Wednesday 18 December 2013
I’ve reached day three of my Christmas book recommendations, and wasn’t sure which book to feature today until Facebook informed me that it is the lovely Nicky Wells’ birthday. That and the fact I finished reading her recently released Christmas novella SPIRITS OF CHRISTMAS last night made the decision pretty easy in the end. I was in no doubt that I’d love SPIRITS OF CHRISTMAS having enjoyed every page of her ROCK STAR ROMANCE trilogy – hot rock stars, and girls you’d love to have as best friends, Nicky’s books are chick lit Heaven. Putting the romance aside for a while, SPIRITS OF CHRSITMAS is Nicky’s modern day take on the Dickens classic ‘A Christmas Carol’, and I believe guys will enjoy it as much as the ladies. And, as you’d expect from our favourite rock chick – IT ROCKS! I loved it, and the ending is magnificent. It brought a tear to my eye and a warm fuzzy glow to my heart. Well done, Nicky – another top read.
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.
Nicky has kindly given me permission to include an excerpt for you to enjoy
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.’
The ever busy Nicky is already well on the way to writing her fourth full length novel, and I for one can’t wait. Do check out SPIRITS OF CHRISTMAS and THE ROCK STAR ROMANCE TRILOGY, and I’m sure you’ll become a huge Nicky Wells fan too.
THE ROCK STAR ROMANCE SERIES
SOPHIE’S TURN UK link US link Canada link
SOPHIE’S RUN UK link USA link Canada link
SOPHIE’S ENCORE UK link USA link Canada link
To find out more about Nicky and her work please visit her website, follow her on Twitter or like her Facebook page.
Today’s advent calendar picture – It’s Santa! You’re early, mate…
Wow! What a wonderful birthday present ~ thank you so much for your review and your feature post for Spirits, Alison, you are an angel, and this is the best birthday present I could have wished for. Apologies I’m a day late to the party… I wasn’t allowed near the computer yesterday, LOL! Thanks again and wishing you and your readers a fabulous rockin’ Christmas and all the best for 2014!!
Glad you like it. I really Loved Spirits of Christmas, and hope everyone buys a copy as I know they won’t be disappointed. A fabulous rockin’ Christmas to you and your family too – not long now. Excited 🙂 x x
Awww thanks so much, Alison! Mwah! X