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Friday, September 28, 2012

Blog Tour: "Sophie's Turn" by Nicky Wells (Guest Post/Excerpt/Giveaway)

Welcome to our Virtual Book Tour stop on the "Sophie's Turn" by Nicky Wells brought to you by Reading Addiction Blog Tours.

Why book covers are so important…

Ack. My whole being rebels against this statement, having been brought up on a firm diet of ‘never judge a book by its cover’ and all that.

However, it is true. It is undeniable fact. Necessity, even. Book covers matter. They matter enormously. Why?

Well, think about the last time you went to a book store or browsed an online retailer, and you picked up a new book. Maybe a book by an author you’d never heard about before. What made you look at that book? Exactly: the cover.

The cover is like a big, bold statement about the book. It sums up the essence, the feel, the genre of the book and calls out to the potential readership: here I am, and you’ll love me. Authors and publishers alike put a tremendous amount of thought into the cover, because apart from word-of-mouth, a book’s cover is the first point of contact between the book and the reader. If that first impression doesn’t wow the reader, the book may never get a chance.

Let me tell you a little bit about my book cover journey. The original cover for Sophie’s Turn was created by my husband, lovingly designed and hand-crafted:

People loved that cover, and I got a lot of fantastic feedback for it. But it wasn’t doing the book justice. It didn’t suggest everything that makes Sophie’s Turn unique and special. It felt… (dare I say it?) a little pedestrian. Yet Sophie’s Turn is all about romance and glamour and excitement, an extraordinary life style, about fantastic cities and amazing people. Thus husband and I had a re-think and agreed that we needed help. Help was duly found and given by a friend and former colleague, Jessie Dalrymple. She played around with the original cover for a while and then I relinquished control. I gave Jessie carte blanche on a complete redesign, and what you see on the cover today is what she came up with. My publisher, Sapphire Star Publishing, liked the concept so much that they worked with it, polishing it and making adjustments, of course, to fonts and focus and colour….

Sophie's Turn
by: Nicky Wells
Publishing Date: 9/6/12
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing
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Slapper.  Slut.  Adulteress.  These are hardly words that Sophie Penhalligan would normally use to describe herself.  Yet this is exactly how she is behaving, all things considered, even if she isn't quite married to Tim yet.  And it's all happening because her past is coming to tempt her!  Nine years ago, she met her teenage idol and rock start extraordinaire, Dan, up close and personal.  Well, almost.  Now Dan has crash-landed back in her life.  How could Tim ever stand a chance against the charming, handsome singer?  How could she?  


“What the hell is going on here?” I hissed, trying to prevent others from hearing our exchange.
“Oh, Sophie, Dan’s turned up. Isn’t it amazing?” she beamed at me.
“I can see that,” I kept hissing, “But what is he doing here?”
Rachel was quite drunk herself and looked at me with those bleary eyes that usually meant she was up to no good. “Sophie,” she declared solemnly and rather loudly, “you have broken the man’s heart. He has come to reclaim you.” She wobbled unsteadily and I gripped her arm. Usually one to hold her liquor, party-girl Rachel had clearly gone too far tonight.
“Shshshshshshshsh!” I admonished. “Will you keep your voice down? What are you talking about?”
“Dan is completely besotted with you, and he said he couldn’t bear the thought of you getting engaged to Tim so he had to…hic…come and check him out…hic!” Oh God, she had the hiccups. She would have to spend the night in the guest room. Once Rachel got the hiccups, she was beyond salvation. I gave her twenty minutes before she collapsed. I had to extract critical information fast.
“Why did you introduce him to Tim?” I continued my interrogation. “Couldn’t you have sent him away?”
“Oooh noo, Sophie. I couldn’t turn this lovely, heartbroken man away.” She looked at me with big, innocent, and totally unfocused eyes. “In fact, we were just looking for you. You seemed to have… hic… hic… hic…disapp-hic-eared.”
“What did you say to Tim about who Dan was?” I needed to know.
“That he was Dan, of course. Your boy-hic-friend from Tusk!” She dropped this bombshell completely nonchalantly.
“You what?” I squeaked. “Please tell me you’re joking.”
“Noooo, I’m s-hic-erious! Ti-hic-im thought it was very funny. Hic.”
I wrung my hands and barely prevented myself from tearing at my hair. If Tim had thought it was funny, he must have thought Rachel was being facetious or winding him up. He had seen her drunk before (and the experience hadn’t done anything to endear her to him in any way), so it was likely that he hadn’t paid the slightest bit of heed to the truth she was spouting. But I had to move, and fast.
“You,” I said to Rachel, grabbing her by the shoulders and steering her toward the stairs. “You have had enough to drink. You are going to bed.”
“I hic-am?” Rachel asked, surprised.
“Indeed,” I confirmed grimly and marched her up the stairs. “Right, here you are. Guest room. Bed. Now.” I propelled her forward and she flopped on the bed like a rag doll.
“Very ti-hic-hic-red,” she mumbled before passing out.
I, on the other hand, had sobered up dramatically and had only one thought left: damage limitation. I blundered back downstairs, racing quite unladylike in my high heels, and skidded to a halt in the lounge. There they were, companionably sitting in front of the stereo, playing DJ.
I clattered across the floor, grabbing a bottle of champers and three glasses off a table as I went. Tim looked up, and then sprang to his feet.
“And here she is,” he announced to Dan with no small measure of proprietary pride. “Doesn’t she look gorgeous?”
Dan rose to his feet, somewhat unsteadily, and looked me up and down. A sad smile played on his face for just the briefest of moments.
“She looks stunning, indeed. Congratulations to you both.” He walked over to me and planted a chaste kiss on my cheek. “Well done,” he said softly, and Tim beamed gratefully, completely unaware that the comment was aimed solely at me. In fact, he seemed completely besotted by Dan’s manly, famous presence.
“Dan here and I were just discussing rock music,” he informed me as though Dan were his new best friend.
I shuddered for a moment. God forbid.
“Dan has some very interesting views about the movement, you know?”
I winced and smiled a secret apologetic smile at Dan, but he was too drunk to notice anything patronizing in Tim’s comment. I had to separate the two before things got out of hand. Luckily, one of our other guests absolved me of thinking up more ruses by descending on Tim and whisking him away to the kitchen.
Dan and I regarded each other in silence.
“You do look beautiful,” Dan repeated, suddenly sounding a whole lot more sober.
I wanted to cry. “What are you doing here?” I whispered, not trusting my voice.
“I don’t really know,” he acknowledged. “I just felt…lonely. At a loose end. I had to see you and convince myself that…well, that it really is too late. You know?”
I was simultaneously touched and petrified. “I thought we’d agreed…,” I started, but Dan interrupted immediately.

Website | Twitter Handle: @WellsNicky | Facebook

Rock On!  Nicky Wells writes fun and glamorous contemporary romance featuring a rock star and the girl next door.  Her debut novel, Sophie's Turn, is the first part in her Rock Star Romance Trilogy. Not unlike Sophie, her heroine, Nicky loves rock music, dancing, and eating lobsters.  When she's not writing, Nicky is a wife, mother, and teaching assistant.  Nicky is also a featured author on the innovative reader/author project,

Originally born in Germany, Nicky moved to the United Kingdom in 1993, and currently lives in Bristol with her husband and two boys.  In a previous professional life, Nicky worked as a researcher and project manager for an international Human Resources research firm based in London and Washington D.C.

Visit Nicky on her blog where you can find articles, interviews, radio interviews and, of course, an ongoing update on her work in progress, the second and third parts of the Rock Star Romance Trilogy. You can also follow Nicky on Twitter and find her on Facebook.

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Thank you so much for hosting Sophie's Turn with a guest post, giveaway and excerpt as part of my launch tour. It's lovely to visit your amazing blog! Here's wishing good luck to all entrants, and rock on. X

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