Romancing September #RomancingSeptember – Day 19

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Welcome to Day 19 of Romancing September Across The World Tour. Today our guest is Nicky Wells. Catch up with more from Nicky in a few hours with the second part of our tour when Stephanie chats to her.

Fallen For Rock by Nicky Wells

Fallen For Rock by Nicky Wells

Where is your home town?

I hail from Essen in Germany, but I’ve been in the UK since 1993 and currently, my home is in Lincoln.

How long have you been writing romance?

I started writing romance when I was expecting my first child. So that would be about nine years ago! I finished my first novel, Sophie’s Turn, with days to spare before the birth, put it in a drawer and left it there for quite some time. After I had published Sophie’s Turn, I began writing the sequel in 2011 and have been writing ever since.

What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?

I love all romance, but comedy is my favourite!

Introduce us to Emily.

Meet Emily Trenden, successful financial analyst at a major city bank. She’s 27, tall, with blue eyes and long blonde hair most often worn in a chignon. She likes opera and haute couture. In fact, there isn’t a pair of jeans in her wardrobe when we first meet her. She’s uptight, professional, and very smart. She is also caring, loving, sometimes funny, and occasionally a little clumsy, although she would be furious if she knew I told you that. The thing she craves most is stability and happiness in her life, in that order.

How does she end up at a rock concert?

Well, now, there’s a story! Her ex-boyfriend Nate loves rock music and is in a band himself. He entered a competition to win backstage tickets to see massive new UK rock band, MonX and, unbelievably, he won. Except he put the tickets in Emily’s name because he loved her so much. Unfortunately, Emily broke up with him before she knew about the tickets, and it’s only when she receives them that she realises how much Nate really cared for her. So she tries to get in touch with him, but she can’t reach him. Or he ignores her messages, she’s not sure which. In the end, she decides to go to the concert in hopes that Nate might turn up there as well—she did leave a stack of messages telling him to meet her at the backstage gates. But he never shows up, and Emily is stuck at the gig on her own.

Where does she end up the day after the concert?

On the tour bus en route to the next gig!!

How does Emily change after her experience?

The first MonX concert is a real eye opener for Emily. Because she has those backstage passes, she gets to see the sound check and final rehearsal, and she has to concede that ‘rock’ isn’t just noise but that there is a lot of skill and talent involved. She overhears Mike belting out an aria and realises that he is, in fact, classically trained. And then she begins to understand what Nate had been telling her all along about the complexity of a good rock song.

The concert sends her reeling in every sense of the word, and it’s almost like she takes a leave of absence of her ordinary life for the night. This, in turn, propels her into Mike’s dressing room where Mike introduces her to a whole new way of… feeling, shall we say. Much to her surprise, Emily rather likes the new ‘her’; over the coming days, she acquires a new wardrobe and haircut and even when she returns to work and has to leave her adventure behind, something has irrevocably changed inside her.

Describe Mike, the rock God, make us drool!

Hot, hot, hot! Mike is tall, and muscular with long brown hair and liquid brown eyes. His voice would give anyone an instant melodious orgasm, especially when he hits the high notes. He has a tattoo on the back of his right arm that fascinates Emily endlessly, although she never summons up the courage to ask him what it is. Mike is funny. He loves women and alcohol, although he overindulges only on the former. Overindulging on the latter is bad for the vocal cords! He can be surprisingly caring, but he’s hell to live with when he writes. He has a way with words too, as evidenced by the many powerful lyrics he produces. And he has ambition. He wants to go all the way to the top (and he’ll make it, too!).

Tell us what you are working on at the moment.

Right now, I’m working on the edits for my Christmas novella, Fairy Tale in New York. And when that’s in the bag, I’m continuing with my next rom com, Seven Years.

Where can readers find out more about you?

Nicky Wells

I’m a little bit here, there, and everywhere. Here are some of the places I like to hang out:

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

I also host a monthly radio show over on Siren 107.3 FM called BOOKS ROCK. It’s all about books, and I chat with authors and readers alike. Feel free to tune in at 11 am UK time on every third Sunday, or check out the podcasts on www.sirenonline.co.uk anytime you fancy!

Fallen for Rock, Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Find out more about Nicky from Stephanie Hurt’s blog and all our Romance writers http://stephanie-hurt.com/

Fallen For Rock by Nicky Wells (June 30th)

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Emily Trenden works in banking. She’s good at her job but she’s recently broken up with her boyfriend and life has reached a turning point. A mystery package reveals VIP tickets from Rock Radio FM to a concert for rock band MonX. Nate had won tickets and entered the competition in her name, what is she to do with the tickets? Emily hates rock she’s a classic music girl.

Desperately she tries to contact Nate to tell him about the tickets, leaving loads of phone messages, but he doesn’t reply. On a whim and a last ditch hope that Nate will meet her at the venue Emily decides to go to the concert. A rock virgin, Emily blags her way through the experience and finds she actually enjoys herself.

A new Emily acts completely out of character and is on the tour bus the next morning heading to Glasgow and getting very cosy with lead singer Mike. She steps out of her comfort zone, but finds she’s still in love with Nate.

Back at work, Emily is shocked when she hears that MonX have split and the reporters are hounding her, when pictures hit the newspapers of her in Mike’s arms looking high on drugs. Suspension by her boss gives Emily the push to put her skills to good use, help a friend and perhaps finally tell Nate how she really feels.

This is a fast paced, rock romance which spreads it’s own magic as you read.

Find a copy here from Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

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Nicky Wells

 

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 Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

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.

Fallen for Rock SWAG Giveaway!

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To celebrate the launch of Fallen for Rock and to spread some joy, I’m giving away the following items:

One Large Signed Poster of “Fallen for Rock”

Three Sets of Signed “Fallen for Rock” Swag (Postcards and Bookmarks)

Three Sets of Signed “Fallen for Rock SWAG SPECIAL” including 2 bookmarks, 2 postcards and 2 guitar picks

Five Sets of Signed “Fallen for Rock” Guitar Picks (two picks per set)

One Set of “The Complete Nicky Wells Swag” (signed): Bookmarks and postcards for Sophie’s Turn, Sophie’s Run, Sophie’s Encore, Spirits of Christmas and Fallen for Rock

One Audio CD: Bon Jovi “Greatest Hits” (2010)

One Amazon Gift Certificate for £5/$7 or equivalent

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Ten things you didn’t know about the rock star life — by Mike Loud Loud (MonX)

1)      You’re never alone. Ever. Not even on the toilet. Once you make it big, there’s always someone lurking somewhere, quite possibly with a camera.

2)      Rock stars work the most unsociable hours imaginable. When we’re recording, we’ll quite often start at two or three pm and then work through until four or five in the morning. No kidding. It’s intense!

3)      Temptation is everywhere, in every sense of the word, in every way you can imagine. The biggest temptation of all is to think you’ve made it big, and to let go of reality. I call that falling ‘off the cliff.’ Sadly, it happened to my lead guitarist, and the band was never the same.

4)      Contrary to popular belief, you don’t just get free upgrades to first class by airline staff, at least not anymore. I’ve tried.

5)      However, you can be certain to walk into almost any restaurant and be given a table at a moment’s notice. That’s got something to be said for it if you can’t be bothered to cook and the label is picking up the tab!

6)      The rock star life is actually pretty boring when we’re not touring or recording. They call it ‘resting’ but it drives me mad. I don’t do resting.

7)      We do have to pay rent and/or mortgages. That’s why most of us live in fairly ‘normal’ places unless the millions are literally rolling in.

8)      Self-doubt is an occupational hazard. Every song I write is ‘shite’ at some point. In fact, only the songs that don’t go through the ‘shite’ cycle turn out to be really crap. Sometimes, just sometimes, I wonder what my life wouldn’t have been easier if I’d stayed an architect. NOT!

9)    We’re hell to live with. Ladies, if you have visions of living in blissful harmony with your resident rock star idol, think again. We’re notoriously bad-tempered in the morning. Actually, we’re notoriously bad-tempered in the afternoon too. We hate being interrupted when we’re working. Ask Emily, she’ll tell you a story or three. We’re not proud of the fact but… we can’t help it.

10) Being a rock star is like being a vicar. You don’t decide to be a rock star. It’s a calling and a vocation and an addiction. Once you know what you’ve got to do, you’re done for and there’s no way out. Bing a rock star totally rocks. Being on stage and seeing all of you cheer and clap and sing along gives me a high like nothing else. I’m totally addicted to it and wouldn’t do anything else, ever, not even in the darkest moments of point 8 above. It’s who I am and what I do.

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The Magic of Rock

‘It’s the magic of rock,’ Nate’s voice whispered in my head, and I jumped. For a second, I felt a little tearful. ‘The magic of rock’ was one of his favourite expressions, but I had always laughed it off. Oh, if only Nate were with me. Maybe the magic of rock would magically fix us, too.

~Excerpt from Fallen for Rock

The magic of rock. This is one of the key phrases in Fallen for Rock. In fact, it’s what the book is all about. Falling for the magic of rock.

Now, as you can see, Emily doesn’t get it. At least not at the beginning. My challenge was to make her understand. So what is it, this ‘magic of rock’? What does it mean? Well, let’s see.

It’s all about contradictions. Tough men with long hair. Bad boys with golden voices. Loud music with complex harmonies. Pounding rhythms and power ballads.

A good rock song is like a mini symphony. It’s deceptive in its simplicity, and it gets people singing along. It gets people involved with music. A rock concert is a living, thriving body of musicians on stage and off stage. The audience turns into a massive choir and percussion set. Everyone becomes part of something larger, something unique and extraordinary, something that leaves no room for everyday worries. For those two hours, the fans get swept away and transported to another place where everything is (nearly) perfect.

A good rock musician is a skilled as a classical performer, and in many more ways than ‘just’ performing. Rock musicians doesn’t ‘just’ make music. They also know about acoustics and the technology that makes it happen, for them on stage and for the audience in the hall. And they’re performers—entertainers, sometimes comedians, occasionally magicians. The show is about a lot more than ‘just’ the music. It’s an experience.

Last but not least, rock music is ‘real.’ I know, that sounds like another contradiction, doesn’t it? How can it be real when the instruments are largely electric? Electric guitars, electric bass, keyboards. But see, this is just superficial. The ‘electric bit’ only augments the sound. All the playing is real. There’s no (or very little) sampling, no automated drumming or chords. And the subject matter is real. More often than not, rock music is about ‘real stuff.’ Bad days at work, being out of work, drug use and abuse, falling in and out of love. Rock music touches people because it’s relevant to them.

This is the magic of rock, all of it put together. Powerful music with strong melodies; contradictions, and involvement, and keeping it real. On stage, the whole thing is underscored by light shows and stage effects that add drama and literally immerse you in that world.

Does Emily get it by the end of the book? You’ll find out… Happy reading, and rock on!