Author Bella J. stopped by this week to bring us a taste of her new release Mafia Princess…
In her own words…
We asked Bella to give us a more in depth look at her new release…
Mafia Princess is about two characters equally strong-willed, headstrong, and annoyingly stubborn.
Karina Valenti is the daughter of the infamous crime Boss known as The Wolf, but she wants nothing to do with the family business. In fact, she tries everything in her power to steer clear of everything family related. But once Detective Lorik Stone calls her in for questioning, it sets off a spiral of events which drags her right into the middle of it all.
Lorik is by far the hero I had the most fun with. His cocky, arrogant, and I-don’t-give-a-shit attitude made it so easy to write his scenes. Well, that and the fact that my real-life hubby is a Detective as well. (And yes, my husband is all of the above as well. LOL)
Wait…yeah…I think it’s relatively safe to say Lorik was inspired by my husband—a royal pain in the ass who ensures there’s never a dull moment. 😉
Mafia Princess was originally meant to be a standalone, but Karina’s brothers turned out to have so much potential I had no choice but to turn it into a series. Although Mafia Princess isn’t quite as dark as you would expect from a Mafia romance, it does have a few dark elements.
But for all the enthusiastically dark readers out there, rest assured. Dante and Antonio’s stories will be coming your way soon…and it’s going to be deliciously dark, and decadently sinful.
(Editor: Yay! We can’t wait!!!)
Excerpt from Mafia Princess by Bella J.
(Note from the author: This part alone shows what a menace Lorik really is. He’s just one naughty, arrogant Detective with a sinfully sexy smile that will make you sacrifice little puppies.)
Ah, crap. Like one run-in with the devil wasn’t enough.
I sighed before turning and watched as the commander came storming my way. Judging by the way his nostrils flared and the smoke poured out of his ears, I’d say he was pretty pissed.
He stopped in front of me. “So, now you manage to get it right?”
“I guess my mental block just got unblocked.”
He stared at me with so much disdain that for a second I felt twelve again, standing in Principal Swinton’s office, listening to him telling me how wrong it was to trash the school hall, half of the classrooms, and the principal’s office with toilet paper.
According to me, I simply showed my extreme commitment to a classic prank. Unfortunately, Principal Swinton didn’t agree and kept repeating the phrase “you’re suspended” while he tried to remove the toilet paper from his fish tank—along with the dead fish. How was I supposed to know the little fishy fuckers would eat the toilet paper? And, in my opinion, if you were stupid enough to eat shit paper, you deserved to die.
Buy Mafia Princess: https://www.amazon.com/Mafia-Princess-Royal-Book-ebook/dp/B07CQ3TD42/
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Let’s get to know Crave author Bella J…
All the way from Cape Town, South Africa, Bella J lives for the days when she’s able to retreat to her writer’s cave where she can get lost in her little pretend world of romance, love, and insanely hot bad boys.
Bella J is a Hybrid Author with both Self-Published and Traditional Published work. Even though her novels range from drama, to comedy, to suspense, it’s the dark, twisted side of romance she loves the most.
Do you consider being a writer a gift or a curse?
Both. When it comes to my sanity, it’s a gift. Now I have a very good explanation as to why I have all these voices inside my head. “It’s characters talking to me, because I’m a writer.” No one with a PhD can question that. LOL.
On the other hand, it’s a curse. With a full time job, and two little kids, I don’t have enough hours in a day. So I regularly suffer from what I call ‘Writer’s constipation.’ If I don’t have time to write down the scenes that play off inside my head, or what the voices are screaming at me, my mind gets clogged up and I go all sorts of crazy.
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
Seven. Some of them are halfway done, others only a few chapters. Currently it’s all safely tucked away in my “I’ll probably never finish these” folder.
What is your favorite romance sub-genre to write and read?
Dark. I love dark romance. I am a huge fan of Pepper Winters, and it was her Monsters in the Dark series that made me fall in love with the dark side of romance. I love writing dark romance as well, but I write all types of sub-genres. It depends on my mood, and what kind of characters are talking to me—the writer. (Again, the best reason ever to argue the fact that you’re certifiably crazy)
What are your favorite types of characters to write?
Dark, tortured, hard-ass and cocky heroes. I love my bad boys. And I prefer my kick-ass heroines, too. I love it when a bad boy is brought to his knees by a strong-willed bad girl. But again, it all depends on the story…and the voices. 😉
What are you most afraid of?
Geckos. I can’t stand looking at them. Have you seen the way that little head moves, and those freaky spread-out toes that sucks onto everything? I can’t even…YUK. I get chills just thinking of it. And the little fuckers, I mean buggers, are fast as fuck. One second it’s sitting in the corner at the top of the wall with those freaky-ass sucky feet, head flicking in every direction, and then…gone. POOF. Just gone. Now THAT freaks me out. You have no idea where that little, mini-reptile went. It’s enough to make me want to sit in the corner and rock like a crazy person, and me being a writer won’t be able to explain this kind of crazy behavior. Do you see how much power this tiny little reptile has over me?
Rapid Fire Interview:
Tea or Coffee? Coffee.
Paperback or Ebook? Ebook. Easier to read at night in the dark.
Vampire or shifter? Vampire. I think it’s a seduction thing.
Cop or Fireman? Cop. My real life husband is a cop (See my use of the words ‘Real life.’ Again, I blame it on being a writer.)
Snow or sunny skies? I live in Cape Town, South Africa. It never snows here. So I’m forced to answer ‘sunny skies.’
Beach or mountain ski resort? Can I say no to both? It’s a no to the beach because I hate how sticky you get, and how sand manages to creep up in holes you didn’t even know you had. And no to mountain ski resort, because mountains usually mean creepy crawly insects. I’m not much of an outside person.
Coke or Pepsi? Coke
HEA or a more realistic ending? Realistic ending. I’m not one of those readers who demands a HEA, or I refuse to read it. Knowing it’s a HEA kind of spoils the whole story for me since from you already know from the very first page that the hero and heroine will end up together. It’s a HUGE spoiler.
Chick flick or action movie? Action movie
City or country? City. I need white noise to be able to sleep. It’s just too damn quiet in the country. Plus, country also kind of means creepy crawlies, and dust, and heat, and…nope. Definitely city.
More beautiful: Sunset or sunrise? Sunset.
Car or plane? Car
iPhone or Android? Android
Mac or PC? PC
Kindle or Nook? Kindle
Listen to audiobook or read? I guess read since I’ve never listened to an audiobook before. *hands head in shame*
Ocean/Lake or pool? Pool. You have no idea what’s swimming around you in the ocean or a lake.
Eggs or pancakes? Pancakes.
Shower or bath? Bath
Handwrite or type? Type
Introvert or extrovert? Introvert…until the tequila comes out to play.
Morning person, or night person? Morning person.
Camping or Luxury Hotel? Luxury Hotel!!!!!
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