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Monday Mentions: Rabbit Holes, Sandra Brown & Cats Rule

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Sometimes we ‘go down the rabbit hole’ without knowing it . . .

Happy Monday. This week has got to be an improvement over last week’s virus, Internet kerfluffle and AC outage. In my world it seems “crappiocca” comes in threes–so hopefully my crap quota has been filled and I’ve tunneled out of the rabbit hole. For now.

There was some terrific stuff, too. I met an awesome blogger (new to me) at Healing Rescue Dogs Blog and she interviewed me about LOST AND FOUND. Want to know more? October 1-7 (that starts today!) I’m discussing myths about writing thrillers as part of THE BIG THRILL ROUNDTABLE PANEL.

Want more? (gulp!) I’ll be over at DogRead as the guest author starting today (Oct. 1) through Oct. 15. This is a yahoogroups email list dedicated to discussion dog books–and the many of list members are savvy dog trainers, exhibitors and more, I can’t wait to talk “dawg” and writing! You can subscribe and lurk, post questions, come and go as you like–it’s free. Here’s the link to find out more.

I will be sending out the copies of the LOST AND FOUND book to the winners–as soon as I get my copies! Arggg! There must be something up with the mail these days, because several of my online orders recently have been delayed or gone astray. Doncha HATE when that happens? I even have the padded envelopes addressed and ready to mail. Thanks for your patience–me, I’m biting nails!

I promise to get some more ASK AMY videos made. Several folks have asked terrific questions either on my Facebook pages or in blog comments. It’s been too long…but yep, been a weee bit busy. 🙂 I’m saving the questions, though, so stay tuned.

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. Some of this “schtuff” can be hard to categorize and may fit more than one topic so I urge you to at least scan them all. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for an awesome Thrillerfest interview with some legends–Sandra Brown, RL Stein and David Morrell!


Poison Pen Press Launches YA Mystery Imprint, “Poisoned Pencil” with Ellen Larson, editor, now open to submissions!

PublishAmerica Lawsuit Dismissed

How To Host A Free EBook Day (Without Amazon)

Espresso Book Machine puts POD in your coffee shop. Really.

Before You Self Publish, Questions to Ask

Getting GoodReads Reviews on KoboBooks

A Million Books Sold, What Next? from the incredible CJ Lyons

Webinar on Selling Film & TV Scripts

Rudeness Compounded By Internet  ya don’t say?!

Fake Facebook ‘Likes’ Disappear first it was fake book reviews, now fake “likes” Gimme a break! Oh, and the FanPages may not be worthwhile anymore.

Nightmare Sperm Donation from the creepy files of DP Lyle’s awesome blog



Cats Rule the Internet & Here’s Proof!

FUNNY Lost Pet Signs that said, it’s NOT funny to lose a pet so get ’em microchipped and keep ’em safe!

Pets Share Environmental Risks interesting article with what researchers are looking at

Are Animals Conscious? well, yes…so how should they be treated? Fascinating discussion.

Of Feral Cats, Conservation & Birds…Again.

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, listen to the weekly radio show, 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!

About amyshojai

Amy Shojai, CABC is a certified animal behavior consultant (dogs/cats), award winning author of 30+ pet care titles and thrillers, and spokesperson to the pet industry.

4 responses »

  1. Box-surfing cat on the infographic… Maru or another cat with the same fascination, I wonder? But then, Maru is internet God of Cats. Then you have the “mean kitty”, Sparta, owned by the guys who runs SMP Films – still quite the popular kitty though he is now retired from being “mean”.

    I’ve seen the “gay dog” sign before. *facepalm* So many people STILL don’t realize that mounting is also a dominance behavior, not just for, ah, the obvious use. Part of why so many little dogs do it – they’re the ones who are more likely to have not been disciplined, because in many people’s minds, little dog = not dangerous, which means they’re less likely to be taught proper manners, so they think they get to be the boss of everything.

    Animal consciousness… all I can say is, “duh”. Oddly enough, most fur farms in developed nations, from what I’ve read, have figured out the animal welfare thing faster than most of the meat industry. But then, people seem to find it easier to believe that “higher” animals like carnivores can get stressed and upset. Don’t even get me started on factory egg farms… there’s a huge one not far from where I live. That whole Buckeye Egg mess that was all over the news (I think it made national news at least a few times) – yeah I live near that. And don’t let the name change fool you. The guy who used to run it may be gone, but “Ohio Fresh Eggs” as it’s now called is still as sleazy as ever as far as I can tell. I once saw one of their trucks going down the road with the back open, full of hens. They had to have put them in those cages when they were just chicks and never taken them out since, because I swear those cages were almost smaller than the chickens. I get free range whenever I can. I’d get milk directly from my aunt’s farm, but I don’t think they are able to homogenize it on site, and I still have a bit of a hard time with unseparated milk. Just a bit too rich, I guess. Of course, I like to raise my own plants for similar reasons – I figure science isn’t necessarily advanced enough yet to understand just how they work, and I tend to believe they have souls too, so it seems wisest to try and treat them with the same respect whenever possible, in case it turns out they’re more conscious than we think (because it seems silly to assume a plant “brain” would necessarily work like an animal’s). But I TRY to stick to the ones I can really care for, because I have an abysmal record with the more difficult plants… last thing I need is to force tons of them into a slow, agonizing death. My black thumb is STARTING to turn a bit greenish, though… LOL

    OH speaking of feral cats! I just found out the town nearby has a TNR program! Saw a little paper about it pinned up in the frozen custard shop there. Was so happy to see that. 🙂 I didn’t think anything like that existed near me yet.

  2. Amy, I’ve been off the radar for a while, deep in *revision world* but I’ve been trying to keep up with everyone’s news. You have been busy … and it’s all good! I’m thrilled to learn I’ve won a signed copy of your book. Yippee!


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