Safkhet Publishing ~ Summer Reads

Monday, 25 March 2013

Sophie's Run Blog Tour! Meet Dan!

Come on Tour with Sophie and Dan… Dan takes you to the beer capital of Europe: Munich

Sophie’s Run Blogtour 2013

Hi! Dan Hunter here of legendary rock band Tuscq. God, it sounds bad when I say it that way. You would have thought after twenty years in the business, I would have found a way to introduce myself a little more gracefully. Anyway… there it is, and this is me.

I’m so delighted to be here on Sheryl’s fabulous blog today! Sheryl always makes me laugh. (Oh yes, I have read her books. I do go in for a bit of romcom here or there!). Anyway, I’m here as part of the LAUNCH TOUR for SOPHIE’S RUN, the second book in the Rock Star Romance Trilogy which continues the story of my romance with the amazing Sophie Penhalligan ~ even if we’re on a slight detour.

Today, I want to tell you about how I plunged myself into Munich nightlife and culture whilst on tour once. It was a memorable gig! This is how Sophie wrote it up at the time:

Alien Invasion in Munich

Tuscq’s second German show got under way to generous acclaim and high expectations. If the show itself seemed to go without unplanned interruption, things got somewhat out of control backstage at the close of the gig. Unbeknownst to the band or the venue’s management, about fifty attendees from a Star Trek convention taking place that same evening had—quite mistakenly, or so they later assured security guards—found their way to the stadium and were camped out in the dressing rooms when the band returned from the stage. Mick commented, “It was crazy. When I got to my dressing room, I was greeted by Mr. Spock who was wrestling an alien on my sofa. I fought my way to the bathroom only to find Captain Kirk trying to get friendly with Uhura.” (Excerpt from Sophie’s Turn)

Well, they certainly have some panache out there in Bavaria. While we didn’t have very much time, I did make a point of looking round the city very briefly the following day just to comprehend exactly… what had happened in our dressing room the previous night! And of course I was at a slight loose end that day, what with Sophie having been called away so abruptly. I needed some distraction or I would have worried myself silly. So here’s what I found.

 First of all… the Beer Hall, the Hofbräuhaus. I mean, Munich is the beer capital of Europe, right? How could I not go? It was… interesting. The beer was great, although the Oompa music wasn’t for me. Obviously.

 By Jorge Royan (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

I had to have a Weisswurst with my beer. It’s the law, apparently, it being the ‘second breakfast’ out there. It doesn’t look terribly appetizing (sausages should be brown, right!) but it was surprisingly good.

 By Rainer Z ... (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

I was drawn to the Englischer Garten (English Garden), a large park in the centre of Munich. I simply had to explore it. Nobody warned me that people would be tanning there au naturel. I was most impressed; sadly, I didn’t have time to join in.

  By User:Mattes (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Imposing vistas. They’re definitely very proud people down there!

By Rnt20 at en.wikipedia. Later version(s) were uploaded by Ian Dunster at en.wikipedia. (Transferred from en.wikipedia) [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

It was a lightning trip ~ I don’t normally get to do any sightseeing at all ~ but I greatly enjoyed it. Maybe I can take Sophie back there one day? Meanwhile, I hope you have a great time joining us in our new adventures in Sophie’s Run. Happy reading, and thanks for visiting here today.

Wait, wait, wait, there’s more: Introducing the Sophie’s Run Give Away!

Sophie’s Run GIVEAWAYS

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.

Rafflecopter Links:

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 and your name will be entered into the draw. Competition closes 1 May 2013.

About Nicky Wells: Romance that Rocks Your World!
Rock 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, and has joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association. Nicky also has author pages at Sapphire Star Publishing, Amazon and, of course, Goodreads.

Sophie’s Run

Her famous star remains her rock while life takes her on a little detour…

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.

Sales links for Sophie’s Run:

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


Nicky Wells said...

Oooh Sheryl, it's so lovely to be here today, thank you for hosting me and Dan. Looks like Dan had a blast, too! You obviously rock.

Here's wishing good luck to all giveaway entrants, don't be shy! And this is a NEW round so you can enter even if you've already previously entered for the chocolate giveaway. Go on, you know you want to.... :-)

Sue Fortin said...

I'm still not sure about some of the German cuisine - but maybe one day I'll give it a go.
Great post - thank you ladies. x

Sheryl Browne said...

Oooh, I'm up for sampling the food - and one or two other delights (I'm thinking Edinburgh and kilts here! Ooops!). Best of luck, Nicky! Thanks for stopping by, Sue! :) xx

Anonymous said...

Ooh. I love German cuisine! Most of it, anyway. My hubby is of German ancestry and there's a little place here that we go to. Thanks for the great post and pics!

Jan Brigden said...

Brilliant post, ladies. My mouth was watering reading about all that food, even if I haven't tried half of it - lol! Dan sure knows how to enjoy himself ;)Great photos too Xx

Nicky Wells said...

LOL, Sue, what makes you unsure about German cuisine, I wonder? I must cook for you sometime! Thanks for visiting, though, glad you could stop by.

And while we're at it, Steph and Jan, you're more than welcome to join my German cook fest. Oh wouldn't it be brilliant if we really could get together one day? But thanks for your lovely comments and for taking the time to check out this post. Rock on, ladies!

Linn B Halton and Lucy Coleman said...

Loving the cuisine - and I know what you mean about the look of those sausages, but it's the TASTE that counts! One amazing tour Nicky - well done! Lx