Today it is my pleasure to welcome back New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has sold more than 1.5 million books BELLA ANDRE to HJ!
Today Bella is here to celebrate her groundbreaking seven-figure, print-only deal with Harlequin MIRA, Bella’s Sullivan series will be released in paperback in a major global English language launch in the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia in continuous back-to-back releases starting in June 2013 with THE LOOK OF LOVE followed by FROM THIS MOMENT ON in July, and CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE in August (Harlequin MIRA; June 3, 2013, $5.99). These enticing romance novels include exciting new material never published anywhere before.
Thanks so much for having me!
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 The Look of Love for the readers here ….
When Chase Sullivan finds Chloe and her totaled car in Napa Valley, she’s so lovely, inside and out, that he wants to love – and protect – her. Only, she has vowed never to trust a man again, despite his loving looks and sinfully sweet caresses. But is he the only exception?
NYT bestseller Carly Phillips called Chase & Chloe’s book “Emotional, sexy, lovely!”
Bella, please introduce Chase Sullivan from your novel The Look of Love to HJ readers here
Chase Sullivan is a very successful photographer. He is one of 8 siblings in the Sullivan family, based in San Francisco. He’s always had a good time with women and isn’t looking for happily-ever-after, but when he finds Chloe and her car in a muddy ditch on the side of the road in Napa Valley, it’s love at first sight for him. But because of her difficult past, he’ll need to work really hard to convince her even to trust him first..
What does your character look like?
We’ve been doing dream casting for The Sullivan on my Street Team page all month. Btw, to join my Street Team, go to http://www.BellaAndre.com/Team for info!
What does your character do for a living?
Chase is an international photographer.
Who is your character’s Love interest in the book?
Chloe Peterson has been badly burned by her marriage. Now divorced, she’s not sure she can ever trust another man enough to fall in love. But she never expected to meet Chase Sullivan…
Are your characters ruled by emotion or logic or some combination thereof?
Both Chase and Chloe are good people who are ruled by both emotion and logic, just like all of us. Of course, fear of making the same mistakes over again can be strong enough to keep us from taking a chance on love, even when its right in front of us!
Was it love at first sight for your characters? If not what was the pivotal moment of change?
Yes, for Chase it was definitely love at first sight. For Chloe, too, I suspect, although she worked very hard to fight her attraction– and affection — for Chase from the beginning.
If your characters could go back in time and change one thing what would it be? Why?
Chloe would not have opened the door for her ex-husband. And Chase would have wished for only joy for her, as well, so that she wouldn’t have been hurt in her past.
How have your characters evolved from when the novel began to when it ended?
Chase realizes that love is more important than anything else. And Chloe realizes she is a strong, capable, talented woman who is willing to risk everything for the man she’s fallen in love with.
How did your character spend the week just before the story starts?
Chloe was going to work at the diner and Chase was on a photo shoot.
What are you currently working on? What other releases so you have planned for 2013?
I am currently working on several things! Rafe Sullivan’s book (the 1st Seattle Sullivan cousin) will have his book, THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT, out in ebook on June 19th. Mary & Jack Sullivan’s story – KISSING UNDER THE MISTLETOE — will be out in Hardcover (through Harlequin MIRA) and ebook on September 24, 2013! The next 4 paperbacks in the Sullivan series will also be out through Harlequin MIRA this year. Here is the paperback release schedule:
July 2013: From This Moment On
August 2013: Can’t Help Falling In Love
October 2013: I Only Have Eyes For You
November 2013: If You Were Mine
Where can readers get in touch with you?
I love hearing from readers!
Thank you for stopping by HJ!
Thanks so much for having me!
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Chase almost missed the flickering light off on the right side of the two-lane country road. In the past thirty minutes, he hadn’t passed a single car, because on a night like this, most sane Californians—who didn’t know the first thing about driving safely in inclement weather—stayed home.
Knowing better than to slam on the brakes—he wouldn’t be able to help whomever was stranded on the side of the road if he ended up stuck in the muddy ditch right next to them—Chase slowed down enough to see that there was definitely a vehicle stuck in the ditch.
He turned his brights on to see better in the pouring rain and realized there was a person walking along the edge of the road about a hundred yards up ahead. Obviously hearing his car approach, she turned to face him and he could see her long wet hair whipping around her shoulders in his headlights.
Wondering why she wasn’t just sitting in her car, dry and warm, calling Triple A and waiting for them to come save her, he pulled over to the edge of his lane and got out to try and help her. She was shivering as she watched him approach.
“Are you hurt?”
She covered her cheek with one hand, but shook her head. “No.”
He had to move closer to hear her over the sound of the water hitting the pavement in what were rapidly becoming hailstones. Even though he’d turned his headlights off, as his eyes quickly adjusted to the darkness, he was able to get a better look at her face.
Something inside of Chase’s chest clenched tight.
Despite the long, dark hair plastered to her head and chest, regardless of the fact that looking like a drowned rat wasn’t too far off the descriptive mark, her beauty stunned him.
In an instant, his photographer’s eye cataloged her features. Her mouth was a little too big, her eyes a little too wide-set on her face. She wasn’t even close to model thin, but given the way her T-shirt and jeans stuck to her skin, he could see that she wore her lush curves well. In the dark he couldn’t judge the exact color of her hair, but it looked like silk, perfectly smooth and straight where it lay over her breasts.
It wasn’t until Chase heard her say, “My car is definitely hurt, though,” that he realized he had completely lost the thread of what he’d come out here to do.
Knowing he’d been drinking her in like he was dying of thirst, he worked to recover his balance. He could already see he’d been right about her car. It didn’t take a mechanic like his brother, Zach, who owned an auto shop—more like forty, but Chase had stopped counting years ago—to see that her shitty hatchback was borderline totaled. Even if the front bumper wasn’t half smashed to pieces by the white farm fence she’d slid into, her bald tires weren’t going to get any traction on the mud. Not tonight, anyway.
If her car had been in a less precarious situation, he probably would have sent her to hang out in her car while he took care of getting it unstuck. But one of her back tires was hanging precariously over the edge of the ditch.
He jerked his thumb over his shoulder. “Get in my car. We can wait there for a tow truck.” He was vaguely aware of his words coming out like an order, but the hail was starting to sting, damn it. Both of them needed to get out of the rain before they froze.
But the woman didn’t move. Instead, she gave him a look that said he was a complete and utter nut-job.
“I’m not getting into your car.”
Realizing just how frightening it must be for a lone woman to end up stuck and alone in the middle of a dark road, Chase took a step back from her. He had to speak loudly enough for her to hear him over the hail.
“I’m not going to attack you. I swear I won’t do anything to hurt you.”
She all but flinched at the word attack and Chase’s radar started buzzing. He’d never been a magnet for troubled women, wasn’t the kind of guy who thrived on fixing wounded birds. But living with two sisters for so many years meant he could always tell when something was up.
And something was definitely up with this woman, beyond the fact that her car was half-stuck in a muddy ditch.
Wanting to make her feel safe, he held his hands up. “I swear on my father’s grave, I’m not going to hurt you. It’s okay to get into my car.” When she didn’t immediately say no again, he pressed his advantage with, “I just want to help you.” And he did. More than it made sense to want to help a stranger. “Please,” he said. “Let me help you.”
She stared at him for a long moment, hail hammering between them, around them, onto them. Chase found himself holding his breath, waiting for her decision. It shouldn’t matter to him what she decided.
But, for some strange reason, it did.
THE LOOK OF LOVE
Chloe Peterson is having a bad night. A really bad night. The large bruise on her cheek can attest to that. When her car skids off the side of a wet country road and into a ditch, she’s convinced even the gorgeous guy who rescues her in the middle of the rain storm must be too good to be true. Or is he?
A successful photgrapher who frequently travels around the world, Chase Sullivan has his pick of beautiful women. Chase thinks his life is great just as it is—until the night he finds Chloe and her totaled car on the side of the road in Napa Valley. Not only has Chase never met anyone so lovely, both inside and out, he realizes Chloe has much bigger problems than her damaged car. Soon, Chase is willing to move mountains to love—and protect—her, but will she let him?
Chloe vows never to make the mistake of trusting a man again. Only she can’t help but wonder if she’s met the only exception with every loving look Chase gives her, the attraction between them sparks and sizzles.
Chase didn’t realize his life was going to change forever in an instant, and he isn’t the least bit interested in fighting that change. Instead, he’s gearing up for a different fight altogether—for Chloe’s heart.
THE LOOK OF LOVE
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