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Congratulations~It’s a book!

Publishing a book is like giving birth. It’s a long time coming, it involves a whole lot of blood, sweat, and tears, and the euphoria when you finally hold your baby in your hands is second to none.

I gave ‘real’ birth twice, to two wonderful little boys. But this is my FIFTH book baby, and the emotion, excitement and pride are every bit as intense as they were for the previous four book births and their real life flesh-and-blood-baby counterparts.

I write romance with rock stars, and here’s your latest fix:

Fallen for Rock: Out today!

Fallen for Rock: Out today!

 Fallen for Rock

‘A thrilling and delicious story of love and self-discovery woven around a broken romance that will make you turn page after page and cheer to the end.’

Love, life, loyalties. Nothing stays the same when Emily gets drawn into the world of rock.

Glossy and sophisticated professional high-flyer Emily has no time for nonsense such as the rock music her ex-boyfriend Nate adored so much. Yet when she unexpectedly comes into possession of VIP tickets—access all areas—for new rock band phenomenon, MonX, she can’t resist the temptation.

The fateful gig turns into more than one night, and Emily finds herself strangely drawn to this new and unfamiliar glittery world. However, only weeks later, MonX and her own universe fall apart with devastating consequences for all. When MonX lead singer Mike appeals for her help, she reluctantly embraces a new opportunity. But she soon discovers that while she may be a rock chick after all, a groupie she is not… Or is she?

Just exactly where do her loyalties lie? And what direction will her life take now that she’s left behind everything she treasured?

Warning! Fallen For Rock contains some explicit content and strong language that may not be suitable for readers under eighteen years of age.

 Get it now!
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Party Time!

Join me today, 30 June 2014, on Facebook and Twitter for all-day launch festivities including games, music, flash giveaways, and virtual food and drink.

Giveaway!

To celebrate the launch of Fallen for Rock and to spread some joy, I’m giving away the following items:

One Large Signed Poster of “Fallen for Rock”

Three Sets of Signed “Fallen for Rock” Swag (Postcards and Bookmarks)

Three Sets of Signed “Fallen for Rock SWAG SPECIAL” including 2 bookmarks, 2 postcards and 2 guitar picks

Five Sets of Signed “Fallen for Rock” Guitar Picks (two picks per set)

One Set of “The Complete Nicky Wells Swag” (signed): Bookmarks and postcards for Sophie’s Turn, Sophie’s Run, Sophie’s Encore, Spirits of Christmas and Fallen for Rock

One Audio CD: Bon Jovi “Greatest Hits” (2010)

 One Amazon Gift Certificate for £5/$7 or equivalent

Fallen for Rock Swag

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The Small Print: Giveaway is open internationally. Giveaway entrants must be aged 18 or over. Giveaway closes at midnight on 14 August 2014. Winners will be notified by email.

The Tour

I write romance with rock stars. I know all about touring. Of course I’m taking this release on tour! Here’s a list of all the wonderful blogs that will be hosting Fallen for Rock with reviews, guest posts and/or interviews over the coming weeks. Give these bloggers a big round of applause when you stop by there: they are truly amazing, and I couldn’t do what I do without their support.

30 June 2014 Samantha Stroh Bailey
30 June 2014 Celtic Connexions
30 June 2014 Dizzy C’s Little Book Blog
30 June 2014 Rosie Amber
30 June 2014 The Adventures Within
30 June 2014 Love Between the Sheets
30 June 2014 Perusing Princesses
30 June 2014 Random Rants and Rambling from a Rock ‘n’ Roll Drama Queen
02 July 2014 Bless Their Hearts Mom
02 July 2014 Brook Cottage Books
02 July 2014 Comet Babe’s Books
02 July 2014 Read My Dang Book
04 July 2014 Creating Serenity
05 July 2014 Kim the Book Worm
05 July 2014 The Boyfriend Bookmark
07 July 2014 The Love of a Good Book (1)
07 July 2014 The Love of a Good Book (2)
07 July 2014 Bookworm Brandee
07 July 2014 Crooks on Books
08 July 2014 Julie’s Book Review
09 July 2014 Booketta
10 July 2014 Me and Reading
10 July 2014 Chick Lit Plus
16 July 2014 Cosmochicklitan
19 July 2014 Books to Light Your Fire
21 July 2014 Jersey Girl Book Reviews
24 July 2014 Sky’s Book Corner
04 August 2014 Emma Calin
07 August 2014 Chick Lit Central
07 August 2014 The Phantom Paragrapher
11 August 2014 Jera’s Jamboree
11 August 2014 Best Chick Lit
11 August 2014 My Pen Name Only
04 September 2014 The Book Chick
 September 2014 Literary Chanteuse
September 2014 Supportive Business Mums

See you on tour… and rock on! :-)

Have you Fallen for Rock yet?

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…a small cry almost, sexy yet dreamy…

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You didn’t hear it on the grapevine… you heard it FIRST! #Exclusive

Well, my friends, you definitely heard it here first… simply because I can’t keep the excitement in. This is exclusively for you before the official release goes out tomorrow. I’ll let the press release below speak for itself! In answer to your unspoken questions…

Why? Because it seemed the absolutely perfect next step in my authorly career. To get professional help with the whole publicity thing, I mean!

And how? Well, I first ‘met’ Cameron on air at Siren FM nearly a year ago and we’ve been talking ever since. So it seemed a logical progression to link up more officially. And before you go off making all sorts of random assumptions, I give you a sneak peek at the press release that’s going out tomorrow. Rock on!

And I’m still me, obviously. I still love and truly value all your wonderful support and will be returning it just as I have in the past. Just in case you were wondering… nothing has changed, except there’s one more person on Team Nicky. Love y’all!

 

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NickyAuthorPic2012MapleStar Music & Media is proud to announce the signing of Nicky Wells, UK-based author of  the “Rock Star Romance” trilogy, Sophie’s Turn, Sophie’s Run, and Sophie’s Encore, which is due for release on September 5th.

Nicky Wells is the ultimate rock chick author. Signed to US Publisher, Sapphire Star Publishing, her trilogy features Dan, the sexy and talented front-man for rock band Tuscq, and Sophie, the girl next door.

“Nicky’s books offer glitzy, glamorous contemporary romance with a rock theme,” says MapleStar Music & Media’s Cameron Tilbury.  “imagine Bridget Jones ROCKS Notting Hill.”

If you’ve ever had a crush on any kind of celebrity—singer, movie star, or someone else famous—you’ll connect with Nicky’s heroes and leading ladies!

Born in Germany, Nicky Wells moved to the United Kingdom in 1993 and currently lives in Lincoln. She has worked as a researcher and project manager for an international Human Resources research firm, based in London and Washington, D.C. Like her leading lady, Sophie, Nicky loves listening to rock music, dancing, and eating lobsters. When she’s not writing, she’s a wife, mother, occasional knitter, and regular contributor to The Midweek Drive show on Lincoln’s Siren 107.3 FM.

Sophie’s Turn and Sophie’s Run have both received great reviews.  “The books are captivating, intelligent and a whole lot of fun,” said Tilbury.  “We’re excited to be working with Nicky and helping new fans  around the world to discover her books.”

Nicky Wells is a signed author with Sapphire Star Publishing and member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

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To find out more about Nicky Wells, contact Cameron at MapleStar Music & Media.

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‘Stage Debut’ ~ At the Drill Hall for Lincoln Inspired

8 May 2013 proved to be a fairly monumental day for me.

(I know, I seem to be having a lot of those of late. This seems to be an occupational hazard!)

Here’s a hint:

Yup, here I am!

Yup, here I am! Photo courtesy of Tom Haughton @ Lincoln Inspired, with thanks.

It was monumental because it featured my first ever contracted author appearance. Yup, rather than ‘just’ presenting myself for a book signing somewhere (not that there’s ever a ‘just’ about that!), I had signed a contract stating that I would turn up on the specified date, at the specified time, for the specified length of time, bringing along my person, my books and a talk.

Want to know more? Find out here: http://www.lincolninspired.co.uk/

Want to know more? Find out here: http://www.lincolninspired.co.uk/

The event in question was the Lincolnshire Literary Life session, featuring myself, Claire Kinton, David Zelder, Joff Gainey and Helen Hancocks. Gill Hart had structured the session into three stages.

Setting up for my 'stage debut' ~ I'm starting to feel like a pro about this!

Setting up for my ‘stage debut’ ~ I’m starting to feel like a pro about this!

Introductions

First of all, Gill invited us all to introduce ourselves to our audience. Thus we discovered that Helen illustrated the story of Penguin in Peril as part of her degree show, and that the words came later. Joff brought along his suitcase of memories and explains how that inspired him to write Sleeping on a Cloud. Claire shared the tragic inspiration for Dead Game, and David had everyone hanging onto his every word when he shared a traumatic experience that helped him make the events of Yomping Outside so authentic.

From left to right: Nicky Wells, David Zelder, Gill Hart, Claire Kinton, Helen Hancock and Joff Gainey. Photo courtesy of Tom Haughton and Lincoln Inspired, with thanks.

From left to right: Nicky Wells, David Zelder, Gill Hart, Claire Kinton, Helen Hancocks and Joff Gainey. Photo courtesy of Tom Haughton @ Lincoln Inspired, with thanks.

And me? Of course, I laid my cards on the table with regard to my inspiration.  (I’m not shy like that, LOL. Not anymore!) You know, my strange, inexplicable but undeniable love for rock stars. I earned myself a few laughs, which made my day, and people seemed intrigued by the fact that I blame the writing of Sophie’s Turn entirely on my husband.

Meet the Author

Introductions over, Gill moved us into the ‘free socializing hour’ where attendees were welcome to have lunch or to grab the opportunity to chat with the panel of authors, peruse books, and buy them and have them signed. I’m pleased to report that the attendees didn’t rush madly out the door for their food and drink. Rather, they milled about speaking to us, finding out more about books and buying a few, too.

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I loved this part of the session best, I have to confess. I adore meeting new people, readers, fellow authors and aspiring writers alike, and I never once left my stall to grab a drink. (Thankfully, Gill kept coming round with cups of tea and muffins ~ thank you!).

Question Time

After the meet-the-author time, Gill reconvened us for a guided panel discussion. She asked us authors about our experience of going into print ~ whether independently or through a publisher ~ and the audience was quick with questions about the publishing industry, but also our writing process in general. It was a wonderful and animated discussion and before we knew it, our time was quite literally up!

Parting shot. :-)

Parting shot. :-) Photo courtesy of Tom Haughton @ Lincoln Inspired, with thanks.

See You Next Year?

The general consensus was clear: let’s do this again next year! This is Lincoln Inspired’s first edition and in my humble opinion at least, the audience’s and authors’ reactions make the session a huge success. I sincerely expect that this reflects the Festival as a whole. So therefore… here’s to a fabulous 2nd, 3rd, 4th….. and nth edition. Rock on!

Lincoln is definitely Inspired!
Don’t you think?

Tough Love

It’s Music Monday!

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Oh, and it’s a very special Music Monday indeed. On Saturday, I received this gem in the post:

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I cannot tell you how excited I am. Yes, this is ROCKVILLE ~ the brand new offering by one of my all-time favourite bands, UK rockers FM. And, I note gleefully, it’s a signed copy too. Of course, nothing else would do!!

As soft spots go, I have a massive one for this band. I’ve followed them for nearly all my adult life, ever since I first saw them in Bielefeld, Germany. I might have bumped into them on the odd occasion here or there, just once or twice. I adore their music and have all their albums. Indiscreet is probably my all-time favourite album, like, ever. (I know that’s two all-time favourites in one post; very bad form, stylistically speaking, but it can’t be helped!) And Tough It Out  has seen me through just about everything exciting, challenging or changing in my life, not least moving to England in the first place.

So here we have it, the latest work of musical art from these genius rockers. The  line-up features:

The Voice ~ Steve Overland
Bass ~ Merv Goldsworthy
Drums ~ Pete Jupp
Keyboards ~ Jem Davis
Guitars ~ Jim Kirkpatrick

This is the feature promo song for ROCKVILLE:

And this is one of my favourite songs from Indiscreet:

Do you get the idea that I really like FM? I’m going to see them, VIP package and all, in twelve short days and you can bet your bottom dollar you’ll hear all about that!

Thank you for tuning in today and I’d love to hear your thoughts. What do you reckon of today’s offering?

Who Will You Run To?

It’s Music Monday!

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Do you ever randomly go through your CD collection (if you happen to have one, these days) and suddenly stumble across an album that you used to have on continuous play but that you haven’t listened to in absolute aeons?

Well, I did, over the weekend, and here’s what I found. I’m absolutely enchanted all over again. In fact, I had a really hard time deciding whether I wanted to bring you the album opener or another of my favourites, but this has a certain… relevance to my books (and my life, LOL, but that’s a different story), so here it is.

Now tell me: what’s your long-forgotten favourite?

The REAL highlights of my VIRTUAL book launch

OIt’s just over a week since the launch of Sophie’s Run and I’ve had a little time to catch my breath. It has occurred to me that I enjoyed this second book launch a lot more than my first. Don’t misunderstand me, there was nothing wrong with the launch for Sophie’s Turn, a great time was had by all, the consensus was that it was a rocking party, but. There are a few things I did differently for Sophie’s Run, and they made a huge difference for me.

Making fireworks without seeing the sparkle?

Many authors these days celebrate their book launches online. We use Facebook and Twitter and Goodreads to host our parties, and we have a great time doing so. More importantly, this avenue has the potential to reach thousands of people all over the world.

However, for the author, the event can be a little surreal. There’s so much going on; the Tweets and Facebook comments come flying, you’re glued to the computer for the entire day, barely daring to leave your desk for a toilet break, let alone food. And that’s exhausting. It can feel like you’re creating massive fireworks that you can’t actually see yourself.

The very REAL highlights of my second book launch

So what did I do differently for Sophie’s Run?

I’ve been giving this some thought because the additional things I did weren’t the result of a deliberate strategy. Rather, they were the confluence of all the observation and learning and experience that came to me in the six months between the launches. And here are my three topline thoughts.

A Preview Party

Siren Launch PartySome time in October, I became involved with Siren FM, Lincoln’s first community radio station. Courtesy to the enthusiastic support of the host of the midweek drive show, Alex Lewczuk, I took part in several editions of the show as well as the ‘end of the world’ Mayathon in December. Somewhere along the way, the idea was born that we could celebrate the launch of Sophie’s Run live on air, on the eve of publication. We invited some special guests, we publicized the event ahead of time, and we had a go. It was a new format for the station as well as for me, and we had great fun. To me, that kick-started the launch day proceedings with real fireworks that I could see, feel and–thanks to the podcasts–can still hear today.

A Book Signing

Next, I had this idea of inviting readers to a very short ‘quick-fire’ book signing event at my local library on the actual morning of my launch day. I can tell you, when I had to leave my Facebook party, I frankly thought I was mad. I reassured myself that I would be back within the hour to resume my social media partying.

Launch Library SignIt turned out I was wrong on the timeframe and the madness factor. The event was a huge success, and here’s why. As I had set a half-hour time limit, most people turned up at 10 a.m. on the dot. We had coffee and tea and biscuits, and we chatted. Questions were being asked and before I knew it, there was an animated discussion about what it’s like to be a writer, how writing fits in with being a mum, and more. They asked for a reading; I hadn’t prepared one, but I gave one anyway. Most of my audience bought and walked away with a signed copy of Sophie’s Run. That felt really good. That was real. I had officially launched this book into the world. And ok, it took a little longer than half an hour, but it was worth it!

Chatting with readers all over the world

SWAGLast but not least, I took a slightly different approach to my Facebook party. I asked questions. I had some SWAG to give away, and I ran a few little spot-competitions. I got some fantastic discussion strings going, the most popular being my choice of Chinese takeaway for dinner. And when the fun was over, I got to sit down and write to the readers who won prizes. That, too, was real. In fact, that was absolutely amazingly fantastic.

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So ~ three real things, quick, short activities that made a tremendous difference to how real my virtual book launch felt. If I may be permitted a soppy moment, I’d like to say that I allowed myself to see my own fireworks, and I enjoyed them!

Was it the perfect book launch? Of course not. There are always things you can do different, things you learn, things you need to change.

How will I approach the book launch for Sophie’s Encore in September, you ask? Will I have another radio party? Frankly, I haven’t got a clue right now. I’m letting this come to me and I’ll see what feels right nearer the time. But I’ll be certain to include things that make the launch ‘real’ for me, and for my readers.

What do you think? Can you see this working for you? How do you make your fireworks sparkle for you?