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Thank You!!

May 18, 2024

Thank you so much for reading theThe Saloon Girl’s Only Shot! I’m really touched by all the wonderful reviews. Here’s some of my favourites:

“Collins is a great writer and I really think she shines most in her historical romance books!
An unputdownable read!” ~ 5 stars, Gloria, Goodreads

“This story has so much of what I love about historical romance: complicated, likable characters, humor, angst, a number of secondary characters that populate the background and a setting that allows readers to picture just how difficult and stark life was at this time in history. Amidst the hardship, Dani Collins has readers rooting for Temperance to break through Owen’s hard, protective shell and smiling at the internal struggle he goes through before he surrenders to what was meant to be. I loved it and highly recommend.” ~ 5 stars, JJDKC, Amazon

If you haven’t read The Saloon Girl’s Only Shot because you haven’t read The Prospector’s Only Prospect, no worries! They can be read as standalones so jump in wherever you want.

I’m thinking about putting this one into KU soon so if you haven’t got your copy on other platforms, now would be the time to snap it up.

It’s my Twelfth (!) Call-iversary

May 8, 2024

On this day in 2012, I received a call from London telling me that Mills & Boon wanted to buy my book, which became No Longer Forbidden. Whenever I talk about The Call, people say, “That must have been so exciting!”

It was, in the same way that jumping from an airplane is exciting. (I presume. You’ll never catch me doing it.)

I had signed up for this plunge into the wild rush that is publishing, though. I packed my parachute and I climbed on the plane and I said yes, push me out. And I was terrified.

Writing romance is a strange dream to have. It’s even stranger to have that dream come true. For years I was sure that I would wake at some point and it would all be gone.

The truly astonishing part is waking up to realize twelve years and eighty-five books have whistled by. I don’t know how it happened. I write a book and then I write another one. That’s my secret to having a career in writing romance. Your mileage may vary.

And yes, sometimes I’m still terrified. Publishing is full of turbulence and tornadoes and sometimes books are a tangled mess that do not open properly. (I’m looking at you, book number eighty-five.)

I’m also still excited. Look at all these books launching this year! Yes, there are ten of them. It’s an embarrassment of riches, but I adore each and every one of them. They’re funny and heart-achy and sexy and sweet, just like all the ones that came before.

I love my job. I get to make up bonkers plots where characters fake amnesia and hide surrogate pregnancies and get trapped on an island with their sworn enemy (whom they bang then marry, obviously.)

I get to visit the Old West when women couldn’t vote and you had to walk across town to deliver a message and survival was a daily struggle.

I get to immerse myself in one of my *favourite places on earth, BC’s West Coast, and fill it with people who feel like my friends.

The actual writing is the dream-state. I think that’s why I do it. In your dreams, you don’t need a parachute. You can fly and it’s the best feeling in the world.

Sometimes I see a neighbour or an old friend and they ask, “Are you still writing?” Yes. By some miracle, I am still writing. I can’t imagine doing anything else.

I’m grateful to Harlequin and Tule and Entangled for publishing my books, but I’m even more grateful to you, Gorgeous Reader Of Romance. Thank you for loving my books as much as I do. Thank you for helping me live my dream.

*Favourite spelled with a ‘u’ because those books are Canadian, like me.

Hooray! The Saloon Girl is here!

May 7, 2024

Get yourself your beverage of choice and clink it with mine! I’m celebrating the release of The Saloon Girl’s Only Shot! It’s as cheeky as homemade whiskey and will erase your cares for a few hours, especially if you consume it straight.

The Saloon Girl’s Only Shot can be read as a stand-alone, but takes place in the same gold-rush Denver as The Prospector’s Only Prospect.

I wanted Owen, Virgil’s best friend, to be my next Quail’s Creek hero because he’s the opposite of Virgil–charming and talkative and a bit of a pot-stirrer. I was curious why Owen and Virgil are such loyal friends and what made Owen aspire to saloon-keeping.

I don’t want to give too much away, but he had a tragedy in his past and struggles on another level as an adult. Both of those things make him the perfect match for Temperance. She’s resilient and resourceful, but she’s sensitive to the scandal in her past. Owen not only doesn’t judge her for it, he puts it in perspective so she begins to forgive herself.

That’s after he refuses to hire her, gets her fired (twice!), offers her the bed he’s already using, then finally hires her himself. Also after he steals a dog for which she gets blamed and sends her to the dress shop where she gets Pretty-Womaned.

Temperance goes through a lot, but she also makes some really nice women friends and learns to stick up for herself and discovers who threw the horseshoe through the window before she saves Owen’s life.

It’s a rollicking adventure that also includes, at my son-in-law’s express request, a brawl in a saloon.

I can’t wait for you to belly-up to the bar and get into this one.

Find it in print and digital on all platforms today.

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Apr 17, 2024

Booksprout Reviewers! Please pop over and pick up a copy of The Saloon Girl’s Only Shot.

This exciting tale takes you back to gold-rush Denver and the world of The Prospector’s Only Prospect. Don’t worry if you haven’t read the first book. This one stands alone (but you do get a little visit with grumpy Virgil.)

Hurry! The book comes out in May and I can’t wait to hear what you think!

Can a charming saloon keeper convince a ruined barmaid he’s a sure bet?

Scandal has taught aspiring school teacher Temperance Goodrich to never trust a man. Stranded in lawless Denver City, she’ll do anything to earn enough to return home before winter–even work as a saloon girl. But entertaining rough men who are starved for female company isn’t easy, and time is running out.

When Owen Stames finally finds a claim that pays, he’s determined to prove the naysayers wrong and open his own saloon before the gold runs out. Too bad the sole vacant building is a former funeral parlor, and the only available employee is the prickly city girl who’s been fired from every bar in town.

Temperance is wary of Owen, especially when the accommodation he offers is a bed they must share. But when a brazen robbery nearly costs them everything, they realize they only have one shot at love… so they’d better take it.

True love is worth more than gold in this delightful followup to The Prospector’s Only Prospect.

Have you seen the Goodreads Giveaway for The Saloon Girl?

Apr 11, 2024

Have you entered for a chance to win a signed print copy of The Saloon Girl’s Only Shot? I have three copies of this fun, frolicy follow-up to The Prospector’s Only Prospect available on Goodreads.

Want to be one of the first to read it? Hurry! The contest closes April 21, 2024. Good luck!

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The Saloon Girl’s Only Shot

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Have you seen this cover?

Apr 8, 2024

I’m thrilled to finally share the cover for The Saloon Girl’s Only Shot with you! Isn’t it gorgeous?

One of the most common questions I’ve received since The Prospector’s Only Prospect is “Will Pearl get her own book?”

Um, yes? But not in this book.

In this one, Owen meets his match with Temperance, wanna-be schoolteacher turned saloon girl. Through no fault of her own–okay some fault–she is stuck in Denver and must rely on a man who she is pretty sure is out to ruin her, same as the last man she trusted.

Here’s the official blurb:

Can a charming saloon keeper convince a ruined barmaid he’s a sure bet?

Scandal has taught aspiring school teacher Temperance Goodrich to never trust a man. Stranded in lawless Denver City, she’ll do anything to earn enough to return home before winter–even work as a saloon girl. But entertaining rough men who are starved for female company isn’t easy, and time is running out.

When Owen Stames finally finds a claim that pays, he’s determined to prove the naysayers wrong and open his own saloon before the gold runs out. Too bad the sole vacant building is a former funeral parlor, and the only available employee is the prickly city girl who’s been fired from every bar in town.

Temperance is wary of Owen, especially when the accommodation he offers is a bed they must share. But when a brazen robbery nearly costs them everything, they realize they only have one shot at love… so they’d better take it.

True love is worth more than gold in this delightful followup to The Prospector’s Only Prospect.

A hot deal on a hot book…

Apr 4, 2024

Have you been curious since I mentioned those super spicy historical romances I wrote in the collection called Aphrodite in Bloom?

Good news! For the month of April, you can get the entire collection for 99c!

Don’t miss this extraordinary collection…

…of twelve inventive and sophisticated stories guaranteed to awaken the forbidden desires of a new generation. From the sweetly romantic to the sublimely taboo, each provocative novella offers an opportunity to explore your most secret fantasies.

A virgin receives an especially satisfying gift at a masked ball…

A duke offers to settle a man’s debt for one night with his wife…

As an introduction to a secret club, a viscount’s heir is made over into a woman—and discovers her true self…

Plus nine more sensual stories of libidinous lust, catering to the tastes of varying sexual appetites. Whatever your fancy, Aphrodite in Bloom is ready and willing to serve…

Hooray! The Secret of Their Billion-dollar Baby is here!

Mar 26, 2024

Have you been waiting for Sasha and Rafael’s story? Get ready then because The Secret of Their Billion-dollar Baby is here!

I had so much fun with this one, pulling out all the stops on drama and tropes–marriage of convenience, car crash, fake amnesia, a secret baby that’s being carried by a surrogate, a different secret baby…

Most of all it’s about two people who are in love and are so hurt by their pasts they don’t know how to express it to each other.

Helen on Goodreads gave it 5 stars and said:

“…I loved this one, such wonderful characters and the settings are gorgeous and the emotion and sensuality are so strong throughout the story, I do highly recommend this one to any romance reader you are sure to be turning the pages and left smiling. Another keeper from Dani Collins…”

The Bachelor’s Baby is Free today!

Mar 20, 2024

Fun News! March continues to be all things babies over here as The Bachelor’s Baby gets marked down to FREE from March 20-24.

If you’ve never read this one about Linc and Meg, it’s a hoot as Meg tricks Linc into volunteering for the bachelor auction then feels bad so she bids on him. You’ll never guess (from the title) what happens when they go on their date.

The Bachelor’s Baby is Book Three in my Love in Montana series but can definitely be read as a stand alone. I hope you’ll give it a try and fall in love with all things Montana.

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Mar 15, 2024

Did you know there’s a bonus epilogue for Marrying the Nanny?

It takes place five years in the future and it gives away a tiny spoiler, but I wanted readers to know that Reid remembered his promise to Emma on their wedding day.

It’s a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy and very happily-ever-after. If you don’t already belong to my newsletter, you’ll have to join, but you can unsubscribe anytime.

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Marrying the Nanny is available in print and digital right now. Watch for Forgiving Her First Love in July and Wanting a Family Man in October.