Jessica Scott’s Pen Is As Mighty As Her M-16

Jess9 Welcome Jessica Scott!  She’s a career army officer, mother of two daughters and wife to a career NCO (non-commissioned officer for the benefit of career civilians) and newly enlisted romance novelist. She has commanded two companies, served in Germany, Korea, Fort Hood and Iraq, and been lucky not to get fired. She claims to be a terrible cook and an even worse housekeeper, but she’s a pretty good shot with her assigned weapon.

Thanks so much for having me here at Riding with the Top Down. I’m excited to be here to talk about well, whatever you’re interested in, honestly. People seem to think that I’m some kind of anomaly as a woman in the army who writes romance novels. I don’t think it’s really all that strange.

I’ve had some great mentors in the army spend a lot of time sticking their boots up my — I mean mentoring and shaping me into a better leader. One of the things I’ve learned a lot over the years is that it’s all about relationships. And by it I mean everything. Everything you do on twitter is about a relationship. Everything you say in an email is about a relationship. Some are strong relationships like family and those people in your immediate circle of trust and others are weaker relationships, business associates or what not.

For me, though, relationships matter. I think maybe one thing that sticks out about me is that loyalty – a theme that runs through my next book – matters a lot to me. I tend to have very few close relationships and by close I mean the list of people I will pick up the phone and call when the world around me is going to hell in a hand basket is very short. I have a lot of loyalty to those few people, something that my heroine Claire and I have in common.

Loyalty plays a big part in my home life, too. I try to teach my kiddos that not everyone is worthy of their loyalty and their trust. There are only a handful of people that they can and should truly count on. Being a career soldier and married to a career soldier, loyalty plays a really big role in our marriage. I have to trust that he’s been loyal to us and if I believed in my heart that for one second he hadn’t been, I wouldn’t be able to be married to the man. We’ve been incredibly lucky. He’s deployed 4 times, I’ve deployed once and while our marriage was tested by something different each time, I think we’ve come out stronger in the end.

One might think that “making it” means that he brings me flowers and roses. No for me, it means he makes me laugh when I’m upset. He gets angry when someone has hurt me. His loyalty to me doesn’t end when I’m being an ass – he calls me on it. We actually did my first tour in Iraq together. It was his third and so he was very much a voice of experience that I was lucky to have in my life. That shared experience, I think, has made us stronger, just as it has for Evan and Claire, the hero and heroine of UNTIL THERE WAS YOU.

From the back cover:

Jessica Scott returns with an all-new contemporary eBook original romance, following last fall’s release of her sizzling debut novel BECAUSE OF YOU.

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.

We’ll draw one name among today’s comments to receive a digital eARC of UNTIL THERE WAS YOU, which can be pre-ordered now wherever e-books are sold.  So share your thoughts and anecdotes or ask Jessica anything!

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25 Responses to Jessica Scott’s Pen Is As Mighty As Her M-16

  1. mceckk says:

    That was perfect! “One of the things I’ve learned a lot over the years is that it’s all about relationships.” “I try to teach my kiddos that not everyone is worthy of their loyalty and their trust.” This is why I like you so much – I can identify with you! Read Until There Was You everyone – it was awesome!

  2. I think it is great that you can mix your Army life and romance writing! Hopefully, the wearing of rank “on his/her chest” was explained somewhere earlier in the book(s) as civilians may not be aware that rank insignia is worn on a chest tab in some theaters of operations these days. I left the Air Force (04) in 1988, so I’ve only seen rank displayed in that way in pictures of those over in the “sand pile” (sounds better than the pile of ___ it really can be). I also find it encouraging that the service no longer gives the Commissioned/NCO husband and wife grief over their relationship. Check out my book “Immortal Relations” when (if) you ever get a free moment (I know how unlikely that is for an Army 03) LOL, my second book in that series (same title with sub of “Love & War”) should be out in Sept. I think you’d like them as they are action packed (in the bedroom as well as on the battlefields – the second has a war between China and Russia). I’ll check your books out as well. As for your efforts to write, while at the same time commanding troops, I think the expression is, “You Go Girl!” :-)

  3. Do you know if any (or how many) army men stop read your book?

  4. Pat F. says:

    When reading Until There Was You, I thought you modeled Claire a little bit like yourself? Especially now, after hearing your thoughts on loyalty!

  5. Lois Greiman says:

    What a great post, Jessica. Thanks for joining us. Your life sounds as fascinating as your writing!

  6. Sonya Heaney says:

    “People seem to think that I’m some kind of anomaly as a woman in the army who writes romance novels. I don’t think it’s really all that strange.”
    Don’t worry, you’re not alone – Rogenna Brewer who writes for Harlequin Superromance is former Navy. It means you guys (well, ladies!) give us a more realistic look at the military. Something I appreciate!
    You were in Korea? I used to live there, and did a huge portion of my shopping at Itaewon – where the US Army folks had Western products. Not sure I would have survived otherwise! I’m not American, but the Army was a lifesaver for me!

  7. I just decided to do this last night so I didn’t get it into the main post but I’m running a preorder sweepstakes for UNTIL THERE WAS YOU. http://www.jessicascott.net/blog/2012/08/until-there-was-you-preorder-sweepstakes/ I hope everyone will check it out!

  8. Good morning, Jessica! I’m eager to read a military romance written by a soldier. There’s no substitute for experience and for writing what you know. It just makes the story so much more–as Sonya says–realistic Good romantic fiction mixes dreams with credibility, and you have the bona fides, Jessica.

    My husband was stationed in Korea when he was in the army. He didn’t exactly love it, but it was a very good place to be during Vietnam, which was where my brother was at the very same time. I was an Air Force brat. Daddy was a pilot and an Army brat. Your story wouldn’t have been possible in either of those eras.

    So my question is, how do you think women have changed the military itself?

    • I really can’t say, honestly because every genreation brings new changes. I know the army today isnot the same army i joined back in 1995. I know that doesn’t answer your question but I really don’t have a good one:(

  9. christieridgway says:

    Hi, Jessica! I love hearing about your life and how you balance a military career, marriage, and family. When both you and you dh were in Iraq, who took care of your kids? How long were you there? Were you stationed near each other?

    • Hi Christie
      My mom had the kiddos while we were in Iraq. Hubby and I were both up in Mosul and we were very lucky to share a CHU (containerized housing unit). We were there for a year and I”ll tell you honestly that coming home from war was significantly harder than leaving. I didn’t know it at the time. I’m finishing up getting my blog from that year prepped for a book and honestly, reading back through it ressurected some pretty powerful emotions.

  10. Hi, Jessica. After knowing you from Twitter, it’s nice to run into you here, too. Am so impressed with all that you manage to do with your life, and excited about your post-Army grad school plans (I teach college, so have been down that road myself). Look forward to reading your books.

  11. Wow. Your post was amazing—and you are one amazing woman! After reading about your life, I cannot wait to read your new release. Thank you so much for all you have done for our country!

  12. bn100 says:

    Nice post. These books sound good.

  13. barbed1951 says:

    I really enjoyed Because of You, and I liked that the every day things about life in the military were portrayed. It wasn’t about just fighting and war, but what it’s like for the families and those that have returned home and what they go through. I’m looking forward to reading Until There Was You, I know I’m going to love it.

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