Attention: All aspiring HR Leaders:
Here’s ideal weekend reading at home
…while you discover how to m
promotional opportunities FIND YOU!

“Everyone in HR gets rejected for a job
at some point in their career.”

However, the key to reducing the chances
of that happening to YOU is to embrace
and act on the NUMBER ONE thing! 

What is that NUMBER ONE thing?

Well, in She Stole My HR Promotion, you’ll discover what it is.

Tired of Netflix?

Then sit back, relax, grab your favorite beverage and enjoy this totally entertaining story that will grip you from start to finish. 

This unforgettable novel will take you on a fictional journey into the world of Drake Williams, an HR director who gets passed over for a promotion…and absolutely does NOT see it coming…and loses this job to a person that shocks him beyond belief!

Drake has every right to believe he will promoted to be the new Vice President of Human Resources at the NuStyle Foods & Snacks Corporation. 

He’s practically a shoo-in for the job.

He has everything going for him.
He knows his stuff in HR.
He’s a workaholic.
His boss is his biggest advocate.
Everybody knows and respects him.

And, besides, the firm desperately wants an African-American on the firm’s top leadership team. And he’d be the first one.


Drake is blindsided and shocked beyond belief when the CEO screws him over and instead names an unknown outsider to the job, a mysterious and savvy white female — who now becomes his boss!

He is further blown away when their relationship quickly takes an unexpected turn, spirals out of control and now threatens his job.

They both become engaged in a roller-coaster, winner-take-all corporate power struggle featuring romance, racial tension, lying, deception, betrayal, snitching, discrimination, potential sexual harassment, workplace gossip and corporate politics that risks blowing up in Drake’s face, tearing his world apart and ruining his career in HR forever,  if he doesn’t do something about it.

But what does he do?
What lessons does he learn in the process?    
What would YOU do if this happened to you?
How does all this apply to you?

Well, I guess you’ll have to dive into these pages to find out.   One hint: The powerful secret he learned about advancing his career in HR is revealed at the very end of this story.

Here’s what you’ll gain from this book:

  • You’ll discover THE NUMBER ONE SUCCESS SECRET that you can apply in your own HR career to minimize your chances of getting overlooked for future promotions…whether they arise within or outside of your current organization.
  • You’ll be able to sit back, grab your favorite beverage and enjoy this engrossing, totally captivating story that will grip you  from start to finish — and is unlike any other HR book you’ve ever read. It’s ideal as a weekend read or as an entertaining diversion during those long, boring plane rides! 
  • You’ll uncover the eye-opening, brutal truth about how to make HR promotional opportunities practically find YOU…and how to increase your chances of advancing your Human Resources career in today’s volatile, unpredictable business environment.

This novel is a real page-turner and addresses one of the BIGGEST FRUSTRATIONS that you’ll ever face in your career in Human Resources…

And that’s getting passed over for that
HR promotion 
that you worked hard for
and thought you richly deserved!

If you aspire to become a Human Resources Manager, Director or VP and you’ve ever experienced getting overlooked yourself, you know how frustrating, painful and devastating this can be.

Whether you truly believed you deserved the job or were promised it by your boss or the higher ups, no one likes being denied that next move up the ladder of success.  It can keep you up at night for weeks struggling to figure out what went wrong.

However, this isn’t a unique situation.

Let’s face it, advancing your career in HR is freaking hard.  You give it everything you have, but sometimes, it feels like it’s just not enough.  When that happens though, you need a strategy for dealing with it.  Do you have one?

If not, what are you waiting on?  Buckle up, dive into these pages and enjoy the ride towards discovering what you can do to begin enhancing your career in HR!

But before you do, please heed this warning:


This novel, much like the business world, contains profanity and portrays adult situations.  If you are not offended watching PG-18 or R-rated movies on cable TV, then this story should NOT offend you either. That said, there’s no guarantee that you won’t be stunned or taken aback at times. But consider that all part of the journey.  But it also an engrossing and entertaining QUICK read for those in HR, who are career-minded and success oriented,  but much too busy to read those same old boring HR books.  

Very powerful message 
Very powerful message. I wish I would have known about it years ago when I began in HR.  It would have saved me lots of time trying to figure things out on my own. However, I believe if you know this now, it will put you in a great position to take advantage of new promotional opportunities.” 
Sheila Prentice, SPHR
Senior Manager – Talent Acquisiton, Celgene

A true to life suspense filled story for HR folks
Collins & Quinn tell a true to life suspense filled story that unfolds an important idea for HR folks.  The novel covers it all: corporate politics, betrayal and surprises at every turn. This book could very well make or break your career promotions.  The narrative is a must read with surprises at the end …but don’t cheat. 
Michael L. Cohen,
Former VP Human Resources Development, Quaker Oats

Could not put this book down
Loved it!  A real page turner that I could not put down.  An unexpected, but inspiring surprise at the end.  I’m doing some of the things suggested, but it gave me some practical, brand new ideas that I hadn’t thought about to use to prepare for my next HR move. 

Mallie Ross-Hernandez
Director – HR Operations, JetBlue Airlines


ALAN L. COLLINS is Founder of Success in HR and helps human resources pros around the globe accelerate their career success.  He is the author of ten books including the Amazon best sellers Unwritten HR Rules, HR Interview Secrets and The New HR Leader’s First 100 Days.  He was formerly vice president of HR at PepsiCo where he led talent and human resources initiatives for the Quaker Oats, Gatorade and Tropicana businesses.

ALLISON P. QUINN is a novelist and fiction writer of entertaining stories about finding success and meaning in the workplace.  All of her stories are quick reads which help professionals in today’s organizations succeed.  She specializes in infusing her stories with workplace romance, mystery and intrigue to carry the reader on a journey of discovery towards realizing that ONE, single golden nugget of wisdom she has waiting at the end.



Q:  I don’t like novels. Why a novel instead of just a straightforward non-fiction, HR book that deals with this topic?

A:  We didn’t want this to be another boring, theoretical HR book. And frankly, a novel is the best way of conveying the important message in this book in a way both entertaining as well as educational.

As a lifelong HR pro, I’ve had this story rolling around in my head for over ten years, but I didn’t have the writing ability to be able to tell the story by myself as a novel. So I needed someone with experience to partner with me in order to tell it in a fun and engaging way.

Enter: Allison Quinn. She’s been a great collaborator and co-author. She helped bring the story in my head to life. She’s an awesomely gifted up and coming novelist and fiction writer who has a knack for creating realistic, relatable characters and intriguing stories. This book would not have been possible without her prodigious story-telling talent.

The book will expose you to one of her roller-coaster tales that will grip you from start to finish. So buckle up, dive in and enjoy the ride.

So even if you don’t like novels, you’ll LOVE this one!

Q: I hear that there’s sex described in this book. Is that true?

A: You’ll find some heated romance here, profanity and yes, a little sex. But let’s be clear, you’re NOT going to find porn, erotica, explicit smut or kinky situations. This is NOT that kind of book!

But make no mistake about it — this is a juicy tale for ADULTS only.

Here’s the deal: if you’re not offended watching PG-18 movies or some R-rated movies on Netflix or cable TV, then this book should not offend you either. Consider this a highly entertaining, romantic business story with a surprising, yet powerful message for all HR folks at the end. With all that said, I can’t guarantee that you won’t be surprised, shocked or even taken aback at times. But consider that part of the ride.

You’ll also find racial tension, lying, deception, betrayal, snitching, discrimination, potential sexual harassment, workplace gossip and corporate politics in this book.  All realistically depicted just like you’ll find in today’s workplace.

Q: Tell us more about this mysterious NUMBER ONE HR CAREER SUCCESS SECRET?

Nice try. But you’ll need to get the book find out what it is.

However, know this – just about all extraordinarily successful HR folks who move ahead in their careers already employ this NUMBER ONE thing – even though they may be doing it unconsciously.

So, is this really new? Frankly, no.  I’ve written about it very subtly before, but you’d have to read five of my books to get it — and you’d have to know exactly where and what to look for.  In this book, there’s no mystery about it. Allison and I cut through the crap. You’ll find it here in ONE spot and you’ll be entertained in the process.

So, is there really, really a NUMBER ONE thing?  Yes, there is. Definitely. And there are a number of ways you can apply it — all of which you’ll find actionable and doable and will allow you to create that breakthrough you might need in your HR career.  In fact, I’ll share five different ways to apply this NUMBER ONE SUCCESS SECRET at the end of the book.  And once you know it, you’ll come up with others yourself.

That’s all I’ll say.

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