Susie is a pit bull terrier who’s eleven years old, good-natured, and a fugitive from the law. Her owner, Denise Lansing, doesn’t think she has a problem when the city of San Gabriel, Texas, passes a law banning pit bulls. After all, Susie has impeccable manners and stays indoors or in the backyard most of the time. Then the police are at the door.
Denise must act, but her attempts to find a new owner for Susie outside the city have been fruitless; there are no takers for an aging pit bull. So when Denise’s ex-husband finds a home for Susie in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Denise feels she has no choice. A man with a large estate is willing to take the dog, and Steve Wingfield, a skillful and daring pilot, will fly them to the Yucatan.
Denise could easily fall in love with Steve, but it’s obvious there’s something evil happening on the estate where she’s supposed to leave Susie, and she’s wondering how her ex and the fascinating pilot are involved. When the attempts on their lives begin, Denise and Steve have to join forces.
Steve is terrified of dogs due to an incident in his past, and Denise is suspicious of him because of his involvement with her ex. In spite of this, the attraction between them is growing, but before they can concentrate on each other, they must figure out how to save themselves and Susie, who just might end up saving them instead.
Helen, how did you come up with the title for your book? Does it have any special meaning?
The book is all about what one woman will do to save a beloved dog.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Susie is my favorite character. She’s outstanding in her love and courage, right up to the end.
Does your book have any underlying theme, message, or moral?
I don’t especially like writing for the purpose of getting across a message, but Saving Susie shows that dogs—and people—should be judged as individuals and not as members of a group.
What would/could a reader or reviewer say about this book that shows they “get” you as an author?
They could say they understand how an owner can love a dog as much as Denise loves Susie and that they love the way Denise changes as the book progresses.
Give us an excerpted quote from your favorite review of this book:
“The book keep me going that I finished the book in 2 nights of reading. Awesome…thank you!!!”
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