Thursday, March 28, 2013

Bullet - Book Tour

Blurb (from Goodreads):
An Epic Rock Star Novel

What if you discover the man you want is toxic?

She tasted a little bit of heaven with him, and now they’ve gone through hell and back, but can their relationship take anymore?

Valerie Quinn is a na├»ve college freshman when she meets on-the-rise rock star Ethan Richards. He’s an idealistic, handsome, reckless young man, but he’s captured her heart. She doesn’t give up on him and eventually his walls crumble down. By the time Valerie has given herself to him completely, she discovers he’s damaged and may be beyond help. Can she save Ethan and their relationship before he implodes, or will he self-destruct and take her with him?


Firstly thank you for taking the time to do this interview with me for Whirlwindbooks, I thought I would jump right in and ask what inspired you to write?

I hope this doesn’t sound too glib, but I was born to write.  Anything and everything is an inspiration to me, and becoming more successful at writing just fuels the fire.  But honestly…I would write even without an audience.  I did for years.  It’s a compulsion, something I just have to do.

I loved your book! I was just curious how did the idea for Bullet come about?

Teenage fantasy!  I grew up in the 80s when there weren’t many women rockers.  Lita Ford was my idol!  I so wanted to be in a band, playing guitar and singing, but I also wanted to finish school, so I wrote the book that became the inspiration for Bullet the summer between my freshman and sophomore years in college.  Bullet is quite a bit different from the book I wrote in the 80s, but I don’t know that I ever would have written Bullet had I not written that book first.

Are there going to be more books in the same series?

Yes.  Originally, it was going to be a stand alone, but fan response begging for sequels has been such that I’ve warmed to the idea.  I already have a pretty good idea about book number two.  It’s going to be Ethan’s Happy Ever After, and it will be called Rock Bottom.  As for the others, the remaining books will be in this order:  Jet, Zane, Nick, and then Bullet retold from Brad’s point of view.

How did you find the support from other Authors? I have always been curious if it is a welcoming world or if you have to gain respect to be considered a part of it.

As an indie author, I had to start at the bottom.  At first, I felt like a voice in the wilderness, an island all unto myself.  Now, though, I’ve started “meeting” a lot of great authors, mostly indie authors, but a few others.  I joined a writing group of awesome writers about a year ago who were welcoming from the beginning—the group includes Stacy Gail and Alyse Carlson, both traditionally published authors and oh-so-supportive.  I know there are others in that group who are already published whom I’m forgetting and I hope they forgive me.  Others who’ve made me feel welcome are Brei Betzold and Michelle Valentine.  Bec Botefuhr, though, is the BEST!  I can’t say enough good things about her!  I myself have tried to be as supportive of new authors as possible, to welcome them to the wonderful world of indie publishing, and I hope I’ve managed to do that, because I know my first year was bumpy.  But I wouldn’t change it for anything!  I learned a lot.  I don’t know if I’m respected or not, but (here’s the rebel in me) I really don’t care.  As long as my fans are happy, so am I.

How much of the book came from your imagination and how much came from real people and experiences?

My books are pure imagination.  That’s not to say that people or events don’t inspire me.  Often, I’ll be in a situation and think of a way to work it into a book.  But the plot itself, the characters?  Mostly pure imagination.

If you were to cast a movie for the book, who would you pick to play who?

I probably wouldn’t cast traditional actors, and I hope that’s understandable, considering this is a book about rock stars.  There’s a gorgeous model out there (and I don’t know his name!) who would play Ethan.  Ethan has full lips and his eyes have to look tormented.  That model captured it.  I wish I knew his name.  Brad would have to be played by Matt Tuck (Bullet For My Valentine), but he’d have to grow his hair long again and dye it black like it used to be to look right.  Just for the part, mind you!  Clay/Jet would have to be played by Clint Norris (former bassist/clean vocalist for As I Lay Dying).  Valerie...she’s harder for me, because I haven’t seen anyone who’s perfect, but I think maybe Selena Gomez could pull it off.

 Do you have any other books planned that are not related to this series?

Always!  I’m currently writing Seal All Exits (which is third in my Tangled Web series) as well as a collection of short stories and other weird stuff called Quickies.  After that, I’ll be writing Fake (the ninth book in my Nicki Sosebee series).  Then I’ll write Ethan’s story.  Basically...I’m always writing!

Thank you again for taking the time to answer my Questions!

Thanks for asking them!  J

Quick Questions –

Next 5 reads in your TBR pile: Eating Animals (Jonathan Safran Foer), The Azalea Assault (Alyse Carlson), Home (Toni Morrison), You Belong With Me (M. R. Joseph), Zero Factor (Stacy Gail), and Damned (Bec Botefuhr).  Did I mention I can’t count?

Top 5 books to be released you are anticipating the most:  Oh…you’ll be disappointed.  I don’t buy books on release day.  I do that with music!!!  I buy music the day it comes out if I can or shortly thereafter.  Books...I have such a huge TBR pile that I don’t wait with bated breath for new books.  That’s not to say I don’t like them.  I’m just patient.  I read a lot of older works too, and I consume a lot of nonfiction and academic writing, so reading sits in a pile, whether literally on the bedside table in my room or figuratively on my Kindle.  Music, though…I devour as I’m sure you can imagine.

 Favourite ice-cream flavour: I don’t eat ice cream anymore (since I became vegan), but it was chocolate.  Always chocolate or any variation thereof.

Country you most want to visit: England.  I’ve made some great friends there and I’d like to meet them in person.  But after that?  Long list!

If you could be an animal what would it be any why?  A cat, because I’m already a lion.  J  I’m a Leo.


Jade C. Jamison was born and raised in Colorado, moved from one city/town to the next, and she’s decided she likes it so much she wants to stay…although travel is not out of the question.  She lives in a big town in Colorado (not unlike Winchester!) with her husband and four children.  She is working on becoming a crazy cat lady.  Okay, so maybe not.

Still want more?  Jade has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Theater, a master’s degree in English, and a master of fine arts in Creative Writing.  Obviously, she loves school and the student loan folks love her.  She works in human services by day, teaches English and creative writing at night, and—in between playing soccer mom and community leader—writes like a fiend.  Someday soon, she’ll narrow it down to just writing, but let’s get all those kids off to college first.

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Grandprize giveaway: 2 signed autographed copies of Bullet and a $15 Amazon or B&N giftcard

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