With: Dani Collins
On The Edge has a lot of things that you might love: alpha hero, sarcasm, heat, a goofy dog… It also has a book within a book. When I decided my heroine, Glory, would be a romance author, I knew I should also include the story she writes as part of the main story.
Glory is suffering writer’s block after recently losing her mother. Her father buys Blue Spruce Lodge, a rundown chalet on a defunct ski hill and wants her to help him renovate it. The hero, Rolf, is an alpine gold-medalist and owner of a sports equipment conglomerate. He’s recommissioning the hill as a world-class resort for elite athletes. Glory’s thought when she meets him: ‘He was the full romance hero package, with his warrior physique, his chartered helicopter, and his stony expression.’
She’s inspired! But she has a lot on her plate and Rolf is not the easiest guy to like. They clash. A lot. And he thinks she’s mooning at him because she’s attracted. She is, reluctantly, but mostly she’s writing him into a no-room-at-the-inn Christmas romance. Their misunderstanding culminates in a fight over a foam heart on a cup of coffee that is a turning point in their relationship. Here’s a snippet of that:
He bit back a sigh and licked his lips. “You seem to be making an effort to catch my attention.” He nodded at the foam heart. “I just want to be up front, so there aren’t any misunderstandings. I’m not interested.”
Maybe that was harsh, but he wasn’t someone who danced around, avoiding the hard jobs.
Her eyes widened even more, growing wounded and embarrassed. Pink bled into her face so deep, her freckles disappeared. Her bottom lip started to quiver before she bit down on it. Her brow pleated and her eyes began to gloss.
He set his back teeth, not having planned to make explanations, but maybe he needed to dial this back a notch. “We work together—”
“No, we don’t! You treat me like I work for you.”
He cocked a brow at that. Well, yeah. He was paying for a room and all.
“I’m trying to be nice.” Temper was gathering around her like storm clouds, making her voice grow loud and strident. “Not that you would know what that looks like. You think I’m coming on to you? You can’t even change your own toilet roll! You don’t get Valentines for that, you asshat. Making hearts with foam is so basic, it means I’m not even trying. But if you don’t like the way I’ve made your coffee, fine.”
She grabbed his mug and threw it into the bar sink where it bounced out and clattered to the floor, sending coffee exploding all over the walls, counter, and floor.
If you’d like to read the first two chapters of On The Edge, they’re here: http://danicollins.com/books/on-the-edge/#excerpt
Fun Fact: The book Glory writes, Blessed Winter, is the long-awaited sequel to Cruel Summer, the short story you receive when you join my newsletter. Don’t have it yet? No problem, read the Giveaway below.
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The champion meets his match…
When Glory Cormer’s father introduces her to ‘their’ new business partner, she’s appalled. Viking-like Rolf Johansson exudes the same alpha-intimidation that jocks used to torment her through high school. After nursing her mother the last several years, she’s trying to break out of her shell and secretly pursue a writing career, but Rolf insists she go through with the rotten deal her father struck with his brother to renovate an old chalet.
Rolf envisions this mountain as a world-class resort for elite athletes and other jet setters. As a downhill champion and owner of a world-renowned sports equipment empire, he knows what it takes to get what he wants. Nothing will stop him, especially not a hotheaded wallflower who turns the ice in his veins to lava.
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 Dani 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. Dani lives in Christina Lake, BC, Canada with her husband of thirty years who occasionally coaxes her out of her attic office to visit their grown children.