Sunday, 1 December 2013

Spotlight on Author Nicky Wells and Book Review - Spirits of Christmas: A Rock'n'Roll Christmas Carol

Author Spotlight
Nicky Wells: Romance that Rocks Your World!

Nicky Wells, ultimate rock chick author.  Nicky's 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 her heroes and her leading ladies!

Like Sophie, Nicky's first leading lady, she loves listening to rock music, dancing and eating lobsters.  When not writing, Nicky is a wife, mother, occasional knitter and regular contributor to The Midweek Drive Show on Lincoln's Siren 107.3 FM.  Rock on! 

Book Review

Synopsis - 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.

Unwittingly 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 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 adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol.  (Synopsis provided by Nicky Wells)  

Review - I read this in one night.  It is a light read that will touch readers hearts.  As described above this novella is a modern day take on the Dickens Christmas classic.  It will appeal to lovers of rock'n'roll, music and indeed, anyone of any age.  The spirit legends span several musical periods reaching most ages.

I loved it.  I think many will identify with this modern day tale, after all there are areas in all our lives which could improve, be it how we deal with everyday life, our general attitude or how we treat others.  Spirits should definitely appeal to the younger reader who may find Dickens classic tale rather dark, this version is perfect for the 21st century. 4*

The book is available at: Kindle | Kindle | Paperback

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Excerpt from Spirits of Christmas:

'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 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.'

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