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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “An Heir to Bind Them” by Dani Collins

May 28
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Dani Collins has taken over CABR today

She’s chatting about her latest book, AN HEIR TO BIND THEM, and offering two (2) giveaways!

Enjoy 🙂

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Blurb:

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Off the boss’s payroll…and into his bed.

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Jaya. Her name reverberates around Theo Makricosta’s head in time to the whirring blades of his private helicopter. He must find her; only Jaya can help with the care of his infant niece and nephew…. It’s not because he hasn’t stopped thinking about the single night of mind-blowing passion he shared with the exotic beauty.

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Jaya Powers couldn’t refuse her gorgeous millionaire Greek boss when she worked for him, and she can’t refuse him now! Only this time she has a secret. Their night together had consequences that will change Theo’s perfectly ordered existence forever!

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The (New) Old World Heroine by Dani Collins:

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The heroine in My June release, An Heir To Bind Them, is from the Punjab region of India. I won’t claim to be an expert on this culture at all. I did a lot of research, which I’ll be honest can be interesting, but frustrating. All you want to do is write, but you keep hitting these walls. Would she really wear that? What’s that thing that sits in the part of her hair even called? The following line took me an hour to write.

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“His gaze paused on the pendant of her maang tikka dangling off the line of pearls in the part in her hair.”

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If you tell me I got it wrong, I’ll die. Because I really do love the Indian culture and wanted to do it justice. It’s so colorful and sensual and the music! If only I could have figured out how to write a Bollywood dance scene into my story. (sigh of despair).

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But my secret love for all things Indian isn’t the only reason I chose Jaya for Theo. First, I should mention that this is Book Three in the Makricosta series. In No Longer Forbidden?, my first Mills & Boon, we met Nic, who mentioned he had three half siblings. That got me wondering about his sister and brothers.

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Last December, it came out in North American as a 2in1 Harlequin Presents with Book Two, More Than A Convenient Marriage?, which features Adara, Theo’s older sister. Theo had a walk on part near the end and I knew his story was next, but he was so closed off. Finding the right heroine to thaw his frozen emotions was hard.

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He needed someone warm and kind and quietly strong. Also exotic enough to fascinate him into dropping his guard. Someone who knows how to love so she can teach him.

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The other wonderful thing about the old world culture of India is how well it works for Presents. It’s still a very patriarchal culture with traditional values like devotion to family and women fulfilling themselves through marriage rather than a career. Jaya is actually a very modern woman and has run away from India, but that’s part of her allure for Theo. Once he understands all that she has overcome, his protective instincts are riled.

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Then, of course, there’s that baby she gave him that he never thought he wanted.

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And yes, I was able to incorporate an Indian wedding. More research about henna parties and the rest, but the extravagant preparations and glitter and jewelry are also pure Presents. Here’s a snippet from that:

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“You must feel like you’ve married a stranger.” She lifted a hand to check her red and gold headscarf hadn’t slipped. His gaze followed the sound of her abundant gold bangles clattering against the red and faux ivory ones anchored on her wrist. She felt like a pack mule, she wore so much heavy, ornate jewelry.

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He looked striking himself, not wearing a turban or pyjama, but he was carrying a sword over his white morning coat.

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“Thank you for including Adara and Rowan in the henna party. When they heard it was supposed to be only for the bride’s family, they were devastated.”

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“They’re my friends. Of course I would invite them.” In truth, they were quickly becoming as close as sisters to her. “Did they tell you I could barely make it through having my feet painted?” All the women had bonded with laughter when it turned out Jaya’s feet were so ticklish, she’d had to keep stopping the artist and making her work on others until she could withstand another few minutes of torture.

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“They said my initials are hidden somewhere in the design. I can’t wait to look for them.” His smoky voice poured a wash of electric tingles over her.

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She ducked her head, embarrassed by how badly she was anticipating being alone with him. Naked. It had been almost two years and so much had changed, her body, her feelings for him. They ran so deep now. If the henna artist was right about the color representing how intense her feelings for her husband were, her tattoos should last years.

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He caressed the sensitive skin beneath her ear and along her nape, leaning in to ask, “When can we leave?”

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Giveaway

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Have you ever had the good luck to be at an Indian wedding? Are you Indian? What’s your opinion on how well the old world culture fits into today’s Presents stories? I’ll mail a signed copy of An Heir To Bind Them to one lucky commenter.

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EXCERPT:

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“There’s not a woman in the world with enough training to fix me. Don’t try.” Another warning, his tone a little cooler.

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She shook her head. This was about fixing herself, not him. “I just keep thinking that if I leave without kissing you, I’ll always wonder what it would have been like.”

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That sounded too ingenuous, too needy, but his quietly loaded, “Yeah,” seemed to put them on the same page, which was remarkable. He stared at her mouth and hot tingles made her lips feel plump. She tried to lick the sensation away.

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His breath rushed out in a ragged exhale. He loomed closer, so tall and broad, blocking out her vision, nearly overwhelming her. But when his fingers lightly caressed her jaw and his mouth came down, she was paralyzed with anticipation.

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There’d been a few kisses in her life, none very memorable, but when his mouth settled on hers, unhurried and hot, she knew she’d remember this for the rest of her life.

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The smooth texture of his lips sealed to hers. He didn’t force her mouth open. She softened and welcomed his confident possession, weakening despite the nervous flutters accosting her. He rocked the fit, deepening the kiss so she opened her mouth wider, bathed in delicious waves of heat. Their lips dampened and slid erotically. His tongue was almost there, then not, then—

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He licked into her mouth and she moaned, lashed with exquisite delight. This was the kind of kiss she’d only read about and now she knew there was a reason they called it a soul kiss. Her hand went to his shoulder for balance. She lifted on her toes, wanting more pressure, more of him settling into her inner being.

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With a groan he slid his arm around her and pulled her tight against him, softly crushing her mouth while digging his fingers into her bound hair. It was good, so good. She reached her arms around his neck, loving how it felt to be kissed and held so tightly against his hard chest and—

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He was hard everywhere.

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Like hitting a wall, she pushed back, perturbed by how intensely she had been responding and the dicey situation she’d put herself in.

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He didn’t let her go right away, kind of steadied her first while staggering one step himself, then he ran a hand through his hair and swore under his breath. “Hellfire, Jaya. I suspected it’d be good, but I didn’t know it’d be that good. Are you sure you don’t want to spend the night?”

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Dani Collins picture 1ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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After a brilliant debut in the UK with No Longer Forbidden, a Mills & Boon Modern Book Of The Month January 2013, Dani Collins’ first Harlequin Presents, Proof Of Their Sin, won the Reviewer’s Choice by Romantic Times Book Reviews for Best First In Series.

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While her focus is Harlequin Presents, Dani also writes romantic comedy, medieval fantasy, and coming August of 2014, erotic romance.

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Whatever the genre, she always delivers sexy alpha heroes, witty, spirited heroines, complex emotions and loads of passion.

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Stay current with Dani’s new releases by joining her newsletter.

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CONTACT THE AUTHOR:

Website | Facebook | Twitter @DaniCollinsBook |

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Giveaway

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2 Comments

  • Mary Jo Toth says:

    I’ve not been to an Indian wedding. I did have a chance to attend an Indian church service and was impressed with the culture and traditions. They hosted our group for a potluck and everyone was so genuine and friendly. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Mel says:

    I haven’t been to an Indian wedding or weddings in particular. I’ve only been to a couple of weddings for family friends. Thanks for the chance to win. 🙂

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