Welcome Rebecca Talley

Rebecca Talley and I went to high school together. She is a beautiful person who writes great clean, heart-touching books that you should check out.

Like this one:





Lauren Wilson is well on her way to her happily-ever-after. She’s passionate about her career as a middle school English teacher, she adores her handsome, hard-working husband, and with a baby finally on the way, her perfect life is within her grasp.

But then a devastating test result changes everything.

Forced to choose between her baby and her husband, Lauren makes the only decision she can live with, and she returns to her small hometown in hopes of rebuilding her shattered life.

Ethan Campbell is a gifted photographer who travels the world and has no desire to settle down. When his mother dies, he must go home to settle her estate. Then it’s back to exciting adventures across the globe.

When Lauren crosses paths with Ethan, her teenage crush, old feelings resurface—feelings she’s not prepared to face. Will Lauren have the courage to trust again or will she spend her life alone?

Imperfect Love is a story about sacrifice, healing, second chances, and discovering that although love isn’t always perfect, sometimes it’s the imperfect love that’s the sweetest of all. 

Rebecca Talley
Fiction Inspired by Life
http://www.rebeccatalley.com

The Story Behind GOD WHISPERER

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I’ve been wanting to write this post for a long time. It’s personal and a bit long, but I figured readers would want to know how I came up with the premise for GOD WHISPERER. 

10% of the author royalties will be donated to the American Society for Deaf Children.

While the book is pure fiction–Lonnie is NOT me, David is NOT my son, and I am happily married–there is a river of truth flowing through the pages. The emotions? Those are mine. The fear of losing a child, the elation and gratitude of a surgery that changes everything, the joy? Mine, mine, mine.

Okay, deep breath, here goes…

I am blessed beyond words to be the mother of two super-amazing boys. They are smart, kind, loving, handsome teenagers now. From birth, they were determined to baffle the doctors with their uniqueness. Each boy came into the world with a super-rare condition/disorder–nothing life-threatening, thank God. The oldest has a visual tracking disorder so rare that only 50 cases were noted in the medical journals.

The youngest of the two has perfect eyes. He was born with an incomplete, deaf ear. We recognized the problem immediately because his little ear had no hole. They tested his hearing in the hospital. He didn’t pass. He had one normal ear, though, and the doctors said he would get along fine.

Except…

A one-eared child doesn’t hear in stereo and can’t determine where sounds come from. If he doesn’t look carefully before stepping into the street, he might not hear a car coming straight for him. He doesn’t hear soft voices on the “bad” side and misses instructions in class. He could get in trouble for talking in class because he doesn’t hear the teacher talking. He only hears half of the world.

I was worried for him. I worried about both of my children. They had years of occupational and speech therapy ahead, resource and instructional help, physical education therapy, and who knew what else? Things were going to be hard for them. Would they be bullied in school? Would people be mean?

During a silent prayer session at church, I cried my eyes out. I begged God for help. I wasn’t strong enough, smart enough, or brave enough for these beautiful boys. I felt so inadequate and helpless. They deserved far more than me for a mother. At the end of that prayer session we were asked to reach into a basket to receive a spiritual fortune cookie. My fortune knocked me back.

It said, “I have put my trust in you.”

It was as if God had typed on that strip of paper Himself. He had trusted me to be the mother for these boys and He couldn’t be wrong. And no, I wasn’t going it alone. I have a fabulous husband, wonderful parents on both sides, sisters, friends, doctors, educators, and specialists all around.

When my youngest was a couple of years old, a doctor said that there were new surgeries to open up my son’s ear canal, but it was dangerous because the facial nerve runs near the ear. A surgery could cause facial paralysis. We went to UCLA. The head surgeon had performed a handful of similar operations. None, just like my son’s. Our son had no canal and no ear drum. The middle ear was complete with the necessary bones to hear sounds, but they were misshapen because there was no canal. It was risky, but the surgeon believed he could fix everything.

Hubby asked the best question, “Would you do it for your child?”
The surgeon didn’t blink. “Yes, I would.”

It’s terrifying to have anyone operate on your child. He was so little in that bed, so scared. I couldn’t go with him, couldn’t hold his hand, make it all better. Gah! It’s hard to be a parent.

The surgeon said the operation was a success and the ear bones were vibrating to sounds on the table! When my boy heard with both ears for the first time I wept with joy. The ear is not perfect, but it’s not deaf anymore. It was a miracle.

I believe I was chosen to be mother to these two amazing kids. I have learned and grown almost as much as they have. I hope my story touches hearts and helps parents in difficult situations. Trust that we are here for a reason. Each and every child is special, a unique gift to be treasured.

Most of all, I wish you love.

DOWN AND DIRTY up in the top 20.

Thank you dear readers. I am so happy to announce that my short story, DOWN AND DIRTY, became a Top 20 short reads in romance book on Amazon today. It is my one and only attempt at writing and publishing a short story. I’m so tickled that I didn’t bomb at it.

Readers really like Nick and Jill and several of you have asked me if I intend to write more stories for them. Oh, I’ve got plans for those two lovebirds. Big plans. How’s that for being cryptic? Hopefully, I’ll be able to spill the beans later this year.

In the meantime, I hope you will check out my other SEAL EXtreme Team books:

COMING IN HOT (Book 1) Available. Individually and included in the SEALs of Summer Superbundle.
LOCK AND LOAD (Book 2) Available.
UNDER THE RADAR (Book 3) will be ready for Christmas.

GOD WHISPERER, an inspirational suspense will be coming out July 15th. I’ll provide more deets soon.

Best to you all,

Kimberley Troutte

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Juicy June Reads

Looking for good books to read this summer? How about 11 of them? An amazing group of authors have joined together to release romance books this month. Come see.

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LOCK AND LOAD, my SEAL EXtreme Book 2 has been included in this group of fantastic authors. It’s full of adventure, espionage, and of course heart-stopping SEALs.

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Thankful Thursday

The SEALS OF SUMMER Superbundle hit both the NY Times and USA TODAY bestselling lists!!! 

Holy sweet Lord, what a miracle.

It is hard to put into words how awesome that feels. Really, I’ve tried and I just end up stammering. Instead, I want to say my thanks.

I am blessed and so very grateful.
I am thankful that God gave me a small talent and a gigantic passion to spread love. He also gave me a large dose of mulish stubbornness that has come in handy over the past ten years. Publishing is a hard road littered with broken dreams.

But most of all, I am thankful that He gave me YOU.
I doubt I would have kept writing if you hadn’t been there to support me, cheer me on, and hand me a box of tissues when the rejections flooded my inbox. Writing a book takes a community–a support team, beta readers, critique partners, editors, cover artists and the readers. I couldn’t have done any of it without all of you. Luv ya! XO

 The SEALs Of Summer had the same community times ten! You all rock! Thank you.

Finally, I am so grateful for the fabulous authors in this set. You are passionate, brilliant, loving, kind and generous. Thank you for letting me stand beside you and for taking my hand. I will always be grateful. Love you bunches!
Sharon Hamilton
Delilah Devlin
Zoe York
Cora Seton
Roxie Riviera
Elle James
Anne Marsh
S.M Butler
Jennifer Lowery

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Wow, you guys. SEALS of SUMMER is doing so well. The set is sitting pretty at #19 of all Amazon books right now. I am gobsmacked and overflowing with gratitude.

Thank you so much for buying it, telling your friends, and promoting it.
Most of all thank you for supporting my crazy dream.

XO

Please come over to the 24 Hour Facebook Party this Saturday, April 26th where we SOS Ladies will be giving prizes away as a small token of gratitude. FACEBOOK PARTY

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Military Super-bundle of TEN novels and novellas by New York Times, USA Today and award-winning bestselling authors.

IT TAKES A SEAL
, An Adventure Girls, Inc. story by USA Today Bestselling author Delilah Devlin: A travel agent visiting friends in the Bahamas is stranded on a desert island with a sexy ex-SEAL after their private pleasure cruise is interrupted by men who mistake her lover for a reclusive billionaire.

SEAL OF MY HEART by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Sharon Hamilton: Kate Livingstone’s engagement is at risk the instant she sets eyes on the handsome elite warrior sitting next to her on a plane trip to visit her sister. Navy SEAL Tyler Gray had thought he knew what he wanted in life, until he meets Kate and their obvious attraction for each other sparks something deep in his soul. What starts out as innocent letters between friends turns out to be much more. Can someone fall in love deeply just with words and letters exchanged, or is this just a pleasant fantasy that will ruin their lives forever?

SMOKING HOT by National Bestselling Author Anne Marsh: When an ambush kills his teammate, Navy SEAL Tye Callahan vows to spend the summer in Strong, California, fighting fires with the smoke jumper team and looking out for Katie Lawson, his teammate’s fiancée. Now, as the summer heats up, they must decide if the chemistry burning between them might just be their second chance at living their own lives… together.

THE NAVY SEAL’s E-MAIL ORDER BRIDE by National Bestselling author Cora Seton: If Mason Hall, Navy SEAL, can’t find a wife and get her pregnant–and convince his three brothers to marry, too–before the year is up, he’ll have to forfeit the ranch his family has prized for over a hundred years. Who knew one city girl and three wayward brothers could put up such a fight?

FALL OUT by National Bestselling Author Zoe York: Drew Castle is a Navy SEAL with a bad case of indifference. Until Annie Martin shows up on his doorstep, scared out of her mind, and all of a sudden, keeping her safe becomes the most important mission of his life. And this time, he’s on his own.

CLOSE QUARTERS by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Roxie Rivera: Getting tangled up in Jamie Pearson’s latest hot mess–or her sheets–is the very last thing Navy SEAL Leland Gates needs, but in close quarters like these, there’s no denying the white-hot passion blazing between them.

KILLING HONOR by International Bestselling author S.M. Butler: Returning home after a disastrous extended deployment, Navy SEAL Brody Battles struggles with nightmares and government secrets building a wall between him and his wife, Devyn, especially when a security breach compromises his identity. While they’re adjusting to being a family again, an old enemy waits in the shadows, salivating for the sweet taste of revenge.

COMING IN HOT by Award-winning author Kimberley Troutte: For Navy SEAL Mack Riley, rescuing a family in Colombian jungles isn’t as hard as seeing the admiral’s daughter again, but since Jenna is joining the hostage rescue team, his orders are to protect her. In the heat of battle, love breaches their defenses just as missiles lock onto their coordinates …can they save the family and get out alive?

A SEAL’s SONG by Golden Heart Finalist author Jennifer Lowery: Navy SEAL Jack Taggart’s plans to catch some much-needed downtime between deployments are demolished when he risks everything to rescue beautiful wedding singer, Darci O’Shea, from a band of thieves. Will the battle between their inner demons be the hardest one to fight, or will they find rescue in each other’s arms?

SEALS’s EMBRACE by USA Today Bestselling author Elle James: Injured Navy SEAL and the critical care nurse he’s attempting to woo join forces to stop a terrorist attack.

Writer’s Process Blog Hop

Lynne Connnolly award-winning author of Paranormal, Historical and Contemporary Romance tagged me to talk about my writing process. You can check out her blog here: Lynne Connolly’s blog

 The Questions:
 *1) What are you working on?

 LOCK AND LOAD, Book 2 in the SEAL EXtreme Team series.


*2) How does your work differ from others in the genre? 

 LOCK AND LOAD is Military Romance. It is a little different from other books I’ve read in the genre in that the Navy SEAL continues to perform his military duties and fight his battles with the heroine by his side. Action and danger are a big part of the story line. I love suspenseful books. And I simply adore SEAL stories–biographies, autobiographies, and pure fiction.

 *3) Why do you write what you write?

 I have always been intrigued by Navy SEALs, who are known as the best-of-the-best. The jobs they perform are both highly dangerous and extremely important. I can only imagine how hard their lives must be and how difficult it is to love a SEAL. This series is my way of honoring the courageous men who serve our country. It’s such a little thing, but it is what I can do to give back and say thank you to them and their families.

 *4) How does your writing process work?

The writing starts in my brain a long time before any words hit the page. I play with the concept and imagine the characters. Once I have a general idea of what the story will be about, I jot down scene ideas. This part is fast– snippets and incomplete sentences.

Next, I do character sketches to get to know the people in the story. Their habits, motivation, wants, and internal conflict all need to be fleshed out pretty well before I can really begin.

This next part is probably the hardest: the synopsis. I sit down and write a paragraph for every scene in the book making sure to highlight the conflict and emotion in EACH paragraph. By doing this I can see where I am going. Plot holes tend to pop out at this stage and I can fix them before I write the book. After all that, I start writing. I go from scene to scene, trying not to stop for the day until the scene is complete. I write fast and hard, not slowing down to edit. I have completed an entire novel in five weeks. But! It’s a first draft, like a skeleton without skin and muscles.

 I give myself a couple of weeks to let the draft percolate on the back burner before I start edits. The editing process can take longer than the writing process! It’s where I layer on the deep emotions (muscles), description and color (skin). Imagine a painter layering on color and depth.

The book will then go to a handful of super fabulous beta readers who read very carefully. These folks keep me from going outside without my pants on, or with my skirt stuck inside my underwear. After I’ve straightened out my, um, wardrobe disasters, the book goes to an editor. While it is being professionally edited, I work on the next book.

Sound like fun? Maybe not to everyone, but it is pure bliss to me. Except, you know, when I’m pulling my hair out because the characters won’t behave. Or my skirt is stuck in my underwear. 🙂

Thanks, Lynne, that was fun.

Kimberley