From USA Today Bestselling Author
Small town secrets. Big time heartache.
NOT IN HER WILDEST DREAMS
Series: Secret Dreams, Book One
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: January 1, 2017
Paige Fogarty never believed Liebe Falls’ golden boy, Sterling Roy, could want a No Good Fogarty, but one magical night, they kissed—ruining her already murky reputation. Fifteen years later, she’s still shunned, now as a professional accountant auditing Roy Furnishings. It’s a daunting task even before she’s forced to work with him.
Sterling made a fool of himself over Paige once. Never again. He only returns to the factory his mother calls his ‘legacy’ to ensure Paige doesn’t pull a fast one. When their chemistry blazes hotter than ever, he wonders if he misjudged her, but secrets come to light, including an embezzler she tries to protect, proving she’s still the wrong girl. So why does holding onto her feel so right?
Guest Interview with Dani Collins
- Not in Her Wildest Dreams is the first book in the Secret Dreams series. What’s your inspiration for this series? What connects all the books in the series?
I wanted to write a book about an embezzler. That turned into a murder mystery, but I later realized murder wasn’t very romantic or funny, so I pulled back from that and rewrote it with a lighter tone and allowed the heroine’s father to live. The books are a duet about a brother and sister who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks in small town Washington State. Book Two sees the brother find his HEA in Arizona.
- Tell us more about Sterling Roy, the hero in Not in Her Wildest Dreams. What shaped him to be the man we meet in the book?
Sterling is the only child of the town’s wealthiest, most influential family. I don’t want to give away the family secrets that impact him, but he’s a decent guy despite it. His father and Paige’s are partners, which has caused a tangle between their families. The night he kisses Paige, her father catches him and beats him up. It’s a catalyst for his leaving town, which turns into the best thing that ever happened to him. He loathes coming back to Liebe Falls, but returns to (temporarily!) help his father and still wants Paige, much to his frustration.
- What about Pagie Forgarty? What kind of person is she?
Paige is the fixer in a family of chaos. Her mother was bipolar, her father a womanizer and her brother turned into an alcoholic. She had a terrible crush on Sterling, but they’re from different classes. After the debacle of their first kiss, she winds up tarred as the town slut, eventually escaping to Seattle where she becomes an accountant, but she’s constantly drawn back to help with family. Auditing their father’s factory is the first step in her father selling out, extricating their families for good, but she winds up working with Sterling and the old crush is still there.
- Why are Sterling and Paige perfect for each other?
Great question, since I spent a lot of time making them completely wrong for each other! She’s from the bad side of town, he’s one success story after another. But Paige really needs a hero and Sterling excels at that. His parents demanded perfection, but Paige is totally fine with flawed, accepting when he fails. Their fathers are at war, but they have a connection that makes them doomed/fated for the other.
- What draws you to write small town romance?
I live small town and love the sense of community. I love that simple lives can be really complex if you dig beneath the surface. It feels very real to me. The lack of privacy entertains me too, for some reason. People can be gossipy and judgy, but just when you’re at your worst and hating your life, you discover that actually they have your back. I guess it’s a broader kind of family, which reassures me.
- What stories do you wish you could write/had written?
One that jumps to mind is Laura Kinsale’s The Shadow And The Star. So well researched, such great characters. I also thought the first Outlander book was perfect and could have stopped right there. I certainly find it easier to sit on the couch and read someone else’s hard work, but I think the reason I write is because I always wish I had written this or that story, but can’t help thinking, “What if it went this direction instead of that one?” I wish I could write faster, because there are so many stories I want to tell.
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Other Books by the Author
Also, don’t miss Book 2 in the Secret Dreams series by Dani Collins.
Only In His Sweetest Dreams
When Mercedes takes in her confused niece and nephew, jeopardizing the job she loves at a retirement community, she turns to the new handyman for advice. L.C. can fix anything and he’d love to be part of this misfit family, but he has a secret back home that Mercedes will never forgive.
Available on February 1,2017.
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About Dani Collins
USA Today Bestseller Dani Collins is the author of thirty romances for Harlequin Presents, Montana Born and herself. Dani lives in Canada with her high school sweetheart. Join Dani’s newsletter and receive Cruel Summer, a short ebook romance, as a welcome gift: http://danicollins.com/free-book/
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