Monday, June 06, 2016

A NANNY FOR KEEPS - Janet Lee Barton - One Free Book

Dear Readers, I’ve known Janet Lee Barton for decades. We both started writing for the same publisher, and we became good friends. Her featured book is part of her current Boardinghouse Betrothal series. I’ve followed the various people who came to the Heaton House and subsequently found their forever love. Her settings for this book are authentic, and her characters will grab your heart and bring you along on their adventures.

Welcome back, Janet. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
I like to write about forgiveness, trust, and how we sometimes judge others when we should be looking at our own short fallings.

What other books of yours are coming out soon?
I have a contemporary novella called To Heal a Cowboy’s Heart out now. It’s a sequel to the novel Stormy’s Rainbow. I’m working on another Boardinghouse Betrothal (to soon be known as Heaton House) story. For those who have been reading the series, it will be Julia’s story. 

Yes, we’ll be featuring your cowboy novella a little later on this blog. If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
I’ve always wanted to meet George W. and Laura Bush. I loved how they brought dignity to the White House, and we don’t get to hear much from them any longer.

Since they spend most of their time when they’re not on the Crawford ranch at their house in Dallas, I’m blessed to see news stories about them. They’re very low key, but they do a lot of charity things. She in literacy, and the former president with wounded warriors and other veteran events. He truly is and was a president we could respect. What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
In researching these stories, I found out about Clara Driscoll who was over the “Tiffany Girls,” the women who worked for Tiffany making stained-glass lampshades, but never really got credit for it. I’d like to meet her and find out more about what it was like to be a woman at the turn of the century, living in a boardinghouse and being independent in that time period.

The turn of the 19th century into the 20th was a very interesting time of change. How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
If you love writing and get joy out of it, keep at it. Keep learning and don’t give up.
Rejections are a part of this life, so don’t let them get you down. Even published authors get proposals rejected. And you don’t know what they’ve recently contracted or what they bought last year that might be coming out soon that might be similar to your story, so don’t take it personal.

Tell us about the featured book.
With no teaching positions open, Georgia Marshall agrees to become the temporary nanny for the two little girls next door. But she soon becomes enamored of the precocious children and their dashing but distant widowed father. Though she's falling for him, she can't help but think that the nobleman is out of her reach.

After the tragic loss of his wife, Tyler Walker swore he’d never again give his heart away. Until his neighbor brightens his home and brings some much-needed stability to his motherless family. But he refuses to allow this arrangement with the pretty teacher to become permanent … no matter how much he wants Georgia by his side—forever

Please give us the first page of the book for my readers.
Georgia Marshall stepped off the trolley and headed down the sidewalk toward Gramercy Park and Heaton House. The spring day was beautiful with clear blue skies and sunshine, along with trees and flowers beginning to bud, but she was preoccupied and barely noticed. After her interview with the school superintendent, it appeared she must give up on finding a teaching position until the next term, which meant she needed to find employment as soon as possible.

Thankfully, she had some money saved from her teaching days in Virginia. And when she arrived in New York City, Mrs. Heaton had refused to charge her rent until she found suitable employment. She’d insisted Georgia was a family friend and she didn’t want her to feel pressured. Because of her charitableness, Georgia hadn’t needed to dig into her savings.

However, she couldn’t take advantage of Mrs. Heaton’s kindness any longer. She would find employment, even if it wasn’t in her preferred field. She refused to return home. There was nothing for her there. She’d pour over the classifieds again later that evening in hopes of finding something she might be qualified for.

Just walking up the steps to Heaton House comforted her. Georgia had felt at home from the very first and the warm and welcoming feeling always seemed to lift her spirits. She let herself in, surprised to hear a man’s voice in the parlor at teatime. It was unusual for any of the male boarders to be home at this time of day.

She peeked inside to see Mrs. Heaton speaking to her new neighbor from England, if his accent was any indication.

Georgia, dear! Come in and join us. I believe you might have met at Matt and Millicent’s wedding last month, but if not, let me introduce you to Sir Tyler Walker. Sir Tyler, Miss Marshall is a family friend and boarder here.”

Georgia caught her breath as the tall, broad-shouldered man, who’d stood and started toward her the moment she entered the room, took her hand in his and bowed over it.

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Thank you, Janet, for sharing this new book with us. I really love that cover. Of course, I also love the story.

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A Nanny for Keeps -
A Nanny for Keeps (Boardinghouse Betrothals) - Amazon
A Nanny for Keeps (Boardinghouse Betrothals) - Kindle

Comments: What other books have you read that were set at the turn of the 19th to the 20th century?

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Terri said...

Janet - loved the interview! It is always fun to learn more about a writer and their thought processes.

Your book looks and sounds divine. Do you see yourself writing about Tiffany girls in the future?

Diane Ashley said...

I love that first page. It really takes me back in time. Can't wait to read A Nanny for Keeps. Please keep the wonderful stories coming!

Janet Lee Barton said...

Thanks for stopping by Terri and Diane!
You know, Terri, Kathleen started out as a Tiffany girl in A Place of Refuge, but she wasn't there long, so yes, I think I might like to do that. :)
And Diane, I plan on keeping the series going as longs as readers want me to. :)

Janet Lee Barton said...

And Lena, Thank you so much for hosting me! It's always a pleasure to be on your blog! I'm so glad you like this series, too.

Martha Fouts said...

Great interview! I've never heard of the "Tiffany Girls." How interesting! I'll have to read more about them!

Janet Lee Barton said...

Thanks Martha! You'll enjoy it. They did a lot of work they never really got credit for.

Wendy Newcomb said...

This cover is beautiful and it sounds so good. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

Wendy in FL

wfnren at aol dot com

Janet Lee Barton said...

Thanks for stopping by, Wendy. I love the cover, too!

Mary Preston said...

I agree about the cover - just so beautiful. I'm going to enjoy this.

Mary P


Terrill R. said...

I haven't yet read a Janet Lee Barton penned book, but I love the LI historicals, in general. This one sounds great.

Terrill - WA

Janet Lee Barton said...

Thanks for stopping by Mary and Terrill. I love writing these stories in this setting and time period.

Beth Gillihan said...

Love the cover! Sounds like a great read. I really enjoy reading Love Inspired books.

Beth in Montana

Janet Lee Barton said...

Hi Beth, thanks for stopping by. This is one of my favorite covers--but all of my LIH covers have been great. :)

Loraine Nunley said...

I have read the first four books in Janet's Boardinghouse Betrothals. I really liked them all. I love that time frame in history because of the independence that women are starting to gain. Thanks for the interview and the giveaway!

Loraine in TX

Janet Lee Barton said...

HI Loraine,
I'm so glad you liked these stories! It was a changing time for women, filled with kinds of choices for their futures. :)
Thanks for stopping by!

Karen Sue Hadley said...

Great interview and the book sounds good.

Janet Lee Barton said...

Thanks Karen and thanks for stopping by!

Anonymous said...

would love to win angela in ky

Trixi said...
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Trixi said...

I believe I have the whole set of the Boarding House Betrothal series on my shelf, so I'd sure like to add this new one to it! And I agree with everyone else, this was a great time in history where women were gaining more independence and choices in life. Love reading stories like this. Thank you for the fun interview and sharing the first page of the book!

Trixi in OR

Janet Lee Barton said...

Hi Angela! Thanks for stopping by!

Janet Lee Barton said...

Hi Trixi! Thanks for stopping by and letting me know you have the other books in the series. I'm glad you enjoyed the interview and first page!

Connie Porter Saunders said...

This sounds like a sweet story! Thanks for sharing.
Connie from KY

Deanna Stevens said...

That cover makes it look like one fun story to read!
Dee from NE

Janet Lee Barton said...

Thanks Connie and Deanna! It was a fun story to write. These two girls are very special to me because they remind me of my granddaughters when they were around that age. :)

justcommonly said...

The cover alone makes me want to read this! And then the title!?!! Two of my TOP reasons to read a book! Thanks for the chance.
Annie (MD)

Janet Lee Barton said...

I like the title, too, Just Commonly. Thanks for stopping by!

Elly said...

This sounds very sweet! I'd love to read it!
J.C. -Indiana-

Emma said...

I am looking forward to reading "A NANNY FOR KEEPS by Janet Lee Barton.Thank you for the opportunity to win.PA.

Bakersdozen said...

This book sounds like a fun book to read.


Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me!!
Conway SC.

rubynreba said...

I always thought it would be fun to be a nanny and this looks like a book I would enjoy!
Beth from IA

Unknown said...

This was posted on my birthday, how fun.
I love to read the Love Inspired Historicals is this one sounds like so much fun.

Deanne in PA.