Colleen Collins Books

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Colleen Collins is a Private Investigator that writes mystery romance novels. When she was doing Jack Benny impressions at the age of 3, Colleen had no idea that she would eventually pursue a career in publishing. She had plenty of reasons to doubt the possibility of her life going down such a path, especially as an adult who kept meandering through disparate careers.

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Order of A Humorous Colorado Mystery Series

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1 The Zen Man 2011 Description / Buy
2 The Ungrateful Dead (Short Story) 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Affairs to Remember Series

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1 Mistletoe and Murder in Las Vegas 2015 Description / Buy

Order of Lust Potion #9 Series

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1 A Scent Of Seduction 2006 Description / Buy

Order of Right, Wrong Series

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1 Right Chest, Wrong Name (Short Story) 1997 Description / Buy
2 Right Chapel, Wrong Couple 1998 Description / Buy

Order of Wolfman-Durand Series

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1 Joyride 2002 Description / Buy
2 Building a Bad Boy 2005 Description / Buy

Order of Colleen Collins Standalone Novels

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1 Rough and Rugged 2000 Description / Buy
2 She's Got Mail! 2000 Description / Buy
3 Tongue-Tied 2002 Description / Buy
4 Too Close for Comfort 2003 Description / Buy
5 The Perfect Girlfriend 2006 Description / Buy
6 Sleepless in Las Vegas 2013 Description / Buy
7 The Next Right Thing 2013 Description / Buy
8 Hearts in Vegas 2014 Description / Buy
9 Let It Bree 2014 Description / Buy
10 Sweet Talkin' Guy 2014 Description / Buy
11 LIGHTNING STRIKES 2014 Description / Buy
12 Can't Buy Me Louie 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Colleen Collins Non-Fiction Books

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1 How to Write a Dick 2011 Description / Buy
2 How Do Private Eyes Do That? 2011 Description / Buy
3 Secrets of a Real-Life Female Private Eye 2013 Description / Buy
4 A Lawyer's Primer for Writers 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Sex on the Beach Series

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1 Wild Child ( By: Cindi Myers) 2007 Description / Buy
2 Swept Away ( By: Dawn Atkins) 2007 Description / Buy
3 Shock Waves 2007 Description / Buy

Order of Wrong Bed Series

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1 Love Me, Love My Bed ( By: Rita Clay Estrada) 1996 Description / Buy
2 About Last Night ... ( By: Stephanie Bond) 1999 Description / Buy
3 Out of the Blue ( By: Jill Shalvis) 2000 Description / Buy
4 Suite Seduction ( By: Leslie Kelly) 2000 Description / Buy
5 Carried Away ( By: Donna Kauffman) 2002 Description / Buy
6 Her Perfect Stranger ( By: Jill Shalvis) 2002 Description / Buy
7 Two to Tangle ( By: Leslie Kelly) 2002 Description / Buy
8 It's A Guy Thing! ( By: Cindi Myers) 2002 Description / Buy
9 Just Treat Me / Trick Me, Treat Me ( By: Leslie Kelly) 2003 Description / Buy
10 A Sure Thing? ( By: Jacquie D'Alessandro) 2003 Description / Buy
11 Back in the Bedroom ( By: Jill Shalvis) 2004 Description / Buy
12 Strangers In The Night ( By: Kristin Gabriel) 2004 Description / Buy
13 All I Want... ( By: Isabel Sharpe) 2005 Description / Buy
14 Anticipation ( By: Jennifer LaBrecque) 2006 Description / Buy
15 Letting Loose! ( By: Mara Fox) 2007 Description / Buy
16 A Breath Away ( By: Wendy Etherington) 2007 Description / Buy
17 Cold Case, Hot Bodies ( By: Jule McBride) 2007 Description / Buy
18 Slow Hands ( By: Leslie Kelly) 2008 Description / Buy
19 Heated Rush ( By: Leslie Kelly) 2008 Description / Buy
20 Ms. Match ( By: Jo Leigh) 2008 Description / Buy
21 Texas Blaze ( By: Debbi Rawlins) 2009 Description / Buy
22 Letting Go! ( By: Mara Fox) 2009 Description / Buy
23 Rock My World ( By: Cindi Myers) 2010 Description / Buy
24 Simon Says... ( By: Donna Kauffman) 2010 Description / Buy
25 It Happened One Christmas ( By: Leslie Kelly) 2011 Description / Buy
26 Take My Breath Away... ( By: Cara Summers) 2011 Description / Buy
27 Honeymoon with a Stranger ( By: Janice Kaiser) 2011 Description / Buy
28 Midnight Train From Georgia ( By: Glenda Sanders) 2011 Description / Buy
29 Not In My Bed! ( By: Kate Hoffmann) 2011 Description / Buy
30 Tangles Sheets ( By: Jo Leigh) 2011 Description / Buy
31 While He Was Sleeping ( By: Carolyn Andrews) 2011 Description / Buy
32 Just One Night ( By: Nancy Warren) 2012 Description / Buy
33 Not Just Friends ( By: Kate Hoffmann) 2012 Description / Buy
34 Lying in Bed ( By: Jo Leigh) 2013 Description / Buy
35 Your Bed or Mine? ( By: Kate Hoffmann) 2013 Description / Buy
36 Half-Hitched ( By: Isabel Sharpe) 2013 Description / Buy
37 Bedspell ( By: Jule McBride) 2014 Description / Buy
38 Early to Bed? ( By: Cara Summers) 2014 Description / Buy
39 Are You Lonesome Tonight? ( By: Wendy Etherington) 2014 Description / Buy
40 Night After Night... ( By: Kristin Gabriel) 2014 Description / Buy
41 Just A Little Fling ( By: Julie Kistler) 2014 Description / Buy
42 Naughty by Nature ( By: Jule McBride) 2014 Description / Buy
43 Better Than Chocolate... ( By: Jennifer LaBrecque) 2014 Description / Buy
44 When the Lights Go Out... ( By: Barbara Daly) 2014 Description / Buy
45 Once Upon A Mattress ( By: Kathleen O'Reilly) 2014 Description / Buy
46 Nothing to Hide ( By: Isabel Sharpe) 2014 Description / Buy
47 Cabin Fever ( By: Jillian Burns) 2014 Description / Buy
48 Good with His Hands ( By: Tanya Michaels) 2015 Description / Buy
49 The Hottest Ticket in Town ( By: Kimberly Van Meter) 2015 Description / Buy
50 Best Man...with Benefits ( By: Nancy Warren) 2015 Description / Buy
51 Naked Thrill ( By: Jill Monroe) 2015 Description / Buy
52 A Wrong Bed Christmas ( By: Kimberly Van Meter, Liz Talley) 2015 Description / Buy
53 Naked Pursuit ( By: Jill Monroe) 2016 Description / Buy
54 Compromising Positions ( By: Kate Hoffmann) 2016 Description / Buy
55 The Perfect Mistake ( By: Toni Blake) 2018 Description / Buy

Order of Heat Series

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1 Insatiable ( By: Julie Leto) 2001 Description / Buy
2 Relentless ( By: Leslie Kelly) 2001 Description / Buy
3 Into the Fire ( By: Leslie Kelly) 2002 Description / Buy
4 We've Got Tonight ( By: Jacquie D'Alessandro) 2003 Description / Buy
5 Wickedly Hot ( By: Leslie Kelly) 2004 Description / Buy
6 Building a Bad Boy 2005 Description / Buy
7 Her Last Temptation ( By: Leslie Kelly) 2005 Description / Buy
8 The Nights Before Christmas ( By: Vicki Lewis Thompson) 2010 Description / Buy
9 Smooth Moves ( By: Carrie Alexander) 2014 Description / Buy
10 Night Pleasures ( By: Jule McBride) 2014 Description / Buy
11 Under the Covers ( By: Jamie Denton) 2014 Description / Buy
12 Her Private Dancer ( By: Cami Dalton) 2014 Description / Buy
13 Unforgettable ( By: Rhonda Nelson) 2014 Description / Buy
14 Never Naughty Enough ( By: Jill Monroe) 2014 Description / Buy
15 Hot & Bothered ( By: Kate Hoffmann) 2014 Description / Buy
16 Going All the Way ( By: Tanya Michaels) 2014 Description / Buy
17 Warm & Willing ( By: Kate Hoffmann) 2014 Description / Buy
18 Seduce Me ( By: Jill Shalvis) 2017 Description / Buy

Colleen Collins Anthologies

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1 The Night We Met 2006 Description / Buy
2 Men at Work 2007 Description / Buy
3 Coast to Coast Noir 2020 Description / Buy
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Colleen attended UC Santa Barbara. She pursued a theater degree, eventually graduating with honors. Soon after, she went to Hollywood and tried to carve out a place for herself, a task that was easier said than done.

Her initial objective was to find work in film production. She succeeded, joining a sitcom as a script girl. However, the height of her career in the industry was probably the time she spent working as Michael Ovitz’s assistant. He was the most powerful agent in Hollywood at the time.

The work Colleen Collins did for him was as stressful as it was crazy. But she had fun. In the years that followed, the author tried her hand at a number of careers. She worked as a telecommunications manager at RAND Corporation.

Her resume also includes stints as a speechwriter, technical editor, and even an improv comic. The author credits the semblance of stability she attained later on to her relationship with Shaun, her boyfriend. Shaun was a former criminal attorney who had experience training Private Investigators.

In 2003, the pair went into business together, opening an Agency and becoming private investigators. Shaun mentored Colleen, igniting her interest in PI work and opening her eyes to the world of sleuthing. Shaun and Colleen eventually married.

By this point in time, Colleen was a published author. Her attempts at writing fiction began years earlier. She had attempted to put a few of her ideas on paper but nothing ever stuck. Her luck changed when she received a rejection from one particular agent who told her that she had the talent to write professionally but she would never succeed if she kept writing sad stories.

Colleen took this criticism to heart. She started toying with more lighthearted material, eventually producing a romantic comedy that she finally sold.

The author wrote dozens of novels for Dorchester and Harlequin. Her bibliography also includes nonfiction books that explore PI work. Colleen started as a contemporary romance writer before finally turning her attention to romantic mysteries.

Her writing is heavily informed by her work as a PI. Though, she still does quite a bit of research. Colleen depends heavily on the internet even though it is a constant source of distraction. But she isn’t afraid to look to sources in the real world for information.

For instance, to write ‘Right Chapel, Wrong Couple’ in 1997, she started frequenting a gentleman’s club called ‘Denver’s Diamond Cabaret’. She grew so comfortable with the workers that she was eventually offered a free VIP Pass which she never used.

Colleen Collins Awards

The author was nominated for the Rita Award in 2001 (Rough and Rugged).

Best Colleen Collins Books

Colleen is a member of groups like Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America, with some of the best books in her bibliography including:

The Zen Man: PI Rick Levine has the worst luck in the world, or so he would like to think. Levine was finally ready to get re-licensed as a lawyer. But before his life could change for the better, another lawyer was killed and the murder was placed at his feet. He was arrested and taken to prison from where he was expected to pay half a million dollars in bail.

Now Levine is finally free but only temporarily. He was released on bond. To make his freedom permanent, Levine and his girlfriend Laura must identify the real killer. They have thirty days to wade through shady legal backrooms and tony corporate centers.

Mistletoe and Murder in Las Vegas: Joanne Galvin needs a break. The Las Vegas Lawyer is barely making ends meet. The only thing she wants out of the holiday season is a paying client. She doesn’t expect to get saddled with a notorious timepiece arsonist who drags her into an adventure involving a serial killer, a special agent, and an arson dog.

When Does The Next Colleen Collins book come out?

Colleen Collins doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Mistletoe and Murder in Las Vegas and was released on December, 14th 2015. It is the newest book in the Affairs to Remember Series.

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