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Black Panties:Tales of Animal Mischief & Veterinary Intr

Postby Sue Ellen » Fri Feb 09, 2007 10:40 am

The multi-talented Monica Mansfield has written a book based on her experiences in her veterinary practice: Black Panties: Tales of Animal Mischief and Veterinary Intrigue.

Copies of Black Panties are now available in bookstores and on-line. Check out these links:

BARNES AND NOBLE

AMAZON

Congratulations Monica. I can't wait to pick up my copy this afternoon, and I know I'll be looking for free time this weekend to read it. The best of success for your first book.

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Postby KarenZ » Fri Feb 09, 2007 10:53 am

What wonderful news! Congratulations Ms. Multi-Talented MostlyRockNRoll Mom-of-the-Year Monica! :)

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that you can come to Pittsburgh for a book signing so I can chauffeur you around! :)

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Postby paddyinthepub » Fri Feb 09, 2007 11:11 am

Congratulations Monica!!! Can't wait to get this one into the house. My son, an only child, just asked last night for a puppy, on account of he's an only child and often has noone to play with. He was near tears as he stated his case.
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Postby bonuela » Fri Feb 09, 2007 1:56 pm

I have two words to say about this.

Book Club!!! :D

Congrats Monica. 8)
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Postby Sue Ellen » Fri Feb 09, 2007 4:41 pm

I just picked up a copy of "The Black Panties" at Barnes and Noble. I sat in my car in the parking lot and pulled it out, intending to read the first few pages to get a feel for it. I couldn't stop reading and had to force myself to put it down when I reached the end of the first chapter. Monica writes so smoothly and well, spinning a page-turning tale not just with great visuals, but masterfully weaving in descriptions of touch, sound, and emotion as well.

The back cover describes the book this way:
Told with tenderness and wit The Black Panties--Tales of Animal Mischief and Veterinary Intrigue include the stories of a young veterinarian starting her career in the small-town foothills of New Hampshire's spectacular White Mountains.

Filled with fascinating stories of animal cases and their owners, the compilation's common thread of love and compassion is weaved throughout these pages.


You go girl!!

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Postby Patti » Fri Feb 09, 2007 7:12 pm

BIG CONGRATULATIONS MONICA... I can't wait to get this book and a few copies for some family members. Not only are we a family of music lovers but dog (animal)lovers as well. A total of 7 dogs between 3 siblings on my husband's side, 8 dogs a couple of cats, fish, lizards, birds and 1 guinea pig on my side.

While I was typing this I just heard my daughter say...
"that is one happy looking fish in there" I asked "how can you tell," she said "I just know." physic I guess!!

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Postby mm » Fri Feb 09, 2007 9:48 pm

Wow, you all!!!
I am amazed and very appreciative of your support and wonderful words! Thank you so much. There's such fulfillment we get from our love of the animals in our lives and the effect they have on us. I'm thrilled to have been given the opportunity by my publisher to put this out there. My favorite chapters are actually later in the book, perhaps chapter 8.

Patti, that's quite a menagerie. Paddy, I remember feeling like your son when I was young!

Thank you everyone, again, it means a lot to me.
Monica

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Postby SusanH » Mon Feb 12, 2007 2:30 pm

Monica-

Thais is awesome. I had no idea you wrote a book. :shock: I will definately check it out! Congrats and Good luck!
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Postby monicar » Mon Feb 12, 2007 5:26 pm

Congratulations Monica!

I now know what I'm doing with the Amazon Gift Certificate that's been sitting on my desk for a few weeks!

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Postby KarenZ » Sat May 05, 2007 4:47 pm

Folks,

I had to bump this thread up since I fianlly got Monica's book last weekend (had to holdout until I could attend a book signing and get a signed copy!) :) and have just started reading it today. Haven't yet finished Chapter One but can already tell it's a keeper. :)

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Postby mm » Sun May 06, 2007 6:45 am

Thank you so much Karen for the kind words. And what a treat to be able to share that booksigning with you, Sue Ellen, and my illustrator, also a Sue Ellen. And meeting Yetta! I am mucho appreciative.
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Postby KarenZ » Fri May 25, 2007 1:25 pm

Folks,

There was a terrific review of the book in a recent Worcester-Telegram:

Worcester Telegram - May 8, 2007

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Postby Richard + Jela » Fri May 25, 2007 4:35 pm

Monica - many congratulations on this wonderful achievement.

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Postby Patti » Sat May 26, 2007 8:20 am

Great review!!

I bought the book as a gift to a friend, now I just need to figure out how much time has to pass before I can borrow it from her for myself!!!


Congrats again Monica.

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Postby bonuela » Sat May 26, 2007 11:34 am

Patti wrote:Great review!!

I bought the book as a gift to a friend, now I just need to figure out how much time has to pass before I can borrow it from her for myself!!!


Congrats again Monica.


I just did the same thing. And was thinking the same thing. :D
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Postby Sue Ellen » Sat May 26, 2007 5:51 pm

Excellent review; I like that the author of the article pointed out that this is a "multi-layered narrative;" not just tales about the animals.

Great photo too, that's a cat and a half. But who's the hot young chick holding it?

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Postby mm » Sun May 27, 2007 11:06 am

thanks, guys! I really appreciate all the great vibes and for your reading it!!! It's been thrilling to have the opportunity for the book to happen.

(Sue Ellen....I strategically placed my cat to cover the part in my shirt that I burned with the iron as I was rushing around on the way to wear it to a recent show...there are certain fabrics that should never be ironed:))

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Postby KarenZ » Sun Jun 10, 2007 11:23 am

Folks,

Her's a link to another newspaper article/interview with our friendly vet. :)

One on One with Monica Mansfield - Worcester Magazine

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Postby Sue Ellen » Sun Jun 10, 2007 12:36 pm

That is a great interview. Thank you.
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Postby Richard + Jela » Mon Jun 11, 2007 1:25 pm

Nice one Monica!

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Postby SusanH » Mon Jun 18, 2007 3:11 pm

Hey Monica-

I wanted to let you know that you book was my reading material on my recent vacation! Very, enjoyable. I look forward to the next book of great stories!

I must say it was fun to say "I know the author" when folks asked "what are you reading?"
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Postby bonuela » Wed Jun 20, 2007 10:51 am

I just finished it!!

Great job Monica. I really enjoyed the stories. I will admit, it never occured to me that the subjects might not make it through their adventures. Each time it happened, it was like a personal loss for me, but that is just a testament to your storytelling skills.

I also got a kick out of the music references, since I know you not as a vet, but as a music lover.

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Postby Sue Ellen » Wed Jun 20, 2007 11:36 am

Bonnie wrote:I also got a kick out of the music references, since I know you not as a vet, but as a music lover.


Yes, Monica revealed every girl's fantasy: who wouldn't want to sing a duet with Bono Vox? Yes, I do believe he used to have a last name.
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Postby mm » Thu Jun 21, 2007 7:16 am

Thanks for reading it! I know how hard it is to fit time into schedules for anything extra. I'm really happy that you enjoyed it.
The music references would certainly include a whole additional group of fellas and gals if written about current times....hmmm, who could I be talking about? Next volume, I guess!

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Postby KarenZ » Thu Jun 21, 2007 8:30 am

Monica,

I think you should specialize in caring for the pets of folk musicians. Then you could write Volume 2 and title it: Pink baby-doll t-shirts: tales of animal mischief and folk music intrigue. ;)

A sure best-seller! :)

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Postby Patti » Thu Jun 21, 2007 9:15 am

Too funny Karen.. a must read for sure....


And on a sad note... one of the pets a family member had to be put down this week. The (indoor ) cat got let out by mistake and was missing for a few days.. she was found and brought to the vets, they tried a number of life saving techniques but she didn't seem to respond.

I don't look forward to that (eventual) day when that decision has to be made, especially how sad it will be for my kids.

Oh someday I will share a sad, but happy ending story about my family dog growing up!!

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Postby bonuela » Tue Jul 10, 2007 8:53 am

mm wrote:Thanks for reading it! I know how hard it is to fit time into schedules for anything extra. I'm really happy that you enjoyed it.
The music references would certainly include a whole additional group of fellas and gals if written about current times....hmmm, who could I be talking about? Next volume, I guess!


Monica,

Have you ever thought about specialising in musicians' pets? I'm sure that is a niche market yet to be explored. Or exploited if you will. :P
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