For a few lucky dogs at Alaqua Animal Refuge, it was a day that took them from rescue dogs to bona fide book cover models. Author Roxanne St. Claire, a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, orchestrated the photo shoot, along with renowned photographer Dawn Chapman Whitty, to photograph Alaqua dogs for the covers of her new 2018 and 2019 book series, The Dogfather.
Based on the story of a veterinarian who turned his homestead into a world-class dog training and rescue facility, the Dogfather series is a celebration of great, lovable dogs, big families, sexy heroes, and true love.
This is the not the first time Alaqua dogs have been featured on the covers of St. Claire’s books. She first discovered Alaqua rescue dogs that had been photographed by Whitty for a fundraising calendar approximately two years ago. When St. Claire spotted the photos, she said, “I knew they captured the spirit of the Dogfather series, so I was absolutely thrilled to be able to use them.”
St. Claire has written nearly 50 novels of romance and suspense, including several popular series—The Dogfather, Barefoot Bay, the Guardian Angelinos, and the Bullet Catchers. A resident of Florida and an avid animal lover, St. Claire chose to return to Alaqua for this photo shoot because she believes in its mission as a no-kill animal shelter and its advocacy for the general welfare and humane treatment of all animals.
The Dogfather series of books are for dog lovers everywhere. During the photo shoot, five models posed in various locations at Alaqua with different dogs, large and small. Both St. Claire and Whitty knew they had the right shot when they could see the spark ignite between the dog and their model counterpart. St. Claire said, “It’s all about the connection.”
For more information about Roxanne St. Claire and the Dogfather series, visit roxannestclaire.com. Her books can also be purchased through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, among other booksellers.
– Mary Chris Murry
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