Sunday, September 20, 2009

Welcome to the "Weddings by Bella" Series

I'm so excited about the release of my first Revell comedy, FOOLS RUSH IN, and thrilled to create this new blog to share my enthusiasm. What fun we're going to have, blogging together! If you love great give-aways, yummy Italian food, hunky Texas cowboys, themed wedding planning and large quirky families, then this is the book for you!

Here's a synopsis: Bella Rossi may be nearing thirty, but her life is just starting to get interesting. When her Italian-turned-Texan parents hand over the family wedding planning business, Bella is determined not to let them down. She quickly books a "Boot Scoot'n" wedding that would make any Texan proud. There's only one catch—she knows nothing about country music because her family only listens to Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Where will she find a DJ on such short notice who knows his Alan Jackson from his Keith Urban? When a misunderstanding leads her to the DJ (and man) of her dreams, things start falling into place. But with a family like hers, nothing is guaranteed. Can the perfect Texan wedding survive a pizza-making uncle with mob ties, an aunt who is a lawsuit waiting to happen, and a massive delivery of 80 cowboy boots? And will Bella ever get to plan her own wedding? Book one in the Weddings by Bella series, Fools Rush In is fun, fresh, and full of surprises. Readers will love the flavorful combination of Italian and Tex-Mex, and the hilarity that ensues when cultures clash.

Here's what several readers had to say about the book:

REVIEWER: Carly (Carlybird’s Home) http://carlybirdshome.blogspot.com/
Do you need a laugh? I mean a really good laugh? Then you need to read Fools Rush In. This has got to be one of the funniest books I have ever read, perhaps even the funniest. The concept of these two very different cultures coming together is priceless. The author has obviously spent a lot of time with very large Italian families because she knows all of their funny little nuances, and I love that.

From Author Trish Perry: "Mamma mia, let's escape! Let's fall in love! Let's eat chicken parmesan, fettuccini alfredo, and Bubba's down-home barbeque without gaining a pound. It's all possible when we hang out with Bella Rossi in Fools Rush In. Janice Thompson's first installment in the Weddings by Bella series is a fun, welcome distraction from life's boredom and stress. You'll fall for Bella's DJ even faster than she does. And you'll root for the Rossi and Neeley families as they break down cultural barriers and rush toward each other, arms wide open. No fools, they!" - Trish Perry (www.trishperry.com)

“Janice Thompson is a master storyteller who draws her readers into the tale along with the characters. From page one of Fools Rush In, I felt as if I were Bella’s best friend, sitting down with her over cups of Italian cappuccino while she told me the latest happenings in her zany family. One of my top picks for 2009, Fools Rush In earns a permanent place in my library.”
—Ane Mulligan, editor, Novel Journey

Friends, I hope you enjoy our journey together as we explore this fun and quirky new series. Thanks for stopping by, and feel free to leave a comment!

22 Comments:

Heather Diane Tipton said...

Congrats on the new site!

Janice Thompson said...

Thanks, Heather. Thanks for the beautiful design. I'm so proud of you!

Anonymous said...

Nice site Janice!
Deonne Beron- Revell

Edwina said...

Hi Janice,

Congrats on the new site - I love it!!

Blessings,
Edwina

Janice Thompson said...

Thanks, Edwina! I hope you've got some recipes for me! We're going to start building a cookbook for Aunt Rosa soon!

Crystal Laine Miller said...

I love it, Janice! Congratulations.You both did a good job--you, Janice, for the books, and you, Heather, for the design. Just lovely.

Sandee61 said...

Lovely new website, I'm enjoying it very much. The books look like really fun reads. Thanks for the review of it. I'm looking forward to sharing some good Italian recipes too.

Blessings,
Sandee

Muzzley56[at]aol[dot]com

Carly Kendall said...

I'm so happy you came up with this site. I love it. Thank you!

Janice Thompson said...

Thanks everyone! Start thinking about Italian food. Yum! Where shall we start? Which meal jumps out at you? Lasagna? Eggplant Parmesan? Chicken Cacciatori? Fettuccini Alfredo? Tiramisu? (Anyone getting hungry?) Help me decide which one to pick first. :)

CHickey said...

It's a beautiful site!

Paula said...

Your now blog rocks! And the books sounds fabulous, too!

Bronwyn said...

Loved the book, Janice. Anxious for the next one. I also love Italain food so will be looking forward to the recipes. God bless, Bronwyn

Michelle Sutton said...

It's very eye-catching.

Marcia Gruver said...

I'm reading Fools Rush In right now and REALLY enjoying it. I don't have much time to read these days, but I pick it up whenever I find a spare minute. Funny! And very well written. Congrats on this one, my dear friend!

Elizabeth Ludwig said...

What a beautiful site! Can't wait to read your book, Janice. Comedy AND romance?? What bliss...

Leslie Nott said...

Janice, I just love this site!

And speaking of Italian food... I love homemade manacatti. If you ever want some let me know and I'll make it!

Congrats on the new site!

Janice Thompson said...

Leslie. . .you make your own pasta? I'm definitely interested in hearing about that. Any of the rest of you make your own pasta? We're going to kick off this recipe book on Friday, so I'm dying to know!

bigguysmama said...

I love the look of the new site! I can't wait to learn more and to read your book since it's in my TBR pile. :)

~Mimi

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Frances said...

Love the site, Janice.

Morgan Edwards said...

One of my best friends, Samantha, is the cover model for your main character, Bella. I'd have to say you couldn't have chosen a more beautiful Bella!

dragonflyunlimited said...

I just finished Fools Rush In (thank you for the book suggestion, Amazon!) and have rarely had as much fun! With the madcap adventures of the Rossi and Neeley families, at times it felt more like I was watching a movie rather than reading a book. I plan to read more of your books -- I love your style!