Sunday, September 16, 2012

Review, Guest Post and Giveaway: "Sophie's Turn" by Nicky Wells

I am so excited to welcome Nicky Wells back to The Book Chick Blog today!! Back in September of 2011 I reviewed her self-published debut, Sophie's Turn. Since then Sophie's Turn has been purchased by Sapphire Star Publishing- how exciting!! It has been tweaked and has now been re-released for the public's reading pleasure. In celebration of this re-launch I am re-posting my original review as well as posting a guest post from Nicky Wells. I am also giving away an e-copy to one lucky reader anywhere in the world. Make sure that you enter to win at the bottom of this page!

Review by The Book Chick:

After two years of being with her boring yet safe boyfriend Tim, Sophie is beginning to think that a marriage proposal is most certainly not in her future. It's not that Sophie doesn't want to marry Tim, but she just can't seem to find a ring anywhere. She's thrilled when Tim does finally pop the question, although she does wish that the proposal would have been a tad more romantic.

Caught up in engaged bliss, Sophie is blown away when a blast from her past unexpectedly appears. Dan, the lead singer of Tusk, is as gorgeous as ever. When she was nineteen Sophie toured briefly with the band, getting to know all of the band members in the process, but she has always held a special place in her heart for Dan.

When the newspaper that she currently works for insists that she travel with Tusk on their big comeback tour or face losing her job, Sophie finds herself involved in a whirlwind romance with Dan, despite the fact that Tim is waiting for her at home. When Dan pops the question Sophie suddenly finds herself engaged to not one, but two men, both deserving of her affection. What's a modern girl to do?

Sophie's Turn is author Nikki Wells' debut novel. A modern-day fairy tale, it explores what could happen if your childhood fantasy crush fell in love with you in real life. Filled with funny moments as well as moments of more serious reflection, I was unable to put it down. I'l admit that there were times that I wished Sophie would just make up her mind and choose between the two men in her life, but it all made sense in the end. The ending was both unexpected and spectacular; a truly fantastic way to close the book.

Sophie's Turn may be the first book by Nikki Wells that I've read, but it certainly won't be the last. I loved the British charm that was evident on every page, as well as the plot that kept me reading well past my bedtime. This is a must-read that does the chick lit genre proud.

Guest Post by Nicky Wells: "I Don't Procrastinate....I just do Very Useful Things"!

When Jonita asked me if I had any funny procrastination habits, my first reaction was one of horror.  Procrastinate, who—me?  Never!  I am totally organised and efficient!  I’m German!  I just do Very Useful Things instead.

Ok, I admit that it does normally take me at least three attempts at sitting down before I actually start writing… but that’s just normal.

At the first attempt, I sit down, switch on the computer, stare at the screen as it starts to boot up… and then… I don’t know, I can’t quite explain it, but I just have to take a tour of the house, open a few windows, make sure the beds are made just so… that kind of thing.  The environment hast to be just right, you see.  I could do that before I sit down, of course, and don’t think I haven’t tried.  Doesn’t work!  I’ve given up worrying about this little quirk of mine.

The second attempt is a bit more involved.  I sit down again and actually open the file.  Click, click, click.  I’m busy now!  Actually, hang on… I just need to tidy those pens away, they’re annoying me.  And those piles of paper left from yesterday’s research need putting out of sight.  Actually, while I’m moving them, I might as well file them properly, by chapter.  Right, done.  Good.  I’m working hard, even though I’m not writing.  Back to the computer then.  I gaze at the screen, the cursor is blinking.  I gaze out of the window.  Is that a fingerprint?  Is it?  Well, I can’t work with a smear in my vision annoying me beyond any reasonable belief.  I’ll just do a quick bit of dusting and window polishing.  Will only take a sec, and then I can get on with important writing business.

Attempt number three gets under way as I sit down again.  I start re-reading yesterday’s work, that’s always constructive.  But no, I need a cup of tea to do that… it is, after all, 10:30, time for my morning shot of caffeine.  With a big sigh entirely for my own benefit, I trudge downstairs to make a nice cup of tea.  I’ll have a biscuit, too.  Except I have a “don’t eat at the desk” policy (nasty conflict between crumbs and keyboard not too long ago) so I hastily and guiltily munch my biscuit pacing up and down in the kitchen, my mind turning to the writing ahead… and then, suddenly, I’m ready.  I fly up the stairs, eager to get typing.

No procrastination here, then.  I’m just conveniently fitting in the housework and the regulation 10:30 tea break.  Nobody could accuse me of wasting time!

Oh alright.  Alright!  There are a few occasions where I’ve been known to resort to avoidance techniques, thinking up all manner of reasons for leaving my desk.

For example.  Having reviewed a first draft of Sophie’s Turn, I needed to make some sweeping changes to what was then the prologue.  I had a vague idea of chopping it up and splicing it into the first few chapters.  But how?  Eventually I printed the offending section out and cut it all up with the kitchen scissors.  At least now I had the appropriate chunks… but how to weave them into the narrative?  And where?  After an hour’s fruitless deliberation, I gave up and dyed my hair instead.

And one time, I found myself going in the kitchen, slipping on the Marigolds and giving the oven a well-deserved and extremely thorough clean—leaving Sophie and Dan mid-scene while I reasoned with the oven as to whether they should go… all the way just then, or wait.  Naturally, this operation took a lot longer as previously envisaged and by the time I was finished, it was time to cook dinner (not, I hasten to add, in the newly gleaming oven!).  So Sophie and Dan remained frozen in their uncertain destiny until the next morning. Then, after completing steps one through three of my normal Very Useful Things routine, I finally decided quite effortlessly that they had waited so long, they could wait a bit longer!

So I would argue that procrastination, skilfully undertaken, serves a purpose and isn’t therefore ‘wasting time’ at all.

Postscript:  Other favourite Very Useful Things to do when I can’t quite get my head round writing include:

· Phoning a friend (or three)
· Listening to extremely loud music
· Checking if anything funny is on the telly (Friends will do, or Frasier, or Glee) and then spending ten minutes agonising as to whether I actually have the time to watch it!
· Performing essential computer maintenance (e.g. virus check or defrag the hard drive—a real killer as it takes hours!)
· Checking email
· Checking email again (in case something popped up in the previous two seconds)
· Checking Facebook and Twitter sites (ditto)
· Playing around with my blog (can always do with improving, so this might rightfully be counted as work rather than procrastination)
· Placing an online grocery shop (at least I don’t have to leave the house!)
· Plucking eyebrows (when I’m really stuck)
· Checking whether the post man has been (and brought anything other than bills)
· Doing some Pilates (to offset all the brownies I’m eating)
· Doing some ironing (well, who else is going to it?)

Thank-you to Nicky for stopping by today! Thanks to Sapphire Star Publishing I have one e-copy of Sophie's Turn to give away to any reader worldwide! To enter just fill in the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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  1. Hi Jonita! It's such an honour and a pleasure to be back here today, and an amazing opportunity to look back at the past year. Thank you for all your support along the way--I couldn't have made the journey without amazing bloggers such as yourself to cheer me along. Whoot! Thank you again for your thoughtful and enthusiastic review, you know it makes my day.

    Good luck to all give-away entrants: Rock on! XX

    1. You are so welcome, Nicky, and congratulations on your re-launch!!

  2. Hi, ladies. Lovely review. After reading it, I just have to know how Sophie works out her dilemma! Off to get the book.
    And, Nicky, love your list. Funny how I find we have quite a few items in common. Of course, I don't procrastinate either. ;)

    1. Hi Johanna, thanks so much for visiting today and I am so happy this review captured your interest! Of course we don't procrastinate. It's simply creative time management, LOL. Or even multi-tasking! I hope you enjoy Sophie's Turn when you get to it (Sophie has been known to put things off until another day,too!)... XX

  3. I've read Sophie's Turn and really enjoyed it.

    A great review.

    Well done ladies.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Sue, and for your virtual pat on the back. Always appreciated! xx

  4. This is one amazing Rock chic and I know author Nicky Wells is on to a real winner with this trilogy! Fab post!

    1. Thanks so much Linn, that's great encouragement. Whooot! Am rocking out now... (again) (you know me) xx