I met LINDA STYLE because of a snafu in a contest and we’ve been friends ever since. So when her latest release hit the shelf, and she announced she was donating a portion of the proceeds to the WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT, I knew I wanted to help her get the word out.

A SOLDIER’S SECRET is the third book in a series about the lives of three women who are best friends. Book one is THE MISTAKE SHE MADE and book two is THE PROMISE HE MADE.

In A SOLDIER’S SECRET, Natalia Sokoloff is a veteran of the Iraq war, has completed two tours of duty as a helicopter rescue pilot and has returned home with scars no one can see. David MacAllister, who saved Natalia’s life in Iraq, now works with her as a medic on the Mountain Air Search and Rescue team. This is their love story, but it’s also about a very serious problem facing many veterans every day.

A SOLDIER’S SECRET, in stores now, is also available for your Kindle or Nook.

Special Note: Anyone who leaves a comment will be eligible for a draw to win a signed copy of Linda’s A SOLDIER’S SECRET! So where do you find your inspiration? It can be writing related or just about life in general!

I asked Linda this question: Your Dear Reader letter said this was the most difficult book of the series to write. Can you tell us about the book and where you got your inspiration to write a story about PTSD?

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Hello Everyone!

Thank you so much for inviting me today, Sheila.

Indeed, A SOLDIER’S SECRET was a difficult book to write. I knew it was the 3rd and final book in my Spirit Creek connected stories about three women who are friends, so I’m a bit sad to see my characters go off on their own. Plus, it was about a subject that has seriously affected so many people and their families. I wanted to do it justice…without going overboard. I had to keep reminding myself that, first and foremost, this is a romance novel, not a treatise on PTSD.

My inspiration, however, came from knowing someone who had returned from the Viet Nam War and experienced the disorder. He was severely affected and could never fully retrieve his former life. It’s heartbreaking, not only for our returning soldiers, but also for their families. And knowing so many of our soldiers would eventually be returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and may experience similar problems, I felt compelled to write about it.

I also discovered that the issues women veterans face when coming home are unique and have been largely ignored, so it was important for my heroine to be the one affected by the disorder. Studies show that among women vets who’d served in Iraq and Afghanistan, almost 20% have been diagnosed with PTSD. And now, with the pullout in Iraq, we can expect the numbers for PTSD in both sexes to rise.

The more I talked to people while doing my research, the more I realized I wanted to do more. That’s why I decided to donate a portion of the proceeds from A SOLDIER’S SECRET to the Wounded Warrior Project.

The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) began when several veterans and friends – moved by stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq – took action to help others in need. What started as a program to provide comfort items to wounded service members grew into a complete rehabilitative effort to assist veterans as they recover and transition back to civilian life. The WWP offers a variety of programs and services to help veterans with every type of injury – from the physical to the invisible wounds of war.

I don’t have a lot of time to volunteer, but I do have the ability to help draw attention to the problem through my books and by donating to the program. It’s a small gesture compared with what our military heroes have given to us.

I hope readers enjoy A SOLDIER’S SECRET and maybe find a little inspiration to take a look at what they can do to get involved in helping our soldiers after they come home. Readers can find out more about the Wounded Warrior Project here.

Thank you again, Sheila, my good friend, for the opportunity to talk about both my book and the WWP.

I love to hear from readers and can be reached through my website, Facebook, Twitter, the Bootcamp for Novelists website and my author page on Amazon.

Happy 2012!
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