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Are you ready? Introducing the blog tour of all blog tours: #sophiesturn

Taking a deep breath.  And another one. Trying to calm my nerves, contain the excitement that is threatening to spill over and engulf me.

Tomorrow is launch day for Sophie’s Turn. Tomorrow, I will party. And I’ll post a party piece with all the joys and thank yous and everything. But today, I’m sharing with you the itinerary for the promotion journey that Sophie, Dan, Sapphire Star Publishing and I will undertake with sixty-three outstanding bloggers and reviewers. Yes, you read that right. Sixty-three! Hence my question… are you ready?

How did this come about? I don’t rightly now. Sapphire Star Publishing organised a fabulous blog tour on my behalf with Reading Addiction Blog Tours. And I got in touch with the bloggers I had come to know and love from a previous release of Sophie’s Turn. The response has been overwhelming, the support is staggering and I am just totally over the moon. The result is the blog tour of all blog tours.

Don’t panic. I won’t be asking you to visit every stop. I won’t be asking you to tweet yourself to death (that’s my job, wish me luck). I won’t even stalk you with continuous updates, although hopefully you’ll see the odd tweet or three… :-) I’m simply posting the schedule here, in a safe, obvious space on my blog, so that if you DO want to stop by and say hello on any given day, you can find me. That’s all.

Lastly, 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 Turn. I couldn’t do it without you. So without furhter ado, take a look at this schedule and stand in awe, as I do, at the amazing support for my baby.

See?

SOPHIE’S TURN:
THE LAUNCH TOUR 2012

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!
 

6 September  Romance that Rocks Your World  Party Time!

6 September  Jera’s Jamboree  Review, give-away and interview: Update on my publishing journey

6 September  AL Jackson  Guest post: The rock song that kept me going

6 September  Loveahappyending.com  Guest post: The journey begins

6 September  The Romaniacs  Guest post: A natural born singer. Not.

6 September  We Do Write  Interview: Getting to know me…

6 September  Dizzy C’s Little Book Blog  Review, excerpt and give-away

6 September  Celtic Connexions  Quick introduction to Sophie’s Turn

6 September  Beth Art From the Heart*  Review and guest post: A Day in the Life

6 September  Fascinating Books  Review and Guest post: The roaming writer

7 September  Wonderland Reviews*  Review and interview

8 September  Louise Graham  Review and interview: Hiya! meets Sophie and Dan

8 September  Andi’s Book Reviews *  Review, give-away and guest post: Why book covers are so important

9 September  Bookreview by Rea  Review, give-away and interview: Where do my characters come from?

10 September  For the Love of Film and Novels*  Review, give-away and guest post

11 September  Books For Me*  Review and excerpt

12 September   Solitary Bookworm*  Review, give-away and excerpt

14 September  Stephanie Keyes  Interview: Am I Sophie?

14 September   My Seryniti *  Review, excerpt, give-away and interview

15 September  Love reading love books  Review and interview: Tell us about writing Sophie’s Turn…

16 September  The Book Chick  Review, give-away and guest post: I don’t procrastinate

17 September  My Reading Room*  Review, give-away and interview

18 September  Mandy Baggot  Guest post: Mandy interviews Dan Hunter

18 September  Romantic Novelists’ Association Blog  Guest post: Titles and covers, and covers and titles…

18 September  Up All Night Reviews*  Review, excerpt and give-away

19 September   A Date With a Book*  Review, excerpt and give-away

20 September  Amy Gregory  Guest post: Just the right side of hot and steamy…

22 September  Chick lit and Wine  Review, give-away and guest post: Sophie’s Turn goes Wine Tasting 101

23 September  Forget the Housework  Interview and give-away

24 September  What’s Beyond Forks?*  Review, excerpt, give-away and interview

25 September  Hello, You  Excerpt and interview: Meet Nicky Wells, the author who loves rock stars

27 September  Me, my books and I  Review, excerpt and give-away

27 September  Cocktails and Books*  Review, give-away and guest post: A Day in the Life…

28 September  Booklovin’ Mamas*  Give-away and guest post: Why Book Covers Matter…

29 September  Chick Lit Club Connect  Give-away and guest post: Rock Star Romance… by proxy

29 September  Crazy Four Books*  Review, excerpt, give-away

30 September  Liv for Today  Review, give-away and Q&A

1 October  My Cozie Corner*  Review and give-away

2 October  Reviews By Molly*  Review and excerpt

3 October  Reader Girls*  Review, excerpt and give-away

4 October  Jennifer M Eaton  Guest post: Peak performance

4 October  Jersey Girl Book Reviews*  Review, excerpt and guest post

4 October   LovLivLife Reviews*  Review and excerpt

6 October  Janice Horton  Guest post: High heels and broken ankles

6 October My Reading Addiction* Review and excerpt

7 October  Sheryl Browne  Guest post: Taking the plunge…

9 October  Lynn Reynolds  Review

11 October  Kim the Bookworm  Review plus interview: A little bit about life, the universe and everything

14 October  Linn B Halton  Guest post: Party and six pieces of advice

15 October  Tracie Banister  Interview and give-away

16 October  Today I’m Reading  Review, give-away and interview: Writing and inspiration

18 October  Chick Lit Central  Review, give-away and interview

19 October  My life. One story at a time  Review, give-away and interview: Where and how do I write?

21 October  Bonnie Trachtenberg  Guest post: Compulsive-Obsessive Plotting Disorder

23 October  books 4u  Guest post: A peek into the author’s office…

26 October  The Littlereader Library  Review and guest post: Changing writing habits

27 October  Words from Anneli  Introducing Nicky Wells; followed by Guest post: The Night I Was Powerless on 30 October!

30 October  Age is Just a Number  Interview and review

1 November  Patricia Sands  Guest post: Developing strength of character

6 November  She Who Blogs Behind The Rows  Guest post: There’s always a song…

9 November  ChickLitPlus  Review

11 November  Alchemy of Scrawl  Guest Post: Confessions of an Insomniac

13 November  Jen Tucker  Interview and guest post: Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Dan Hunter

 Wow! Congratulations if  you had the courage to scroll all the way down. You rock! See you on tour…

CentreStage with Linn B. Halton: Following the path that fate lays out …

Welcome again to CentreStageCentreStage showcases fantastic authors from around the world, often introducing fellow featured authors at loveahappyending.com as well as my fellow authors in the Sapphire Star Publishing family.  On CentreStage, these authors might write for you about their lives, or their writing journey, or anything else that matters to them.  Every feature will be different in format and flavour, so watch out for a variety of stories and tales.

Today, it is my great pleasure to welcome another loveahappyending.com featured author…  Ladies and gentlemen, I give you:  Linn B. Halton!

A great believer in fate….

People who know me well understand that I am a great believer in fate. That’s not to say I think we live our lives on ‘remote control’ by any means, but if you are born to be an eminent surgeon or a rock star … well, you will find yourself following a particular path.

Yes, I do believe we have freedom of choice but if you are making a cake and have all the ingredients in the bowl, you suddenly can’t change your mind at that point and decide you are making pasta instead! However, the sort of cake you end up with will depend on the effort you put in to make it the best it can be. It can be a plain little sponge or an amazingly decorated cupcake (both can be very enjoyable) – the choice is yours.

…and stars!

I’m old enough to be a little more laid back about things than I was even a few years’ ago. I am a typical Gemini and admit I am borderline obsessive compulsive. Hey, it’s in my genes so it’s not my fault!  It is true that over the years I have made things happen by sheer rugged determination and total commitment. I can be focussed to a fault. It’s a trait that has a good and a bad side, but it has come in handy with my third career.

A woman of many talents, including finance…

Career number one was finance. I hated maths with a passion when I was at school. However, accountancy was another matter and I specialised in planning and forecasting. For over twenty years, after my sons started school, it was something I enjoyed despite the pressures and deadlines that seemed never ending. It taught me so much about being disciplined in the way I work, about being methodical and planning ahead. Probably not the best environment for someone who leans heavily towards OCD – but my gut instincts meant that I could spot errors or problems areas in financial reports quite easily. I enjoyed investigating anomalies and resolving problems. It was a job I loved. It didn’t fulfil my artist/creative side though and the outlet for that was my hobby. Together with my husband we have lived in and renovated 13 properties to date. It was this hobby that led me into my second career.

…design…

A chance meeting and conversation led to a job offer to become an Interior Designer for new build Show Homes. For a while I had a dual role and also took on Sales & Marketing as the housing market hardened and selling was very much led by the finishes on offer to potential purchasers. It was an exciting time for me as I was responsible for making the selections for all of the internal finishes for show homes and any properties not sold prior to the final fix stage.  To be paid to go to work and choose floor and wall tiles, bathroom suites, kitchens … it was a dream. Fate had unleashed my inner longing to be creative on a larger scale.

Then my mother became unwell and my intuitive side told me (without anything concrete to confirm it) that she wasn’t going to be with us for much longer. I resigned from my job at the end of December 2008 and she died unexpectedly at the end of March 2009, three short months later.

…and writing!

My mother and I both knew that I would eventually become a writer – whether published or unpublished – because I began writing when I was 11 years old.  Family and work commitments meant I was too busy to write anything more than poetry on occasion, but I kept a journal of storylines for when I reached that me time stage of my life.  We both assumed it would be once I retired, but shortly after her death I found myself in front of the computer writing my first novel – Touched By The Light.

Fate and talent coming together at last!

I didn’t go back to work, and again fate and my mother had enabled me to see that you can walk away from the nine-to-five habit and earning a good salary. We bought a smaller house and now I spend my time writing and running three websites connected with writing. It’s more than a full-time job, it consumes all of my free time but I absolutely love it! My husband understands that this is my time, after years of working and bringing up a family he never begrudges me a second of the time I’m on the computer. We try to ensure we still get quality time together – we have date nights and holidays/short breaks to keep the magic going.  As a Grandma I find the time I spend with the grandkids grounds me and is a perfect break away from my new ‘job’.

The other day someone asked me if I ever get writer’s block. Having waited so many years to get to this stage, the answer is no. I have too many projects in my little journal waiting to be taken forward. I wrote for about sixteen months flat out after my mother died and completed five manuscripts. One she inspired, the true story Being A Sceptic Is Oh So Easy, my debut novel was released in Feb 2011 and the other three are all due out this year – starting with The Quintessential Gemini published by the fabulous Sapphire Star Publishing.

The best possible outcome!

What is hugely satisfying for me, is that this ‘job’ feels so right.  I am a square peg in a square hole – I’ve never been the round peg type of lady. For whatever reason I’m where I’m supposed to be and doing what makes me happy.  I’m so thankful for this opportunity and I’m grateful to every single person who sits down to read one of my novels, it’s an amazing thought and humbling.  It’s one thing to write, but another for people to want to read what you write.

Writing for me has never been about fame and fortune because I accept if that was my fate it would have created the opportunity for me earlier in my life.  It’s about the readers who take the time to post a kind review or Email me to let me know how they felt about a story I have written. When I was in my early 30’s I went to see a clairvoyant who told me that I had an unusual life map for a Gemini. He told me that I would gain the most pleasure from my working life at the END of my life and that I would work to a good old age. Well, if I have to write ALL of the stories in my little journal, I might have to live to the ripe old age of 120. A little cosmetic surgery may be in order if I update my author photo … It’s been a total pleasure to be here with Nicky and thank you for dropping by to help me celebrate novel no. 2!

Wow:  Introducing… The Quintessential Gemini, Linn’s masterpiece number 2! 

For twenty-one years the main focus of Katherine Dale’s life has been her work.  Love interests and hobbies came and went; but always there for her, her only constant – other than her cat delightfully named No. 4 – was her nine to five habit.   Until she’s replaced.

Her confidence is dented and she’s angry; at life and at herself.  She’s failed to grasp the office politics that were going on around her and ignored hints of ‘changes to come’ in her horoscope forecasts. For over twenty years she has followed Mark Ainsley-Thomas, a renowned Astrologer in the UK and USA.  His daily forecasts direct the way she lives her life as a typically complex Gemini.  Mark is now an ‘A’ list celebrity and his new Agent is determined to raise his profile in America, so he has to take on James Kingman to help him run his website.

Katherine is totally confused by James’ forecasts and that’s where the fun begins! 

The Quintessential Gemini is available in paperback and e-book from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.

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Linn is a featured Author on http://loveahappyending.com/.  You can visit Linn’s author page at loveahappyending.com as well as at Sapphire Star Publishing.  Linn also has her very own website and blog, and she Twitters and Facebooks as well!

Linn, a big thank you for visiting CentreStage today and sharing the path that fate had laid out for you… so far.  I am curious to see where you go from here!

Over to you, dear reader:  tell us about your fate.  Is life taking you down the path you expected… with a few twists and turns thrown in for a bit of fun?

Sophie has an exciting confession for Dan…

Indeed, it’s party time again!  Did you guess right yesterday?

I feel like a regular party girl these days. Break out the bubbly, have a little treat and join the party!  Oh, and know that while the celebrations continue, I’ll be planning the third part of the Rock Star Romance Trilogy… just how will the story end??XX

~Nicky :-)

Nicky visits Dizzy C’s Little Book Blog to talk about Part 2 in the Rock Star Romance Trilogy

Happy Wednesday!  Just a quick message to let you know that I am visiting the lovely Carol on her book blog today to talk about the sequel to Sophie’s Turn  as part of the “W.I.P. Wednesday” series.  Pop on over and visit HERE to get the scoop…

A Very Special Guest Blog Regarding RNLI Lifeboats

Today, I have the pleasure of welcoming a very unusual guest blogger to my site:  my six-year old son!  This is his first blog post ever, but he felt very strongly that he would like to visit my blog and tell the world about a subject close to his heart:  Lifeboats.  He asked if he could post on my blog and I thought… well, it’s a good cause, a great idea… why not?

He has been a member of “Storm Force“, the RNLI club for young people, pretty much since he was born.  As a family, we love visiting lifeboat stations, watching exercises, or even (as has happened on a couple of occasions) real rescues.  To raise awareness for the RNLI and its lifeboats, my six-year old drew this picture this morning:

This is what he would like to say about lifeboats:  “Lifeboats matter because they will rescue you if you’re stuck out on the sea.  Lifeboat crews are important because they drive the lifeboats out to you.  The crews aren’t paid, only the captain is, and they are all very brave.  Did you know that lifeboats don’t sink?  If they turn over, they right themselves because of the airbag that’s in the bottom of the hull.”

Well said!  A big thank you to my special guest blogger today.  If you would like to find out more about lifeboats or support their cause, visit the RNLI website here.

High praise for Nicky Wells from a discerning critic as Ela Bookworm reviews Sophie’s Turn

Last Saturday morning, just as I was nearly leaving the house with my family to visit the children’s grandparents for a birthday bonanza weekend, I got a message that Ela Bookworm had posted her review of Sophie’s Turn on her blog.  Normally, I’d launch right into the review highlights but there’s a bit more of a story here that I’d like to share.  Then you’ll understand why this review means so much to me!

Emma is a friend of mine and, in fact, was present at the gathering last summer that saw the first ‘pressure testing’ of my crazy idea to publish Sophie’s Turn.  OK, so everyone had had rather too much Pimms but still… Emma was extremely encouraging of my plans and promised then to read my work.

After the launch on Kindle, things got a bit hectic for me and I struggled to keep my head above water; I’d never Blogged or Facebooked or Tweeted in my life and it was all a bit much.  So while, of course, I included Emma in my general promotion fest, I never managed to catch up with her properly.  By the time I’d got myself a bit more savvy and organised and managed to track her down on Twitter to offer her a review copy, she had gone and bought a copy for herself.  This is the bit where I blush deeply, and a good place to say “Thanks” for Emma’s amazing dedication and support.

Now Emma leads a busy life and has been in and out of the country a lot.  But she didn’t forget her promise and she did read Sophie’s Turn.  She doesn’t read romance or ‘chick lit’ very often but she does read extensively (A LOT!) as you can see immediately upon visiting her fabulous blog.

Emma also has a very keen eye for fictional writing prowess; and, as the expression goes, “she says what she means.”  So I was curious to see what she made of rock star romance Sophie’s Turn!

I think it’s safe to say that Emma really enjoyed it!  There are a few things that she’s questioning but her conclusion blew me away:  “an entertaining piece of wish-fulfilment which is resolved satisfyingly and realistically, with a flawed heroine who eventually realises what is important in life.”  That is high praise indeed, and I am chuffed to bits.

Thanks, Emma, for posting such a detailed, thoughtful and positive review.  I really enjoyed reading it, I am proud of it, and I am mulling over the questions you raise with a view to seeing how they might apply to events in the sequel.  I’m loving it and I cannot tell you how much I appreciate it.

To find the full review, visit here–and feel free to share your thoughts, too! X

Party Time! Let’s celebrate the re-launch of Sophie’s Turn at loveahappyending.com

I am fantastically excited to be re-launching Sophie’s Turn today over at loveahappyending.com.  Join me there for a little background on my writing journey, and a fantastic excerpt of my masterpiece.

The re-launch comes at the end of a big, massive, four-month virtual book tour, which was a lot of hard work and a lot of fun.  I gained 17 fantastic reviews and gave over 20 interviews and guest blogs.  Visit my book tour close-out post for review highlights that help celebrate the re-launch and put it into a proper context:

This book ROCKS (and that’s not just my opinion…)!!!

Finally, to help you celebrate with me, I have initiated a special holiday promotion.  You can now download Sophie’s Turn from amazon.co.uk for only £0.86, and from amazon.com for only $0.99.  All European amazon sites retail Sophie’s Turn for Euro 0.99.  This is for a limited time only!

Come and visit me over at lovehappyending.com to join in the launch fun, and feel free to spread the word using the sharing buttons there, or at the bottom of this post.  Rock on, friends!  Thank you all for your support.  X :-)

Closing out the Virtual Book Tour for Sophie’s Turn: Thank You All, and check out the Review Highlights

So…. After four cracking months, the virtual blog tour for my masterpiece romantic debut, Sophie’s Turn, is drawing to a close. It’s been a lot of fun, quite a lot of work, and absolutely exhilarating.

I’ve met wonderful bloggers, made new friends, learned an awful lot about publishing, self-promotion, and technology… Yes, I didn’t even have a blog when it all started! So take a look around you and see how far I’ve come.

I’ve had an opportunity to visit many other blogs for interviews or guest blogs, and obviously I gained many reviews. This is a kind of stock-taking exercise for me to tell you all how it went, and to offer my sincere thanks to all my supporters.

Right, let’s have the stats.

The blog tour saw:

17 reviews (and at least one more still to come, possibly more….).  Most of these were either four or five stars (and the others weren’t rated because the reviewers didn’t use ratings systems)!!!   Am I chuffed, or am I chuffed?

11 interviews

3 guest blogs

11 give-aways

1 character interview

1 lounge around a (virtual) pool

Here are the review highlights… and yes, they’re all great (of course!):

“Absolutely loved it and want a sequel.” — Kristin Durham

“The attraction between Sophie and Dan is sizzling…. you can feel the heat coming off the pages!” — Shaz Goodwin

“I loved the British charm that was evident on every page, as well as the plot that kept me reading well past my bedtime.” — Jonita Fex

Nicky Wells spins her story with a delicate hand that will have readers cheering Sophie on throughout the entire book. I felt Sophie’s confusion, her hesitance to spark up anything with Dan, her dismay at her betrayal to Tim. This was such a real book, with a real woman in a very confusing situation” — Samantha Robey

“The outcome, well what a great ending – not what I expected but totally satisfying.” — Sue Fortin

“…excellent debut novel… I love her style of writing, and this book was an absolute pleasure to read.” — Kim Nash

“Packed full of heated highs but also some very sad lows that might have you reaching for a tissue. (Loved the ending) Nicky has written a perfect ChickLit book that easily stands up against the others available today in the shops.” — Lou Graham

“I found there were also some lovely humorous touches in this novel which were not predictable” — Rea Sinfield

“This is a great debut from Nicky Wells about deciding your fate.” — Christy Goldstein

“…it is really well written with an interesting and entertaining and fun storyline.” — Nikki Bywater

“While this was Nicky Well’s first novel, it’s written so well it doesn’t show at all. In fact, this book is chick-lit at its very best.” — Brittany Roshelle

“I was able to devour this novel almost as fast as I tend to wolf down a chocolate bar when I‘m in need a sugar rush, even having to be literally dragged away from the novel at one point.” — Georgina Scott

“I just love music and rockstars! So what happens when I see these two combined! THE INEVITABLE – I LOVE THE BOOK!”— Ananda

“If you are looking for an entertaining chick lit novel, then you’ve come to the right place with this one.” — Melissa Amster

“It is a delightful ‘chick-lit book; definitely one you will not be able to put down.” — Donna McBroom-theriot

“I knew this book was going to be good because I was hooked from the first chapter. … I can see this book being made into a movie…” — Flo

“I was instantly hooked from the very beginning of the novel and found the writing style to be both easy to read and gripping at the same time.”  — Sarah Taylor

And the result….?

Did it all pay off, you want to know? Did I sell any books? Yes, I have to confess, I did—sort of. I sold a few copies. Not many by a best-selling author’s standards, not enough to make a living or scrape into any charts… but a few. Let’s call it a slow trickle, albeit a fairly steady one. Steady enough to make me realise that word is getting out, slowly; that notice is being taken, seriously; that my work is being talked about, all over the world (oh yes, baby, all over the world); reviews are being read, excitedly; and thus my platform is slowly consolidating.

More importantly, I have just found out that two people nominated “Sophie’s Turn” as their favourite chick-lit read for 2011 in the Chick Lit Central Holiday give-away competition.  OK, so it’s not an end-of-year poll of favourite books, nor is my book likely to be the ‘winner’ here as it were.  But that’s not the point.  The point that’s got me bowled over with awe is that two lovely readers out there enjoyed it so much, it topped their own personal charts.  And that matters to me!

Therefore, I would like to express my deep and heart-felt gratitude to all these lovely bloggers who took the time to read and review Sophie’s Turn, hosted me on their blog with an interview or in some other capacity, and generally guided me on my way. When the sequel is out…. I’ll know where to find you to do it all over again!

The Big Roll of Thank You’s Goes Out, in no particular order, to:

Shaz Goodwin at Jera’s Jamboree; Sue Fortin at lovereadinglovebooks; Georgina Scott at Chick Lit Aholic; Lou Graham at Lou Graham’s Blog; Rea Sinfield at Reabookreview; Christy Goldstein at the Chick Lit Club; Laura Williams at Bookworm Ink.; Nikki Bywater at Books4U; Kim Nash at Kim the Book Worm; Jonita Fex at The Book Chick; Kristin Durham at Kritters Ramblings; Melissa Amster at Chick Lit Central; Mandy Baggot at Mandy Baggot Author; Komal Mansoor at The Review Girl; Brittany Roshelle at The Write Stuff; Sarah Taylor at Today I’m Reading; Flo at Girls Who Love to Read; Ananda at Books to Remember; Donna Mcbroom-theriot at My Life. One Story at a Time.; Pauline M Barclay at Scibbles! and last but not least, Laurie Jenkins at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews.

I can’t tell you how much your support means to me.  Take care of yourselves… and I’ll be back before you know it.

Until then…. cheerio, my friends! xx :-)

Girls Who Love to Read would like to make Sophie’s Turn into a movie! Check out Flo’s review and give-away this week…

Good morning! Today, I’m back off to Australia to visit Girls Who Love to Read once more.  Earlier on during the virtual book tour for Sophie’s Turn, I had an opportunity to visit Flo’s fabulous blog for an interview… Today, I am back to see what Flo thinks of my rock star romance, Sophie’s Turn.  Yes, Flo has written a review… and did she like it?

She certainly did.  Flo says: “I knew this book was going to be good because I was hooked from the first chapter. … I can see this book being made into a movie – as I read, I knew exactly who would play each character and I could see in my head how they’d speak and act.  If you are looking for a book that will transport you and help you lose your surroundings, this is definitely one to read.”  Wow, what an endorsement.  Needless to say, I am delighted.  Movie producers the world over: I am totally open to negotiations!

Find the full review here.

But hold on, there’s more!  Flo is also hosting a give-away of one Kindle copy of Sophie’s Turn on her blog for the next week.  Don’t miss this opportunity to get your own, free Kindle copy of my masterpiece.  Go here to enter the competition… and good luck!

Thank you to the wonderful Flo for hosting several stops on my blog tour of Sophie’s Turn.  Flo has been extremely busy and feeling the full effects of combining a full-time job, a family and a flourishing book club… So I am particularly honoured that she has found the time for reviewing Sophie’s Turn, conducting an interview and running this give-away.  Flo:  thank you so much, you’re really close to my heart, too!  It’s been a real pleasure to get to know you and to garner all your support.  Here are three cheers, and I hope you gain a breathing space soon…!  x :-)

15 November 2011:  And the Winner Is…

Good morning all!  Thank you all for entering the competition to win a Kindle copy of Sophie’s Turn.  I was truly delighted to read your entries and to see so much interest.  Woohoo!  I have this morning picked a winner out of a hat and…
the winner is….
Jenny Spiller, who submitted her entry by email directly to Flo.  Congratulations to Jenny!  I will be in touch with you shortly. 
Thanks again to everyone and keep looking out for Sophie’s Turn!  You can download a sample from Amazon or from my blog, and of course the book is availabe for download from Amazon anytime!
Cheerio
Nicky

Nicky Wells visits Today I’m Reading for an interview this week….

Good morning all, and belated happy Halloween! I’ve been a little bit quiet for this past week because the family and I went on a half-term holiday to Germany.  And, by husband’s decree, I was banned from any kind of online activity.  So that, in his words, I could get a proper rest.  Hm.

Anyway, half-term has been and gone and I’m back with a bang! Continuing the virtual book tour for Sophie’s Turn into its proud fourth month, today I am visiting the lovely Sarah Taylor on her blog, Today I’m Reading.

Last month, Sarah reviewed Sophie’s Turn, saying she was instantly hooked.  I am very excited that Sarah is hosting me once again, this time for an author’s interview.  Go on, visit Today I’m Reading for your chance to read this interview.  A huge big thank you to Sarah for hosting all these events in my virtual book tour, and for her fab support. X :-)