Guest Author Jessica Scott!

9781455553747_p0_v3_s260x420Hi, all! I’m back from RWA and happy to bring you guest author JESSICA SCOTT. Jessica is a very special author – to quote her bio – “USA Today Bestselling author 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.

Thanks for all you do, Jess! And welcome! I’ve read her eBooks and I’m so excited to bring you Jessica with her first PRINT book for Hachette, BACK TO YOU! The book is available today – and thanks to Hachette and Jessica, I am giving away 3 PRINT COPIES! Read on for more about Jessica and her fabulous book!

So excited to be here at Carly’s today celebrating my first print book! It’s been a long strange trip through my publishing journey but one thing that trip has not involved has been vacation. Like seriously. No vacations from writing or vacations from oh, I don’t know, real life. And by vacation I mean a conscious thought to take a break from something for no other reason than you can. I’m not talking forced vacations:) Now, there have been times that I haven’t written but I haven’t actually looked at those times as vacations. Those were more like my muse had taken an extended break and I wasn’t sure if she was coming back or not. I swear, each time, I’ve quietly been freaking out, wondering if she’s left for good and if the last book I wrote really was the last book I ever wrote.

But thankfully, those detours off the writing path have not been sustained and I’ve started writing again.

Recently, I *really* started writing again. I took an extended break from fiction because of grad school and well, let’s be honest, the social construction of reality doesn’t mix well with making two fictional people fall in love all over again. My brain was having a heck of a time multitasking.

But with summer “break” (and I use that term loosely because I’ve been working on sociology every single day), I’ve rediscovered writing. And not just writing but really enjoying writing again. I knocked out a novella in about three days and let me tell you, it felt amazing to finish that story. It was so awesome to just fall into the page, as Stephen King would say, and just lose myself in the characters and the story.

So I was recently home on “vacation” which wasn’t really a vacation as again. I was working on sociology every single day, but my brain seems to think it was on vacation. Funny thing but taking the stress off your brain apparently works to let it think creatively again. So there are now at least three more stories in the queue, waiting for me to free up some actual time and cognitive space to figure them out. And that feels really, really good.

So my question today for readers is what have you taken a break from only to come back and find renewed energy and joy in? It can be anything. A relationship, a favorite food, a song. Talk to me, Goose 🙂 …xoxo Jess



“Jessica Scott is an exciting new voice in romantic fiction who bursts upon the scene with an unputdownable debut novel!”
—Robyn Carr, New York Times Bestselling Author on Because of You

He’s in for the fight of his life . . .

Army captain Trent Davila loved his wife, Laura, and their two beautiful children. But when he almost lost his life in combat, something inside him died. He couldn’t explain the emptiness he felt or bridge the growing distance between him and his family-so he deployed again. And again. And again…until his marriage reached its breaking point. Now, with everything on the line, Trent has one last chance to prove to his wife that he can be the man she needs …if she’ll have him

. . . to win back his only love.

Laura is blindsided when Trent returns home. Time and again, he chose his men over his family, and she’s just beginning to put the pieces of her shattered heart back together. But when Trent faces a court martial on false charges, only Laura can save him. What begins as an act of kindness to protect his career inflames a desire she thought long buried-and a love that won’t be denied. But can she trust that this time he’s back to stay?


72 thoughts on “Guest Author Jessica Scott!”

  1. Welcome!!! Congrats on your new release! Back To You sounds like a good read, I would love a copy. Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. Taken a break from cleaning – yes, cleaning. But not how you think since I’m lucky enough to have someone come in every two weeks to do the real cleaning and I still do the laundry, dishes, cooking, etc. But it’s the piles of papers, etc that seem to be all consuming. I have piles in various places but know for the most part what’s in each one. But it feels good when I tackle them, discard what’s not needed or no longer needed, file the rest, etc.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Joanne, I had a cleaning lady when both my husband and I were in leadership positions. It was the one day a week our house wasn’t completely destroyed, lol!

  3. So excited for you print debut!! I took a break from cooking. I really love creating in the kitchen, but it had become a chore rather than a love. So we dined on salads and sandwiches for a week. Not exciting or complicated, but it worked. I dreamed of a fabulous dessert, and BAM, I was back. Hubby was sooo glad.

    • I’m on permanent hiatus from cooking. I pretty much refuse seeing how no one but me will really eat anything i make. Except pancakes. I make good pancakes

  4. I was lucky enough to see Jess at RWA and get my copy, so don’t enter me in the drawing. Just wanted to say hey and woohoo for being in print!

  5. I take a break once a year from being a mom. I go away for the weekend with my mom for a girls get away. While I say taking a break from being a mom I don’t mean loosing contact we send pics back and forth during the day and I chat with them at night. The break I am talking about is eating my food while still warm because I didn’t have to take them to the bathroom, or change their food, or etc. Sleeping! sleeping is so wonderful when you don’t have a foot in your face. Shopping without a stroller or kids. You never realize how much faster you can get things done without 3 littles underfoot. I love being a mom, I love taking care of my kids but every once in a while (once a year) I take 2 whole days to myself and one night. And come back with renewed energy to spend with my kids.

  6. I had taken a break from reading books daily. It wasn’t by choice, but I was working an extremely exhausting job with long hours. Ever since I had a career change 5 years ago I have become just as wrapped up in reading as I had been. A person can never have enough books to read. Thank you for the chance!

  7. I have a sewing project that I started that I needed to take a break from. I kept making stupid mistakes. I haven’t started it back up yet but hopefully it will help!

  8. I’ve taken a break fom sewing. I love to make quilts. I’m back at it again and enjoying myself.

  9. Congrats to Jessica on the new release!!! I’d have to say walking. I had stopped for a while cuz I was so busy and lazy but then my dog started packing on the pounds (and me too!) so we started walking. We are up to 3 miles a day and it feels great! And it’s a peaceful and centering thing for me too!

  10. I take a break from being a mom! Four or five times a year I go out with friends and leave my kids and all their worries and problems behind with my husband/their dad. I find I am a much better mom for doing it.

    • I think we moms don’t give ourselves enough of a break, you know? There’s so much pressure to give 100% all day every day. I agree. I think we’re better when we take time for ourselves.

  11. OMG – I LOVE your books and have read all of the Coming Home series. I think they are maybe the best books I’ve read in a while and I read a lot. I’m so glad that your muse has returned because your books are automatically on my TBRL. I took a break from reading fiction for 20 years while working. After I retired 2 years ago a friend gave me a book and I haven’t stopped reading since then.

  12. Hi Jess and Carly! Jess, have loved your books from the get-go and am truly impressed by your commitment to everything in your life…well, there was that one time you were watching a small, furry thing (I can’t remember what now) and you weren’t happy about it getting out all the time…no matter. We won’t discuss! For me it is a place, which will remain nameless, but I left in a hurry and going back was probably my best thing ever. Happy with the decisions, both of them!

  13. I have taken a break from being taken advantage of. It seems people think I am always available for their errands and things they want done so I have learned to finally say no which makes me feel better, at least for awhile. I have felt so used. I don’t mind doing favors but when “it was my turn” they weren’t there ….(I dislocated/fractured my elbow and couldn’t drive for a year due to mobility)

  14. I took a break from my crocheting and cross stitch because it started to not be as fun anymore. After about a year I picked them up and started again and it seemed fun once again :glasses:

  15. congrats on your book release! I have taken a break from men. The last guy I was involved with turned out to be a big liar. He really affected my ability to trust people. I hope I can get past that one day.

  16. Hi Carly and Jessica! Jessica I love your books!

    I have been taking a break from cooking since my husband died last year. Since it is just me now, I eat a lot of soups and salads. I have been wanting to go back to cooking in much smaller quantities for me though. Just not quite ready.

  17. I cant really think of anything. But you kept saying “vacation” and now, that’s all I can think about. Going on vacation.
    Its so exciting. I got all bubbly when I got my email the other day saying my copy had been shipped. Woo hoo!!
    Hope you are having fun with it all.

  18. For 30 years, I’ve taken a summer break from teaching to renew for the next year. This year I retired and am looking to do something completely different. Any job offers?

  19. Seems obvious, but reading. I quit when life got too busy with small kids, f/t job, misc commitments and obligations. I started to feel overwhelmed and stressed out. I found my old Nook packed away and fired it back up. Oh My! I forgot how relaxing and exciting (at the same time) a good book can be. I realized I needed the downtime and the solitude.

    • Yeah whenever I get stuck on a book, I go back and reread an old favorite. Usually helps me break out of my rut and figure out what’s going on with my characters

  20. Congrats on your print book. I’ve read almost all of your books, but having them in print would be awesome. I’m my mother’s primary caregiver and in doing so it can become really draining physically and emotionally so every few months I have to take a break with my hubby to recharge.

  21. Good afternoon Jessica,

    My recent break would be from work. I do enjoy my job as an Admin. and Program Assistant but this summer I have been wide open with courses here. And, hopefully before the college kids come back on August 25th and a course that lasts from August 11 – 15, with 30 participants, I will take a few days off. Once the Fall semester starts, it is On until mid December. I wish you well with your future endeavors and hope you get a well deserved vacation soon.

  22. Reading the ebook right now and enjoying it. Can’t say that I have ever really taken a break. Been married for 40 years, raised 2 kids who are awesome adults, retired from a difficult job 2 years ago, now reading a lot and counting my blessings.

  23. I don’t think I have ever taken a break like you are describing. But I have had break forced on me. My last job was opening and entering payments into the computer for various companies. I did that for several years and then the powers-to-be decided to change the requirements of the job and I couldn’t work fast enough to keep my job. I knew I wouldn’t be able to keep up from the beginning. I didn’t tell anyone and I did try because I was making decent money. My manager and I had several conversations over this period of time. She was so sweet and kept me working for as long as she could without endangering her job. Longer than I would have if I had been in her shoes. I applied for social security(was 62)and was receiving my money before I was let go. I realized several months later that I had less headaches. I couldn’t find a job and so I hardly ever have headaches now.

  24. Great topic. Every so often, I take a break from laundry. I’ll take a week off, then get all caught up and I feel wonderful. (Laundry just seems to be a never-ending chore.)

  25. I periodically take breaks of a week (or so) from all online activity. No e-mail (except as required for work), no social media. The first time I thought I’d suffer from FOMO but that didn’t happen. In fact, I was so focused on real-life activities that I didn’t give the computer a second thought.

  26. Congrats on your new book, Jess! I love this question that you posed Carly.

    I took a break this summer from being a wife and mom to two cats and a crazy 18-year-old bird in order to attend NYU’s Summer Publishing Institute. It’s been great to pursue my publishing passion, and now that I’ve been away from my family for over two months, I am more appreciative of how blessed I am to have them. I can’t wait for them to join me in NYC!

  27. Carly, Am looking forward to reading Jessica’s book. I did not take a summer break, my sister and her husband who has dementia, I am taking care of them . I love them both so don’t mind moving here to N.C. to help out. I was widowed in June of 2011. Reading is my escape now.Have always loved your books carly, so will read one of Jessica’s and know she will be a good writer. Agatha

  28. Congrats on your first print book, Jessica!

    I haven’t gotten back to quilting…yet, but I feel myself getting closer to it. I’ve had a quilt cut out for our bed for years, but need to assemble it. I’ve never kept anything I’ve made before so this would be a big step. LOL

  29. Welcome!!! I will have to check out your books as it sounds like a good read.

    I retired a year ago from 35+ years of teaching high school math. I thought I would be taking the year off to recharge, recover, & rediscover myself. However I accidently accepted a part0time teaching job for the year. We lost 2 close family members (my sister & hubby’s brother) & a dear friend this year, so it became more & more difficult. I am definitely taking off this coming year & taking care of myself & reclaiming my house from the years of over looking all the messes.

  30. Congrats on your first print book with Hatchette, Jessica! Looks like a great read. I’ve taken a break from eating food with wheat for the past 3 months. I feel better, have more energy. I’ll reintroduce it slowly and see how it goes.

  31. Hello and congratulations on your new book! I’m sure you enjoyed your break but I bet your glad to be back and doing what you love, writing? Looking forward to reading your new book and thanks for sharing with us.

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