Authors Showcase: Santa Paws by Meg Mims
December 20, 2014
The Book: Santa Paws
The Author: Meg Mims
The Story: The last thing Lacey Gordon—divorced with a teen daughter and two cats—needs is a rescue dog coming into her life.
To top it off, she’s rooked into a “Get Under the Mistletoe by Christmas Eve” dating contest.
Since Buddy the dog prefers to be the only “new guy” in Lacey’s life, will Santa Claws ruin her holiday for good?
About Meg Mims:
They say, “Write what you know.” I rescued a Lhasa Apso, Benji, from being taken to the pound, and what a sweet dog he turned out to be! I wanted to have fun writing a Christmas novella, since my mom always *loved* that holiday best and made it so special.
But of course, in any good book, conflict is key. So I had to do a “what if” … and “Buddy” was born, a real troublemaker and not a friend of cats. The “Get Under the Mistletoe by Christmas” dating event was pure imagination, but what a great idea!
Award-winning author and artist Meg Mims lives in Southeastern Michigan with her husband, a ‘Make My Day’ Malti-poo dog and a sweet Lhasa Apso-mix rescue dog — the “hero” of Santa Paws.
She’s loved reading mystery, western, historical, romance and other genre fiction since first grade’s adventures of Spot, Dick and Jane. She’s a staff writer at Lake Effect Living, an on-line magazine and has published hundreds of freelance articles.
Meg enjoys gardening, crafts, watercolor painting – anything but housework.
Review by M. Lapierre:
I really enjoyed this sweet novella and particularly the mother/daughter relationship between Lacey and Deena. Lacey has so much on her plate raising a daughter alone and dealing with a difficult ex, she is a real hero for taking in a problem pup in desperate need for a home.
Deena’s baggage going back to being bit by a pit bull as a child made for great conflict when she begins getting frustrated by Buddy’s antics and wants to give up on him, which Lacey admirably won’t let her do. A very sweet romance develops over mochas lattes when Lacey meets Reuben during a disasterous dating contest.
Four legged family members sometimes make the best matchmakers!
Review by Ellie Reads:
I adored this holiday novella. It’s a fresh breath in the holiday season. And I just re-read it as I’m reading this year’s offering, Santa Claws. I found the introduction to Buddy to be hilarious. Can’t help but love that little guy.
I think Meg Mims has a real fondness for and affinity for animals and the conflicts between animal and human are a nice sidebar for the interactions among humans in this tale. Nice, heartwarming tale of a rescue dog who has found home, indirectly contributing to some laugh-out-loud enjoyable romance which makes for a satisfying ending.
You’ll feel better for having read it and I’ll be reading it again next Christmas.