What is the difference between puppy love and dogged devotion? Read for yourself in Nicole’s refreshing and hilarious first contemporary novel.

When Irishman Rory O’Connor’s performance visa runs out on the cusp of his big Hollywood break, his new flame, Sara, insists that he marry her to get a green card. In a matter of weeks they’ve gone from being friendly acquaintances to a live-in couple, and it’s all grand . . . except for Sara’s dog, Cody, a gift from Sara’s ex.

“A lovely, funny novel about a typical romance, complete with immigration bureaucrats, psychopathic exes, articulate biker gangs, rat poison, literal cliffhangers, and the most adorable dog since Benji. You know, just like your relationship.”
– Peter Sagal, Host, NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!


Praise for Nicole's first contemporary novel:


“Nicole Galland has written the most delightful rollicking comedy of a book that will have you laughing . . . and, at the end, your heart pounding as her feckless, yet charming, protagonist redeems himself in the wildest of cross country chases ever written. Stepdog is pure genius.”
—Susan Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of The Dog Who Saved Me and One Good Dog


Stepdog is an exciting, very funny and uncommonly kind book. It’s a ‘curl up with a good book’ book andputs the dog exactly where she belongs: at the center of the human heart. I can’t wait to see the movie.”
—Donald McCaig, author of Nop’s Trials and Eminent Dogs, Dangerous Men

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