NICKY WELLS

Sophie's Turn
Kelly - 4 Crowns

 

‘Rock Guys are viagra for my soul’ – Sophie Penhalligan


Sophie Penhalligan is just like any other teenager growing up in her hometown of Newquay, Cornwall. Her bedroom walls are adorned with posters of her favourite rock band, TUSCQ, and her dreams revolve around one day meeting the singer, Dan, and making him all her own - the singer with a voice like velvet. Her musings however take an ornamental turn when her dream actually bares some truth at nineteen. 

Attending a more ‘intimate’ gig in the Bristol area, Sophie manages to meet the band and also gets an invitation to join them in Edinburgh a few weeks later. When Dan starts to take an interest in Sophie, her dreams remain just that when she turns him down, as her dreams did not include one-off sex on a tour bus, and so holding onto her virtue and her heart, she leaves the next morning, never to contact the band again.

Ten years later, and now a journalist for Read London newspaper, Sophie is about to embark on a flight to New York for a conference, when she encounters Darren, the guitarist of TUSCQ, who advises her that the band have reformed, and are playing smaller venues in the London area and have renamed their little project, Splat! Darren’s news sparks Sophie’s interest, and she takes it upon herself to check out her old favourite band on her return.

Old feelings emerge and sparks fly between Dan and Sophie again, as he invites her out for dinner. All this sounds romantic and innocent enough, however Sophie is already in a relationship with Tim, an accountant, who is one minute loving, next minute sulky, and in all honesty, a little drab. On their second anniversary, instead of proposing like she thought, he had the sudden urge to protect his garden lettuces to the ever-invading slug population.

Tim, however, does propose eventually, and Sophie says ‘Yes’, after all, Tim is safe, trustworthy and hard-working – Perfect husband material.

Nevertheless, Dan isn’t giving up, and cunningly devises a plan for Sophie to go on the reunion tour with TUSCQ, and be the official tour news columnist, as her news desk job for Read London poses the perfect opportunity for her to spread her wings and become a well-respected journalist within the entertainment industry. Mission accomplished, now he just has to prove that Sophie is hiding her true colours, and Tim is no good for her, but he gets more than he bargained for when he falls in love, and puts an engagement ring on her finger – the same finger where Tim put his.

With the support from her best friend, Sophie knows she has a very difficult decision to make, but one that will question her morals, ethics, and a stunning realisation that who she thought she was, isn’t quite who she wants to be.

Follow this extraordinary journey, of a thirty-something English woman, who at times had me laughing my arse off. Her musings and personality reminded me very much of Bridget Jones and her love of cliché’s made me giggle, especially ‘what happens on tour, stays on tour,’ mentality.

This is an impeccably written novel which in turn is a fun, easy-read chick-lit that delivers highly on the 'entertainment factor'.

 

As a girl deriving from London myself, it was a refreshing change to read something that I could totally relate to, as I also hail from the Tooting area. I will definitely read the sequel, Sophie’s Run, as it will be interesting to see what kind of a pickle she gets herself into next time.

 

SOPHIE'S TURN~

Slapper? Slut? Adulteress? Sophie Penhalligan's life and moral universe is turned upside down when rock star Dan proposes to her in full knowledge that she is already engaged. She has always loved Dan, in a remote-crush kind of way. She thinks she loves her fiancé, Tim. What is she to do? 

It's all happening because her past has come to tempt her. Nine years ago, she met her teenage idol and rock star extraordinaire, Dan Hunter, up close and personal. Well, almost! 

Now Dan has crash-landed back in her life just as Sophie is happily embroiled in a relationship with Tim, her boyfriend of two years. Until recently, she was confident Tim would eventually propose. But while his persistent inaction is beginning to cast a cloud over their relationship, Dan's sudden reappearance poses a whole new dilemma.

Having accompanied Dan's band to Paris, Sophie suddenly finds herself engaged to Dan while her erstwhile fiancé Tim is... well, doing whatever it is Tim does back in London. Torn between the dream-come-true and the sensible-thing-to-do, Sophie concludes her inadvertent journey of self-discovery with an ending that surprises herself, and everyone around her. 

Sophie's Turn is a glamorous contemporary fairy tale that will make chick-lit and romance lovers laugh, cry and rock along every step of the way.

SOPHIES RUN ~ 

 

Her famous star remains her rock while life takes her on a little detour…

Who says that the road towards true love is straight and even? Sophie is certainly discovering that it is anything but.

So she has finally found the man of her dreams! Well…she knows who he is, even though she hasn’t actually quite met him yet. But she misses her opportunity, and then her life goes crazy. Rock star and ex-fiancé, Dan, keeps getting in the way of her new romance—even if he is just trying to be helpful. A fire, an impromptu mini-trip with Dan, and a dreaded wedding later, Sophie is still struggling to meet the love of her life. Then, just as she is getting it together with her perfect man, best friend Rachel commits an act of unspeakable betrayal.

Sophie has had enough. Confused and distraught, she decides that it is time for a radical change. Surprising herself and shocking her friends, she embarks on a secret journey and eventually gets her life back on track.

Nicky Wells

Hi! I’m Nicky Wells, your ultimate rock chick author. Signed to US Publisher, Sapphire Star Publishing, I write Romance That Rocks Your World, featuring the rock star and the girl next door.

My books offer glitzy, glamorous contemporary romance with a rock theme ~ imagine Bridget Jones ROCKS Notting Hill! If you’ve ever had a crush on any kind of celebrity ~ rock, pop, movie or other ~ you’ll connect with my heroes and my leading ladies!

Like my first leading lady, Sophie, I love listening to rock music, dancing, and eating lobsters.  When I’m not writing, I’m a wife, mother, and occasional teaching assistant.

I’ve been writing fiction since I was ten.  My first story was a children’s story involving little alien creatures living on barren, dark Jupiter and periodically visiting earth for vital supplies–written in a scrawly hand in two school copy books.  That, and other stories, are awaiting their reincarnation as properly illustrated children’s books.  For now, though, my love and focus is contemporary romantic fiction with a rock theme.

Sophie's Run
Kelly - 4 Crowns

 

I was much more sophisticated and worldly-wise. Well possibly, a little bit. I could be serene, and poised, and elegantly glamorous with the best of them, I applauded myself inwardly, skilfully shooting an olive across the restaurant while trying to spear it with a toothpick. - Sophie Penhalligan.

Ah, how can you not love Sophie? She’s like a breath of literary fresh air. She’s quirky, uncomplicated, reliable, ditzy, independent and totally loveable. She’s like Bridget Jones without the weird Mother. So, naturally, it’s only right that things get turned on their head in this next chapter of Sophie’s story.

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With Sophie and Dan’s relationship hitting new ‘bestie’ heights, it’s apparently obvious to Sophie and all around that it’s time to move on and find her perfect man. Her dreams are finally answered when she locks eyes with Steve; a fellow church choir member. Although her lightning moment has stuck, Steve’s choir schedule is patchy, and she wonders how long it will be before she sees him again.

With her 30th Birthday celebrations in full swing with best friends, Dan and Rachel, baring gifts, a beautiful cake, with a jolly crowd and good music, all is well, that is until an electrical fault puts a dampener on the whole parade. When her Tooting flat goes up in smoke, it leaves her only one option: To stay with Dan at his more than ample London abode.

Dan is ever the attentive friend but with his tight work schedule and ‘conquest playtime,’ Sophie finds herself often alone, occasionally waking up to find a new pretty face at the breakfast table.

Still, her insurance premiums are valid and her flat is getting an overhaul – Sophie Penhalligan, forever looking on the bright side…

And things do start to look up, but when one part of your life starts to finally go right, it doesn’t stop the other part going cataclysmically wrong. 

…And that is when everything changes.

A distressed friend, a fatal health scare, a romantic getaway that ends in disaster and the ultimate of best friend betrayal’s later and Sophie loses all sense of composure as she makes an extreme but life-altering decision.

Follow Sophie on her extraordinary new journey as she makes a ‘Run’ for it, in order to find herself again and remember the things that truly matter.

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I very much enjoyed Sophie’s Run; it had a stronger storyline and bigger plot than Sophie’s Turn, making it the perfect sequel. We are introduced to pivotal new characters, which were very welcomed, especially Steve and Geetje. 

I was concerned about how I would take to a new love interest. I guess a part of me always felt that Dan and Sophie were destined for each-other but Nicky gave us yet another loveable leading male in the form of a male nurse called Steve and I connected to him immediately. He was kind and tentative and I felt he more suited to our heroine than our favourite rock star, although that pains me to admit.

I expected the betrayal, I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t a shock in all honesty, but there was a scene that had me gripping onto my seat for dear life because I honestly didn’t see that one coming, it brought a tear to my eye and that’s all I’m going to say on the matter as I don’t want to give anything away.

If you are looking for impeccable writing, faultless scene structure and great 'plot' flow, you can’t go far wrong with this series.

And, yes... the ending...

WHAT?!

Ah, I must have resembled a cheshire cat. What a way to end this story; it’s not quite a cliff-hanger, but it certainly gave an impression that book 3 is going to give our heroine a few more challenges. I just hope she is ready. ;)

 

 

 

Kelly's Review of
Sophie's Turn and Sophie's Run

Welcome to our castle and thank you for agreeing to this interview. 

Hang on, no… you got this the wrong way round, Princesses! Thank YOU for inviting me onto your blog 

and into your castle, I’m thrilled and honoured to be here! *takes a deep bow*

 

Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

1. What were you like at school?

Dreamy! I think that about sums it up. I always had my nose in a book, which wasn’t a very cool thing 

to do, but I simply lived in a little dream world with my favourite fictional characters. I read everything 

I could lay my hands on, adventures, ‘thrillers’, sci-fi, books about friendships.  To make matters worse, 

I was terrible at PE so when “The Never Ending Story” came out, I really identified with Bastian in a BIG 

way! I was Bastian, I was hiding in that school attic and exploring mythical worlds… Yup, that was me at 

school. Until, that is, rock hit. Uh-huh. My terrific crush on Joey Tempest changed a lot of things, and the 

kudos of having been in the front row at the first Europe gig ever played in my home town … well, let’s 

just say, suddenly I was that little bit cooler.  J Add an older boyfriend into the picture—I’d have been 

fifteen then—and suddenly I got a little taste of school-girl stardom.

 

2. Were you good at English?

Unfortunately, yes! Remember that English is my second language, or used to be at last. I learned it at 

school from the ground up, starting at age ten. Although ‘learning’ is probably not the right word, it 

was more like rediscovering a language I had previously known. Weird, right? But English just came to 

me. Every English teacher I’ve ever had remarked on that fact, and I was a straight A through the entire 

nine years of secondary school. Why’s that unfortunate? Well, it wasn’t exactly cool. I tried to combat 

that phenomenon with all my might. At one point, I stopped doing homework altogether, and, when 

called upon, just ‘read out’ stuff I hadn’t written from a blank page. I regularly deducted 20 percent 

from my word count because writing nearly 1000 words in an exam in two hours just wasn’t the done 

thing. Nonetheless, the grades stayed and my love for the language grew even more. When we started 

reading novels and plays, I was in heaven. All the stuff about plot and textual analysis, all the rhetorical

and stylistic means we learned about… well, that was just the icing on the cake and helped me ‘get’ 

literature. It also, to this day, helps me write, so here’s a big Thank You to all my English teachers, 

especially Mr. Guterl, Mrs. Von Sperber and Mr. Ossieck.

 

3.What are your ambitions for your writing career?

First and foremost, I want to write books that make people happy. If they smile and laugh out loud, ever 

so much the better. I want to create an emotional response, I would love for my readers to connect with 

the story, to live it ~ just like I ‘lived it’ while I wrote it.

One day, I’d like to sell a million copies of one of my books and see my name in gold letters on the 

number one spot. Well, okay, it doesn’t have to be gold letters, but the number one spot would be nice. 

Oh and ~ if someone wanted to turn the Rock Star Romance Trilogy into a big-screen movie…. Well, let’s

just say I’d be well chuffed! (I’m also open to offers, so movie makers of the world, don’t be shy, I’m 

right here, get in touch, I promise I don’t bite!)

 

4.Which writers inspire you?

The list is so long, I couldn’t possibly begin to single anyone out. I know it’s a copout answer, but there it

is. Everyone who’s ever set pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) and went through the long, painful slog 

of writing a whole novel deserves a prize and our undiluted admiration.

 

5.So, what have you written?

(*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)

Where can we buy or see them? (* include American, European and any other relevant links. Free, free 

promotions or prices can be included)

Oooh! Really? I get to brag? Unashamedly, with sales links too? *rubs hands in glee* Well, you did ask! 

At this time, I have two books on the market, namely the first two books in my Rock Star Romance 

Trilogy. However, I have written the third book, too, and it’s out on 5 September, so I’ll include the blurb 

for this one even though I have no sales links. 

Moreover, I have also written a little seasonal something for later in the year, and I really hope to come 

and introduce this novella right here in the Castle nearer the time. (Hint: there’s a rock star with a Santa 

hat involved…). And last but not least, I’m now working on my fourth full-length novel with the working 

title, Fallen For Rock. I hope to bring you this new story in the summer of 2014. But I digress…. Let’s 

focus on what’s here!

 

Sophie’s Turn: So the rock star wants to marry her, but she’s already engaged…

Slapper? Slut? Adulteress? Sophie Penhalligan's life and moral universe is turned upside down when 

rock star Dan proposes to her in full knowledge that she is already engaged. She has always loved Dan, 

in a remote-crush kind of way. She thinks she loves her fiancé, Tim. What is she to do? 

It's all happening because her past has come to tempt her. Nine years ago, she met her teenage idol 

and rock star extraordinaire, Dan Hunter, up close and personal. Well, almost!  Now Dan has crashlanded back in her life just as Sophie is happily embroiled in a relationship with Tim, her boyfriend of 

two years. Until recently, she was confident Tim would eventually propose. But while his persistent 

inaction is beginning to cast a cloud over their relationship, Dan's sudden reappearance poses a whole 

new dilemma. Having accompanied Dan's band to Paris, Sophie suddenly finds herself engaged to Dan 

while her erstwhile fiancé Tim is... well, doing whatever it is Tim does back in London. Torn between 

the dream-come-true and the sensible-thing-to-do, Sophie concludes her inadvertent journey of selfdiscovery with an ending that surprises herself, and everyone around her. 

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Sophie’s Run:  Her famous star remains her rock while life takes her on a little detour…

Who says that the road towards true love is straight and even? Sophie is certainly discovering that it is 

anything but. So she has finally found the man of her dreams! Well… she knows who he is, even though 

she hasn’t actually quite met him yet.  Rock star and ex-fiancé, Dan, keeps getting in the way of her new 

romance—even if he is just trying to be helpful.  A fire, an impromptu mini-trip with Dan, and a dreaded 

wedding later, Sophie is still struggling to meet the love of her life. Then, just as she is getting it together 

with her perfect man, best friend Rachel commits an act of unspeakable betrayal.

Sophie has had enough. Confused and distraught, she decides that it is time for radical change. 

Surprising herself and shocking her friends, she embarks on a secret journey and eventually gets her life 

back on track. Or does she?

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Sophie’s Encore: Her rock star is waiting in the wings, but will he get a second chance?

It’s all change for Sophie Jones—only this time, there is more at stake than just her happiness.

Rock star extraordinaire, Dan Hunter, has been her patient and caring friend through the highs and lows 

since her wedding day, but now he figures it is time for her to start over. By stealth, the rock singer 

draws Sophie into the behind-the-scenes work for his band’s latest album. Through the days and weeks 

spent together at the mixing desk, Sophie discovers whole new horizons for her life, yet before she can 

even begin to explore them, she faces the very real threat of losing her rock star for good.

Join Sophie and Dan in Sophie’s Encore to find out how their journey will end… ON 5 SEPTEMBER!!

 

6.Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

Where to start? First of all, there’s Sophie. Sophie’s a really nice, down-to-earth girl. She loves rock, and 

she’s harboured a life-long crush for Dan Hunter, but in reality, she’s quite a normal girl. Like your best 

friend, maybe, or even your sister. Yet Dan does something to her, and she goes into a bit of a tailspin. 

Dan’s love and friendship make her query what she really wants from life, and do you know what? She 

stays true to her ideals and her beliefs rather than succumbing to the call of glamour and fame. I think 

that’s pretty special.

And then there’s Dan. Dan, the rock star, lead singer of world-famous rock band, Tuscq. Dan is 

everything you associate with a rock star. Handsome, drop-dead-gorgeous, talented. He’s a serial 

womanizer. He has charisma, and a lot of money. Yet what he really wants is to build a life with Sophie. 

Uh-huh, you read that right. I’m not saying he wants to give up music, recording or touring. But he wants 

Sophie in his life. And that changes everything for him. When Sophie unexpectedly turns him down, he 

rallies and makes every effort to remain in her life. He becomes her friend and her rock, even though 

it’s not always easy. He’s funny and caring and patient; and through it all, even in the most desperate of 

circumstances, he hopes. Now that’s special, wouldn’t you say?

 

7.What are you working on at the minute and what is it about?

I’m in between books at the moment as I’m gearing up for the launch of Sophie’s Encore and also 

finishing up the editing and proofing of my little seasonal surprise. However, next on my list to write is 

my fourth book, Fallen For Rock. Fallen for Rock features an up-and-coming rock star who struggles to 

keep pace with the fame, and a determined young professional woman who couldn’t care less about 

rock music. Fate throws them together in the most unexpected manner and nothing’s ever quite the 

same afterwards for either of them.

 

8.What genre are your books?

Interesting question! I tend to describe my books as chick lit with a rock theme. You could also 

categorize them as contemporary romance (with lashings of glitz and glamour). There’s a lot of humour 

in my books, so sometimes I have seen them classed as romantic comedies. Sophie likes to travel, and 

it’s been suggested to add ‘travel’ to the category descriptors. Last but not least, the entire Rock Star 

Romance Trilgoy is a journey of self-discovery. And, of course, it has a certain appeal to young adult 

readers even though the characters aren’t young adults themselves.

No easy answer, then, but I think the labels chick lit or romcom probably capture my work best.

 

9.What draws you to this genre?

Me! For a number of reasons. One, life’s too short to take it seriously at all times. My books tackle some 

pretty serious themes, especially as Sophie grows and develops, but this is done (I hope) with optimism 

and a smile at every corner.

Two, I like to dream. I like to escape. I like to think that there’s always a happy ending around the 

corner. And I want to share that with my readers!

And finally, it just seems to come naturally. I didn’t exactly sit down to ‘write chick lit’. It’s just what 

flows from my fingers!

 

10.Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?

Oh! Oh!! D’you know, I keep changing my mind on that all the time. Today, I think I’d like Mr. Jon Bon 

Jovi himself in the starring rock star role (with a British accent, oh please!) and Mrs. Zellweger as Sophie.

 

11.How much research do you do?

Lots! Much of that research is extremely pleasant, involving, as it does, going to rock concerts and, 

where possible, taking in the VIP experience. (I haven’t been able to afford Bon Jovi VIP tix but I am 

working on it!). So that takes care of the ‘show’ element and the ‘backstage’ element. However, there 

is more to the music business than meets the eye, and I am very lucky to have connected with a group 

of ‘inside advisers’ who very patiently answer my questions about touring, recording and the day-today hum-drum of being a rock star. Here’s a big Thank You to ‘rock star’s wife,’ Jane Risdon; CEO of 

MapleStar Music & Media, Cameron Tilbury, and THE HUSH ROCK BAND.

 

12.When did you decide to become a writer?

Great question. I didn’t, really. I always wanted to write, ever since I was given my first typewriter age 

eleven. Nothing much happened to this ambition, really, apart from heaps of academic and professional 

writing. However, when I quit my job to wait for the birth of my first baby, I sat down to write ‘that 

book’, the one I’d always dreamed about writing. I did that—it took about three months—and then I 

had my first son and forgot all about writing. It wasn’t until my second son started primary school that I

decided to release Sophie’s Turn onto the world. Afterwards, a friend said to me, “The only way forward

is to write more.” So I did.  

D’you know, one of my rock advisers said to me once that a rock star would never actually describe 

himself as a rock star, and from the singers and guitarists I have met, I find that to be true. Likewise, I

don’t consider myself a writer, although I am working on introducing myself to new people as “Nicky 

Wells, Author.” J

 

13.Do you write full-time or part-time? 

At this moment in time, I am lucky enough to be able to write almost full-time while the kids are at 

school. J

 

14.Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

I’m a compulsive, obsessive planner. I can’t help it! You see, in between degrees, I actually had my 

first stab at writing a novel, without plan or any kind of mission, just the mad pursuit of an idea. The

result…was pretty… um, unprofessional. One of my characters even changed eye colour halfway

through! That attempt has been consigned to the rubbish heap, but I learned from the experience.

I plan in stages, from small idea to massive big outline and back to one-page summary. It’s a process I 

picked up at work (I was a professional business research project manager for a few years) and it serves

me well. I have detailed character profiles, timelines to sort the chronology, and scene outlines. The only 

thing I don’t plan is the opening chapter, which I usually write at the end.

 

15.What is the hardest thing about writing?

Letting go! I’m right at this stage as we’re chatting here in the Castle. The work’s done, the edits are 

in the manuscript, we’ve proofed and proofed and proofed. Now I have to hand the book over to the 

publishers and the printer, and it frightens me. One reason is the fear of that dreadful, overlooked typo

that might jump out at me when I first hold the book in my hand. (That, thankfully, hasn’t happened yet!

) And another reason is simply presenting my book baby to the world. What if the world thinks it’s ugly? 

It’s a really scary moment.

 

16.What is the easiest thing about writing?

Writing. Once I’ve planned, I just write. I get completely absorbed and I get that tingling feeling that I’m 

on to something, and I live and breathe my characters. It’s bliss!

 

17.How long on average does it take you to write a book?

I’m afraid to admit that I’m prolific. On an average day, I’ll probably produce three thousand to five 

thousand words. I aim for about ten thousand words a week, and my books are typically just over one 

hundred thousand words in length. So a first draft normally takes between ten and twelve weeks to 

complete.

 

18.Do you ever get writer’s block?

No. J I know, crass answer, right? But no, I don’t, and that’s the honest truth. The reason is simple. I 

had a job as a research writer for over six years, and I had deadlines to meet on a weekly, monthly and 

sometimes daily basis. Writer’s block couldn’t come into it, so I got into the habit of just getting on even 

if sometimes, I had no real idea how to proceed. I’d plan and I’d plot and then I’d get writing, and I still 

do the same thing now. Of course I have days when I nibble my pen (even though I type, LOL), consume 

stacks of biscuits and even switch the computer off to give myself a break. When that happens, I usually 

have to go back within a few hours—sometimes in the middle of the night—to fix the problem scene, 

but I’ve never yet (thankfully!) found myself completely blocked. Long may it last!

 

19.For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

I’m on the fence! I have a love affair with my Kindle because it’s light and easy to read in bed, which is 

where I do most of my reading these days. But I do love the feel, smell and weight of a paper book.

 

20.What’s your view on social media for marketing?

Social media offer authors an unprecedented means of connecting with readers around the world, of 

reaching out to fans, offering giveaways and other treats, and getting word about their books out there. 

I sometimes feel like I live on Twitter and Facebook and it’s important to manage time effectively so I 

don’t get swept away by a social media tide! But—case in point: we met on Twitter. Or was it Facebook? 

And here we are, chatting away, having a blast. If it weren’t for social media, we might never have met. 

(What a horrible thought!)

 

21.Which social network works best for you?

Twitter and Facebook. I oscillate between preferring one over the other at various times, and I have 

come to the conclusion that they do slightly different things. Twitter is great for reaching lots of lovely 

people all at the same time, and for quick-fire, fun chats. Facebook is a little slower, but truly awesome 

for building relationships and having longer conversations.

 

22.Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s?

(* please provide a link to trailer if you have one)

No, and possibly. J I do like the idea of a trailer (I’d love to see it on the telly too!) but I haven’t yet 

figured out a way of achieving my vision within the budget I have. Watch this space, though!

 

23.In what formats is your book available?

All of the Rock Star Romance Trilogy books are available in Kindle, Nook and Smashwords formats, as 

well as paperbacks via Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Here are the links again:

Sophie’s Turn: AMAZON.CO.UK | AMAZON.COM| BARNES & NOBLE| SMASHWORDS

Sophie’s Run: AMAZON.CO.UK | AMAZON.COM | BARNES & NOBLE |SMASHWORDS

 

24.How do you relax?

Belly laugh. I don’t seem to, anymore. Seriously, I always seem to be on the go, what with writing and 

two young children, after-school commitments and other humdrum-life things… My days are too short!

But when I do relax, I snuggle up on the sofa with a coffee and a good book. OR I turn up the stereo as 

loud as I can and rock out.

 

25.What is your favourite book and why?

I have so many! I wouldn’t know where to start!! Do I really have to? I do? Okay. Um. I’ll give you 

a selection then. My first ever ‘chick lit read’ was Catherine Alliott’s The Old-Girl Network. It hit me 

completely unexpected, and I found myself laughing out loud through the entire book. I still do, because 

every now and then I read it again. I’m a sucker for John Grisham novels, and I also like a good Sue 

Grafton. There’s a book called The Eight by Katherine Neville that enthralled me completely, as did Kate 

Mosse’s Labyrinth. 

 

26.Where can you see yourself in 5 years' time?

The realistic answer: I have no idea. Anything could happen.

The dreamy answer: All my books hogging the top 20 book charts on Amazon and in the shops all at the 

same time: Nicky Wells for book world domination. (LOL, I said this was the dreamy answer, didn’t I?) 

Me, cutting the red ribbon for the opening of the Hollywood Premiere of Sophie’s Encore (the preceding 

two books having been made into Big Screen movies previously, of course). And me again, with VIP tix 

for me and my family to see Bon Jovi!!!

 

27.What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Write. Write what you enjoy, write what you know, write what your calling is. Don’t second-guess the

market; it turns on a dime, and you can’t possibly ‘produce’ fast enough to write for a trend. If you enjoy 

what you write, it will shine through in your very voice and your readers will love you for it. 

Don’t stress about publishing. There are so many avenues open to aspiring writers now that it will 

be possible for you to put your book in front of readers, whether you do it the traditional way, the 

small-press way, the independent way, or through a mixture of strategies. Through all of this, though,

remember to believe in yourself and your work. If you don’t, how can you expect someone else to?

Listen. Especially if you go the independent route, listen to readers. Reach out to a group of betareaders and get your worked critiqued. I know it’s daunting, but it’s infinitely better to get feedback—

especially if it’s negative feedback—from a group of people who have your best interest at heart than to 

be slammed in the reviews once your book is out there. And remember, nobody writes the perfect book 

first time round, so feedback is just that—a way to polish and hone and fine tune your work.

 

Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to talk to us Princesses by taking part 

in this interview. We wish you all the very best, and remember to keep us frequently updated with all 

new projects in the future.

 

Ooh thank you again! Thanks for your good wishes, and I will definitely stay in touch!!

 

You can contact Nicky Wells here:

 

Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Loveahappyending.com Lifestyle | Romantic Novelists’ Association |

Sapphire Star Publishing | Amazon | Goodreads| Pinterest

(OR, if you don’t like the hyperlinksJ)

http://nickywellsklippert.wordpress.com/

https://twitter.com/WellsNicky

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nicky-Wells-Author/240322162658246

http://www.amazon.com/Nicky-Wells/e/B005CGMAY6/

http://www.romanticnovelistsassociation.org/index.php/about/author/nicky_wells

http://www.sapphirestarpublishing.com/nickywells

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5047973.Nicky_Wells

http://pinterest.com/nickywellsrocks/

 

 

 

Exclusive Interview with

Nicky Wells

COVER REVEAL FOR SOPHIE’S ENCORE

PLUS EXCERPT AND GIVEAWAY!!!

 

Hooray! Nicky Wells is here today to celebrate the cover reveal for her third book,

Sophie’s Encore.

 

Click Here for:

The BLURB~The COVER~The EXCERPT~The GIVEAWAY

Here’s your chance to win an advance review copy of

Sophie’s Encore or Rock Star Romance SWAG!

 

SOPHIE’S ENCORE: coming your way in e-book and paperback editions on 5 SEPTEMBER 2013!!

 

Fallen For Rock

‘A thrilling and delicious story of love and self-discovery woven around a broken romance that will make you turn page after page and cheer to the end.’

 

Love, life, loyalties. Nothing stays the same when Emily gets drawn into the world of rock.

 

Glossy and sophisticated professional high-flyer Emily has no time for nonsense such as the rock music her ex-boyfriend Nate adored so much. Yet when she unexpectedly comes into possession of VIP tickets—access all areas—for new rock band phenomenon, MonX, she can’t resist the temptation.

 

The fateful gig turns into more than one night, and Emily finds herself strangely drawn to this new and unfamiliar glittery world. However, only weeks later, MonX and her own universe fall apart with devastating consequences for all. When MonX lead singer Mike appeals for her help, she reluctantly embraces a new opportunity. But she soon discovers that while she may be a rock chick after all, a groupie she is not… Or is she?

 

Just exactly where do her loyalties lie? And what direction will her life take now that she’s left behind everything she treasured?

 

Warning! Fallen For Rock contains some explicit content and strong language that may not be suitable for readers under eighteen years of age.

 

 

 

About Nicky Wells: Romance that Rocks Your World!

 

Ultimate rock chick author Nicky Wells writes romance with rock stars—because there’s no better romantic hero than a golden-voiced bad boy with a secret soft heart and a magical stage presence!

 

Nicky’s books offer glitzy, glamorous romance with rock stars—imagine Bridget Jones ROCKS Notting Hill! If you’ve ever had a crush on any kind of celebrity, you’ll connect with Nicky’s heroes and their leading ladies.

 

Born in Germany, Nicky moved to the United Kingdom in 1993 and currently lives in Lincoln with her husband and their two boys. 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 at Siren 107.3 FM with her own monthly show. Rock on!

 

Nicky’s books: Sophie’s Turn | Sophie’s Run | Sophie’s Encore | Spirits of Christmas

***Fallen for Rock—SALES LINK TO COME!!!***

 

Join Nicky: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Romantic Novelists’ Association | Sapphire Star Publishing | Amazon | Goodreads | Pinterest

 

Did you know? There’s a single out now by Nicky’s fictional rock band Tuscq come to life! “Love Me Better” is available for download from Amazon, iTunes and many other places.

 

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