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Blog Revival?

After a hiatus of almost three years, I’ve been thinking of reviving my blog. For one thing, I got a nice note from a woman who said she liked my novel Dog Nanny, and I think she’s now following my dead blog. I also thought, hmm, that makes three followers. My friend Lynn, my new fan, and me. Yes, I somehow clicked a button and now I’m following myself. I seem to be doing that a lot these days. 

I believe that’s why I quit blogging. That and the fact I’m too much of a perfectionist. Yes, there, I’ve admitted it. It took me forever to post just one blog because I was forever tweaking it. And playing with colors and fonts and what-not. And looking up words, like “what-not,” to see if I spelled them correctly. FYI, I am not going to look up “what-not,” so if I’ve misspelled it, I’ll just have to live with it. Unless my friend Roberta, who is not following my blog, corrects me.

Then there were the pictures. I could spend an hour searching for just the right picture to go with the blog. And sizing it and trying to decide whether it should go on the left or the right or center. Not this time. No ma’am. I am NOT going to include a picture with this blog. So there.

Holy moley! (You learn to talk like this when you teach high school for many, many years.)

Holy moley! I just looked and I suddenly have 436 followers! Where did all these people come from? I asked myself. Then I remembered clicking on a Facebook thingy, so I guess these are all my Facebook friends. The ones I abandoned about the time I quit the blog.

Anyway, with that many people following me, maybe I can quit following myself. Except it’s kind of nice to know where I’ve been.

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Viva Dog Nanny!

Cats supposedly have 9 lives, but in the Whitaker household, dogs also are known for their longevity. Our love child, Jolie Blon, just turned sweet sixteen.

A few days earlier, the second edition of Dog Nanny went live. Brought to you by Texas Twang Publishing, the new and improved version is available for download at Amazon.com.

The good news: it will be available for FREE on the following memorable dates: March 15 (ides of March), March 30 (my mother’s 90th birthday), April 1 (for obvious reasons), May 18 (my late father’s birthdate), and June 6 (D-Day).

 So mark your calendars and have a free read on me.

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Great Dane! And I don’t mean Hamlet

Though the headline is a tad confounding, if you keep reading, all will become clear. Yes, this is an old trick to entice you to keep reading. I’m a former English teacher. Enough said.

It was like old home week today at Waco’s Animal Birth Control Clinic monthly shot clinic, where I signed copies of my romantic comedy Dog Nanny, released in June.

First of all, a former student I hadn’t seen or heard from in 31 years showed up. Then my friend Patty, former colleague from Abilene High, appeared with her friend Sunny from nearby China Spring. (Photo above: Sunny, Patty, me)

In between, several local dog lovers dropped by:

Cyndi McDonald, my favorite dental hygienist (is that an oxymoron?), whose name I finally learned to spell–though I had to look up “hygienist” just now and probably will again

Shirley Whitaker, my mother-in-law, who wanted me to know she “supports me” (gotta love a MIL like that)

Bruce Kabat, my former editor at Waco Today magazine


Betty Hall from the local Romance Writers of America group (thanks, Betty)

Sandy Sanchez (an author herself), wife of Waco Tribune-Herald editor Carlos–of the same last name–and mother to Alec, Armand, Avi, and a couple of rescue dogs.

And my husband Bill, who, among other things

–took pictures
–ran over to Target and bought chocolate Hugs and Kisses (which promptly melted in the 100-degree-plus temps)
–didn’t flinch when I referred to him as my “manservant”

Meanwhile, several wonderful volunteers for the ABC efficiently herded a hundred or more dogs and their humans through the parking lot, under the awnings, and into rooms of the much-too-small clinic. It’s a precision performance you have to see to believe.

In case you haven’t been keeping up, the ABC really needs money so they can give the go-ahead to start work on their new building. And they really need a building of their own so they can move from their present cramped quarters.

So BEST OF ALL (see why below**), I sold 25 copies of Dog Nanny, which is a phenomenal amount considering I’m not Janet Evanovich (though as I mentioned in my previous blog, I wouldn’t mind being her, but only after I’ve first lived as Cher through one Las Vegas concert).

**Proceeds from sales of Dog Nanny are going to the ABC for its MUCH-NEEDED BUILDING FUND.

A final note of trivia from my four hours as a Janet Evanovich wannabe:

A woman I mentioned earlier (whose name I promise never to reveal) made this comment. “I can’t believe they can spay and neuter all those dogs so quickly!”

When I explained that today’s clinic was only for injections, tags, and microchipping, she clasped hands to her bosom and drew a deep sigh of relief.

So did the (intact male) Great Dane who’d been eavesdropping.

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Stop and Smell the Roses Blog Bouquet


Dog Nanny Meets Cat Scratch Fever

When my mother-in-law found out I was writing a book called Dog Nanny, she suggested I write a story about the cat quarantined in my garage. (see actual cat at left)

It all started when my two ferocious miniature poodles began a barking tirade, causing the cat to climb me like a scratching post.


But that’s a whole other blog. Suffice it to say that after ten days–and several photos of the cat’s hindquarters (an attempt to have friends help me determine its sex)–the stray cat I’d been referring to as Ted Nugent was returned to his owner. (In case you’re wondering, the real Ted Nugent lives nearby. “The Nuge,” as he’s called around here, is best known for his song, “Cat Scratch Fever,” from the late ’70s.)

But as is my wont, I digress.

Hmm. “Cat Nanny.” Not sure. You see, I’m really a dog person at heart.

When I mentioned writing the cat sequel, my Maryland friend Lynn Reynolds (Thirty-Nine Again and blog #11 below), responded in her characteristically witty way.

“It could be a theme for you,” she said. “Your tagline could be ‘Animal Passion!’ I mean, if Janet Evanovich can milk Stephanie Plum for 14 books, what’s to stop you???”

She even expanded on the idea for me:

Dog Nanny – young Texan chick must train feisty poodles and even feistier pilot

(OK, done that)

Cat Nanny – young Arizona chick must housesit for handsome and mysterious cat owner

Iguana Nanny – young New Mexico chick must care for her sick sister’s Iguana, but what happens when she’s trapped in a cabin with the Iguana’s cold-blooded vet?

Coming soon – Ferret Nanny.

Also look for Elephant Nanny – when handsome vet Clint Hardiman travels to India as part of the new Vets Without Borders charity, his life is turned upside-down by a sacred cow and its beautiful owner.

“And I haven’t even touched the Cruzan yet,” she said, as I considered her offerings and pondered whether Bovine Nanny might be more appropriate for an Indian setting.

I’m not sure what Cruzan is, but it must be something alcoholic. As you can see, Lynn loves brainstorming and is into this fowl thing, though for some reason she didn’t suggest I write a Chick Nanny.

Another Texas writer and member of my critique group, Sue L, had this suggestion: Rat Nanny—Bracing herself to play hostess to a feral predator, a young midwestern chick finds herself looking forward to spending time with her generous and compassionate charge.

This starts me thinking about Cowboy Nanny, since western and cowboy romances are hot right now. City chick tries to tame wild cowboy by offering him her custom-made saddle.

From California, my more practical friend, Sarah, weighed in with a different suggestion. “Couldn’t Dog Nanny have a sequel—perhaps a younger sister who ends up with a near rabid cat that belongs to a handsome reporter who’d love to have a dog, but his weird hours prevent it?”

It’s great having such creative friends. But for now, I’m going to content myself with finishing my work-in-progress, in which Carl, a 190-pound mastiff, plays a minor character. If anything about a 190-pound dog can be considered minor.

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DOG NANNY unleashed in Waco

I’d originally been told to allow three weeks, but it had been barely one.

It was Wednesday in Waco, and my copies of Dog Nanny were out for delivery. Had I been tracking them? You bet.

On Friday they’d left Nashville. From there they’d gone to Memphis and on to Dallas. Now they were in Waco. On the truck.

So we waited. At 6:27 it was my husband, not the dogs, who heard something at the front door.

As we opened one of the boxes, my own two poodles crowded around, excited about the paper and our mood. Food maybe? Nope, just a book with a picture of two foo-foo poodles on the cover.

Can an Abilene vet tech train two wayward poodles, while harnessing her desire for a handsome Waco pilot?

Get your copy of Dog Nanny now and find out. A romantic comedy set in Waco by local author Ann Whitaker.

Print copies now available at the Waco’s Animal Birth Control Clinic, 1531 Wooded Acres Drive, Waco, TX 76710, 254-776-7303; and online at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com. Electronic download available June 12 at The Wild Rose Press.

A portion of proceeds from sales goes to Animal Birth Control Clinic.

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Can You Really Judge a Book by Its Cover?

Mothers-in-Law Say the Darndest Things

Recently, I inadvertently gave my mother-in-law a sort of Rorschach test of book covers.

First of all, take a good look at the cover for Thirty-Nine Again, by my friend Lynn Reynolds, coming out the same day as my novel Dog Nanny. (That’s June 12, 2009, from The Wild Rose Press.)

When I showed Lynn’s cover to my mother-in-law, she asked innocently (and gotta give her credit—non-judgmentally) if the book was about lesbians. Where did she get that idea? What else—the guy’s long hair.

Everything must look different when you’re almost 79.

Later, I sent her an e-mail with my cover attached. Actually it was embedded, because she doesn’t know how to open an attachment. For her an “attachment” is either a relationship, a part for a vacuum cleaner, or a hook-and-eye.

You see, like many older folks, computer lingo baffles her. “Why do they call it a download? What’s a monitor? You mean the screen?” Heaven forbid I tell her to look on the desktop for the start button or mouse or she’ll start rummaging around on her computer table looking for apparel buttons and vermin.

When I asked her what she thought of my cover, she said, “That was your cover? That picture of a girl with a naked belly?” Observe cover below.

If I scrunch up my eyes just right I can almost imagine those hands are a naked belly.

Here I was thinking AnnWorld (where I spend much of my time) was a freaky place. ShirleyWorld must really be confusing.

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First Review for Dog Nanny–5 Cups





Here I was on a lazy Sunday afternoon, poking around on the Internet, when lo and behold I came across my first review for Dog Nanny at Coffee Time Romance & More!

Needless to say, I was thrilled almost speechless (ask my friends—that rarely happens) to find I’d received their highest rating of 5 Cups! Why, the rush from that much caffeine made my heart start thumping like a tennis shoe in a clothes dryer.

Sunday Shannon at Coffee Time Romance says:

A near perfect book. If ever there was a story that made me glad that I am a Texan, this is it. The images of Old Mexico are charming and the Texas portrayals are hilariously true. This book is written in a warm, familiar tone that drips with southern magnetism. I enjoyed each and every character no matter what their issues were. How refreshing it is to read a book that took me away from the present moment and transported me into a small town in Texas where Old World meets New World. This is a magnificent book that is witty in all the right places. There are some books that I wish would never end. Dog Nanny is one of them.

What a great start for Dog Nanny. If she’d said she was buying 10,000 copies for all her friends, I couldn’t be happier.

Click here for the entire review.

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