Please join me in welcoming back New York Times and USA Today bestselling bestselling author Bella Andre to HJ!
Hi Bella, Welcome back to HJ!
Bella, tell us a little bit about you…
I write sexy, emotional contemporary romance. My most popular series is about the Sullivan family, which has sold more than a million copies as ebooks and are now being put out in print by Harlequin MIRA in nearly continuous back-to-back releases from June 2013 through April 2014
Please summarize your latest release Can’t Help Falling in Love for the readers here ….
Gabe Sullivan is a firefighter in San Francisco who can’t make the mistake of falling for another fire victim. Megan Harris can’t love – and lose – another man with a dangerous job. Gabe & Megan have every reason to stay apart…but they can’t help falling in love.
Character Q & A
Please introduce to HJ readers your character Gabe Sullivan from your novel Can’t Help Falling in Love
How would you describe Character in one sentence?
Gabe is incredibly brave, loyal, and loving.
What is his strongest character trait? Weakest?
He’s fearless, and utterly committed to protecting and saving people from fires. This also makes him vulnerable because his job is so dangerous.
What does your character do for a living?
He is a firefighter in San Francisco.
Is your character ruled by emotion or logic or some combination thereof?
He always does his job the safest way he possibly can, but of course he’s emotional when people’s lives are at stake, even though they’re strangers.
Who is your character’s Love interest in the book?
Megan Harris is a single mother of seven-year-old Summer. Her husband was a fighter pilot who passed away when her daughter was young.
Was it love at first sight for your character? If not what was the pivotal moment of change?
Gabe saves Megan and Summer from an Apartment fire in the beginning of the book. When they meet again for the 2nd time when she goes to thank him while he’s in the hospital, things are immediately charged between them.
If you character could go back in time and change one thing what would it be? Why?
Of course, Gabe would want them not to be caught in the apartment fire that nearly took their lives, but he would pray that he would have met them both anyway.
How has your character evolved from when the novel began to when it ended?
Both of them believe they can’t fall for someone like the other person. But the truth is that the love they give each other means they can both survive anything.
If your character had a free day and your his/her mission was to enjoy themselves what would he/she do?
Go have a picnic and play games with Summer and Megan in Golden Gate park.
How did your character spend the week just before the story starts?
He was realizing he was ready for someone special to come into his life, just his brothers Chase and Marcus now have.
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Please enjoy the following excerpt from Gabe Sullivan’s book…
CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE
Gabe Sullivan risks his life every day as a firefighter in San Francisco. But after learning a brutal lesson about professional boundaries, he knows better than to risk his heart to his fire victims ever again. Especially the brave mother and daughter he saved from a deadly apartment fire…and can’t stop thinking about.
Gabe Sullivan’s captain, Todd, stepped into the room.
“How’re you feeling, Gabe?”
He moved to sit up straighter on the bed and Todd shook his head. “You’re fine just like that. I know your skull must hurt like hell.” He nodded back to the doorway. “Are you ready to see Ms. Harris and her daughter, Summer?”
No, he thought, he’d be better off never seeing those eyes again.
He’d thought about Megan and her daughter one too many times for comfort. Not just because he was reviewing the rescue, trying to look for what he could have done differently, to have gotten them out faster and more safely—but because he hadn’t been able to forget her strength, how hard she’d fought to stay conscious, and what a fighter she’d been every single second of the harrowing journey from her burning apartment.
Still, he understood that fire victims often felt compelled to say thank you to the men who had saved them. Especially in a case like this, where they’d just barely held death at bay.
“Sure.” He began to nod, but a sharp shooting pain stopped him halfway into the movement.
Catching his grimace, Todd said, “I’ll ask Megan and her daughter to come back later.”
Her name fit her, Gabe had found himself thinking one too many times. Megan was pretty and strong all at the same time. It would be better to think of her as Ms. Harris. Although, he had to wonder, was there a husband? And if so, where had he been during the fire and why wasn’t he here with them now?
“No,” he said, “it’ll be better if I see them now.”
She’d say thank you, he’d tell her he was happy to see her and her daughter doing so well, and that would be that. No more being haunted by her eyes, by the surprising strength she’d shown him as she’d crawled on the floor of her apartment and down the stairs.
A couple of minutes later, Todd walked back in with the mother and daughter. Ignoring the pain in his head, Gabe sat up higher and forced a smile on his face.
And then, his eyes locked with Megan’s and his smile froze in place.
My God, he found himself thinking before he could shove the thought away, she’s beautiful.
The last time he’d seen her face it had been through a thick haze of dark smoke and the knowledge that one wrong move meant their lives were over. Her eyes were just as big and pretty, her limbs looked as lean and strong as they had when he’d been helping to move her along the floor, but now he could see the softness in her, the sweet curves of her breasts and hips in her T-shirt and jeans. He couldn’t stop staring at the startling green of her eyes, the silky dark hair falling across her shoulders, and the way her pretty young daughter was a carbon copy of her, the only difference their hair color, one dark, one light.
She seemed just as stunned as he and for a long moment, the two of them just stared at each other in silence until her daughter ran over to him and threw her arms around him.
…Excerpt from CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE by Bella Andre ©2012.