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Lost and Found (The September Day Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Amy Shojai
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Book Description

AN AUNT searches for her lost nephew—and dooms her sister.

A MOM gambles a miracle will cure—and not kill—her child.

A DOG finds his true purpose—when he disobeys.

Animal behaviorist September Day has lost everything—husband murdered, career in ruins, confidence shot—and returns home with her trained Maine Coon cat Macy to Texas to recover. She’s forced out of hibernation when her nephew Steven and his autism service dog Shadow disappear in a freak blizzard. When her sister trusts a maverick researcher’s promise to help Steven, September has 24 hours to rescue them from a devastating medical experiment impacting millions of children, a deadly secret others will kill to protect. As September races the clock, the body count swells. Shadow does his good-dog duty but can’t protect his boy. Finally September and Shadow forge a stormy partnership to rescue the missing and stop the nightmare cure. But can they also find the lost parts of themselves?

“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

“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

Amy Shojai is a certified animal behavior consultant, and the award-winning author of 24 bestselling pet books that cover furry babies to old-fogies, first aid to natural healing, and behavior/training to Chicken Soup-icity. She is the Puppies Guide at, the cat behavior expert at, and hosts a weekly half hour Internet Pet Peeves radio show. Amy has been featured as an expert in hundreds of print venues including The New York Times, Reader’s Digest, and Family Circle, as well as national radio and television networks such as CNN, Animal Planet’s DOGS 101 and CATS 101. Amy brings her unique pet-centric viewpoint to public appearances and THRILLERS WITH BITE!

Editorial Reviews


"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

From the Author

Hey there! Thanks so much for "adopting" my THRILLERS WITH BITE suspense series. I've always loved stories that make me gasp, laugh out loud, or weep as they take me on a roller-coaster ride. But I'd never found a book or story that dealt with a "dog viewpoint" or cat characters 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 virtual tail-wags and purrs must have been noticed around the world. That story of a young autistic child lost in a blizzard with his service dog struck a chord with readers and reviewers, and prompted demands for "what happens next?"

HIDE AND SEEK happens next, and takes place only a few weeks after the first story ends. In this story, the September's tragic history hinted at in the first book returns from the past. Also answering readers' requests, Macy-Cat has his own storyline that figures much more prominently in the book. After all, I'm an equal opportunity pet lover!

I'm hard at work writing the next book in the series SHOW AND TELL, so stay tuned. 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 the previous 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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 531 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1621250172
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cool Gus Publishing (September 16, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009BXO788
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #532,674 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Service Dog to the Rescue! January 24, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great writing. January 24, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
"Lost & Found"is a well written mystery with twists and turns. I especially like the idea of the narration being shared with September Day, who has had her share of problems and Shadow, her pup in training. I appreciated the way she set the stage. She had me shivering from the start. If you like mystery, you'll love "Lost & Found."
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dog-Viewpoint Makes it Well Worth the Read January 23, 2013
I first learned of Amy Shojai's book Lost and Found through Blogpaws, a site for pet bloggers and received a free copy from Story Cartel in exchange for an unbiased review. Promoted as a dog-viewpoint thriller, it grabbed my attention. I usually prefer memoirs and non-fiction dog-themed books, but thought the dog-related theme worth a try.

I wasn't disappointed. Overall, this book was an enjoyable and entertaining read. Unfortunately, its autistic-children-get-violent theme may not be as readily received following the Newtown shooting. Readers sensitive to this should be aware. That said, Shojai does seem to have some knowledge or at the very least done some research on autism and weaves a story with a variety of twists and turns. I saw some of them coming, but like a good episodic television show, I still found myself entertained.

This was not what I expected when I first opened the book. Chapter One begins "September Day sloshed another half-cup of coffee" and the only thing that kept me reading passed this sentence was to discover if Shojai was serious in dubbing her character or if there was some joke to be revealed. Unfortunately, the name seems to be intentional and was made worse by the fact that September's sister is named April and their maiden names January. These monikers are so ridiculous they took me out of the story for a moment, but I pressed on and a few pages in found myself impressed. Describing September's cat, Shojai writes, "Macy paced. His tail dry-painted September's cheek and wove in and out of her long wavy mane. Green slanted eyes, coffee-dark hair, hidden claws and enigmatic smile - she'd been told more than once that she and the cat matched in both personality and looks." Now, this was a description worth reading!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterful thrill ride of suspense September 22, 2012
This first foray into fiction by certified animal behaviorist and pet expert Amy Shojai makes for a spine-tingling reading experience! The book's description doesn't even begin to convey just how gripping this story is. Amy Shojai takes the reader on a masterful thrill ride of suspense that doesn't let up until the very last pages.

September is an immensely likeable protagonist. All the second characters are well-developed and solid. But not surprisingly, the book's animal characters are my favorites. The chapters that are narrated to show Shadow the dog's point of view are reminiscent of books like Bruce Cameron's A Dog's Purpose and showcase the author's thorough knowledge of animals' behavior and emotions. Macy the cat is all cat, and in an absolutely amazing plot twist, turns out to be the key to.... but you'll just have to read the book to find out.

If you're a fan of medical thrillers by the likes of Robin Cook or Michael Palmer, you will absolutely love this book.

Fair warning: don't even start this book unless you have a good chunk of free time. I started to read this while intending to take a quick break in between household chores. The chores never got done that day - I couldn't put the book down.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good thriller ,... dog lovers or not
I have recieved this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review.

I am very suprised that this audiobook has been hiddden away, I have never heard of the author... Read more
Published 7 days ago by dk.bookworm
3.0 out of 5 stars Lost and Found
This novel is a departure for me as this is not a genre I tend to read but I love cats and yes, I do like dogs too even if I don’t have any. Read more
Published 2 months ago by P. Woodland
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-Pounding Action and Fabulous Characters
September Day is an animal behavior expert and dog trainer who has recently returned home to Heartland, Texas after the deaths of her husband and beloved dog. Read more
Published 12 months ago by clahain
3.0 out of 5 stars Lost and Found
Any book with a dog can't be all bad and this one is very good. Amy Shojal did a good job of speaking through the dog's mind.
Published 13 months ago by Margaret A Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Roller Coaster Ride!
I loved this book! I felt like I was on a roller coaster complete with the big jolt at the end. I especially liked the chapters told from Shadow's point of view. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Warner's Corner Toys
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fast Paced Find
This fast-paced thriller is filled with interesting characters, including Shadow, the bright young German Shepherd service dog, who narrates his own chapters. Ms. Read more
Published 22 months ago by J. Gustafson
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Thriller but bad for Autism
My wish is that this excellent author would write another thriller and give those of us on the autism spectrum some positive PR this time. We actually have good qualities. Read more
Published on April 7, 2013 by Leslie Karen Ephland
4.0 out of 5 stars Was like reading on a roller-coaster - the ups and downs didn't stop
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I have to admit that at first I was skeptical about how much I was going to enjoy the book - because I felt upon reading the jacket... Read more
Published on March 30, 2013 by Deanna L. Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced thriller with a unique twist
Lost and Found by Amy Shojai is a page-turner that will keep you up reading late into the night to discover what will happen next. Read more
Published on March 28, 2013 by M. Howard
4.0 out of 5 stars Great first entry into a series (please!)
I received a review copy of this book, just to set the record straight. I'm not a big fan of the initial book in a series (which if Ms. Read more
Published on March 14, 2013 by S. Garriott
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More About the Author

Amy Shojai is a nationally known authority on pet care and behavior, a certified animal behavior consultant, a spokesperson for the pet products industry, and the author of 30 nonfiction pet books. She also writes THRILLERS WITH BITE! which includes the dog-viewpoint thrillers LOST AND FOUND and HIDE AND SEEK.

Amy empowers pet lovers by providing the information they need to make informed decisions for their cats and dogs. She specializes in translating "medicalese" into easily understood jargon-free language, making it accessible to all pet lovers. Oh, and she loves bling-icity!

Amy addresses a wide range of fun-to-serious issues in her work, covering dog and cat training, behavior, natural and allopathic health care, nutrition, first aid, aging pets, "the bond" and cutting-edge medical topics. Her work has been honored with over three dozen writing awards and she is a two-time recipient of the "Friskies Writer of the Year" award. Her work appears in the Herald Democrat newspaper, on and and she's published several thousand articles and columns during her career. She presents a twice-monthly "Pet Talk" segment at KXII-CBS, and hosts the weekly "Pet Peeves" at and is an expert on Animal Planet DOGS 101 and CATS 101. Sometimes she has time to sleep.

Amy has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and in USA Weekend, The New York Times, Washington Post, Reader's Digest, Woman's Day, Family Circle, Woman's World, and many other leading newspapers and magazines. She has also been a featured pet care expert on Animal Planet Dogs 101, Cats 101, Petsburgh USA/Disney Channel program, Good Day New York, Fox News: Pet News, NBC Today Show, WGN-Chicago "Pet Central" and "Animal Planet Radio" and many others.

She is an active member of the International Thriller Writers, International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, founder and Past President of the Cat Writers' Association, member of the Dog Writers Association of America, and Past President and Honorary Lifetime Member of Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. She frequently speaks to groups on a variety of pet-related and writing issues, lectures at veterinary and writer conferences, and conducts training and behavior demonstrations around the country.

She and her husband live with Seren-Kitty the Siamese wannabe, Magical-Dawg the German Shepherd, and other assorted critters at Rosemont, their thirteen-acre "spread" in north Texas. Find more information about her work at and follow her Bling, Bitches & Blood Blog at

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