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Santa Paws is Coming to Town (A Short Tail)

What could be more joyous than a Kilcannon Christmas? But for Daniel Kilcannon, the man they call “The Dogfather,” this holiday season is anything but happy. It’s been three years since he’s lost his wife and though his family is growing – thanks to his matchmaking efforts – he still dreads the day his dearly departed wife used to love so much. Determined to make Christmas Eve festive and fun, he puts his sadness aside for the family and pretends everything is normal…until it’s not.

When a recently rescued puppy goes missing on Waterford Farm, all celebrations come to a halt. The entire family, from Gramma Finnie down to the youngest Kilcannon and their cousins, is enlisted on the search. Before they can continue the old Irish tradition of putting a candle in the window to welcome strangers, they must find little Jack Frost…and nothing short of a Christmas miracle can make that happen.

The Dogfather Series

Daniel Kilcannon is known as "TheDogfather" for a reason. It's not just his renowned skills as a veterinarian, his tremendous love of dogs, or the fact that he has turned his homestead in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains into a world class dog training and rescue facility. Ask his six grown children who run Waterford Farm for him, and they'll tell you that their father's nickname is due to his uncanny ability to pull a few strings to get what he wants. And what he wantsis for his four sons and two daughters to find the kind of life-changing love he had with his dearly departed wife, Annie. This old dog has a few new tricks...and he'll use them all to see his pack all settled into their happily ever afters!

Available now:

Sit…Stay…Beg (book 1)

New Leash on Life (book 2)

Leader of the Pack (book3)

Santa Paws is Coming to Town (A Short Tail) (book 4)

Bad to the Bone (book 5)

And more to come!

Roxanne St. Claire is a New York Times and USA Today author of nearly 50 novels of romance and suspense. She ha screated many popular series, including Barefoot Bay, the Guardian Angelinos,and the Bullet Catchers. She is nine-time nominee and one-time winner of the prestigious RITA Award given by the Romance Writers of America for the best inromance fiction.  She's also won the National Readers' Choice Award for the best romantic suspense four times. A resident of a small beach town in Florida, Roxanne enjoys dogs, wine, chocolate, and books...usually all at the same time.

November 17
South Street Publishing
Roxanne St. Claire

Customer Reviews

BBQ griller ,

Loved it! Best early Christmas gift ever!

Roxanne St. Claire has delivered the best early Christmas gift. I loved the novella. Was so sad that it was only a novella, and therefore too short. The novella takes place on Christmas Eve at the Kilcannon Family home at Waterford Farms. As all the Kilcannons and the extended family arrive to celebrate Christmas Eve, a new rescue puppy, “Jack Frost”, goes missing while getting groomed by Darla. Everyone breaks off in pairs and goes off in search of Jack Frost. Molly and Prudence share a bittersweet moment when Pru asks about her father as they search for the puppy. Liam and Andi discuss baby names and dream of their future home at Waterford Farms. Shane and Chloe and Garrett and Jessie all dream about their futures. Unfortunately, no one finds Jack Frost. Daniel is very worried about the puppy in the cold and becomes very melancholy. He misses Anne so much at Christmas, it was her favorite holiday and he tries to keep all of her traditions alive for his family. Jack Frost is eventually found by a surprise guest that most knew about, except for Daniel. It was a wonderful ending, with lots of tears! Cannot wait for Molly’s story, “Bad to the Bone”.

Scoop you ,


This book was just too short! I love Roxanne’s books.
I want them to go on forever. Everything she writes
Has so much meaning.

bh313@hotmail ,

Wonderful sweet read

This is a wonderful sweet story of family, love, and facing the holidays without a couple of their loved ones but with some new additions to the Kilcannon clan. Daniel Kilcannon is trying to put on a happy face for his family while missing his wife terribly. Adding to his sadness is the fact that one of his sons won't be home with him this Christmas. As always with this family it's a little dog that pulls them together and helps to distract from any sadness.

A great story that should be on everyone's holiday reading list. I highly recommend it.

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