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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Spirits of Christmas: A Rock'n'Roll Christmas Carol by Nicky Wells (Book Review)

In association with author Nicky Wells, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book release event for Spirits Of Christmas: A Rock'n'Roll Christmas Carol!

Spirits of Christmas: A Rock'n'Roll Christmas Carol by Nicky Wells
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: November 1, 2013
Format: Paperback - 126 pages / Kindle - 293 KB 
ISBN: 1492752371
Genre: Holiday Themed Fiction

BUY THE BOOK: Spirits of Christmas: A Rock'n'Roll Christmas Carol

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual release day event.

Book Description:

At one time, up-and-coming rock singer Jude had it all: a great band, a platinum record, a loving girlfriend. This Christmas, however, he is well down the road towards spontaneous self-destruction.

Unwitting at first, Jude has progressively alienated his band and driven away the love of his life. Tonight, the night before Christmas Eve, he has broken the final taboo during a disastrous gig. Yet Jude doesn’t see how badly his life has derailed, not until a ghostly procession of legends passes through his bedroom with a series of vivid and powerful wake-up calls.

Will the Spirits help Jude put the friendship, love, and rock music back into his Christmas?

Spirits of Christmas is a modern-day rock’n’roll adaption of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. This novella will enchant romance readers, rock lovers, fans of ghost stories, and everybody who adores the festive season.

Book Excerpt:

‘Hiya, Jude!’

The voice emerged from the door, and Jude’s head whipped round as if drawn by a string.

‘Hiya, Jude,’ the voice repeated cheerfully. Unexpectedly, it launched into the first line of one of Jude’s most favourite songs. Jude once again sank onto the bed, his legs refusing to carry him with the shock of this second apparition.

‘Is this really you?’

For a moment, Jude’s second otherworldly visitor abandoned his song and remained silent, motionless, allowing Jude to take a good, long look. The sideburns, the nose, the defined chin, the round glasses were clearly visible despite the spirit’s transparent appearance. Everything about this figure was familiar, yet nothing was quite as it should have been. It was as though Jude was looking at a hologram, a distorted, stretched vision where nothing quite fitted together.

Nonetheless, Jude found his voice. ‘Oh my God, it is you!’

Excitement made his exclamation strong and clear. The figure flinched at the sudden burst of noise, but Jude ploughed on. ‘This is…this is totally unreal. I mean, imagine this—here’s me in my bedroom, and there’s you, come to visit me.’

‘I’m not who you think you see,’ the apparition interrupted. ‘I’m the Ghost of Christmas Past.’

My Book Review:

With the Christmas holiday season right around the corner, author Nicky Wells gives her readers an early Christmas present with the entertaining novella, Spirits of Christmas: A Rock'n'Roll Christmas Carol. In true Nicky "Rock Chick" Wells style, she weaves a fun story that is a contemporary version of the classic Charles Dicken novel, A Christmas Carol, but with a rock'n'roll theme.

Jude Shaw is an up-and-coming rock star with the British rock group, The Blood Roses. When the band hits some hard times, Jude starts fighting with his band mates, accusing them of being the cause of their downfall. With his life in a downward spiral, Jude is on the verge of losing everything, and on Christmas Eve he finds himself alone. But in true Dickens fashion, Jude is visited by a trio of rock legend spirits who are sent to give him a dose of harsh reality, and make him see the errors of his ways, and the need to change his life before it is too late.

Spirits of Christmas is a festive Christmas novella that will get you ready for the holiday season. Author Nicky Wells sprinkles her rock'n'roll stardust on the classic Dickens story and makes it a fun and entertaining read. This story reminds me of the Vanessa Williams movie, A Diva's Christmas Carol, and as I was reading, I couldn't help but smile at the similarities between this novella and the movie, as both provide a rockin' good time! So if you want to start the holiday season early, Spirits of Christmas is a lighthearted quick read that will get you in the mood for all the festive hoopla that comes with the Christmas holiday season!

Rock On Nicky!


About The Author

Hi! I’m Nicky Wells, your ultimate rock chick author. 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, occasional knitter, and regular contributor to The Midweek Drive show on Lincoln’s Siren 107.3 FM. Rock on!


Nicky Wells' Books: The Rock Star Romance Series
Sophie's Turn
Sophie's Run
Sophie's Encore


  1. Kathleen, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on Spirits of Christmas on your blog ~ and on your birthday, no less, I am so honoured! Sending you big Birthday Hugs and all best wishes again, and I'm thrilled that you enjoyed my little novella. Thanks, as always, for your fabulous support and all your enthusiasm. You rock! XX

    1. Hi Nicky! Thank you for the opportunity to host the release day event for Spirits of Christmas. This was such a fun little novella, it definitely got me in the Christmas spirit. Thank you for the birthday wishes, I appreciate it. :)

  2. Fabulous review, Nicky! I love the sound of this this one! Thanks for sharing, Kahtleen! :) xx

    1. Hi Sheryl! Thank you for stopping by and visiting with Nicky. Thank you for your kind comment, you'll love this neat little novella. :)

    2. Thank you so very much, Sheryl, I'm excited that this captures your interest! Happy reading if you do get a chance to pick up a copy, and rock on! X