Monday, February 25, 2013

Guest Post w/ Jessica Scott + giveaway

Woot! Alright dearlings we've got Ms Jessica Scott joining us today for an awesome guest post and giveaway. She writes wonderful Military based romances and has a new short story out, Anything for You. I've read the first two full length books in the series and absolutely loved them. So, handing things over to Jessica for a bit. Give her a nice welcome please ladies!

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.

Thanks so much for having me here today! I love the name of this site because, well, I always joke that I can burn water (yes this has actually happened).

In the spirit of cooking disasters, I thought I'd share for y'all the time I thought I'd blown up my kitchen. I'm not really sure how it happened, honestly, but I now understand the need for kitchen timers.

So one day I was boiling eggs. My kids are really picky eaters and hard boiled eggs are one of the things they actually eat. So I put about a half dozen eggs on the stove in some water and figured I'd come back in about 10 minutes.

Well there is a reason kitchen timers exist. Burned baked goods not withstanding, they serve a very valid purpose. So I got distracted doing something - probably twitter- and the next thing I there was a loud pop in the kitchen.

And I could not for the life of me figure out what the heck was going on. So I run out there just in time to see an egg explode out of the pan and all over my counter and microwave.

It was awesome. And by awesome I mean one heck of a mess. But I learned a valuable lesson about kitchen timers and letting the interweb distract you.
                                                                             ~Jessica Scott

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.

Jessica 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! Woot!

So fill out that Rafflecopter and leave Jessica a meaningful comment to enter!

***Hey Yall. Jessica can see your comments but for some reason the blog isn't letting her reply to yall. Her posts just keep disappearing and we haven't figured it out yet but I wanted yall to know she's seeing yall!***

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  1. I REALLY should NOT be laughing at Jessica's kitchen disaster. But it's funny. Only because it didn't happen to me.

    Thanks you guys!

  2. Jessica, I so sympathise!
    My disaster is just boilding the cr*p out of things. I was boiling potatoes once and forgot about them. The pot was a total loss and the kitchen stank for about a week!

  3. At least you had eggs in the pan and it wasn't just water, see you're a better cook than you thought!

    1. Good Morning Anna and Jessica! Sad to say had the same result when my husband decided to have a late night snack of hot dogs! Woke up to a house full of smoke, and hot dogs exploded in the kitchen! It was not only a mess, but a stinky mess, as I'm sure your exploded eggs were Jessica.
      No need to enter me in the contest, I have Because of You, and Anything For You , and I cherish them both. Because of You really touched my heart, and it was such a thrill to know Shane and Jen were still going strong.
      To Iraq and Back is an amazing story too, especially knowing every word was true.
      Thanks for the opportunity to chat........I so enjoy the blog Anna, and can't wait for Jessica's next story! xo

  4. I have the books already so I won't enter the contest. I just wanted to say that I love, love, love Jessica Scott's books. She is an amazing person & I can't imagine how she balances it all. Very admirable.

  5. I've been reading about this book and can't wait to read it. It seems like an emotional read and sometimes you just need a book that will make you cry. :) Thanks for the chance to win.
    Rhonda D

  6. Oh-- I'm really good at catching marshmallows on fire with sweet tater casserole!

  7. Thanks for sharing today Jessica. I am actually a good cook (reason why hubby and I struggle with weight issues ;)) but I have had my fair share of burned items and poorly cooked items myself. The lesson I learned in the kitchen... never try to cook a rice dish in a crockpot! When I was working fulltime and the kids were younger, I wanted to have family dinners cooked by me. Time was short, but I thought it was important. So, I would start the crockpot in the morning (or put it on one of those timer things) so dinner would be ready to eat when we walked in the door. The crockpot can be your friend ;) So, this one day I wanted to make this rice caserole type dish. It said to only put the rice in a certain amount of time before you were ready to eat, but I didn't want to have to wait for dinner once we got home. I knew there were soups out there that had rice, what could go wrong if I just threw everything together and started the crockpot to start cooking the correct amount of time based on the rest of the recipe. Mush. That is what can happen. Nasty, unedible, mush. LOL Hubby was a sweetie and ate it anyway -- wow, that man can eat anything -- but does get some good joke value out of it until this day.

  8. I already own the book. Actually I have bought it for a couple friends too. :-) Love doing that. Jessica is a hero of mine. She does so many things well!! The only reason I can still like her is because she does she does struggle with some things. haha Love her stories. And Oprah is no fool. :-) Hey Jessica!! :-)

  9. Jessica, Thank you for visiting today! I totally loved Jen. Being a breast cancer survivor myself, I was so happy to see Jen find her true love and HEA. You wrote more than a great story, Jessica, you wrote hope.

    With sincere thanks,


    PS. No need to enter me in the contest. You write it, I read mantra!

  10. I am not entering simply because I have way too many sitting here to be read, I just wanted to leave a comment and show some herd love. :)

    Jessica, your books sound really good and once I get all these sitting here caught up, you ARE on my list! All you have accomplished in life just this far is simply amazing! Thank you for what you do for us as Americans! :)

  11. I haven't read any Jessica books but it looks to be a good one!!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    mestith at gmail dot com

  12. Hey Jessica, welcome! I've boiled all the water out of a pan of boiled eggs before. :D That's why I bought an egg cooker, it holds seven eggs (I'm not sure why such an odd number), and you put a small amount of water in depending on how hard you want the eggs, hit the button, and it goes off when it's done. Best thing I ever bought because I make boiled eggs all the time and I definitely get distracted while they're cooking.

  13. Thanks for the awesome giveaway,congrats on your release of because of you.


  14. I'm actually pretty good in the kitchen and have never burned water but I've burned several burner covers (the lovely things you can use to cover your burners when they're not being used). And if I don't win these books I'll be buying them for my new Kindle.

  15. Oh wow, I'm not a great cook but I have to say I've never exploded eggs before. Potato, on the other hand, is a different story entirely. Talk about a mess!

  16. Thank you for hosting this author. I read her book Because of You a few months ago & loved it. Ms. Scott gave me some insight into what our servicemen & women experience & I appreciated that. They sacrifice more than we know or tend to think about. Her books are very well written & I look forward to reading more from her.

  17. I get distracted like that too and tend to end up with slightly burnt food, but so far nothing has exploeded on me. LOL

  18. I have not read the books yet but would love too. The books sound so good. Thanks for the giveaway.

  19. I´ve been lucky enough to stay clear of kitchen disasters *knock on wood*
    I´ve had mishaps, like when i thought i was adding cream to a sauce but it was vanilla cream =/ there was no saving that sauce *yuk*
    Adding your books to my TBR list, =) they sound awesome!
    Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Wednesday!
    fr_larsson at hotmail dot com

  20. Can't say I've had that happen...thank goodness! Now it sounds like something that would happen to my teenage daughter if I left her alone in the kitchen. She hates to cook!!!

    Thanks so much!

  21. I have not read any of your books yet but I do have them on my wishlist! I have been hearing great things about them so will have to put them at the top of the list.

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com


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