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

Nicky Wells introduces “Sophie’s Turn” live on BBC Radio Bristol

Today was another monumental occasion for this here author, Nicky Wells, and my rock star romance, Sophie’s Turn!

I was invited to talk about Sophie’s Turn on BBC Radio Bristol.  The wonderful Elise Rayner hosted me on The Afternoon Show and asked me fantastic questions about the book, and Sophie, and Dan.

It was a truly amazing experience to visit the studio and to answer so many direct and thought-provoking questions about my work.  Unlike my radio debut, which had to happen by telephone on account of the tremendous geographic distance between me and the Dresser After Dark show, this interview was person-to-person.  And yes, there was a big fat red microphone pointing towards my face, and all sorts of technical equipment all around us, but mostly, it was like having a ‘real’ conversation with a lovely person.  In fact, I forgot about being live on air altogether… let’s hope I didn’t get too carried away!.

Here’s the audio — see what you think! 🙂

A huge big Thank You to Elise Rayner for hosting me on her show and asking such fantastic questions.  Rarely have been able to showcase my work quite so extensively!  And another big Thank You to Alex Lewis, producer at BBC Radio Bristol, for making this interview happen.  When the sequel is out…. I’ll just come back for more!

Nicky Wells presents her radio debut on the Dresser After Dark Show

Late on Wednesday night… or rather, very early on Thursday morning of this week, a fairly momentous thing happened for Nicky Wells (author).  [DRUMROLL….!]

I had my radio debut talking about Sophie’s Turn!

Who would have thought that all these amazing things would start happening to me after launching Sophie’s Turn onto the world!  It was my tremendous pleasure to visit Michael Dresser on the Dresser After Dark show on BBS Radio in the United States.  Without further a-do, I’ll let you have a listen for yourself…  On this occasion, my spoken words will probably achieve more than a thousand typed ones.  ENJOY!  (It’s about 15 mins long….)

A big thank you to Michael for his supportive hosting and interesting questions–I really did enjoy myself!  And also a big Thank You to Susan Greenman for helping arrange the interview.

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 🙂

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