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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 puppies.About.com, the cat behavior expert at cats.About.com, 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!


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About the Author

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 puppies.About.com, the cat behavior expert at cats.About.com, 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!

Product Details

  • File Size: 534 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: #490,691 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dog-Viewpoint Makes it Well Worth the Read 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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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By SBarr
Format:Kindle Edition
When I started reading this book, I was a little "ho-hum" to be honest. I saw, immediately, the similarities of the news story of a couple of years ago where the autistic boy went missing in the midst of a snow storm and I felt ambivalent about that being the premise on which the novel started. However, as a writer myself, I know inspiration comes from everywhere and anywhere, so I set aside my ambivalence and determined that I would give this novel a fair chance.

As well, I typically don't enjoy books where the animal (in this case, the dog Shadow) is given "thoughts", etc. and whole chapters of this book were in the dog's point of view (pov). I think doing an animal's pov is difficult because, seriously, they don't have thought processes and language skills like humans do, right? (At least that's the typical assumption for most people - I'm convinced, however, that my cats are humans in fur coats.) However, I think Amy Shojai did a really good job of portraying Shadow's pov. She captured the scattered thoughts of a young dog very well and I thought she did a fabulous job of portraying his desire to make his humans happy and keep "his boy" safe.

I think by the third chapter, any misgivings I had were gone and I got wrapped up in the story and the characters.

I thorougly enjoyed the mystery and the action of this novel. It was fast paced and carried the story well. I felt the immediacy of the situation and found my foot tapping on the floor in agitation at times when the tension was high. Yes, I really get involved when I'm reading.

I thought the autism aspect was very well done. Ms. Shojai seems to have done her research well, or she has personal experience with autism, as it seemed very realistic and accurate to me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 3 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 4 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 11 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 14 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 15 months ago 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 16 months ago 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 16 months ago 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 16 months ago by S. Garriott
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book - Especially for Dog Lovers
This is a great book - very fast paced and easy to read. The story is well woven and keeps your interest all the way through to the end. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Anita K. LeBeau Griggs
5.0 out of 5 stars A different kind of thriller
I finished LOST AND FOUND last night. I don't normally read thrillers, but since it was partially narrated by a German Shepherd, I gave it a try. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Tracy Weber
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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 26 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 puppies.About.com and cats.About.com 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 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, 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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