RITA Nomination!!!

Hi gang,

I waited a few days to post this just to make sure I wasn’t dreaming.

–pinches herself–Ouch. Nope, not dreaming.

With humongous happiness in my heart I will come out and say it.
I am a RITA-award nominated author. Woot woot!!! This is crazy exciting.

LOCK AND LOAD is going to the finals right beside J.D. Robb! Holy cow, I might explode with joy!

Thank you to the judges at RWA who read my book and felt it worthy to go to the next level.
Thank you dear family and friends who support and encourage me everyday.
Thank you God for this unbelievably beautiful gift.

I’m going to New York, baby. Oh my gosh! –pinches herself again–Ouch.

Big hugs to you all.

Have a wonderful Easter.


SEALs of Winter Giveaway

Happy Thanksgiving!

I wish you and your families a loving, safe, and delicious weekend. Before you head off to be with your relatives, maybe you should get some books for the downtime when you are too stuffed to move.

Do I have the great books for you? Yes, indeedy.

Have you picked up your SEALs of Winter Superbundle yet? It is a top 100 bestseller at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and iBooks. Wooo-hooo! Thank you! For a limited time, it is a steal at 99 cents for nine books by NY Times and USA Today Bestselling authors. It’s really good and I’m not just saying so because my UNDER THE RADAR is included. We’ve had 74 reviews on Amazon for an average of 4.9 stars.


Here are some quick links:

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As a thank you to our amazing readers, we SOS Ladies want to give our readers something special for Christmas. Click the link below to enter the Christmas Giveway for a chance to win the GRAND PRIZE of a Kindle Fire. Or other amazing gift card prizes.

But there’s more! (Look out I might throw in the kitchen knives)

Just by entering and signing up for the author newsletters, you will receive not eight but NINE free books from us. Easy peasy and free. Now you’ll have plenty to read while everyone is crashing from turkey overload.


Once you’ve unlocked the instructions for the books, you choose Kindle books (mobi) or epub (Nook) and the nine free books will download straight to your computer.

Here is a link to instructions from Amazon for uploading the mobi files to your kindle:

If you have any questions, contact me at kimberleytroutte@verizon.net

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.


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.

We’re Live! Wheeeeeee! Hurry and get yours today.

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

, 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.

The Next Big Thing

Hi gang,

The wonderful and brilliant writer, Orly Konig-Lopez (Orly’s website) tagged me to play a game called The Next Big Thing in which authors hold the microphone for a minute, answer ten questions about the stories they are working on, and then pass the mic to five other authors. It is has been illuminating. And fun.

Here is my shot at the microphone:

What is your working title of your book?
I am still throwing names at the wall. Here are a few that have stuck:
Love at the Epicenter
Her Guardian, His Angel
Um, any suggestions you have might be helpful. Seriously, any suggestions. Post in the comments and if I use it I will give you credit in the book.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
Originally, it was a sequel to Catch Me in Castile set in Port-au-Prince, but my editor at the time rejected it because she didn’t like the set-up. I will always be grateful for that rejection. I even sent the editor a thank you for rejecting me! Why? The timing was wrong.
If I had sold that original story it would have been released within days of the devastating earthquake. It might have felt disrespectful to those who had lost so much. In hindsight, that rejection was the best thing that could have happened to this story.
Instead, of celebrating the release of my sequel, I sat riveted to my television, tears streaming while I witnessed the human survival, strength and success stories in Haiti. I wanted to pour that love and human spirit into my book in honor of the survivors and those who fought to save lives.
Epicenter (or whatever it’s name is) was born.
What genre does your book fall under? 
Single-Title (with a hint of paranormal)
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Luke Carter….Josh Lucas
Dr.Ysabeau Morno…Halle Berry
The two old Voodoo Priestesses who keep trying to steal the show will have to be great actors as well.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
It is the love story of an American philanthropist and a Haitian doctor are fighting to save lives when the greatest earthquake Haiti has ever known rips their world apart. 
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? 
I am looking for an agent at the moment.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The first first draft (the sequel to Catch Me in Castile) took about eight months. After my editor rejected it, I tossed out all but a few scenes and started over. After researching before and after the earthquake, scouring YouTube for any videos of the city prior to the devastation (thank you to those families who posted videos inside the Hotel Montana before it was leveled), watching the news and reading first-hand accounts, I started writing the new book and was finished with the first draft in two months. I honestly never thought I could write anything that fast. The story seemed to write itself.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? 
Hmmm. That’s a tough one. Readers have told me that my stories remind them of Jodi Picoult’s. That is a huge compliment.
Who or what inspired you to write this book? 
The earthquake survivors and the search and rescue teams who gave everything to save lives.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? 
Don’t be surprised if it makes you laugh, cry and knocks the floor out from beneath your feet. Currently, it is a finalist in four writing contests!
And now to pass the microphone to a few of my awesome writer friends. Look for their answers on their websites next week.
Selena Robins selenarobinsmusings.com/ 
Renee Wildes reneewildes.net 
Nancy Lauzon nancylauzon.com 
A. Catherine Noon acatherinenoon.blogspot.com

Pretty in Pink Pancakes

For the past two years, my boys and I have participated in the Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk. I hope we can do it again next year. It is the least I can do to help the courageous families battling this frightful disease worldwide. In honor of all the warriors out there, my Tasty Tuesday contribution is Pretty in Pink Pancakes. 
1 cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon (or more) vanilla

1 teaspoon salt (or less)

1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup non-fat milk

1/3 cup prickly pear cactus syrup as seen here (or strawberry syrup)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

In a large bowl mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. I am pretty salt conscious, so I use less than the salt the recipe calls for. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the vanilla and egg. Mix in the milk and syrup slowly to ensure the batter achieves the right not too wet or too dry consistency for pancakes. More syrup means pinker and sweeter pancakes. Mix until smooth. If the batter is too wet, you might need to add a little more flour.

Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium heat. Scoop the batter onto the griddle using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve. 
My boys enjoy adding a peanut butter topping. Enjoy!
Other Think Pink Tasty Tuesday Recipes you might like:

Simple Salmon by Selena Robins : http://selenarobinsmusings.com/2012/10/15/thinking-pink-in-the-kitchen

What a Great Day–Breast Cancer Walk

Last Saturday my boys and I walked in the Strides Walk to help raise money for Breast Cancer.

It touched me that I was able to help out, just a little.
There were so many heroes there. It was truly awe-inspiring.
The survivor stories brought tears to my eyes, but so did the shear numbers of people walking. There were husbands, sons, firefighters, friends, teams and people like me–who simply want to help my sisters.
The announcer told us that there are 11 million survivors. Now that’s something to jump for joy about.
Stay well, my friends.

Walk a Mile in Your Shoes

At the start of summer I downloaded the Nike GPS App to track my walking mileage. I walk every day for an hour or so, but had no real idea how far I went. Now I had the means to measure the distance.

For the three months of summer I walked…Are you ready?

138 Miles!

Holy Toledo! Or Holy Los Angeles, might be more like it if I walked from here. Who knew I walked that much? You’d think I’d be skinnier. Maybe I’d better stop rewarding myself with scones at the end and/or beginning of the walk. Yeah…

Anyway, it wasn’t hard. 138 miles equates to 11.5 miles per week. That’s only 1.6 miles per day. Barely anything.

And the benefits?

Well, there are those yummy scones I mentioned (bad girl), my jeans fit pretty nicely, I got a new pair of shoes (see picture above), breathed a whole bunch of fresh air, luxuriated in the pure form of vitamin D, smelled the flowers, worked out those writing kinks, and enjoyed myself.

So what have you got to lose? Get out there and move it. Maybe I’ll see you on the road.