For Crying out Loud!

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I don’t know if it’s a good or bad thing that I feel emotions when I write my books, but I do.  I cried several times writing Rock Bottom, and I laughed at several spots during Feverish.  I tend to believe a scene in one of my books will also strike an emotional chord with my readers when, as I go back through the book revising and editing, I get emotional all over again in the same spots.  I laughed a lot writing Feverish.  Clay is a fun-loving, happy, laid-back guy, and he tends to be funny as well.  I laughed in several spots while I wrote the book, and I laughed again when I went back through.  What I hadn’t expected was crying.  Clay’s story is not like Ethan’s.  I expected Ethan’s to be hard and gritty and laden with tears.  Clay’s story is fun…but I still got misty at the end.

Honestly, I’d expected Rock Bottom to do better than it did, but as the reviews started rolling in, I saw why.  Lots of readers didn’t want Ethan to have a happy ending.  They didn’t feel like he deserved it.  I’m sad they weren’t willing to give Ethan a chance, but that also tells me that Bullet affected them emotionally as well, and I don’t think that’s a bad thing.  I also know Rock Bottom is a hard read.  It deals with difficult subject matter and it’s not necessarily for everyone.

I’m hopeful, though, that Clay’s story will appeal to a wider audience.  He wasn’t a huge part of Bullet, but he was a big part of Valerie’s life and sparked the imagination of a lot of readers.  His story is as fun as you are expecting.  But I do want to tell you that there is a lot more to Clay than you might have seen coming.  I hope you love his story.  I know I did!

October 25 is right around the corner!

7 Responses

  1. Lolly Smith

    oooooooooo Jade … I BULLET & then ROCK BOTTOM & I LOVED that Ethan redeemed himself & did find his happy ending !!! …. I think as human beings we all deserve another chance at happiness & Ethan strived to achieve that with the help of his new love !!!

    FEVERISH sounds like a fun read & I am looking forward to release date 🙂

  2. Nancy Jones

    I’m glad that Ethan got his happy ending! I didn’t think it was possible for me to love him but seeing how hard he tried in Rock Bottom changed my mind. (More than once I wanted to smack Val upside the head- even though I could understand where she was coming from..) None of us are perfect and we all deserve a second chance (sometimes we need a lot more!) and for just one person to love and believe in us, even Ethan. Geez, I think I may be too emotionally involved in your fictional worlds Jade- lol! 😉

  3. Kathy Daugherty

    I had a hard time reading Bullet. It was just so different from what I was used to reading. I couldn’t believe what an asshole Ethan was and was so mad at Val. I wanted to love Ethan so much but I just kept hating him more and more. After I finished Bullet I was glad Val finally got tough but was still mad at Ethan and I thought WOW, I’ve never had a book make me feel so much emotion, I mean I’m used to reading about perfect heroes that can do no wrong. But after my mad spell I just coudnt stop thinking about theses characters. I’m so glad I gave Ethan another chance (don’t we all deserve a second chance sometimes?). This series is so wonderful and if you can find it in your heart to give Rock Bottom and Ethan a chance you will not regret it. And don’t get me started on Feverish and my hottie Jet! READ THIS SERIES!!!!

    • Jade


      Thank you so much for your thoughts. My characters will not always make you happy–I know that much! I do hope that they’re realistic, though. I can’t wait for you to read Feverish!


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