This week’s interview is with author Bella Rose who is releasing her debut book, Transfixed: Fated Choices – Book 1 this week!
In this interview, Bella talks to us about what inspired her to become a writer along with telling us about her debut novel and what we can expect from her this year.
How about you tell us a bit about yourself?
Hi, I’m Bella- Obviously. I live in the hills to the north of England but thankfully it isn’t really like Hills Have Eyes. I am a stay at home mum of 4 children and am just now, getting to know who I really am, rather than who society tried to make me.
How did you begin writing? Have you always wanted to be an author?
I have always said that one day I would write a book and I have always loved the written word. When I was younger I got my fix working at WHSmith in Stansted Airport and loved it whenever we managed to get someone come through and sign their books. That was well over 12 years ago now and all those ‘Signed By’ Books are still some of my most treasured.
I jumped in with both feet though when Kate Sparkes set a challenge to join her for NaNoWriMo last year. I just thought ‘Let’s do it’ and apparently this story had been waiting far too long to be written.
As I’m sure you’re discovering, writing is a solitary endeavour. Some authors are fortunate to have a community behind them that supports and encourages them. Do you have people in your back pocket who help you, or have mentored you along the way?
I do actually! I am pretty good friends with Kate Sparkes who wrote the Bound Trilogy and Krista Walsh whose current series is The Invisible Entente Series that starts with Death at Peony House. I would actually not be here if it wasn’t for the 2 of them opening some shutters for me, so that I could see into the world I wanted to be a part of and when I knocked, they also opened the door and invited me in even though I was scared and shy and I felt really daft chasing a dream.
Here I am about to release my first book. A story that has been tapping at my brain since back in the days when I worked in a bookstore!
Speaking of your first book, you’re getting ready to release Transfixed this week. It’s the first in your Fated Choices series. What is this first book and the series about?
Its about Fate as the series title would suggest, the choices we make and the path we follow through life. My main characters Luc and Jenna have made, throughout their lives a series of random decisions that have brought them, inexplicably, to a preordained meeting. That meeting in turn, will eventually trigger ‘The Storm’.
The second book of the series, Transformed, comes out this July. What can you tell us about it?
During Transfixed Luc and Jenna meet and get to know each other. Transformed will focus on the ways in which that meeting will change them. They will become more truly who they have always been destined to be, and we’ll travel that path with them.
Do you have any current plans to continue expanding on the Fated Choices series?
Yes is the short answer.
I have a much larger story in mind and there will likely be spin off stories to cover some of the deeper histories. Hardly anyone is who they appear to be initially and I am looking forward to digging into the events that have shaped them all. Jenna and Luc especially have been through literal lifetimes to become who they need to be.
The two covers are visually striking. Were they your idea?
No, as much as I’d like to take credit for the visuals, I am creative, not artisitic.
The matching covers for Transfixed and Transformed were advertised for sale as premade eCovers and I fell in love with them. That particular designer has since disappeared but I have made friends with some fabulous people since then, including the wonderful lady who put together the artwork for the back of the two books and all of my teasers.
Can you tell us about any other projects you have planned for 2017 in addition to Transfixed and Transformed?
I have a few projects lined up but I think, after Transformed my next project is likely to be a non-fiction work currently entitled Through My Eyes.
I am still concepting the idea at the moment but very basically it will look at life as a female autistic adult. Autism in girls and women is still a hugely misunderstood and largely overlooked area, I am hoping that by sharing my experiences and those of my daughter, maybe we can open some doors and turn some lights on.
And finally, can you share an excerpt from Transfixed?
Dear Reader, I hear things! Things I have no business hearing and it has defined the course of my life. Sometimes I believe that I was chosen for this life to serve some purpose and achieve some good. Other times I KNOW, without a shadow of a doubt, that I was cursed into this existence for reasons that I cannot fathom.
My earliest memories are lost to the haze and an all-consuming rage. I have no clear recollections, only a vague sense of danger and a deep insatiable need, but even then, my ‘talent’ makes it impossible to truly know if these are my memories or somebody else’s. Just to explain when I say I hear things, I don’t mean that I hear actual sounds with my ears, I am referring to thoughts and feelings. Sometimes, it’s like overhearing somebody have a conversation with themselves when they think no one is around. More often it is a vague sense of intention or emotion. Sometimes I see flashes of colour, or smell something that triggers a mental response. Other times, it is exactly like watching a horror movie, those thoughts I get loud and clear, sometimes it’s almost three-dimensional. I suppose that’s a good thing, it makes my choices easier. I see the Darkness so clearly that I am able to shy from the Light.
I suppose that’s where this whole thing starts, well not really because, as I said most of my earliest memories are lost to the haze of time. But, I guess, this particular chapter of my existence, really starts with hearing things. The night was like any other, I heard and I followed. I took what was mine to take and saved what was in danger of ending. But Light crossed my path that night and my journey skewed off into the mist, and for the first time in literally forever, I had no clue where to step next. I just knew that every step was somehow vital to my continued existence. So it was, that with some trepidation, I set one foot in front of the other, to face what seemed to be, a saga of almost ‘Fated Choices.’
Maud Demille is a daughter of Innkeepers - a special group who provide "lodging" to other-planetary visitors - so she knows that a simple life isn't in the cards. But even Maud could never have anticipated what Fate would throw at her.
Once a wife to a powerful vampire knight, Maud and her young da... Continue reading at Amazon.com...
70 of 70 people found the following review helpful
I've been a slave for fifteen years.They took everything I had.My magic, my family, and my dignity.Believe it or not, I was once fierce.But disobeying Master's orders generally results in some pretty brutal punishment. So I do everything I can to avoid that.Before the contract, I didn't have to pret... Continue reading at Amazon.com...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book is fantastic! A definite must read!, September 15, 2019
This review is from: Sold To The Master (Kindle Edition)
This book is absolutely amazing! I couldn't put it down and read it in one sitting! Lauren is a witch. In order to save her family she was forced to sign a contract, giving the owner of the contract complete control over her magic. She is then taken away from her family and sold off to Master after Master, none willing to pay the price her magic demands. She is then bought by Sidney along with many other woman. When she is chosen to be his companion for the night, she questions him letting him know that he may be the reason none of the women he has bought in the past have become pregnant. He sends her back and requests another and then the rest of the women begin to think something may be wrong with her. When he calls on her again, he has confirmed her thoughts and asks what the price her magic will demand for her to fix it. She is given the time she needs to find his answer and it comes, he must give up a life for a life. If he wishes more than one child, it will be the... Read more
"I am obsessed with this series! Easily top 5 of Academy RH that I have read."- ★★★★★This academy is like no other…My name is Lexi Cameron and until three weeks ago, I thought I was human.It was all a lie.I’m a demon, and I’m signed up to attend The Demon Academy. I soon find out it’s the darkest, ... Continue reading at Amazon.com...
This review is from: Sinful As Hell: A Reverse Harem Bully Romance (The Demon Academy Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
Oh!! This is definitely in my top 3 list of Gem’s books! This was so fun and I absolutely LOVED her take on the whole Academy scene! Alexandria is awesome and fun to read about. The Demon Academy is like no other. Death threats, danger, and sinfully attractive men are too far away!
The Lucifer sons are men you love to hate. They’re hot *fans self* This book immediately caught my attention and it was pure hell trying to put it down to work and do life. Best part about it? This is ONLY BOOK 1! There are more coming! *swoons* I highly recommend this read! It is incredible!
I knew being the only Norm at Gifted Academy would be hard and dangerous, but I didn’t expect to be tossed out of a window. Also didn’t expect to be saved by one of the Magnificent Four.Bryce brought me back from the brink of death, but he did more than heal my broken bones. He weakened my defenses ... Continue reading at Amazon.com...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4/5 stars!!!, September 12, 2019
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This review is from: Ruthless Idols: A Paranormal High School Bully Romance (Gifted Academy Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
OK so overall this was an amazing book and I'm glad I Purchased it. The character development was very detailed and there was a lot of mystery and angst throughout the first two novels that I LOVEDDDD.
The only thing that I did not like was how wishy-washy the heroine was. It didn't affect the plot line that much sO it wasn't that big an issue but it still bothered me. One moment she's a rebel bad ass defending herself and then the next she forgives one of the characters after he totally demolished her and was SO FREAKING RUDE to her for three straight chapters. I dont know it just didn't sit well with me how she had 2 polar opposite sides, but that is my only complaint!
All in all it's a good book but I wish the heroine would have been written better.
Magical mapmaking is an ancient art—and also a major pain.At least, Finch can’t help but feel that way, since Erebus transported him to the Mapmakers’ Monastery with little to no instructions. Now, he’s stranded on some Greek island until he can learn how to draw maps to places he thought only exist... Continue reading at Amazon.com...
Feels like the first books in the series, September 12, 2019
This review is from: Harley Merlin 11: Finch Merlin and the Lost Map (Kindle Edition)
I was beginning to feel as if the Finch series were not as interesting, but this book recaptured my interest. Likable characters, interesting problems to be solved and a problem whose resolution felt balanced and as if it helped those effected.
After spending the vast majority of my life lonely, I came to this town to find answers about my mother, and instead, stumbled upon a secret society full of monsters I never knew existed outside of dark tales.Now I've built a sanctuary, gotten in the middle of an ages-old feud between various monste... Continue reading at Amazon.com...
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
This is the longest it’s ever taken me to read a book because I had to, August 31, 2019
This review is from: Gypsy Truths (All The Pretty Monsters Book 6) (Kindle Edition)
...get up and walk around every three pages
Gear up people because the end is nigh and I promise you...you didn’t see this twist. Or if you do please teach a class on being a clairvoyant.
This wraps up the story. You’ll get a lot of tied off quilts from this massive book. I can say, after such a BRUTAL fight scene that lasted a good chunk of the book, the ending felt like a cool down lap.
It was nice to see the boys get the scripted flipped on them. And don’t worry that’s not a spoiler because whatever you just perked up about? That’s not the twist. It’s crazier.
It’s dense. It’s really dense. Kristy Cunning is someone who packs a whole lotta plot into not a lotta space so I still haven’t picked up on half of the Easter eggs and...breadcrumbs she left us.
You guys the best review I can give is...I’m going to read this series from the beginning starting right now.
If I thought year one at Fallen University was rough, year two may prove hellish...What do you do when your entire magical academy is banished to the underworld?No, seriously. If you have any ideas, I would love to hear them.Because we've been cut off from humanity and the rest of the Custodians, an... Continue reading at Amazon.com...
This review is from: Fallen University: Year Two: A Reverse Harem Paranormal Romance (Kindle Edition)
That’s all I can say but whoa this book was crazy! I really want to see more of Vee. She was fascinating and refreshing to the story. Piper’s relationship with her men develops beautifully in this book and you see a strength as a team that it was questionable that they would develop. Can’t wait to see what book three has in store for us!
"Vampires don’t exist. At least, not anymore..."I celebrated when vampires were declared extinct.Those beasts had preyed on humanity for millennia, committing senseless, brutal murders. Like the rest of my colleagues at the Occult Bureau, I looked forward to a world where we could all sleep at night... Continue reading at Amazon.com...
I LOVE Bella and everything she writes. Lyra is an amazing character and I was so swept up in her story I couldn't put the book down. Trying to figure out all the secrets and who to trust and what to do next along with Lyra was fantastic. Dorian is a character I can't wait to learn more about and see where it goes next. This view of vampires is different then the shade but fantastic all the same.
Sometimes a good offense is the only defense.We're out of options. We have no back-up. This is our fight to win or lose.So much hangs in the balance I can barely stand to think about it. I have four gorgeous, incredible boyfriends, a sister I love with my whole heart, and real friends for the first ... Continue reading at Amazon.com...
This review is from: Clash (Academy of Unpredictable Magic Book 6) (Kindle Edition)
Magic is everywhere, you just need to know how to tap into it and allow it to be an extension of who you are to achieve your desire. Right? Ha! Easier said then done! Thankfully there are Academy’s that help train for that sort of thing. But what happens if your magic is labelled Unpredictable?
You work your ass off, avoid killing anyone by accident and learn to survive in a world controlled by prejudice.
Enjoyed the whole series. Some books felt like fillers but kept you hovering in anticipation. Extremely annoyed at having to wait for the follow up but very happy at the end.
Lioness and personal security to the stars, Alexa Milan doesn’t do romance. But when she meets her latest job, she’s unsure how to proceed. The sexy geeky scientist is making her girl parts tingle and her heart do flip flops. How’s she supposed to focus on shooting the bad guys when it takes all her... Continue reading at Amazon.com...
This review is from: Alpha Geek: Zeke (Kindle Edition)
Alpha Geek: Zeke is the follow up book to Alpha Geek. In this book we follow lion shifter Alexa Milan & human Zeke Tristone fight their way to happily ever after.
Alexa has been working for her cousin Nick’s security business as a bodyguard since high school. When things go sideways on an assignment, Nick decides to send her to guard Zeke Tristone, the scientist that helped to save his sister’s mate, Knox. She wasn’t happy to be assigned to babysit. How could she have known the human would be her mate?
Zeke has been working on the formula he used on Knox, but hasn’t gotten any further toward his goal. Every combination he tried had failed since the one that saved Knox, but he had to keep trying. But it seemed like someone else wanted his work, too. He’s had Nick’s security agency working on finding out who but there’s been no luck so far. Then Nick sends his gorgeous cousin to guard him & suddenly Zeke only has eyes for her. But can she protect him when the bad... Read more
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