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Praise for Mark Winik’s Debut Novel ‘The Dog Healers’

FINALLY! A truly powerful heroine. 
Mark Winik’s debut  novel is the suspense packed story of a fierce young healer named Isabella who can breathe life into ailing dogs and turn race horses into champions.
In the tradition of Eva Peron, she ignores her Argentinian culture’s ideas about female roles, plunging  into the shadowy reaches of  the horse racing world where thugs would turn her gift into riches.  To her,  money is just the means to  her dream: creating a haven for all dogs, be they wretched, ill or aggressive.  Isabella wields  wit and charisma among society ladies, twisting gold-braceleted arms for donations,  exerting a still greater spell on men. This includes her handsome protege Carlos, who yearns  for the  love Isabella shares with her dogs.
But her dogs are her allies as villainous threats mount.  Isabella faces the fight of her life, but when you’ve got dogs at your back,  you’re never alone.
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Great news! The NY Pet Fashion Show Chooses The Dog Healers as Literary Book of the Year.

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This recognition is a wonderful surprise. Of all the shows that kick off Fashion Week, the Pet Fashion Show is the hottest ticket and makes the biggest splash in the national media.

There will be lots of celebrities including Bond Girl Rachel Grant, model and actress Katie Cleary, professional poker player Beth Shak-Leventhal, Ashley Bellman from NBC & QVC and actress Nicole Patrick.

I’d love for you to join me on Feb. 9th in New York at the Pennsylvania Hotel. The Red Carpet Walk is at 6 pm but the event lasts until 11 so arrive when you like. There are three fashion shows, the pet costume contest and Broadway’s Best performing top musical numbers.

Admission is $50 in advance, $60 at the door. You get tickets to a glittering, must-go event and an untold number of rescued animals get loving ‘Forever Homes.’ More than 100 animal rescue organizations will benefit. I know that cause is as close to many of your hearts as it is to mine. Hope to see you there!


mayors-alliance-logo-300I was engaged from page one and loved the tremendous human-animal bond throughout the story.  Intrigue and wonderful storytelling. I anxiously await the movie.
Steve Gruber, Communications Director, Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals


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One of the most endearing and heartwarming books I have read in a long time. I loved this book . A must read for all!
Jewel Morris, President & Founder, Pet Philanthropy Circle

 


eagle-independent-300Dog Healers inspire us. We are left with wanting to know more – a good sign for a new book by a new author. We want to know more about some of the dogs who help to rescue Isabella in the sequel.
Marcia Chambers, Branford Eagle



I just finished this amazing  book and I must say bravo! I absolutely loved it. This was right up there with The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.
Gregg Oehler,  Hamptons Pet  Publisher


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2016 Top 10 Summer Read

New Haven Magazine Editor’s Pick
A great reading, fast paced adventure story.
Mitchell Young, Editor & Publisher


bark and swaggerMark Winik weaves a tale of intriguing adventure, faraway places, vivid characters and the knowledge that enlightenment, with the help of animals, is a very powerful thing.  I couldn’t put The Dog Healers down!
— Jody Miller-Young, Host of Bark & Swagger, Pet Life Radio