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Launch Party for Sophie’s Encore on Siren 107.3 FM *Tonight* 5-7pm UK

The party starts here!
Tune in to Siren 107.3 FM or listen online from 5pm-7pm BST for…. *drumroll*

The Sophie’s Encore Launch Party!!

Yup! The wonderful Alex Lewczuk is giving over the Midweek Drive yet again to the Rock Star Romance Trilogy. But then he’s as excited about this third book as I am! Says Alex:

“Sophie’s Encore is a riveting page-turner with a pace that throbs like the most potent rock-ballad—A clear winner!”

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~Readings from Sophie’s Encore
~Rock music, and non-rock music. Of course!

~Chat with some Very Special Guests indeed!

Well, what would a party be without guests?
Proudly presenting my phone-in guests:

We’ll be chatting with lead guitarist Lee!

Renowned Rock Photographer Nick Elliott will be joining us on the phone to chat about his work and The Magic of Rock!

High-energy rock and metal guitarist!

Also appearing as phone-in guests and in studio:

Cameron Tilbury, my ace publicist
Ed Wellman, Midweek Drive Contributor of the Year

Proudly presenting my latest book baby in the Siren Studios!

Proudly presenting my latest book baby in the Siren Studios!

Tune in and say hello! You can message us during the show by writing on the Siren 107.3 FM Facebook page!!!

Click ‘here’ to say hi during the show: SIREN ON FB

In other news!!

I’ll be hosting book signing events on
Thursday, 5 September, and Saturday, 7 September. Come and see me! 🙂
5 September, Welton Library, Welton, 4pm-5pm
7 September, BookStop Café, Steep Hill, Lincoln, 11am-1pm

Let’s make this a rocking launch! ROCK ON!

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!




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.



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


FRIDAY SPECIAL! Introducing Cameron Tilbury, CEO of MapleStar Music & Media!

It’s another Friday Special edition here on Romance That Rocks Your World ~ with a highly interesting, versatile and glamorous guest!

In the not so distant past, I’ve brought you a writer and rock star’s wife as well as an outstanding rock photographer. Today, it is my tremendous pleasure to introduce you another industry insider: Please give it up for Cameron Tilbury, CEO of MapleStar Music & Media!

Cameron and I connected in November of last year during my debut on the Siren FM Midweek Drive Edition and we’ve been chatting online and offline ever since. Normally, it’s Cameron’s job to promote his artist and new talent and I thought it would be fun to turn the table on him and place him in the limelight for the day.

Welcome, Cameron!

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Cameron, hi! It’s so lovely to welcome you to my humble blog. I’m a little bit star-struck, actually. I haven’t had a CEO visit me before! 🙂

Don’t be!  You’re the author and artist.  All I do is tell people what you guys do.  I’m not really a CEO, more like the guy that runs the joint.  That’s the beauty of having your own business—you can put whatever you want on the business card!

We’ve been chatting online and offline for months now, but for those of my readers who maybe don’t know you, would you like to give us the three-line pitch: Who is Cameron Tilbury?

Wow…three lines.  Okay.  Here goes:

Cameron Tilbury was born in Canada and is a former musician/former radio announcer/former advertising copywriter/creative director/branding strategist who lived in England and started his own publicity company and now lives in Nashville, Tennessee, has a cowboy heart and loves his wife.

…there.  How was that?

That was beautiful. A man with a cowboy heart who loves his wife and does great things for musicians and artists ~ I salute you! Now I hang out on your Facebook page, MapleStar Music & Media, quite a lot.

You say that your roots are in International Radio Promotion and Publicity…but you’re also so much more! Tell us a little bit about how you started out and how your business has developed?

That’s sort of a long story, to I’ll try to make it as brief as possible.  As I said earlier, I’m a frustrated musician.  I started playing Pedal Steel Guitar when I was 7 years old, and played until I was about 18.  I was good enough that I could have gone pro and started touring, recording etc., but opted instead for education and the “security” of a “real” job.

My background was country music and, after university and college, I landed a job at Canada’s top country station…where I worked for about a year until they fired me for basically being immature—which I was.  I tried acting—had a couple of TV commercials and did a lot of work as an extra.  I missed radio though, and ended up being an announcer at a radio station near Toronto.

By the time I was approaching 30, I decided that I wanted more “regular” hours, so moved over to the creative department of the station and started writing and producing commercials.  It wasn’t long before I was made Creative Director.  I moved around to a few different radio stations in Toronto before deciding that in order to get to the ad agency level, I would have to change scenery.  So…I moved to England.

*Nicky interrupts, excitedly* Yes, I can relate to that! Good things happen when you move to England! Where did your travels take you?

My travels took me to Kent first of all! I worked as Creative Director at an ad agency in Sittingbourne…then moved up to Nottingham, then down to Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, where I spent a couple of years.  I was then approached to be the copywriter for the new inhouse ad agency for Betfair in Hammersmith, London.

While I was at Betfair, I was asked to help out a Canadian artist in getting his song played on radio in the UK…that became worldwide radio promotion.  At the same time, Betfair was undergoing some changes and I decided that I had enough going on that I could start my own business helping other artists get worldwide radio airplay.  I added publicity to the mix and the rest is history.

I moved to Nashville a couple of years ago, and it wasn’t long before I met my wife Jo-Leah, who is a songwriter/singer here. Now MapleStar Music & Media has an office in Canada as well as here in Nashville.  We have clients from the UK, Canada and USA.

What a journey! I am a little in awe here. 🙂 But tell me, what attracts you to an artist? How do you know they’ve got the… *Nicky scratches head, desperately trying to avoid the use of the words, X-factor!*…the certain something that’ll make them a success?

What attracts me to an artist?  Good question—and “X-Factor” is right.  They need to have talent first of all.  But there’s also a certain amount of those indefinable qualities—and they’re not always the same in each artist.  Some of them though are focus, drive, looks, movement, desire…hard to describe what it is, but you know it when you see it.  We’re working with a young guy now, Seth Alley.  He has all of that—and on top of it, he’s a great kid.  Jo-Leah has written a lot with him and as writers, they really click.  Big things coming soon from him!

MapleStar Music & Media Client, Seth Alley; country legend Lee Greenwood; and Cameron Tilbury. Photo courtesy of Cameron Tilbury, with thanks.

MapleStar Music & Media Client, Seth Alley; country legend Lee Greenwood; and Cameron Tilbury. Photo courtesy of Cameron Tilbury, with thanks.

Do you find artists, or do artists find you? 

A bit of both.  We’re always on the look-out for clients, but sometimes they hear about us.  Rock photographer Nick Elliott is a prime example.  He did some work for Lesley Curtis, another of our clients.  She’s based in England and so is Nick.  He saw how we’re handling her and now he’s a client.

What advice would you give to an aspiring singer, songwriter or band? What are the top three ‘must do’s’ to grow success in the industry?

That’s a tough one.  There’s no formula for success—and anyone who tries to tell you there is has no idea what they’re talking about.  There are qualities that can help success but not create it.

I guess…first and foremost is concentrate on your craft—whether that’s being a photographer, singer, actor—and success will follow.  Stardom is fleeting—and if you want to be a “star” first, then you’re doing it for the wrong reasons.  Perfect example from the sports world:  David Beckham.  All he ever wanted to do was play football and be the best at it.  He loves it.  It drives him—and success and stardom has followed him.  By contrast, the sports world is littered with players who set out to be a star.  Musically, look at the longevity all of the bands from the classic rock era are enjoying—careers that span 40 years, and they’re still selling out stadiums. Why?  Because when they started, stardom was only a “by-product” of being the best at what they do.  Too many artists of today want to be stars first—and they have brief success and then gone.

Secondly…surround yourself with people like you who have the drive to help you get where you want to be.  Success breeds success.

Finally…love what you do.  It’s an old saying that still rings true today:  find something you love to do and you’ll never work a day in your life.

Cameron with Kix Brooks (formerly of the multi award winning duo Brooks & Dunn). Photo courtesy of Cameron Tilbury, with thanks.

Cameron with Kix Brooks (formerly of the multi award-winning duo Brooks & Dunn). Photo courtesy of Cameron Tilbury, with thanks.

Oooh, I love that saying! I guess you’re not really working at all then by the sound of it, LOL! Cameron, have you got any success stories or interesting anecdotes you can share with us today? 

I think that one of the coolest things that happened was when I was in my first radio job.  Country legend Loretta Lynn was scheduled to visit the radio station for an interview.  As one of the junior employees, I was sent to walk with Loretta from her hotel to the station (they were connected by a shopping mall).  So here I was, meeting a true legend.  Singing star, author—and the movie Coal Miner’s Daughter had taken her from country star to just “star.”  I had grown up listening to her music.  Anyway, I went to meet her in the lobby of the hotel and we headed over towards the radio station.  She asked me if we had to get there right away and I said that we had a bit of extra time.  She asked, “do y’all mind if we go shopping?”.  So off we went.  I was shopping for boots with Loretta Lynn.  She bought a pair, and I took her to the interview.  A week later she was on TV on a talk show…wearing the boots she had bought.  Very cool.

How exciting is that? And go you, for going that extra mile. There’s a lesson there, too, right? Let’s turn this around a minute and ask you about the worst thing that’s ever happened ‘on the job’? Can you share a situation where you though, Gosh, I really wish I/they hadn’t done that? People love train-wreck stories simply because they can learn from them but you don’t have to answer this one…. LOL!

Another famous country star, George Jones (who recently died) left me in his wake!  George was nicknamed “No Show Jones” because, for years he had a drinking problem and didn’t show up for concerts and interviews.  I had waited for several hours in the lobby of his hotel to meet for a pre-arranged interview.  All of a sudden, I look out the front window of the hotel and watch his tour bus pull away.  I had fallen victim to No Show!

Ouch. Perhaps it was a rite of passage? I bet you took it in your stride. Speaking of stride, let’s change gear! So far, we’ve talked about artists and the kind of work you do. But what’s a typical day in the life of Cameron Tilbury?

I’m an early riser, so I’m up at 5a.m.

*Nicky quietly squeals in horror: 5 am??*

I check my emails and social media from overnight, then hit the gym for an hour.  I get home and feed our dog, Dixie, then have a shower and start the day.

My office is at home, so no ridiculous commutes (I had enough of that when I took the train and tube from Peterborough to Hammersmith!).  First thing is to check playlists from radio stations around the world to make sure our artists are getting played.  I do that every day, 7 days a week.  I could be sending out press releases and following up on them, scanning social media for opportunities for our business and our artists, talking to clients on the phone, calling radio stations…every day is a little different.

This week, as you interview me, it’s CMA Music Festival here in Nashville—probably the busiest week of the year.

I remember now, although I didn’t realize when we started this conversation! Thank you so much for taking time out of your hectic schedule to stop by here today… So how’s the CMA Music Festival shaping your days?

For example,  I worked all day yesterday [Monday] and then went to the Global Showcase downtown.  It was the chance for artists from all over the world to perform here in Nashville.  Today [Tuesday], I have a meeting at a recording studio on Music Row—with Seth Alley’s producer—and then another international showcase tonight.  Tomorrow afternoon, I’ll be at another international showcase—and one of our clients, Abi Bridgeman from Southport, England will be performing.  Thursday morning I’ll be at the new Music City Center ribbon cutting ceremony with Lady Antebellum, then another showcase.  Friday I’ll be with Abi again at Bridgestone Arena for another performance.

In between…lots of passing out business cards, meeting with artists and other music business people, and just being seen.  I also have all of my regular work to do in between, so it’s a brutal week.

Jo-Leah and Cameron backstage at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, at the recent Honor Thy Song benefit. Photo courtesy of Cameron Tilbury, with thanks.

Jo-Leah and Cameron backstage at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, at the recent Honor Thy Song benefit. Photo courtesy of Cameron Tilbury, with thanks.

Jo-Leah handles mostly songwriting, and we’re going into music publishing so she’ll be handling a lot of that.  Lori Thompson heads our Canadian office so she keeps busy up there.  She has a strong background in film, literary and fashion so she brings a lot to the table.  We chat virtually every day.

Talk about multi-tasking ~ I’m breathless just reading your schedule! Apart from the many demands on your time (and the very early starts to your day!), what’s the hardest thing about your job? 

Idon’t think there are any things that are particularly hard.  Some things are just a little harder than others.

Spoken like a true show man. Well, I’m in awe at your energy levels, zest and enthusiasm. Thank you for a great chat! Cameron, you’ve been very gracious with your time but do we have another few seconds for the quick-fire fun questions? We do? Excellent!

I’ve loved it!  Okay…let’s do rapid fire.

Rapid Fun with Cameron Tilbury

Rock, pop or jazz?
Ha!  You forgot country!  I’ll have to say rock AND country!  My two favorite acts are Iron Maiden and George Strait.

Morning or evening person?
Totally morning.  It drives my wife crazy because she’s a night owl.
*Nicky laughs*: I’m with Jo-Leah on that one!

Diet coke or cream soda?
Neither.  I don’t drink many fizzy drinks—if I do, Dr Pepper.  But I drink sweet tea (that’s what we call it here in the south—others may call it ice tea) and lots of coffee!

Wine or beer? 

Steak dinner or fish’n’chips? 

Maple syrup or golden syrup? 
I guess Maple…I’m trying to lose weight so not much of either I’m afraid.

Musically speaking, would you love to go back to the 1960s, 1980s or stay in the present?
Hmm.  I think here is just fine.

Big night out, or quiet night in? 
Quiet night in.  No question.

Three desert island disks?
Iron Maiden:  A Matter of Life and Death, anything by George Strait, and a compilation of all of the songs my wife has written.

And all good things must come to an end…

Cool! I think that’s it… Oh, two more questions. Just to paraphrase our mutual friend, the one and only Alex Lewczuk:

Cameron, have you had a reasonably interesting blogospheric interaction with us today?  Absolutely! 

And may I welcome you back to my blog sometime in the near future?  Totally!  Just say when!


You can find out more about Cameron, his company and his artists here:


Dear readers, as always,
the floor is yours!!

You’ve met the man, you know what kind of fascinating work he does day in and day out…do you have any questions for Cameron? Oh, and could you rise every morning at 5 a.m.?

Second appearance on Siren FM Midweek Drive ~ rock star addiction, advances, and the right way to hold your fork!

Well, I’ve got to hand it to Alex, Claire, Ed and Fien and everybody who called in. I didn’t think making radio could be SO much fun. It was like standup comedy, and the laughs we shared in studio still reverberate in my ears. (Thankfully, they will remain private jokes for ever more… What goes on in studio, stays in studio, ha!)

Last week Wednesday (5 December), I took part in my Second Midweek Drive over at Siren FM.


Also in studio were Alex Lewczuk, Claire Parker, Ed Wellman (for a little while), and Fien Hiel.

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Of course, no opportunity goes unmissed for sharing Sophie’s Turn with the world… and Alex promised to put the little Christmas flyer up somewhere prominent for me: Thank you!

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The line-up included: Cameron Tilbury, CEO of Maple Star Music and Media; Liz Brewer, Premier Publicist and Author of “The Ultimate Guide to Party Planning and Etiquette”; Michele Monro; Deborah White, author of “Deceit” and “Wickedness”; and top filmmaker, Ilana Rein.

Here are your links for listening in…


~Reading of Sophie’s Turn at 18 mins (and I nearly got in trouble!)

~Inspiration for Sophie’s Turn at 23 mins (Terminal Rock Star Addiction!)


Part 2

~Talking about Towels on Deck Chairs and the Right Way To Hold Your Fork with Liz Brewer at 17 mins

~What would I do with a $600,ooo advance, and talking about my fabulous publisher, Sapphire Star Publishing at 21 mins


Well, it was awesome and I can’t wait to do it again!!

In fact, I’ll be back in studio on December 21 for the Siren FM 24-hour Broadcasting Marathon to ward off the End of the World which is due according to the Mayan calendar, so more news about thatafter the fact (if possible). 🙂

In the presence of illustrious guests~my Midweek Drive debut on Siren FM

Co-hosting a radio show for a couple of hours?

Talking about Sophie’s Turn live on air to all manner of interesting and awe-inspiring people?

Offering short readings of Sophie’s Turn live on air, right there and then?

Sure, bring it on, I’m game!

In fact, it already happened. On October 24, 2012, I had the tremendous pleasure of hosting the Siren FM midweek drive show from 5pm to 7pm, alongisde chief presenter Alex Lewczuk and co-hosts Katie Grimason and Ed Wellman (and Tom, for a short spell).

Here’s me with Ed (back left), Tom (back right) and Katie (front right) in the Siren FM studio. Dream team!

And it was the most awesome experience. Take a look at the roll call of people who phoned in and chatted about their own projects… and listened to or talked about Sophie’s Turn:

Cameron Tilbury
CEO of Maple Star Music & Media

Sam Owen
MBPsS BSc- Relationships coach, Psychologist

 Arthur Weingarten
Writer/Producer ( Murder She Wrote, Ironside, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Addams Family)

Michele Monro
with another top selection from her Father Matt Monro‘s back catalogue

 Sarah Pinborough
Award winning author whose credits include The Dog-Faced Gods trilogy and Torchwood.

Phil Leirness
with more reflections from LA

I know. Incredible! Here’s your chance to listen. I won’t upload the files as a two-hour programme makes too huge a file, but here are the links to the podcast, in two parts.

Part 1

Lincolnshire writer Nicky Wells makes her Midweek Drive debut and shares rock stories with Cameron Tilbury from Nashville, discusses relationship strategies with ace coach Sam Owen  before heading to new York and premier writer/producer Arthur Weingarten accompanied by Alex Lewczuk, Katie Grimason & Ed Wellman ( original TX for The Midweek Drive on www.sirenonline.co.uk Wed Oct 24th 2012 )

~Also featuring: a reading of Sophie’s Turn by Alex Lewzcuk (at o4.00 approximately)

Part 2

The penultimate Midweek Drive of October 2012 connects Michele Monro with Ed Wellman & Katie Grimason & continues with the welcome return of award-winning writer Sarah Pinborough sharing her thoughts with Nicky Wells about the modern writing process and setting another sight-reading challenge for Alex Lewczuk ( original TX for The Midweek Drive on www.sirenonline.co.uk Wed Oct 24th 2012)

~Also featuring: brief on-air intro to Sophie’s Turn (at 01:10 approximately) another short reading of Sophie’s Turn by me (at 13:10 approximately)


And the best thing?

I’ve been invited back! I’ll have another chance to do it all again in early December ~ how excited am I?

Thanks for having me on the show, Alex!

So. My strategy for blundering through unexpectedly meeting outstandingly talented, interesting and successful people? Well… I laugh a lot. And I talk a lot.

What’s yours?