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Tuesday Trumpet! Music, Cat-astrophe & Thrilling News!

by | Mar 20, 2012 | Appearance (Theater, Signing, Talks), Cat Behavior & Care, Writing Advice & More | 18 comments

NEWS-ABOUT-KURVES!

First off, I’ve added audio files to the KURVES, THE MUSICAL page (above) so folks can finally hear some of the songs.

NEWS-ABOUT-CAT!

Seren-kitty had her vet visit yesterday. She’s not a youngster any more and I’ve  been worried about her health since she’s drinking/urinating more. I’ll have a full recap on Friday but wanted to thank everyone for the good wishes. It is NOT diabetes (whew!). It may be early kidney issues (her tests are ‘borderline’ and not yet in failure). We’re expecting Texas A & M results tomorrow or Thursday to let us know about thyroid function. Paws crossed that’s negative…

NEWS-ABOUT-FICTION!

Some of y’all know that I’ve long aspired to write thrillers. Last Thursday, just before I headed out for the KWA Scene Conference, I heard from my editor at Who Dares Wins Publishing that they will publish my thriller LOST AND FOUND probably this fall (date tba). SNOOPY-DANCE-O-JOY!

Animal behaviorist September Day has 24 hours to find her autistic nephew and his service dog before he–and hundreds of other children–become victims of a deadly experimental autism treatment. And yes, there is “dog voice” as well as a highly-trained kitty, along with assorted quirky two-legged characters in the book.

To say I’m thrilled is an understatement. But today I also learned that I’ve been accepted as an ITW Debut Author class of 2012/2013. When I got that email I bawled. With happiness, of course. But that really upset the Magical-Dawg. Any tears upset him. And yes, the hero dog in the fiction came about by channeling my inner dog/cat. *s*

Anyway, I had to let y’all know my news. It’s been an “on top of the world” to “worry-icity” to “floating-again” sort of week. Sometimes you reach for, grab, and actually catch the brass ring.

*humming* If I can do it, you can do it too…

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18 Comments

  1. Tiffany A White

    Congrats on all the great news, Amy! The kitty. The publishing deal. Yay!! *hugs*

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    • amyshojai

      Thanks so much Tiffany! Seren sends gentle head bonks, too. *s*

      Reply
  2. Jen Talty

    Congratulations! That is totally awesome!

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  3. Charity Kountz

    Congrats Amy! So glad to here all is going well. I LOVE thrillers (just ask Steve Spencer, he can’t write them fast enough), can’t wait to read it!

    Reply
    • amyshojai

      Hi Charity, thanks for the comment. Just need to get through the edits. *s*

      Reply
  4. Stacy Green

    Big congrats, Amy! Love thrillers and this sounds very original. And keeping my fingers crossed for the kitty!

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    • amyshojai

      Hi Stacy, Hoping it’s “different” enough but also familiar for folks who love thrillers. I appreciate the kitty good wishes. She’s pestering me for head scritches as I type…

      Reply
  5. patriciasands

    Wow! It’s all good … er, no … GREAT! Congratulations all around and paws crossed for Seren.

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    • amyshojai

      Hey Patricia! I’m still floating. Had a Church Council meeting this evening and shared–and they want to have a book club read-aloud when it comes out. Cool beans!

      Reply
  6. KM Huber

    Really great publishing and writing news. Sending energy for kitty’s highest good. I find your blog really helpful for my pets but your blogging style is inviting as well. Thanks!

    Karen

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    • amyshojai

      Awww Karen, thank you so much! That really means a lot, it’s hard to know sometimes what works and what doesn’t. Pet people (and writers) are THE BEST!

      Reply
  7. carol Shenold

    That’s so exciting about thriller writers. I know you are jazzed. Carol

    Reply
    • amyshojai

      Hi Carol, yes I am MAJORLY JAZZED!

      Reply
  8. August McLaughlin

    Congratulations, Amy! I couldn’t be more thrilled for you. (Ha—pun! ;)) I can’t wait to see you on one of the panels at ThrillerFest or elsewhere…nor to read your book.

    Reply
    • amyshojai

      Thanks August! I’ve been on Thrillerfest panels the past two years but this year will feel a whole lot different. *s*

      Reply
  9. Ali Dent

    I’m happy for you and looking forward to next week.

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  10. Rayya

    Hey Amy. I hope Seren’s thyroid results turn out to be normal, crossing my fingers for ya. If she is hyperthyroid, it is a disease you can reverse or manage very well.
    Great news about you have been accepted as an ITW Debut Author class of 2012/2013! Well done & well deserved 🙂

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    • amyshojai

      Thanks so much Rayya–her thyroid test was normal, yay!

      Reply

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