The Eyes Have It

I just finished a book that has been on my schedule for almost a year. It was planned to release last spring, but one thing led to another and my schedule got so bogged down. This series is near and dear to me because it involves dogs and New York City. Great characters and a wonderful setting inspired by the HBO show Sex and the City.

My first set of dog books–Going to the Dogs: Leashed, Groomed for Murder, Hounded and Collared–were a joy to write. So, I’m very happy to begin the second series, Going to the Dogs 2: The Alphas. These stories revolve around my dog park babe brothers.

Ian Lassiter, big brother to Callie Lassiter from Leashed  is an artist and he got involved with a business venture with his college roommate Calder West that eventually evolved into AlphaGroup Investments. Along with two friends from college, reconstructive surgeon, Connor Wentworth and former hockey player, Jesse Malone, they have prospered. But tragically, Calder was killed in a plane crash and Ian has invited Nate Taylor (Jared’s brother for those of you who have read the series) to head up the group. There will be seven books in all.

The best part of writing this book wasn’t just the romance, but the fact that there are a lot of artists in the story. I love art probably because I’m a very visual person and that’s how I learn. Ian is an abstract artist and sculptor, Lizzie, the heroine, does watercolor and her dog, Georgia paints beautiful flowers. Yes, it’s a nod to Georgia O’Keeffe whom I adore. Lastly, Lizzie’s brother Sam, who is deaf, does amazing sculpture.

So, as you can imagine, the research for this novel was a joy. I wanted to share with you samples of art that I used as inspiration for each artists’ personal style.

Ian Lassiter:


By Megan Duncanson Ian loves the bold strokes and intense color.


by Olga Rykova This is how I envisioned Ian would have painted Lizzie. Although, he would have used more sunny yellow for her hair. Love the bold strokes of this gorgeous painting.


By Leonid Afremov Unbelievably gorgeous and it’s easy to see how Ian became a renown artist with works like this.

Elizabeth “Lizzie” O’Reilly


By John Hulsey Lizzie had just come back from a trip to South Carolina. She really enjoyed the marshes.

lake wylie sunset

by Shanti Marie Love the red in this as the sun sets over the coast.


By Miriam Schulman One of Lizzie’s favorites.

Georgia (with a bit of embellishment from Lizzie)


By Lily Pang Something I can envision a dog doing with obvious embellishment from Lizzie. Georgia is one talented canine.


By Kathy Morton Stanion Love the extension of color here and something that would be called a beautiful mistake.

Tropical Flowers compressed

By Barbara Van Rooyan Gorgeous color and very much an abstract view of a flower from a dog’s eye view. :-)

Sam O’Reilly


By Matt Buckley Sam’s only ten, but the kid knows how to do some sculpting. It was so fun to have Ian mentor him and it brought him even more into Lizzie’s life.


By Matt Buckley One of my most favorite pieces. I’m just blown away by the exquisite talent.


By Matt Buckley Ian’s hand is in this one as Sam needed some help to make his vision come to life.

It’s been a pleasure to write this post and I hope that you agree that these are some beautiful pieces of work.

‘Til next time ~ Zoe

Upcoming releases:

Going to the Dogs 2: Piggy Bank Blues – Out March 28, 2016

Piggy Bank Book 1 Sml

Elizabeth “Lizzie” O’Reilly risked her heart once, now she was using her head.

Ian Lassiter is living the high life in Manhattan and loving it. He’s a successful artist and sculptor and has just adopted an adorable Mantle Great Dane named Ozzie from his sister, Callie. The bachelor life suits him, so he thinks until he gets a load of AlphaGroup’s newest client. Lizzie has applied to them for a loan to keep her art school for the deaf open and with Ian’s artistic background, it’s up to him to handle the case.

Lizzie’s working on saving her school and a bachelor, even a hunky one, will not deter her from her mission. With a deadline looming to come up with the cash, Ian discovers that her clever Border Collie, Georgia paints amazing huge abstract flowers. Going commercial with her talented pet wasn’t at the top of her list but Ian pulls out the charm. When something goes terribly wrong, will the trust she was building in Ian get tested?

Can a confirmed bachelor lose his resolve and can a woman gain back her trust in love?

Going to the Dogs 2: Holding Still – Out August 2016

Holding StillPrudence Chambers made a deal with the devil—Harper Sinclair, now Shaw. Exclusive photo coverage of her socialite wedding. It put Pru on the map as a photographer and has opened so many doors. Harper held up her end of the bargain, now it was up to Pru to fulfill her vow. She’d promised Harper that she would give Nathaniel Taylor a second chance. Pru is skeptical that Nate would ever change, but if she is being honest with herself, she has to admit that she still harbors feelings for the sexy stock broker. But she’d hold her heart in reserve until he proved himself—holding still. She just couldn’t go through that heartache again—the next time might kill her.

Nate Taylor was still in love with Pru, had realized his bone-headed and stupid behavior drove her away. Now he was a different man after reconnecting with his brother Jared and his friends, especially Harper. Life was streaking at the speed of light, and he needed to slow down, get in touch with what was important. Like his opportunity to work with AlphaGroup Investments and worthwhile causes. Sit still for a minute—holding still. But, could he open up to Pru again, let her back inside, and risk it all?

Going to the Dogs 2: Louder Than Words – Out November 2016

Louder WordsTalia Cassano works in a flower shop across the street from the hospital, her greatest wish is to help her brother who was disfigured in a recent car accident. She sees an ad for AlphaGroup and a grant that could give her brother a new lease on life. She’s worked hard for a living, wishing one day to own her own shop, but now all her savings have been depleted to aid her brother. Could a wealthy doctor with society babes on his arm ever look at her twice?

Connor Wentworth, reconstructive surgeon and member of AlphaGroup does selective pro bono work. When he sees Talia’s application for funds, he finds her story compelling and heartbreaking and decides to help her. What he doesn’t expect is his attraction for the sweet, down-to-earth beauty that shakes up his upper-crust world and his foundations. Can they somehow meet in the middle or will their differences pull them apart.

More books to be discovered on my website.

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One Response to The Eyes Have It

  1. Mary Hughes says:

    Zoe, congratulations on the new series! Going to the Dogs 2 looks awesome!!

    I love how each of your characters has a personality as vivid as the paintings that represent them. Thank you for sharing the joy of this gorgeous artwork!
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