Hustled to the Altar

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One con artist bride. One cocky ex-lover. One chance to sting a thief...

Reformed grifter, Renny O’Laughlin, thinks marriage will make an honest woman of her, but the day before her wedding, she discovers her employer has been duped. Her conscience demands she make things right—which means visiting her ex.

Playboy Conroy Burke never loses, but he lost Renny. When she tells him how his Gran was tricked, he sees a chance to win back his wildcard. It’s a simple matter of setting up a swindler, avoiding inept kidnappers, and facing his nemesis—today.

Sass and sparks fly as one small errand becomes a madcap adventure and devolves into a life-threatening encounter with serious criminals. She's supposed to get married tomorrow, but maybe she'll go to jail—if she survives at all. Either way, Renny is never going to make it to the altar on time.

Hustled To The Altar is a fast-paced romantic comedy filled with engaging characters, heartfelt emotion, and “enough daft twists to keep you hooked” until the satisfying ending.

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Nowhere in Renny O'laughlin's Guide for a First Time Bride did it say, On the day before your wedding, visit your old boyfriend in a pool hall.

- Hustled To The Altar, 2012

Note From Dani

I received The Call in May of 2012, but No Longer Forbidden? wouldn’t come out until January of 2013, and only in the UK. Still, I knew I’d have to gear up for a marketing push and honestly, wearing the First Sale ribbon at the National Conference of Romance Writers Of America is pretty sweet.

So away I went and learned about blogging and Twitter and found Jennifer Fusco of Market Or Die Author Services whom I grabbed by the hair and begged, Help Me! (She and Mel are awesome. Check out my Masked Desires Contest as a for instance.)

Anyway, along with learning all that other stuff, I heard about a million authors talking about self-publishing. If I knew then what I know now...

No, I won’t say I wouldn’t self-publish because here’s the thing: If I didn’t know what a hassle self-publishing is, I would still think it’s the cat’s pajamas. For some writers it is all that and a bag of chips. For me, I would much, much rather send my work to London and have them work with me on the content and handle all the production costs then distribute it and translate it and send me a cheque.

Which is the long way of saying I self-published (indie-published) Hustled To The Altar.

Hustled was a Golden Heart Finalist (twice!) and got me an agent and wound up going to the final four in the Romantic Times American Title Contest. It’s a heck of a romp and I genuinely don’t regret putting it out there myself. It is something I can control and offer at a discount—or for free—as a promotion. There are a lot of pluses to having self-published it.

Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of dollar signs. At least not enough to overtake the ones I put out in order to self-publish. Therefore the mystique of indie-publishing is no longer holding me rapt. I won’t say I’ll never do it again, but there are hybrid models and small presses that I think are better for me in the long run.

Hustled To The Altar is a stand-alone, one of a kind, high energy romp that takes place in one day. It’s funny and silly and has garnered several great reviews. If I can think of a story to follow it up, I’ll write it, but so far I’m stumped.

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About Dani Collins

Dani Collins grew up in Maple Ridge, a suburb of Vancouver, when it was still a small town. With a father and both grandfathers switching up between logging and fishing, she grew into a quintessential BC girl: green, natural, and impervious to rain. Despite a lot of canning and hanging of laundry in her childhood, Dani has a habit of leaping into the unknown, which she credits to her ancestor, Samuel Robertson, a boatwright from Scotland who pioneered Maple Ridge and traded furs to the Hudson’s Bay Company in Fort Langley. Given this adventurer’s blood, she’s always been drawn to stories about people braving life in faraway lands.

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