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Hall of Fame celebrates with Dana Mason: Launching Dangerous Embrace!

Roll out the red carpet!
Open the champagne!
It’s time to enter the Hall of Fame!

Today, we’re partying in honour of my Sapphire Star Publishing sister, the one and only Dana Mason! Dana launches her debut novel, Dangerous Embrace today and I am really excited to be part of the launch day extravaganza.

Dana shares her road to publication…

When I started writing Dangerous Embrace, I had no idea it would lead me here. I didn’t even think I could get my best friend to read the story. Until Dangerous Embrace was sent out for editing, Amy and Katie from Sapphire Star Publishing were the only two people, besides myself, who had read the novel from beginning to end.

When Sapphire Star posted the Month of Romance contest on their website, I decided to take the leap and submit. It was my very first submission for Dangerous Embrace, and the novel wasn’t even finished. I was still in the process of revising and editing. Fortunately they didn’t require completed manuscripts for the contest.

I couldn’t believe it when on the morning of March 10, 2012, I received the email from Amy offering me a publishing contract. I remember getting out of bed in the wee early hours of the morning and creeping into my office to check my email. While I didn’t think I had a chance of getting a positive response, I still hoped.

The rest is history…

…indeed! In fact, this is where it all begins. HUGE congratulations on your launch day, Dana, I am so excited for you. This is a tremendous moment and I hope you’re having the best time… ever! Here’s an excerpt of your masterpiece, let’s take a look…

Dangerous Embrace: the excerpt

Sarah pried open her heavy eyelids and turned, trying to focus on the clock. “Ow, dammit!” She clenched her teeth and looked down at the sling tied to her arm. The smothering realization pressed on her chest. When the nausea hit, she flung the covers off and rushed to the bathroom, fighting to get to the toilet before her stomach heaved.

When the painful dry heaving stopped, she lay back on the cold tile floor, exhausted, and waited for the room to stop spinning. Her ragged breaths roared in her ears and seemed to echo in the quiet room. When her breathing slowed, the silence ebbed around her in waves, but when footsteps approached the bathroom door, she tensed again.

A bead of sweat dripped down her scalp and at the same time someone tapped at the door. Her pulse spiked and she fought like hell to remember who brought her home from the hospital.

She closed her eyes. “Who’s there?” The waver in her voice pissed her off. Gawd-please don’t let me be pathetic in front of whoever this is.

A hesitant and completely unfamiliar man’s voice said, “Are you all right? Do you need something?”

Sarah sucked in a hard breath. “Um…” She exhaled slowly. “Who are you?”

“Mark Summors.”

She stiffened and tried to sit up. “Do I know you?” she asked her voice pitching.

“I can explain if you open the door.”

She steadied herself against the bathtub. The sling had slipped up her arm, exposing the trail of bruises. She swallowed another wave of nausea and tried to put the pieces together. Mark Summors? She glanced around for something to use as a weapon just in case, then she wanted to laugh-and cry. Who the hell was she kidding? She rolled her eyes. Good plan, Sarah, take on a strange guy with a toilet brush.

“Can I come in?”  His voice was muffled as if he was resting his face against the door.

“Go ahead.” She clamped her mouth closed to suppress a shiver, then said, “It’s unlocked.”

The door eased open and a cup of water shot out at her.

“Oh, thank you,” she cried out, relieved to wash the disgusting film out of her mouth. She snatched the cup out of his hand and gulped it, letting her eyes lift above the rim to see his face.

“Ah.” Sarah choked and inhaled the water. She set the cup down, almost upending it as she dropped it. “Oh my God!” She would never forget those intense blue eyes, just like she would never forget the smell of her attacker’s breath. They were all thrown together in the same horrifying memory.

Wow! You have totally got me hooked. I can’t wait to read the whole book, it’s all ready and waiting for me on my Kindle!

And for all of those out there duly intrigued, as me, you can get your very own copy of Dangerous Embrace on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.

Last thing… let’s hear about you, Dana Mason, the author! 🙂

About Dana Mason

Dana Mason started writing to prove to her computer geek husband and her math & science geek kids that she actually has a brain; it’s just a right functioning brain instead of a left. She’s lived all over the country and uses that experience in her writing and character studies. Her debut novel, Dangerous Embrace, is the first in a contemporary romance series about a group of friends from Northern California who learn just how short life can be when you don’t hold on to what’s important. Second chances don’t come easy…but sometimes love is worth the risk.

When not writing, Dana specializes in professional development and training. She’s also a board member on the local Art’s Council and does what she can to support the art community.

As an avid reader and movie watcher, she always requires a happily ever after ending.

Visit Dana at her website or blog, follow her on Twitter, find her on Facebook or check out her author pages at Sapphire Star and Goodreads.

Rock on, Dana, I hope you have a terrific launch and I’m sending you big, completely harmless but loving hugs!!!

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Hitting the paper

So this is what it feels like to be in the paper.
Exciting. A bit scary. A little weird.

Unlike a normal blog tour stop, this is an article written by someone else about me, having spoken to me at length over a cuppa or two and having taken copious notes, of course… but still, somebody else wrote. About me.

Now, you know me. I’m a control freak. I like to have a say in what’s written, and I’m very particular about my photos. So this experience, over which I have little control, is not unlike looking into a mirror, with the same inherent question: Will I like what I see?

The answer is, yes! Thank you to Dawn at the Lincolnshire Echo for a fabulous write-up and to John for coming all this way to take a photo. Hope to meet you both again soon!

Credits: The article below was published in Lincolnshire Echo on Thursday 13 Sepember. The author is Dawn Hinsley, Features writer, Lincolnshire Echo. Picture by John Jenkins. Thank you to Lincolnshire Echo for letting me post this article on my blog.

So here goes:

Whoop! Well chuffed. 🙂 I absolutely love that Dawn picked up my ‘what’s Sophie’s Turn like’ nugget: Sophie’s Turn is Bridget Jones rocks out in Notting Hill. What do you reckon?

Are you ready? Introducing the blog tour of all blog tours: #sophiesturn

Taking a deep breath.  And another one. Trying to calm my nerves, contain the excitement that is threatening to spill over and engulf me.

Tomorrow is launch day for Sophie’s Turn. Tomorrow, I will party. And I’ll post a party piece with all the joys and thank yous and everything. But today, I’m sharing with you the itinerary for the promotion journey that Sophie, Dan, Sapphire Star Publishing and I will undertake with sixty-three outstanding bloggers and reviewers. Yes, you read that right. Sixty-three! Hence my question… are you ready?

How did this come about? I don’t rightly now. Sapphire Star Publishing organised a fabulous blog tour on my behalf with Reading Addiction Blog Tours. And I got in touch with the bloggers I had come to know and love from a previous release of Sophie’s Turn. The response has been overwhelming, the support is staggering and I am just totally over the moon. The result is the blog tour of all blog tours.

Don’t panic. I won’t be asking you to visit every stop. I won’t be asking you to tweet yourself to death (that’s my job, wish me luck). I won’t even stalk you with continuous updates, although hopefully you’ll see the odd tweet or three… 🙂 I’m simply posting the schedule here, in a safe, obvious space on my blog, so that if you DO want to stop by and say hello on any given day, you can find me. That’s all.

Lastly, I want to give due credit and say Thank You to all these amazing bloggers and fellow authors who are giving up their time and making space on their blogs to help me shout about Sophie’s Turn. I couldn’t do it without you. So without furhter ado, take a look at this schedule and stand in awe, as I do, at the amazing support for my baby.

See?

SOPHIE’S TURN:
THE LAUNCH TOUR 2012

Stops and features are subject to change. Links may not function until the date a post is scheduled. *Asterisked stops have been scheduled by Reading Addiction Blog Tours on behalf of Sapphire Star Publishing: Thank You!
 

6 September  Romance that Rocks Your World  Party Time!

6 September  Jera’s Jamboree  Review, give-away and interview: Update on my publishing journey

6 September  AL Jackson  Guest post: The rock song that kept me going

6 September  Loveahappyending.com  Guest post: The journey begins

6 September  The Romaniacs  Guest post: A natural born singer. Not.

6 September  We Do Write  Interview: Getting to know me…

6 September  Dizzy C’s Little Book Blog  Review, excerpt and give-away

6 September  Celtic Connexions  Quick introduction to Sophie’s Turn

6 September  Beth Art From the Heart*  Review and guest post: A Day in the Life

6 September  Fascinating Books  Review and Guest post: The roaming writer

7 September  Wonderland Reviews*  Review and interview

8 September  Louise Graham  Review and interview: Hiya! meets Sophie and Dan

8 September  Andi’s Book Reviews *  Review, give-away and guest post: Why book covers are so important

9 September  Bookreview by Rea  Review, give-away and interview: Where do my characters come from?

10 September  For the Love of Film and Novels*  Review, give-away and guest post

11 September  Books For Me*  Review and excerpt

12 September   Solitary Bookworm*  Review, give-away and excerpt

14 September  Stephanie Keyes  Interview: Am I Sophie?

14 September   My Seryniti *  Review, excerpt, give-away and interview

15 September  Love reading love books  Review and interview: Tell us about writing Sophie’s Turn…

16 September  The Book Chick  Review, give-away and guest post: I don’t procrastinate

17 September  My Reading Room*  Review, give-away and interview

18 September  Mandy Baggot  Guest post: Mandy interviews Dan Hunter

18 September  Romantic Novelists’ Association Blog  Guest post: Titles and covers, and covers and titles…

18 September  Up All Night Reviews*  Review, excerpt and give-away

19 September   A Date With a Book*  Review, excerpt and give-away

20 September  Amy Gregory  Guest post: Just the right side of hot and steamy…

22 September  Chick lit and Wine  Review, give-away and guest post: Sophie’s Turn goes Wine Tasting 101

23 September  Forget the Housework  Interview and give-away

24 September  What’s Beyond Forks?*  Review, excerpt, give-away and interview

25 September  Hello, You  Excerpt and interview: Meet Nicky Wells, the author who loves rock stars

27 September  Me, my books and I  Review, excerpt and give-away

27 September  Cocktails and Books*  Review, give-away and guest post: A Day in the Life…

28 September  Booklovin’ Mamas*  Give-away and guest post: Why Book Covers Matter…

29 September  Chick Lit Club Connect  Give-away and guest post: Rock Star Romance… by proxy

29 September  Crazy Four Books*  Review, excerpt, give-away

30 September  Liv for Today  Review, give-away and Q&A

1 October  My Cozie Corner*  Review and give-away

2 October  Reviews By Molly*  Review and excerpt

3 October  Reader Girls*  Review, excerpt and give-away

4 October  Jennifer M Eaton  Guest post: Peak performance

4 October  Jersey Girl Book Reviews*  Review, excerpt and guest post

4 October   LovLivLife Reviews*  Review and excerpt

6 October  Janice Horton  Guest post: High heels and broken ankles

6 October My Reading Addiction* Review and excerpt

7 October  Sheryl Browne  Guest post: Taking the plunge…

9 October  Lynn Reynolds  Review

11 October  Kim the Bookworm  Review plus interview: A little bit about life, the universe and everything

14 October  Linn B Halton  Guest post: Party and six pieces of advice

15 October  Tracie Banister  Interview and give-away

16 October  Today I’m Reading  Review, give-away and interview: Writing and inspiration

18 October  Chick Lit Central  Review, give-away and interview

19 October  My life. One story at a time  Review, give-away and interview: Where and how do I write?

21 October  Bonnie Trachtenberg  Guest post: Compulsive-Obsessive Plotting Disorder

23 October  books 4u  Guest post: A peek into the author’s office…

26 October  The Littlereader Library  Review and guest post: Changing writing habits

27 October  Words from Anneli  Introducing Nicky Wells; followed by Guest post: The Night I Was Powerless on 30 October!

30 October  Age is Just a Number  Interview and review

1 November  Patricia Sands  Guest post: Developing strength of character

6 November  She Who Blogs Behind The Rows  Guest post: There’s always a song…

9 November  ChickLitPlus  Review

11 November  Alchemy of Scrawl  Guest Post: Confessions of an Insomniac

13 November  Jen Tucker  Interview and guest post: Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Dan Hunter

 Wow! Congratulations if  you had the courage to scroll all the way down. You rock! See you on tour…

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!

Sophie’s Turn mega-event on The Write Stuff: Brittany Roshelle hosts an interview, review and give-away of Sophie’s Turn this week!

This week, I’m visiting Brittany Roshelle on her blog, The Write Stuff, for another massive event on the virtual book tour for Sophie’s Turn… [drumroll…]

Today (Monday), Brittany is hosting me during an author interview.  Brittany was particularly interested in the logistics of self-publishing a novel and the process of writing.  I talk about why I chose to go the ‘indie’ route, what challenges lay in wait, and how I got my book from ‘tree’ format to ‘e’ format and out there into the blue yonder…. And also, I tell all about what is the best part about being an author!

On Tuesday, Brittany offers her very own views on Sophie’s Turn! Be sure to check out her review on her blog–especially as there is a give-away competition associated with the review.   One lucky blog reader will win a free Kindle copy of Sophie’s Turn!

And now I would like to say a very big Thank You indeed to Brittany for hosting this triple-whammy jam-packed stop on her fabulous blog.  Your support and enthusiasm are both invigorating and invaluable!  🙂

I look forward to seeing y’all on The Write Stuff soon.

Cheerio from
Nicky x