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Pregnant with the Soldier’s Son by Amy Ruttan


One of the things I learned when I first started writing romance was write what you know.

Granted, I don’t know much about medicine, but the heroine in my recent release and I share something in common.

Our son’s had the same rough start in life.

I used that basic principal of write what you know and applied it in my book.

My middle guy was three weeks early and 11.5 lbs, but that’s not what made it in my book. My heroine, thankfully, didn’t have such a ginormous preemie.

What my son and my heroine’s son had was ASD or atrial septal defect. This caused my son’s blood pressure between his heart and lungs to be on par with his body, giving him pulmonary hypertension. That’s bad. Your blood pressure between your heart and lungs should be much lower compared to your body.

So because of all of this my son’s lungs wouldn’t open up. He was in a medicated coma while they used an oscillator to try and open his lungs. Now, if you’ve never seen an oscillator at work on a baby it’s scary. This machine is shaking the junk out of this little baby’s chest.

It terrified me.

The oscillator didn’t run all the time. The rest of the time a machine helped him breathe.

I can’t even begin to describe the helplessness one feels. The absolute despair which shook me to my core. As mother you strive to protect your children and being powerless to do so, I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemies.

Write what you know, well I did and it was the first time I really, openly sobbed when writing a first draft. I get choked up. I feel emotions when I write, but when I was in my heroines head, reliving the scariest moment of my life I cried. Hard.

Writing what you know is a powerful tool in a writer’s work. In this case, it certainly was for me.

I am happy to report that my middle guy (because there’s another boy after him) is a happy, active, imaginative eight year old. Who is the tallest in his class? I mean, what else can you expect from a preemie who was 11.5 lbs and couldn’t be put in an incubator because he didn’t fit. LOL

And the hole in his heart, it closed over on its own. He gets monitored (because we had a scare around his 8th birthday this year), but for now he’s healthy and a crazy boy.

Book Blurb:


When “living a little”…

While celebrating her promotion, the last thing strait-laced orthopedic surgeon Ingrid Walton expects is to be seduced by mysterious dashing soldier and army medic Clint Allen. Especially when there are consequences to their passionate night!

…becomes “living for two”!

Seven months later Ingrid comes face-to-face with the father of her unborn baby…now the new trauma surgeon! But Clint has changed—his last tour of duty has left emotional scars. Can sharing their baby, their work and an undeniable chemistry give them a chance to heal their pasts and enjoy the future…together?


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***Giveaway: Print copy of Pregnant with the Soldiers Son, Melting the Ice Queen’s Heart & Safe in His Hands. Comment to enter. Contest ends July 6 at 11:59PM EDT.


Author Bio:

Born and raised on the outskirts of Toronto, Ontario, Amy fled the big city to settle down with the country boy of her dreams. When she’s not furiously typing away at her computer, she’s a mom to three wonderful children.

Life got in the way, and after the birth of her second child, she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a romance author.

You can find out more about Amy at her website.

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22 thoughts on “Pregnant with the Soldier’s Son by Amy Ruttan

  1. Wow, that is quite a story behind the story. Thanks so much for hanging out with us today, Amy!

  2. I am always looking for new authors to read. Your book sounds really interesting. I have added it to my TBR list

  3. I am very blessed to have very healthy children, although 1 of my sons have severe adhd and life on a daily basis is very challenging. Its a lovely cover and congratulations on your release. regards Amanda UK

    • My kids are the reason I actually took the step forward to make my dream of writing come true and now they get to see that their Mom achieved her dream and they can too! Thanks for commenting and visiting, Amanda! Fantastic to meet you.

  4. What a story about your little man! So glad he’s doing well. I’m pretty choked up here.
    And the blurb for your book sounds fantastic. Wishing you continued success Amy.

    • Thank you, Kacey! 🙂 Yes, other than watching to make sure the hole doesn’t open up again, because it can as he grows into an adult, he’s fine. He’s especially fine if he gets new Lego every once and a while. Thanks for visiting. 🙂

  5. wow so glad he is a healthy boy after such a rough start. I myself was worried with my little boy..He is a miracle baby. after 22 years of being with my husband, and seeing dr after dr with nothing wrong, we just accepted we would not have a child together ( my husband has another son- who is turning 28!) well surprise , i ended up getting pregnant at the age of 43, was very high risk, but very happy to say he is a healthy rambunctious 16 month old! Your book sounds great definitely adding to my reading list!!

    • Christy, congrats! That truly is a miracle. That happened to my cousin and his wife. He’s about 20 years old than me. They tried for 20 some odd years to have their first child. The year I go married they had a little girl. Then they told her she would never have another child. The year after I had my first BOOM she had her second! Children truly are a blessing. Thank you for visiting! 🙂

  6. I am happy to hear your son recovered so well after such a traumatic start in life. Pregnant With The Soldier’s Son sounds very interest and I’m looking forward to reading it.

  7. Wow–what a story behind your story, Amy! Congratulations on your healthy family AND your terrific books!

  8. Thank you for sharing. Babies are scary at the best of times.

  9. Thanks for sharing a little bit of your life..and making us want to read more!

  10. I haven’t read any of your books jet, thanks for pointing you out. Hope to win one 🙂

  11. Wow! You poor woman! I thank God every day that my girls were & are healthy!

  12. I can’t wait to read this book. It looks absorbing.

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