Thursday, 4 June 2015

Blog Tour Stop: Nick Wilford

Hey guys! I'm here today with a post from Nick Wilford's blog tour for his new book, A Change of Mind! Take it away, Nick! 


Thanks for helping me out on my tour today, Kyra! The following is a recording of a phone call between Minerva, an employee at Harbinger Industries and character in my novella A Change of Mind, and her best friend Zoe from her home town of Oxford. Minerva moved to London to seek her fortune, but the two keep in touch regularly. The conversation turns to work.

Zoe: So, how’s everything going?

Minerva: At Harbinger? Not bad. It’s been about a month now, and I think I’ve got the place figured out. At least, the girls on my floor are alright.

Zoe: Any big nights out?

Minerva: No, not so much. They’re a bit older, you know? But a great bunch of ladies. The younger crowd are on the floor upstairs, and I talk to them if I have to go up and see the boss. And they’re mostly guys.

Zoe: Let’s hear more about them. Any catch your eye?

Minerva: Naahh. They’re a bit rough and ready with the banter, not very refined. Well, except one. He’s a bit more mysterious and keeps himself to himself.

Zoe: What’s his name?

Minerva: Reuben. He’s very shy, he’s only given me a few glances and we’ve never really spoken. He doesn’t seem part of the team.

Zoe: The strong and silent type. Maybe you should make a move on him!

Minerva: Err, no, I’ve never seen him like that. He’s just sort of there, you know? I don’t know, it’s a bit frustrating. I’m not really looking for that, I just hoped I’d make friends and have a good social life here, but it’s either the ladies who are too old or the lads who are only interested in boozy nights down the pub.

Zoe: Well, looks like I’ll have to invite myself through, then.

Minerva: Yeah, that’d be good! Let’s make plans.

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Title: A Change of Mind and Other Stories
Author: Nick Wilford
Genre: Speculative fiction
Format: Ebook only
Page/word count: 107 pages, approx. 32,000 words
Release date: 25th May 2015
Publisher: Superstar Peanut Publishing


A Change of Mind and Other Stories consists of a novella, four short stories and one flash fiction piece. This collection puts the extremes of human behaviour under the microscope with the help of lashings of dark humour, and includes four pieces previously published in Writer’s Muse magazine. 

In A Change of Mind, Reuben is an office worker so meek and mild he puts up with daily bullying from his boorish male colleagues as if it’s just a normal part of his day. But when a stranger points him in the direction of a surgeon offering a revolutionary new procedure, he can’t pass up the chance to turn his life around. 

But this isn’t your average surgeon. For a start, he operates alone in a small room above a mechanic’s. And he promises to alter his patients’ personality so they can be anything they want to be… 

In Marissa, a man who is determined to find evidence of his girlfriend’s infidelity ends up wondering if he should have left well alone. 

The Dog God finds a chink in the armour of a man with a megalomaniacal desire to take over the world. 

In The Insomniac, a man who leads an obsessively regimented lifestyle on one hour’s sleep a night finds a disruption to his routine doesn’t work for him. 

Hole In One sees a dedicated golfer achieving a lifelong ambition. 

The Loner ends the collection on a note of hope as two family members try to rebuild their lives after they are torn apart by jealousy.

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Meet the author: Nick Wilford is a writer and stay-at-home dad. Once a journalist, he now makes use of those rare times when the house is quiet to explore the realms of fiction, with a little freelance editing and formatting thrown in. When not working he can usually be found spending time with his family or cleaning something. He has four short stories published in Writer’s Muse magazine. Nick is also the editor of Overcoming Adversity: An Anthology for Andrew. Visit him at his blog or connect with him on Twitter or Goodreads. a Rafflecopter giveaway