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Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Interview and Giveaway with Bella Andre!

What up, Maidens! Today we are thrilled to have Bestselling author, Bella Andre with us today. Bella's books have appeared on Top 50 bestsellers lists and have been translated into several other languages. Not to mention that WILD HEAT won the Award of Excellence in 2011! For more information about Bella and her books, please check out her website here.

Hi Bella! Welcome to UTC and thank you for chatting with us today. Let's get started, shall we? What is it about the contemporary romance genre that has captured your attention and made you want to write for this genre?

I love to read contemporary romance ;) actually, I devour it at a pace of about one book a day when I can!), so that's probably where it comes from. I'd had characters talking in my head for a while, but after my college roommate, Jami Alden, who also writes romance, encouraged me to attend a Romance Writer's of America meeting nine years ago, I knew I had to sit down and write a romance!

The Look of Love is Chase and Chloe's book! For readers who haven't read this yet, can you tell us about this book and about the series in general?

THE LOOK OF LOVE launches my contemporary romance series - THE SULLIVANS - about a family of six hot, sexy brothers and two sassy, cool sisters. In the first book, Chase Sullivan is a successful photographer who rescues Chloe off the side of a road after her car crashes on a rainy night. He instantly falls for her and wants to protect her, but she won't let him. Because Chloe is on the run from a bad relationship and has vowed never to trust a man again. Of course their sexual chemistry sizzles and just as she's beginning to think he might be the one exception to too-good-to-be-true, he's wondering if letting her go might be the best way to show he loves her.

Your newest release is the second book in the Sullivan series, From This Moment On. This is Marcus and Nicola's book. Can you tell us a bit about what readers can expect from this upcoming release?

Chase's brother, Marcus, is the responsible, family patriarch. Nicola is a rising pop star with a bad reputation that she doesn't actually deserve. Both of them have their reasons for wanting one reckless night together, but even though they both know they're all wrong for each other, growing emotions - and sizzling attraction - keep drawing them closer together. Close enough for them to wonder if stealing one more secret moment together can ever be enough? My wonderful readers really seem to be loving my Sullivan boys and I'm so excited about everyone reading Marcus and Nicola's book!

In Ecstasy, two erotica writers get together to do some "research". I loved this idea! What was the inspiration behind this?

Thank you! I was actually fairly new to the erotic genre at the time I wrote ECSTASY and I couldn't help but wonder what would happen if a new erotic writer asked an established erotic writer for "lessons". I had a fantastic time writing this book - especially the story within the story.

What are you currently working on and can you tell us a bit about it?

I've recently finished Marcus' book and am already working on the story for Gabe called CAN'T HELP FALLING IN LOVE. Gabe is daring firefighter and let me assure you it's already as hot as it promises!

Who is your favourite author and what is it about their work that resonates with you?

I have several favorite authors, of course, but two of my absolute favorites are Jennifer Crusie and Lora Leigh. I love the humor and wit and emotion (and surprisingly hot sex) in Crusie's books. And Lora's books just sweep me up in emotion from the first sentence.

Would you consider yourself a plotter or pantster?

A little bit of both. With THE SULLIVANS, I know the Sullivan family. I know the brothers and sisters, I know their family dynamic, and I have a pretty good idea who they're going to fall in love with (well, for most of them, anyway). I do like to be surprised by how it all works out, though! And I love laughing and crying along with my characters as I write each of their love stories.

Fun questions! If you weren't a writer, would you rather be....

a) A top image consultant like Julie Spencer from Game for Anything
b)A first grade teacher like Anna Davis from Game for Love
c)An outspoken fashion designer like Janica Ellis from Love Me

I like to gab and I like clothes so I'd have to go with C. Plus having a surgeon like Luke hot for me wouldn't be so bad. :)

If you could collaborate with another contemporary romance author, who would like to work with and why?

I'm extremely lucky to have many fantastic contemporary writers as good friends. Tina Folsom (who also writes vampires), Barbara Freethy, Jami Alden, Carol Grace / Culver, Cecilia Gray, Jasmine Haynes, Shannon Hollis, Karin Tabke....the list could go on and on! I get together with these amazing women on a regular basis and we often brainstorm stories and ideas with each other.

Thank you so much for the amazing interview! 

Bella has graciously offered to give away a digital copy of CANDY STORE, her sexy contemporary romance!!! Open to everyone!

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_yay_ said...

I love a good, spicy contemporary romance :-)
Great interview! Looking at the cover I wanna grab that behind!!!
Thanks so much for the giveaway :-)
Sasse (_yay_) http://bookthatthing.blogspot.com

Unknown said...

Candy Store sounds down right sexy! I like the premise in Ecstasy where to erotic researchers get together. Spontaneous combustion comes to mind. LOL! I enjoyed reading this author interview. Thanks to Bella for taking the time to share.

And, thanks for the opportunity to win Candy Store.

Happy Reading & Blogging,

Jess B. said...

i just love you books Bella and i cant wait finish the new series.

Escape by Fiction said...

Great interview! I love Bella's stories and have read quite a few of them. I can't wait to get this new series, it sounds great!!

Good reading ~ Escape by Fiction

Rebe said...

Great interview! I love Crusie's romances as well - they're so funny and at the same time sexy.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Elena said...

Nice Interview! I've haven't had the chance to read anything by Bella Andre,now I'm interested in her novels. =)

Anonymous said...

I am a huge Bella Andre fan. Thanks for the great interview!!


Pommawolf Emeraldwolfeyes said...

Great post and interview...I enjoy learning more about the authors I love to read...*S* I already have the series on my gotta have list...*S*
thank you so much for the contest!

pommawolf @hotmail.com

Unknown said...

Great interview!! It was always nice to see and know something about who's behind those great romances we read!


Bella Andre said...

Thank you so much for having me here today at UTC!!! So nice to meet everyone! :) Jessica, EBF and Tina - I'm so glad you've been enjoying my books! I've been having such a lovely time writing them, it's so nice to hear from you after you read them. And for those of you who have just put my books on your TBR pile - thanks so much! I really hope you like them.

Eden Summers said...

Great Interview! This is a new author to me, so I look forward to checking out her books.

S,E,Rs Awesomness said...

FANTASTIC!! I havent read this author yet , but now Im uber excited to start!

AngelaC said...

I heard good things about this book. I'M MOVING IT UP my TBR

erin said...

Fun interview! Thanks for the giveaway!

elaing8 said...

Great interview.Looking forward to reading one of Bella's books.

Darlene said...

All the books you mentioned sound great! Thanks for the giveaway!

darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com