Today we are so excited to welcome back one of my favorite authors, Jessica Scott. Jessica 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.
Yet, despite her “housekeeping flaws”, Jessica is celebrating the release of her second ebook for Loveswept UNTIL THERE WAS YOU.
JS: Thanks so much for having me back on Kiss and Thrill! I’m so flattered to be asked back!
SW: And we are so happy you’re with us today! I know your first book BECAUSE OF YOU garnered rave reviews not only from readers, but from some of today’s top romance authors. And so far, your new book is doing as well, if not better. How different was the writing experience of UNTIL THERE WAS YOU from BECAUSE OF YOU?
JS: UNTIL THERE WAS YOU was a very tough book for me to write. I’ve been writing and rewriting Evan & Claire’s book since 2008 and so for me to figure out a completely new story for them was a massive challenge. One I almost failed at!
SW: I sincerely doubt that, but I can imagine how hard that must have been. How did you handle a full-time job, a busy home with husband and kids, along with the second full-time job of published author promoting a book while writing/rewriting a second?
JS: Simple: I have no life. My children are being raised by the cats, lol! No I try to be very very good at time management and the short answer is that when I’m in the zone, I can work my tail off relatively quickly.
SW: I know UNTIL THERE WAS YOU is the second book in a trilogy. Why did you choose Evan and Claire for the second book instead of Trent and Laura?
JS: Truth be told, Trent & Laura were the original 2nd book in the series but I had massive problems figuring out how to make a reunion romance between a husband and wife sexy enough for a romance novel. I was lucky enough that my publisher helped guide me through the chaos of schedule shifts and storyline shifts and I am VERY happy with how Laura & Trent’s story is turning out now that I’ve had a book long break before working on them again.
SW: I can’t wait to read Laura and Trent’s story! You write such incredibly strong heroes and heroines, but which is easier for you to write–the hero or the heroine?
JS: I think the heroes are easier for me simply because I’m surrounded by strong military men every day. But I also can’t stand weak heroines in books I read so I try to make sure they’re a match for the heroes. I had the opposite problem in Evan & Claire’s book: Claire originally was much stronger than Evan. I had to alpha him up a lot (we can all thank The Romance Man for helping me figure that out!)
SW: I love hearing how you had to “alpha him up”! LOL. You handle both married couples and couples who’ve just met so well. When constructing a story, do you have a preference for writing about “new” or “old” couples?
JS: I like couples that have a history, honestly. For me, it’s about watching the hero and heroine learn to forgive past mistakes and love the person who they are now, now who they were, you know?
SW: I do know. Reunion stories have always been a favorite of mine. Your stories are so emotional. Is that emotion present from your first draft or do you have to layer it in during revisions?
JS: Layering, Layering, layering. I usually get the sketch of the idea and have a good idea of what needs to be there but the emotional kick doesn’t happen until I start layering.
SW: Of your three heroes in this trilogy, do you have a favorite yet?
JS: I think Shane will always be my favorite. He and Jen (BECAUSE OF YOU) made me keep rewriting them until I got them right!)
SW: I loved Shane as well! What are you doing in regards to promotion for this book? Is it any different from what you did with the first?
JS: Lots of blog tour stops. As a new author, the publisher is limited in what they can invest financially and honestly, being a digital book, my readers are by and large on line. So many bloggers have gotten behind me and supported me on this book! I’m so so fortunate!
SW: It’s easy to support you when you write such wonderful books! Can you give us a blurb from UNTIL THERE WAS 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.
SW: It sounds wonderful, Jessica! And for our readers, you can order UNTIL THERE WAS YOU at these ebookstores or wherever ebooks are sold!
Thanks for spending the day with us Jessica, and we wish you the best of luck with your new release!
JS: Thanks so much for having me back on Kiss and Thrill! And I’m giving away a digital eBook of UNTIL THERE WAS YOU to someone today!
SW: For more information about Jessica Scott, you can fine her online at:
Now we’d love to hear from you. What questions do you have for Jessica?