Guest post by Jessica Scott + Giveaway

Filed in featured , Giveaways , Guest Post , Jessica Scott , The Latin Lover Posted on September 3, 2012 @ 7:00 am 26 comments

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.

You can find her online at her Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads


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!

B & N | Amazon | Powell’s| iBookstore

There are 2 giveaways you can enter:
Enter to win an ebook copy of Until There Was You:
Jessica has generously offered an ebook copy of Until There Was You to one lucky commenter!
All you have to do is tell us one of your vices (or about several of them if you have more than one 😉 lol). 
(You can read our full giveaway policy here)
Please be sure to include a valid email address in the comment form (need not be in the actual body of the comment).
This giveaway is open to everyone!
Giveaway ends on 15 September 2012 and we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good Luck!

Enter to win the Grand Prize, a Kindle Fire or a Nook Color!

 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 “” .

Entries must be received by OCTOBER 7, 11:59pm EST.

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About Stella

Stella is a proud bookaholic and a self-taught multilinguist in training. Besides reading, her other great passions are travelling and baking. When she is not globetrotting she lives in sunny Budapest, where she loves to spend her free time preparing (and feasting on) delicious cookies or devouring equally yummy books. Her favourite genres are urban fantasy and romance and she couldn't live without her daily dose of sunshine. Besides being the Latin Lover on BLI Stella also blogs about books and a bookish life on Ex Libris.

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  • Laura September 3, 2012 at 8:35 am

    I haven’t read Because of You yet, but now both of these books are on my TBR list! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Jessica Scott September 3, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Thanks so much Laura! Hope you enjoy!

  • laurie g September 3, 2012 at 9:23 am

    because of you looks really interesting. and my favorite vice is pastries..gotta love em (even if my waistline doesn’t lol)

    • Jessica Scott September 3, 2012 at 9:44 am

      Laurie I have to avoid pastries like the plague. They make me crazy!

  • Kame September 3, 2012 at 9:37 am

    My vice is unsweetened Ice Tea – (and Dunkin’s makes a good ice tea!) – I am known for the sound of the ice moving in my cup as I walk down the hall! I loved that scene – AND I loved that you used Dunkin’s!

    • Jessica Scott September 3, 2012 at 9:48 am

      I’m a Northeast gal by heart! We have 1 Dunkin Donuts down here in Austin (that I know of) but even the donuts taste different so we don’t bother.

  • Jane Myers Perrine September 3, 2012 at 10:41 am

    First, Jess is one of the coolest peole ever. Second, we share our love of coffee and chocolate but I really don’t believe either count as vices.

    • Jessica Scott September 3, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      Jane, I love you b/c you always kick my tail when I need it, lol!

  • Starla Young September 3, 2012 at 11:12 am

    First I loved Jessica’s first book and can’t wait for the second one. Second I too have addictions coffee and chocolate. My other addiction is an occasional Vanilla Creme Dr. Pepper, if you have never had one it is amazing. Thank you for the chance to win.

    • Jessica Scott September 3, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      Vanilla Dr Pepper?? Sounds interesting!

  • LSUReader September 3, 2012 at 11:51 am

    I really enjoyed Because of You and am looking forward to Until There was You. My favorite vice is chocolate.

    • Jessica Scott September 3, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      Chocolate is perfection among vices, lol!

  • Susan Krippner September 3, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Since there aren’t any Dunkin Donut shops in Utah (I miss being back east…) I end up at Starbucks. Have to say my vice has become the Green Tea Frapuccino. My other vice is Cadbury mini chocolate eggs! Luckily they only come out at Easter time. My kids know not to raid my stash or they have to deal with Mama Bear!

    • Jessica Scott September 3, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      oh I love Cadbury eggs! I can only eat like one at a time though because they’re so rich.

  • Cris September 3, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Dunkin’ Donuts is everywhere ’round here… but I don’t drink coffee, so I can’t attest to its awesomeness. They make it a wicked hot chocolate, though.

    I have no idea what you’re all taking about… chocolate is absolutely not a vice! Being European, I’m a bit of a chocolate snob, but I’ve recently gotten into Mexican-style chocolate. >70% cacao, of course.

    Stoked for UNTIL THERE WAS YOU! October is going to be a busy month… I guess my dissertation won’t get written, haha.

    • Jessica Scott September 3, 2012 at 3:18 pm

      One of my friends just got me to try chocolate with pepper in it. It was so good! I didn’t expect it to be but it was fantastic!

  • Elisabeth Barrett September 3, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Vices, hmmm? I’m obsessed with good, dark chocolate, of course. And then there’s Masterpiece Mystery. Can that be a vice? I cannot get enough of Sherlock, Inspector Lewis, or Case Files. I rarely watch television (no time) but will rearrange my schedule to get those shows in. Luckily, they’re seasonal….

    • Jessica Scott September 3, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      I’ve honestly never seen Masterpiece Mystery. But yes, it can be a vice, lol!

  • Tanya Carr September 4, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Chocolate of course but specifically peanut butter and chocolate. I love reese pieces and peanut butter cups. So good. They can make any bad day better. Both books sound great, can’t wait to read them

  • DANIELA September 4, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Hi Jessica
    Besides chocolate and coffee, which are also my vices (more chocolate than anything) I’d say ice cream!
    Thanks for sharing…

  • aurian September 5, 2012 at 6:05 am

    Lol, great post. My vices are potato chips and tea.

  • Adis September 5, 2012 at 6:38 am

    Great post! My vices are ice cream and cheese cake

  • Michele Hayes September 5, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    My vices are dark chocolate and my husband. Not together…well maybe!

  • Maureen September 11, 2012 at 6:00 am

    One of my vices is chocolate. If it’s in the house I have to eat it.

  • Joanne B September 14, 2012 at 8:49 am

    I love flavored coffee but I especially love frappuccinos. Then there’s ice cream. I just can’t live without either.

  • Laurie September 14, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    I also share your vices of coffee and chocolate, however I can’t function with out coffee so maybe that doesn’t count 🙂 And DD is my coffe of choice. Another one is kettlecorn, sweet/salty, yum!

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