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Manda Collins grew up on a combination of Nancy Drew books and Jane Austen novels, and her own brand of Regency romantic suspense is the result. A former academic librarian, she holds advanced degrees in English Lit and Librarianship. Her books have been favorably reviewed in Entertainment Weekly, Library Journal, Booklist, Publisher's Weekly, Bookpage, and USA Today.  Her novel Duke with Benefits, was named one of Kirkus Books Best Romance Novels of 2017. When she's not writing she can be found advocating for disability rights on Twitter, watching true crime documentaries, and knitting very inexpertly. A native of Alabama, she lives on the Gulf Coast with a very stubborn cat and more books than are strictly necessary. 

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Manda Collins
manda@mandacollins.com

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Literary Agent
 
Holly Root 
Root Literary
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Reviews & Praise for Manda's Books

"A delectable mystery that reads like Victorian Moonlighting (with a good heaping of Nancy Drew's gumption). Collins writes with a brisk whimsy, her diverting characters popping off the page . . . adroitly threading the needle of her darkly amusing sense of humor, genuine suspense, and a deep sense of connection. . . .  A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem is wickedly smart, so engrossing it'd be a crime not to read it immediately."―Entertainment Weekly

"Utterly charming."―PopSugar on A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem

"A fun and flirty historical rom-com with a mystery afoot!"―SYFY WIRE on A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem

"Smartly plotted, superbly executed, and splendidly witty."―Booklist on A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem

"Thoroughly enjoyable."―Library Journal on A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem

"Both romance and mystery fans will find this a treat."―Publishers Weekly on A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem

"Manda Collins smoothly blends romance and an English country-house whodunit . . . The twists and turns of the plot will keep readers guessing, but Kate's independent attitude and the interesting friends she gathers around her bring the story to vivid life."―Bookpage on A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem

"When I pick up a Manda Collins book, I know I'm in for a treat. With compelling characters and a rich Victorian setting, A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem weaves mystery and romance into one enthralling tale."―Tessa Dare, New York Times bestselling author

"[Manda] Collins is a delight! I read A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem waaay past my bedtime, absorbed by its spot-on period detail, the well-crafted characters, and of course the intriguing mystery. Brava!"―Elizabeth Hoyt, New York Times bestselling author

"With wicked smart dialogue and incredibly strong characters, Manda Collins reminds me why I love historical romance so much. Witty, intelligent, and hard to put down, you'll love A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem."―Rachel Van Dyken, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Mystery, romance and an indomitable heroine make for a brisk, compelling read."―Madeline Hunter, New York Times bestselling author
 

"Readers who relish historical romances served up with a generous measure of dangerous intrigue and sizzling sensuality will definitely want to test drive this smartly crafted tale." Booklist on A GOOD RAKE IS HARD TO FIND

 

"The sensuous love scenes are evenly matched with a captivating mystery as Leonora and Freddy work together to uncover the culprit, often putting their own lives in danger. This is a fresh and promising start to the series." Publishers Weekly on A GOOD RAKE IS HARD TO FIND

 

"This sweet and sensuous novel has an undercurrent of mystery that will keep readers riveted. (Publishers Weekly on WHY LORDS LOSE THEIR HEARTS)Collins' tale blends intrigue and desire in a story that is an unusual and intriguing combination of chilling and sweet." RT Book Reviews on WHY LORDS LOSE THEIR HEARTS

 

"A suspense-filled tale, Why Lords Lose Their Hearts, the third book in author Manda Collins' Wicked Widows trilogy, is a witty, sensual historical romance that will captivate readers from the very beginning. Filled with warmth, clever dialogue, engaging characters, sizzling chemistry, mystery, danger, surprising plot twists, tender romance and true love, this story is a delight." Romance Junkies on WHY LORDS LOSE THEIR HEARTS

 

"Fresh dialogue, suspense, revenge, a most unlikely villain, and of course romance, make Why Lord's Lose Their Hearts a definite must-read!" Reader to Reader Reviews on WHY LORDS LOSE THEIR HEARTS

 

"With its shades of I Know What You Did Last Summer and strong gothic overtones, Collin's latest is a chill seeker's delight. Along with the surprising climax, readers will thoroughly enjoy the well-crafted characters, the charming setting, and the romance that adds spice to the drama." RT Book Reviews on WHY EARLS FALL IN LOVE

 

"Sparkling romance amid mystery." Publishers Weekly on WHY EARLS FALL IN LOVE

 

"Combining love, wit, warmth, suspense, intrigue, emotion, sensuality, interesting characters, romance, and plenty of danger, Ms. Collins' has created another enthralling story." Romance Junkies on WHY EARLS FALL IN LOVE

 

"Award-winning author Manda Collins brings sensual historical romance to a new level with wit, heat, and beautifully written detail, finely drawn characters, and a flair for fun." Examiner.com WHY EARLS FALL IN LOVE

 

"Witty and smart, Collins' prose flows smoothly as she merges a charming, compassionate love story with gothic suspense…Add strong pacing and depth of emotion, and there's no doubt this is a winner." RT Book Reviews (Top Pick, 4½ stars) on WHY DUKES SAY I DO

 

"Collins has a deft touch with characterization, and she expertly weaves a thrilling thread of danger throughout the story. Why Dukes Say I Do is highly recommended for readers who enjoy their historical romances with a generous soupcon of suspense." Reader to Reader Reviews on WHY DUKES SAY I DO

 

"Witty and smart, Collins' prose flows smoothly as she merges a charming, compassionate love story with gothic suspense….Add strong pacing and depth of emotion, and there's no doubt this is a winner. " Top Pick, 4½ stars, RT Book Reviews on WHY DUKES SAY I DO

 

"Collins has a deft touch with characterization, and she expertly weaves a thrilling thread of danger throughout the story. Why Dukes Say I Do is highly recommended for readers who enjoy their historical romances with a generous soupcon of suspense." Reader to Reader Reviews on WHY DUKES SAY I DO

 

"With her trademark wit and charm, Manda Collins has penned a deeply romantic and emotionally satisfying story in How to Romance a Rake. Her heroine is plucky and tremendously appealing, and I cheered for her well-earned happily ever after." Vanessa Kelly, award-winning author of Sex And The Single Earl

 

"Collins' second installment of the Ugly Duckling trilogy is both a lovely, sensitive romance and a taut thriller. Collins brings a dashing hero and a wounded wallflower together in the type of love story readers take to heart. With compassion and perception, she delves into the issues faced by those who survive physical and emotional trauma. Brava to Collins!"  RT Book Reviews, 4 stars, on HOW TO ROMANCE A RAKE

 

"Absolutely delightful, HOW TO ROMANCE A RAKE, the second book in talented author Manda Collins' UGLY DUCKLING series, is an emotion-packed, passionate historical romance" Romance Junkies, 5 stars, Blue Ribbon Review

 

"How to Romance a Rake is a wonderfully moving story about two damaged people coming together to form a unique bond. Manda Collins is now on my auto-buy list, and I can't wait for the final book in this series." Rakehell, Where Regency Lives

 

"How to Romance a Rake is a wonderful story in which a quiet and shy heroine triumphs over adversity, overcoming obstacles to win the heart of one of London's most eligible bachelors. It is the sort of story that warms the heart and reaffirms the notion that love conquers all. Books like How to Romance a Rake are why I read romance." Romance Novel News

 

"The passion sizzles in this book and while Collins delves into deeply emotional issues she also infuses her stories with plenty of humor along with a terrific secondary cast…If you haven't read Manda Collins yet, now's the perfect time to start. How to Romance a Rake is going straight to my keeper shelf. I highly recommend it!" The Romance Dish

 

"Regency lovers have a new author to add to their dance cards! Manda Collins heats up the ballroom and writes romance to melt even the frostiest duke's heart. With sparkling Regency wit, a dash of mystery, and just the right amount of steam, HOW TO DANCE WITH A DUKE is an enchanting debut, sure to sweep readers off their feet! NYT Bestselling Author, Tessa Dare

 

"Warmth, wit and delicious chemistry shine through every word of Manda Collins's delightful debut. With a heroine to root for and a hero to die for, HOW TO DANCE WITH A DUKE is a romance to remember." Bestselling author Julie Anne Long

 

"Sexy, thrilling, and romantic--whether she's writing of the mysteries of the heart or of the shady underworld of Egyptian relic smuggling, Manda Collins makes her Regency world a place any reader would want to dwell." USA Today bestselling author Kieran Kramer on HOW TO DANCE WITH A DUKE