I recently saw a review for The Maid’s Spanish Secret on Goodreads that made me chuckle. It called my writing style ‘ornate.’ Some of the most common writing advice any aspiring author will hear is ‘Keep It Simple.’ I try, but I always manage to complicate things so I very much appreciate that Kay on Goodreads appreciates my curlicues and digressions:
“Collins’s Maid’s Spanish Secret is a blast, fun, funny, and ornately written. In turn, I was immersed in and moved by Rico and Poppy’s journey to their HEA. I don’t read as many HPs as I used to, but I’ll always read a Collins. And if you read one this year, make it The Maid’s Spanish Secret.”
Here’s the blurb:
“You will come to Spain. You will marry me…” He will claim his heir…
For sweet maid Poppy Harris, her one and only passionate experience was scorching and absolutely forbidden. She shouldn’t have succumbed to Spanish aristocrat Rico Montero’s tantalizing seduction, but his touch was all consuming…and had a nine-month consequence! Poppy believes they could never be anything more. Until Rico appears on her doorstep demanding his hidden daughter—and determined to make Poppy his wife!
I hope you enjoy this intensely dramatic marriage of convenience! All your buy links are here.
Glory, the heroine, is a closeted romance author who writes a romance called Blessed Winter as her romance with Rolf is unfolding. Blessed Winter is a No Room at the Inn Christmas tale complete with dramatic home birth!
Glory bases her hero on Rolf–who is old-school Romance hero Alpha. Very gruff and inaccessible, but when he gives his heart, he’s all in. I hope you enjoy it!
Have you missed any of my holiday titles? They’re listed below with a heat rating, since you might prefer Christmas stories with no naughtiness on the page.
Wedding at Mistletoe Chalet is a sweet, light romance with no swears and only a kiss toward the end. Finn catches up with his college sweetheart, Kristen, while getting roped into carolling, decorating and planning a secret wedding at Mistletoe Chalet.
His Christmas Miracle is my favourite Christmas book that I’ve written. I had so much fun with the advent calendar of activities that Nicki uses to help Quincy bond with his four-year-old son, Atlas. There is a love scene toward the end, but I hope you’ll give this one a try. It’s very heartfelt and heartwarming.
Claiming His Christmas Wife is on the sexier side with several love scenes, but the language is all PG. I adore Imogen. She’s had such a rough go and really deserves her happily ever after.
This second-chance at first love is a very light, sweet romance between a pair of college sweethearts who fell apart and grew apart, but were always meant to be. Kristen thinks she’s on her own for Christmas so she takes a temporary job with Mistletoe Chalet, a family run ski lodge in the Montana Rockies. Dr. Finn is on his way home for the holidays for the first time in forever. He detours to see Kristen expecting to make amends for their long ago break up, but he’s soon conscripted into decorating, carolling, and planning a secret wedding!
There is a lot going on in this story, yet at the heart of it are two people who never really let go of the love they once had and now get the chance to see if it really is the forever kind of love they both are believing in. I enjoyed everything about this story, from the merrily decorated chalet, to the snowed in atmosphere, to one adorable tween with a plan, to Kristen and Finn discovering that love can work if you give it a chance. If you’re in the mood for a very good Christmas Romance then this is one I’d happily recommend.
The 99c price drop is a limited time offer so scoop it up today!
Pia is having a small life crisis, wondering if she should succumb to the arranged marriage her mother wants for her or pursue that nebulous thing called ‘happiness.’ She meets Angelo on a rooftop patio. He’s there to steal something more than Pia’s virginity, but that happens (very much with her blessing.)
They’re strangers in the night expecting never to see one another again, but soon Pia has to track him down because the pregnancy test shows positive! Oops. She’s an introvert from an aristocratic family who is hyper-conscious of duty. He’s a devilish bastard seeking revenge on his terrible brothers–but he wants his baby and he wants Pia. They’re a terrible match with a miracle on their hands. What now?
Brenda on Goodreads gave it 5 stars and said:
I loved Angelo. There was a lot of depth in his character. Despite his quest for revenge and forcing his hand with Pia and overall a complete alpha, he still understood her insecurities and was caring and tender toward her.
I know it’s early to talk Christmas, but you only have a few days to pick up His Christmas Miracle for *free*.
His Christmas Miracle is one of my favourite stories ever. Quincy learns he has a four-year-old son after little Atlas’s mom passes away. He doesn’t have a clue how to be a father, but he moves with his own father to Marietta, Montana and give it his best shot.
Nicki is feeling like a failure after giving up her acting career. She answers an ad for a nanny and sees right away that Quincy is out of his depth. She sets up an Advent calendar of activities to help the two bond and soon falls for all the Ryan men. But what happens when she gets the chance to resume her Hollywood dreams?
Sopi is exhausted! With Prince Rhys Charlemaine staying nearby, the luxury spa she calls home is overflowing with aspiring princesses! It’s frantic…until working all hours leads to a late-night encounter with charismatic Rhys himself…
Untouched Sopi gives herself one chance to feel like a princess in Rhys’s arms. She knows it cannot go further, until Rhys stuns her with his convenient proposal! He promises exquisite pleasure, but Sopi has seen the man behind his royal mask—dare she believe he wants her for more than desire?
This one comes out Feb 1, 2020, but you’ll be able to get it at *midnight* (couldn’t resist) Jan 1 from Mills & Boon. More pre-order links are coming soon.
I’ve accidentally signed up for a bunch of multi-author giveaways through October. I’ve compiled them all here for you so you don’t have to go very far to collect your treats. Click on the images to visit all four sites and claim as many books as you want!
When I was writing Bound by Their Nine-Month Scandal, I knew it would come out around October or November. I wanted my hero to be a bit of a jewel-theif so a masked ball worked perfectly for Angelo to infiltrate the estate where he was born. Plus, the new owners are Rico and Poppy from The Maid’s Spanish Secret. Poppy is Canadian so Halloween is a thing for her. She ticks off her mother-in-law with her costume ball, but it’s a roaring success.
It’s such a crush, Pia, Rico’s sister, slips away and runs into a masked stranger. They have a tryst on a rooftop, something she thinks is only a memory to hold close in her future marriage to someone else, but she turns up pregnant a few weeks later. Look for Bound by Their Nine-Month Scandal to find out what happens next!
Here’s what reviewers on Goodreads are saying about the hero:
“…I loved Angelo. There was a lot of depth in his character. Despite his quest for revenge and forcing his hand with Pia and overall a complete alpha, he still understood her insecurities and was caring and tender toward her…” ~Brenda, 5 stars