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Friday, 29 November 2013
Book Promo, Excerpt & Character Interview: Spirits of Christmas by Nicky Wells
Today, I am excited and pleased to bring you an exciting new book by author Nicky Wells called Spirits of Christmas. Please find all the details, and a special guest interview with one of the stars of the book, Jude Shaw, below - plus an excerpt to whet the appetite! Rock on!
Spirits of Christmas: A
Rock’n’Roll Christmas Carol
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.
voice emerged from the door, and Jude’s head whipped round as if drawn by a
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.
this really you?’
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.
Jude found his voice. ‘Oh my God, it is you!’
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.’
not who you think you see,’ the apparition interrupted. ‘I’m the Ghost of
Special Guest Interview:
Lynn: Here today to
talk about a Christmas experience with a difference is none other than Jude
Shaw, lead singer of UK rock band, The Blood Roses. Jude… I hear you had a
pretty tough time last Christmas. What happened?
Jude: *clears his
throat and looks shifty* Well, Lynn… um. Let’s just say I went off the rails a
bit. Okay, a lot. I lost the plot. Completely.
Lynn: How come?
Jude: Well, I
kind of had this idea in my head that I knew all about being a rock star. That
I was a genius. That everyone else had it in for me. That my girlfriend stopped
loving me and was letting herself go a bit. You know, that kind of stuff. I was
arrogant and conceited and completely misguided.
Jude: I was on
the brink of losing everything. And I mean, everything.
Lynn: How did you
figure that out?
Jude: I didn't,
and that’s the really terrifying thing. I was so blinded, I didn't have a clue
what I was doing. Until…
Jude: Do you
believe in ghosts? Guiding spirits? That kind of thing? No, don’t answer that.
Most people don’t. I know I didn't. I’d have consigned myself to the loony bin
if I’d started talking about ghosts. But that night…that night before Christmas
Eve. Wow. I sure changed my mind. I still don’t quite know what happened, but it changed my life.
Lynn: *flicks through
the pages of a book until she finds the right page.* It says here that you had
a visit from the Ghost of Forewarning…
Lynn: Wow. That’s
quite something else. What did you think when he turned up in your bedroom?
uncertainly* I thought I’d gone off my rocker. To start with, I thought I was
dreaming. I kept thinking, you gotta be
kidding me. Then I thought I was going mad. But I soon found out I wasn't.
That…apparition, well, he could do stuff.
You know, I couldn't touch him, but he could certainly touch me. And take me
places, like, in my past. And he knew
things about me that nobody could know. I was totally freaked out. I don’t want
to give away anymore because I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone. But
believe me, folks, it was surreal. Untrue. Inspiring. Amazing. Uplifting, in
every sense of the word. And it changed my life.
Lynn: Speaking of
life… what’s next for you?
question. Well, The Blood Roses are writing again. We got signed by Dan Hunter,
and things are looking up, for sure. We've got a tour in the works just as soon
as the next album is recorded. Oh and… well… I’m going to be a dad again, of
course. That’s pretty scary.
Lynn: I know!
Congratulations! Do you know if it’s a boy or a girl yet?
Jude: No idea. A little brother for Nate would be
wonderful, but then again, so would a little sister.
Lynn: You’ll have to
come back and tell us all about it. Now then… the quick fire round. You ready?
Jude: I’m ready.
rock song? Oooh Wizzard, Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
tradition? Trimming the tree. Carrie and I, we make a special bauble each
year now… it’s awesome.
Tea or coffee? Tea.
steak? Pizza. Sorry to be awkward.
Jeans or leathers? Leathers.
There’s something about the feel of leather, it’s very… sensuous.
Iceland or Hawaii? Iceland.
Download or CD? Neither.
Gimme vinyl any day!
Yesterday, today, or
tomorrow. Today. You can fix yesterday’s mistakes and prevent future
disasters, but you've got to do it now. Oops, that’s rather deep. You could say
I learned my lesson well, right?
Lynn: *laughs* Yes,
you could. But I love it. Thanks for visiting, Jude!
Jude: Thank for
inviting me. Have a rocking Christmas season!
Lynn: My pleasure! Thanks, you too!
Inspiration for Spirits of
Writing this novella was a bit
of an inevitability for me, all things considered. If you don’t already know
me, you have to understand that I simply love rock music. Rock musicians are
like Viagra for my soul. I’m also a sucker for romance and a good old-fashioned
happy ending. Moreover, I love the
Christmas season: the lights, the sweets, the laughter. Combining
all those things ~ rock, romance, and Christmas ~ was one of the most
delightful writing projects of my career so far!
The idea for this book came to
me the very night after I launched my second book, Sophie’s Run, in February of
this year. I was hyped up with excitement, I had finished writing my third book
and was waiting for publisher edits, and I had already planned my fourth
full-length novel. I was utterly and completely unable to sleep with everything
that was going on, and quite unexpectedly, the whole story was in my head.
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is one of my favourite Christmas
stories both in the original and its many varied adaptations. I suddenly
thought… why not bring it into the rock’n’roll domain?
My wonderful husband, Jon, was
somewhat taken aback when I presented him with this plan the following morning.
‘I’m going to write a Christmas novella,’ I said.
‘But you've got another book
launch in September, and you've planned your fourth book already—how’s this
going to fit in?’ he responded enthusiastically, if pragmatic.
‘I’ll figure it out.’
And so I did. It took me just
over a week to write the first draft in May 2013, and another few weeks here
and there to tweak, fine-tune and polish it over the following months. But here
it is. Spirits of Christmas. I hope you enjoy!
About Nicky Wells: Romance that
Rocks Your World!
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!