In her spare time, you will find Nikki laughing with her very treasured family, walking with her beloved dog in the hundred acre wood or curled up in a cosy corner with words and wine.
She lives in East Sussex, UK, with her husband and two children.
Having turned her hand to many things over the years, Nikki is now proud to add ‘author’ to that list after writing Holding Aces (The Kingdom Series bk 1) & High Stakes (The Kingdom Series bk 2).
Having always been a dreamer, Nikki’s imagination stretches far and wide, which enables her to get lost in faraway places and imaginary people.
Nikki loves to chat, especially about books! You can find her here…
Booktropolous Social: http://booktropoloussocial.com/index.php?do=%2Fpages%2F4%2F
The All For The ❤️❤️❤️ Team asked Nikki Some Questions:
By accident! I started off as a blogger after rediscovering my love for reading when Mr Grey gatecrashed my world! I couldn’t get enough of new book boyfriends and stories that captivated my thoughts. I never dreamed I would, or could write a book. Then a Bruno Mars song triggered something in my mind while driving to work one day, and by the end of my shift, a whole new world had developed and Mr King and Arianna were so vivid, it was like I had known them for years! The rest is history!
2. What's a typical day in the life of an author?
Well, for me, it’s crazy! I work as a full time hairdresser and have two children, a hubby and a dog, so every day is busy busy. I don’t get to write until I have come home, cooked for the family and settled down by about 7/8 at night. Then I write until my eyes can’t stay open any more! Days off are bliss as I sit on my butt all day and immerse myself in a different world.
3. Where do you write?
I have 2 places that I write most of the time. My little box room in the house that I converted from a dumping ground into an office. And my rocking chair that overlooks my garden, the kids have dubbed it, kindle corner!
4. What’s the best part of being an author? There isn’t just one great part. There’s so many. Living in the minds of my fictional characters is a feeling you just can’t explain. Releasing a book, with your name on the front cover, is exhilarating to say the least. But also, getting to meet awesome readers, bloggers and other authors on this crazy train is so much fun. It’s all amazing.
5.Does music play a part in your writing process. If so which artists are your favourites to write to?
Music plays a HUGE part in my writing process. I have a spotify playlist for every book I’ve written, and it’s played on repeat whenever I open up my word doc. I also have playlists for setting different moods.
A few of my favorites are...Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, James Arthur, Sam Smith and Adele.
6. What advice do you have for wanna be authors?
Oh my goodness, there are so many things that I have learnt along the way and I honestly think I could write a small book on it! I think the most important thing is, and it’s said a lot, is to write for yourself. Ultimately you need to be in love with your characters and your story. The feeling you put in to it will hopefully transpire through to the readers that pick up your story.
Edit, edit and edit some more. Then give your manuscript to a professional editor. It is more important than I can say!
Both of my books went through edits by me, a beta read by four separate readers,each who are honest and not afraid to say if something doesn’t work, then an professional editor and a proofreader after that!
7. What are you reading now ?
I’m not reading anything at the moment. I try not to get stuck in to someone else's world while I’m writing my own story. But I’m desperate to pick up a book! I’m always happy to hear suggestions as to what to read next!
8. Which author do you fan girl over? Pam Godwin. I actually think I might have a girl crush on her. God help her if I’m actually ever in the same room as her!
9. What was your last 5* read? Pam Godwin’s Vanquish. I bought it on release day (My birthday I might add, Pam must have known!) but I couldn’t start it until I had finished writing High Stakes. Damn near killed me to wait but it was very worth it!
10. Typically you write from the female POV but High stakes had a few chapters from Denham’s, which is the best to write male / female?
I really enjoyed writing from a Male POV, it was so much fun! The novel I’m currently working on is dual POV, I love the versatility you have with it. I can let my imagination run riot!
11. Which of your characters would you most like to be and Why? Ooh this is tough. The obvious answer would to be Arianna, then I would get my delicious Denham all to myself. But, I’m very fond of Lottie. She is straight talking but so loveable, and she lives life with a fierce determination which I admire.
12. Are any of the characters from your books based on people from your real life? Yes. I find myself adding little characteristics from my friends and family to my characters. Every character i have treated are unique, but they definitely have traits from people i know. Mr King is very inspired by my hubby!
13. Have you ever re enacted any of your sex scenes?
All sex scenes are tried and tested previous to getting them down in words. Oh, re-enacted? Yes, many times ;)
14. Which book boyfriend would you like to snog the face off?
I have to choose just one? In that case, Mr Grey of course.
15. Vanilla or Kinky - Kinky
16. Lights on / lights off - Can I say candlelight?
17.Alpha CEO’s or Best friends turned lovers? CEO’s all day long!
18 Tattoos? Turn on or turn off - Turn ON
19.Bad boy or good guy? - Good guy (with a dash of bad!)
20. Finally...Denham or Spike??? No, no and NO! This is impossible. Denham is my first. He will always have a very special place in my heart, and he’s a hot motherfu@ker! But Spike, well, I know things about Spike that you guys don’t, and I think he would give Denham a run for his money. I really do!
Holding Aces - The Kingdom Series Bk1
They say that time heals all wounds.
But mine are set in so deeply, they’ve taken on a life of their own, lurking in the shadows at every turn and haunting my thoughts.
The girl I once was has been replaced by a stranger.
I don’t even know who I am anymore.
And I hide.
Pretending to be someone I’m not…
Until I meet Denham King.
My burst of color in an otherwise grey world.
And for the first time in my life, I find myself running towards someone instead of running away.
But fate can be cruel,
and I can’t escape my past.
*** A Review From All for the ❤️❤️❤️ Review Team *** Holding Aces by Nikki Groom reviewed by Kelsey at Kelsey's Korner Blog
Nikki has created a new book boyfriend named Mr King, I’m sure it won’t be long before he’s a household name. He’s suave, debonair and handsome (I want him!!). He’s charming, sexy and witty (I want him!!). He’s kind, strong and protective (I want him!!).
Yes I liked him a lot, I also liked the female lead character Arianna, even though she had suffered trauma she still had some energy and fight left in her and I liked the way they fit together and complimented each other. This book had me reading at a very fast pace, it flowed beautifully and it was an easy read. The way Nikki built up the scenes had me anticipating and it was very clever of her. She didn’t rush into the sexual side of things, it was a slow flickering burn waiting to ignite and when it did she portrayed it perfectly. It was hot and sexy but it felt real and not overly done, formulated just right to give you that heat and feel that tingle inside.
I got through this at whippet speed, the banter between the support characters was delightful, the bouts of humour tickled me and I would love to see more stories coming alive in Nikki’s head through these characters. This novel definitely had lots of content but if I have to be extra critical my only complaint would be that I would have liked more angst earlier. But that’s just me, I’m kind of sick and twisted like that.
I knew this was part one and would end in a cliffie, but I felt like this was just the beginning to what could be a tremendous series. For a new author to come up with the quality and style of writing that Nikki has done in Holding Aces I can only take my hat off to her and applaud. I look forward to seeing the next instalment and hope I don’t need to wait too long.
If Nikki progresses the way I think she will I can definitely see another best selling british author in the making and I’ll be willing her on from the sidelines.
AMAZON US- http://amzn.com/B00KLO4M9U
AMAZON UK- http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00KLO4M9U
High Stakes -The Kingdom Series bk2
“Stupid. Beautiful. Girl. How did you ever think you could be free?”
The last words I heard before the darkness took me and my dreams were shattered
I was on my way to having it all.
Friends, family and a future.
Everything I had wished for but never thought possible.
Denham King showed me just how good life could be. A life where love and happiness were within reach.
I should have known it would never last.
My past is a dark, damp cloud, that has seeped into my skin and left a cold promise.
A promise of hurt and pain.
A promise of a long, hard fight, where the stakes are high and the risks threaten lives.
When your world gets thrown in all directions, and your dreams for the future are torn from your grasp; how do you go on?
Can I fight the demons that haunt me?
Can love save me from fate’s cruel path?
Our High Stakes Review:
*** A Review From All for the ❤️❤️❤️ Review Team *** High Stakes by Nikki Groom reviewed by Jo @ Four Brits And A Book.
Tears in my eyes?
Sense of completion and ending?
Needing a story for the side characters?
Yes. Yes. And HELL YES.
This sequel in the series was heart warming, heart shattering, breath holdingly (yeah, this review needs a made up word!) amazing!
Holding Aces left us holding our breath! Thank goodness I had High Stakes to delve and dive straight into and what a book!
The premise of the story is very insta-love but both characters had such upsetting pasts that you needed them to find one another and heal together and live for the day as one.
I adored all of the characters. From Arianna's loud mouthed bestie, Lottie, to Denham's right hand man, Jack and back again to their exes, Jonny and Amy. That's right. I liked the exes. They played their parts perfectly and I loved to hate them. I lived to hate them.
Fighting for their love was never going to be easy but my goodness what a TWIST at 80%. The last 20% of the book had me guessing and coming up wrong at each turn. This is the point where it became edge of the seat, nail biting kind of good.
I won't lie. I shed tears. I felt anger. I was dejected and low. But I also experienced highs and smiles and a soaring heart. But that ending? Mixed feelings. I can't help but feel the King family hasn't had their perfect ending. Dennam, yes. Tara and Spike, definitely not. Please, Nikki, write their books too! And Little But Loud Lottie, *sobs* bless her poor heart.
Read these books, you won't regret it!
"She's the Queen of his heart.
He's the King of her love.
They're an army of two."
*** A Review From All for the ❤️❤️❤️ Review Team *** High Stakes by Nikki Groom reviewed by Kelly @ Kelly's Kindle Konfessions.
Nikki Groom is fast becoming one of my favourite authors, she has the ability to suck your heart and soul into the story and then spit them back out.
High Stakes is not a standalone book it's the eagerly awaited part two, part one being the heart stopping Holding Aces.
As Holding Aces ended in a cliffhanger I couldn't wait to get my hands on this beauty, I'm so glad it didn't disappoint. The story continues where part one left us Arianna in the hands of the one man she fears the most, I don't want to give too much away but that scene does not end as you would expect.
For a lot of this book Denham and Arianna spend it getting to know each other, spending time with each other and their families cements their relationship. Arianna discovers the secrets behind Denham gaining the Kingdom and his father's death and for once it would seem that Arianna is living the life she always wanted - for a while she is living her dream but of course that's not going to last, as there is a huge shadow about to rock both their worlds and those the care for when they least expect it.
This book certainly kept me entertained from start to finish, I had a real hard time putting it down so much so I had a row with my husband when I refused to turn my kindle off - that ending was so worth that row - it left me somewhat heartbroken too. What makes this book so good is the strength of the characters their do or die approach to life and of course Spike and Lottie bring a lot of light hearted banter to the story too which I loved.So much so that I would love to see them get their own book I need to know how their story ends. Would love to hear Tara's story too !
Amazon US http://amzn.com/B00OSDWCPG
Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00OSDWCPG