Today we are very happy to welcome back to BLI Jessica Scott whose debut novel Because of You stunned us by being such an incredibly emotional romance story that it became a favourite read of ours (you can check out my review here). So of course we are excited that the release date of the 2nd book Until There Was You is fast approaching (mark your calendars it’s October 7th!) and Jessica even has a fantastic giveaway for you to make the wait more bearable 😉
Thanks so much for having me on Book Lovers Inc! I’m here today to talk about vices and boy do I have several.
My biggest vice is coffee. My youngest daughter came into my bedroom a few weeks ago and said “Mommy, it’s time to get up. Do you want me to go make you some coffee?” She’s five. I couldn’t help but grin and tell her thank you but Mommy would make her own coffee.
One of the things I try to give my characters is a vice. In Until There Was You, both Evan & Claire share a love of coffee so much so that Evan brings Claire Dunkin’ Donuts in the middle of a snow storm. If you’ve never had it, Dunkin’ Donuts coffee is the nectar of the gods. Oh wait, I mean that about caffeine in general. That’s the soldier in me coming out.
My other writerly vice is chocolate and let me tell you there was a LOT of chocolate consumed during the writing of this book. Which is part of the reason I’m on a diet now but I digress.
I guess the reason I wanted to share about my vices is that, as my writing career grows, I think people have started putting on this veneer of who they think I am. I’m just a normal (and by normal I mean crazy) person. I’m the same person I was when I was blogging back in Iraq. Nothing has really changed that much since I’ve gotten published except that maybe I know my way around the industry a teeny bit better.
I don’t want people to think I’m something I’m not. I’m just a mom, a writer and a soldier. And that means I’ve got the same vices (okay maybe I’ve got a lot more vices than virtues but…) as everyone else. I do my best to still chat with folks on twitter and facebook because I genuinely enjoy it not because it’s something someone told me to do. But we all have vices and I’m no different than anyone else.
Here’s an excerpt from UNTIL THERE WAS YOU where Evan is helping Claire with one of her vices…sort of…
He traced his tongue over her back and urged the sheet that was tangled around them down until her back was exposed. She sighed, and he felt her legs relax. He stroked his fingertips down her ribs, lightly. Teasing.
“If waking me up without coffee is your idea of a joke, I’ll warn you, I’ve neutered men for less.” But she shifted, a tiny, subtle movement that gave him access to the warm sweetness between her thighs.
“I can make it worth your while,” he whispered, sliding his fingers over the smooth curve of her ass, skirting closer to her center and flitting away, denying them both.
“Let’s play twenty questions.”
“Before coffee?” She sounded pained.
“Yeah.” He skimmed his fingertips along the edge of a silver-pink scar, wanting to do more than savor this slow, sexy waking. “Why did you join the army?”
I’m giving away a copy of UNTIL THERE WAS YOU today to one lucky winner!
And to celebrate the long awaited release of my second book, I’m having a super giveaway the UNTIL THERE WAS YOU PREORDER SWEEPSTAKES all throughout September until Oct 7th! (see details below)
Jessica Scott is a career army officer, mother of two daughters, three cats, three dogs and two escape-artists hamsters, wife to a career NCO and wrangler of all things stuffed and fluffy. She has commanded two companies, served in Germany, Korea, Fort Hood and Iraq, and been lucky not to get fired. She is a terrible cook and an even worse housekeeper, but she’s a pretty good shot with her assigned weapon. Somehow, her children are pretty well adjusted and her husband still loves her, despite burned water and a messy house.
UNTIL THERE WAS YOU
Book #2 in the Coming Home series
He plays by the rules, she’s not afraid to break them. Now these two strong-willed army captains will prove that opposites attract . . .
A by-the-book captain with a West Point background, Captain Evan Loehr refuses to mix business with pleasure—except for an unguarded instance years ago when he succumbed to the deep sensuality of redheaded beauty Claire Montoya. From that moment on, though, Evan has been at odds with her, through two deployments to Iraq and back again. But when he is asked to train a team prepping for combat alongside Claire, battle-worn Evan is in for the fight of his life.
Strong, gutsy, and loyal, Captain Claire Montoya has worked hard to earn the rank on her chest. In Evan, Claire sees a rigid officer who puts the rules before everything else—including his people. When the mission forces them together, Claire soon discovers that there is more to Evan than meets the eye.
He’s more than the rank on his chest; he’s a man with dark secrets and deep longings. For all their differences, Evan and Claire share two crucial passions: their country and each other.
You can preorder UNTIL THERE WAS YOU at these ebookstores or wherever ebooks are sold!
To celebrate the long awaited release of my second book, I’m having a super giveaway the UNTIL THERE WAS YOU PREORDER SWEEPSTAKES all throughout September until Oct 7th!
To enter the contest, forward your email receipt of purchase of UNTIL THERE WAS YOU to “firstname.lastname@example.org” .
Entries must be received by OCTOBER 7, 11:59pm EST.