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Book 1 of 3 in the September Day Series

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"Amy Shojai's LOST AND FOUND wraps family secrets, murder, and medical miracles around the small form of an autistic child. Riveting, heart-wrenching, and brilliant, here is the debut of a stunning talent." --James Rollins, New York Times bestseller of Bloodline

"Take a clever dog, an autistic boy, and toss in greed, corruption, and out-of control scientific experimentation and you have the makings of LOST AND FOUND, a fun story filled with twists, turns, and a large dose of intrigue." -D. P. Lyle, Award-winning author of the Dub Walker Thriller Series

"Pet behavior expert Amy Shojai's debut thriller LOST AND FOUND combines the medical tension of Robin Cook thrillers with the emotional heart of THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN." -Dr. Marty Becker, Best-selling author and resident veterinarian on Good Morning America and The Dr. Oz Show

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Hey there! Thanks so much for "adopting" my THRILLERS WITH BITEsuspense series. I've always loved stories that make me gasp, laugh outloud, or weep as they take me on a roller-coaster ride. But I'd neverfound a book or story that dealt with a "dog viewpoint" or catcharacters the way it should be done (well, the way that I thought so,anyway!). And as an animal behavior consultant and author of 30+training, behavior and care books about cats and dogs, I decided finally to write the book that I'd always wanted to read.

The result was LOST AND FOUND. Y'all embraced that book with such glowing reviews, that my virtualtail-wags and purrs must have been noticed around the world. That storyof a young autistic child lost in a blizzard with his service dog struck a chord with readers and reviewers, and prompted demands for "whathappens next?"

HIDE AND SEEK happens next, and takesplace only a few weeks after the first story ends. In this story, theSeptember's tragic history hinted at in the first book returns from thepast. Also answering readers' requests, Macy-Cat has his own story linethat figures much more prominently in the book. After all, I'm an equalopportunity pet lover!

The third book in the September Day series SHOW AND TELL is now available, and again picks up shortly after the previous book ends. This time around, some of the younger characters from the first two books take center stage, and with September's help and the bravery of a good-dog (and several other cat and dog helpers!). Maybe this time, the happy ending will last...or will it? Stay tuned for the next installment in this pet-centric series.

I hope you enjoy all of these books as much as I do writing them. Watch for notices on my Author Central page about chances to get your pet's name included in the next book, as I've done with theprevious two stories, in my hugely popular NAME THAT DOG and NAME THAT CAT contest.

And yes, it is true you can train cats and understand go behavior. For more on that, refer to one of my nonfiction books on the subject, like ComPETability: Solving Behavior Problems in Your Multi-Dog Household and ComPETability: Solving Behavior Problems in Your Multi-Cat Household.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Cool Gus Publishing; First Edition edition (September 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1621250172
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621250173
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Joe H. Bunting on January 22, 2013
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When her autistic nephew, Steven, gets lost in a blizzard, animal psychologist September Day ventures out into the freezing weather to track him.

However, we soon learn Steven was the smart one, escaping a malicious scheme hatched by a profiteering pharmaceutical company just in time. Can September find her nephew before the woman with the gun does? You'll have to read to find out.

Amy Shojai is the author of over twenty-five books about dogs, including Chicken Soup for the Dog Lovers Soul. Her first fiction offering, Lost and Found, could be called the Thriller for the dog lover's soul. While many stories involving pets involve a dog that dies (e.g. Old Yeller, I am Legend), Shojai puts her pooch in one of the lead roles.

Seeing the world through a dog's eyes is one of the best parts about this book. The plot surprises in all the right and wrong ways, stretching the reader's trust a bit too far for my taste. But Shojai is an enthusiastic writer, and we root for her characters the whole way.

If you're a dog lover and a book lover, you might have found your new best friend.
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Amy Shojai is a certified animal behavior consultant and has written 26 Award-Winning Pet Care Books. She has also developed a dog training vocabulary game. She uses this knowledge to create her first book of fiction. Lost and Found is definitely a "Thriller with a BITE".

There are many interesting characters in the story - both human and animal. The main character, September, is an animal behavior specialist - just like the author. September's relationship with her family is very complicated, her nephew Steven is autistic, and there are bad guys chasing her all over town. She also trains a young German Sheppard named Shadow to be a service dog to keep her nephew safe.

The author did a great job in researching autism. She was able to describe how autistic children behave and how their parents can be desperate enough to pay an exorbitant amount of money for medication that will "cure" their children. My daughter is autistic and I know I would love to find a miracle drug for her. As I was reading the story, I could feel my stomach in knots as I feared for Steven's safety when he was lost in a blizzard, even though he had Shadow with him.

I enjoyed how the author anthropomorphizes the animals. There is Macy, September's Maine coon cat, who loves to play laser tag, fetches toys on command and knows how to beg. We are also privy to Shadow's thoughts as he tries to protect Steven, responds to his trainer and interacts with other humans. He teaches us that dogs "see" with scents, and can taste and smell fear. He is puzzled why people don't shake off water instead of rubbing themselves dry. Shadow is a pivotal character in this story. He learns a lot about the human world and starts to make decisions that he knows might not be what is expected of him.
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First, this author can write! It is such a pleasure to read such a well-written book, and one which has been well edited. Add to that the premise, which was clever and unique to me, and I was hooked. Ms. Shojai brings us the likable but vulnerable September Day, who as an animal expert, trains Shadow, a dog whose thoughts we are privy to, as a special needs dog for her autistic nephew. She also has a short segment on a local radio station called "Pet Peeves" which allows callers to ask questions. She is getting her life back in order after the death of her husband and dog, and she certainly doesn't anticipate becoming involved in a situation that will test all of her recently-diminished courage and strength to their limits.

The story centers around a sinister consortium that is rounding up participants in an off-market drug experiment for children who suffer from autism. September's sister is one of those who has been corralled on behalf of her son, but her participation puts her, her son, and September in danger. What was so special about this book is how well the author made what I thought would be a nice animal story into a taut thriller with believable scenarios that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. She is obviously a very knowledgeable person, and her solid research into a number of subjects, including autism, was so well integrated into the story line that you hardly knew you were learning along the way. I also picked up animal care and training tips that were gently worked into the story in relation to what was happening at any given time. It takes a deft hand in writing to do that and make it feel unforced.

September's training of both the dog Shadow, and her Main Coon cat named Macy, served to save her bacon on more than one occasion, and this anthropomorphic integration of pets into the story felt real, not contrived. There are two more books in this series, and I certainly look forward to reading them!
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Great story with an impressive amount of dog and cat training information. Amy has certainly done her research on PTSD and Autism and some of the effects these can manifest. The story is fast paced, believable and a darned good read. I was quite surprised at the ending but it is certainly true to life - and I won't say any more because I don't want to spoil it for other readers.
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The story occurs over twenty-four hours. The writing is terse, the action is non-stop, and attention to detail brings the scenes to life. Characterisation and dialogue are convincing. At no time did I ever want to put the book down.
Unlike other reviewers, I think that Shadow's pov, which allowed me to track Steven's movements, should have added more to the story.
Allowing the plot to unfold through so many perspectives tended to confuse me when I had to pick up the threads later on. I was also surprised at the lack of emotional involvement of September Day, whose perspective opens the first half. She shows little emotional reaction as family and close friends are murdered around her. Only Jeff Combs the policeman gets to show any emotional involvement. I find he is the character I most remember.
I must thank Story Cartel for the free digital copy that I received in return for an unbiased review. I will look out for any more thrillers from this author.
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