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Add Three Little Words to your Podcast Playlist

Jun 22, 2022

A new podcast premiered this month called Three Little Words and their very first episode features my book, A Virgin to Redeem the Billionaire.

The hosts are Claudia and Nicole. I found them on Twitter. I can’t find a website, but you can access the podcast through this link tree site. (Or click on the image below.)

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I plugged in my AirPods and did my stretches. Then I drove to the dentist, and to my Dad’s, and the grocery store. I came home and cleaned the kitchen and they were still talking about my book.

Nicole and Claudia are thorough, engaging, insightful and have a lovely rapport. It was like visiting with friends who came from a very caring place as they staged an intervention over how often my characters’ scalps tingle. #SpoilerAlert: Too often.

I am not offended. That is a well-deserved burn and there were others. (My stories are always convoluted. Readers need a family tree for my cast of thousands. These are personal failings I cannot seem to fix. The first writing advice I ever got was Keep It Simple, Stupid, but I gravitate to a mnemonic that spells out Goat Rodeo. Look at me, right here, digressing.)

They also said some very nice things and I’m super flattered they took so much time to deconstruct my book and came away liking it. I will shamelessly plug the follow up, Innocent’s Nine Month Scandal, and the free read on Harlequin.com called Innocent’s Pregnancy Revelation. (Find out what happened to cousin Benny!)

I do feel compelled to defend Harlequin, though. There is a longstanding perception among people who don’t read Harlequin that their books are not well-written. Harlequin is actually very choosy. It took me twenty-five years to crack into their ranks. Their books might be short and priced affordably, but you will always get a quality read.

Having said that, Harlequin does hit the keywords pretty hard in titles and book blurbs. That is the blood-battle of visibility in a crowded digital market. As Nicole guessed, I did not title this book. Fun fact, it was initially given a title with the word ‘revenge’ in it. They changed it at the last minute because they keep their finger on the pulse of reader trends. Redemption was deemed more appealing than revenge.

I’ll end with a huge thank you to Claudia and Nicole at Three Little Words for taking a chance on A Virgin to Redeem the Billionaire. I lol’d when you said “Dani Collins will never listen to this.” I am absolutely narcissistic enough to listen to every single minute and tell everyone I know to do the same. 😉

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.

Mother’s Day Price Drop! What the Greek’s Wife Needs

Apr 29, 2022

One of my favorite books will be on sale for $1.99 until May 8th on North American platforms.

What the Greek’s Wife Needs is perfect for Mother’s Day. Tanja is days away from divorcing Leon, but she needs to be married to adopt Illi. They reconcile, but it’s rocky. Tanja is still angry that Leon left her family high and dry five years ago.

Leon left to protect Tanja from the worst of his father’s criminal behaviour. He rescued the family fortune, but all she sees is that he has cash to spare while she has been scraping by, trying to provide for her daughter.

The one thing he can give her is the ability to adopt so they decide to stay married. Temporarily. The problem is, their chemistry is still off the charts and Leon soon falls for both of them.

Here’s the official blurb:

She wants to be his wife…

…but only on paper!

Tanja’s whirlwind marriage to Leon Patrakis is over. She hasn’t seen him since he returned to Greece five years ago. Yet, to keep the baby daughter she’s adopting, Tanja has a last request: she and Leon stay wed…in name only.

Leaving behind his exhilarating connection to Tanja wasn’t easy for Leon. Yet, to shield her from his family’s notorious reputation, he had no choice. He can’t reject Tanja’s request to make her dreams of a family come true. But ignoring their still-smoldering electricity? Impossible!

Fun fact: This was also my fortieth book!

Buy now here: Amazon US | Amazon Can | Nook | Kobo | GooglePlay | Apple Books

Big News! A New Cover and a New Direction

Apr 27, 2022

Humor and romance collide in USA Today bestselling author Dani Collins’ all-new western series, starting with a mail order bride’s unexpected arrival in 1859 Colorado…

I am so excited to share that I’ve signed a two-book deal with Entangled: Amara for a pair of Western Historical Romances.

I would actually call them romantic comedy. (In fact, I have, in my newsletter when I was being cagey about what I was working on.)

I modelled my hero, Virgil, on James Garner in Support Your Local Sheriff. He’s a reluctant hero, tough and smart, but he has a chewy-soft centre, especially where his three children are concerned (even though he doesn’t have a clue how to parent them.)

Virgil places an ad for a mail-order bride and is delighted when he gets a response from a well-educated young lady who describes herself as cheerful and kind.

That would be Marigold’s sister. Marigold is divorced, recently had her house burned to the ground, and took her sister’s place at the last moment out of sheer desperation. Virgil is not thrilled.

They strike a deal and he takes her to Quail’s Creek, the camp where he and his partners mine for gold while she minds his children.

All this gold prospector needed was a nice, practical wife. Instead, a society darling divorcée takes her sister’s place as a mail-order wife, desperate for a new husband. They’re both about to get more than they bargained for…

I can’t wait for you to get your hands on The Prospector’s Only Prospect! It will release in print and digital March 28, 2023.

Want to pre-order?

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Cinderella for the Miami Playboy – Official Release Day!

Mar 29, 2022

Hooray! Cinderella for the Miami Playboy releases on all platforms today and it’s on the shelves of your local bookseller!

If you fell for Everett in Confessions of an Italian Marriage and have been impatiently waiting for his story… Good news! His story is finally here. This is what they’re saying on Goodreads:

“Hands down one of Dani’s best books! I just wish it was longer.” ~ Bibi, Goodreads

Here’s the blurb.

His housekeeper in the spotlight…

Or his irresistible Cinderella?

Bianca Palmer’s world hasn’t been the same since going into hiding for her own protection. After taking work as a housekeeper, she’s shocked to discover her boss is Everett Drake—the man she shared a mesmerizing encounter with six months ago!

Face-to-face, their attraction immediately flares back to life. And when their relationship is suddenly exposed, a pretend romance with playboy Everett will protect Bianca by distracting the press. But will it risk her wanting more from this billionaire with so many secrets?

Cinderella steps into the glamour of the spotlight in this fake relationship romance by USA TODAY bestselling author Dani Collins.

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Cinderella for the Miami Playboy is available on all platforms today. Buy now.

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Another Stunning New Cover from Harlequin

Mar 17, 2022

How sexy is this cover for Innocent in Her Enemy’s Bed?

I’m deeply in love with how they’re sprawled on the bed in the master stateroom of Leander’s yacht. He and Ilona have quite a tryst there during their engagement party. Not all the fireworks are outside, you know. (wink!)

When I wrote this one, I wanted to get back to the heart of a Harlequin Presents, a good ol’ enemies to lovers, Greek magnate and a virgin, a hero on a collision course with his own desire for vengeance and a heroine who saves them both by offering up her heart. Here’s the official blurb:

Keeping her enemy close…

…means getting far closer than she thought!

Ilona Callas is aware that Leander Vasilou will do anything for revenge against her stepfamily. She just never pictured herself becoming the formidable Greek businessman’s ally! Yet uniting with Leander will give Ilona freedom and financial independence for the first time.

Since clawing his way to the top after being betrayed, Leander exists alone. Ilona should be his ticket to vengeance…until an explosive moment of intimacy changes everything. So begins a sensual back-and-forth that will lead to one place: their marriage bed!

Innocent in Her Enemy’s Bed releases July 26th. (June 1st if you buy on Harlequin.com.) Pre-Order here.

It’s midnight! Get your early copy of Cinderella for the Miami Playboy!

Mar 1, 2022

If you fell for Everett in Confessions of an Italian Marriage and have been impatiently waiting for his story… Good news!

You can get Cinderella for the Miami Playboy early by shopping Harlequin.com or Mills and Boon UK today.

Here’s the blurb.

His housekeeper in the spotlight…

Or his irresistible Cinderella?

Bianca Palmer’s world hasn’t been the same since going into hiding for her own protection. After taking work as a housekeeper, she’s shocked to discover her boss is Everett Drake—the man she shared a mesmerizing encounter with six months ago!

Face-to-face, their attraction immediately flares back to life. And when their relationship is suddenly exposed, a pretend romance with playboy Everett will protect Bianca by distracting the press. But will it risk her wanting more from this billionaire with so many secrets?

Cinderella steps into the glamour of the spotlight in this fake relationship romance by USA TODAY bestselling author Dani Collins.

Harlequin.com | Mills and Boon UK

Cinderella for the Miami Playboy will be available on all platforms March 29th. More buy links.

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Supply Chain Issues

Jan 23, 2022

A quick point of clarification on One Snowbound New Year’s Night

Digitally, this book has been available on all platforms since Dec 28th. In North America and Australia, the print books also released as normal, but there was a supply chain issue in UK and Ireland that affected the January and February print titles.

The February books went on sale in January and my January book, One Snowbound New Year’s Night will be on shelves now. (Honestly, given the many supply chain issues and retail workers who became sick through year end, you may only be seeing this book in North American stores now.)

Good news, you can order the print online and in the UK, it will even be a two-in-one that looks like this. Sexy, right? Here’s the blurb:

Their last night as husband and wife, or the beginning of something new?

Their New Year’s Eve reunion…
…could make or break their marriage!

Rebecca Matthews has one New Year’s resolution: divorce Donovan Scott. So being snowbound with him at his mountain mansion is not part of the plan. Especially when it’s clear the sizzling chemistry that led to their elopement is still very much alive!

Van wants to know the real reason Becca left—it’s clear there’s more to tell. With only twenty-four hours before the snowstorm clears, it’s time for them to gain some much-needed closure. That’s if, of course, they can resist a final explosive encounter…

USA TODAY bestselling author Dani Collins delights with this passionate forced-proximity romance.

Fun Fact: One Snowbound New Year’s Night takes place in one twenty-four hour period.

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Harlequin.com | Mills and Boon UK

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Price Drop – Beauty and Her One-Night Baby

Jan 20, 2022

$1.99 until Jan 31

Fun news! Beauty and Her One-Night Baby is on sale for $1.99 until Jan 31st.

From irresistible beast in the bedroom…

to father of her child!

The first time Javiero Rodriguez sees CEO Scarlett Walker after their impassioned night together, she’s in labor with his baby! No matter how shocking the surprise, Javiero won’t let his son grow up in a broken home like he did.

Scarlett has worked hard for independence and she can’t accept empty vows. Yet the scars Javiero gained in a jaguar attack haven’t lessened the tycoon’s rugged appeal. Which means every day is a heated reminder of the pleasure they shared…and could share again!

Look for Javiero’s brother’s story in A Hidden Heir to Redeem Him, where illegitimate Val discovers sensitive artist Kiara kept his daughter a secret for nearly three years!

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