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A Sexy Cover for an Innocent in the Sheikh’s Palace

Jul 4, 2020

If you’re one of my American friends, Happy Independence Day!

I woke up to this lovely cover for my November book, Innocent in the Sheikh’s Palace.

If you follow my newsletter, this is the ugly duckling inspired story I was working on last year. The story opens with Akin confronting Hannah at the fertility clinic where she went to start the family she desperately wants. A mixup has given her Akin’s brother’s sperm. And his brother was the future king of Baaqi. Now her baby is!

I adore Hannah and Akin. She’s got a real spark of wit and he doesn’t have any time for it, but very soon can’t live without her. Here’s the official blurb:

His desert vow…

To crown the virgin’s baby!

Having failed to find Mr. Right, plain librarian Hannah Meeks decided to start the family she’s desperately wanted on her own. Only to discover that her miracle baby is actually the heir to the throne of Baaqi…

Sheikh Akin Sarraf was the unwanted spare. Now, finding out his late brother had unknowingly fathered a child, Akin’s duty is to bring Hannah to his palace and make her his wife! Marrying for love was always out of the question. But Hannah’s independent spirit is exasperating…until it’s intoxicating…

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Happy Canada Day!

Jul 1, 2020

I’m tremendously grateful to be Canadian, especially these days. Through good luck and good leadership (shout out to our Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry among others) I’ve been able to get a haircut and return to the gym. Things aren’t back to normal, but the new normal is okay.

So I will take today to be thankful I was born in Canada while acknowledging I currently live and write and thrive on the unceded territory of the Sinixt Nation. Canada isn’t perfect. We have a lot of work to do with racial justice particularly with our indigenous community. At the same time, there is no place in the world I would rather be right now.

Do you need a little Canada in your life? I’ve published five Canadian heroines (soon to be six! See What the Greek’s Wife Needs). I have yet to write a Canadian hero, but I have plans to remedy that.

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for for a heroine who is polite, nice, says ‘sorry’ a little too often, but will drop the gloves and fight like a hockey goon if she has to, meet: Lauren, Natalie, Cami, Poppy, and Sopi.

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Join me at Alyssa’s House Party!

Jun 25, 2020

I’ve been invited to Alyssa J. Montgomery’s House Party session at the A Romantic Rendezvous – LOCKED DOWN online event hosted by the Australian Romance Readers Association!

In this behind-the-scenes look at author spaces, I’ll join Alyssa, Meg Tilly, and Sabrina Jeffries in revealing where each of us makes the magic happen. We’ll also answer your most burning questions, but you have to submit your question in advance.

The event is free, but you must register. Follow the Facebook Page to get all the details.

Match your timezone to join live:
Friday 17 July at 5pm (Vancouver time)
Friday 17 July at 8pm (North Caroline time)
Saturday 18 July at 10am (Sydney time)

I can’t wait to “see” you there.

Fancy a Cinderella Story on Sale?

Jun 23, 2020

Harlequin is running a killer promotion on 250 (not a typo!) titles across their North American digital retailers from now until the end of June. They’re all priced at 1.99!

Cinderella’s Royal Seduction, my take on this classic fairy tale, is one of them!

His until midnight

Will she wear his crown?

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?

Start shopping here:

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Did you miss my Facebook Live? Here’s the link…

May 25, 2020

I had a great time doing a Facebook Live event today for my Feuding Billionaire Brothers duet. Thank you again to the team at Harlequin in Toronto for making it happen.

It was raining, but in a last-minute rush we got everything wiped down and the umbrella up. The lighting wasn’t perfect, but I stand by the lovely green backdrop as the right choice.

If you missed it, you can watch it here:

Watch Dani’s Facebook Live

Please leave comments or questions on the post. I’ll continue to check back over the next few days and reply.

If you’re a writer, my Resist/Attract example came from Beauty and Her One-Night Baby. I realized after the fact that I didn’t talk about the attract side of things as much as I could have. I’m happy to discuss more if you want to get in touch.

Thanks to everyone who turned up. You made it so fun!

Join me tomorrow for a Facebook Live!

May 24, 2020

I’m so excited to be going live on Facebook tomorrow to celebrate my Feuding Billionaire Brothers, Val (A Hidden Heir to Redeem Him) and Javiero (Beauty and Her One-Night Baby).

These heroes shared a terrible father and their mothers weren’t much better. The old man’s will brings the men together with Kiara and Scarlett, the mothers of their *secret* babies. All of their lives–and lies!–begin to unravel from there. More juicy goss on them tomorrow.

Also, if it’s not raining, I’ll give you a peek at my garden. Apparently, I’m planting for the apocalypse.

The event airs at 1pm Eastern time (10am Pacific) on my Facebook page, but will also be shared on Harlequin’s page. If you can’t make it, feel free to reply to this email with a question and I’ll answer while I’m live.

Tap the image below or Join Me Here.

National Readers’ Choice Award Finalist!

May 14, 2020

I’m thrilled to report that Bound by Their Nine-Month Scandal is a National Readers’ Choice Award Finalist!

Sponsored by the Oklahoma Romance Writers of America (OK-RWA), the Readers Choice Award celebrates excellence in romance writing, as judged by readers. The winners were supposed to be announced at the National Romance Writers’ conference in San Francisco this July. Sadly, that conference has been cancelled, but they’re in the process of working out an online presentation. I’ll keep you posted.

Bound by Their Nine-Month Scandal released last November. Shy heiress Pia has a secret fling with a mysterious strangers at a masked ball. Angelo thinks he only wants revenge, but when Pia tracks him down to tell him they have a baby on the way, he discovers he wants his child…and Pia.

Her bombshell: “I’m pregnant.”

His demand: “Marry me…”

Painfully insecure and media-shy heiress Pia is duty-bound to marry well. So illegitimate Angelo is completely unsuitable husband material. Yet this irresistible Spanish tech tycoon seduces Pia with an evening of bliss…that leaves her pregnant!

Pia can’t afford a scandal, but Angelo wants to publicly claim his heir. To control the headlines, Pia must wed the only man who has ever made her feel. With Angelo posing a danger to her well-guarded heart, can she step into the spotlight—with the wedding of the century?

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Check out my Printable Book List!

May 9, 2020

Thanks to the magic genies (actually, they’re real, hardworking people) at Waxcreative, I now have a Printable Book List feature on my site!

I’m super excited. Until now, I was keeping a spreadsheet and trying to be diligent about updating it and including it with my newsletter. We no longer have to rely on my beleaguered brain to remember. It’s all done auto-magically and you can be assured that you’re getting the latest and greatest version when you print it.

Click on the image to view it:

Wait, don’t guess yet. You can sort by publisher, series, release date and more! Do you want all my titles sorted A-X? (I don’t yet have a title that starts with ‘Z’.) Yes! You can sort alphabetically. If you’re in the mood for a bundle or a short, check out the Book Type feature.

So many options, so easy for both of us! Yay!

Check out your options here

It’s my Call-iversary!

May 8, 2020

Eight years ago today, I got “The Call,” which means an editor–for me it was Megan Haslam at Harlequin Mills and Boon in London–called to offer me my first book contract.

It took twenty-five years to get that call so it was a pretty big deal when it happened. You can tell because I wrote it in ink. I only ever use pencil in my calendar.

That call changed my life, not that I realized then how much it would. On that day, all I thought was, “There. I’ve done it. I have achieved my long-held goal of selling a book to Harlequin Presents.”

One thing it gave me was the sense I could achieve anything if I was willing to stick with it. I’m confident I would be great at stand-up after I failed at at it for two and a half decades. Failure only means you’re trying. Make peace with it.

I was tired of failure, though. I was ready for a career.

I had wanted a career writing romance since high school, but I didn’t know what that would look like, that today I would have just turned in my fortieth Harlequin Presents, What the Greek’s Wife Needs, and have another eleven romances published under Tule’s Montana Born and seven under my own name.

I didn’t know I’d be working with an agent and, in some ways, feel as though I was back to square one because writing is hard and publishing is harder. #Protip – you can still get rejected even after you’ve sold nearly sixty books.

What I did know before The Call was that I would always write, whether anyone bought and read my books or not. Years of rejection had taught me that the value, for me, is in the actual writing.

Getting paid for writing is a combination of having the bravery to submit your work, the tenacity to do it again after a rejection, and a certain amount of dumb luck that puts the right project in front of the right editor at the right time.

What I’ve learned since The Call is that you still need all those things, especially tenacity. Writing the next story and the next is the way you turn a call into a career. You continue to learn and grow and take risks and pick yourself up after disappointments. It’s just that easy!

Except when it’s hard. Sometimes I think it would be a lot less stressful to pierce my eyebrow (I’m stereotyping) and become a barista. I’m not downplaying how hard they work. Making coffee for people who haven’t had their coffee is probably very stressful, but I’m saying that sounds less stressful than pouring my guts out on deadline then shoving my work into the world for strangers to choke on. #Protip – don’t read reviews. That way lies madness.

Even those rough days are amazing, though. This is a dream career that I wouldn’t trade for anything.

I owe a huge thank you to Megan Haslam, but also to every other editor and team member I’ve worked with at Harlequin Mills and Boon. Thank you also to the team at Tule, and the many authors I’ve met and collaborated (or commiserated) with over the years.

I’m grateful to my agent, Louise Fury, who is such a wonderful cheerleader and is helping me move forward into the next years of my career with more focus and less by-guess-and-by-golly.

I’m especially grateful to my family. They’re all incredibly supportive, especially my husband Doug who is like the guy who delivers the water for the cooler and gets stuck listening to the receptionist’s work-related gossip. His patience with me and the vagaries of this career I’ve chosen is profound.

Finally, I must thank you, Dear Reader, for buying my books and reading them. I can’t express how grateful I am to you for making my dream come true.

Read my Call story here. And read an excerpt from my very first sale, No Longer Forbidden? here.

A blurb for my meek sheikh’s wife…

May 6, 2020

I don’t have the cover yet, but I just saw the blurb for Innocent in the Sheikh’s Palace and I love it! The team at Harlequin Mills and Boon got this one so right. Hannah drives Akin mad, but he soon adores her for it.

Here it is:

His desert vow…

To crown the virgin’s baby!

Having failed to find Mr. Right, plain librarian Hannah Meeks decided to start the family she’s desperately wanted on her own. Only to discover that her miracle baby is actually the heir to the throne of Baaqi…

Sheikh Akin Sarraf was the unwanted spare. Now, finding out his late brother had unknowingly fathered a child, Akin’s duty is to bring Hannah to his palace and make her his wife! Marrying for love was always out of the question. But Hannah’s independent spirit is exasperating…until it’s intoxicating…

Innocent in the Sheikh’s Palace will be out later this year. Links for pre-order are here.