Category Archives: Rock Star Romance, Part 1: Sophie’s Turn

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 🙂

Lou Graham interviews Sophie and Dan (from Sophie’s Turn) for “Hiya!”… and it’s sizzling over there!

It’s another edition of Lou Graham’s great feature, “Hiya“… and this time, she’s interviewing the gorgeous Dan Hunter of rock-band Tusk, and the lovely journalist Sophie Penhalligan, who is accompanying Tusk on their grand tour to bring us all daily updates and behind-the-scenes gossip.

Dan and Sophie appear to have some kind of special chemistry going on between them, and Lou was quite intrigued by it all.  She said to me privately, “my God, there were sparks flying between them.  Never mind they’re denying everything… they’ve definitely got a ‘thing’ going on…”

Well, I never, who would have thought!  What are my lovely characters getting up to?  Visit Lou’s blog to read the latest edition of “Hiya!” and get the inside scoop on this interview.

…oh and, let’s not forget, you can also win a free Kindle copy of the book that Sophie is currently reading!  Garnering great reviews from all over the world, her favourite novel is called ‘Sophie’s Turn,’ written by an amazing new author from the UK by the name of Nicky Wells.  This competition is open internationally and runs until 10 December).  Good luck to all entrants!

A huge, big, enormous thank you to the lovely Lou for hosting this interview and give-away.  Let’s rock and roll! xx

Nicky Wells is featured author on “Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews” with an interview and a give-away of Sophie’s Turn!

As the amazing book tour for Sophie’s Turn is slowly but surely winding to a close, it is my tremendous pleasure to visit Laurie’s great blog, “Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews” as a featured author.

Laurie is still in the throes of reading Sophie’s Turn, but meanwhile she is hosting me on a stop for an interview and a give-away.  Moreover, she is featuring a juicy little excerpt of Sophie’s Turn so if you haven’t read it yet, be sure to check this out….

Also find out when exactly I started my writing career, what surprised me most when writing Sophie’s Turn… and whether I have a milestone birthday coming up, and what I plan to do with it!

The associated give-away is for one Kindle copy of Sophie’s Turn and is open internationally until 6th December.  I would love to see as many of you as possible come and visit, and wish all entrants good luck as always. Rock on, folks! x 🙂  A big “Thank You” to Laurie for hosting me on her blog: I am truly honoured!

Four Diamonds for Sophie’s Turn from Ananda at “Books to Remember”

The good things just keep happening this week! How excited was I yesterday to find out that Ananda, my lovely Associate Reader over at loveahappyending.com, has finished reading rock star romance Sophie’s Turn and posted a review on her blog, Books to Remember!

Ananda had been making enthusiastic noises about Sophie’s Turn all the while she was reading is but little did I appreciate just why!

So here’s why.  Says Ananda: “I have two things to confess: First I am a sucker for chick-lit books and second, I just love music and rockstars! So what happens when I see these two combined! THE INEVITABLE – I LOVE THE BOOK!”  Find the full review on Ananda’s wonderful blog.

I am truly delighted–this is the reaction I was hoping for while I was writing… yay! Here’s to kindred spirits.  A huge lovely thanks to Ananda for speed-reading Sophie’s Turn and offering such a glowing review.  Ananda, I’ll be visiting you soon over in the Kingdom Far Away to collect my four sparkly diamonds….

🙂 x

Triple Whammy for Sophie’s Turn: FIVE Stars from Donna at “My Life. One Story at a Time” plus an author interview and a fabulous give-away!

It is my enormous pleasure to be visiting Donna’s exceptional blog, “My Life. One Story at a Time.” today.

Donna blogs with a difference.  When she agrees to offer a review, she also wants to find out more about the author and always includes an author interview.  Moreover, she likes to include in her feature some of her favourite quotes from the book she is reviewing.  And the result is truly compelling.

So I am bowled over that it is my turn today.  Donna has awarded Sophie’s Turn Five Stars on Amazon and written a thoughtful and glowing review.  I am completely over the moon!  Although… on reading the first few lines, my heart sank to my knees, and I was thinking:  what have I done?!?  You’ll have to read the full review to find out why!

There’s also my lovely interview:  find out the top three things on my bucket list!  And finally, don’t miss the give-away of one Kindle copy of Sophie’s Turn.  The competition is open internationally until 22 November!

A triple whammy on this amazing day, and I have a big smile on my face.  Please do come and join me over at “My Life. One Story at a Time.”  and good luck to all give-away entrants.

Finally, a huge big Thank You to Donna for taking the time to read and review Sophie’s Turn, for all her support, and for her amazing feature of me and my work on her unique blog. 🙂 x

Chick Lit Central judges Sophie’s Turn to be a ‘compelling read’ and awards FOUR lovely stars!

A wonderful good morning to you all!  It is my great pleasure to be visiting the fabulous Chick Lit Central blog once more today as Melissa Amster has posted her review for rock star romance Sophie’s Turn.  Melissa concludes that “If you are looking for an entertaining chick lit novel, then you’ve come to the right place with this one.”  Melissa gave Sophie’s Turn FOUR stars on Goodreads.  Hooray! That’s lovely praise for my work and I am truly delighted.  Find the full review here.

A great big thanks to Melissa for taking the time to read and review Sophie’s Turn.  I know Melissa would have preferred a paperback (me too!  Maybe…hopefully… one day!) so I doubly appreciate her perseverance with reading my work and the great thoughts and work put into this review.  🙂 Rock on!

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 🙂

4 1/2 Stars for Sophie’s Turn: Samantha Robey at ChickLitPlus thinks it’s a definite must-read!

Review number two for this week, hooray!  Samantha Robey over at ChickLitPlus has taken the time to read and review my lovely rock star romance, Sophie’s Turn.  Samantha says that Nicky Wells (well, yes, that’s me!!) “spins her story with a delicate hand that will have readers cheering Sophie on throughout the entire book.”  Needless to say, I’m bowled over by this assessment and delighted at the 4 1/2 stars Samantha awarded to Sophie’s Turn.  You can read the full review here.

A huge, big thank you to Samantha for hosting a stop for my virtual book tour on her blog, especially as she’s been super busy these past few weeks.  I really appreciate your support, Samantha, and it’s wonderful to visit your fab blog! x 🙂

 

Sarah Taylor at TodayI’mReading says Sophie’s Turn is funny, gripping and fantastic!

Happy Monday to one and at all!  As the virtual book tour for Sophie’s Turn continues into its third month, I have great pleasure in announcing that the lovely Sarah Taylor at Today I’m Reading has offered her review of rock star romance Sophie’s Turn.  Sarah says she didn’t want to put Sophie’s Turn down as she was desperate to know what would happen with Sophie.  That’s a fabulous endorsement, and entirely the effect I was aiming for!

Visit Today I’m Reading to read the full review and find out what else she particularly enjoyed…..  A big thank you to Sarah for her massive encouragement and support.  I look forward to seeing you all on Today I’m Reading…