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:
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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