Sparkle: We’d like to thank Lymond for inviting us to be guests this week. I’m Sparkle, the cat part of this team and the dog part is – hey there, girlfriend, you’re on.
Abbey: What? Oh, hello all. I was just taking a little nap waiting for it to be time. Hold on…
Sparkle: She’ll be back. It’s that chasing light thing; she just can’t help himself. In the meantime, let me fill you in. Here’s the deal, our human moms are writers and they decided to write this mystery series. It’s kind of a fun series with these two cousins who are former Texas beauty queens. The girls have ditched their hairspray and tiaras for botanical flea dip, doggie couture and over-the-top pet lovers.
Abbey: Wait! Over the top, what does that mean? Is that bad? That’s sounds bad.
Sparkle: I don’t really know. I think it means the very best. You know, like the top, but more.
Abbey: Oh, okay, that’s good then. I like their titles. Desperate Housedogs, Get Fluffy, and Kitty Kitty Bang Bang. Does a cat get shot in that last one?
Sparkle: No, of course not. No pets are harmed in any of their books.
Abbey: That’s woof. I mean, good. Woof, woof…
Sparkle: Sorry folks, she’s gone again. There was something outside the window. Now where were we? Oh right, the books. They’re mystery books and the people who read them say the books are sassy and fun. They must have learned that part from me. They co-write the books and when they write together at my mom’s house, I try to help them by typing things on the computer screen or saving their places. If either mom gets up, I sit on the keyboard so they don’t forget where they were. Sometimes I even help them edit. You can see me working here: http://youtu.be/nJfyqYd9bDk (I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille)
Abbey: Back. Do we get treats for this gig? My mom said there’d be treats. I like carrots. What do you like?
Sparkle: Well, certainly not carrots. My treats are specially made just for me and they come in a special sealed package and I only eat them on my special cat perch by the window.
Abbey: Lost me on the perch thing. So, we get treats but we don’t have to actually write the books, right? So why do they use our names and not their own.
Sparkle: Here’s the deal. The people that publish their books (Bell Bridge Books) asked them to use a pen name and they couldn’t decide on one. Then they came up with the idea that since the books are about pets and their owners, they would use their pets’ names. That’s us.
Abbey: Wow, that’s kinda cool. But why me? Why didn’t they use my brother, Chewbacca?
Sparkle: Well, duh. It sounds like a big hairy thing. Our moms are not big and hairy.
Abbey: Good point. Are we about done? I’m missing my nap…
Sparkle: I guess we are about done. The books feature Caro Lamont, a pet therapist, and Mel Langston, a pet boutique owner, and they’re set in Laguna Beach, California. Lots of dogs and cats there, I hear. You can find out more about our mom’s books on their website: sparkleabbey.com The only other thing I want to say before I head out for a little catnap myself is that our moms like to partner with pet rescue groups for their books events. We don’t often attend ourselves, (well, I guess Abbey got to go to Yappy Hour) but we do believe very much in these groups. We both came from the animal rescue place in our town. So please support the animal rescue group in your town. It takes care of other furry friends like us. Right, Abbey? Abbey?
Abbey: :::doggie snores:::
Sparkle: Oh boy, she’s out. In any case, thanks again, Lymond, for inviting us, and also please tell your C-O thanks, as well, when she’s back from her travels.
Sparkle Abbey is the pseudonym of mystery authors Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter. They write the popular pet mystery series from Bell Bridge Books which features whodunits set in the wacky world of precious pedigrees, pampered pets, and secrets. The first book in the series Desperate Housedogs (2011), an Amazon bestseller, was followed by Get Fluffy (2012) and Kitty, Kitty, Bang, Bang (2013). Yip/Tuck will be out this summer.