Blog Tour: Fully Automatic by Jade C. Jamison + Playlist & Giveaway

Released On: January 30, 2014
Fully Automatic
by Jade C. Jamison
Book 4 of the Bullet Series
4.5 stars

Oh my goodness, this book had me in an emotional blender. This is a really well-written alternative POV for a book. We get so much more than just a new perspective for events that transpired in Bullet (and a few from Rock Bottom). Without bias at all, I think readers really loved Bradley Payne from the very first book in the series. Apparently, we've only seen the tip of the iceberg! That speaks volumes of how good a person this man is. I think it's also because of that that Jade Jamison was able to write such a very good book.

Let me tell you how I was while reading it. I felt so restless! I couldn't sit still for long. There were times when I couldn't even go through an entire chapter right away because it hurt too much. I had to put down my kindle several times and like, rub my chest, lol! I'm an emotional reader to begin with, but this was an entirely new experience.

To those who haven't read at least the first two books in the Bullet series yet, I urge you to go get them before reading Fully Automatic. The book is still very good on its own, but you do get the feeling that certain events in Bullet and Rock Bottom were glossed over. This technique isn't harmful to the book because it concentrates on Brad's emotions and thoughts during those events as opposed to narrating the tale once again. Reading the first two books will make you appreciate Fully Automatic and Brad even more.

So, here's the cheat sheet for the series. I do apologize for those who haven't read Bullet yet because the following will contain spoilers. I suggest you stop right now and skip to the very last paragraph of my review!

Fully Automatic starts a bit earlier than Bullet. From the very beginning we find out that since childhood, Brad considered his best friend Ethan as a brother. He is also extremely passionate about forming a band and making it big in the music industry. Instead of going to college, he worked and saved for his end goal. 
We also find out that he had his heart broken very early on. His high school girlfriend had no intention of extending their relationship when she leaves for college, and that just sucked. Brad remained a gentleman though. Because of that painful experience, he swore off relationships. He made do with flings and friends-with-benefits arrangements.... especially when Valerie entered the picture.

Now this was where all that hurt feels started. We find out exactly what was going on in Brad's mind and heart the moment he set eyes on Valerie. He immediately sensed a connection, which he later confirmed to be reciprocated. It hurt for me as a reader because I know what's going to happen next: a series of events that will break Brad's heart into smaller, and smaller, and smaller pieces until it turned to ash. 

I know many readers hated Ethan in Bullet (he redeemed himself in Rock Bottom though, when we finally get into his head and see what's truly happening to him), but I hated Valerie even more. Okay, and Ethan as well. That anger I felt in Bullet returned in Fully Automatic. Imagine, seeing the person you love make out with someone else... worse yet, hear them go at it in the room next door... goodness!!! Each time was a pinch in my heart, and I REALLY hated it.
Payne, you are a fucking idiot if you think she sees you as anything more than a distraction.
Whatever Val's feelings for Brad, they were no match for the gravitational draw of Ethan. He didn't stand a chance. And he was tired of throwing his heart out there to be shredded by this girl whom he had grown to love. He couldn't let it happen anymore.
And he prayed for strength. Strength to let her go so she could live her life and the will to live his own. He hd to find a way.
... he wondered when the woulds would start to scab over so he could get on with his life.

If only it were that easy to tell one's heart to stop, right? :( Why is it that this man who will give his all to the woman he loves, this man who is an excellent leader who is largely responsible for the success of four other people, this man who is unconditionally generous and giving to his brothers and the only woman he's ever going to love, is the one who has to suffer so much heartache? Now I'm getting riled up again, urgghh... Time to emotionally distance myself again, gahhh...

***searching for cute cat videos.. looking at Sherlock gifs and memes...***

LOL! Yep, I had lots of breaks like this while reading. Did I say I really dislike Valerie? Oh yeah, already... Well, it bears repeating. And it's just my opinion, others might disagree with me of course, but I did wish AGAIN that Brad would not accept her that final time. It broke my heart every time Brad felt like it's finally his chance, only to be sideswiped by the train wreck that is Ethan. She knew, she knew their relationship is toxic, but she freaking kept on going back! I especially hated Valerie when, after their first night together, she went back to Ethan and freaking married the guy!!! An OD doesn't justify that. I screamed then, and I screamed again with this book. 

**deep breath** Goodness... Brad has always been the gentleman in this nasty love triangle. Never did it cross his mind to make Val cheat on Ethan. He waited for his time.. a long wait which he certainly did not deserve.
I know you're into Ethan, and as long as you are, nothing's gonna happen between us. But I want you to know I'll wait.

He might appear like a doormat by now, but actually he is not. While nursing his broken heart, he never broke down in front of his band. He accepted his loss whenever Valerie entered a relationship. He spent his time working hard to make Fully Automatic (the new name for Bullet) successful. He worked to earn money to finance the band even when the rest of the guys didn't bother to work themselves. He was an excellent leader. He is everything positive, truth be told! I'm really happy that in the end, he got the ending that he wanted: he got Valerie (which isn't exactly a win for me... LOL, but that's just me), his band is successful, and Ethan finally turned his life around.

Fully Automatic doesn't delve very deep into Brad's emotions, but the brief sentences and direct words are nevertheless effective in relaying his hurt, pain, worries and happiness. It's a very man thing, I guess, less loquacious but piercing. This is a must-read if you have started the Bullet series. Reading this might have hurt a lot, but I can tell you this: Bradley Payne will not easily be forgotten, no matter how many books you read in the future.

  Buy links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon Can


Sometimes listening to music while reading makes it even more exciting.. or heartbreaking... take your pic! Hahaha! Well here is the playlist to Fully Automatic compiled by Jade herself.
One of my Street Team members saw this list and said, “Holy sh*t!”  I reminded her (and now you) that Fully Automatic is a big book and, therefore, has a large playlist to go along with it.   These are the songs that spoke to me, motivated me, made me feel something while writing the book.  Some, because of the lyrics, might seem obvious.  Others were inspirational because of the music, but each one had a place in my heart and mind while writing the book.
Playlist for Fully Automatic

One of my Street Team members saw this list and said, “Holy sh*t!”  I reminded her (and now you) that Fully Automatic is a big book and, therefore, has a large playlist to go along with it.   These are the songs that spoke to me, motivated me, made me feel something while writing the book.  Some, because of the lyrics, might seem obvious.  Others were inspirational because of the music, but each one had a place in my heart and mind while writing the book.

Bullet for My Valentine:  Your Betrayal -- The Last Fight -- Fever -- Scream Aim Fire -- Raising Hell -- Breaking Point -- P.O.W. -- Riot -- Saints and Sinners -- Pretty on the Outside -- Dirty Little Secret -- A Place Where You Belong -- Breaking Out, Breaking Down -- Room 409 -- 10 Years Today -- Truth Hurts -- Dignity -- Tears Don’t Fall -- All These Things I Hate (Revolve Around Me) -- My Fist, Your Mouth, Her Scars -- Alone
Suicide Silence: Slaves to Substance -- You Only Live Once -- No Pity for a Coward -- Girl of Glass -- Wake Up -- Lifted -- Smike -- Something Invisible -- Disengage
Pop Evil:  Deal with the Devil -- Trenches -- Sick Sense -- Goodbye My Friend -- Divide -- Behind Closed Doors
Avenge the Heartache: Swaggermeister
Seether: Seether -- Gasoline
Korn: Never Never -- Prey for Me -- Love & Meth -- Paranoid and Aroused -- Punishment Time -- What We Do -- Narcissistic Cannibal
Corrosion of Conformity:  Clean My Wounds
Avenged Sevenfold: Hail to the King
Shinedown: Adrenaline
Alter Bridge: Addicted to Pain
Fight or Flight: First of the Last
Disturbed: Liberate
Art of Dying: Die Trying
10 Years: Fix Me -- Beautiful
In This Moment: Adrenalize -- You’re Gonna Listen -- It is Written -- Burn
Asking Alexandria: Run Free -- Killing You -- Don’t Pray for Me -- Break Down These Walls -- Poison -- The Death of Me
Slayer:  War Ensemble
Devour the Day: Good Man
Helmet: Unsung
AxeWound: Cold -- Exorchrist -- Church of Nothing -- Vultures
Glamour of the Kill: Supremacy -- Here, Behind These Walls
Volbeat: Hangman’s Body Count
Godsmack: Moon Baby -- Love-Hate-Sex-Pain
Union Underground: Turn Me On, ‘Mr. Deadman’
Five Finger Death Punch: Lift Me Up -- Battle Born
Escape the Fate: You’re Insane
Hinder: Get Stoned
Guns N’ Roses:  Welcome to the Jungle -- Mr. Brownstone -- Rocket Queen
Halestorm:  Freak Like Me
Three Days Grace:  Pain -- Never Too Late -- Chalk Outline -- Misery Loves My Company
Stone Sour:  30/30-150 -- Gone Sovereign/Absolute Zero -- Scars -- Do Me a Favor
As I Lay Dying:  Confined -- Paralyzed -- Losing Sight -- 98 Hours -- The Darkest Nights -- Distance is Darkness -- Meaning in Tragedy -- Reflection -- The Truth of My Perception -- Control is Dead -- Through Struggle -- Falling upon Deaf Ears
Drowning Pool:  37 Stitches
Lita Ford:  Falling in and out of Love -- Out for Blood -- Back to the Cave -- Hungry -- Fatal Passion --  Gotta Let Go -- Still Waitin'
Papa Roach: Burn -- Getting Away with Murder -- I Almost Told You That I Loved You
Gemini Syndrome: Pleasure and Pain
Young Guns:  Bones
Creed:  Torn
Underground Fight Club:  Top Shelf
Chelsea Grin:  Recreant -- My Damnation
Starset:  My Demons

Don't forget to check out the rest of the books in this amazing series! 

Book 1: Bullet 

Book 2: Rock Bottom

Book 3: Feverish

2 signed copies of Fully Automatic. Open internationally!

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About the Author:

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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