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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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

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Coming in Hot by Kimberley Troutte

Coming in Hot

by Kimberley Troutte

Giveaway ends April 14, 2014.

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Cover reveal! SEALS of Summer Boxed Set


Squeeeeee!

Holy hot men, isn’t the boxed set gorgeous?

Award-winning and bestselling authors have bonded together to bring you ten novels in one military romance superbundle. I am thrilled to include COMING IN HOT, the first book in my SEAL EXtreme Team series with this group of amazing books.

Coming this April.

SOLD!!! God Whisperer coming to you this summer.

I am busting at the seams to announce that I sold God Whisperer to Astraea Press.

This book has been such a labor of love. My little boy was the inspiration for the story. He was born with one incomplete ear–no ear canal or ear drum. It was a miracle when the doctors at UCLA created a canal and drum out of my son’s own tissue and he was able to hear sounds on the operating table!

God Whisperer is a romantic suspense about a woman and her son who are hiding for their lives when the boy becomes famous from an ear surgery that allows him to hear God.

It has won and placed in romance contests. Finally, it has found the perfect home at Astraea Press.

Keep your eyes out for it this summer.

Hugs!

Kimberley

Kindness, Please

Today is the first day after the shortest, darkest day to of the year (in the Northern Hemisphere).
From here on, our days will be longer and brighter.
It’s a time of hope and light.

It is also three days until the most celebrated birthday in the entire world.
It should be a time of rebirth, generosity and unconditional love.

Except sometimes, it isn’t.

I have dear friends who are sick and fighting for their lives this holiday season.
Or fighting for a job.
Or a home.
Food.
Love.
Peace.

Others are struggling with loneliness, anxiety, and fear.

But we can help! I ask each and everyone of you to reach out today. Do one simple act of kindness for a family member, friend, or total stranger.One kindness can mean life. Just one. Imagine the ripple-effect if everyone did a simple kind act. We could change the world.

Please. Give today.

Hugs to you all and have a blessed Christmas,

Kimberley

With Honor and Love

Today is Veteran’s Day in the United States. I am so grateful to the men and women who have fought to keep my country and freedoms safe.

Thank you for all you do! Your labors and sacrifices have made this a safer world for my children, my loved ones. You allow me to sleep safely in my bed at night.

Thank you to your families as well. They too have sacrificed for the country. I can only imagine how hard it is for them when you are protecting us all.

In the end, words are not enough, but the come from the bottom of my heart.

Thank you. God bless.

Kimberley