Book Title: The Dan Diaries by D.D. Marx (The Beyond Series Book #4)
Category: Adult Fiction; 200 pages
Publisher: Beyond Dreams Publishing
Release date: April 6, 2018
Tour dates: May 14 to June 8, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 (minimal swearing)
Dan Sullivan was the best friend of Olivia Henry when his life was taken in a tragic car accident. Shocked to be on the other side, Dan navigates his way by learning his new role in eternal life. His first assignment is as Olivia’s guardian angel. He has the crucial role of guiding her to her pre-defined destiny. Dan’s death throws Olivia into a tail-spin which causes her to veer way off course. He understands the enormity of the challenge when he hears the mechanism by which he can communicate. He’s only allowed to use signs and symbols to get her attention and cannot interfere with her free-will.
Every time he thinks he’s close, something throws her off track. He’s forced to start over by convincing her to trust in their enduring, unbreakable bond. Olivia can feel Dan’s presence but is still reluctant to believe the messages he’s sending. She is fearful of falling in love again at the risk of losing another soulmate. Can Dan persuade her to trust in his love from afar so she can finally receive the happiness she truly deserves?
I rated this book 5 *****’s
I have the goose bumps all over while reading this unbelievable book
This book is beyond amazing. It is so breathtaking to read I have the goose bumps all over my body. This story is beyond unbelievable. I enjoyed and loved reading this book and the entire series. It is my favorite read this month.
Do you believe in guardian angels? If you do not, read this book and your belief will change. When our loved ones passed away, someway or another they try to communicate with us through dreams and sometimes smell. I missed my Dad so very much. It has been 13 years he passed away. I would be happy if I hear his voice in my dreams or see his face. He used to be a painter and sometimes I can smell a paint in our house though my husband is not painting. I will speak to myself and will say, Dad, are you around? It makes me happy that though he passed away in the Philippines, he still watching me here in America. It is an amazing feeling because I am such a Daddy girl.
I hope that there is a second book of Dan’s view. I am looking forward to read it be amazed all over again. Ms. D.D. Marx, you blew my mind away.
D.D. Marx is a contemporary romantic fiction writer and blogger. Marx is a graduate of the University of Dayton, as well as the Second City program in Chicago, where she currently resides. A proud aunt and self-described hopeless romantic, Marx has always had a knack for humorous and engaging storytelling. Her pen name is a dedication to her beloved friend Dan, who continues to guide and inspire her in her daily life.
How did you do research for your book?
Many of the places I write about in my book, I’ve never been too. I used the internet to research fun places to provide a location or setting for a scene or character. I also created Pinterest Boards to help me feel the scene as I was writing it. I’m a very visual person so it helped me to provide that next level of details.
Which was the easiest character to write?
Tex-Mex. He is a completely fictional character – a cowboy. Not sure how or why he developed in my head, but he was the most fun to write. His accent. The dialogue. When I dreamed him up, I pulled up a map of Austin, Texas. I expanded the map and picked a rural area that would be common for ranches
Your book is set in Austin, Texas. Have you ever been there?
I randomly chose – Dripping Springs, Texas – which is where the story ends. I’d never been there, had no idea what it looked like and didn’t know anyone that lived there. The craziest thing about that choice is I ended up writing all of ‘The Dan Diaries’ IN Dripping Springs, Texas. I wintered with friends in Austin and another friend opened a co-working location in Dripping, where I rented a space and finished the series. Coincidence or fate?
What genre do you write and why?
I write in the Chick-Lit genre because I like the fact that it’s not just about romance or steamy sex, it’s about a journey and overcoming adversity. Readers root for the heroine who usually stumbles her way to a happy ending. It’s not cliché but is sweet, romantic and light-hearted. I’m a happy go lucky person so want to extend that to my audience.
How long have you been writing?
I went to college and took journalism and public relations courses. Writing was a huge component of that major. My mind has always been more artistic than analytical, so I was smart enough to invest in my strength. I didn’t end of using it until 2015 and now I can’t stop. It brings me so much joy. I’ve truly found my passion.
1st Prize: Win the complete Beyond series (4 ebooks total / open int’l / 2 winners)
2nd Prize: Win the complete Beyond series (4 paperback books total) and a Shine Bright Journal (open to USA only / 1 winner)