The Nanny Song
by Misty Mount
GENRE: Sweet Romance
A dismal pall hangs over the Colt residence. Since the death of his wife, Brendan Colt has struggled to care for his children, Kason and Meela. Each is lost in their own deep grief, but there is more to this family than meets the eye.
After her tumultuous childhood, Mallory Riscoe has deftly avoided change. But her life is due for an upheaval when she’s fired from her sales associate position and takes on the role of nanny in the Colt household.
Mallory soon realizes she might have taken on more than she can handle when she finds more than two mischievous children haunting the grand, creaky house. If it isn’t the children’s brash uncle or schoolyard bullies, she finds herself confronted with strange sounds coming from the attic and suspicious late-night behavior from Brendan Colt himself.
It’s only when Mallory begins to feel a connection between not just herself and the children but their father too, that an unspeakable secret is uncovered. Is this new bond—and possibly Mallory’s life itself—now at risk?
Welcome Misty Mount! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.
Hello! I’m from smack dab in the middle of the USA in a city dubbed both the “Air Capital of the World” and the “birthplace of Pizza Hut and White Castle.” That hopefully sounds more interesting than Wichita, Kansas.
I’ve been writing since kindergarten, but I guess I became an author around the sixth grade after my mother sent off one of my manuscripts to a publisher who had visited the school, and it ended up getting published.
These days I’m a mother to my ten-year-old son. I’m also a caregiver to my 36-year-old sister with special needs, and I work as a developmental editor for Between the Lines Publishing/Liminal Press.
Let’s see . . . what else? Sorry guys, I’m having a midlife crisis as I realize how boring I am . . .
Oh, I’m a huge sci-fi fan. I grew up on shows like Star Trek and The Twilight Zone and reading or watching science fiction is still one of my favorite things to do. And psychological thrillers. But those give me anxiety so I really shouldn’t . . .
Is The Nanny Song a single title, or part of a series? It’s a standalone novel.
What were your inspirations for the story? I worked for years in caregiving, including being a nanny, and those memories will always stick with me as the most stressful fun of my entire life. I definitely took from those experiences when I wrote this book.
Please share your setting. Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most? The Nanny Song is set in a fictional town somewhere in the central United States. It’s a city much like the one I grew up in, but a bit smaller. I think it will feel similar to many Midwestern cities and towns.
When did the writing bug first bite? That would definitely be kindergarten. My teacher read me a book that had the most disappointing ending. I decided to rewrite it for myself at home and quickly went on to writing my own stories. My mother still keeps all my silly, handwritten and illustrated stories from back then.
Who are your favorite authors, book/series? I feel so overwhelmed by this question because there are so many I love! I’m intrigued by classic sci-fi authors like Arthur C. Clark and Philip K. Dick. I also like old gothic romance authors like Mary Stewart and Victoria Holt.
What is the one thing that you would tell an inspiring writer to do? I think I’d say don’t try to be trendy or marketable or to fit in with the crowd. Don’t be afraid to splay open the (perhaps) unpopular parts of your imagination because that’s where the unique ideas come from.
Brendan’s gaze flicked over her shoulder for a split second, seeing something that caused his eyes to lose their concerned glow. “We’ll talk later.” He opened the door and suddenly the front hall felt like a freezing wind tunnel.
Before Mallory shut the door, she reached outside and grasped Brendan’s arm, the way he had done to hers. “Be safe out there . . . please.”
Brendan turned back; his eyes narrow against the stinging snow. It seemed to take an eternity before he answered, “I will.”
Mallory pressed hard to shut the door against the gusty air, then stood shivering in the hall. She watched Brendan through the panel window, trudging through the snow, using his boot to clear spots, and briefly checking for toys or debris hiding below. She tried to decipher the fluttery feeling in her chest as he turned the corner and headed alongside the house up to the garage.
I just want to say that I really liked this book. However, I feel like it leaned more toward the suspense side than the romance side. The romance, at least for me, seemed a bit rushed but it is sweet nonetheless. Ms. Mount does an excellent job with the suspense elements in the story. It was creepy, spooky and you never quite knew what was going on and that kept me interested. Ms. Mount also has a deft hand when she starts to unveil the secrets in the book. Awesome job. I never figured it out at all.
Mallory is a great character. Getting the raw end of a deal at her previous employer’s, it was fate that she would end up being the nanny to the unruly children in the store. Once she starts caring for them, the story takes off from there. Her backstory contributed to her wanting to help the children. You could tell that from the beginning. You could almost feel the yearning that she had for a real family and a place to belong. Ultimately, that’s what she is looking for.
Brendan is the mystery man. Ms. Mount does a fantastic job with him as a whole. He runs hot and cold but you could also see the frustration that he felt in his life. The poor man really didn’t have a clue at times. However, I really enjoyed watching him grow and be a father to his children again. I just wish that he could have stood up to his mother more. What a witch. That said, I loved how he was finally able to open up to Mallory in the end.
The children are nicely written. Trust me, I work with 1st-3rd graders. My heart broke for Kason but unfortunately, bullying happens. Super glad that Brendan finally listened to him and took action. Meela ended up being a surprise to me. Bratty, sassy but all she wanted was a female figure in her life and she found that with Mallory.
Overall, the book surprised me. Ms. Mount is a very talented writer and it shows in this story. I just feel like the ending was a bit rushed but overall a solid, creepy read for me.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Misty Mount has written since age five and was first published at fourteen. She resides in Wichita, Kansas.
GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE
Misty Mount will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.