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Sophie’s Encore Launch: A photo and audio round-up of festivities!

Remember that tune, “Oh What a Night?” Now sing, “Oh What A Week” and you’ll know where I’m coming from!


Last week saw the launch of my third novel, Sophie’s Encore. Festivities began with a radio launch party over at Siren 107.3 FM on Wednesday, 4 September. That Wednesday morning dawned clear and bright, and I had no idea just how much fun the next few days would hold.

Here’s my launch week in photos and audio clips. Thank you to everyone who took part, stopped by, sent good wishes, tweeted, shared on Facebook and bought The Book. You rock. And I couldn’t be an author without you.

Pub Day -1:
Radio Celebrity (LOL!)

SPECIAL GUESTS:

THE HUSH ROCK BAND
NICK ELLIOTT
XANDER DEMOS

Listen In!

(click HERE: southsidebroadcasting, then click ‘Listen Now’)

Sophie’s Encore Party on Siren 107.3 FM, Part 1:
Starting in Nashville with Cameron Tilbury before
another note from Jersey with Anna Lewis.
***includes reading from Sophie’s Encore***

Sophie’s Encore Party on Siren 107.3 FM, Part 2:
We take a slight detour and discuss badger culling and Farmers Weekly awards… we rock’n’roll in every respect! 

Sophie’s Encore Party on Siren 107.3 FM, Part 3:
Another encounter with premier photographer Nick Elliott, plus lead guitarist with The Hush, Lee Landrum — with heaps of shout-outs to online listeners…

Sophie’s Encore Party on Siren 107.3 FM, Part 4:
Ace Rock Guitarist Xander Demos shoots the breeze with Nicky Wells, Holly Cox, Hannah Sylvester , Ed Wellman & Alex Lewczuk, before the team provide a Midweek Drive debut for Actor/Producer Burt Bulos, who provides the team with thoughts on `The Lady Killers` `NCIS` & more…

In-Show Photo: Hannah Sylvester, Ed Wellman, Holly Cox (and me, of course). :-)

In-Show Photo: Hannah Sylvester, Ed Wellman, Holly Cox (and me, of course). :-)

Living like the rock stars... let's have an After Party!

Living like the rock stars… let’s have an After Party!

And a toast! Of course, a toast" *Cheers*

And a toast! Of course, a toast” *Cheers*

Publication Day:
Local Author in Action

All set and ready to roll at Welton Library.

All set and ready to roll at Welton Library.

First arrivals... let's take a photo before it gets busy!

First arrivals… let’s take a photo before it gets too busy!

Time for dinner! Cheers! What a day... :-) Livin' it up!

Time for dinner! Cheers! What a day… :-) Livin’ it up!

Publication Day +1:
Bestselling Author

Friday, 6 September, was spent largely recovering from the blast of the days before, responding to emails, chatting with folks and (*psssst don’t tell anyone*) catching up on sleep. No photos of the sleeping beauty, though. :-)

However. THIS is what I found in the morning on Amazon.com. It’s a ranking for Sophie’s Turn, book 1 in the Trilogy.

Get this. Sophie's Turn is now *officially* a BESTSELLING ROMANTIC COMEDY!!!  (And the image is so large not because I enjoy showing off ~ although *coughs* I do ~ but because otherwise, you can't see what's on it. LOL

Get this. Sophie’s Turn is now *officially* a BESTSELLING ROMANTIC COMEDY!!!
(And the image is so large not because I enjoy showing off ~ although *coughs* I do ~ but because otherwise, you can’t see what’s on it. LOL

Publication Day +2:
Author On Tour

On Saturday morning, I presented myself bright and early at the BookStop Café in Lincoln for a two-hour author appearance. Huge thanks to Joff Gainey for making this possible. :-)

Setting up ~ prime position by the entrance. Nice job!

Setting up ~ prime position by the entrance. Nice job!

First customer. Yes, she bought the entire Trilogy. Thank you! :-)

First customer. Yes, she bought the entire Trilogy. Thank you! :-)

With Paul Redfern, who kept me amused with anecdotes from his favourite spot on the sofa opposite.

With Paul Redfern, who kept us all amused with anecdotes from his favourite spot on the sofa opposite my ‘signing station’.

"Queuing out the door." (Joff's caption for this ace photo!)

“Queuing out the door.” (Joff’s caption for this ace photo!)

Review Highlights

These are highlights from the reviews that rolled in for Sophie’s Encore on September 4, 5 and 6, 2013.

WORTHY OF A SHINY PLATINUM DISC! 5 Crowns! Perusing Princesses

How to read Sophie’s Encore: get rid of house mates, take phone off the hook, do not answer the door! Kim The Bookworm

With Sophie’s Encore, Nicky Wells gives the reader one hell of a finale! 5 Stars! Jersey Girl Book Reviews

Sophie’s Encore is in a league of its own! Cosmochicklitan

Fast paced and addictive! Today I’m Reading

~I hid in the photocopy room in work to finish the book! Oh lovely Dan. Oh sexy Dan! Dan rocked my world! Brook Cottage Books

And best of all, there were some blush-worthy scenes! Chick Lit Central

Without a doubt, one of my favorite reads of the year! Thank you Nicky Wells….you are the quintessential author of fiction! Nancy Reilly

Wow-eee! Well, what can I say? Thank you, dear readers and supporters. You all rock, every one of you.
It was a fabulous launch, an amazing reward for me personally, and an incentive to do it all again, and soon….

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Rock on!

Launch day for Sophie’s Run!

7 February.
On this day in 2012, I had submitted my first novel, Sophie’s Turn, to Sapphire Star Publishing a few weeks previously. I was waiting with bated breath to hear back, having shared this latest submission with only my closest three friends and, of course, my husband. I was trying to keep a lid on it.

OSo imagine how excited I am today, less than a year that I signed with my publisher, to shout about the release of my second book, Sophie’s Run.

This might be a good time to put a finger in your ears.
LOL!

About Sophie’s Run

Glamour, glitz, intrigue, romance, weddings, betrayal, travel, rock music, food, a fire, an exploding cake, a gorgeous rock star, a zany best friend and a dashing male nurse.

Sophies_Run.inddGirl next door gets incredibly distraught in her quest for true love ~ Sophie‘s story.

Rock star suffers unrequited love ~ Dan‘s story.

Best friend loses her way, big time ~ Rachel‘s story.

Boy next door can’t believe his luck ~ Steve‘s story.

Intrigued? Here’s the blurb:

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

So she has finally found the man of her dreams; well, she’s seen him, for sure!  Yet 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. Surprising herself and shocking her friends, she embarks on a secret journey and eventually gets her life back on track.

Sophie’s Run is now available in Kindle edition from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, and in Paperback edition from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. You can also get the paperback at Barnes & Noble, or download Sophie’s Run onto your Nook (coming soon).

Stop Press! To celebrate the launch of Sophie’s Run, you can get your Kindle copy of Sophie’s Turn for a special promotional price of $.099/£0.77 for TODAY (7 February 2013) ONLY. If you haven’t got it already ~ here’s your promo chance!!

The Preview Party

YesSR_Siren_badgeterday, I had the tremendous pleasure of hosting a Preview Launch Party for Sophie’s Run over on Siren 107.3 FM. Chief host and producer was, of course, the one and only Alex Lewczuk, who very kindly dedicated the midweek drive show to this launch. We had some illustrious guests phoning in and here are the highlights:

THE_HUSH_at_El_Rey_Theater_Los_Angeles_2010THE HUSH ROCK BAND
Lead singer Jazmine Giovanni and guitarist Lee Landrum phoned in from United States to chat about writing, making and performing rock music and shared some rock star moments with us.

Reviewer Kim Nash plus Amy Lichtenhan and Katie Henson of Sapphire Star Publishing

Kim & BooksReviewer, book lover and ace book blogger, Kim Nash, shared her thoughts on Sophie’s Run… find out who she sees as Dan in ‘Sophie’s Run, the movie.’

main_logoAmy Lichtenhan and Katie Henson of Sapphire Star Publishing chat about signing the Rock Star Romance Trilogy and the appeal of my books. This is the part where I blush!

We had a fabulous time in studio!

Talking to my phone-in VIPs!

Talking to my phone-in VIPs!

And this is only the beginning! I’ll try to bring you a soundclip for our fabulous chat with iconic rock photographer, Nick Elliott, as soon as possible. Meanwhile, you can already listen to the podcast for the Sophie’s Run Special MidWeek Drive featuring  Nick as well as a couple of readings from Sophie’s Run and a chat with Cameron Tilbury here: http://southsidebroadcasting.podbean.com/2013/02/06/the-midweek-drive-sophies-run-launch-day-special/

In the studio celebrating with me were:

~Alex Lewczuk
~Ed Wellman
~Katie Grimason
~Shelley Paulson

Katie Grimason, Shelley Paulson, and Ed Wellman, dream team!

Katie Grimason, Shelley Paulson, and Ed Wellman, dream team!

Sophie's Run on air give-away, competently adminstered and adjudicated by ED WELLMAN. Draw effected by Shelley Paulson and Katie Grimason and the winner is.... SHERYL BROWNE! Congratulations!

Sophie’s Run on air give-away, competently administered and adjudicated by ED WELLMAN. Draw effected by Shelley Paulson and Katie Grimason and the winner is…. SHERYL BROWNE! Congratulations!

Alex, Nicky, Ed and Katie: CHEERS!

Alex, Nicky, Ed and Katie: CHEERS!

The Party goes on ~ Join in and grab a giveaway!

I am celebrating all day over on Facebook! Pop on over and share your music, your rock stories, and your favourite bits of Sophie’s Turn or Sophie’s Run. I’d love to see you there!

Speaking of sharing, I am offering a giveaway! A double giveaway!

First of all, because I love chocolate almost as much as I love rock music, I am giving away one delicious chocolate gift to a lucky winner in the UK or North America!

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You can enter here: a Rafflecopter giveaway

 The small print: This Gift prize is a product of Unique Chocolate. The Gift prize is subject to availability in your country. If the Gift prize is not available in your country, Nicky Wells reserves the right to offer a substitute gift prize of a similar nature at her discretion. Nicky Wells will require the winner’s postal address for shipping purposes.

BONUS GIVEAWAY!

I am offering a giveaway of one Amazon gift voucher worth $20/£15 for one lucky winner. To enter, simply share your thoughts on Sophie’s Run with me. Email your comment to nickywells@sapphirestarpublishing.com and your name will be entered into the draw. Competition closes 1 May 2013. Good luck!

Thank you!

Thank you very much for your support over the past months and your enthusiasm for this launch. My job wouldn’t be worth doing if it weren’t for you, my readers, and I appreciate your every tweet, your every like, every email, every piece of feedback, every idea you share. Rock on!

A big thank you also goes to the following people for all their support: my husband and my family, Amy and Katie at Sapphire Star Publishing; Alex Lewzcuk and the team at Siren 107.3 FM; Linn B Halton; everyone at loveahappyending.com; my writing buddy, Sue Fortin; THE HUSH BAND; Nick Elliott; Kim Nash; Sharon Goodwin; Nova Reylin; Tobi Helton; Kate Verrier; Evelyn Chong; Katie Mettner. You guys are my rock stars and I couldn’t do this without you. Mwah!

A Shared Book Birthday: Give It Up for Elizabeth Arroyo!!

TheSecondSign_350elizabetharroyoMy Sapphire Star Publishing sister, the talented Elizabeth Arroyo, is also celebrating today as she releases her first novel, The Second Sign.

Hop on over to Elizabeth’s website or Facebook party to say hello and take part in the festivities!

Congrats, Elizabeth, I hope you have a rocking first Book Birthday! XX

Let’s party….

Come on Tour with Sophie and Dan! ~ Sophie’s Run Blog Tour

Can it really be time for another blog tour already? My second masterpiece, Sophie’s Run, launches next week on 7 February, and I have the blog tour all sorted out. Well, you know me. I’m organized like that. And I like to party!

As before, I am going to stop at lots of blogs; nearly sixty, in fact. The tour includes many of my blogger friends old and new, and a fabulous cast of book bloggers from  Reading Addiction Blog Tours, kindly organized for me by my lovely publisher, Sapphire Star Publishing. There is a tremendous diversity here and I am truly excited to embark on this journey… and to take you with me.

Blog Tour with a Difference

Speaking of: this blog tour really is a journey in more ways than one, and this makes it quite different from my previous tours. In addition to the traditional-style fun interviews and interesting guest posts, there is also a theme that connects many of the features.

Sophie and Dan would like to take you on a tour of geographic and culinary discovery, showing you many of the places they have visited and sharing recipes for their favourite meals. Are you ready to go on tour with my hero and heroine?

Photo Credits: See Below

Photo Credits: See Below

But first things first: Thank You!

As always, I want to give due credit and say Thank You to all these amazing bloggers and fellow authors who are giving up their time and making space on their blogs to help me shout about Sophie’s Run. There are some new faces in the roll call, and I am so thrilled to have met you and enticed you onto this journey. And there are plenty of familiar faces who haven’t tired of undertaking my publication journey with me, coming along for a second and, in some cases, even a third time. I hope you know how much your support means to me. Whether new friend or long-standing best mate, I couldn’t do this without you. Thank You.

Sophie’s Run Launch Tour 2013
Come On Tour with Sophie and Dan!

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Stops and features are subject to change. Links may not function until the date a post is scheduled. *Asterisked stops have been scheduled by Reading Addiction Blog Tours on behalf of Sapphire Star Publishing: Thank You!
 

07 February 2013  Romance that Rocks Your World  Launch Party, Rock Star Style

07 February 2013  AL Jackson  Someday! Launching Sophie’s Run

07 February 2013  Loveahappyending.com  Same procedure as last time, Miss Sophie?

07 February 2013  The Romaniacs  Necessity is the mother of invention

07 February 2013  We Do Write  Interview

*07 February 2013  Reading Addiction Blog Tours  Meet and Greet

08 February 2013  Bookreview by Rea  Berlin

*09 February 2013  Andi’s Book Reviews  Review/Interview

10 February 2013  Jera’s Jamboree  Paris and Review

11 February 2013  Dizzy C’s Little Book Blog  Lazy Surf’n’Turf and Review

*11 February  2013  Beth Art From the Heart  Review

*12 February 2013  The Boyfriend Bookmark blog  Review

13 February 2013  Eve’s Chick Lit Reviews  Seaside

*13 February 2013  What’s On the Bookshelf?  Review/Guest Post

15 February 2013  Love Reading Love Books  Hamburg

17 February 2013  Forget the Housework  Rock Star Lobster Ravioli

*18 February 2013 Author Ever Leigh  Review

*19 February 2013  Stephanie Keyes  Lobster

*19 February 2013  The Adventures Within  Review/Guest Post

20 February 2013 The View Outside Drunken Prawn Pasta

*20 February 2013  My Reading Addiction Review

22 February 2013  The Book Chick  London

*22 February 2013 Queen of All She Reads  Review/Guest Post

*23 February 2013 Cocktails and Books  Review and Guest Post

24 February 2013  Me My Books and I  Rock Star Scallops and Pancetta

*24 February 2013  Dee’s Book Blog  Giveaway

25 February 2013  Mandy Baggot  New York

*26 February 2013  Me and Reading  Review/Guest Post

*27 February 2013  Kaisy Daisy’s Corner  Review

01 March 2013  Patricia Sands  Highlands

*01 March 2013  Cozie Corner  Review

*02 March 2013  Jersey Girl Book Reviews  Review/Interview

03 March 2013  Jo Lambert – Writer  Tea and Talk at Sally Lunns

*03 March 2013  Let’s Get Booked  Review/Guest Post

04 March 2013  Kim The Bookworm  Come into my kitchen…

*04 March 2013  Solitary Bookworm  Book Highlight

*05 March 2013  Muse Unleashed  Review

*07 March 2013 Reading Addiction Blogtours Review Wrap Up
(psst: average rating of 4.7!!!!!)

08 March 2013  Today I’m Reading  Newquay

09 March 2013  Words from Anneli  Paella

18 March 2013  Fascinating Books  Langeoog

22 March 2013  Celtic Connexions  Edinburgh

24 March 2013  Janice Horton  Author showcase and give-away

25 March 2013  Chick Lit Central  Review and give-away

26 March 2013  Sheryl Browne  Munich

28 March 2013  My Life. One Story at a Time.  Brussels

31 March 2013  Chick Lit and Wine  Mussels

01 April 2013  Bonnie Trachtenberg  Stockholm

04 April 2013  Jen Tucker  Pizza

05 April 2013  Books 4U  Tooting (London)

08 April 2013  Chick Lit Plus  Cheesy Fondue and Review

10 April 2013  Amy Gregory  Lasagna

12 April 2013  My Seryniti  Canada

14 April 2013  Hello, You  Dan’s Take on Travelling

15 April 2013  Chick Lit Club Connect (blog)  When (my) life imitates (my) art: confessions of the eternal rock chick

17 April 2013  Brook Cottage Books  Grünkohl mit Pinkel (sort of)  and review

19 April 2013  Jennifer M Eaton  Nicky meets The Little Blue Lady from Mars

What do you say? Are you coming?

You’ll get to see a lot of places
and you certainly won’t be bored, or hungry.

And lest I forget: Most stops will offer a GIVEAWAY as well, so it’s well worth stopping by.

Rock on! :-)

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Photo Credits
Food photos are my own. All others as attributed:
(1) By Vwpolonia75 (Jens K. Müller, Hamburg) (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
(2) By Lee Kindness [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC-BY-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
(3) By Daniel Schwen (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
(4) By Stefan Krude (Stefan_Krude) (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
(5) By User:Huebi (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC-BY-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
(6) Source: By Joseph Plotz (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
(7) By Rnt20 at en.wikipedia. Later version(s) were uploaded by Ian Dunster at en.wikipedia. (Transferred from en.wikipedia) [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons
(8) By Derek Harper [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
(9) By Benh LIEU SONG (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
(10) By Taken by Shmuel Spiegelman using a Canon 10D. (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/1.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
(11) By Oke (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC-BY-SA-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5-2.0-1.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Unveiling the Sophie’s Run Launch Extravaganza

The day is drawing near…yes, Sophie’s Run is nearly here!
Twelve days and counting!

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You know me. I like to party. You do know that by now, right?
So I have a bit of an extravaganza planned.
Are you ready?

Preview-Launch!
The Sophie’s Run RADIO Party,
6 FEBRUARY

The wonderful, one-and-only Alex Lewczuk over at Siren FM has very kindly agreed to dedicate the Wednesday Midweek Drive slot to celebrating the launch of Sophie’s Run.

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Isn’t it simply awesome?
We will be Live on Air from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. GMT and
YOU CAN LISTEN LIVE no matter where you are!
You can find Siren at 107.3 FM and ONLINE!  Tune in for:

~Readings from Sophie’s Run
~Chat with some Very Special Guests indeed
~Rock music, and non-rock music. Of course!
~A fab give-away (more below)

SPECIAL GUESTS
Well, what would a party be without guests?
Proudly presenting my phone-in guests:

THE HUSH ROCK BAND
We’ll be chatting with lead singer Jazmine and guitarist Lee!

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Photo Courtesy of THE HUSH, with thanks. :-)

NICK ELLIOTT

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Photo Courtesy of Nick Elliott Press Office: Thank You!

Photo Courtesy of Nick Elliott Press Office: Thank You!

Renowned Rock Photographer Nick Elliott will be joining us on the phone to chat about his work and The Magic of Rock!
Find out more about Nick at from his Press Office Page on Facebook, on his official Press Office Blog, or follow him on Twitter.

SAPPHIRE STAR PUBLISHING
Of course Katie Henson and Amy Lichtenhan would be there. What would a launch party be without my lovely publishers?

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KIM THE BOOKWORM
Reviewer and book blogger extraordinaire, Kim Nash, will offer her perspective on the Rock Star Romance books.

Kim & Books

Also joining us telephonically will be Cameron Tilbury, CEO of MapleStar Music and Media, Phil Leirness, and Michele Monro, among others. What a line-up!

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STUDIO GUESTS
Naturally, there will be a live, real-person party going on, too. In studio celebrating with me will be:

~Alex Lewczuk
~Ed Wellman
~Katie Grimason
~Nichola Clancy
~Natasha Turney

~Karen Waring
~my lovely husband
~and drop-in surprise guests (possibly)

****ON AIR GIVE-AWAY***

One Signed Copy of Sophie’s Run up for grabs!!!
Don’t miss your chance to win a signed copy of Sophie’s Run.

Simply tune in and share your thoughts on the show while we’re live on air, and your name will be entered in the draw.
Here’s what to do:
Post a comment to Siren FM’s Facebook page or on your own timeline tagging Siren FM, or tweet the show at @sirenfm and you’re in with a chance to win. Good luck, and happy listening!

Book Signings

Yes! Readers came! My first visitor arrived at just a few minutes after 10 a.m. Witness: my first author signature in a newly-purchased reader's copy of Sophie's Turn. Awesome feeling!

Okay, I admit it… Here’s one I took earlier! But you get the idea…

PREVIEW SIGNING
Siren Studios, Lincoln, 6 February, 7 p.m. onwards

Music, drinks and nibbles (subject to permission)

LAUNCH DAY SIGNING
Welton Library, 7 February, 10 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.

Tea, coffee and biscuits (music pending permission ~ it is a library!)

Virtual Parties

Join me right here on my blog and on Facebook for a
virtual all-day party zone!

Do you reckon I’ve got enough partying planned?

Now tell me: what songs should I put on the playlist?
#ThinkRock

Sign, Author, Sign

Yesterday saw another first in this, my year of authorly firsts. I hosted my first meet-the-author and book signing event. Hooray!

A few weeks ago, I connected with my local librarian, the lovely Karen Waring, and she was extremely enthusiastic about the idea of hosting a local author in one of her libraries, complete with book signing event. We picked a date (20 October) and a place (Welton Library, in Welton-by-Lincoln) and even set a time (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.). We were on!

Both of us set to work publicising the event and yesterday morning, I presented myself at 9:50 a.m. to set up shop.

Was I nervous? Of course I was a little nervous. One worry was simply: would anyone turn up? And the second worry was: how would people feel about being invited to buy a book in a library, where they normally come to loan their reading material?

Well, here’s how it went.

Setting Up Shop

Books ~ check. Postcards ~ check. Bookmarks ~ check. Tasty treat ~ check. Visual hooks ~ check (1 book standing up, 1 big poster).

Taking a closer look… yes, I think this is good. Spy the fancy bookmark in the upright copy? This was a publication day present from two very special people and doesn’t it just add panache to the ensemble?

I’m ready… I think!

A big Thank You to my amazing loveahappyending friend, Sheryl Browne. I owe most of the ideas for this display, specifically the visual hooks, getting a copy of my book to stand upright, and the absolute need for a table-cloth (!) to a stellar blogpost she wrote on book signings on the Romaniacs blog. Sheryl, it worked!

The Quiet Before the Storm…

Meet the librarian: give it up for Karen!

Caught sharing a laugh off camera…  Having fun already.

huge Thank You to Karen for her amazing enthusiasm and stellar support. It is outstanding to have a library working so hard at creating a real sense of community and at bringing authors and readers together. I feel honoured and privileged to have made friends and I look forward to many more book signings in libraries up and down the county (and beyond?). You rock!

Thank you also, of course, to Karen’s fellow librarian, Jo, for helping set up, directing people my way, taking photos, printing photos, making cups of tea and generally keeping things ticking over. You ladies are a brilliant team!

…And Action!

Yes! Readers came! My first visitor arrived at just a few minutes after 10 a.m. Witness: my first author signature in a newly-purchased reader’s copy of Sophie’s Turn. Awesome feeling!

That was fun. Let’s have another go…

Of course I’ll sign another!

Meet Some of My Guests

Honestly, I had no idea this would be so much fun! Thank you to everybody who agreed to have their photo taken and let me post it right here on my blog.

And the Verdict?

Obviously, I had a lot of fun. Huge amounts of fun, in fact. I look forward to doing it all again.

Did people come? They certainly did. I barely had a moment’s rest during the three hours. I met some wonderful people and had some fantastically interesting conversations. It was amazing.

Did I sell and sign some books? You already know the answer to that. Yes, I sold some books. Not dozens, and dozens. But more than I dared hope.

Moreover, two of my guests took a copy of Sophie’s Turn out of the library there and then in addition to the copy that had already been borrowed earlier in the week.  There are copies in circulation! And as if that wasn’t enough, I’m told that two or three people requested a loan copy today so there is now a waiting list. My heart sings.

Lessons learned. Was it a perfect event? Probably not. Here’s what I will do differently next time.

1) I will have a proper stand for my huge visual.

2) Wherever possible, I will set myself up in direct line of vision (and walking) of the front entrance. The most important tool I had to draw people into conversation, apart from the librarians’ kind assistance, was eye contact. It’s easier to make eye contact if you’re unmissably in the line of sight; therefore, in future, I will put myself there.

3) I will print out and have available for perusing some of the fabulous reviews that Sophie’s Turn has received. This will get me around the uncomfortable moment of reassuring potential readers that of course Sophie’s Turn is a fantastic read. Instead of bragging, I can just let the reviews do their work. Easy, and obvious (hindsight is always 20-20!).

So this was it. My inaugural book signing event. I am elated, excited and exhausted. I feel very fortunate to have had my first signing event in such a lovely and supportive environment, and with such enthusiastic hosts.

I hope everyone who bought or borrowed my book will enjoy it and spread the word. Thank you. And I look forward to the next event… Karen has some places and dates in mind, and I am in her extremely capable hands.

Rock On! :-)

Hitting the paper

So this is what it feels like to be in the paper.
Exciting. A bit scary. A little weird.

Unlike a normal blog tour stop, this is an article written by someone else about me, having spoken to me at length over a cuppa or two and having taken copious notes, of course… but still, somebody else wrote. About me.

Now, you know me. I’m a control freak. I like to have a say in what’s written, and I’m very particular about my photos. So this experience, over which I have little control, is not unlike looking into a mirror, with the same inherent question: Will I like what I see?

The answer is, yes! Thank you to Dawn at the Lincolnshire Echo for a fabulous write-up and to John for coming all this way to take a photo. Hope to meet you both again soon!

Credits: The article below was published in Lincolnshire Echo on Thursday 13 Sepember. The author is Dawn Hinsley, Features writer, Lincolnshire Echo. Picture by John Jenkins. Thank you to Lincolnshire Echo for letting me post this article on my blog.

So here goes:

Whoop! Well chuffed. :-) I absolutely love that Dawn picked up my ‘what’s Sophie’s Turn like’ nugget: Sophie’s Turn is Bridget Jones rocks out in Notting Hill. What do you reckon?

THANK YOU!

Thank you very much indeed,
one and all.

Once again, words seem hardly adequate to convey what I wish to say to you all today, but a humble “Thank you” will have to do for the amazing party that was the launch of Sophie’s Turn right here on this blog yesterday.

Thank you to everyone who visited, commented, and partied along. You are amazing.

We had the launch party of all launch parties for Sophie’s Turn!

Everywhere I looked yesterday during the launch day celebrations, there were tweets flying around, comments posted on Facebooks, visitors to the first blogstops of my massive launch blogtour. You created a buzz that was tangible and audible all over the place and all the way down to my little office in this small village in Lincolnshire.

For that, I am truly grateful. This launch went on stage rocking and rolling and I personally will certainly never forget the day. All thanks to you. So stand up proud and take a bow for my roll call of honour!

AL Jackson

Ali Bacon

Amanda Egan

Amy Lichtenhan

Anneli Purchase

Beth Art from the Heart

Bonnie Trachtenberg

Carol Kinsey

Carol E Wyer

Chris Longmuir

Dana Mason

Darlene Jones

Deborah Smith

Dorothy Dreyer

Elizabeth Arroyo

Emma Calin

Evelyn Chong

Jaimie Admans

Janice Horton

Jennifer Tucker

Jessie Dalrymple

Joanna Gawn

Jojokitten

Kate Verrier

Katie Henson

Katie Mettner

Leisa Hook

Linn B. Halton

Loveahappyending.com

Lynne

Mandy Baggot

Melanie Robertson King

Miriam Wakerly

Nancy S Thompson

Nika Wegner

Richard Holmes

Sharon Goodwin

Sheryl Browne

Stephanie Keyes

Sue Fortin

Susan Livingston

The Romaniacs

Yasmin Selena Butt

An extra special thank you has to go to my special guests, the THE HUSH BAND. I was terribly excited when they announced they were coming to the party, ready to play a song. I was not prepared for the Twitter storm and Facebook fest that followed! Moreover, THE HUSH also supplied us with generous amounts of bubbly. A box of champagne to begin with,  a special edition Coppola called Sofia, and then Bellinis, too. I am completely bowled over by your support. You seriously rock!

Post-Script

My head is somewhat heavy this morning, and my brain is not functioning terribly well. If, by any terrible happenstance, I have forgotten to thank you, please don’t take the omission personally; rest assured, I didn’t mean to! And please don’t sit there quietly in a sulk and a grumble: let me know, and I’ll fix the situation post haste. Promise!

Happy Reading of Sophie’s Turn! Did you enjoy the launch party?