Ooooooh! Are. You. Ready??
I am so excited about this cover for Sophie’s Encore. I know, I always say this. But this one is different yet again. You’ll see! Between myself, Chad, Katie and Amy at Sapphire Star, we have ramped things up a few notches, which is only befitting a rousing final part of the Rock Star Romance Trilogy!!
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Her rock star is waiting in the wings, but will he get a second chance?
It’s all change for Sophie Jones—only this time, there is more at stake than just her happiness.
Rock star extraordinaire, Dan Hunter, has been her patient and caring friend through the highs and lows since her wedding day, but now he figures it is time for her to start over. By stealth, the rock singer draws Sophie into the behind-the-scenes work for his band’s latest album. Through the days and weeks spent together at the mixing desk, Sophie discovers whole new horizons for her life, yet before she can even begin to explore them, she faces the very real threat of losing her rock star for good.
Join Sophie and Dan in Sophie’s Encore to find out how their journey will end…
Cover design: Nicky Wells and Chad Lichtenhan
Cover image: Singer in the darkness © Dmytro Konstantynov | Dreamstime.com
Sophie’s Encore: Excerpt
My bedroom door opened slowly and Dan crept in. All thought of sleep forgotten, I flicked the light back on and was met by an astonishing sight. There was Dan, the rock star, legend for his antics on and off stage, clad in a demure pair of checked pajamas with a button-up top and a mismatched, stripy dressing gown. His feet were stuffed into fluffy slippers, and he clutched a bottle and two glasses in his hands.
“Come on,” he whispered. “Dinner is served.”
I giggled and left my bed, grabbing my own stripy dressing gown and a pair of thick socks.
“What are you doing?” I breathed into his ear, but he simply took my hand and pulled me down the dark corridor toward the open-plan lounge.
“Have a seat,” he invited me and gestured at the dining table, which was once again laid, although only for two, complete with candles and napkins.
He set down the bottle and glasses and scurried off to shut the lounge door. While he busied himself in the kitchen, I basked in the heat from the fire which Dan had re-stoked, and observed my rock star with some degree of amusement.
Within a few minutes, he brought a dish of smoked salmon bites to the table, followed by olive bread, a cheese board, various cold meats, olives, pickled anchovies, and prawns with some sort of aioli dip. He popped the cork on the bottle of champagne, poured two glasses, and sat down, satisfied at last.
“Now we can eat,” he announced. “Tapas. What do you think?”
I raised my glass. “Cheers,” I giggled. “So that’s what you meant earlier. I think it’s amazing. It’s like a midnight feast. I’m just waiting for matron to discover us and give us detention. Why all the secrecy?”
Dan speared a prawn and pointed it at me. “Well, for one, as you say, matron will certainly come and give us detention. Peter is very strict on my sleep regimen, you see.” He dipped the prawn into the aioli before popping it into his mouth. The beatific look on his face and his scrunched up eyes suggested he was enjoying this humble treat far more than was warranted.
He swallowed and cleared his throat. “And for another, I’m on a strict diet. Every last bit of cheese gets weighed, the carbohydrates counted, the sugar added up. It’s really tedious.” He grimaced.
I helped myself to some bread and salmon. “Tedious indeed, I can see that. But why? I thought you were supposed to eat lots and get better.” I chewed greedily, my tummy having given an impressive rumble.
Dan speared another prawn and added a mountain of cheese and bread to his place. “Bliss,” he murmured before explaining further. “I’m supposed to eat healthy, not lots. So Peter has taken it upon himself to reform the bad eating habits of a lifetime. Bless him, it’s what he’s paid to do. I’ve been going along with it, and I have to admit, I’m feeling pretty good. But…”
He grinned his school-boy grin, took a big mouthful of food, washed it down with a large gulp of champagne, and finished his thought. “Well, it gets boring. And I wanted to do something special with you. On my own.”
I burst out laughing, but quieted down when I saw the alarm on Dan’s face.
“Sorry,” I whispered.
“Peter’s bedroom is right next door there,” Dan whispered back. “And he’s a light sleeper.” He pointed his finger, and we sat in silence for a minute, straining to hear.
“I think we’re okay,” Dan finally concluded and resumed eating.
I giggled softly. “Naughty, naughty us.”
“Ha, we’re not naughty yet,” Dan shot back, speaking softly as well. “I was working up to that part.”
He winked, and my heart skipped and jumped. He didn’t mean—he couldn’t mean what I thought he meant?
“What do you mean?” I bumbled, hoping for clarification, but Dan was enjoying himself.
“All in good time,” he teased. “Let’s finish our meal first.”
I want to share my excitement about this cover reveal and upcoming release with you! Enter for your chance to win:
One of TWO Sophie’s ENCORE Advance Review e-Copies
One Sophie’s RUN Mug
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The Kindle editions of Sophie’s Turn and Sophie’s Run are now available for only $0.99 (£0.77 or equivalent) each to celebrate the cover reveal! Hurry ~ limited time only!! *****
SOPHIE’S ENCORE: coming your way in e-book and paperback editions on 5 SEPTEMBER 2013!!
There’s a great group of awesome bloggers supporting this cover reveal today in a massive cover-reveal blitz enterprise. Here’s the roll call of honour! Ladies, I love you one and all, and thank you for everything you do. ROCK ON!
Andi’s Book Reviews ~ Bookreview by Rea ~ Book Mama ~
Boyfriend Bookmark ~ Brook Cottage Books ~ Celtic Connexions ~ Chick Lit Central ~ Cosmochicklitan ~ Dana Mason ~
Dizzy C’s Little Book Blog ~ Eve’s Chick Lit Reviews ~
Everything Books and Authors ~ Forget the Housework ~
Jera’s Jamboree ~ Jersey Girl Book Reviews ~ Kim The Bookworm ~ Me and Reading ~ Me My Books and I ~ My Seryniti ~
Perusing Princesses ~ Supportive Business Mums ~
The Adventures Within ~ Today I’m Reading
Looking and sounding good, Nicky! I sooo look forward to it!
Yay, thanks so much Marina!! 😉 Am VERY excited at this end!! xx
Loving this! Happy Cover Day! Woo Hoo!
Woohooo! Thank you! Will be stopping by everybody’s blog and saying ‘hi’ etc. just after the school run! Thanks for taking part, Toni, I am SOOOOOO excited! x
My favourite cover of the trilogy! Totally love it! And the excerpt would hook me right in – if I wasn’t already wriggling on the end of the line WAITING. LOL. Happy Cover Reveal Day, Nicky, Sophie and Dan! x
Hooray! Thanks, Jo, that’s so wonderful to hear. And *whispers* not that I have any favourites among my babies… but… I particularly LOVE this one, LOL! Thanks for your great wishes and good luck if you’ve entered the giveaway!
Ooh, it’s FANTASTIC, Nicky! But then you know what I think of gorgeous rock stars and their guitars… 😉 I love the excerpt, too. But now I can’t wait for the book! I will certainly enter the giveaway for an ARC – or the swag! If I don’t win I will be making wheedling noises for an ARC anyway…I would be happy to post reviews everywhere. I will bribe you by sending you pics of half-naked rock stars! 😉 😉
*swoon* REALLY? You know my weak spot for sure, Karen! Thanks for stopping by and for all your enthusiasm, I love it! Good luck!!! 😉 😀 I’ll try and stop by your Music Monday later too, but forgive me if I flake and leave it until tomorrow, LOL, it’s gone MAD here. Good mad, obviously! XXX
No problem Nicky, enjoy your ‘cover reveal’ madness! I’m doing another blog post later anyway – a more substantial one. It’ll probably be the last ‘proper’ post until after my hols – woo hoo! Holidays! Sorry, I’ll shut up now. xx
Happy cover reveal day Nicky, you already know I love it!!! Enjoy your day 🙂 x
Thanks, Kate, you’re a rockstar! Will be stopping by your blog shortly to say hi too. Have a FAB day! XXX
Wow Nicky, worth to wait…! 🙂 x
AWESOME! Thank you, Petra, and good luck with the giveaway!! 😉
Congratulations on a great set of covers Nicky – they are beautiful and look fantastic alongside each other! x
Whoop! Thank you so much, Emma! 🙂
WOW, indeed! What a fantastic cover! Very hot! And they look absolutely fabulous all next to each other! Can’t believe the third is nearly out already, where has the time gone?!
HAHA, I know! Thanks so much for stopping by, Jaimie, it’s lovely to see you here today. They *do* look great together, don’t they? Can’t wait to line them up on the bookshelf next to each other! Good luck with the giveaway. XX
Yay! Love it, Nicky. I secretly love Dan, too, I’m guessing you knew. 😉 Fab excerpt. FAB cover. Best of luck, sweetie! 🙂 xx
Thank you so much, Sheryl, you’re an angel! Dan loves you back! Sophie and I are happy to share, LOL! xx
It’s that time again. It’s time for another reveal for the cover for one of your books. Time after time we’ve come together to share in your success. [Wish I could be as successful with my first YA Paranormal romance].
Time after time we’ve celebrated for a couple of days. Time after time we hear about the trials and tribulations of the three main characters in your books.
It’s Monday and what good is a Monday without a musical interlude to start the week on. And what good is a Monday if I can’t attempt to post an apt tune. So here’s my selection for this week. I feel this one might be apropos for Sophie and the two love interests in her life.
I wonder if you’ve already thinking it’s”:
CONGRATS on the third volume of your trilogy and continued success on your future endeavors/endeavours.
AW! Robin! I don’t know what to say, this is SUCH a beautiful song. Thank you! I’m so touched that you take such trouble about finding these wonderful selections. Thank you also for all your great comments. 🙂 You’re a star. Have a fab day! *sings* time after time….
You’re quite welcomed Nicky. As far as the songs are concerned it’s no trouble at all. Remember I’m a generation older than you. THANKS for your compliment about my being a star. 🙂 🙂 🙂
Nicky, I LOVE the cover!! Congrats to you!! Thanks for sharing the excerpt as well. 😉
Thank you so much, Brandee! That is so great to hear, I love that you could stop by today and party with me. Hope you got a chance to enter the giveway too! Good luck and rock on! 🙂
Fabulous cover, Nicky! Very hot!!! Congrats on #3 and can’t wait to visit with Sophie and Dan again. Best of luck to you!
Thank you so much, Bonnie! 😀 I have the biggest smile on my face right now. X
Love the cover, Nicky. I can’t wait to read your next Sophie book.
Aw, Anneli, you have no idea how much this means to me. Thank you! Rock on, and glad you love the cover!! 🙂
I really like the cover and the lettering used for the title on the cover!
Thank you so much ~ I love your feedback! Good luck with the giveaway and rock on! XX
Congrats, Nicky, on a fabulous cover! So happy for you. Thanks for letting me be apart of the celebration and reveal!
Dana, I’m the one who has to thank you ~ for commenting, AND for hosting. Your support is amazing, and you totally rock. I’m really happy that you think the cover is fab ~ that makes my day. Rock on! XX
Yay! I love seeing all of the covers together. 😀
Thanks so much, Carrie! Mwah!
Great cover Nicky, you must be delighted. They look fantastic all together.
Thanks, Sue! I’m ecstatic, but I gather you know that by now, LOL!! I’m sorry it took so long to make your comment visible ~ I just found it in my Spam folder. SOOOO sorry! All fixed now, and thanks for taking the time to visit. Rock on! XXX
Reblogged this on Karen Soutar.
Thanks for sharing, Karen, you are amazing. Sorry I didn’t see this before… a case of dropped balls in all the excitement, LOL! X
Love it Nicky! 🙂
Thanks so much, Vikki! Apologies for not responding sooner, I just found your comment in the Spam folder. 😦 All fixed now, and thanks for stopping by! ROCK ON!
No worries honey 🙂
I’ve been finding comments in my Spam folder too 😦
LOVE LOVE LOVE the cover!
YAY! That makes me very happy!! Thanks for visiting and commenting, Nicole. 🙂 xx
The cover looks fab and eye-catching and the story will make people want to read more and more and more. I’ve shared the cover reveal on my author page on Facebook and you are most welcome to post it on wordpress blog too Nicky. Good luck and lots of success. I am sure ti will be a HUGE hit….with a bullet.
JANE! Wow, now I am blown away. If it makes you excited… wow, that’s a HUGE endorsement, thank you! 🙂 Are you inviting me on your blog, Jane? Because I’ll visit in a flash, LOL! XX Thank for your fabulous comment, and for taking the time to visit. Rock on! XX
Well perhaps soon….I am thinking about doing some interviews and possibly guests posts….been asked a few times so perhaps it is possible. Once I get the wedding out of the way, and (please God) the shoulder operation – I think I shall be wearing my wooden over-coat by the time they get round to it and I shall have the plate instead of a name plate! But go ahead and post your links here and to your books etc on the blog if you know how. 🙂 Rock on. Glad you liked the story about how other babies were born in St, Mary’s many moons ago…..rock ‘n roll indeed. 🙂
This cover is awesome. Rock on girlfriend!
Thanks, Jennifer! XX Rock on, you, too!
Best Rock Star Romance Trilogy on the planet. You rock, Nicky. Keep writing and congratulations on everything Sophie!
Julie!! Wow, thank you! I shall print your comment and frame it. *happy dance* Thanks for all your wonderful and enthusiastic support, you are AWESOME. And I’ll certainly keep on writing, watch this space. Seeya, girlfriend, and keep rocking!
Can’t wait to read Sophie’s Encore, love the cover. Love Sophie and Dan and Rock and roll 🙂
Yay, Nancy ~ thank you so much!!! Good luck if you’ve entered the giveaway, and either way, it’s not long to launch day now!! 🙂 Rock on!