Thursday, December 26, 2013

Last Day of Christmas Sale!

Today is the last day of my Just Until Christmas Sale!  Enjoy Holding onto Hope: The Complete Hope Trilogy for only $0.99!
Also try out the first part of the Hope Trilogy, Hope Breaks for FREE!
There also a $0.99 sale on Vampires: Boxed Set which has the novels Min's Vampire and BETTER OFF DEAD: A Lucy Hart, DEATHDEALER novel.
BETTER OFF DEAD is also FREE all by itself!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Just Until Christmas Sale!!!

Hi All!
Just until Christmas, Holding onto Hope: The Complete Hope Trilogy, will be on sale for only $0.99!
Get it while it's hot, hot, hot!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Holding onto Hope: The Complete Hope Trilogy

For all those who like their story all in one big piece or download, here is Holding onto Hope: The Complete Hope Trilogy.
This is the complete Hope Trilogy: Hope Breaks (Book 1), Hope Entangles (Book 2) and Hope Rises (Book 3).

New love breaks easily…

Book One: Hope Breaks

Hope Jones has two problems: one is new, the other is depressingly old.

The new problem: the bestselling author the publisher she shoots romance novel covers for hates her newest batch of covers. She has until the end of the week to come up with a breathtaking shot or she’ll be replaced. And there’s a sudden model shortage; they’re out of season.

The old, depressing problem: she hasn’t had a date, sex or a relationship in over two years.

She also has one hell of a headache.

Hope finds the cures for her two problems during a search through Wal-Mart for a painkiller to kill her headache.

Turns out the aisles of the retail giant are rampant with hot young model worthy specimens. And when her trusty Ford Taurus breaks down in the parking lot, a hunky mechanic in the Tire and Lube Express department fixes more than just her car.

Seemingly her troubles are good as gone…but then her new, fabulous cover is rejected, and in a desperate moment she has to choose between keeping her job and keeping the man she’s just starting to fall in love with.

Sometimes love comes twice…

Book Two: Hope Entangles

Hope Jones did a very, very stupid thing. She betrayed the man she was falling in love with just to keep her job, and is crippled with guilt.

But now she has a problematic new neighbor who’s more than just a pain in the ass, a new addiction to breakfast breads, and she has to try and teach a teenager how to drive.

Will she be able to do all this, get past the darkness in her past that comes calling, and still save her job… again?

Love Rolls…

Book Three: Hope Rises

Hope Jones’ life is falling apart.

She has two men competing for her attention—who knew that would be a bad thing! She has yet another ultimatum from her boss: recruit her famous ex-boyfriend and competing photographer, or lose her job. And she can’t stop running into the people she wants to avoid.

What’s a girl to do?

Monday, December 2, 2013

Hope Rises

Hope Rises is finally out!
Hope Jones’ life is falling apart.

She has two men competing for her attention—who knew that would be a bad thing! She has yet another ultimatum from her boss: recruit her famous ex-boyfriend and competing photographer, or lose her job. And she can’t stop running into the people she wants to avoid.

What’s a girl to do?
Check it out on Amazon and

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Hello Australia Kindle Owners!!!

I'm so glad Australia has joined the Kindle-verse.  And as a special hello I'm offering up my already free novella, Hope Breaks: A New Adult Romance (Book 1 of 3)

And I'm making a paranormal romance--Vampires: Boxed Set--$0.99 for a week!
I hope everyone gets a chance to enjoy them!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

A Surprise...

Hi everyone,


Well, I’ve had a few readers ask if I’ve written anything under other names.  Like many of my fellow writers the answer is yes.  But I went about publishing them all wrong.  I was impatient, didn’t get them edited, didn’t know… well, there’s so much I didn’t know.

But I’m still proud of these books.

So I’ve been having them edited, and now that I’ve got two done (and two or three more to come) I decided to claim them so you all can have a chance at reading them too.

One, a contemporary romance called “At Last” was published under the pen name Ella Stone.

Here’s the Amazon url:

The other is the first of a series of New Adult Paranormal Romances—BETTER OFF DEAD: A Lucy Hart, DEATHDEALER Novel—was published under the pen name Eva Sloan.

Here’s the Amazon url: 

Yep, I tend to like short pen names—Alice, Ella, Eva…

Book two in the series—NOT DEAD YET: A Lucy Hart, DEATHDEALER Novel—will be out soon (as soon as it gets back from editing)

Now, I was tempted to just send out free copies of both, but thought that maybe it would be fun to have a sort of contest.  A question that needs answered for each book.

For “At Last”—since there’s a wedding at the beginning of the book and at the end—the question is from my all time favorite wedding movie “My Best Friend’s Wedding.”

What song does Rupert Everett sing at the wedding rehearsal luncheon?

And for “BETTER OFF DEAD,” a Buffy the Vampire Slayer question.

What episode does Angel make his first appearance?

Okay, that one was a gimme, but I’m a softy.

Email me the answers and I’ll send you a mobi, epub or pdf copy.

As always, I’m so glad you read my stories, and hope you like some of my older ones.



Ps.  I’m still working on Hope Rises. I promise J

Friday, September 20, 2013

Q&A with Bette!!!

Q&A with Bette!

Hi everyone, my name is Bette Lee Brandt, and I live next door to the love-life challenged Hope Jones.  She’s my best friend and just adorable… but she has no idea what to do with a man when she gets hold of one.

Take for example Jake Troy, the hunky mechanic that revived that old rat-trap of a car of hers, and revived her non-existent love life—and sex life.  Romantic, sex-on-a-stick, and always trying to feed her (and truthfully, she is a little on the bony side.)

But once she got him, what did she do?

The adorable idiot sent a nearly naked photo of him—while they were in flagrante delicto—in to her boss as a trashy romance eBook cover… all to save her job, and without asking for Jake’s permission first.

Personally, I think the photo made a fabulous book cover.  I also think Hope could have used her feminine whiles a little better; if she’d put a bit more effort into smoothing the whole thing over, then Jake would have probably not only stuck around but would be strutting his yummy self around town like the hot stud he really is.

I mean, what guy wouldn’t love to have thousands of e-reader owning women swooning over their photograph?

Example number two of Hope’s tragic incompetence with men: Raphael Morales, Hope’s new, smoking hot, tattooed, smart and filthy rich next door neighbor.  I mean, the man is muy caliente!

She meets him for the first time while he’s shirtless—the muscles, that beautifully tan flesh… did I mention the tattoos!

What does Hope do?  Instead of hiking up what little cleavage she has, instead of flirting or even batting her eyelashes at the man, she threatens to castrate him with a shot gun.

So what if he wanted to cut down that old eyesore of a tree of hers with a chainsaw!  She could at least have tried a little seduction on him.  He’s hot, he’s tall and has shoulders as wide as the day is long…

Ah… where was I?

<Hi Bette.>

Who’s that?

<Oh, I’m Alice.  I’m the author of the Hope Trilogy.>

Oh, Alice Clayton?  I love your books!

<Ummm… no, she wrote Wallbanger and the Redhead series.>

Alice Hoffman?  I’m a fan from way back, ever since Oprah put one of your books on her book club list—if you ask me, that was the only book she’s recommended that was worth reading.

<No, Bette.  I write the Hope Trilogy novellas, and I was—>

So what kind of books do you write?

<I was trying to tell you that I write about you and Hope Jones, and Jake and Darla and Raphael.>



<I write—>

So you’re spying on us?  And writing stories based on our lives?!?!

<No, no.  I’m not spying on anyone.  I just write—>

Because it’s illegal to spy on people… well, kind of illegal.  Not that I would…

<Bette, you have surveillance equipment aimed at every neighbor that’s house is within line of site of yours.>    

Aha!  So you are spying on us!


Not that I judge.  No, no… I’d never judge anyone because they happened to have a harmless little hobby.

<Bette, can I ask you a couple questions?>

Questions?  Ummm, sure.


Just, no questions about my age.


Or my weight.


Or any of my sizes… unless it’s my bra size.

<That’s creepy>


<Oh, nothing.  So about those questions.  Here’s the first one.>


<What do you think Hope’s best characteristic is?>

Well, she’s just the sweetest thing.  She’s a great friend, and so loyal… that is unless you take into account that whole Jake photograph thing… then I guess she’s a little all over the map when it comes to men.  But love always makes you do the whacky.

<Do you think she’ll ever find the right man and settle down?>

Sure, sure… she’s cute, and from the way men are falling at her feet lately, I guess that hot mess thing is a real turn on.

<What do you think of Jake Troy?>

That man is just delicious.  Those eyes, that thick wavy hair, and that tight, muscular body.  Who wouldn’t want to climb into bed with him and take a nibble… or a bite?

<How about Raphael Morales?>

Two men couldn’t be more unalike.  But, damn… he is the finest of fine.  The shiny black hair, those dark, piercing eyes… and did I mention his tattoos?

<Yes, you have.  But what are the two men in Hope’s life really like?>

Oh, well… Jake’s a loner.  Very private, but one of those great guys you just click with the instant you meet him.

<And Raphael?>

Raff?  Well, it’s not like I’m spying on him or anything—

<No line of sight?>

Yes, little miss smarty pants, I don’t have a line of sight on him, so the usual tools at my disposal won’t be of any help.  Luckily for me he’s outgoing and is used to having his entire family traipsing in and out of his house all the time.  I’ve been able to glean that he’s generous, a perfect gentleman—when he’s not trying to chop down your trees, and he’s a tease.

<A tease?>

Well, yes.  I’ve flirted nonstop with him since the moment I met him and he hasn’t shown me the least bit of amorous attention.

<I hear he and Hope might be becoming an item.>

I thought so too.  I mean, she didn’t seem interested in anyone else… not even the aforementioned yummy and delicious Jake.  But then I got a sniff of what went on on her porch last night and… well, let’s just say, all bets are off!

<So what team are you on?>

I hope you mean what baseball team I cheer for, because I only tried that L Word stuff out that one time right after divorce number one!

<Uh, no, really… I meant whether you’re for Team Jake or Team Raphael?>

For me?

<Well, no.  I was thinking more about who you want to see Hope end up with?>

More silence.


So in this story you said you were writing… who’s the main character?


Because Hope’s cute and all, and a total train wreck and all… but you do realize I have real star potential.

<Oh, I can totally see that.>

Wait a minute… didn’t you say the stories were called the Hope Trilogy?

<Well, would you look at that.  I’m totally running late for an appointment across town.>


<It’s been great talking to you, and I hope we can get together sometime for lunch or something.  I know this great Gyro place.>

Yeah, yeah, yeah… I get the picture.  But I’m telling you, if you don’t write a story all about me after you’re through writing this Hope Trilogy, I’m so going to track you down.


<Oh sure… sure I can write a novella about you.>

I already know what the title should be.  Bette’s Turn.

<So what would it be about?>

Well, about my amazing, totally exciting love life, of course.

<Of course.>

And I think I might have a few surprises up my sleeve—or in my d├ęcolletage—that your readers will just love!

<Yes, I think you’re right.  So I’d like to thank Bette Lee Brandt for letting us all know her unique perspective on what’s going on, and I’d like to thank all of you for stopping by to hear it.>


What she said, but with a bunch of XX’s and OO’s! 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Hope Entangles is OUT!!!

Okay, so I just got Hope Entangles from my wonderful editor, and I stayed up all night putting it up on Smashwords and Amazon.  It'll take a day or two to go up on Amazon.  It's up on Smashwords now.

iTunes, B&N and the rest will take a couple weeks... sorry.

But if you email me ( I'll probably send you a free copy... maybe...

Screw it, I'm a big softy, so I'll send them.  Just hit me up.


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Hope Entangles Cover... Maybe.

Hi all,

So my free promotion is going well.  I've given away about 35,000 copies of Hope Breaks (between the US, UK and Canada.  I'm loving getting tweets from readers and emails and blog comments--I have blog comments!

I'm almost finished with part 2 of Hope story...

Hmmm... that could be the series name... Hope's Story?

What do you all think?

Well, the next part is called Hope Entangles, and here's the working version of the cover I have in mind.

I hope it's sexy and original enough.  But I'm still working on it.

Let me know via comments, twitter (@alicebello72) or email (

Love and hot sex scenes!


Saturday, June 29, 2013

Hope Breaks: A New Cover...

I've had a lot of readers and reviewers (a special thanks to Akilah from SMIBookClub!) say the cover for Hope Breaks doesn't match the book ( or Jake...).  Also, the cover image I chose turned out to be on at least four other ebooks. 
How embarrasing.
So I set out on Istock, again, this time trying to find the perfect man to embody Jake Troy (sigh...).
I typed in Sexy Hot Men, and this guy's picture was on every page I scrolled down, often more than once.  He looked so much like what I thought Jake would look like.  But there were so many pictures.  Some didn't show enough skin, some made him too too slick, some were just too far away looking.
But then I saw this one.  I was sure it didn't have enough skin in it, and I doubted I could fit my title, blurb and name on it.
(Fanning my self)
So I asked my friend April how and if I could search the internet to see if this pic was used elsewhere... she told me how to Google Search it, and thankfully I found no instance of it being used for an ebook!


So I threw it into GIMP and voila, this cover just appeared.
So tell me what you think at or on twitter @alicebello72

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The SMIbookclub Review of Hope Breaks!

I absolutely loved this review!!!
All Hope wants is some damn aspirin but she gets more than that! Actually I don’t think she got her Tylenol at least not in the pill form ;)
The first guy she sees is Tall, with broad shoulders and chestnut brown hair.
“Look lady, I’m not interested.”
“I know we’re not suppose to be rude to customers but a guy can only take so much.”
“I haven’t–”
I’m gonna stop right there because the next line tripped me out and I want you guys to see for yourself!
The next guy is AAA, young, good looking with a cowboy swag! I mean all I could think was:
and when she said “Then his face turned hungry like a wolf. The Big Bad Wolf! …. I had a cover coming up that was for an erotic retelling of Little Red Riding Hood” this picture immediately popped into my head: #DontJudgeMe  Click here to see the Big Bad Wolf pic. 
Then we meet the third guy JAKE! broad, solid and hard as a crowbar! Now I found this picture:
but these makes me think of him:

“I was trying to look for a reason to spend some more time with you… and not drag you upstairs into bed.”
“By all means, buy me a meal before you drag me to bed.
*fans self* Yeah I’ll drag you to bed and we wont be getting out of it! The sexual chemistry was ON POINT! It was a good way to start my morning, I’ll tell you that! :)
NOW THE ENDING??? Are You SHITTING ME!!?? I was sooooo pissed! I don’t accept that! I seriously need a book 2. THE END?? no that can’t be the damn end!! (P.S. This is a Novella)
Ladies, remember when we said we wanted a story about a guy that wasn’t a billionaire? Well here it is LOL I still love you Christian and Gideon but shout out to all the SEXY WALMART EMPLOYEES ;)
Good Job Alice, now book 2 please!!
SMIBookClub received a ARC copy of Hope Breaks from the author in exchange for an honest review
-Laters, Akilah

Friday, June 21, 2013

Hope Breaks: Good Reviews and a blurb from New York Times Bestselling Author Jasinda Wilder!

So far Hope Breaks has gotten some really great reviews.  I'd like to thank all the bloggers and Goodreads reviewers and Amazon reviewers.  You are fantastic!

I even recieved a blurb from New York Times Bestselling Author Jasinda Wilder!!!

In HOPE BREAKS, Alice Bello has struck a fine balance between funny and sensual. Hope is a dynamic and believable narrator. And Jake? Well, he's a hot hunk of book boyfriend I wouldn’t mind reading more of. ~*~ New York Times Bestselling Author Jasinda Wilder

Isn't her signature avatar ADORABLE!!!!!

So far this Self Publishing thing has been a delight. 

Thank you all so very much.


Alice Bello

Friday, May 31, 2013

The Book Boyfriend Dilemma

This blog post was originally posted on Whirwind Books and Reviews

The Book Boyfriend Dilemma


I—like so many of my reading addicted sisters out there—am afflicted with the need for a Book Boyfriend. 

It’s not that men in general are so far gone that I absolutely have to troll the bestseller rack… or the erotica bestseller’s list on Amazon, just to find a man worth getting worked up over.  I have to say that my current boyfriend—the hottest little ginger haired man with the most delicious peach toned skin, and the most amazing… well, let’s just say he’s not lacking in the pleasuring department—is probably as perfect a mate as I’m ever about to find.

But like any man, any real live man, he has flaws and limits… and it seems, he is—unbelievably—too much the gentleman for a certain hot blooded side of me; the side that drools over sexy passages on my Kindle like a ravening wolf. 

As women of this new and exhilarating century, we would never put up with a man that thought he owned us, or acted as if we were their slave.  And to their credit, many men have either been raised by strong women, or just naturally know they are but only our equals in this world. 

They have adapted to the ever changing modern woman.

But that leaves the side of us—that deep down very much wants to be dominated by a brutish, dominating, absolutely gorgeous bastard—unfulfilled and itching for a good roughing up. 

Harlequin has been putting out stories with such Alpha Males for decades, and we as a sex have devoured them in bulk every single month.

And it’s not just the Billionaire sadist CEO we swoon over.  There’s the bad boy, the rich bad boy, the damaged bad boy, the Alpha shape shifter or vampire, and the infuriating asshole.

Okay, The Infuriating Asshole is the name I’ve given him.  He’s the man that our heroine absolutely detests and actively fantasizes about pushing into a giant meat grinder, off a cliff, or into a volcano roiling with molten lava.

This man usually is an alpha something-or-other, and he takes great pleasure in torturing the heroine, and making her insane with loathing.  But because he’s a character in a romance novel, he always, always changes.  If he doesn’t, then we’d never get to our Happily Ever After, and that just wouldn’t do.

Many of us have succumbed to the Billionaire CEO sadist, like Christian Grey, Gideon Cross, or Sara Fawkes’ sexual deviant Jeremiah Hamilton.  I had a pretty good time with Jeremiah, but Christian Grey lost me the second he schlepped out his helicopter on their first date. 

Really?  Why does a man need a helicopter for a first date?

Then there are the loving but confused men in Bella Andre’s Sullivan series.  JR Ward’s brutal and lecherous Black Dagger Brotherhood. 

Sometimes we even want to literally be bought and sold as a sex slave by a man like Adam Wise in Claire Thompson’s The Auction. 


My first book boyfriend was Art Bechstein in Michael Chabon’s Mysteries of Pittsburgh.  Yep, I fell for a bi-guy, and when he dumped Phlox for Arthur Lecomte… I cried myself to sleep.

Book Boyfriend number two was Louis de Pointe du Lac from Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire.  Again, I kind of flubbed the whole finding a straight guy thing… but I was fine with it… until Louis and Claudia tried to do in Lestat… and then Claudia died and Louis left Armand…


So depressing…

And then I got all twisted up with Elliot Slater in Anne’s Exit to Eden.  Another bi-guy that I wasn’t solidly sure would stay with Mistress Lisa in the long term.

Another sigh…

So I stayed away from romance for a while, having once-in-a-blue-moon one-night-stands with Robert Kincaid in Robert James Waller’s Bridges of Madison County, and with Johnny Howell in Cathleen Schine’s The Love Letter—I still feel guilty about those two…

Then I had a brief, messy, road kill catered fling with Skink (aka Captain, aka Clinton Tyree, and former Governor of Florida) from all those Carl Hiaasen novels.  Stormy Weather was where I found him most irresistible.

I devoured Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels.  I loved Morelli… but no Hobbit traveled further than we had to read for Steph and Joe to finally fall into bed together!  But at least it was one hell of a sex scene.  Twice the distance was traveled before Miss Plum road tested Ranger… and all we got was, “He ruined me for all other men… and then he did it again.”


But then my best friend suckered me into reading Twilight.  I fell hook line and sinker for that sparkly vampire… until book two when he left—HE LEFT HER IN THE FREAKING WOODS!  So I switched camps and became totally Team Jacob.  He was there, he was hot (literally hot to the touch and hot, hot…hot) and he was just the best man…

Until he imprinted on a newborn baby…


My book boyfriend for the past few years has been a thousand year old blond vampire by the name Eric Northman, a creation of the wondrous Charlaine Harris. 

Whether he’s slaughtering his enemies, scheming for more power or ravishing Sookie Stackhouse until her bed-frame falls apart, I just cannot get enough of him.

He’s one of those gorgeous Infuriating Assholes I’ve told you about.   

But this year Eric has been pushed out of the spotlight for—shudder, gasp—a fictional human.

Simon Parker, who is known more affectionately by readers of Alice Clayton’s hilarious, amazingly sexy novel, as Simon Wallbanger.  In Wallbanger he is single minded, rude, too funny for words and too sexy to be safely contained by his clothes or a strategically wrapped bed sheet.

But the best part, besides his seemingly endless ability to please the women (yes, I said WOMEN!) in his life: be it sex, food, spanking…

Oh Simon…

Ahem… well, this man can and will go literally to the mat to please the women beneath, on top, or sandwiching him.

But even better than his willingness to stretch the bounds of sexual gratification, it’s his ability to change, to give up all his ladies and his lady killer ways, and become a one woman kind of man.

Oh Simon…

Now that’s a book boyfriend to burn for!