Elizabeth Lane: The Nanny’s Secret

 

Elizabeth LaneHi, Everyone!  It’s so good to be back among the Fillies, even for this short visit.  Leaving Wildflower Junction was something I needed to do.  But how I’ve missed the connection with these wonderful ladies and our readers.  All of you occupy a permanent place in my heart.

 

Among other things, I’ve been writing for the Harlequin Desire line.  Since my current release, THE NANNY’S SECRET, part of the Billionaires and Babies series, is set in a Colorado ski resort, it is a sort of Western.  Let me tell you a little about it.

 

There’s something about a new baby that inspires love and hope.  The first time that tiny hand reaches up to clasp your finger, you lose your heart.  My own firstborn son arrived a few days before Christmas.  He’s grown now, with children of his own, but I still remember the joy of bringing him home and the wonder of holding him in my arms.  He was so small and needy.  And as a new mother, I was so scared.  My then-husband and I were poor students, living away from home in a tiny trailer.  We had almost no money and I had no one to help me.  All the same it was a magical time.

 

The Nanny's SecretNot every baby is born under ideal conditions.  That’s what THE NANNY’S SECRET is about.  Little Mikey enters this world as the result of a teenage blunder.  Chloe, his unmarried sixteen-year-old mother loves him and wants to keep him, but she’s still a child herself.  Wyatt Richardson, his resort owner grandfather, is still young, virile and handsome and has no idea how to cope with a willful teenage girl and her newborn that his ex-wife literally dumped on his doorstep.

 

Enter an unlikely nanny, challenged with helping these three become a family.  Mary Poppins she isn’t.  In fact, her lack of experience with babies rouses Wyatt’s suspicions about her motives.  But her devotion to little Mikey and her determination to give him a good start in life go far beyond what might be expected of hired help.  Not only does she take care of Mikey-she does everything to make sure Wyatt and Chloe bond with the little boy.

 

Mikey’s sexy grandfather begins to see her as more than a nanny…much more.  But the beautiful Miss Leigh Foster is not what she seems.  The secret she hides is powerful enough to turn all their lives upside-down.

 

You can read the book to find out what it is-or get a sneak peek on my web site:  www.elizabethlaneauthor.com.

 

Click HERE to purchase From Amazon.

 

A word about upcoming projects-I’ll have another Desire coming out in June, and a Western historical, THE COUNTESS AND THE COWBOY (my title which I hope to keep), finished and with my editors.

 

For those of you who’ve been new mothers or caregivers to babies, I’d love to hear about your experiences.

 

Today I’ll be giving away a free paperback edition of THE NANNY’S SECRET to a reader who comments.

 

Thanks so much for having me as your guest today.

 

ELIZABETH

Guest Blogger

40 Comments

  1. Babies are such wonderful little bundle! I have four of my own. They are grown now but they will always be my babies.

    I did child care in my home for a lot of years. I like to say I raised another 20 babies. Two of my babies had medical problems. One had open heart surgery. I thought he was going to die in my arms. He was such a tiny little guy but he grew into a tall handsome young man. The other has seizures and again I thought she was going to die in my arms. Today she is a beautiful young mother.

    I finally decided babies were too hard on me and started working as a para educator in our school. I worked with special education students for 21 years before retiring. I loved my students and miss them. I was thrilled today when one of my favorites called me to chat.

    I will be adding this book to my TBR list. Thank you for sharing a little about the story!

  2. Glad you are back for a visit. Have enjoyed your books and this will be another one to add to my list.
    I was the oldest of 6 and put myself through college babysitting. I was always around children and taking care of them. My nickname was Mother Goose because I always seemed to have little ones following me. Anyway, motherhood didn’t really intimidate me, except for the delivery part. My husband was in the Air Force serving multiple tours to Vietnam when our daughter was born. Luckily he was home at the time. I relished the quiet time sitting nursing her. I was thankful for all those years of experience with child care which gave me a pretty good idea of what to expect and mistakes I didn’t want to make as a parent.

    I was lucky because our first born was an easy baby. Not so the second daughter and our son. I still knew what to do and what I wanted, but they were not exactly the cooperative types. It made for an adventure. Now I get to sit back and watch as they have their own children. The funny thing is, the daughter who was a handful got a son who is mild mannered and cooperative. The oldest daughter has her hands full with a 2 1/2 year old who is too smart and takes after her uncle the rock climber. It is going to be a bumpy ride.

  3. Welcome back Elizabeth. Miss seeing you on here. I love this photo of you. You look like Laura Ingalls here. Very pretty! Can’t remember her real name right now. About teen age pregnancies. I got married just one week after my 16th birthday. And, right away I got pregnant. So had a baby before I was 17. I had no trouble being a good mother or wife. Coming from a big family, #7, I just had learned to know what I had to do and did it. Seems we were more mature back then tho. I couldn’t see my granddaughters getting married and then a mother at that age. Nor, most girls I’ve been around. I was thrilled to be a mother, tho wish I could have finished school. But had to move away from my hometown because of my asthma, so couldn’t afford a babysitter, and didn’t have but 1 car. My husband made very little money, but I budgeted good, so with GOD’s help we always managed. My husband was at work in the oil field when I had her, but my mother was there to help. A friend who was a policeman took us to the Hospital in a Patrol car. I took care of her with no help after my mother returned. I also kept house, cooked, and everything a wife does. I had just learned what to do while living life.
    Later I had 3 more children. My 3rd was born in the middle of a Christmas Day. Now, I am Gramma to 12 and Grammy to 19 greats. And, I still love babies. ALL babies. I sure want to win your book.
    Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  4. Hi Elizabeth! The Nanny’s Secret sounds like a wonderful book and I would love to be entered to win a copy. Thank you for the opportunity.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

  5. This sounds like a wonderful story. I am not a mother, so I don’t have a story to tell about babies. But, I could go on for days talking about my cats and the joy they have brought to my life.
    kinini01@hotmail.com

  6. SO good to be back here. Feels like home already. You ladies are early birds. I’m just getting up here on Mountain Time.

    Connie J, you must be full of baby stories. Those two who nearly died–that must have been terrifying. Happy that they both lived to grow up. What a wonderful life you’ve had, helping all those young people.

    Great to hear from you, too, Patricia. You were lucky to have some experience when your babies came along. Of my three, the first and third were easy. The second was a little hellion–she died in a car accident at 18, After so many years I still miss her mischievous ways. Suspect she’s making heaven a livelier place. My son has three children, my younger daughter none. Love them all, as I’m sure you love yours.

    Love your comment, Maxie (and thanks for the compliment. The photo is a bit on the old side but I haven’t changed that much (or maybe my eyes are just getting worse). Wow, you had your baby at about the same age as Chloe in my book. But you were a LOT more mature. My hat is off to you for handling all that. Totally agree with you that kids aren’t that mature now.

  7. Cindy, thanks so much for stopping by. Good luck in the drawing.

    Janine, I’m with you. Now that my children are grown my two kitties are my babies. Right now I am shivering because my 20 pound tabby boy, Walter, is plastered over the heat vent in my office. Good luck in the drawing.

  8. Hey, Felicia dear,

    Emma and Busy Mama added comments to your announcement post. Could you please make sure they are entered in the drawing if they don’t comment today?

    Thanks and hugs. Here’s a kiss for Jasper.

  9. Elizabeth!! My dear sister filly, it’s so wonderful to have you back at the Junction with us. Congrats on your new release–an ever popular storyline that will have your readers clamoring for more. Love that cover, too!

    Yee-haw!

  10. Babies are adorable, and I love my own, but truth be told: I’ve never been a “kid person”. Wish I was. All but my own make me nervous.
    I have an idea I know what the secret is, but of course I’ll probably be way off! I hope I am, because that makes the reveal SO much better!

    Congratulations on the book!

  11. Dagnabit~ forgot to leave my contact info again….
    dustedgoldglitterwings451@gmail.com

    Sorry 🙂

  12. I was once a Nanny to 6 kids, well actually I was one of two nanny’s. Let me tell you it was an experience I will never forget. I was not used to parent’s who did not spend a lot of time with their kids and even though I had lots of babysitting experience, I was not prepared for a household full of kids who were very demanding and in need of a loving touch.. I was mostly responsible for the baby who was about 6 months old at the time and the smaller kids, 2 and 3. Let’s just say that when my own nieces and nephews came along, I was better prepared to look after them when the need arose.

  13. Hi Elizabeth!!! I’m waving madly. We’re so happy to have you back for a visit! We’ve missed you so much. How are you doing? Did you marry some handsome hunk and the two of you are living a glamorous life in California???

    LOVE the cover of your new book. Wow! That guy on the cover is good looking. And there’s nothing sexier than a guy cradling a little baby in his big arms! Great cover. And everyone can relate I think to a Mary Poppins kinda heroine.

    Wishing you BUNCHES of success!!!!

  14. Welcome back, Elizabeth. Wow, wow, WOW, I love the premise of your book. How timely, too. Can’t wait to read it, especially to find out your heroine’s secret.

  15. I’ve never had children however I do have a wonderful niece who I been great to. It was great when she was younger, I would do things with her and take her places. Now she is an adult and will be getting married later this year. Hope she will not keep be waiting to long to be a great aunt!

  16. Hi Elizabeth! The Nanny’s Secret sounds like a great book and I would love to win a copy. Thanks.

  17. Pam, Renee and Linda, it is so good to be back for a visit. I have really missed basking in the wisdom and friendship of my sister Fillies. And no, Linda, I didn’t marry a handsome hunk and move to California (there is a handsome hunk in my life but he lives here in Utah. With the complications of separate houses, kids, finances, etc. marriage just isn’t practical, but we do enjoy each other.)
    Thanks so much for welcoming me back.

  18. Good luck in the drawing, Stephanie. And thanks for not telling what you think the secret is. You just may be right, but I hope you’re surprised.

    You must have some great stories, Kathleen O. Being a nanny to kids old enough to need disciplining would be so hard. You’re not their parents, you’re hired help, and some of them know it. Thanks for your insight.

    Lori, you’ve got it good. Nieces and nephews are like grandchildren. You can love them, spoil them and then give them back to their parents. Thanks for visiting.

    Thanks for stopping by, Linda H. Good luck in the drawing.

  19. There is absolutely nothing like a baby. I never wanted anything more when I had my two and I had the glorious privilege of seeing two of my three grandchildren come into this world. A new life brings such joy. Thank you for your giveaway.

  20. Melanie, you express so many of our feelings. You were so lucky to see your grandchildren born. My poor daughter-in-law had to have C-sections. I was absent for the first one and tending big brother(s) for the other two. But what a joy anyway. Thanks for visiting and good luck.

  21. Howdy, Elizabeth, welcome back, dear friend! And best of luck for tons of success with these new books! As for babies, I’m a gramma of two precious boys. As much as I loved tending my own kids, grands are even a tad more awesome. Can’t say why exactly other than…I guess it’s because they are my future.

    I tried, twice, child-caring neighbor babies when my kids were small. Thankfully short term assignments as I didn’t take to it LOL. It is a gift I didn’t possess.

    My love to you!

  22. Good Morning Ms. Elizabeth

    I can’t tell you how much I enjoy all your stories. I have loved everyone and can’t wait for this one.

    I love babies but was unable to have them of my own so I adopt all my nieces and nephews and now my great niece and nephew.

    Have a blessed and warm day

  23. Oh I love books with babies in them…. I am not a mother, but I have taken care of my two nephews. I watched and took care of nephew #2 since he was 2 months old… had him every weekday till my sister came home from work… It is amazing to see a child grow and learn things… to teach them and watch their little quirks and personality appear. He now is in Kindergarten and beginning to read…

  24. Hi Elizabeth! So good to see you here! You know I love babies and Desires, a good combo! Your story sounds extra intriguing. Who is publishing your new historical western? Are you still with HH? Best wishes and have fun blogging today!

  25. Tanya, I know what you mean about grandkids. You look at them and think, this is why I’m here. I have two grand boys, too. Thought that would be all, and then, eight years after the second one, we got our little princess. So good to connect with you here again dear friend.

    Thanks for the kind words, Sherry. And being an aunt (and a great aunt) is wonderful. You can love the little ones and have fun with them. My only sister has six sons and twenty grandchildren, but my grand nieces and nephews are scattered far and wide. Most of them I only know on Facebook. So you are lucky.

    Bless you, Colleen for taking care of your nephews. Great that you had that experience. Children are little unfolding miracles.

  26. Hi, Charlene,
    I’m having so much fun writing Desires. I love the challenge of coming up with something original within those narrow guidelines. My historical was for HH but don’t know when it will be released. My June desire, A SINFUL SEDUCTION isn’t a “Babies” book, but the Billionaires and Babies line appears to be where they want me so there will be more. Thanks for stopping by.

  27. I’m glad you’re back for a visit,

  28. Hi, Elizabeth! So glad to see you here again! Babies certainly are wonderful and my three are growing much too fast, as they all do! I can’t wait to read THE NANNY’S SECRET!

  29. Hi, anon. I’m glad, too. Good luck in the drawing.

    Hoping you’ll excuse me for the next few hours. Have a lunch and early movie date with abovementioned handsome hunk. But please drop by and comment. I’ll get back to you later in the day.

    Elizabeth

  30. I love reading stories about babies! My baby is 24 now so there hasn’t been a baby around here in many years. I guess one of these days I may have a grand baby but I am not in a hurry.

  31. Hi, Britney,
    Yes, babies do grow up so fast. My baby grandsons are taller than I am now. Enjoy them while they’re little.

    Hi Quilt lady,
    Your baby will be your baby forever, that’s what I tell mine, even when it embarrasses them. Hope that grandbaby comes when the time is write. Grandchildren are the best.

    Good luck in the drawing, both of you.

  32. Welcome, even though it’s a short visit. We’ve missed you. I have read a lot of “Desire” books in the past. Actually, if your name is on it, I read it. I just happen to like your stories! I read a lot from the library. Anyway, I am glad you came by to say Howdy. Don’t be a stranger.

  33. What sweet words, Mary J. So glad you like my stories. And I never feel like a stranger here. Good luck in the drawing.

  34. Oh my Elizabeth! This looks so wonderful! There is just something about a sexy guy holding a baby. The tough and the tender all mingling together. I know I’m going to love this book of yours. It’s always exciting when there are secrets afoot! LOL

    I was the baby in my family, with much older siblings, and I waited a long time to have my first one. I was 29 when I had Jessica and she came early, by about 3 weeks. She was so lovely and tiny and the best miracle I ever experienced! Three years later, her brother came along–due on her birthday! But since I could pick the date, I asked for a week earlier, so that they wouldn’t have to share a birthday. I didn’t know much about babies, being the baby myself, but I was a quick learner, and I had a lot of advice from my “three mothers”–my two sisters and my mom!

    So good to have you here again, and I am already in love with Wyatt.
    Hugs, dear friend!
    Cheryl

  35. This sounds like a good story and I would like to read it very much.

  36. This sounds like a good book adn I would like to read it very much.

  37. Loved this post! Thanks for sharing! This book sounds great. I would love to win it! I have two kids and when they were small, I babysat. Now, those same kids are graduated or in high school. It is so much fun seeing them again! Thank you for the chance to win this book. Can’t wait to read your other ones as well!
    tscmshupe [at] pemtel [dot] net

  38. I’ve read that the baby of a family like yours is often a “superstar,” Cheryl. My little granddaughter is the same. At least when you had your children you were mature and very ready. I was 23 when I had my first, but my only help was Dr. Spock (remember him?). My mother was 4 hours away with a full-time job, and there was no room for her to stay with us. Thanks for stopping by, dear friend, and good luck with your new publishing “baby.” 🙂

    Thanks for visiting, Connie. Good luck in the drawing.

    Those kids you baby-sat will probably never forget you Sally. Fun that you still get to see them and they remember you. Good luck in the drawing.

  39. Great to see you, Elizabeth! You new story sounds wonderful!

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