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Check out my swoony cover for Cinderella’s Secret Baby!

May 13, 2022

I love starting a weekend with great news! Not only did I receive the cover for Cinderella’s Secret Baby, the first book in my new series for Harlequin, Four Weddings and a Baby, but my revision on the second book, Wedding Night with the Wrong Billionaire, were accepted!

I’m closing in on The End on Book Three, but here’s the cover and blurb for Book One. Look how lovely and swoony it is!

The confession that stopped his billion-dollar wedding!

The scandal of the century…

She’s had the billionaire’s love child! Innocent waitress Amelia Lindor’s encounter with Hunter Waverly was unforgettable. Their chemistry? Off the charts! Their connection? Soul shattering! And, for Amelia, the consequences were life-changing…

Amelia had braced herself to tell Hunter she was pregnant, only to learn he was engaged. Unwilling to endure more heartache, she vowed to raise their daughter alone. Then the news gets out! In a shock turn of events, Hunter’s wholly convenient marriage is halted at the altar as all his attention turns to Amelia…and her secret!

USA TODAY bestselling author Dani Collins thrills in this secret baby romance.

Want a taste of Cinderella’s Secret Baby? Start reading here.

I’m Celebrating my Ten Year Call-iversary!

May 8, 2022

Ten years ago today, I got The Call from Harlequin, offering to buy No Longer Forbidden. (It was actually a two-book contract that later included Proof of Their Sin.)

I really didn’t know how to take this exciting news or what was in store for me. All I knew was that, after more than two decades of trying to publish, I wanted to ‘make it’ as an author.

I didn’t know what that would look like, but here’s what I now know about ‘making it’: it’s not a moment or a call. It’s a journey. It’s persevering through the rough stuff. If you want a career as an author, you write a book, then you write another one. Then you write another one. Lather, rinse, repeat and hopefully you sell a few to publishers and especially to readers along the way.

After ten years go by, if you’re very lucky (as I am) you can look back and say, Wow, I made a nice little career for myself. Then, if you still want a career as a published author, as I do, you write another book. And another one.

Sometimes it’s hard and I have days where I think I should get a job in a winery, as if dealing with drunk tourists all day is a picnic. Sometimes I’m on deadline and I force the words out and think the whole time, Good grief I suck. My career is definitely over.

Most of the time I’m in awe that I get to do this job. How is it even a job? I b.s. all day, making up completely untrue stories and, a year or three later, some money goes into the bank.

You’re allowed to scoff that it can’t be that easy. It isn’t. After I do all the b.s. of revisions and copy edits and maybe some promo and write a newsletter and beg readers to buy my books, then (hopefully) some money goes into the bank. But after the book is done and dusted, I forget all the sweat and tears that went into it. I’m just happy readers are reading it.

I didn’t know what my life would look like ten minutes or ten months after The Call. I certainly didn’t imagine that ten years would flash by and I would have seventy books behind me (and roughly six ahead of me, that I know of.)

Was The Call life changing? Sure was! In all the best ways. I am so grateful that Harlequin called me on this day in 2012. I’m grateful for Tule Publishing providing me so many amazing opportunities. I’m grateful that indie publishing became a thing so I could publish my homeless manuscripts and I’m very grateful that Entangled is giving me a new opportunity to branch into Western Historical romance.

Most of all, I’m grateful to you, my dearest fans and friends. You are the enablers of this kooky career of mine. I always say I wouldn’t be here without you. I hope you know it’s not hyperbole. (Look at me, throwing around words that I have to look up to be sure I’m using them correctly.) I literally owe this career to you, so thank you.

Fun fact: If you’re in North America, you can get No Longer Forbidden as a two-in-one with More Than a Convenient Marriage.

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