Monday, December 2, 2013

**Review & Sale Promo ~ Spirits of Christmas ~ Nicky Wells**

Happy Monday, y'all! I'm thrilled to share my review of Spirits of Christmas today, and to let y'all know that y'all can pick it up for only 99 cents! 


Spirits of Christmas by Nicky Wells
Release Date: October 27, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: I received an ecopy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 4 Worms

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.

In Spirits of Christmas, Nicky Wells take Charles Dickens' classic, A Christmas Carol, and puts a rock-n-roll spin on it. And she did so splendidly! 

Jude Shaw, and his band, The Black Roses, were once destined for greatness. But something went wrong at some point. After a particularly awful gig, Jude's life is at a breaking point. Lucky for him, he has a few rock-n-roll spirits to show him the error of his ways. ;) As Jude's spirit guides lead him through his past, present, and possible future, Jude's feelings of contrition are well conveyed. And I loved how Jude went about resolving things between his band mates and his girlfriend, to get his life back on track.

Spirits of Christmas is such a fun read! Ms. Wells' passion for rock music is deftly woven into the story. She referenced bands and lyrics. I particularly delighted in Ms. Wells' use of rock legends, those we lost too soon, as the spirits who visited Jude. It was a unique spin. I also thrilled at the cameo by Dan Hunter and Tuscq. This story is so cleverly told. Who knew rock would fit so well into the template created by Dickens. Spirits of Christmas is fresh, cheerful, and left me smiling and feeling the spirit!

‘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.’

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!

My books: Sophie’s Turn | Sophie’s Run | Sophie’s Encore | Spirits of Christmas

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  1. YAY! Brandee, thank you so much for featuring my festive rock'n'roll novella here today, I'm delighted that you enjoyed my retake on Charles Dickens' classic. Thanks also for all your support, you're a rock star and an angel. Here's wishing you and your readers a fabulous, fun and rocking festive season! X

    1. You are so welcome, Nicky! I certainly enjoyed this read - it was so creative and fun! Happy Holidays to you! :)

  2. What a great story concept! I like A Christmas Carol you. Even better with a Rock angle. Great review!

  3. That is so cool that she writes in rock legends we lost too soon. What a mind to come up with that. I'm really getting into the spirit of holiday reads, not so much the holiday itself. I'm glad you enjoyed this so much.

    1. It is cool, Robyn! I didn't want to mention which ones because that was part of the fun of reading! ;) I haven't read many holiday reads myself, but after this one and reading reviews of others, I'm thinking I'll give 'em a try!


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