Interview with Nicola Marsh

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love the freedom to create. To be able to sit in my own little world and bring to life the characters and stories that I hope bring joy to my readers.
14 years after my first book hit the shelves, I still pinch myself that I get to do my dream job.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. The loyalty of readers is so powerful and as an author, it is a precious thing.
I'm an avid reader and fan girl of several authors, so I know the time it takes to read and review a book.
Each and every review counts so when a fan does that for my books, I'm very grateful.
What are you working on next?
A fun, flirty romance with a deeper undertone. So a cross between women's fiction and romance.
Who are your favorite authors?
Barbara O'Neal, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Lisa Gardner.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Raising my own dashing young heroes, cooking, reading and cheering on my Aussie Rules team, the North Melbourne Kangaroos. I'm a BIG fan!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually by word of mouth online.
So if there's a buzz around a particular book and I see it on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Goodreads, etc...I check it out.
I also scan the Top 100 books on Amazon regularly.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I was ten years old and wrote about the new squirrel monkeys at the Melbourne Zoo.
The Herald Sun newspaper were running a competition so I entered and actually won a prize!
What is your writing process?
I love to brainstorm with pen and paper first so I love scrawling in an notebook to get the imaginative juices flowing.
Then it's onto Scrivener, which I swear helps me write faster.
I discovered the joys of Scrivener a few years back and have written every book on it since.
How do you approach cover design?
I think covers are an integral part of the book so I spend hours scouring the sites for the right picture that encapsulates the story, then buy and forward it to my trust cover artist who's happy to do as much back and forth as required to get it just right.
What do you read for pleasure?
Romance is still my first love, but I'm a huge thriller fan too.
I'm riding the wave of domestic suspense/psychological thrillers too at the moment so am devouring as many of those books as I can.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle.
Because it simulates the feel of a book with the cover I have, I love it.
Describe your desk
In a word? Messy!
When did you first start writing?
As a child, when I kept a daily diary, that got progressively more interesting when I hit my teens!
I still have those diaries...they're highly embarrassing.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
The freedom to create coupons, change price, etc...across all retailers at once is excellent for a time-poor author like me.
Published 2018-07-12.
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Books by This Author

Wanton Heat
Series: Hot Island Nights. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 54,380. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Zoe Keaton’s bad-girl attitude lands her in trouble. So when her job is on the line and she travels to Italy, she has to rein in every natural instinct to flirt with royalty. The totally hot yet closed-off Prince Dominic Ricci has no intention of listening to her pitch. Zoe knows it’s just a sizzling fling…or can a gorgeous Italian prince hiding a tragic past fall for a girl like her?
Wicked Heat
Series: Hot Island Nights. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 54,490. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
What happens on the island stays on the island… Allegra Wilks’s well-planned life has imploded, personally and professionally. To save her company, she reluctantly embarks on a trip that would’ve been her honeymoon to land the luxury eco-island resort’s lucrative advertising account. Jett’s unaware Allegra’s his nemesis and after a sizzling week together there’s more at stake than his heart.
Scion of the Sun
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 87,290. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
SCION OF THE SUN won Best YA Novel in the National Readers’ Choice Awards, USA. Sixteen-year-old Holly Burton accidentally transports to a parallel existence and discovers she has a whole other life waiting for her, confronting a dark and ancient evil seems the least of her problems. With the help of Joss, and the equally swoon-worthy Quinn, Holly faces her fears and an unlikely adversary.
Bombshells Series Boxed Set, Books 1-3
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 113,540. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
Hot men, cool women, scorching secrets! Welcome to the dazzle of Burlesque Bombshells, the premier dance venue in Vegas where romance and sizzle are guaranteed.
Not the Marrying Kind
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 52,770. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
LA party planner Poppy Collins has kept her side business—planning divorce parties as the Divorce Diva—under wraps, but keeping her sister’s company afloat is proving tougher by the day. Vegas golden boy Beck Blackwood knows Poppy’s secret, and he’s not afraid to use it to get exactly what he wants—a wife. Now it’s time to find out if they’re playing to win…or if they’re playing for keeps.
Breathless in Bollywood
Series: Bollywood Billionaires, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 42,290. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Asian American
Desiree D’Souza is determined to take Mumbai by storm with her fledgling interior design company. To do so, she needs to nail a pitch for the famous Baron Hotel expansion. But her plan is seriously threatened when her nemesis, and teenage crush, Jarryd Baron blackmails her. Jarryd Baron will do anything to restore the Baron family hotels to glory, including blackmailing a woman he despises.
Busted in Bollywood
Series: Bollywood Billionaires, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 77,510. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Asian American, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Shari Jones needs to get a life. Preferably someone else’s. Single, homeless and jobless, Indo-American Shari agrees to her best friend’s whacky scheme: travel to Mumbai, pose as Amrita, and ditch the fiancé her traditional Indian parents have chosen. Simple. Returning to her Indian birthplace, she has an epiphany. Maybe the happily-ever-after of her dreams isn't so far away?
Bad
Series: Bombshells, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 33,510. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
Wyatt Harrison is a geek and proud of it. The IT freelancer prefers delving into the mysteries of motherboards than women. Until he upgrades the computer systems at Vegas’s Burlesque Bombshells, where he’s confronted by stunning choreographer Ashlin O’Meara. Ashlin likes her men uncomplicated for a reason. But she can’t resist Wyatt. Their short term fling could result in a secret being revealed.
Vanish
Series: Soul Retrievers, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 15,110. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Seventeen-year-old Alyssa Wood's life is turned upside down when her boyfriend kills himself the day after she dumps him. She flees to New York City to live with her aunt, a Wicca High Priestess. Alyssa doesn't believe in magic, not any more. Can she leave her old life behind or will the ghosts of the past continue to haunt her?
Walking the Line
Series: World Apart, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 28,210. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Holiday » Humorous
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Finn Ahearn’s Irish luck runs out when he travels half way around the world to Sydney. The only way he can get back on stable footing is to accept a bartending job, working for tough Aussie bar owner Ellie Finch. Ellie is a decade older than Finn but that doesn’t stop the charming Irishman from wooing her. But can a smooth-talking Irishman sway a hard-hearted cynic to believe in love again?
Bold
Series: Bombshells, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 35,520. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Chantal Kramer is a confident, successful businesswoman and running Burlesque Bombshells, the premier dance revue venue in Vegas, is her life. Until sexy Aussie footballer Zane Harrison arrives in town and turns it upside down. Zane is in Vegas to meet his father and half-brothers, a part of his family he never knew existed. He’s determined to forget the sins of his past and forge a new future.
World Apart Boxed Set (Books 1-3)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 98,700. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Anthologies » General
3 page-turning contemporary new adult romances from multi-award winning USA TODAY bestselling author Nicola Marsh.
Blurring the Line
Series: World Apart, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,770. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Annabelle Cleary travels half way around the world…to fall in love with the boy next door all over again. Joel isn’t a keeper. He’ll break her heart again. When they return to Australia, will it be a homecoming they’ll never forget?
Towing the Line
Series: World Apart, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,960. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » New adult
I need a new start. Anonymity. In a country where no one will know me, and the havoc I create. Not all the rumors about me are true. But I made one mistake too many in LA and attending an Australian college for a few semesters is the perfect solution. I plan on avoiding guys. But the part-time tutor and sexy Aussie artist Ashton? Has me re-evaluating the wisdom of being a reformed bad girl.
Crossing the Line
Series: World Apart, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,360. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » New adult
(4.00 from 1 review)
Laying it all on the line for love… Mia Cresswell is tired of being good. So when she heads home to her dad’s tennis academy in Santa Monica on spring break, she’s determined to be bad. And hot Aussie tennis star Kye Sheldon is just the guy to help her do it. But Mia and Kye’s relationship is much more than a vacation fling. Will it be game, set, match when the truth is revealed?
Blush
Series: Bombshells, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 39,570. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Laying it all on the line for love… Adele Radcliff has worked hard to erase the sins of her past. The ex-burlesque dancer is now an accountant in Vegas and has her life on track. Until one steamy interlude with her friend’s brother changes everything…
Before
Series: Bombshells, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 34,290. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Good girls finish last? Screw that. When my brother Reid offers me an all-expenses paid vacation to Australia for a month, I am so there. Discounting the deadly snakes on the outback cattle station, I should be safe. Until I meet Jack. Jack defines bad boy. His sexy Aussie accent makes me melt. And the guy can cook. But he lives on the other side of the world. There's no future for us.
The Second Chance Guy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 48,610. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Flynn Logan is a dedicated soldier. The army is his life. Until he returns home and discovers an astounding truth that will turn his regimented world upside down. Lori Ballantine has only ever loved one guy and he chose the army over her. Now Flynn is back and Lori is wary of letting him into her life, a life she shares with their son. The son she has kept secret from Flynn for the last 5 years.
Brash
Series: Bombshells, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 52,050. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Jess Harper is so tired of being good… Thrust into the dazzle of Burlesque Bombshells, Vegas’s premier dance venue, the small town librarian has no option but to embrace her inner vixen. Especially when blast from her past, sexy Aussie celebrity chef Jack McVeigh is still determined to keep their relationship strictly hands-off.
Do It Write
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,470. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
In this jargon-free reference, USA TODAY bestselling author of 40 books in 10 years, Nicola Marsh, explores various writing tips for publication and beyond: stellar settings, the first 5 pages, what drives your story, motivation, editing, speed writing, methodology, revisions, resilience, and more, with sample synopses. This concise writing guide will spark the imagination and help words flow.
Lucky Love
Series: Looking for Love, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,260. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
For perpetually single Jazmyn Harding, what's worse than being desperate and dateless? Receiving advice from her brash, sixty-year-old aunt via Skype from Love, a kooky town in California. Jazmyn has no intention to visit Love, but if she's single in a month, she'll swap Sydney for Love. As the clock ticks down and her man drought continues, how far will she go to avoid Love?
Crazy Love
Series: Looking for Love, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 84,730. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
All's fair in love...and matchmaking! Sierra Kent doesn't do love. While she embraces the quaintness of her home town Love and delights in matchmaking her clients through her Internet dating agency Love Byte, she doesn't trust her intuition when it comes to the one emotion that has repeatedly let her down. City-slick Marc Fairley, CEO of LA's premier acquis
Tag Team
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,190. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(3.00 from 1 review)
A Victorian Police Special Ops team leader joins forces with an Australian Defence Force Tactical Assault Group expert who specializes in biological warfare to stop an imminent chemical threat. When the threat becomes personal and the body count mounts, they find themselves locked in a safe room, where they discover their sizzling history takes little to ignite.