Author Spotlight: Danielle Marx

This was my first time picking up a Danielle Marx book, and it did not disappoint! I’m not one for ripping through a book quickly, but this one had me addicted! I’ve officially become invested in and will pick up the rest of the Knoxley series to say the very least! I wanted to tell my friends about this book and I was only twenty percent in! lol I even paused where I was later on in the book to see what else she had written!

Danielle Marx lives in a small town in the north of England, with her fiancé and their son. After devouring countless books, she decided to take the plunge and write one herself. She is now a full-time romance author, writing steamy love stories that will melt the heart. When Danielle is not writing, you can usually find her spending time with her family, enjoying the English countryside, or curling up with a swoon worthy book.


Thank you for answering some questions! First of all, where did you get inspiration to write this series?

It may sound a little strange, but I wanted to write a series based on bodyguards that wasn’t your typical plot for the trope. I didn’t want a series of books about bodyguards falling in love with the fancy women they are assigned to protect. You won’t find any princesses or celebrity heroines with my boys. I wanted real people. Working class heroines and down to earth heroes. As the series goes on you will see how this plays out more.


What made you want to start with Greyson?

Greyson’s book had to come first for that very reason. I needed to set the foundation for the series, whilst still staying close enough to the original trope. Greyson and Bailey did that. The bodyguard trope is there but with the twist of the heroine not being important, in the general sense. She’s essentially a nobody. A stripper. One of many. Their story sets the tone for the entire series.


Ophelia/Bailey is a very strong independent woman. Her choices are carefully made by reasons of her past. I wonder if you were worried the reader may not like her or relate to her. How does that impact your writing and/or your confidence to publish?

I had a friend beta read the first few chapters, and the only comment I got back was that Bailey was too harsh to be a leading lady for a romance book. It did make me second guess slightly, but I kept going. Once a character has their voice in my head, there’s no turning back. As with all my characters, they have flaws and scars. Bailey has several. But again, as with all my characters, she has a lot of redeemable qualities too. She may be a bit bolder than most romance heroines but no one really likes a Mary Sue.


Can you run through the brothers with a fact about each, and tell us which is next in the series?

I can’t give too much away so here’s a snippet for you: Greyson is the gentleman, Jake is the asshole, Dylan is scary as hell, Erik is the grumpy one, and Luke is the ringleader.


Can you give us any indication of what to expect in the next book aside from which brother it will be?

Book 2 will be about Dylan. Oh boy, what can I say about Dylan? He’s cold, rough, terrifying, and not afraid to get his hands dirty. He lacks empathy and struggles to play by the rules. Again, you won’t be getting a generic bodyguard story, but expect a dominant protector, doing whatever he has to for the girl who’s caught his eye. As for his girl, pray for her. She’s nothing like our tough Bailey, so even I’m a little worried that Dylan may chew her up and spit her out.


What’s the biggest difference between this series – The Knoxley Series, and the last series you wrote – The Bluerock Series?

Bluerock is small town romance. Cute and steamy. There’s sex, humor, and tears. They are much more character focused novels. Knoxley is romantic suspense so it’s heavier on the plot. It gritty and more erotic in a way. 


When you write, do you plan and plot all main and subplots, or do you pants some of them?

I’m a hardcore plotter. Everything is there before I even start writing. If I pants, it would never get finished. It can be tricky though as characters want to run free after the first few chapters. I have to keep them in place and stick to the plan though. It makes editing easier and stops the manuscript becoming boring and repetitive. 


How do you plan a book launch? What’s involved in your process?

Honestly, I’m not the best person to ask. I haven’t quite got that part down yet. But what seems to work for me is not marketing too early. I don’t reveal the book or set up a pre-order until my ARC readers have it. Romance books are ten a penny, and romance readers have very little patience. Most won’t pre-order an unknown book months before its release. I’ve found the best way is to hook them in a couple of weeks before the release so they don’t have long to wait. That’s when the hype is at its best. I’ve found that when you promote matters more than how much you promote.


What are the best and worst things/stigmas that come with being an indie author, to you?

The best thing is I have complete control over what I’m writing and when it happens. The indie author community is amazing too. The worst part is trying to compete against successful authors. As great as some of them are, they totally dominate the market, making it impossible for a lot of us to stay afloat. The audience misses out on some truly amazing books because they are buried under so many big names. Being indie is rough but can teach you way more than if you were in traditional publishing.


Which author do you think your writing compares to? Which authors are your favourite to read?

I don’t think I could compare myself to anyone. That’s for others to do. As for my favorites, I love Jessica Gadziala, Juliet Marillier, Maya Banks, T.M. Frazier.


Where can we find you online? Where can we find your books?

Amazon is the best place to find my books. You can follow my mailing list at daniellemarxbooks.com or check me out on Instagram @daniellemarxbooks. That’s where I’m most active. Pop in and say hello! Alternatively, there is my Goodreads and Facebook where you can find out what I’m up to and get info about upcoming releases and sales.

Linktree, Goodreads, Website, Instagram, Facebook


Thank you so much for taking your time to answer some questions! I’ll be sure to pick up the next Knoxley Security Series – Dylan’s book! Thank you again!

Author Spotlight: Heather Lynn

As everyone knows by now, I am a big fan of this series even though I’ve only read the first book! I read it slowly so I could fully enjoy, and by the time I was almost finished, I didn’t want it to be over and left the last fifty pages! lol I’m eager to pick up the next one, bought myself the paperback, and even invested in my very own moonstone necklace! Please give a warm welcome to our featured author, Heather Lynn!
​​As long as she can remember, Heather Lynn has been interested in healing in its many forms; been curious about the mysteries of the skies above; and intrigued by the possibility-yet-impossibility of time travel and its potential consequences. Combining these interests with some things she’s picked up along the way, she ​began work on Sky Watcher’s story.


I know I’m behind in the series, but I have to say, the first book has been such a trip (no pun intended lol)! Where did you get the inspiration from learning about natural healing, Wicca, and time travel moulded into one?

Well, healing has always been a draw for me. As a young girl I always wanted to be a nurse and I did go to nursing school for a couple of years.
In time, I realized nursing wasn’t for me, but I never lost interest in physiology and healing. At the same time, the idea of time travel has always boggled my mind. When I was a kid I used to watch Dr. Who with my dad and just loved it (and that was way before I was introduced to #10). Sooo many movies kept those dreams alive: Back to the Future, Time Traveller’s Wife, Somewhere in Time, The Butterfly Effect, Frequency…the list goes on. My story had to have time travel. Once I realized that, I knew I wanted a young woman to go back in time, with today’s knowledge. The question—How would she get there? While researching, I came upon a book about household magic. I hadn’t been looking for it but it led me to herbal magic, then the powers within stones/gems and finally, Wiccan beliefs. It HAD to be all of it. I rolled all this knowledge up into a big bundle and created Charlotte’s knowledge base and belief system.


Wow, that’s an incredible journey to get to where you are today!
This book was very detail oriented, but not enough to lose the reader. How many drafts do you usually go through? Do you have a consistent editor for every book?

Loaded questions, Lisa! I don’t honestly know how many times I went through book one, like 20? 25? I honestly don’t know, but A LOT of times. I was actually so sick of Charlotte and her friends by the time it was ready for publication, I was worried no one would even like it. Book One was edited by Friesen Press. They did a good job, good feedback—I listened to all of it, and implemented some of it. They wanted
me to break it into 2 or 3 books, but I just couldn’t do it. For me, this story had to be done this way to be complete, it just did. Books Two and Three were done by an editor I found in Toronto. I love her
perspective, the things she picks out, and her attention to detail.


That is a lot of drafts! lol I’m glad you found help with the following books!
This first book (and I can only assume the others) deal with very adult driven issues like abuse, politics, prejudice, slavery, and sexual assault in a very realistic way. Do you think you could have written this book any other way? In today’s world, why is it important for you to tackle these topics in your fiction?

No. I think these issues are, and will always be, present in our society. As long as there are human beings living on this Earth, I fear there will be abuse—physical, sexual, and mental—and prejudice. A different type of slavery existed then, but there are different variations happening today. These topics will always be relevant.


Excellent answer, thank you for addressing these adult themes in the book.
Tell us what it was like to build this world from the ground up.

It started with Charlotte. I wanted her to be in that time, from this time, and I knew her purpose. I had to figure out the how of getting her there. This research was fun because I learned more about things I was already interested in, ie. stones, herbs, healing and some new things, like Wicca. Now I only had to give my characters life and a town to live in! This part was fun too as I researched towns, homes, grist mills, saw mills, etc…I drew out a little map of the town as well as the inside of the general store, for myself so I could visualize and then explain things better. Of course, then I realized that Charlotte’s room had to be on the other side of the store building and forever after that, I’ve been envisioning things backwards. LOL!


I would love to see that map! I wonder if there will ever be a map inside one of your books! What a treasure that would be!
There are many characters involved in this series. As an author, I know this question can be dreadful, but as a reader, I’m interested to hear who your favourites are – aside from Charlotte, of course. lol

Aside from Charlotte, who is braver than me by far, my favourite characters (in no particular order) are: Gracie – she is kind, spunky, funny and superstitious.
Ben – he is smart, handsome, dedicated, and open-minded.
Keen Wolf – he misses nothing and doesn’t waste words. I love his intensity
and I feel sure he’s sexy as hell!


I can’t disagree with any of those answers! I would have to agree, however I did find solace in Marshall, as well.
Did you have to do much research for your fiction? For the stones, natural remedies, and historical understanding?

Yes! I bought books on stones and their magic, herbal remedies, and magical herbalism. I wrote lists and charts (I have pages and pages), and of course, Google helped some. This didn’t feel like work though. I find this knowledge very interesting.


For the lot of us, I’m sure it would feel like work, but that’s why this book stands out from the rest! You have genuine interest with these things!
What can we expect within the next few books? Same characters? A different path than the last time travel trip? Any hints would be great!

Ha! The next few books will show us Charlotte’s life as it has become. Of course, fictional lives are very adventurous; we may visit another time and/or another place. The original cast of characters will remain, but we will definitely meet some new friends and relatives as we go along…maybe even an old adversary.


New characters? Oh my. lol
Did you always know it was going to be a six-part book series? Do you plot that or run with the ideas?

I always knew it would be a saga, but it wasn’t until the end of book 2 that I determined how many books there would be in the series. There are a fixed number of things that have to happen down the road and it’s gonna take 6 books to get it all in!


Excellent! I love how there are journeys that coincide with what you have in mind for the final book! Run us through some of your favourite stones to date. Do you use herbal remedies yourself?

I must say, after researching stones and their energies, I collected quite a few of my own. My favourites?
I’ve always liked moonstone, it is Charlotte’s favourite too, but that was only determined after learning its energies: love, protection, divination, psychism, gardening… I have a moonstone the size and shape of an egg and a few pieces of moonstone jewelry. I also love bloodstone, fluorite, celestite, amethyst, lapis, turquoise, aventurine, rose quartz, jasper…but seriously, I love them all!
As for herbal remedies…I have made mint and lavender tea from the garden and popped the odd supplement—that’s it. The things Charlotte does fascinate me, but no, I don’t do them myself.


Thank you so much for taking the time to allow us to dive deeper into you and your books! It’s been a fascinating story so far, and I LOVE that there is so much left! Maybe we can do this again after I’ve read book 2!
Where can we find you online? Where can we find your books?

At this point in time, my books can be found online everywhere in paperback, hardcover and ebook. My website is www.HeatherLynnBooks.com and I can be found here:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Heather-Lynn/e/B07YX9NM56

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/skywatcher_hl/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SkyWatcher_HL

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SkyWatcher.HL/

Being a newbie all on my own has been trying to say the least. Getting out there when you are a wallflower is difficult. I thank you for taking the time on my first book and on me, Lisa. It’s much appreciated.


The experience for all indie authors definitely has its ups and downs. I’m thankful for you for giving me a chance with your book, and allowing me to talk about it openly! I hope this piques some interest into Charlotte’s journey! These books are quite imaginative, but also very realistic. Thank you again, Heather Lynn and good luck on all your future books!

Wicked Smaht is now FREE EVERYWHERE!

You can get it on Amazon international, Apple Books, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Vivlio! No excuse! Go get it!

I made a decision a while ago to make one of my shortest books free. This was a difficult decision to make. On one hand, an author wants to make sure their work is worth monetization. But on the other, we can’t monetize if we’re not visible! Visibility is everything. It’s what gets us reviews, further visibility and a shot at readers finding out work!

I’ve been a published writer since 2016, and I’ve attempted to monetize on a lower scale for SIX YEARS. Needless to say, I haven’t received much more visibility. This could be due to a number of things, however making this change could help my work get seen by more people. Now, it’s the wait game – for reviews. Ultimately, I need my work reviewed in order to get the visibility.

Reviews truly are priceless. They push your book (and with that, your name) into Amazon’s and Apple Books algorithms.

The process of making a book free across all platforms is a long one. The most difficult part of the process is waiting for Amazon to make the requested change. This time, it took me SIX WEEKS. So just go read AND REVIEW Wicked Smaht!

-Lisa xx

What is an ARC Reader?

All of my books are available for ARC reading… but what is that exactly?

FREE BOOKS.

Did you know you can get free books? There are entire groups of people – publishers and independent authors, who hand out free books that sometimes haven’t even been released yet! And yes! Just like the peeps that watch and vote on movies for the Oscars, you can too preview something before anyone else and watch as the book turns into a bestseller! Or maybe even a tv show series!

Of course, when an author or publisher agrees to give out ARC copies, they anticipate and appreciate an honest review in exchange. Reviews are invaluable. The more reviews, the more visible the book will become to potential readers – even if it’s a not-so-good review.

You can easily become one of these ARC (Advanced Reading Copy) Readers just by signing up on ARC Reader blogs, or direct with the author! They’re on every social media under a hashtag or a group. Easily found – just sniff out the books you want to read!

Sometimes if you like the author and their books so much, you can even be a part of their marketing group! Just let them know you want to be added to their ARC circle!

I’ve known this for a long time, but it didn’t actually occur to me that many others have. And no, there are no costs (or shouldn’t be) – as this is grounds for fraudulence. Authors can’t legally pay someone to review their book as per Amazon policy. And honestly, it’s frowned upon big time. Authors will sniff out other authors for doing this! Plus, if the reader is influenced, they might not give an honest review.

To be an ARC Reader of mine, simply find the book on my website and click the “ARC request” button. I only want serious and honest reviews. I can’t improve by reading “I hated this book” or “This isn’t for me”. Tell me what you would change! Tell me why it’s not for you! Tell me what you liked and what you didn’t like!

If you’re interested in being a part of my ARC circle, get in contact with me and let me know. Tell me how you would be an asset and which books you’re interested in!!

I’m always looking for reviews on any of my books – even the very short ones. Therefore, I always welcome ARC readers!

And of course if I’m currently writing a book, you might just be sent a copy while I’m in the process of writing it! Talk about a behind the scenes look!

Talk soon!

Market, Read, Market

I’ve been busy. I’ve been so busy, I’ve been losing more hair. Lol I’ve been doing my very best to promote and market the latest book. But I also have things to do that I’d forgotten about since I write whenever I get a chance. And believe it or not, I haven’t been able to write because I’m so busy marketing.

I’ve also been reading a lot lately. As of right now, I’m reading 3 books at the same time. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have ideas, though! I’ve got a few ideas I need to get down asap before they leave my brain and won’t come out the same way, I just don’t have the time.

Once I’m over this book tour (the end of May), I plan on working on scripts for the next little while. I won’t be going as hard on the marketing, but I will need to keep it consistent.

I’ve learned getting followers organically is the best way to get followers, so I’m trying hard not to cheat and let it happen, but it’s tough when there’s a lull. Lol I’ve also learned Bookstagram is a good thing, and those are my peeps! I just need to read at a faster pace because I already feel like I’m behind! 🤣 Ao many books to read, so little time *indeed*!

I’ve met a bunch of incredible people who have found some awesome enjoyment with my writing and can’t put my books down! 😁 They’ve also all be super-duper supportive and a few have offered to do a few things for me that would really help me out in the long run. It’s so heartwarming and uplifting to hear and know someone else believes in you so much, they want to help any way they can – and do it.

People are loving the story. It has an average rating on Goodreads 4.43⭐️, and on Amazon as 4.7⭐️. They’re finding it stressful, but incredibly entertaining, and people love the way it’s written. I’m definitely proud of this one, but I’m also proud of the others I have out there. Every single one feels spicy as hell, but also very different. And wrote differently, too. Lol

I’m going to be honest, with everything that’s happening right now, I don’t like this part of the job. Lol If I could hire someone to do all the marketing materials, SM, advertisements, etc, I would. I feel my chin is like I’m just above the water. I also can’t afford it at this point in my career, so I’m doing everything I can, myself. It’s hurt some people I’m close to because I’m not available like I used to be, but I’m also working extremely hard to market this time, for the first time. I didn’t realize it was going to be this involved. One good thing I’ve received out of it is the friends I’ve made. The true followers I’ve gained, too. The personal touch is UBER important. I’m thankful I went through this, I just need to do it better, next time. Lol

I’m currently reading three books, right? Here are the ones I’m reading:

Swallow, Girl by Danielle Marx 🥵 This book is hot. I feel a 4.5⭐️ coming on, and I’m 92% finished. Give me more of the Knoxley bros, please.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 😕 Not impressed so far. I’m a big fan of the movie, so I hope I’m not let down. I’m listening to this one on Audible.

Little Lamb by Tom Franks 🫣 This is my first thriller in a long time. It came highly recommended to me by a new Instagram friend who said it was her favourite she’s read so far. I had to pick it up.

Thanks for listening, y’all. I hope to get a few interviews up here, soon. We need some more author spotlights. ☺️

Much love,

– Lisa

Meet and greet with Author Lisa Andrew


Please ensure to visit Sally A Wolf’s blog to ENTER TO WIN A COPY OF F**K BUDDIES!


Welcome to my blog please introduce yourself, who are you and what do you do?

I write the hottest stuff. Lol It’s not too extreme, but it’s not soft. It’s perfectly down the middle and you can thank me later. Lol 

I’m Lisa Andrew, I’ve also been known as TheWife101 online.

1) What genre do you like to write?

I write somewhere in between dark romance and psychological romance. Some of my readers have a rough time with the characters. They make them feel things. It’s quite a compliment. I like to create emotions, hence psychological romance. And the spice. Allll the spice. 

If you were to branch out from your current genre which one(s) would you like to explore?

Actually, my next project will most likely be a thriller. And you can bet on the spicy scenes.

2) How long have you been writing? What prompted you to start writing?

I started writing around 2014. I came across a celeb crush’s fanfic by accident and thought I could write it. The immediate reactions and the number of people who came to read kept me there for two years. The opportunity for me to move into publishing came after I realized I could do what I wanted with my characters. And after that, they’ve been in hell, since. lol

3) What inspires you to write?

Dreams are usually the inspiration behind the plots. It’s when I feel the most relaxed and have the most imagination. Lots of it is spur of the moment. The main plot is usually plotted, but when you’re writing sex, you can’t think these things out or you’ll just want them to be perfect. And sex is spontaneous. It’s written that way for the feel, too.

4) When a story idea pops into your head, how long does it typically take to write it (from start to finish)? 

It depends on how long the project is. Sometimes I’ll sit down for months, other times it’s weeks. F**k Buddies took me eight months but that’s a 120k story. I’ve written 10k words and have published them. Those are basically written sex scenes out of movies – a little bit of story at the beginning, a little at the end.

5) What did you find to be the most difficult part of the writing process?  Easiest?  

Any writing process is different, I find. There’s grammatical things I just can’t seem to help screw up on the first draft – like tense. Then there’s struggles during the first round of editing. Giving it to people is even difficult because you know it’s not how you want it yet. Every step I make matters, and it’s all difficult. Motivating yourself is probably the most difficult. But at the end of the project, you know you’ve got something good. 

6) Of all your characters whom do you most relate to?

I relate to the characters as much as I would relate to the next person. There are things I may have in common with them, or I might not. I can guarantee you I wouldn’t get along with some of the people in my stories. There’s no one in specific that comes to mind. I hope to always write original characters.

7) Is there one of your characters that you did not like when you started writing about them, but found yourself liking by the end of the story?

These people I write about are my favourite people. I love them all for many reasons – even the bad guys. My characters are my creations, I get to share them with readers.

8) What is your least favorite part about writing? The most?

Writing is fun. Editing sucks, but rit’s essential. I hate editing. But until I can hire an editor, I do my own with some wonderful friends. They make it all worth the while. The people I meet and who support me are the best parts. The ones that read the stories and believe in me mean all the manuscripts are worth it.

9) When you are not writing or editing what do you do for relaxation?

I really like to listen to music or watch movies. Or junk tv shows. My guilty pleasure is 90DF. Lol I run an Instagram rating movies too, but I like to keep that one a secret.

10) What genre of books do you like to read? 

I’ll read anything, really. I like to support my fellow indie authors as much as possible. So as long as I can keep doing that, I’ll read whatever anyone wants to give me. My favourites are erotic with drama, thriller, and psychological horror.

11) What author(s) do you enjoy reading?  Why? 

Again, it has to be the indie authors. I love the group of us because we can be as many genres as we want to. Our stories don’t follow boundaries. They’re completely original and we love that. lol

12) Tell us about your books where can people find them?

They can find them pretty much everywhere. It varies from place to place, but you can find them on Amazon as well as Apple Books, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, etc. 

Amazon.com

Apple Books

Barnes and Noble

Twitter

Lisa’s Playground

books2read.com

Instagram.com

Youtube

Goodreads.com

Tumblr

Pinterest

Sally, 

Thank you so much for offering to do this interview. It’s so kind. You’re one of my biggest supporters. Thank you so much!!!!

Lisa xx

Sally Wolf’s Reviews – F**k Buddies by Lisa Andrew

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F**k Buddies by Lisa Andrew
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Christa Taylor had a blind date from hell. This simple encounter which should have ended before it began, lead to crazy events which turned her life upside down. Old friends and new ones duke it out in a hot mix of hate, love, sex, and betrayal. Who will come out on top? You will just have to read this crazy book to find out.
This is a will they, won’t they romance at its finest. When the characters are not having sex they are mad at each other for having sex with others. The sex is hot and woven into the plot with all of the action feeling part of the story. The characters are believable and their emotions register as genuine. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes erotic sex that makes you want to read this book alone, romance, drama, romantic chemistry that bleeds off the page, relationships that are threatened by uncertainty, external obstacles or internal strife leading to chaos.

Thank you to Sally A Wolf for this review! Here is her original post!

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Thank you for this incredible review! “⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶”!!!!

Christa and Eric. Eric and Heather. Johnny and Christa. Paige and Johnny. Thank you, Lisa Andrew for reaching out to me with an ARC of this spicy …

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