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Romancing September #RomancingSeptember – Day 19

Nicky Wells:

I’m taking part in Rosie Amber and Stephanie Hurt’s big #RomancingSeptember fest today!

Originally posted on Rosie Amber:

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Welcome to Day 19 of Romancing September Across The World Tour. Today our guest is Nicky Wells. Catch up with more from Nicky in a few hours with the second part of our tour when Stephanie chats to her.

Fallen For Rock by Nicky Wells

Fallen For Rock by Nicky Wells

Where is your home town?

I hail from Essen in Germany, but I’ve been in the UK since 1993 and currently, my home is in Lincoln.

How long have you been writing romance?

I started writing romance when I was expecting my first child. So that would be about nine years ago! I finished my first novel, Sophie’s Turn, with days to spare before the birth, put it in a drawer and left it there for quite some time. After I had published Sophie’s Turn, I began writing the sequel in 2011 and have been writing ever since.

What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?

I love…

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The Perfect Vibrations For An Exciting Romance by @light_direction

It’s my great pleasure to welcome today the awesome Ces Creatively with her brand new book, Reach For Your Light.  Take it away, Ces!

Introducing: Reach for Your Light

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Reach For Your Light is a story steeped in music. Jez first falls for Emma when he see’s her dancing at the nightclub his dad owns and he’s smitten.

Quote: Jeremy White

“She’s stunning. Couldn’t concentrate on checking the stock books once I’d seen her at the club on Valentines weekend. Waves of silky smooth hair flowed down to her perfect little ass as she swayed from side to side. Amazing breasts bouncing in rhythm to the beat. Sparkling brown eyes that lit up when she looked at me. Hah, who am I trying to kid, she wasn’t looking at me at all. But she will. She will look at me when I go back to Topaz to meet her.”

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Emma works in club Topaz with her flatmate DJ Denzil Jayze and gets such a buzz from dancing.

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“I’m tingling all over, feels like I’m glowing with an intense energy that grows in the pit of my stomach then disperses through my body taking me higher and higher without a care. Exhilarating aromas whip through the air and claim me, seeping deep into my lungs as the smoke machine releases a heady golden haze. Sweet intoxicating vanilla tantalises my taste buds. An incredible laser show emanating from the base of the platform seems to sway and spike in complete time with every movement I make. Relishing the beautiful strobe lights almost dancing at my fingertips, I want to touch them as they flow, curve, crash and sweep back over the crowd like tumultuous pulsating green blue waves.”

Grab your copy here:

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Reach-For-Your-Light-Direction-ebook/dp/B00K6J23HI/
USA: http://www.amazon.com/Reach-For-Your-Light-Direction-ebook/dp/B00K6J23HI/
Merchandise Gifts: http://the-light-direction.co.uk/the-light-direction-shop/

Spotlight on the Special Twist

Reach For Your Light features several REAL LIFE musicians and singers as part of the story too.

Zoe Bestel, a beautiful talented young woman with a captivating voice has been written in as character Katy’s sister and is mentioned in the book.

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Jay Loftus, a New York based singer songwriter with serious style has been mentioned with adoring fan character Beth.

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Dazzy Sir Mic is a hot super talented guy with a hard hitting multi genre urban sound. True to life he is written into Reach For Your Light as a popular artist based in London/Bournemouth who becomes friends with Emma via her DJ flatmate.

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Jasmine Knight is a gorgeous singer with a beautiful unique and versatile voice covering RNB, House, Hip Hop, DnB, Funky and reggae. Jas has been written into the story as a friend of Denzil who meets Emma after a gig.

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Real local Dorset bands and musicians are in the story and so is the incredible star Chris Dallman whose music is adored by Emma when they meet. You can actually WIN a signed Light The Love CD by Chris Dallman in the Reach For Your Light Launch Giveaway (see below)

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Zoe, Jay, Dazzy, Jasmine and Chris’s music is all powerfully soulful – the kind of tunes that get under your skin and caress you with silk. The kind of tunes that stay with you and form part of a perfect soundtrack for our characters. We actually have some unique soundtrack tunes created by awesome musician Richard Ziler to reflect our characters and locations so that’s pretty cool too.

One thing is for sure. Music can create the perfect vibrations for an exciting romance!

What They Say:

 As soon as you start reading Reach For Your Light You’ll Be Addicted. It’s a fast paced power house of a book that will stay with you long after you’ve read it. Sexy characters, amazing locations and a story that draws you in. The perfect summer read!

The Great REACH FOR YOUR LIGHT Launch Giveaway!

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Enter here: a Rafflecopter giveaway

About The Author

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Ces Creatively is an inspiring mum of three from Poole who loves to spend time at Poole Harbour, Sandbanks Dorset. Juggling being a mum with running graphic design business www.biz-brand-buzz.co.uk, popular website with a book blog www.supportivebusinessmums.co.uk and hand made gifts business www.prettyinspiring.co.uk she miraculously also finds time to write www.the-light-direction.co.uk novel series which she has dedicated to her son in heaven. A tireless champion of small businesses and other authors, Ces has won several awards for supportive innovation and dedicates time every week to promoting others online. In a unique twist, her debut paranormal romance novel The Light Direction – Reach For Your Light features real small businesses and talented creative.

Links: ttp://the-light-direction.co.uk/ | https://www.facebook.com/TheLightDirection | https://twitter.com/light_direction | https://twitter.com/Ces_Creatively

Rock on! Thanks for visiting today, Ces, and good luck with your amazing launch! X

Twin your toilet and help flush away poverty! @ToiletTwinning

I’m absolutely delighted to report that our downstairs loo has now been successfully twinned with a latrine in Rubaya, Uganda, via Toilet Twinning. This means that there is now a brand new hygienic and safe toilet in a place in Rubaya where previously there was none. The kids are well excited by this concept and have hatched a cunning plan to travel there one day to check it out… We’ll see about that.

Our humble loo--twinned with a latrine in Uganda!

Our humble loo–twinned with a latrine in Uganda!

Meanwhile, if you too want to find out more about toilet twinning and help combat disease and poverty in some of the world’s poorest regions, visit http://www.toilettwinning.org, or follow the Toilet Twinners on Facebook or Twitter. Go on, you know you want to. Where would you be without your loo?

The Susie Orman Schnall 40th Birthday Swag Bag Blog Hop

Susie Orman Schnall, author of On Grace started the 40th Birthday Swag Bag Blog Hop.  I was tagged by the awesome Julie Valerie to come along! You can read Susan’s original post, check out Julie’s selection, and then dive right in here… 

The 40th Birthday Party Virtual Swag Bag

Suppose you went on a girlie weekend away on the occasion of your best friend’s 4oth birthday party on a small but sunny desert island in the  middle of the ocean somewhere. What would you put in the Swag Bag? Here are my picks: 

A book… OMG where to start? I’d have to say… probably The Eight by Katherine Neville. It never fails to enthral, and it has an ace duo of leading ladies!

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 Beauty products Can I bring two, please? First up is Clinique facial soap because it totally takes care of everyone’s skin. And next up is Vichy Aqualia Thermal moisturiser. I can’t live without it! VP17889_rec_main

Snack food Dorritos! And all the accoutrements for making nachos (hot and spicy with lots of melted cheese!)

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 Music album The collected works of Europe, FM, Bon Jovi…. We’ll be rocking that island!

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Anything else? Blue sparkly shoes. Because we’ll party in style!

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Next on the hop: Next week will be posting…

The fabulous Sheryl Browne and the equally amazing Alison Jack!

Sheryl writes poignant modern fiction and is the author of many wonderfully funny but moving books about women and their love lives. My favourites include Recipes for Disaster and Learning to Love. Oh and Somebody to Love. And A Little Bit of Madness… in fact, ALL OF THEM!

Alison is a book lover, music lover and all-round fabulous peep. Her debut novel, Dory’s Avengers, was published by Book Guild in August 2013, and to this day I regret not being able to attend the fabulous launch! Next time, Alison, next time! Alison also runs a manuscript editing business. She is one busy and talented lady!

Be sure to tune into Sheryl’s and Alison’s blogs to check out their virtual SWAG bags on 2 June! Rock on!

Who says social media isn’t real?

Nicky Wells:

This is what happens when two rock chicks meet who connected via Twitter. Or was it Facebook? Or Twitter? Or quite possibly both! Not content with hanging out at each other’s blogs, we grabbed the opportunity to turn a virtual friendship into a real one…

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As some of you may know, I took a short holiday last week, to Yorkshire. Long-suffering hubby came too. We did all the usual British holiday stuff: visited historical sites, ate too much, and complained about the weather. But at the end of the week, I left hubby playing online snooker, looking in sports shops, and doing other ‘man’ things, and went on a little adventure of my own.

A few weeks ago, my online friend, author and rock chick Nicky Wells , had noticed that I was going to be in Yorkshire and had mentioned that I would only be about an hour or so’s drive away from her. This got me thinking – could I meet another of my awesome social media friends in ‘real life’? I asked hubby what he thought and because he’s easy-going as well as long-suffering, he said ‘Yeah, whatever’ or something like that…

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I’m officially well heeled! (And ready for the movie premiere…)

This week I bought myself the most amazing pair of heels in the sale. They are blue and sparkly and just absolutely fab. My heart had lusted after them ever since I first saw them in January. And when this last remaining pair winked at me from the shelf on Tuesday, I was done for. I couldn’t leave them there. They had my name on!

Sparkly blue heels... I'm ready for anything!

Sparkly blue heels… I’m ready for anything!

Of course, I can’t walk in them. I am known for my notorious inability to walk in any kind of heels. But who cares? I simply had to have them. They are ‘me’ all over. Plus they scream ‘Emily!’ ~ my leading lady in Fallen for Rock would certainly be able to show these off!

So I’m keeping them in their box, lovingly wrapped in tissue paper, for me to admire and gaze at every now and then (which is often, at the moment).  One day, I will get that movie deal, whether for Sophie’s Turn or Fallen for Rock, and then, my friends, I will elegantly glide down the red carpet in these blue sparkly heels: mark my words. Until then, I’m just happy to have them. Moreover, that’s another item crossed off my bucket list (“buy totally impractical but drop-dead gorgeous pair of shoes that you might never wear but without which your life isn’t complete.” Done!)

Have you ever made an equally lustful and whimsical purchase?

What Life’s All About….

April really didn’t quite go to plan for me, at least as far as my authorly existence is concerned. You may or may not know that, for reasons entirely too complicated and uninteresting to explain here, the time I have available to be “Nicky Wells, Author” has been cut in half since the beginning of February. By and large, the implications for my readers are negligible as I am abounding with ideas for books, and I am working fast and furious when I can. Moreover, I’ve had a bit of a strategic realignment in terms of how I spend my time. I mean, come on, I was a project manager in a previous lifetime—workflow management is my specialty, and crunched agendas don’t intimidate me!

So I took a long hard look at how I should spend my author time, and I made some adjustments. As a result, the time I dedicate to actually producing product—writing books for you, my friends!—has barely been affected.

However. Every now and then, life will throw up a few wrinkles, and April was one of them. Through the entire month of April, I managed a grand total of fifteen hours of work on my books, if that. Why? Grab a chair and a cuppa and find out…

5 April—Older Son’s Birthday Party
My older son celebrated his ninth birthday in style at a local leisure centre, and the grandparents came to stay with us for advance celebrations for the weekend. Lots of fun and cake was had, my gorgeous nine year old was chuffed beyond belief by all the presents and attention, and writing didn’t seem important.

Superhero cupcakes for a superhero ninth birthday party!

Superhero cupcakes for a superhero ninth birthday party!

7 April—The Big Rock Concert
Monday, 7 April, was not only the first day of the Easter holidays, but also the day of The Big Rock Concert. From about nine o’clock, I was busy dealing with the excitement of my two children as they got ready for their first rock gig ever. In the early afternoon, we drove over to Nottingham for the FM, Europe and Foreigner concert. We took the opportunity to link up with some old friends for dinner beforehand, and then we launched ourselves head over heels into the rock extravaganza.

The Big Rock Gig--the boys' first--and we loved every minute... Especially when Europe delivered The Final Countdown!

The Big Rock Gig–the boys’ first–and we loved every minute… Especially when Europe delivered The Final Countdown!

8 April—Older Son’s Actual Birthday
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that we like to party here at the Wells house. Certainly by the end of this post, you’ll be convinced of the fact. So either way, it’s no surprise that in addition to the ‘pre-party’ on Saturday, we also celebrated my son’s ninth birthday in style on the actual day.

Of course we had a proper birthday cake 'on the day'. S.H.I.E.L.D., as made by birthday boy and dad.

Of course we had a proper birthday cake ‘on the day’. S.H.I.E.L.D., as made by birthday boy and dad.

12 April—Wedding Anniversary (Number 11)
Yup! Eleven amazing years! With all our normal babysitters literally being out of the country owing to the Easter holidays, we elected to turn our anniversary day into a family celebration. We amused ourselves cooking up a feast of home-made ravioli, filled with lobsters for the adults and four cheeses for the kids. If you’ve ever made ravioli from scratch, you’ll know that this can easily take up a day. We had cake and fizz and snacks and music in between, and it was glorious. Writing? Errr…

Homemade Lobster Ravioli... the best anniversary dinner ever!

Homemade Lobster Ravioli… the best anniversary dinner ever!

19 April—Unscheduled Day Trip to Bristol
The week following our wedding anniversary passed in a blur. We made Easter decorations, baked cakes, and went on outings—work can wait, right?

On Saturday, 19 April, we travelled to Bristol for the day to visit one of our children’s best friends who was in hospital with a burst appendix. We left Lincoln at seven a.m., arrived in Bristol at just after eleven a.m., and dashed to the hospital to see the patient. Our visit lasted only twenty minutes, and those were spent in shifts as the poorly patient couldn’t have more than two visitors at a time, but it was absolutely one-hundred percent worth it to see her little pale face light up.

After we said our farewells, we dropped in on some other friends, and then some other friends… and some other friends still. We turned the day into a flying-visit-bonanza of epic proportions with three rounds of tea and cake and a big dinner, and we had an absolute blast.

20 April—Easter Sunday
The traditional egg hunt took place a little later than planned owing to our very late arrival back from Bristol the previous night. Eggs duly found and gathered by the kids, we went to church, cooked lunch, watched a movie, and ate altogether too many chocolate eggs. Did you know that you can’t possibly work on a book if you’ve overdosed on chocolate?

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

24 April—Husband’s 40th Birthday
As if April hadn’t been eventful enough already, my husband also celebrated his fortieth birthday. The kids and I spent ages making him a special commemorative present in the week leading up to the Big Day. On the day itself, I got busy organising a surprise dinner and putting the final touches to the surprise cake party. Birthday boy himself didn’t want a fuss, of course, but you’ve got to, for your fortieth, right? I arranged for several friends and their children to creep quietly into the house while the boys and I distracted Jon in the kitchen with his steak dinner. When everybody had arrived, we allowed Jon to go into the hitherto locked up dining room, and everyone jumped out and shouted ‘surprise.’ The look on my birthday husband’s face was, as the saying goes, priceless.

Happy 40th Birthday, Jon!

Happy 40th Birthday, Jon!

26 April—110 Reasons to Celebrate
To round the month off perfectly, we had a big party in the local village hall celebrating all in one go: all recent family birthdays, our wedding anniversary, and our moving-house anniversary. Family from near and far and friends old and new came together to dance, sing and make merry—kids ‘n’ all. The Higgledy Piggledy Band took us through our paces in many a round of ceilidh dancing, and everybody had brought food to turn the buffet into a veritable feast. At one point, I was invited by Tom, the caller, to demonstrate a dance (what, who, me, with my two left feet?) and a little later in the evening, the guitarist decided to go rock and launched into a rendition of ‘Mustang Sally’, for which he summoned me to be backing singer. I accepted the challenge, although I requested backup from a friend, and it was an exhilarating if possibly slightly out-of-tune stage debut for the both of us.

Let's party! Actually... I really wanted to include a party photo here, but I was so busy having a great time, I never even got the camera out of the bag. LOL!

Let’s party! Actually… I really wanted to include a party photo here, but I was so busy having a great time, I never even got the camera out of the bag. LOL!

The highlight of the evening, however, was to see the many smiling faces of parents dancing with their kids, of kids dancing, and of everybody having a whale of a time.

Getting my priorities right…
With all of these goings on, it is fair to say that during the month of April, I didn’t overachieve, as would usually be my wont. There are many things I wanted to do that I never got round to. However! Everything that needed to get done has been done to bring you my next book on time. Editing, proofing and cover design is all under control. Fallen For Rock will be out on 3 July. Watch out for the cover reveal in late May!

Meanwhile, the whole family is buzzing with happiness and memories right now. We had a truly outstanding month with many events we will never forget. When all is said and done, that’s what life is about. Rock on!