Monday, August 26, 2013

Sophie's Encore by Nicky Wells - Review, Launch Party, Guest Post and Giveaway!

Happy Monday!

Its’ time to Rock And Roll in earnest! Yes, Nicky Wells is here to celebrate the upcoming launch of Sophie’s Encore. Three cheers for the third book in her Rock Star Romance Trilogy!!!

I am happy, that Me and Reading is one of the blogs participating in this fun tour! My stop includes a review, a guest post and an amazing giveaway. Before with start with the review here is what Nicky has to say:


Says Nicky,
 
 
 
"I’m so excited to share with you, finally, this third installment in Sophie and Dan’s epic romance! Thank you for coming to celebrate with me. Read on for:


Title: Sophie's Encore
Author: Nicky Wells
Series: Rock Star Romance Trilogy
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing
Pages: 406 pages
Genre: Adult: Contemporary, Romance
Source: From the author in exchange for an honest review
 

Summary:



Her rock star is waiting in the wings, but will he get a second chance? 
It’s all change for Sophie Jonesonly 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…
My review:

I have to start with saying that Rock Star Romance Trilogy is one of the most fun and positive contemporary romance series I have read. Don't get me wrong, there is enough drama and serious things taking place in the series, but at the end of the day, it leaves you with lots of hope and happy feelings. I loved that.

Besides that, I think Nicky is an awesome writer, she takes you to a journey which is filled with all kinds of different feelings and that is what I, as a reader, adore: there is love, there is loss, there is hate, there is excitement, there is happiness, there is hope, there is sadness. You name it and she delivers it to you!

Plot:

Sophie's Encore starts few years later after the second book in the series - Sophie's Run - ends. That was the first surprise the author delivered. Sophie's life has changed a lot, she has become a mother and a widower and that was a very hard thing for me to swallow: How come? What has happened in the meantime? What happened to Dan?

Then the author gives you flashbacks to the few years in Sophie's life between the books and you understand. I was shocked and had some difficulties with coping, but when continued reading, everything made sense and my confusion disappeared with each page I turned.

Sophie is struggling, because the man she loved left her behind with two wonderful kids. She gives everything to her kids and has forgotten about herself and her happiness, she does not remember what is means to taking care of herself. She has lost herself in mourning and loss. The only strong and stable support in her life is Dan, her very own rock star and best friend who has stayed in Sophie's life. Dan is encouraging Sophie to move on with her life and brings her closer to his life by teaching her how to mix music.

Step by step Sophie starts learning and not only of mixing music, but also what it means to live and love again. Just when everything starts to look brighter, a dramatic thing happens which makes Sophie realize what are the most important things and people in her life.

Characters:

I have not words enough to describe how I enjoyed the friendship and the relationship between Sophie and Dan. It was simply so real. Not a fluffy-pink-forever-happy love, but real love which contains everyday life as well. Even though I was shocked about what has happened in Sophie's life, I loved that the author gave me two mature main characters. Of course, one of them being a rock star, but still, the problems they faced were mature and real.

Besides the main characters, the kids were absolutely adorable. I fell for them! I fell for them hard.

Generally:

Read it! That's all I am going to say. Read it and read the whole series and you will get the ride of your lifetime!



5 Flowers!
5 stars.



Sophie’s Encore will be available in Kindle and Nook formats as well as paperback editions from Amazon and Barnes & Noble from

5 September 2013!
 
 
 



You can already add Sophie’s Encore to your TBR on Goodreads! What’s more, if you’re in the UK, Canada or US, you can enter to win one of two paperbacks of Sophie’s Encore on Goodreads right up to launch day, 5 September!

And now, ladies and gentlmene, please give a warm welcome to Nicky Wells! Nicky has written a guest post about writing the trilogy. Enjoy!





Happy, exhilarated, bereft. Or: how it feels to finish a Trilogy.
 

It’s done. My third book, Sophie’s Encore, has hit the virtual shelves. The long-awaited conclusion to the epic romance between my girl-next-door, Sophie, and rock star extraordinaire, Dan, is written and published for the world to see. I’m not saying how it’s gonna end but… You wanted to know how it feels to get to The End. Well, let me see….



The beginning of the end: the writing of Sophie’s Encore
 

Monday, 8 October 2012. 9:30 am.
Cup of teacheck.
Laptop at the readycheck.
Plotline tacked to the wallcheck.


I start typing. "So how is Dan?"

To my great surprise, I find that my hands are shaking. This is it. I’m going to bring the story to an end. I’m starting on the last leg of the journey, and I’m frightened. I know where I’m going, of course, but what will I do when I get there?



Sophie, Dan and me: Long-time friends
 

For eight years now, Sophie and Dan have lived in my head. For the past two years, they’ve been my and my family’s constant companion. Between us, we have talked about them as though they were real persons. But when I’m done, I’ll have to say goodbye. I hate goodbyes.

Still, there’s nothing for it but to forge ahead, so I start writing fast and furiously. As I’m working my way through my meticulous plan, I make some astounding discoveries.



The devil and the detail and all that…
 

First of all, chronology matters. Doh, right? Evidently I’ve planned the Trilogy in great detail, and still things trip me up. Ages, mostly. Sophie was 28 when the Trilogy started, and Dan was 38. They had birthdays ‘in between’ books and also quite prominently in Sophie’s Run, when Sophie celebrates her 30th birthday with astounding consequences, and Dan his 40th with ditto.

But time’s moved on. More birthdays have been had and other life-changing events have transpired. I find myself referring back to Sophie and Dan’s early romance as having been seven years ago. Oh, hang on, wasn’t it eight? Or maybe nine? *Cue nail-biting* Turns out that counting back in years yields a slightly different answer than counting back in ages.

My solution? More planning. I make a large table with twelve columns for months and several rows for years passed. I mark birthdays. I make the start and end of each book. I mark key events. I figure it out.

Next up, I’ve grown. My outlook has changed, and my perspective on Sophie and Dan’s fate has changed. Moreover, narrated time between books has passed, so Sophie herself has grown. I decide to tackle that issue head-on by having Sophie, Dan and Rachel reflect on how things are different for them, now.

I get so involved in fine-tuning these last details that I completely forget about the pain of goodbye as I feverishly approach the finishing line.



Done, done, done!
 

It’s end of January 2013 by the time I finish Sophie’s Encore. While I don’t exactly write the words, "The End", I definitely know that this is the end, and do you know what? I shed a little tear or three. Happy tears, I hasten to add. And proud tears. I feel bereft and exhilarated at the same time.



Onwards and upwards
 
To stem the floods, I move on immediately. I start planning book 4; a new book, a new story, new characters, a fresh start. I mock up a cover for Sophie’s Encore. I launch Sophie’s Run. I conceive of a completely unscheduled mini-project that gets planned, written and completed in the space of four or five weeks. I edit Sophie’s Encore. I start writing book 4. See? There’s no standing still here, the only way is forward. I’ve dried those tears and launched myself headlong into new adventures.

So watch out, here I come! I have a surprise for you later this year, and my fourth full-length book, Fallen For Rock, is scheduled for release in the summer of 2014. Meanwhile, happy reading of Sophie’s Encore! I’d love to hear what you think!!

ROCK ON!

 
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Thanks Nicky for visiting Me and Reading!

About the author:

Nicky Wells is your ultimate rock chick author. Signed to US Publisher, Sapphire Star Publishing, Nicky writes Romance That Rocks Your World, featuring the rock star and the girl next door.


Nicky’s books offer glitzy, glamorous contemporary romance with a rock theme ~ imagine Bridget Jones ROCKS Notting Hill!

Born in Germany, Nicky moved to the United Kingdom in 1993 and currently lives in Lincoln. 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. 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. Rock on!
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Party Time The PARTY!!

Join in the release day fun and mark 5 September in your calendar now! Nicky will be partying
On Twitter #SophiesEncore
Party Time The GIVEAWAY!!!
 
 
 
Nicky has organized an amazing giveaway for the readers! Here is what you can win:
 

1 x signed Sophie’s Encore Poster
2 x Sophie’s Encore Mugs
1 x Sophie’s Run Mug
1 x $10 Amazon Gift Voucher (or equivalent currency)
2 x Sophie’s Encore Key Ring
1 x Sophie’s Run Key Ring
2 x "Swag Pack" featuring 2 postcards (1 signed) each for all three Rock Star Romance books, and 2 bookmarks each for Sophie’s Turn and Sophie’s Run
 
 


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The giveaway is open NOW and closes 30 September at 12 midnight BST.
Entrants must be 18 or over. Giveaway is open internationally.
 
 
Good luck and happy reading!
 


9 comments:

  1. Inga, I'm quite blown away. As an author, when I sit down to write, it's my dearest hope that my reader will connect not only with the story but with the characters too. Your wonderful review has absolutely made my heart sing. It does really mean the world to hear your reaction! Thank you for kicking off the tour on your blog today and for all your amazing support. You rock! :-)

    Here's wishing good luck to all giveaway entrants and don't forget to look out for Sophie's Encore on 5 September. Rock on!

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  2. Awwww, sounds like a must-read! And such a touching tale of living with your characters for so long and then saying good-bye to them. You are amazingly productive, Nicky, well done for moving on to Book No. 4.

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    1. Thanks so much, Marina! It's a bit like saying goodbye to best friends or fabulous work colleagues but... friends forever, right!! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting and yes, watch out, here I come with Book 4. Although I may just have something else for you in between.....

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  3. Yay! More giveaways!!! :) Can't wait to read this book, so excited I ran across this post!

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    1. YAY! Meg, I'm so glad you stopped by, it's very nice to meet you. Good luck with the giveaway and don't forget to look out for launch day, 5 September! Rock on!! X

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  4. I'm loving the party, great giveaway! :)

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    1. Kristia, hi! So happy to hear you're enjoying the party. Inga's blog is certainly the place to hang out! Good luck with the giveaway and hope to see you around on 5 September!! XX

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    1. You're very welcome indeed, Mary! Come on over to my Facebook Author Page tomorrow or find me on Twitter to join in the launch party festivities! And good luck with the giveaway! XXX

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