Today Wednesday Writers welcomes Angela Scavone. Angela, please tell us about the book being showcased today.
A Journey Home is a contemporary military romance about a female officer whose job it is to go overseas and pick up and return the bodies of fallen soldiers. She is then partnered up with her ex-husband and she has some issues with that … as you can imagine what that would be like 🙂 The couple must learn to work together professionally and at the same time repair their friendship.
How did you come up with the concept of this book?
Funny enough I had a dream one night that I was flying home in a military plane with the bodies of fallen soldiers and I hated the person I was working with. The dream played out like a movie, when I woke up I wrote it all down on paper 🙂
By the way, I love this cover. It’s so touching and patriotic. So, what are you working on now? Is there a release date?
I’m currently working on a Christmas story based on the poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and a fictional possibility of who the true author of the poem was. In reality Clement Clarke Moore claimed ownership of the poem but only after twenty some odd years…why so long? What was he hiding? Who was the true author? Therefore my latest WIP dives into those questions and a possible secret romance that may or may not have been held as blackmail against the true author…
Unfortunately no release date yet.
Ooh. Sounds interesting. When you write are you a plotter or a pantser?
I plot certain points of the story but the characters have to get themselves to those points. So I would say I’m half and half 🙂
Do you have a favorite book or books?
I love the Stephanie Plumb series. That girl has one heck of an interesting life! Janet Evanovich has done a great job with that series and to be twenty books in and still be entertaining and “a must read” worthy is quite the feat! I love the Harry Potter series as well. Also I love anything by Jane Austen, she knew how to write romance 🙂
We know you have a job as a writer, but do you have a day job as well? If so, what is it?
During the day I work full-time as an IT analyst for the local school board here and love every minute of it (a person with OCD loves the organization that is project planning, ha!). I work on specific projects that bring new and interesting technologies to the classroom for teachers and students. It’s a very rewarding experience to see thousands of students using the technology you brought forward to them 🙂
Thanks for being with us today, Angela. As you leave would you give the readers a brief encapsulation of your life’s motto?
I have a wicked time with anxiety and worry. It sadly consumes a lot of my life which I am working on however part of working on it is trying to see the positive in everything. In every situation, good or bad, there is always something positive, a silver lining if you will. Therefore my life’s philosophy is to always find the positive…even when it’s raining there’s still beauty in the sound 🙂
Now let’s take a peek at Angela’s military romance.
A Journey Home
By Angela Scavone
Stephanie Tyler’s sole job is to fly overseas to war-torn areas of the world to retrieve and escort the bodies of fallen soldiers back home to the United States. It is a tough and emotional job but she is honored for the privilege. Her duty also helps her to escape her past and her failed marriage.
But those flights have become increasingly more dangerous and she is forced to have a partner accompany her. Much to Stephanie’s surprise and dismay, she is partnered up with her ex-husband, Captain “D.A.” Douglas Aston.
From the moment Captain D.A. enters the scene, he irritates her. It could have something to do with the fact he slept with her best friend while they were married. As they go on several missions together, Stephanie is forced to be courteous and professional with D.A. even though the very sight of him irritates her beyond comprehension.
Then, Stephanie’s cheating, husband stealing, ex-best friend is killed in Afghanistan and Stephanie and D.A. must escort her body home. While executing this difficult duty, a myriad of conflicting emotions makes Stephanie ponder how short life really is . . . and to question her own ability to forgive.
The Colonel spoke as I reached for the door handle. “I’m curious, off the record, of course. How did your marriage not continue on a positive note? I remember the wedding. You two seemed so compatible and so in love. What happened?”
DA and I looked at each other for the first time since his arrival.
“He cheated on me with a friend of mine,” I replied baldly.
“I did not cheat on you! How many times do I have to say it before you believe me?” he retorted, all vestiges of professionalism gone.
“Oh, here we go again!” I shouted back. “I came home early, I walked into the kitchen and there was Alex on top of you on the kitchen floor.”
“I told you it wasn’t what it looked like. I have said over and over again that I did not sleep with Alex!” His tone increased until he was shouting, too.
“You’re telling me that you two never slept together?” I demanded an answer.
“Well . . .” He looked away from me. “Not while we were married.”
“I knew it!”
“It was after we were separated and you had moved here! What did you want me to do? Never sleep with anyone again?”
“You can sleep with whomever or whatever you want for all I care—”
“Ahem.” The Colonel cut in. I jerked back, startled; in the heat of arguing with my frustrating ex, I had forgotten my boss was there.
“Sorry, Sir. Do you see why I can’t work with him?”
Interested in reading more? You can find A Journey Home Amazon.
About the Author:
Angela lives in Ontario, Canada sharing her home with her father and much-loved duo of pups (and one evil cat). She currently works for the Board of Education behind the scenes supporting and analyzing student data, however, in her spare time, apart from her avid love of storytelling, she likes to read, spend time with family and friends and concoct dairy free recipes from scratch. Sometimes she wins some and sometimes she loses some – tofu, banana and peanut butter pudding we are looking at you.
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