While Bella Andre's path to becoming one of the hottest romance writers around can be likened to a Cinderella-like tale, it doesn't feature a Prince Charming coming to her rescue. No, Andre's success has been the result of her own persistence and hard work.
After Andre's self-published series of e-book romances chronicling the Sullivan family sold more than a million copies and hit multiple best-seller lists, Harlequin snatched her up with a seven-figure deal to publish print editions of the wildly popular books, the first of which hit shelves last month.
In this guest blog post, Andre describes her unique and exhilarating journey.
I am both a romance writer and a voracious romance reader! In fact, I'll read a book a day when I can. I've always loved to read connected family series like Julia Quinn's Bridgertons and Stephanie Lauren's Cynsters, because it's so much fun to watch the family members each get their happily-ever-afters—especially when their siblings and parents are in the books, as well. That's why, two years ago, I decided to take the plunge and write my own connected series about the Sullivan family. Each of the eight Sullivan siblings has a unique career (photographer, winery owner, firefighter, librarian, auto shop mogul, pro baseball player and choreographer) and outlook on life, but one thing they all have in common is that they're always there for each other, no matter what.
When I decided to self-publish my stories about the Sullivans as e-books, self-publishing was fairly new at that point, and it was very exciting to watch as more than 1.5 million readers discovered my digital books! In the past two years, nearly all of my Sullivan e-books have hit the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists—and now, after signing a groundbreaking print-only deal with Harlequin MIRA—the Sullivan series is being released in paperback in extended English language editions all over the world!
I'm beyond thrilled that From This Moment On is now out in paperback. Though I could never pick a favorite Sullivan, I have to admit that Marcus definitely vies for one of the top spots in my heart.
Marcus is the oldest Sullivan sibling, and after his father died when he was 14, he helped his mother raise his seven brothers and sisters. The owner of Sullivan Winery in Napa Valley, Marcus has always put his family first—but now it's finally time for him to find his own happiness. Only, he never thought a pop star would be the one to make his heart race from the moment he set eyes on her. . . .
The first book in the Sullivan series, The Look of Love, is already on bookshelves everywhere, and the third book in the series, Can't Help Falling in Love, will be released in paperback on July 31. I hope you enjoy getting to know my Sullivans and that you fall for Marcus Sullivan as hard as I did!
Thanks so much, Bella!
So, who's intrigued about this Marcus guy? Do you plan on getting to know him and the rest of the Sullivans? To learn more, visit Andre's website.