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 naïve 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?
Yes, this is the book you've been hearing all the buzz about!
1.. Where were you born and where do you call home?
I was born in Pueblo, Colorado. I don’t live there anymore, but I do still live in Colorado. I love it here and never want to leave. For starters, I have lots of family and friends here. But I also found out a long time ago while traveling that I need to have mountains nearby to make me feel grounded. When I look out for hundreds of miles and can’t see peaks, it’s disconcerting. There’s just something about being able to gaze upon the Rockies everyday that helps me know I’m home.
2. . Tell us about something that has just/recently happened in your life that you would like to share?
Hmmm…that’s tough. Well, I teach at a community college, and my boss resigned recently. I’m having a hard time without him and seriously contemplating my future there. Do I want to stay? Do I want to go? There have been some huge changes on campus over the past year, and I know the new folks have no idea my contributions to the school nor my struggles with some of administration. I love the students, but there’s so much bureaucracy anymore, I spend more time completing paperwork than I do helping students write. So…I’m at a fork in the road, so to speak. Fortunately, I always have writing…and a second job!
3.. If you had to sum up bullet in 30 or less words, what would you say?
Girl falls hopelessly in love with guy but discovers he’s toxic. Joins his band, has the time of her life. After a long, difficult journey, finally gets her HEA.
4. If you gave Valerie and ethan an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say?
Valerie would say, “I realize there are a lot of critics out there who don’t understand why I kept going back to Ethan. First off, I was young. I have learned from my mistakes, but it was a struggle to get there. And you’ve never met Ethan. There’s just something about him, and if you haven’t met him, you can’t understand. I will always love him, no matter what happens in our lives.”
Ethan would say, “How can you hate me if you don’t even know me? It’s okay for me to hate myself, and it’s okay for Val, Brad, Jet, or whoever else to hate me because they know me. But to just judge me without even asking me any questions…” (Shakes his head.) “Guess it’s easy to judge from where you’re sitting.”
5. If your book was made into a TV series or Movie, what actors would you like to see playing your characters? Please send me pics lol!!!
That’s tough! A couple of fans have suggested Jared Leto for Ethan, and I think he could pull it off. One of my friends found a model who has exactly the look I had in mind when writing Ethan. I have no idea who the guy is and there was no credit attached to the image, but he has Ethan’s full lips and looks like he has a tormented soul. That’s Ethan—just a beautiful guy that you want to try to help.
Jet—there is only one person who could play this guy and he’s not an actor. In fact, he’s retired and no longer in the public eye. My characters are usually just conjured up in my mind, as Jet was initially, but early on, I began picturing him as a certain someone: Clint Norris, former bassist for As I Lay Dying. If you want to know what Jet looks like, look for pictures of Norris when the band made their Shadows are Security album. That’s Jet, and I don’t know that any actor could look right for me.
Brad…he’s tough too, because of the character I see in my head. The book cover is Brad! Now I have to find an actor who looks like that. Actually, a reviewer on Goodreads suggested Pete Wentz. If he wouldn’t mind growing his hair long, I think he could maybe do it. Yeah…I know he’s not an actor either. He just comes close to having the right look.
Update (don’t know if you want to include what’s already here)—decided Brad could be played by Matt Tuck of Bullet for My Valentine (before he cut his hair). He’s not an actor, but hey! I write about rock stars. I can’t help myself!
Valerie…wow. That’s hard too!!! Selena Gomez could maybe pull it off.
(I do not own the rights to the pictures I’ve attached, but enjoy!!!)
6.. List 3 books you just recently read and would recommend to readers?
Whew…I read a lot of textbooks (for the job) and nonfiction. I don’t know if my readers would be interested in those, but who knows? I haven’t read any fiction for a while, but I’ve done some re-reading (and I read a lot of fiction last year). So, I guess, most recently…
Fifty Shades of Grey—who hasn’t read that one, right? I had to find out what the hype was all about. It was an enjoyable read. She had my attention throughout the novel.
Fight Club—Chuck Palahniuk is a god. That is all.
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, Nassim Nicholas Taleb. I love stuff that makes me think hard, no matter how esoteric it is.
7. What is Your Favorite Wine?
*blushing* I don’t drink a lot of wine—I tend to drink much harder stuff. I have a friend who’s a wine connoisseur and I’ll drink whatever he offers at the time. I’m open to recommendations!
8. Is there an Author that you would really like to meet in person?
Toni Morrison. I have her so high upon a pedestal, it’s not even funny. She is truly an artist with words.
9.. What authors have inspired your work?
John Grisham—the man writes books that I simply cannot put down to save my life. I just hope the zombie apocalypse doesn’t start when I’m in the middle of one of his novels.
Stephen King—one of the greats of our time, he’s always working on the next story. I was inspired and motivated by his book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. He’s rarely given the credit he deserves. Well, maybe nowadays.
Toni Morrison—again, a poet, a divine storyteller, and I love how she weaves history and real life into her fiction. She blows my mind.
I know there are more, but I’m drawing a blank at the moment. Others, books I read as a teenager (when I was beginning to write) are folks like V.C. Andrews, Victoria Holt, Willo Davis Roberts, authors whose work would grab me by the imagination, wring me about, and not let me go until I’d finished the book.
10. EBook, Paperback or Hardcover?
Paperback…although I do love ebooks. They’ve grown on me a lot, but I still love the feel of a book in my hands…one that doesn’t mind being manhandled a bit. Hardbacks beg to be treated nicely, and I need a book that can withstand the pressure of having me as a reader.
11. Are you currently working on any upcoming projects?
Always. There’s always writing that needs to be done! I’m getting started on Seal All Exits, which is the third book in my Tangled Web series.
This is my first book by Mrs. Jamison and wow what a book to start with. I have to honestly say when I read the blurb, I was thinking ok this is another rock star love story, been there done that. Oh boy was I so wrong. I started this book late one night and couldn't put it down until about two am. This book was a Rock star love story yes but so much more. It had a love square/FOURSOME. You guys know how I feel about a love triangle,but a square/foursome, pure utter hotness.
This is Val's story. I love how her story was told from past and present POV. When were introduced to Val in the book, she is the poster child of a purebred good Christian girl (virgin). Well off to college she goes to try to find herself. While finding herself she also finds a love for hot metal rockstars. Who knew a chance encounter of sitting next to the hottest guy you've ever seen in history class could change your life's course forever. Val's character, oh boy.... I can't lie there were certain moment in this book I want to slap some sense into her, but in the end I had so much respect for her. I've alway been told the lengths a mom will go to to protect there children is beyond belief. Her character in this book grew/matured as the story played out.
Ethan, oh Ethan. Where do I even begin. Ethan is the drug addict, sex addict, cheating, Val's hubby and baby daddy. Yes I said baby daddy because He was a sperm donor no more. I seriously had a hate/my heartbreaking relationship with Ethan in this book. Some of the situations he put himself in to jeopardize his relationship with Val were mind bogging. I mean for example ,really you slip your girlfriend drugs and want her to have a threesome (smh). Oh please believe me more of these crazy actions took place. BUT I will say despite his infuriating choices, my heart really broke for him. Ethan was so broken I don't think he even knew how to love.
“Val, you and me…we come from different worlds. I’d bet you never had to wonder if you were gonna get breakfast after not having dinner the “night before or how the hell you were gonna hide the big bruise on your arm so your teachers wouldn’t see it. You didn’t have to dread the fuck out of coming home one night ‘cause you got another D in class…and the very person who made sure you couldn’t study the week before was the reason you got the goddamned D in the first place." --Ethan
“And I’ll bet you never had to hear that the only reason why they ever got married in the first place was ‘cause the stupid cunt let herself get pregnant. And so that makes you the most worthless little stubborn sperm alive."-Ethan
Yes as I said before when he said things like this my heart broke. I can honestly say that I had HOPE for a moment that Ethan would see the Error of his ways with the birth of his son, but that hope was quickly shattered.
The other two men in this square/foursome I absolutely loved. They each gave Val a piece of them that helped her to see how special a women was suppose to be treated by a man. There love/affection toward her helped guide her to be the woman she became by the end of the book. Were they perfect? No Were they flawed? Yes ,,,,,,,,,BUT despite that Brad and Clay were GOOD MEN who my goodness knew there way around the bedroom. They knew Ethan had val's heart,but despite that they always had her back. Val's chemistry with these men was pure utter HOTTNESS!
I loved this book. My favorite was the ending. I got to witness a woman who was put through hell and back become stronger based on her life's experiences. Love always brought Val back to Ethan,but her love for the life they created together gave her strength to FIGHT ( fist pumping moment). The story had a happy ending and left me with warm fuzzies ( nope not giving it away). However, I was left wanting more after this story ended.
For all my rock star love story fans, READ this book. It is not your typical rockstar love story, its so much more. You won't regret it!
Great job Mrs. Jamison!
Book Rating 4.5 stars/A
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