Wednesday, April 20, 2016

THE NANNY'S SECRET CHILD - Lorraine Beatty - One Free Book

Welcome back, Lorraine. God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
I’ve been blessed to have written a dozen books for LI now, and I hope to continue. I have tried my hand at an historical novella but don’t know if that will pan out or not. I’m very content with my writing life now. I’d be happy to write these books until I’m no longer able.

I know what you mean. Tell us a little about your family.
My hubby and I have been married 48 years. I know! Wow. We have two sons. The oldest lives in Nashville with his wife and two grown daughters. The youngest son lives in Monroe, Louisiana, with his wife and three children – ages 13-5. They’ll be moving back here to Jackson this summer so it’ll be nice having them closer.

We were raised in Ohio but have lived in several places. We get home as often as possible to see everyone. We love to travel especially cruising. The bigger the ship the better. J

James and I have been on two cruises, and we loved it. Hope to do one again. Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
Yes. For the worse I’m afraid. I tend to only read Love Inspired books to keep abreast of the trends and keep the tone of the books in my mind. The only time I get to read other genres is between books. Then I usually catch up on my friends’ books.

What are you working on right now?
I’m putting the finishing touches on book # 4 in the Montgomery’s of Dover miniseries. It’s the third brother, Seth who left Dover for the police academy and has returned to find he has a son he never knew about. The lovely neighbor steps in to help but she has a past that won’t mesh well with a cop.

Sounds interesting. What outside interests do you have?
I love singing in my church choir. But mostly I like spending time with the grandkids. My garden takes up some of my time but not as much as it used too.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
I love small towns so when I created my Home to Dover series I chose a town near my home that was founded in the late 1880s complete with courthouse square and surrounded by historic store fronts. From there on it was simply choosing the appropriate part of town for each character.

If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
There are too many to choose but one would be Walt Disney. I’d love to hear about all his ideas.

What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
That writing for commercial fiction isn’t about writing what you want but what they want.

What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
How to work through chronic pain. My writing has always been done when I’m in a good mood and feeling confident. Now I’m learning to work through new challenges and compartmentalize my writing. It’s actually helping me write faster. J

What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
Be teachable. Be patient. Learn all you can about writing.

Tell us about the featured book.
It’s a different take on the story of a woman giving up her baby at birth. Those usually revolve around the child looking for the parent but in Julie’s case, she craves reassurance that the little girl she gave up is in a loving home. She takes a temporary job as a nanny to the child but ends up getting deeply involved in the life of the girl and her single dad to the point that she could hurt everyone with her deception.

Please give us the first page of the book.
“Turn right onto Sycamore Avenue. Your destination is on the right.”

Julianna Bishop followed the directions on her GPS and made the turn, searching the house numbers for one-twenty-two. The old established neighborhood in Dover, Mississippi, could have been lifted from a fifties’ television sitcom. Each home oozed charm, their appealing facades nestled on neatly landscaped yards that even the gray drab of January couldn’t dim. Full grown trees stripped of their leaves arched overhead, filtering the bright sunlight streaming down from a clear blue sky. Evergreen live oaks and giant magnolia trees added a splash of green to the winter landscapes.

The peaceful and picturesque surroundings were at odds with the violent storm raging inside her stomach. She swallowed hard against the tightness in her throat and searched the house numbers again. Heart pounding against her ribcage, Julie pressed down on the brakes, bringing the car to a full stop. She had arrived. One-twenty-two was a two story white colonial with black shutters, a red front door, and a lamppost at the edge of the sidewalk. Her hands gripped the steering wheel, turning her knuckles white. She was doing the right thing. Her prayers had been answered.

Her gaze surveyed the white house more closely. It matched her vision, exactly as she’d expected. It was a beautiful home, the kind of place where family’s laughed and loved and enjoyed each other. All that was missing was the white picket fence.

Closing her eyes, Julie inhaled slowly, hoping to settle her jittery nerves. The house and the neighborhood were reassuring. Everything would be fine. It would.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
My website: all the other links can be found there.

I look forward to hearing from readers. 

Thank you, Lorraine, for sharing this new book with me and my readers.

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Linda Kish said...

This sounds like a wonderful story. I would love to see how it works itself out.

Linda in CA

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Britney Adams said...

I enjoyed Lorraine's interview and would love to read The Nanny's Secret Child! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

Britney Adams, TX

J.C. said...

This is such a great take on this sort of situation! I'm excited to read this! My anticipation is building by the minute!
J.C. -Indiana-

Lorraine Beatty said...

Thanks everyone for your interest in The Nanny's Secret Child. It was a fun book to write though it had its challenges at times. :) Looking forward to seeing who wins a copy.

Anonymous said...

would love to win angela in ky

Mary Preston said...

A wonderful first page thank you.

Mary P


Raechel said...

This book sounds really intriguing and I'd love to read it. :)
Thank you for the interview and giveaway!
Raechel in MN

Connie said...

Reading the blurb of The Nanny's Secret Baby, I am reminded of Moses's own mother being hired by Pharaoh's daughter to care for the baby she had found!
I hope to read this story soon!
Connie from KY

Melissa Henderson said...

This story sounds very interesting. I would love to read this.
Melissa in Mechanicsville VA

Beth Gillihan said...

Sounds like an interesting story.

Beth in Montana

Just Commonly said...

This sounds great! Thanks for the interview & giveaway!

Annie (MD)

Pam Myers said...

The first page sounds great can't wait to read it and would love to win it

Kim hansen said...

Sounds intriguing. north platte nebraska

Karen Hadley said...

Sounds interesting!

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me in your amazing giveaway!!
Conway, SC.

Dianne Casey said...

Like the sound of this book, sounds like an amazing read. Thanks for the giveaway. I live in Illinois.

Dianne Casey said...

Like the sound of this book, sounds like an amazing read. Thanks for the giveaway. I live in Illinois.

Brenda Arrington said...

This book sounds great. Thanks for the chance to win.
Brenda in VA

Deanne Patterson said...

I love the Love Inspired line of books. Such a fun read they are. This one sounds great and the cover is lovely .

Deanne in PA

rubynreba said...

Sounds like an interesting story. I'm wanting to read this to find out what the nanny does about the child!
Beth from IA

Jasmine A. said...

Having been a babysitter slash nanny I totally want to read this book!

Jasmine in MT

Emma said...

I am looking forward to reading "THE NANNY'S SECRET CHILD by Lorraine Beatty. Thank you for the opportunity to win.PA.