Spotlight & Giveaway: The Look of Love by Bella Andre

Posted June 4th, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight / 65 comments

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…

BellaI 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?

TLOLBoth 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!
www.BellaAndre.com
www.facebook.com/BellaAndreFans
www.twitter.com/bellaandre

Thank you for stopping by HJ!

Thanks so much for having me!

2 Fabulous Giveaway:
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2. Fabulous beach bag filled with summertime essentials from hot brands such as O.P.I., Evian, Not Your Mother’s Hair Care, and Unisun Eyewear + copy of Look of Love. **Exclusive to HJ readers also included is a copy of From This Moment On and Can’t Help Falling In Love.  (US Only)

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An Excerpt:

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
Bella Andre
Harlequin/MIRA
$5.99 U.S./$5.99 CAN.
ISBN-13: 978-0-7783-1556-8

65 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: The Look of Love by Bella Andre”

  1. Rita Wray

    I love connected books. When I really like a character I’m happy I will see them again in another book. It’s like seeing an old friend.

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  2. Marcy Shuler

    I love series/connected books. When I read a good book I don’t want it to end as the characters become like friends. So the more books, the merrier. 🙂

  3. KYLA WHITLEY

    love series! if you fall in love with the characters and love the way the author writes, you don’t want the story to end! 🙂

  4. Leanna Hiner

    I love reading seried. When there is a new book its great because you get updates about your friends. I love that secondary characters in one book will get their own dtory in another book.

  5. barbed1951

    I love connected series a lot, because it’s fun to follow characters through a series of books, seeing different characters find love and seeing previous favorites making appearances throughout the series.

  6. Lauren

    I am a huge fan and have read the entire series, more than once. I truly enjoy connected series because the reader gets to know all the characters really well.

  7. Joanne B

    I love reading connected books. The readers get to learn a lot more about the characters, friendships, towns, etc. in each book.

  8. Allison W

    I love connected series, because once you fall in love, you get to keep falling in love book after book!

  9. Sarah M.

    I love connected series. It’s great to meet new characters and re-visit old favorites. I think it also can help contribute to the family vibe.

  10. Janice Hougland

    Woohee…another release from Bella! I adore her stories and can’t get enough of them. Thanks for your writing skills, Bella! Keep on truckin’ on! jdh2690 at gmail dot com

  11. Evelyn

    Yes, love connected books. Right now I am anxiously waiting for the new Kristen Proby book. I have also the collection of the Sullivans in ebook. Love Bella Andre

  12. Leni

    I’m a fan of connected stories and look forward to each new release to find out what all of the characters have been up to 🙂 And it’s always fun to see how the new people interact with the characters that I’ve already fallen in love with.

  13. shadowluvs2read

    I love them! Its fun visiting past characters, seeing where they are in life, how there doing, etc. I also love it that when were reading, we get glimpses into the other characters. we know a romance is coming but were not sure how there story is gonna go.

  14. Jenn Y.

    Connected books are the best! It’s always nice to see how the characters progress through each book, even when they are not the main character.

  15. Belinda

    Reading a series you get the “whole” family involved in the main character romance. You feel like a part of a family. Thanks for giveaway.

  16. Kai W.

    I love connected books. I love when the characters from prior books would show up. I like to know that they are doing fine after their stories. It is like seeing old friends that I haven’t seen or heard for awhile.

  17. Alexis B

    I love connected books because I like that the friends or family members get their own stories too and that you get to see what is going on with previous characters…especially when authors just leave you with the “i love you” ending…i like knowing that the got married or are planning to or have kids or have babies on the way…you get all that with connected books! thanks for the give away!!

  18. Mary Preston

    Connected stories mean you don’t have to let go – just yet. You can continue on meeting more of your favorites.

  19. Cindy Hamilton

    I enjoy series books because a person seems to really get to know characters better and we usually find out what happens to the characters in future books. Great continuance! I really enjoy Bella’s books!!!!

  20. Phuong P.

    I love series and connected books because you get to revisit with characters from previous books and see what’s been happening after they get their happy ending.

  21. Sharlene Wegner

    Connected stories are great, because you don’t have to start from scratch with the setting & some of the characters in each new book. Also, you can watch the previous characters in the new books & see what is happening in their lives. In the case with siblings, it is always interesting to see the family dynamics & how they each react with the others.

  22. Tawnya Bentley

    Yes, I love family and friend series. My problem is unless they are coming out years apart, I wait until they are all out before reading them. That way, I can read the books back to back.

  23. Annwitch

    I a book series, it is great to go back and find out how other characters are faring. I especially love a family series, its great to see the family members interact and get everyone’s story.

  24. Ellen Thompson

    I love to read series with connected stories. It is like visiting with old friends that you haven’t seen in a while and getting a chance to catch up on their lives.

  25. chey

    I like reading connected books. I like returning to a place I already know and sometimes seeing people I’ve already met.

  26. Christine Merritt

    I love them love them! Revisiting the characters you’ve met in previous books, knowing a little more about their HEA while meeting new ones. I like that families are not always created through blood. Series give us the opportunity to explore family created by geographic proximity, circumstances and just plain life experiences.

  27. Shannon G.

    I do like connected books! I like to be able to check back in with characters from previous stories to see how things are going and I like to then find out more about secondary characters in earlier books later in their own stories. I like being able to go back “home” with the characters…

  28. Joan

    I really like books where I can connect to the characters and once I connect to a character I don’t ever want to let go. Sooo… In other words, I love connected/series reads because I that just means I get more of the characters that I love.

  29. Ada

    Connected series are the best kind of books. I love it because you get to revisit your favorite “friends”/towns over and over again.

  30. Anita H.

    I do love it when authors write connected series, there’s no better feeling than picking up a book and being familiar with the characters and getting to see how their lives have progressed past their own story and how they affect the lives of newer characters….or how the characters we met previously get their own chance at happiness.

  31. CateS

    I love connected stories! The revisiting of characters later, secondary characters becoming primary in their story… love them all!! Thanks!

  32. Sandie W

    I do like reading connecting stories, but only as long as the Author can keep them fresh and not make me feel like it’s NEVER EVER going to end…

  33. Leslie Miner

    I love connected books. When I fall in love with characters in a book, it’s sad when the story ends. It’s like a relationship has been abruptly terminated. We also get to see that their HEA continues on, while we learn more about the secondary characters from the previous book.

  34. Sue G.

    I do love series. I love how you start to feel some of the characters are your actual friends!

  35. Rebe

    I love series, because I love getting to see characters from the earlier books interact with other characters.

  36. Krysten M

    I LOVE connected books! I like to know that everyone we meet in one book will probably (eventually) have their own story

  37. Dayna Janzen

    I had typed up this big answer and then something happened with my laptop 🙁
    Ok so here we go again lol – I use to like connected/series/companion novel as my preferred choice when it came to renting or buying books but lately I have been reading more stand-alone novel. The reason being that since increasing the amount of book I read per month I am finding that WAY too stories get recycled when publishing companies find something that “works” and the market get over saturated with those story lines! This is why I have been staying away from main stream YA novels (don’t ask, it’s my daughters fault!!) and heading back into my trusted romance novels. You always get an assortment of story lines with a romance themed genre 🙂
    It also greatly depends on the story/author because sometimes it’s so nice to follow a couple/family/generation from start to finish (I tend to stick with series that have 4-6 novels).
    Thanks for listening to my ramble. Hope it makes some sense!!

  38. Jennifer Zorko-Legan

    I love connected series! That why I get to visit my favorites over and over and over again.

  39. chaotickarma23

    I do because it allows you to get to know the characters so much better. Also, once you finish a book, you know their story is NOT over! I just love that!

  40. Rita

    I love a good series…I especially love the Sullivan’s..This family is awesome. They need each other and I love their stories of meeting true love.

  41. Susan T.

    I love connected books. It lets me see what the past characters have been up to. I absolutely love the Sullivan’s family.

  42. Pennie M

    I love a good series and the Sullivans are a favorite! I just finished Gabe’s story and looking forward to Sophie next 🙂

  43. Texas Book Lover

    I love connected series! It is always fun to catch back up on previous lead couples or those we haven’t had a book for yet but are just getting the hint about. And boy are the Sullivans FUN!

  44. Timitra

    I love series because I love catching up with characters from previous books plus seeing all the characters get their HEA!

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