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Clarke Collins


Hi, I’m Clarke Collins, a not-so-average Midwestern mom by day, vivid dream wrangler by night. Aside from being a vast consumer of romance and speculative fiction novels, I also borrow inspiration from an array of influential talents.

I published my first short story, FIRE IN THE BLOOD, in July 2018 followed by a romance novella in August 2018. My most recent work, a contemporary fiction series, was released in late 2019. Feel free to poke around my website and be sure to subscribe, and add me on social media. Until next time, happy reading!


Clarke's Journal

About me & my journey.

A Helpful Reminder to Self

It seems for a moment, I forgot this kernel of wisdom from the immortal goddess Bette Davis: “It has been …

Corona and Time

It’s amazing what a difference a few weeks make. Around this time last month, I was turning 43. My head …

Heartbreak Inkwell

For some reason this time of year always sends me floating back through my past. You can imagine the cringe-worthy …

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Gabe's in Trouble
(Don't Say Goodnight)

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 “First Ave” The conductor’s voice crackled through the train.  Shit! Missed my stop! Gabriel jumped from his seat, briefcase in tow and slipped out the sliding doors before they closed. His ten-minute walk had now turned into thirty minutes. He’d forgone waiting in the desolate and urine drenched subway station for the next one back, especially considering how slow they ran at that time of night. Ah well. The walk would do him some good. Clear his head.

As he exited the station, his senses sharpened, catching the first taste of brisk early morning air. He pumped his feet steadily, being mindful of his surroundings, but appreciating the time to think and reflect. Most important, sober up. His mind had been heavy in the preceding hours and the alcohol had only exacerbated that. He wanted to be focused when he saw Alicia. There was so much he needed to say to her. He didn’t know where to begin.

Gabriel knew a talk between them was long overdue. He walked faster. The urgency to get home and do what needed to be done sending him into a sprint. He conquered each block in record time. His thoughts on nothing but Alicia – the soft curl of her hair and the silky feel of her skin against his fingertips. He imagined her floral scent in the air and envisioned the first time they kissed. How the spark between them ignited into an endless flame as their lips connected.

In the past year, something broke between them. Life wasn’t the same as it used to be. They were long overdue a talk about where they were going in this marriage. With the urgency growing inside, he thought of nothing but getting home to reclaim his wife. As he rounded the corner to his apartment building, he felt nothing could stop him; that was until something did.

Also by Clarke Collins

Ice Cream Castles

Naomi and Eli wanted to forget their pasts, but neither could deny that on a hot Chicago night, hearts will melt.

Don’t Say Goodnight

Two couples on the brink of separating, one night of temptation. Is this the end of love or a new beginning?

Fire in the Blood

When suspicions are raised about a family member, tensions mount between a married couple. 

Night And The City

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