBOARD.jpgHow kewl is this? I was interviewed for Susan Gilbert’s website where top authors give advice about blogging, and now have become part of this neato-torpedo infographic! There’s more about the interview at her site so please do check it out.

And for those who have landed here as a result of reading the interview, WELCOME! And I’d love to point you to some sample chapters of my September Day thriller series that (yes, indeed!) includes a dog viewpoint character and a trained cat. *s*

Read samples from the first book LOST AND FOUND here.

Read samples from the sequel HIDE AND SEEK here.

Hope you’ll return time and again for SQUEEE-licious pet care info, writer-icity fun and more.

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I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions. Do you have an ASK AMY question you’d like answered? 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, and sign up for Pet Peeves newsletter. Stay up to date with the latest book give aways and appearances related to my September Day pet-centric THRILLERS WITH BITE!


 

#Pets Authors Panel: We Did It, So Can You!

Did you miss the Google Hangout? Wanna learn about WRITING LIKE CATS AND DOGS? Here’s Yvonne DiVita, Doc Halligan, Lisa Erspamer and myself talking about publishing, how we wrote our books, and other writer-icity experiences! Enjoy!

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I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions. Do you have an ASK AMY question you’d like answered? 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, and sign up for Pet Peeves newsletter. Stay up to date with the latest book give aways and appearances related to my September Day pet-centric THRILLERS WITH BITE!

Monday Mentions: Odd Couples & Bloomin’ Creativity!

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Robin Hood pink clusters on each side of the overgrown path offer contrast to the Martha Gonzales crimson in front. Even the weeds look good! Image Copr. Amy Shojai, CABC

That picture is from last year’s garden, but this year promises to be even more spectacular. The roses have just now begun to bloom, and the wildflowers–blue bonnets and paintbrush–cover the banks along highways. All of Mom-Nature’s creativity has me inspired to create, too. How about you?

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 amazing videos below, 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.

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 London Book Fair Recap

Writer Beware: Kerry Jacobson this so-called “book publicist” has stolen from lots of writers!

Open Letter to My Boobs just a wonderful post by a gifted (and brave) blogger

Misadventures in Research from Robert Liparulo, a fun (and scary!) quick read

Writer Beware: Silver Publishing Gone

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CAT RABIES VACCINE ALERT! Production of Merial’s PureVax Feline Rabies vaccine has been put on hold due to a manufacturing discrepancy. The dry material of the vaccine comes in tiny vials that must be reconstituted (liquified) before injection, and some of these instead turn into a gel-like consistency or include precipitates (floating solid material). These vaccines should NOT be used–your veterinarian will have been advised about the issue. However, since PureVax is the only non-adjuvant “recombinant DNA” vaccine (in other words, one that greatly reduces the chance of injection-site sarcomas in cats) it’s often the vaccine of choice for our kitties. That’s the only one I want my cats to get. The vaccine is on backorder for 6-8 weeks probably until mid-summer. So check with your vet about alternatives to be sure your cats are protected, since rabies vaccination is often a matter of state and/or local law.

Bark & Paws 2014 in Denison Texas bring your pooch for this all day fun event!

Stem Cell Therapy for Feline Stomatitis

Unite To Fight Pet Cancer from the awesome Morris Animal Foundation–honor your cats and dogs and save the life of future pets. Blue Buffalo will match funds for the “virtual walk” up to $50,000–see the video, below.

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? I’m a new Brand Ambassador for The Honest Kitchen and you can get FREE samples here, check it out! (Karma loves this!). Stay up to date on all the latest just subscribe the blog, “like” me on Facebook, check out weekly FREE PUPPY CARE newsletter, 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!

Monday Mentions: De-Coding Prairie Dogs, Bone Regeneration & Spam-alot Fun

Amy & Magic & Seren-karma copyHow about that picture?! Doncha love Photoshop? *giggle* Those paying attention may have already noticed the addition of a new kitten-on-lap in that upper-right-hand photo here on the blog but I wanted to show it off a bit more. Today, I’m also announcing the update to my website at www.Shojai.com. It’s cleaner, brighter, easier to navigate (and up to date!). It’s a balancing act to create a web presence that features all the furry hats that I (try) to wear, from fiction to nonfiction to performance. Let me know what you think.

This past weekend we presented the staged reading of STRAYS, THE MUSICAL and had a blast! Here’s the BIG news: we will hold open auditions this fall and produce the full show October 23, 24 and 25 at the Honey McGee Playhouse in Sherman. So if you have an urge to channel your “inner dog/cat” please come out for the show–I promise, there are parts for lots of “furry” folks!

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 amazing videos below, 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. NOTE: you can still enter the FREE pet food give away for pudgy pets here.

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Got Spam? if you’re a blogger/journalist who gets lots of unwanted “pitches” you have GOT to read this amazing response (do not drink beverages whilst reading…) Thanks to Caren Gittleman for sharing

Blogger Tips a round up of important info for pet bloggers (applies to everyone, though)

Journalism By Robot

Free Scrivener How-To Webinar

Killing Publishing’s Sacred Cows–Indies Can’t Get Into Bookstores

The Business Rusch more on running an Indie publishing biz

Stephen King’s “The Shining” On Stage

ROCKY On Broadway

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10 Signs You’re Obsessed With Your Dog

Jackson Galaxy Live Google Hangout 4-4:30 PST March 26 your chance to ask him cat behavior questions about your own “cat from hell!”

Animal Behaviorists Soon to Have Devices to “Talk” to Animals???  check out the prairie dog video below, too!


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? I’m a new Brand Ambassador for The Honest Kitchen and you can get FREE samples here, check it out! (Karma loves this!). Stay up to date on all the latest just subscribe the blog, “like” me on Facebook, check out weekly FREE PUPPY CARE newsletter, 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!

Monday Mentions: Coyotes, Tigers & Green Dawgies

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“Am I an Irish Sitter now?” Image Copr. Amy Shojai, CABC

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY! With my Scotch-Irish heritage, I’ll be speakin’ with a bit of a brogue and/or lilt to me voice and wearin’ a wee bit o’ green. Magical-Dawg offered to help out with the “greening” of the blog. And he’s not taking any blarney from $%^&*(O! coyotes.

CoyoteThat picture on the left isn’t terribly clear, but is a view out my back patio window yesterday late afternoon. Remember the path that little Karma took to find his way to our home? Well, a pair of coyotes trotted down that same pathway, beautiful, elegant–lethal. This one stood looking back at me for several minutes, long enough for me to snap a couple of pictures through the doorway.

Living on 13+ acres in North Texas gives us a close-up view of wildlife. And as much as I admire the hummingbirds and deer, feel aggravation toward the armadillos digging up the roses, and appreciate the raccoons, bobcats, owls, hawks and even snakes, I have a healthy respect for the predators. We share this ecosystem and I can’t fault them for their nature–to survive at all costs. But I also must respect that they can make a snack of my cats and possibly Magical-Dawg if he’s lured out to where several of ’em can gang-attack.Raccoon

For puppies, small dogs, and kittens, the threat is even more apparent. Be aware that a fenced yard may not offer the safety needed. Pets have been snatched with owners only feet away. You can learn more in this article I wrote for my puppies.about.com site on animal attacks. (It applies to any small pet, including cats.).

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 fun video below, 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.

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Platform vs Brand, Which Is Better?

ITW Round Table Discussion: Moral Protagonists–Rebels or Visionary?

How To Buy Your Way To Bestseller-dom!

Discoverability (Again) on Samples from The Biz Rusch

HILARIOUS Book Covers! such as “Castration: The Advantages & Disadvantages” and “The Practical Pyromaniac”  (c’mon, gang, hit me with your best/worst potential titles in the comments!)

Amtrak Residency Program Examined by Author Beware

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Tigers get lymphoma, too. Check out this incredible story from UC-Davis

THIS SATURDAY, 7 pm is the FREE Table Read for STRAYS, THE MUSICAL! at the Honey McGee in Sherman, TX

The Fussy Librarian today features COMPETABILITY(CATS)

FREE FOOD for Slimming Pudgy Pets

5 Foods Deadly to Pets

LET IT GO sung by all sorts of characters–PAW-some!

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? I’m a new Brand Ambassador for The Honest Kitchen and you can get FREE samples here, check it out! (Karma loves this!). Stay up to date on all the latest just subscribe the blog, “like” me on Facebook, check out weekly FREE PUPPY CARE newsletter, 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!