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Sparkle Abbey

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Sparkle Abbey is the pseudonym of two mystery authors (Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter). They are friends and neighbors as well as co-writers of the Pampered Pets Mystery Series. The pen name was created by combining the names of their rescue pets - Sparkle (Mary Lee’s cat) and Abbey (Anita’s dog). They reside in central Iowa, but if they could write anywhere, you would find them on the beach with their laptops and depending on the time of day either an iced tea or a margarita.)

Desperate Housedogs (Book 1), Get Fluffy (Book 2), Kitty Kitty Bang Bang (Book 3) and Yip/Tuck (Book 4) are available in large-print through Gale-Thorndike and are part of the Clean Reads program.

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In the case of this book, unlike the first four books in the series, the title came first. We'd proposed doing more books in the series and our publisher was interested. We offered some ideas on titles that were in keeping with the lighthearted, play-on-words, previous and titles and they like them. (The other was: The Girl with the Dachshund Tattoo) Then we started our research and we have to tell you greyhounds and the stories behind greyhound rescue had us at "woof." (less)
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Desperate Housedogs (Pamper...
3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 400 ratings — published 2011 — 5 editions
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message 5: by Kris

Kris Neri Hey, Sparkle. Great to connect with you here. Always great to connect with a fellow author.


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message 4: by Zoë

Zoë Sharp Hi Sparkle

Thanks for Friending me. Love the quotes! How's the writing going?

message 3: by Peg

Peg Brantley Thanks so much for your Goodreads friendship. Anything to do with dogs is good in my book.

Christine Hatfield thanks for being my friend

message 1: by Beth

Beth Hi Sparkle Abbey,
Thanks for befriending this fellow mystery author on Goodreads!

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