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Fan Mailing!

Last week, it was my pleasure to pick winners for the Fallen for Rock launch giveaway extravaganza. Over the weekend, I had a blast packing up prizes and writing letters. And today, I posted the whole lot out. I have a huge smile on my face even now. I simply can’t help loving sending ‘stuff’ to readers and fans. I guess that’s why I keep running giveaways!

This is me, grinning like the Cheshire cat, as I'm packaging Fallen for Rock SWAG packs and other prizes...

This is me, grinning like the Cheshire cat, as I’m packaging Fallen for Rock SWAG packs and other prizes…

All done! Sending letters-slash-parcels to California, Chile, Texas, Jersey (UK), Canada, Oklahoma, North Carolina, New Jersey, Illinois, Slovenia, Macedonia, Texas again, Portugal, plus Internet-based prizes to California and an unknown state in the US...

All done! Sending letters-slash-parcel to California, Chile, Texas, Jersey (UK), Canada, Oklahoma, North Carolina, New Jersey, Illinois, Slovenia, Macedonia, Texas again, Portugal, plus Internet-based prizes to California and an unknown state in the US…

At the post office keeping the clerk busy with all this international mail. She hasn't asked me yet why I keep sending all this stuff out all over the place, but I can tell that's she's totally curious! :-)

Me at the post office keeping the clerk busy with all this international mail. She hasn’t asked me yet why I keep sending all this stuff out all over the place, but I can tell that’s she’s totally curious! ūüôā

If you’re a winner on this occasion, why not share a photo on social media when your prize turns up? I’d love that! ūüôā

That’s it for now, my friends. Fallen for Rock is now well and truly launched, but it’s not very long until Fairy Tale in New York will come your way, so watch this space.¬† Rock on!

10 Lucky People: Announcing the Winners of the Sophie’s Encore Launch Giveaway

3,596!

That’s the number of total entries registered for the Sophie’s Encore launch giveaway. I’m totally blown away! Thank you to everyone who entered, tweeted, shared, liked, subscribed to the newsletter, posted reviews, and generally helped to spread the word. YOU ROCK!

This was what was up for grabs:

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And the winners are:

A Han ~ 1 SWAG PACK
Ananda ~ 1 SWAG PACK
Marlene Roberts Engel ~ 1 Sophie’s Run keyring
Lyka Tan ~ 1 Sophie’s Encore keyring
Sierra A McBRide ~ 1 Sophie’s Encore keyring
P Rovere ~ $10 Amazon gift voucher
Jessica Meddick ~ 1 Sophie’s Run mug
Connie Kline Fisher ~ 1 Sophie’s Encore mug
Kayla Orton ~ 1 Sophie’s Encore mug
Kelly Urban ~ 1 Sophie’s Encore poster

Congratulations!!

All winners have been notified by email.

Watch this space!

Sophie’s Encore is well and truly out, but I am not done yet for this year. Oh no!I’m keeping it all mysterious and secret for now, for reasons that will become obvious… so… stay tuned for 1 November!

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Nicky In Your Inbox

Did you know you can stay in the loop with new releases and upcoming giveaways via my new newsletter? Nicky in your Inbox, nice and easy, and you’ll never miss out on anything important again. Intrigued? You can subscribe here:

CLICK TO SIGN UP¬†FOR NICKY’S NEWSLETTER

First edition coming out later this month!

Woohoo! Rock on, everybody!

555 FB Likes Giveaway: And the winners are…

Thank you to everyone who entered the 555 Facebook Likes Gratitude Giveaway!

It was a short, one-week only giveaway, but I was astounded by your response and I feel the lurve. ūüėÄ

And the winners are…

1 Sophie's Run mug (reverse side is blank)

1 Sophie’s Run mug (reverse side is blank)

The mug goes to: ELAINE W.

1 Sophie's Run Keyring (reverse is blank)

1 Sophie’s Run Keyring (reverse is blank)

The keyring goes to: PETRA R.

SWAG PACK: 2 Sophie's Run bookmarks; 2 Sophie's Turn bookmarks; 2 Sophie's Run postcards (1 signed); 2 Sophie's Turn postcards (1 signed)

SWAG PACK: 2 Sophie’s Run bookmarks; 2 Sophie’s Turn bookmarks; 2 Sophie’s Run postcards (1 signed); 2 Sophie’s Turn postcards (1 signed)

The SWAG pack goes to: DEBBIE L.

1 ecopy of Sophie's Run

1 ecopy of Sophie’s Run

And one ecopy of Sophie’s Run goes to: LARIZA R.

Huge congratulations!

Winners are being notified and prizes will be shipped/delivered imminently. Rock on!!

Don’t forget to check back for more giveaways in the future… you never know when the mood will take me!

Celebrating 555 Facebook LIKES: GIVEAWAY

Woohooo! Yesterday, I reached my target of gaining 555 Facebook Likes.
I am so chuffed! Thank you all for your support and for pressing that LIKE button. And if you haven’t already… what are you waiting for?

PARTY TIME!

I’d like to say a BIG Thank You to everyone for their support and enthusiasm.
So here’s the giveaway!!

By entering via the RAFFLECOPTER link below, you could win ONE of the following:

1 Sophie's Run mug (reverse side is blank)

1 Sophie’s Run mug (reverse side is blank)

OR

1 Sophie's Run Keyring (reverse is blank)

1 Sophie’s Run Keyring (reverse is blank)

OR

SWAG PACK: 2 Sophie's Run bookmarks; 2 Sophie's Turn bookmarks; 2 Sophie's Run postcards (1 signed); 2 Sophie's Turn postcards (1 signed)

SWAG PACK: 2 Sophie’s Run bookmarks; 2 Sophie’s Turn bookmarks; 2 Sophie’s Run postcards (1 signed); 2 Sophie’s Turn postcards (1 signed)

OR

1 ecopy of Sophie's Run

1 ecopy of Sophie’s Run

I’m so excited to offer this celebratory and gratitude¬†giveaway!
Come on over and enter ~ just click right here:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

GIVEAWAY CLOSES 11 JUNE AT MIDNIGHT BST.
The small print! Entrants must be aged 18 or over. Giveaway is open internationally. Winners will be drawn via Rafflecopter. The ebook and Swag Pack prize will be available for shipping/delivery instantly upon giveaway closure; shipment of mug and keyring will occur within approximately one week after giveaway closure.

Good luck, and thanks again for the lurve~it means the world to me!

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.

Writing Readers

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?