Monday, December 2, 2013

Spirits of Christmas - Blurb, Excerpt & Review

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.

‘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.’

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Review by Marlene Engel
Jude, the lead singer and one of the founding members of the rock and roll band, The Blood Roses, is on a downward spiral.  A once promising band that everyone was trying to book, was now getting booed off stage and kicked out of clubs.  In a fit of rage, Jude lashes out at his band members, telling them that he doesn’t need them and would be better off alone.  When he heads to his flat in hopes of his girlfriend being there to console him, he is surprised to find that she is not there and has taken most of her things with her.  Cursing her aloud and claiming that he’s better off alone, he dozes off after consuming several beers.

When Jude awakes to find a ghostly being above him, he’s convinced that he’s either dreaming or that the beer that he had consumed is making him see things.  The being tells him that he’s the Ghost of Forewarning.  He informs Jude the he will be visited by three more ghosts that night.  One from his past, one from the present and one from the future.  What Jude doesn’t know, is that these visitors come in the form of ghosts of rock and roll.  Can Jude change his selfish ways before Christmas morning?  Or will be forced to live a life of loneliness?

Spirits of Christmas is a modern day, rock and roll rendition of A Christmas Carol.  Nicky Wells puts a fun spin on this Christmas classic.  I really enjoyed the characters and thought that the ghosts of rock and roll were cleverly written.  With the holidays coming, this is the perfect book to sit by the fire and read.  I definitely recommend this book to others.  It’s a fun book that is sure to get you into the Christmas spirit!

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!


  1. Yay! Thank you so very much for featuring me on your beautiful, beautiful blog today, Marlene. Your support means the earth, and your review is like a fabulous early Xmas present. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, and I'm so happy that the Spirits got you in the spirit. (Sorry for the bad pun, I've been making loads of those ever since I wrote this novella). Wishing you and your readers all the very best for a rocking and happy festive season! XX

  2. Now this sounds like cool rendition :)

    1. Thank you! I'd love to hear what you think if you do get a chance to pick up a copy. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! x