Guest Post with AFTER THE WAR Author Jessica Scott

Guest Post with AFTER THE WAR
Author Jessica Scott



Joyfully Reviewed Welcomes Author Jessica Scott and her latest release,




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The second book in the emotional new Homefront series from USA Today Bestselling author Jessica Scott

A terrible loss…

Captain Sarah Anders lost her husband to the Iraq war and has nearly lost the career she loves. Sent to Fort Hood, she only wants to do her job and take care of the daughter she’s raising on her own. She never counted on running straight into a memory she’d tried to forget.

A love he never forgot…

Captain Sean Nichols never got over Sarah. He simply tried to forget her amidst the war and the chaos of combat. But when she’s assigned to investigate his unit, he comes face to face with the woman no war or any amount of time could make him forget.

A dark secret…

As Sarah gets closer to the truth, Sean must accept that actions he took during the war may end the tentative love building between them. And even if Sarah can forgive him, Sean may never be able to forgive himself.


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They were in public; they couldn’t be seen embracing or kissing. Instead, she threaded her fingers with his and stood silently, resting her head against his shoulder.

He couldn’t say who was holding who upright at that point. And he wasn’t sure he cared.

He finally spoke, long after he was sure his voice wouldn’t break. “I guess…I thought you’d be angry. Thought you’d hate me all over again.”

She stroked her thumb over his. “I had Jack in my life for a while. And it was good. I have to be glad for the time we had. I have his daughter. And I will always have good memories of him.” She blinked rapidly and cleared her throat. Her fingers tightened in his. “And up until now, as much as I’ve never thought about having anyone else in my life—but I can’t say that anymore now. I don’t know what the right answer is. I don’t know if I’m supposed to hate you for being there, or if I’m supposed to say I’m glad you made it home. I don’t know, Sean.”

She rested her cheek against his shoulder, letting the silence hang between them, unable to fill it with anything else. Things were too twisted, too mixed up.

“There are no right answers, Sar. We can only try to do the best we can by each other.” He cupped her face, to hell with being in public. “I failed you before. I didn’t listen to what you wanted, what you needed.” He paused. “I’d like to try and be there for you now. If you can let me.”

She met his gaze. Her fingers tightened in his.

And she did not pull away.


About the Homefront Series:


Homefront (Homefront #1)


He’s always loved her…

First Sergeant Gale Sorren waited a war and half a lifetime for a chance to get stationed near the ex-wife who left him years ago. When he finally musters the courage to see her, the life he imagined she was living was nothing close to the reality.

She’s never stopped loving him…

Melanie never stopped worrying about Gale each time he headed off to war. But he’s never been there when she needed him and she’s had fifteen years to steel her heart against him.

But when Gale moves to Fort Hood, he finally has a chance to make things right with Melanie and the daughter she raised without him.

Can Mel trust her heart to a man who has always let her down?


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After the War – My First Book by Jessica Scott


People often say that their first book has never seen the light of day. I never understood that until I put that first book under my bed and tried to walk away from it so that I could move on and start working on my craft on another project.


The problem is that Sean and Sarah wouldn’t let me go. They kept coming back to me no matter how many times I put that book away and said I’m done, I give up.


It was a book meant for learning my craft. I learned characterization. I learned what needed to be on the page and what didn’t. It was supposed to fade off into the sunset and let me move on with my life. I know it sounds weird when authors say that a book just wouldn’t let them go – I mean, we’re rational human beings, right? We have control over this decision making process.


But this book would not let me go.


In a lot of ways, Sean and Sarah in After the War are the end of an era for me. It’s the last of the four original stories that prompted me to start writing. Laura & Trent in Back to You, Evan & Claire in Until There Was You and Shane & Jen in Because of You were part of the original impulse that started me on this writing journey.


These books will always remain special to me. Each one had its own unique challenges in bringing it to the page. For Sean and Sarah, it was a matter of waiting until I had the skill to bring the story about in just the right way. I’m happy with how their story turned out even as I’m sad that they have reached The End for me.


I hope you’ll check out those four original books. They each are a different step in my process of becoming the author I am today. And it’s fitting that Sean and Sarah, the first book I ever wrote, are part of the transition of what comes next for me as an author.





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. 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.

She’s also 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 has had the honor of serving as a company commander at Fort Hood, Texas twice.

She’s pursuing a graduate degree in Sociology in her spare time and most recently, she’s been featured as one of Esquire Magazine’s Americans of the Year for 2012.




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