Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Interview with Jessica Scott and Giveaway

Anything For You Blog Tour 

I would like to Welcome Jessica Scott to What I'm Reading!

Hi Jessica, how are you doing?
So glad to be here! I’m awesome, as you can probably tell, lol!

I’m super excited that you have come to visit us today. First let me just say I love your stories. In fact, your debut novel was my first military romance novel and I loved it. My question is how do you balance work, family and writing?

I’m so glad you enjoyed the stories! I love Shane & Jen. They really are the couple that just won’t leave me alone. I’m glad they were persistent!

On balance, I don’t believe in it. I think anyone who tells you they’ve got it balanced is giving up in some other area. I do my best. Some days, the writing wins, some days the family wins. All in all, you just do your best every day and hope that it’s good enough.

How did you come up with the story of Shane and Jen? I mean I know that you are active duty, but I was wondering about Jen’s character and the breast cancer survival aspect?

When I was writing them, I needed something that Jen was powerless over in order to have her really understand what Shane was going through. I can’t remember how the idea of breast cancer came to me but I remember reading an article about how breast cancer is more aggressive in younger women. It just fit her. It made her a survivor and it made her someone strong. Shane couldn’t be with someone who wasn’t his equal, you know? And she really carried him through that first stage of healing.

What made you to decided to continue with Shane and Jen’s story?

I don’t really know. I knew their story wasn’t done because you see more of them in Laura & Trent’s story but I wasn’t sure what else was there. Then a good friend suggested I write a short story and well, it just came to me! They all fell back into place and it felt really good to write them again.

Will we see more short stories about them or just see them in the other books?
I honestly have no idea right now.

I know in the story we see Laura, and she’s bitter. Is there hope for Trent and her?
She’s frustrated, as I think any woman would be in her position. But yes, they have a story coming and yes, there’s hope! They’ve got a ton of darkness to walk through together first, though!

I was sad to hear the passing of Fluffy the Hamster and I was wondering how her replacement, Squeak the Bloody, was doing?

Aww thanks for your thoughts on Fluffy. She was a good little hamster but she was sick so it was for the best. Squeak the Bloody has moved in, taken over her facebook page and is in general wreaking havoc on the dogs. She owns that hamster ball!

How does the family like Squeak? How does Squeak like the family?
Squeak is getting used to us. She doesn’t bite as much as she first did and she no longer launches herself out of our hands at first tough. She’s getting better, lol!

Well, thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a great book tour. Is there anything you would like to say before you leave? 
I’m just so incredibly grateful for all the support from folks like you! I really couldn’t keep doing what I do if I didn’t have fabulous reader support!

Jessica has been so generous, she is giving away a digital copy of ANYTHING FOR YOU as well as Shane & Jen’s first story BECAUSE OF YOU to one lucky commenter!

From the author of Because of You comes an all new Coming Home short story.

Sergeant First Class Shane Garrison has spent a year recovering from his combat injuries. A year spent in the arms of the woman of his dreams.  But loving Jen comes with a price: every time he touches her, he faces the uncertain fear that loving her might mean losing her forever.

Jen is a breast cancer survivor and with Shane, she’s found a man who loves her despite her scars. But her scars may be too much for their love to survive.

As their love grows, so does the risk to Jen’s life. And Shane must make the toughest decision any man can make to save the woman he loves.

You can buy Anything For You at the following:

About Jess

Jessica Scott is a career army officer, mother of two daughters, three cats and three dogs, wife to a career NCO and wrangler of all things stuffed and fluffy. She is a terrible cook and even worse housekeeper, but she's a pretty good shot with her assigned weapon and someone liked some of the stuff she wrote. Somehow, her children are pretty well adjusted and her husband still loves her, despite burned water and a messy house.

Oprah has called her. True story.

Her debut novel BECAUSE OF YOU launched Loveswept, the first Random House digital imprint.

She's written for the New York Times At War Blog, PBS Point of View Regarding War, and IAVA. She deployed to Iraq in 2009 as part of OIF/New Dawn and is currently a company commander stationed at Fort Hood.

Most recently, she's been featured as one of Esquire Magazine's Americans of the Year for 2012.  

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