Saturday, 22 June 2013

Guest Post by Nicky Wells, + Giveaway

Today I'm happy to welcome the wonderful Nicky Wells to The Rookie Romance Blog! Nicky Wells is the author to Sophie's Turn and Sophie's Run, parts 1 & 2 of the Rock Star Romance trilogy. Read on for Nicky's fab guest post and a chance to win a copy of Sophie's Turn!

Sophie's Turn (Rock Star Romance #1)
Author: Nicky Wells
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing
Publish Date: 5 September 2012
Format: Paperback and e-book (412 pages)

Slapper? Slut? Adulteress? Sophie Penhalligan's life and moral universe is turned upside down when rock star Dan proposes to her in full knowledge that she is already engaged. She has always loved Dan, in a remote-crush kind of way. She thinks she loves her fiancé, Tim. What is she to do? 

It's all happening because her past has come to tempt her. Nine years ago, she met her teenage idol and rock star extraordinaire, Dan Hunter, up close and personal. Well, almost! 

Now Dan has crash-landed back in her life just as Sophie is happily embroiled in a relationship with Tim, her boyfriend of two years. Until recently, she was confident Tim would eventually propose. But while his persistent inaction is beginning to cast a cloud over their relationship, Dan's sudden reappearance poses a whole new dilemma.

Having accompanied Dan's band to Paris, Sophie suddenly finds herself engaged to Dan while her erstwhile fiancé Tim is... well, doing whatever it is Tim does back in London. Torn between the dream-come-true and the sensible-thing-to-do, Sophie concludes her inadvertent journey of self-discovery with an ending that surprises herself, and everyone around her. 

Sophie's Turn is a glamorous contemporary fairy tale that will make chick-lit and romance lovers laugh, cry and rock along every step of the way.

Sophie's Run (Rock Star Romance #2)
Author: Nicky Wells
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing
Publish Date: 7 February 2013
Format: Paperback and e-book (420 pages)

Her famous star remains her rock while life takes her on a little detour…

Who says that the road towards true love is straight and even?  Sophie is certainly discovering that it is anything but.

So she has finally found the man of her dreams! Well… she knows who he is, even though she hasn’t actually quite met him yet.  But she misses her opportunity, and then her life goes crazy.  Rock star and ex-fiancé, Dan, keeps getting in the way of her new romance—even if he is just trying to be helpful.  A fire, an impromptu mini-trip with Dan, and a dreaded wedding later, Sophie is still struggling to meet the love of her life. Then, just as she is getting it together with her perfect man, best friend Rachel commits an act of unspeakable betrayal.

Sophie has had enough. Confused and distraught, she decides that it is time for radical change.  Surprising herself and shocking her friends, she embarks on a secret journey and eventually gets her life back on track.

Guest Post

When the lovely Cerian invited me to join her on Rookie Romance for a guest feature to introduce myself, I was absolutely delighted. When she suggested, “tell us something interesting about you or your book,” I panicked just ever so slightly. There’s that word again: “interesting.” Oh, the eternal pressure of being “interesting.” Am I interesting? I don’t really know… :) 

But then I realised, hey, we were going to be amongst friends! There’ll be vino and finger foods, right? You won’t tell on me, will you? So… if we’re having that kind of a chat, I might well be able to tell you, in strictest confidence of course, the real inspiration behind my Rock Star Romance Trilogy. Between us girls…

So here goes.

Ok, this is a bit embarrassing. I've always had a bit of a thing for rock stars, particularly lead singers with long manes and lovely deep voices. This started when I was a teenager. My first crush was the gorgeous Joey Tempest of Europe, and I was fourteen. I spent months constructing elaborate scenarios in my head of how I might bump into him (and more) (whoops).

I grew up, as one does. The crush faded, but the weak spot for rock singers stayed with me. Jon Bon Jovi, David Coverdale, you name it: silken-haired and silken-voiced, they’ll make me go mad for them. *blushes* Over the years, I even had an opportunity to visit a few bands backstage but I usually had a boyfriend with me so it wasn't quite the same.

And then I got married, fell pregnant, and left my job. Suddenly, I had the chance to do something I’d always wanted to do: write a book! Write the book. The definitive Nicky book. The one that would resurrect all those daydreams and weave them into a funny, charming, dreamy and (just occasionally) sad narrative. Somehow, though, the story didn't quite work out as I’d imagined. Mostly, I think, on account of having actually grown up properly somewhere along the line. So the original daydreams became tempered with the lens of reality, of authenticity. I wanted to write a story that could have happened, not a madcap flight of fancy. 

The result is… the Rock Star Romance Trilogy, beginning with Sophie’s Turn, continuing with Sophie’s Run and coming to a conclusion this September with Sophie’s Encore. It is all fiction, of course. (I have to say this, obviously). And there you have it… :) 

As for something that you might find entertaining and possibly interesting…well, here’s how I approach book readings these days!

Rock on!

About the Author

Hi! I’m Nicky Wells, your ultimate rock chick author. Signed to US Publisher, Sapphire Star Publishing, I write Romance That Rocks Your World, featuring the rock star and the girl next door.
My books offer glitzy, glamorous contemporary romance with a rock theme ~ imagine Bridget Jones ROCKS Notting Hill! If you've ever had a crush on any kind of celebrity ~ rock, pop, movie or other ~ you’ll connect with my heroes and my leading ladies!
Like my first leading lady, Sophie, I love listening to rock music, dancing, and eating lobsters. When I’m not writing, I’m a wife, mother, occasional knitter, and regular contributor to The Midweek Drive show on Lincoln’s Siren 107.3 FM. Rock on!
Author Links: Blog  |  Twitter | Facebook  | Lifestyle  |  Romantic Novleists' Association  |  Sapphire Star Publishing | Amazon | Goodreads


Nicky is kindly offering an e-copy of Sophie's Turn to one lucky winner! Fill out the rafflecopter to enter, good luck!

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