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Countdown Snippet 2 ~ The Prospector’s Only Prospect

Mar 26, 2023

I’m celebrating the final countdown to my release date for The Prospector’s Only Prospect with some exclusive snippets.

With two days to go, enjoy this first kiss…

Without warning, her arms encircled one of his. She hugged it, and she set her forehead below his shoulder. He tried to swallow the lump that formed in his throat.

“You will never be like that with them,” she assured him fervently.

“I’m not a child, Marigold. I don’t need comforting.”

“I do. So shush. Then you can go off to Denver and growl at the rest of the world for a few days. Give me a much-needed break from it.”

“You are such a pain in my ass.” The shard of glass in his chest stung, pressed by a chuckle he refused to release. The fact she made him want to laugh right after a walk through his worst memories was something he both resented and relished. Same as her, he supposed, and looked down the top of her head. How did such a little bit of a thing hold so much honey and vinegar?

“You think you’re not a thorn in mine?” She lifted her head. “Buy me another cushion while you’re away. God knows I need it.”

He lost his battle with what sense he had and scooped his arm around her, pulling her to stand in front of him so he could kiss that smart mouth of hers.

She gave a squeak of shock against the press of his lips to hers and went all stiff, but in the next heartbeat she melted. It was his undoing.

He wrapped both his arms across her back and slanted his head to get a full, satisfying taste of her mouth. Her curves were everything as she pressed into him and her fingertips caressed his collarbone beneath the bend of his collar. Then here was her tongue brushing against his and bringing his cock to full attention.

Even as he groaned, however, she drew a sharp inhale and pushed herself away from him.

Fuck. But also, good. They shouldn’t. But fuck. He wanted to keep her right here but fought the urge. She was being sensible for both of them, pressing her fingertips to her mouth and shaking her head.


“I know. You’re my housekeeper. I won’t treat you the way my mother was treated.” His voice hardened as he saw the similarity. “That won’t happen again,” he vowed.

She was only a faceless silhouette, but he saw her nod.

“Safe travels.” She hurried into the cabin.

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Countdown Snippet 3 ~ The Prospector’s Only Prospect

Mar 25, 2023

I’m celebrating the final countdown to my release date for The Prospector’s Only Prospect with some exclusive snippets.

In this one, Virgil has the audacity to suggest Marigold took his lucky gold nugget…

“I’ve lost my nugget.”

“What nugget?”

“The gold nugget I keep in my pocket.”

“You keep a gold nugget in your pocket?” She started to come in and bent to look, but he waved her off. “Why?”

“It’s my lucky nugget. The first one I found when we got here.” They’d all been disheartened by the journey, wondering what they would do if this venture failed to pay out. Wondering if they were going to die here, tired and hungry.
Virgil had been searching for a sign it was worth staying here and pursuing their plan when he’d spotted the nugget sitting in a couple of inches of water, shiny as a new penny in a wishing well.

“How big is it?”

“Size of a hummingbird egg.” It wasn’t even half an ounce.

“How much is it worth?”

“Ten dollars.” Maybe. He sighed shortly as he got the beds stripped and the mattresses shaken and still found nothing. He threw all the bedding onto the lower bunk and got down to look under it.

“You’ve found bigger ones, haven’t you? Yeller told me you sometimes let the men buy a nugget if they want to keep something they’ve found.”

“That’s not the point, Marigold.” He ran his hand into the dark space, finding nothing but a desiccated berry and a dead spider. He stood, annoyed. “Where is it?”

Marigold snapped her head around from checking on the children. “Are you asking me if I have it? I’ve just told you, I didn’t even know you had a lucky nugget.”

He wasn’t accusing her, but he was hearing her say again, How much is it worth?

And there was the ledger book he’d bought her with her neat little figures shaving down her debt with her haircuts and other services. He didn’t blame her for wanting money and wanting to clear her debt.

“Men know not to take gold out of this valley unless they can prove they earned or paid for it,” he blurted.

“Yes, you shoot the ones who do. Good thing I’m not a man. And that I haven’t touched your precious nugget.” She was glaring at him, but the double-entendre hit both their ears at the same time. She went red, and he felt his own face grow hot with a mix of embarrassment and anger.

Because now there was this poisonous thought creeping in that they’d been intimate last night and this morning one of his most valuable possessions was missing.

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Audiobook Fans! You can pre-Order The Prospector’s Only Prospect!

Mar 18, 2023

Did you know that The Prospector’s Only Prospect will be available as an audiobook? I know! I’m excited, too!

Ordering a bride was supposed to be easy…

After eight days in a cramped stagecoach, divorcée Marigold Davis already regrets her decision to come to Denver City to marry. She certainly didn’t realize she’d signed up for mosquitos, mud, and scores of rough men eyeing her like a hot meal on a cold day. But with her life in Kansas all but incinerated, Marigold needs a husband. Even if she’s not the bride that gold prospector Virgil Gardner is expecting…

Virgil Gardner has a reputation as a grumpy hard-ass, and he’s fine with it. He’s also no fool – this is not the woman he agreed to marry. It takes a tough-as-nails woman to survive the harshness of a Rocky Mountain gold claim, and this whiskey-eyed, gentle beauty is certainly not the type. Now it’s just a matter of how quickly she’ll quit, so he can find a wife who will stick. Someone who can care for the only thing he values even more than gold–his children.

But Marigold isn’t about to give in. Cramped in a one room shack. Berry picking turned into a bear escape. Or, cooking for an entire crew of bottomless pits. She’s got more grit than most. And just when Virgil starts to realize his replacement bride might be the treasure he’s been looking for, an unannounced guest arrives… to change everything.

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.

“Collins mines the setting for both danger and humor, providing the perfect backdrop to this sensuous romance. Readers won’t want to put this down.” ~ Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review

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Hot Cover Alert!

Mar 15, 2023

I just woke up to the cover for Awakened on Her Royal Wedding Night and 👀.

I was already in love with this book for all the fun I had writing it.

After finishing the marathon that was the Four Weddings and a Baby quartet, with its interwoven plots, I wanted to write something unconnected and very Presents-y and over-the-top.

Strap in for a daring escape that has Claudine washing up at Felipe’s feet. She’s a beauty pageant contestant. He’s a prince with an evil twin. There’s a duel.

There’s also a castle with a secret passage, royal intrigues, scandals and glamour and oh yes, plenty of heat. I mean look at that cover.

Awakened on Her Royal Wedding Night comes out July 25th.

Goodreads Giveaway! – Enter to win The Prospector’s Only Prospect

Mar 5, 2023

Did you know you can enter to win one of two signed copies of The Prospector’s Only Prospect over on Goodreads? The contest closes on Mar 23, 2023. Don’t miss it!

The wrong mail-order bride is delivered to a grumpy single-dad in this tender, funny historical romance set in Denver’s gold rush. Signed by Author!

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Claim A Convenient Ring to Claim Her today!

Feb 28, 2023

Quinn and Micah are everywhere!  A Convenient Ring to Claim releases on all platforms today! Hooray!

Book Three in my Four Weddings and a Baby quartet is one of my favorite books ever and I had the loveliest response from a reader on Facebook. She said:

“I loved how they love each other…I purposely didn’t read it in one sitting cause I didn’t want it to end…” 

Yeah, I’m over here crying. What do you think?

Here’s the official blurb:

Will the billionaire finally say “I do”?

Find out in this intense marriage of convenience from USA TODAY bestselling author Dani Collins.

The proposal…
…she vowed never to accept!

Life has taught orphan Quinn Harper to trust only herself. So, whilst her secret fling with billionaire Micah Gould was her first taste of passion, it wasn’t supposed to last forever. Although it gets harder and harder to pull herself away from his bed…

The abominable actions of Micah’s father have left a permanent mark. Love isn’t in his future. Then his relationship with Quinn is suddenly exposed and, in Berlin, a new possibility presents itself. Quinn could be the convenient bride Micah needs…but can he be what she deserves?

Read all the Four Weddings and a Baby books:

Book 1: Cinderella’s Secret Baby
Book 2: Wedding Night with the Wrong Billionaire
Book 3: A Convenient Ring to Claim Her
Book 4: A Baby to Make Her His Bride

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Enter for a chance to win The Prospector’s Only Prospect!

Feb 13, 2023

Exciting News!

I’ve teamed up with 50 fantastic authors to give away a huge collection of Historical Romances to 2 lucky winners!

The Grand Prize winner gets a BRAND NEW eReader!

You could win The Prospector’s Only Prospect, plus a plethora of other, awesome historical romances.

Enter the giveaway by clicking here.

Good luck and enjoy!

My first *starred* review from PW!

Feb 9, 2023

“…a delightful twist on the mail order bride trope…”

I’m super excited! The Prospector’s Only Prospect was not only reviewed by Publisher’s Weekly, they gave it a *star*. They said:

“Collins mines the setting for both danger and humor, providing the perfect backdrop to this sensuous romance. Readers won’t want to put this down.”

I’ve also had some super nice early reviews on Netgalley, including one member who said:

“I have not cried this hard over a book in a long time but Dani Collins took my heart, grew it 12 sizes, crushed it, ran it through a sluice box, panned the gold out of it, and then reformed it into a bigger, more beautiful heart.”

I need to send a big thank you to the whole team at Entangled Publishing for all their hard work in helping me make this book the very best it could be.

Here’s the whole review: Publisher’s Weekly.

You can preorder The Prospector’s Only Prospect here.

Ways to Ruin a Royal Reputation – $1.99 for a limited time!

Feb 6, 2023

Happy (early) Valentine’s Day!

From Feb 6-15th, Ways to Ruin a Royal Reputation is $1.99 on all platforms.

Ways to Ruin a Royal Reputation was a fun project for me. It’s the first book in Signed, Sealed…Seduced, a multi-author trilogy written with Clare Connelly and Tara Pammi. Three best friends from boarding school start London Connection, an up and coming PR agency serving an exclusive clientele.

When Amy gets the call from King Luca, he asks for the last things she expects:

“Ruin me.”

And she’ll enjoy every delicious second!

The king of Vallia never wanted to ascend to the throne. But in order to abdicate, Luca needs a good, old-fashioned disgrace. That’s where powerhouse PR pro Amy Miller comes in! Amy’s revived the career of many a star. She can certainly torpedo that of a reluctant royal.

But when instant attraction ignites with Luca, Amy’s soon starring in the scandal. And the fire burning between them is anything but fake news. But will this explosive flame be extinguished by what’s hidden in Amy’s past?

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Make and early claim on A Convenient Ring to Claim Her

Feb 1, 2023

Are you waiting (im)patiently for Book Three in my Four Weddings and a Baby quartet? Good news! You can get A Convenient Ring to Claim her today if you shop Harlequin or Mills & Boon UK.

Quinn and Micah are one of my favorite couples ever. First of all, they’re having a secret affair. Who doesn’t love that? They’re deeply in love and *will not* admit it, even to themselves. They have a horrible fight and Quinn gets injured and Micah gets to feel awful about it.

And there’s an epilogue that will leave you with a huge lump in your throat. Promise!

What are you waiting for? Grab it from Harlequin or Mills & Boon UK today.

(Or click here for more preorder links. A Convenient Ring to Claim will release on all platforms Feb 28th.)