Blog Tour: Sophie’s Run by Nicky Wells / @WellsNicky / #LAHE

Come dine with Sophie and Dan: Today’s treat is… LOBSTER!

About Today’s Featured Book

Sophie’s Run
Her famous star remains her rock while life takes her on a little detour…

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The Blurb

Who says that the road towards true love is straight and even? Sophie is certainly discovering that it is anything but.

So she has finally found the man of her dreams! Well… she knows who he is, even though she hasn’t actually quite met him yet. But she misses her opportunity, and then her life goes crazy. Rock star and ex-fiancé, Dan, keeps getting in the way of her new romance—even if he is just trying to be helpful. A fire, an impromptu mini-trip with Dan, and a dreaded wedding later, Sophie is still struggling to meet the love of her life. Then, just as she is getting it together with her perfect man, best friend Rachel commits an act of unspeakable betrayal.

Sophie has had enough. Confused and distraught, she decides that it is time for radical change. Surprising herself and shocking her friends, she embarks on a secret journey and eventually gets her life back on track.

Where To Buy the Book

Sophie’s Run is now available in Kindle edition from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, and in Paperback edition fromAmazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. You can also get the paperback at Barnes & Noble, or download Sophie’s Run onto your Nook (coming soon).

A Word From Sophie

Hey, you! My name is Sophie, and I’m so excited you’re visiting me here today at Stephanie Keyes’ fabulous place. I love Steph and I’ve been here before and, unless I’m barred, I’ll keep coming back!! But in case you’ve not caught my previous experiences, I’m the heroine in the Rock Star Romance Trilogy by Nicky Wells. Nicky and I, we’re currently taking her second book, Sophie’s Run, on tour, and we’re taking you to all the places and sharing all the food that features in the books. My love of seafood is legendary ever since Sophie’s Turn hit the shelves…

[box] “And for mains,” Dan announced, “Sophie will have the seafood platter.” He winked at me over his menu.

“I will?” I said, astonished.

“She will?” Jack and Mick asked at the same time, also astonished. Dan hesitated for only a second.

“Sure.

Excerpt from Sophie’s Turn[/box]

…and of course since Nicky confessed the origins of this obsession right here on this blog. (Apparently, that post got 3,500 hits ~ wow! I’m still in shock!)

In Sophie’s Run, I have a bit of a thing going on with a new man who I believe is my true love. (Fear not, dear friends, Dan is still and will always be a HUGE part of my life. Plus of course… the whole Trilogy is called the Rock Star Romance so there are twists and turns here that I can’t share with you yet. But I digress). His name is Steve and he cooks me a lobster on our first date:

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[box] “Lobster,” I shouted gleefully before I could stop myself. “Is that for us, for tonight? Please say yes, I adore lobster.”

“It certainly is,” Steve confirmed happily, picking up the crustacean and examining it critically.

“Only problem is… I’ve just realized I haven’t got any proper implements for getting into it.” He grinned ruefully. “I may be an ambitious romantic as well as a man with expensive tastes, but also with a distinctive lack of finesse and requisite tools.”

I giggled into my wine. “What are you going to do?”

Steve had half disappeared into one of his cupboards. “I’m going to have to use brute force,” came the muffled response. Then he straightened up and turned around to face me, brandishing a hammer and chisel and wearing a Hannibal Lecter grin.

I shrieked in mock horror and took a step back. “That’s not right,” I protested jokingly. “That’s cruel. You’re gonna hurt it, not to mention spoil our dinner.”

Steve grinned even wider. “Trust me, I’m almost a doctor,” he announced and addressed himself to the lobster. “Never fear, we’ll get you right out of your uncomfortable shell in no time.” Steve positioned the chisel mid-shell and counted to three. “One….” Excessive swing of hammer but without follow-through. “Two…” Same again. “Three.” A gentle tap to the chisel with the hammer. The shell split open obediently, one neat opening right down the middle.

“You’ve done this before,” I observed.

“Does it show?” Steve inquired. “And no, I haven’t actually. I’ve never attempted a lobster at home before.” I could have sworn he was blushing but that might have just been the exertion. Or the concentration. “Right, now for the claws,” Steve continued. “What are we going to do about the claws?”

“You haven’t got any kind of skewers or something?” I chipped in from the sideline.

Steve fixed me with an appreciative look. “Not just a pretty face,” he drawled and went to retrieve a skewer from a kitchen drawer.

Excerpt from Sophie’s Run[/box]

 

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Now, this is one way of getting the meat out of a lobster. I couldn’t pretend that I’m any better at it than Steve, nor better equipped on the implements side… If you want to see a professional approach, here’s a little clip of how to do this properly: click here.

And when you’ve done all of that… you have a choice of serving it ‘cold’ or heating it through. Add a potato gratin on the side, or just some plain crusty bread. You could make a garlic-and-chili mayonnaise (but be careful not to overpower the delicate flavor of the lobster meat) or you could stir the lobster meat into some pasta with a white-wine sauce. The world is quite literally your lobster!

So, happy eating! And if this post has intrigued you to find out what on earth is going on with me, Dan and a certain Steve… why not perhaps join me, Dan and the other men in my life? Sophie’s Turn and Sophie’s Run are both out now and you can get your copy right here [insert sales links]

But wait, wait, wait ~ don’t miss the giveaway!

Giveaway

1) Standard Giveaway: Nicky Wells is giving away one delicious chocolate gift to a lucky winner in the UK or North America!*

*The small print: This Gift prize is a product of Unique Chocolate. The Gift prize is subject to availability in your country. If the Gift prize is not

available in your country, Nicky Wells reserves the right to offer a substitute gift prize of a similar nature at her discretion. Nicky Wells will require the winner’s postal address for shipping purposes.

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2) Bonus Giveaway

Nicky Wells offers a giveaway of one Amazon gift voucher worth $20/?15 for one lucky winner. To enter, simply share your thoughts on Sophie’s Run with Nicky. Email your comment to nickywells@sapphirestarpublishing.com and your name will be entered into the draw. Competition closes 1 May 2013

Steph’s Review

When I picked up Sophie’s Run for the first time, I was genuinely worried. After all, Sophie’s Turn was fabulous. What would happen in Sophie’s Run? Needless to say, I shouldn’t have been concerned.

Nicky Wells has once again crafted an endearing tale with the quirky and delightful heroine. I truly enjoyed taking the journey with Sophie as Wells explores her character’s deeper emotions. Sophie’s Run will have readers racing through to the finish and cheering along with Sophie to see if she meets up with her true love in the end. A resounding five stars!

About the Author

About Nicky Wells: Romance that Rocks Your World!

Nicky_NEWAuthorPic_April12_useforwebsiteRock On! Nicky Wells writes fun and glamorous contemporary romance featuring a rock star and the girl next door. A signed author with U.S. publisher, Sapphire Star Publishing, Nicky is in the throes of publishing her Rock Star Romance Trilogy. Nicky loves rock music, dancing, and eating lobsters. When she’s not writing, Nicky is a wife, mother, and occasional teaching assistant.

Originally born in Germany, Nicky moved to the United Kingdom in 1993, and currently lives in Lincoln with her husband and their two boys. In a previous professional life, Nicky worked as a researcher and project manager for an international Human Resources research firm based in London and Washington, D.C.

Visit Nicky on her blog where you can find articles, interviews, radio interviews and, of course, an ongoing update on her work in progress. You can also follow Nicky on Twitter and find her on Facebook. Nicky is a featured author on the innovative reader/author project, loveahappyending.com and has joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association. Nicky also has author pages at Sapphire Star Publishing, Amazon and, of course, Goodreads.

16 thoughts on “Blog Tour: Sophie’s Run by Nicky Wells / @WellsNicky / #LAHE

  1. Steph!! Thank you so much for hosting me yet again, and this time with my second book baby. I’m so thrilled that you let Sophie and Steve share their infamous chisel anecdote ~ perhaps not the most elegant way to prepare a lobster but it certainly strengthened their bond! When I first started reading your review, I got a little heartflutter until I saw where you were going: you are a star for sharing your thoughts and giving me five shiny stars. Thank you!

    I hope your readers enjoy meeting me, Sophie and Steve too, and here’s wishing good luck to all giveaway entrants! Rock on!

    1. Ha! Forgive me, but I had to leave some cliffhanger, didn’t I? No, I truly enjoyed the book and think about it often – the best compliment that I can share.

      Let me tell you, I have never prepared a Lobster and I have no plans to. So Sophie and Steve were braver than I! Thanks very much for visiting today on your whirlwind tour!

  2. I LOVE lobster – especially thermadore but I now buy my lobsters ready-cooked. I once had a dinner party and bought live lobster the day before the event. I could hear them scratching inside their box in the fridge all night and when it came time to pop them into the pot – it was almost as traumatising for me as for them. I had nightmares for weeks afterwards!

    Good luck with your rockin’ novel, Nicky!

    1. Isn’t it fabulous? I just had lobster for dinner on Friday and had Nicky on the mind. Although I did not prepare it! 🙂

    2. Oooh, Janice, you’re a braver woman than me. I don’t think I could actually do the deed, as it were. Although I have some experience in the chisel department… LOL! Thanks for visiting today! XX 🙂

  3. Uh, oh. I’m so soft, Janice, I think I might have had to pop them in a fish tank instead. V.sad cook! FAB post, Nicky. Did they ever get to eat the lobster though? 😉 xx

    1. You’ll just have to find out!!! It’s all in the book! Thank you for visiting, Sheryl, and I’m with you. I like my lobsters, but I couldn’t do them in. Pathetic, I know! 🙂 Rock on! X

  4. I love lobster – well pretty much any seafood but I could never bring myself to put a live lobster into a pot of boiling water. I’ll buy mine pre-cooked, thank you very much.

    I’m like Sheryl, I’d be popping the live lobsters back into the aquarium.

    Good luck with your book Nicky! Loved the excerpt.

    1. Looks like we’re all on the same page. Next time we get together, we’ll have to have a big lobster feast! Thank you for visiting and commenting, Mel, and so glad you liked the excerpt. Rock on! X

  5. I love lobster and mourned the day Belgo’s closed in Bristol! Nicky well may have known it – they did a wonderful lobster dish… Another leg on your tour Nicky and another fabulous review. Whoo hoo! Go, lady go!

    1. Hi Linn, thanks for visiting! I remember Belgo’s although we never made it there. Used to go to a Belgo’s in Covent Garden though ~ ooh yum. Hadn’t thought of that in years! Anyway, so glad you’re liking these posts and thanks for your lovely comment. XX

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