Spotlight & Giveaway: Cowboy SEAL Homecoming by Nicole Helm

Posted January 8th, 2018 by in Blog, Spotlight / 46 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author Nicole Helm to HJ!


Hi Nicole Helm and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Cowboy SEAL Homecoming!


Please share your favorite scene from Cowboy SEAL Homecoming:

Writing Cowboy SEAL Homecoming, the first book in my Navy SEAL Cowboys series, was all about balance. Since the hero in this book, Alex, suffers from PTSD, and is having to deal with some losses in his life, it’s an emotional journey. But it’s also one of hope and healing, so I tried really hard to keep a balance of the emotional and heartfelt along with the light-hearted and humorous.
There are some emotional scenes in the book that really stuck with me, but my favorite scenes to write in this book were the light-hearted ones. One of my favorite ways to interject humor into a book is with odd animals, and my quirky heroine gave me ample opportunity to bring in the hilarious animal behavior!
Becca, the heroine, is a collector of wayward animals, including a goat named Ron Swanson. Ron’s a little ornery, thinks he’s part human, and is known to sneak into the house. My favorite scene to write is a scene where Ron gets on the roof of the ranch house. Inspired by a picture my friend sent me with an animal that refused to get off a roof, I decided it would be funny if no human being could coerce Ron off the roof. Only a rooster would do.
Enter Rasputin the Rooster:

“Ron Swanson. Look who I’ve got.” She held up Rasputin, who flapped his wings until she let him go. He squawked and crowed and Ron bleated in return.
“What the fuck is happening?” Jack said, shaking his head.
“Just wait,” Becca said as Ron started to pace the edge of the porch roof. Rasputin crowed again, starting to strut back toward the coop. Which was when Ron clattered down the slope of the roof and jumped the distance to the ground.
“That did not just happen,” Gabe said, something like awe in his voice.
“Afraid it did,” Becca returned cheerfully, walking toward the animals, who were now circling each other. She had to separate them before Rasputin took a chunk out of Ron.
“Need…help?” Alex offered, clearly hoping the answer was no.
Becca lunged and came up with Rasputin. “Nope. I’m good. Just have to put him back in his coop. Ron can wander a bit. He’s never gotten up on the roof twice in the same day before.”
She heard all the guys muttering, but she ignored them and walked toward the coop.
It wasn’t such a bad way to start the day, all in all. A little animal shenanigans to get the blood pumping, and it never failed to make her laugh when three Navy SEALs looked dumbfounded.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

I really had a fun time giving all three former Navy SEALs in the book moments where even with everything they’ve seen and done, there was something new and very strange to baffle them completely. Plus thinking about Ron Swanson and Rasputin never fails to make me laugh. What can I say? I love a bizarre animal story.

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Book Info:

Alex Maguire never thought he’d go home again. The perfect soldier, the perfect leader, he’s spent his whole life running away from Blue Valley, Montana—but when a tragic accident bounces him and two of his men out of the SEALs, there’s nowhere left to turn but the ranch he used to call his own…and the confusing, innocently beguiling woman who now lives there.

Becca Denton’s like nothing he could have imagined. She’s far too tempting for her own good, but when she offers to help turn the ranch into a haven for injured veterans, he can’t exactly say no. He’ll just need to keep his distance. But something in her big green eyes makes Alex want to set aside the mantle of the perfect soldier and discover the man he could have been…safe and whole within the shelter of her arms.

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Meet the Author:

NICOLE HELM writes down-to-earth contemporary romance specializing in people who don’t live close enough to neighbors for them to be a problem. When she’s not writing, she spends her time dreaming about someday owning a barn. She lives with her husband and two young sons in O’Fallon, Missouri.

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46 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Cowboy SEAL Homecoming by Nicole Helm”

  1. Bonnie

    A little black rabbit just started hanging around our yard and we would sit outside and watch him play. One evening he had been hopping around and then he was just resting after about five minutes I told him “If your not going to entertain us I guess we will just go back in the house” he immediately got up and did a back flip the only one we ever saw him do.

  2. Lilah Chavez

    I have several cats that if you miss them off, like let’s say give them a bath , they’ll puss on your bed! And I mean like a forced puss too !

    I also have another cat that will stand and cry at the patio door until you open it.

  3. carol L

    My son had a dog named Scooby and one Christmas we wanted a picture of the whole family. So the photographer (neighbor) said “everyone get in position). We all sat or stood and Scooby dove in between me and my son and sat upright staring at the camera. We all laughed and started again. He refused to move and he’s in our picture. I think he was very hurt when asked to get down. He didn’t. 🙂
    Carol Luciano
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot com

  4. hartfiction

    We have a polydactyl cat that is not only the sweetest cat ever, but she’s an excellent watch cat! Whenever anyone pulls up to our house, she runs to the back of the recliner in front of the window, peers through the blinds and growls. Yes–she growls.

  5. janinecatmom

    I have one cat that insists on waking me up early every morning by licking my face and hands. But she goes for my lips and nostrils first. It’s not a pleasant way to be woke up. I always worry that she has just finished a good chow down washing session on her butt before coming to see me.

  6. Joanne B

    My cat always followed me around the house everywhere I went, like a dog. He knew when I was almost home (at all different times) and would sit at the door waiting.

  7. Amy Rickman

    One of our cats likes to beg for food, he will just sit and stare at you while you are eating on in my case if I’m not at the table jump on my lap and try to stick his nose in my plate. He also likes to get into the trashcan so we have to be careful what we throw in the inside trash or he’ll knock it over.

  8. Caro

    We have 5 cats and 2 dogs, so you can imagine they are quite the source of funny/weird moments.

    One of my cats can open doors all on her own (she jumps and grabs the door handle, lowering it with her weight); 3 of my cats have to drink water freshly coming out of the tap; our new puppy loves to jump, like LOVES to jump ALL the time and makes jumps like 3 or 4 feet high; another cat knows when my Mom is coming home and sits by the front door at least 5 minutes before my Mom even turns the corner.

    And so on, lol

  9. Shannon Capelle

    I have a 4 year old furbaby girl named Gigi and i treat her just like one of my kids lol. She has tons of beds and toys but she sleeps on a pillow with a baby blanket and is with me everyday and everywhere and has a carseat for bye byes!!

  10. Teresa Williams

    We had a bulldog that would ride a 3 wheel trike till it would fall off the porch then drag it back up and do it again.
    My dad had a bulldog that would drag boards and place them to make a seesaw .

  11. Jana Leah

    When my cat’s food bowl is empty, she rolls around the floor crying as if she’s a toddler having a tantrum.

  12. Carissa

    2 cats we’ve had in our lifetime act like dogs, they sniff everyone, put us to bed and 1 actually saved us from our house on fire!

  13. Joye

    My dog is not unusual but some of her behaviors are-for instance, when I put on a certain pair of shoes she goes directly to the door and waits. I usually wear hard soled shoes to go out in the back yard. Even if I put on the shoes and go sit at the table, she still waits by the door.

  14. lesley McIntosh

    Our cat is part Maine Coon and they can be a bit impatient, if he thinks its time for a feed he will come and give our leg a wee nip tugging our jeans, Other time he devotedly trails around the garden when I am working in it. He has also mastered his plastic mouse which has treats in it and can empty it very fast and is such fun to watch

  15. Kay Garrett

    We have one very human acting four legged fur-baby (he doesn’t think he’s a dog). He’s getting older so he’s like us and has to get up in the middle of the night, but like a kid, he needs someone with him to go to his potty in the bathroom. He wants to make sure you see him go so he will come to the other end of the house to get you to come watch. That way he knows he’s going to get a treat for being a “good boy”. He loves to splish and splash in the shower after which he wants his ears done with a q-tip to get all the water out. He’s a white meat sort of fella who loves his chicken. However, don’t feed him anything of a can. Instead, make it homemade friend chicken or chicken jerky he’s Momma makes. He has more clothes and accessories than his Mom. That might be why he gets his photo taken more than her too. And can we talk about being able to talk with his eyes? He’s an expert at it. You know exactly what he means or wants with just one look. At night he likes to be in bed between his Mom and Dad but takes his paws to pull the cover down just right so he can feel the fan on his face – mirrors his parents so well. 🙂 Some may call it spoiled, but we just think he’s our good little boy (well old man now that he’s 13). <3

  16. Nancy Luebke

    Love the excerpt. We had a goat for a while on our small farm. He used to get on the dog’s house roof and loved to tease the dog. When the dog tried to get on, he would just butt him off. Unfortunately he also loved all my roses and flowers too. We didn’t have him very long.

  17. Mary C

    Whenever our dog saw suitcases, he would sulk because he knew it meant someone was going away.

  18. dholcomb1

    when I was a kid, we had pet guinea pigs that got excited when Mom poured M&Ms into a bowl. It sounded just like their feed being poured into a bowl.

  19. Kelly Steen Cowee

    Our dog Buster sits like a human and our cat Bella says no and I don’t know. Oh and my dog Buddy barks and growls and acts like he’s running in his sleep. Animals are great.!!

  20. Glenda

    I’ve got a cat who runs to the door when I get home. Her preferred place is either in my lap or on my shoulders and if I don’t pick her up when she wants she will jump up to get on my shoulders. Her brother (true littermate brother) loves to cuddle at night and in the morning. He ‘nurses’ on the pillow while loudly purring. He will shove the pillow from under your head if you don’t stop him.

  21. erinf1

    my avatar is my furbaby, Sammie, when he was a baby. Now that he’s a grow’d up pup, he’s obsessed with cherry tomatoes. He will do anything for them! He’ll even take them over dog cookies! When he stays over at my parents’ house when I’m working evenings, he’ll whine and stomp his feet while sitting by the stairs. This is him “nagging” my mom to go to bed. When I get over there, I have to cajole him out to go home 🙂 Thanks for the fun post and giveaway!

  22. eawells

    As a teen my family had a wire fox terrier who loved to drink water from the faucet or the hose. If the toilet lid was down she would climb up onto the counter top and turn the faucet on to get water. She was a lot of fun and a joy to my family. She is still missed even though she crossed the rainbow bridge 30 years ago.

  23. Patricia B.

    We had 4 bantam chickens years ago. They were all very different and quite the characters. One would come into the house and sit on the back of the kitchen chairs. They were the most friendly chickens I have ever run into.

    When we were building an addition to our house, a pigeon showed up. We live out in the country and had never seen a pigeon before or since out here. It would walk around next to the workers on the rafters and perch on their shoulders. It hung around for weeks. It got under the house into the crawl space one day. After that it became very aggressive, pecking people on the head and trying to get their faces. It died a day or so later. We figured the previous owners of our house (it was built in 1898) had had the crawl space sprayed for termites at some point and the poison had affected the poor thing.

    On a happier note, our neighbor had a cow and billy goat in the field next door. One day I looked out and noticed the cow lay down. Shortly thereafter, the goat jumped up on the cows back, lay down and stayed there for at least an hour. I never noticed them doing it again. Most of the time, the goat was harassing the cow, butting heads or hitting the cow’s legs.

  24. Anita H.

    We had hamsters when I was young and they like to take turns running around on their wheel but never at the same time, LOL

  25. laurieg72

    Our little granddoggie, Bandit, was nervous when our son, Eric, went away. He stayed on Eric’s bed watching out the window until he came home.

  26. Jen B

    Our neighbour’s cat would sleep on anything, paint trays and rollers, bricks, slippers, plants, books…

  27. Linda May

    I don’t have any animals right now, so now unusual activity except what I see on TV. Thanks for your generosity.

  28. Andrea

    We have 5 cats and all are quirky. Something funny happens daily. The youngest and smallest, a girl, insists she is in charge of all four boys.

  29. BookLady

    One day I baked some muffins and placed them on the counter to cool. When I returned to the kitchen my dog Sandy had eaten the tops off all the muffins.

  30. Terrill R.

    We have three animals, 1 dog and 2 cats. One of our cats is ornery and thinks she is the alpha. She has our Springer Spaniel convinced that she’s the alpha and if she’s sitting/lounging in the hallway, our dog will NOT come if we call her. She will sit behind where the cat is lounging and look at us pleadingly, because she will not walk around or jump over the cat.

  31. Stephanie

    One of my cats knows how to pull open closet doors. She lays on her back and uses her paws to pull the door open.

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