“The Cowgirl Nanny” is here soon! Come with me behind the story

Apr 18, 2024 | 4 comments |

The Cowgirl Nanny, my ninth published book (and third for Harlequin Heartwarming) will be out next week, April 23

Although part of my Montana Carters sweet contemporary romance miniseries about a ranching family, The Cowgirl Nanny also stands alone.

What’s The Cowgirl Nanny about?

Bryce Carter is a widowed dad who has given up on love…But he still needs a summer nanny for his two young children.

Professional barrel racer Carrie Rizzo might be perfect…But even if Brye could open his family, let alone his heart, she’s returning to rodeo in the fall.

With friends to lovers, found family, a close-knit small town and more, I hope you’ll love this sweet and heartwarming romance as much as I do.

What did I learn while writing this book?

The ins and outs of team roping and other rodeo events…much more information than I could include in the story.

Practicing sustainable farming and environmental protection, especially in the western United States and on the Canadian prairies.

How to build a rabbit hutch, what to feed goats and where to find dinosaur fossils in Montana.

Which parts of The Cowgirl Nanny resonate most with me most personally?

Finding love later in life when it’s unexpected and maybe even sweeter.

Learning to live with grief and moving forward.

Overcoming school bullying.

Kinkeeping and finding support and strength in extended family.

How do I want you to feel after reading The Cowgirl Nanny

Hopeful, warm and encouraged…and to finish the book with a smile.

What is the one thing I now want to do because of writing The Cowgirl Nanny?

See rodeo barrel racing in real life and meet some of the women and horses (like my fictional heroine Carrie and her horse Teddy) who compete in this fast, exciting and challenging sport.

What are advance readers saying?

“I loved [the] setting and…descriptions of ranch life as well as small town living…Well developed characters added good depth to the story. I also like the secondary characters…They really helped bring a warm feeling of family and belonging.” Book blogger Vicky Sluiter

Want to read my new book too? 

Request it from your library or pre-order in ebook or large-print paperback here

Barnes & Noble Premium & Rewards Members: Get 25% off all pre-orders from April 17 through 19, 2024 including eBooks.

B&B Premium Members get an additional 10% off print book pre-orders.

Pre-order my new book from B&N here.

UK readers: Pre-order the paperback from Blackwell’s online (with free delivery) here.

Now back to pre-publication jitters which, even after nine books, never get easier. 




  1. Heidi Vanstone

    So happy for you, even if you’re experiencing pre-publication jitters! It will be a smashing success and maybe, just maybe, we can arrange to see some rodeo barrel racing in person…I will do some investigating. Congratulations!

    • Jen Gilroy

      Thank you, Heidi. I appreciate your good wishes and support. What a fun outing it would be to see barrel racing in person! Thanks for “investigating!” 🙂

  2. Susanna Bavin

    Many congratulations for tomorrow’s publication day, Jen. Readers are going to love The Cowgirl Nanny. You write with such warmth and compassion.

    • Jen Gilroy

      Thank you, Susanna. I appreciate your good wishes and kind comments about my writing. Both mean a great deal to me.


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