Monday, September 17, 2012

Guest Post: Military Life in Books by Jessica Scott - Until There Was You

Military Life in Books

Thanks Bells for having me here. It’s really a blast, thinking it’s been a year since my last book came out. Bells asked me to talk about why I write about the military. Since I live it every day, you’d think I’d want to write something that would let me escape.

I guess the biggest reason I write about military men and women is because I believe in these stories. At the heart of them are characters inspired by the real men and women around me. Some of the things that my brothers and sisters in uniform go through are just awe inspiring.

To be honest, I’ve tried to get away and write something other than military characters but even my young adult novel I wrote deals with the main characters’ parents coming home from war.

In UNTIL THERE WAS YOU, the two main characters are both military. They’re Army captains who don’t really like each other too much. They have completely different philosophies about what it means to be an officer and about what it means to train soldiers for war. Both have multiple combat tours under their belts and both carry around darkness from their lives prior to the military.

It’s a story about preparing soldiers for war knowing what they’ve already gone through but more, it’s about learning to trust someone enough to dare to love them. And it’s a story about loyalty. Claire and Evan both have to decide the best way to help their friend who is struggling with alcoholism.

The romance at the heart of the story is impacted by the army around them. It’s a challenge for both Evan & Claire to take the Army out of their lives long enough to let their guard down and slowly fall in love. I hope readers will enjoy a glimpse at preparing for training, at some of the fun we have when we go to the weapons range, and at the love story that develops between two badly scarred soldiers.

Thanks so much for having me here today Bells!

Until There Was YouHe 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.

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!


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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.

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