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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

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.

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  • File Size: 530 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1621250172
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cool Gus Publishing (September 16, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 16, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009BXO788
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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. Find out how to join Amy's Audacious Allies (Triple A Team) at http://shojai.com/amyshojai-street-team/

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. In her nonfiction books, she 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!

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 articles currently appear in the Herald Democrat newspaper, on puppies.About.com and cats.About.com, PetHealthyStore.com and PetSafe.net and she's published several thousand articles and columns during her career. She presents a twice-monthly "Pet Talk" segment at KXII-CBS, hosted the weekly "Pet Peeves" at PetLifeRadio.com 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, certified member of 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 www.shojai.com and follow her Bling, Bitches & Blood Blog at http://amyshojai.com

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Debra Lobel on 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 By Marjorie B. Hill on January 24, 2013
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"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 By Kim Gifford on January 23, 2013
Format: Paperback
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 By Ingrid King on September 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
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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