Image I was lucky enough to have lunch with Jennifer last October, while she was busy promoting her amazing first book, The Divorce Party. When we realized we would both have February books, we started brainstorming ideas for a combined promo with a Canadian connection. Yep, I’m one of those granola-eating left coasters.

Nothing really ‘Canadian’ hit us, but we had some great laughs. Meanwhile, I do a lot of #SampleSundays on my blog with excerpts from my upcoming release so I suggested we switch posts for a day. (I’m so impressed with myself over coming up with the title “Freaky Friday” I may make it a regular thing. Although my original thought was to hashtag it like #SampleSunday. Good thing I googled it first. Stuff like ‘no panties with mini’ came up. Not precisely what we’re going for.)

Anyway, great minds think alike because Mills & Boon in London also paired Jen and I. They mashed our February books into a limited edition, only available in the UK, 2in1. I have since signed a few of my precious author copies and they are currently in transit to Jen. I’m given to understand that she has done the same, witnessed and verified by the guys with the briefcases who stand in the background during lottery draws.

This means that I will have a very special giveaway of our 2in1, signed by BOTH authors. Given its such a big whoop, I’m asking readers to sign up for my newsletter for a chance to win.

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Please visit my blog today for an exclusive excerpt from An Exquisite Challenge, Jen’s delightful follow up to The Divorce Party and Book Two in the Delicious De Campos series. Meanwhile, here’s a taste of my February title, A Debt Paid In Passion. You’ll find more #SampleSundays from the book and others on my blog too.

BLURB:

A beautiful thief…?  

Raoul Zesiger has everything a man could want—including Sirena Abbott, the perfect PA who keeps his life in order. Or so it seems, until their professional relationship gives way to one hot, impassioned night…and then he has her arrested for embezzlement!

She may have escaped a prison sentence, but Sirena knows she’ll be shackled to Zesiger by more than just the past. With Raoul determined to recover the debt she owes him, Sirena is torn between guilt and an impossible attraction. But what will happen when Raoul uncovers the truth behind her theft?

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 EXCERPT:

“And before you accuse me of saying it purely for practicality sake—”  He clunked his heavy award onto a shelf and crowded her into a corner.  “Let me remind you there’s a reason we wound up with an unplanned pregnancy.”

There went that hand again, possessively sliding to the small of her back, fingers dipping behind silk as he curved her into him, bumping her thighs into his.

She automatically caught at his sleeve for balance, but her other hand braced her pocket book into his shoulder.  Her head fell back a little, lips parting on a shocked gasp as her entire front lit up with seeking tingles, wanting contact with his.

“Fresh lipstick,” she managed as his mouth neared hers.

“I don’t care.”  He pressed hard lips over her trembling ones, both soothing and inciting the ache spreading through her body.  Heat rose like a circle of flames around them, burning her alive as they pressed together, spinning and hurling directly into the sun.

She groaned and met his tongue with hers, lifting on tiptoes to increase the pressure and even diving her fingers into his short hair to pull him down, urging him to kiss her harder.  He did, rocking his mouth on hers with feral hunger.  Hard fingers dug into her buttock and spine as he crushed her to him.

His erection imprinted her through the fabric of his pants, making the ethereal layer of silk gown seem non-existent.  She didn’t want it between them.  She wanted to feel nothing but satin skin over hard flesh, flexing muscle and the slam of his heartbeat against hers.  She whimpered, almost sobbing in her need for him.

Drawing back a fraction, he muttered, “This is crazy.”  He had a hand tangled in her hair, clenching a handful in a way that kept her immobile.  It would have been too caveman and primitive if he wasn’t also holding her like he was saving her from a shipwreck and dropping hot kisses down the side of her face to her nape.

She trembled, mortified by how close she was to losing it in public.  It was no consolation that he had her buried in a corner.  People were coming and going behind him.  They had to be glancing this way.  Her hands had burrowed beneath his jacket, but they were flexing on his shirt, trying to pull it from his waistband so she could stroke the indent of his spine.

“Raoul, we have to stop.”

“I know.  I’m about to drag you into a janitor’s closet.”  He straightened and pulled his snowy handkerchief from his pocket.  He swiped it across his mouth then asked her with a look if he’d got all the color off.

She thumbed a tiny smudge from the corner of his mouth and stole the cloth for herself, thinking to take it into the ladies’ room, but he caught her hand and his award and started for the exit.

“What—”

“Don’t make me pick you up, Sin.”

“I have a feeling you just did.”

ABOUT DANI

After a brilliant debut in the UK with No Longer Forbidden, a Mills & Boon Modern Book Of The Month in January 2013, Dani Collins saw her first Harlequin Presents, Proof Of Their Sin, nominated as a Reviewer’s Choice by Romantic Times Book Reviews. When her Fantasy Romance, The Healer, was named an Epic eBook Award Finalist it was icing, but very validating after two decades writing and submitting before making her First Sale. Dani’s settings span from glitzy Greek islands to imaginary medieval worlds, but she always delivers alpha heroes squaring off with spirited heroines over complex problems with passion and humor.

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