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.

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 with , Stephanie Bond, Eileen Wilks, Jill Shalvis, Donna Kauffman, Nancy Warren, Jacquie D'Alessandro, , Cindi Myers, Leslie Kelly, Kathleen O'Reilly, Jennifer LaBrecque, Kate Hoffmann, , , Jule McBride, Kristin Gabriel, Heather MacAllister, Debbi Rawlins, Joanne Rock, Jo Leigh, , , , Julie Kistler

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1 Love Me, Love My Bed ( By: ) 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 Carried Away ( By: Donna Kauffman) 2002 Description / Buy
5 Her Perfect Stranger ( By: Jill Shalvis) 2002 Description / Buy
6 It's a Guy Thing! ( By: Cindi Myers) 2002 Description / Buy
7 Back in the Bedroom ( By: Jill Shalvis) 2004 Description / Buy
8 Letting Loose! ( By:) 2007 Description / Buy
9 Cold Case, Hot Bodies ( By: Jule McBride) 2007 Description / Buy
10 Ms. Match ( By: Jo Leigh) 2008 Description / Buy
11 Texas Blaze ( By: Debbi Rawlins) 2009 Description / Buy
12 Trick Me, Treat Me ( By: Leslie Kelly) 2009 Description / Buy
13 Two to Tangle ( By: Leslie Kelly) 2009 Description / Buy
14 Letting Go! ( By:) 2009 Description / Buy
15 Simon Says... ( By: Donna Kauffman) 2010 Description / Buy
16 HONEYMOON WITH A STRANGER ( By:) 2011 Description / Buy
17 MIDNIGHT TRAIN FROM GEORGIA ( By:) 2011 Description / Buy
18 NOT IN MY BED! ( By: Kate Hoffmann) 2011 Description / Buy
19 TANGLED SHEETS ( By: Jo Leigh) 2011 Description / Buy
20 Just One Night ( By: Nancy Warren) 2012 Description / Buy
21 Not Just Friends ( By: Kate Hoffmann) 2012 Description / Buy
22 Lying in Bed ( By: Jo Leigh) 2013 Description / Buy
23 Your Bed or Mine? ( By: Kate Hoffmann) 2013 Description / Buy
24 Half-Hitched ( By: Isabel Sharpe) 2013 Description / Buy
25 Bedspell ( By: Jule McBride) 2014 Description / Buy
26 Early to Bed? ( By: Cara Summers) 2014 Description / Buy
27 Are You Lonesome Tonight? ( By:) 2014 Description / Buy
28 Night After Night... ( By: Kristin Gabriel) 2014 Description / Buy
29 JUST A LITTLE FLING ( By: Julie Kistler) 2014 Description / Buy
30 NAUGHTY BY NATURE ( By: Jule McBride) 2014 Description / Buy
31 Better Than Chocolate... ( By: Jennifer LaBrecque) 2014 Description / Buy
32 Nothing to Hide ( By: Isabel Sharpe) 2014 Description / Buy
33 Cabin Fever ( By:) 2014 Description / Buy
34 Good with His Hands ( By: Tanya Michaels) 2015 Description / Buy
35 The Hottest Ticket in Town ( By: Kimberly Van Meter) 2015 Description / Buy
36 Best Man...with Benefits ( By: Nancy Warren) 2015 Description / Buy
37 Naked Pursuit ( By: Jill Monroe) 2016 Description / Buy
38 Compromising Positions ( By: Kate Hoffmann) 2016 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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