Saturday, December 16, 2017

Dani Collins: A Year with the Sauveterres

In the next few days, the final book in my Sauveterre Siblings quartet will hit the shelves. I'm very excited for Trella to come out of seclusion and into the light.

It was probably two years ago that I sent a proposal to my editor at Mills & Boon in London, suggesting a mini-series about two sets of identical twins, older brothers and younger sisters. They're a very wealthy, glamorous family. Their father was a French tycoon, their mother is Spanish aristocracy. Think Kardashians on steroids.

I knew there had to be a thread that ran through the series and decided the youngest sibling, Trella, had been kidnapped as a child. Initially, I pitched her story as the second in the series.

My editor had a few suggestions, one being that Trella's story should come last. I agreed with her and started writing. And writing. And writing. I lived with the Sauveterres a long time. With each successive book, I gave Trella more baggage. By the time I got to her story, this poor woman hadn't left the house in years.

That's not quite true, but due to panic attacks and other traumas, she was only beginning to experiment with being in public by impersonating her sister--which is what she is doing when she meets Prince Xavier.

He thinks he slept with her sister, Angelique. In book one, he learns Trella tricked him. Then in successive books, he learns she's pregnant, but she refuses to take his calls. She has reasons. Trella always has reasons. She has been through a lot, but she's not a victim. She's resilient and independent and determined to shape her own future despite her difficult past.

Except she's carrying the next ruler of Elazar. Xavier has to kidnap her to have a conversation with her and insists she marry him to legitimize his heir. It's supposed to be a marriage of convenience, but, well, it turns out they still can't keep their hands off each other. And then more stuff happens, because Trella is nothing if not a drama-magnet.

As I was finishing up this book, the first in the series came out. I've spent all of 2017 anxiously watching and waiting, hoping each of my Sauveterres would find a warm welcome. So far, so good, but Trella is my favourite. (Shh.) I'm scared for her, but I'm excited, too. I hope you like her.

Back cover copy:
Carrying the prince’s secret heir!  
For one night, reclusive heiress Trella Sauveterre throws off the fear-ridden shackles of her childhood abduction—succumbing to a sizzling seduction, she falls unexpectedly pregnant! Deeply uncomfortable in the spotlight, Trella can’t bear a high-profile pregnancy and keeps the identity of her baby’s father hidden… 
Then a tabloid photo of a scorching kiss implicates Crown Prince Xavier of Elazar in the scandal. He’ll do anything to claim his shock child—even kidnapping Trella! Now Xavier must legitimize his son. And it’ll be his pleasure to make Trella his royal bride!

Learn more about Prince's Son of Scandal here.

Award-winning and USA Today Bestselling author Dani Collins thrives on giving readers emotional, compelling, heart-soaring romance with some laughter and heat thrown in, just like real life. Mostly she writes contemporary romance for Harlequin Presents and Tule’s Montana Born, but her backlist of forty books also includes self-published erotic romance, romantic comedy, and even an epic medieval fantasy. When she’s not writing—just kidding, she’s always writing. She lives in Christina Lake, BC with her high school sweetheart husband who occasionally coaxes her out of her attic office to visit their grown children.


dstoutholcomb said...

sounds like a wonderful series


Dani Collins said...

thank you so much Denise! I've been thrilled with the reception so far... xo