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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Sophie's Encore by Nicky Wells (Author Guest Post / Book Review / Contest Giveaway)

In association with author Nicky Wells, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book launch tour event for Sophie's Encore, Book 3 in The Rock Star Romance Trilogy!

It's 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!!!

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:
The book blurb!
Jersey Girl Book Review's Sophie's Encore Book Review.
Nicky's Author Guest Post.
The fantabulous giveaway!

But most of all, enjoy yourself and party hard! Are you ready?”

Sophie's Encore by Nicky Wells
Book 3: The Rock Star Romance Trilogy
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing
Publication Date: September 2, 2013
Format: Paperback - 406 pages / Kindle - 575 KB / Nook - 638 KB
ISBN: 1938404653
Genre: Contemporary Romance

BUY THE BOOK: Sophie's Encore

BUY THE TRILOGY: The Rock Star Romance Trilogy
Book 1: Sophie's Turn
Book 2: Sophie's Run
Book 3: Sophie's Encore

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in the virtual book launch tour event hosted by author Nicky Wells.

Book Description:

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…

Book Excerpt:

My bedroom door opened slowly and Dan crept in. All thought of sleep forgotten, I flicked the light back on and was met by an astonishing sight. There was Dan, the rock star, legend for his antics on and off stage, clad in a demure pair of checked pajamas with a button-up top and a mismatched, stripy dressing gown. His feet were stuffed into fluffy slippers, and he clutched a bottle and two glasses in his hands.

“Come on,” he whispered. “Dinner is served.”

I giggled and left my bed, grabbing my own stripy dressing gown and a pair of thick socks.

“What are you doing?” I breathed into his ear, but he simply took my hand and pulled me down the dark corridor toward the open-plan lounge.

“Have a seat,” he invited me and gestured at the dining table, which was once again laid, although only for two, complete with candles and napkins.

He set down the bottle and glasses and scurried off to shut the lounge door. While he busied himself in the kitchen, I basked in the heat from the fire which Dan had re-stoked, and observed my rock star with some degree of amusement.

Within a few minutes, he brought a dish of smoked salmon bites to the table, followed by olive bread, a cheese board, various cold meats, olives, pickled anchovies, and prawns with some sort of aioli dip. He popped the cork on the bottle of champagne, poured two glasses, and sat down, satisfied at last.

“Now we can eat,” he announced. “Tapas. What do you think?”

I raised my glass. “Cheers,” I giggled. “So that’s what you meant earlier. I think it’s amazing. It’s like a midnight feast. I’m just waiting for matron to discover us and give us detention. Why all the secrecy?”

Dan speared a prawn and pointed it at me. “Well, for one, as you say, matron will certainly come and give us detention. Peter is very strict on my sleep regimen, you see.” He dipped the prawn into the aioli before popping it into his mouth. The beatific look on his face and his scrunched up eyes suggested he was enjoying this humble treat far more than was warranted.

He swallowed and cleared his throat. “And for another, I’m on a strict diet. Every last bit of cheese gets weighed, the carbohydrates counted, the sugar added up. It’s really tedious.” He grimaced.

I helped myself to some bread and salmon. “Tedious indeed, I can see that. But why? I thought you were supposed to eat lots and get better.” I chewed greedily, my tummy having given an impressive rumble.

Dan speared another prawn and added a mountain of cheese and bread to his place. “Bliss,” he murmured before explaining further. “I’m supposed to eat healthy, not lots. So Peter has taken it upon himself to reform the bad eating habits of a lifetime. Bless him, it’s what he’s paid to do. I’ve been going along with it, and I have to admit, I’m feeling pretty good. But…”

He grinned his school-boy grin, took a big mouthful of food, washed it down with a large gulp of champagne, and finished his thought. “Well, it gets boring. And I wanted to do something special with you. On my own.”

I burst out laughing, but quieted down when I saw the alarm on Dan’s face.

“Sorry,” I whispered.

“Peter’s bedroom is right next door there,” Dan whispered back. “And he’s a light sleeper.” He pointed his finger, and we sat in silence for a minute, straining to hear.

“I think we’re okay,” Dan finally concluded and resumed eating.

I giggled softly. “Naughty, naughty, us.”

“Ha, we’re not naughty yet,” Dan shot back, speaking softly as well. “I was working up to that part.”

He winked, and my heart skipped and jumped. He didn’t mean—he couldn’t mean what I thought he meant?

“What do you mean?” I bumbled, hoping for clarification, but Dan was enjoying himself.

“All in good time,” he teased. “Let’s finish our meal first.”

My Book Review:

Welcome back to Sophie's world! In the long awaited conclusion to the Rock Star Romance Trilogy, author Nicky Wells pulls out all the stops in Sophie's Encore, and rocks her readers' world with an emotional finale that leaves the reader completely spent and satisfied.

In this thoroughly entertaining trilogy, the reader has gotten to know Sophie Jones, and has followed her adventures and trials and tribulations that she has encountered in her life. In Sophie's Turn, the reader watched as Sophie had to make a decision of which guy would win her heart when two men proposed to her. Then the reader caught up with Sophie in Sophie's Run, when Sophie had to deal with dramatic trials and tribulations that caused her life to fall apart, but our Sophie bounced back with a happy ending ... a wedding and a surprise announcement! Now in Sophie's Encore, the final installment of Sophie's life adventures, the reader catches up with Sophie a few years later. Sophie's life has changed so much that the reader is at first shocked at what her life has become, only to get swept back into Sophie's dramatic world that includes one mainstay, her complicated relationship with best friend, rock star Dan Hunter. This time when Sophie's life has gone awry and she is struggling to cope with it all, it's Dan who pulls our girl back up by her bootstraps, teaching her the behind the scenes music production technique of mixing music, while encouraging Sophie to move on with her life and a second chance at finding love. In this captivating finale, Sophie's world has come full circle, and author Nicky Wells holds nothing back making sure that the readers have enjoyed the wild emotional roller coaster ride that is Sophie and Dan's story!

There is not enough words to say how much I loved author Nicky Wells' Rock Star Romance Trilogy. She captivated my interest and took me on an emotional journey as she weaved a sassy tale of romance and rock-n-roll with each book in the series, easily transporting me into Sophie and Dan's world. I loved the dramatic and complicated relationship that Sophie and Dan shared. As you read each book in the trilogy, the reader has a front row seat watching as their relationship grew, changed, and came full circle.

With a great cast of characters who are realistic, engaging, with flaws and issues, and who are easy to relate to; witty dialogue and sassy interactions; richly descriptive and detailed settings; more passionate romance scenes; and a thoroughly entertaining storyline that author Nicky Wells has saved the best for last, Sophie's Encore gives the reader one hell of a finale!

The Rock Star Romance Trilogy evokes the full gamut of emotions: love, loss, pain, hate, sadness, hope and happiness. Needless to say, author Nicky Wells takes her readers on a rocking roller coaster ride of a lifetime when they read this trilogy. While each book can be a stand alone read as the author provides flashbacks in each book, I would recommend that the reader reads the books in sequential order as this trilogy is a must read, you won't be disappointed!

Job well done Nicky, Rock On!


Author Guest Post

The Three-Fold Cover Story

Never judge a book by its cover, or so they say. I think that’s a highly debatable position! Book covers matter. Here’s my cover story!

Authors and publishers alike expend considerable effort on creating eye-catchy covers that zzzzing! Evidently, I’m no exception. Each cover for the three books in my Rock Star Romance Trilogy was carefully designed. Individually, they’re awesome! But in their togetherness… WOW!

I have to confess, I’m a little in love with how they work side by side. (Okay, a lot in love then. I admit it.) They show Sophie’s story in a nutshell. There’s a progression there, an evolution, that is quite deliberate.

Consider this. In the first book, Sophie’s Turn, Sophie still very much finds herself drawn to the glitz and glamor surrounding that rock star of hers, the dangerous and delectable Dan Hunter. But throughout the book, Sophie gets to know him—and herself!—much better than she’d ever dared dream, and this produces the ‘turn’ at the end.

In book two, Sophie’s Run, Dan becomes Sophie’s friend while she’s in pursuit of someone else. Quite unexpectedly, Dan finds himself in a position of unrequited love. He has to think up ways to keep their friendship alive. Their joint recording of his duet right there in his home studio is one of the key moments in the novel and eventually builds a bridge right into book three. So the sound recording equipment on the cover says, hey, look, there are rock starry things being done here! Yet it hints at the ‘detour’ Sophie’s life is taking and lays the foundations for the final book.

Enter the cover for Sophie’s Encore. There he is, Dan, right on the cover, toned bare arms and all, singing his heart out in all his delicious rock-star glory. The title promises us another go, an encore—but what will it mean, and how will it work? Will Dan and Sophie get a second chance? And what will Dan have to do to make that happen? Between you and me, Sophie’s Encore might equally have been titled, Dan’s Encore, for this book is about the both of them and whether they can bring their romance to a happy ending.

And there you have it! See what I mean about the Cover Story? What do you think?

Rock on!

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!

Party Time - The ENCORE PARTY!!

Join in the release day fun!! Come on and party with Nicky 
On her blog 
On Facebook 
On Twitter — #SophiesEncore 

Moreover! In honor of the launch, the first two books in the Rock Star Romance Trilogy are available on Kindle for only $0.99/£0.77 for a limited time only! 

If you haven’t already got them, go get them here:


If you’ve already read them, share the joy and spread the word! 

 Party Time — The GIVEAWAY!!!

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 closes 30 September at 12 midnight BST.
Entrants must be 18 or over. Giveaway is open internationally.

*Nicky waves*

Whoa! What a party! I hope you enjoyed yourself. Thank you again for stopping by Jersey Girl Book Reviews today to help me celebrate. Happy reading and rock on! And don’t forget to say ‘hi’, I’d love to hear from you and I will come back to chat later!

Rock On!


  1. Kathleen, than you so very much for hosting my book launch party on your fabulous blog today, and for sharing your thoughts on the Encore. I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed this last instalment, the Grand Finale.

    The Trilogy may be concluded, but for me, that's just the beginning, I'm only just warming up! If I may, I'll be back soon with another book, LOL!

    Meanwhile, thank you for all your wonderful support. It means the world!

    Here's wishing good luck to all giveaway entrants, and rock on! XXX

    1. Hi Nicky! I loved reading the trilogy, can't wait to read more of your books in the future. Thank you for the opportunity to host your launch day event! :)