Who Will We Get for the Movie?



I imagine that every author gives at least a fleeting thought to which actors Hollywood will get to play the novel’s main characters.

It’s been an honor during the past several weeks to have the Book Whore Book Club discussing Bella. Don’t let the name fool you; these some very savvy and thoughtful readers.

Each week founder Danielle Perez posts questions that club members answer online. One recent set of answers can be found here.

In a previous round, Danielle asked which actors readers would like to see play the parts of Bella, the mysterious widow, and Dan, the D.C. reporter she enlists to help reveal the truth about her husband’s death. It’s no secret that during this quest, the two learn harsh lessons about the power of temptation, the futility of revenge, and the consequences of yielding to either, even for a moment.

Actors mentioned by club members included, for Bella: Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Monica Belluci, Eva Mendes, and Zoe Saldana. For Dan, they liked: Daniel Craig, George Clooney, Sean Penn, Michael Gladis, Bruce Willis, and Richard Gere.

No one picked my top choices: Jessica Alba, and Brandon Routh.

Here’s the latest round of Q&A from Danielle and the club.

And if you have any others you’d like to see in the starring roles, let me know and I’ll pass on the names if the movie folks come knocking.



Awake in London

… An excellent read, as evidenced by a couple of nights lost sleep over when I found I couldn’t put it down.

From the latest review of Bella, by London-based Indie Ebooks.

Read the full review here.

New Reviews – Bella Earns Sky Full of Stars

Bella Moss knew she could lose her husband when he went off to war. When the call came, she was almost ready. What stopped her cold was the second call …

The alluring widow “is one of those women we just love to hate, while at the same time wishing we were just a bit like her,” reviewer Shaeeza Haniff says on her blog this week.

Meanwhile, Goodreads’ #32 reviewer, gave Bella 5 stars, noting, “I love it when a book shocks the hell out of me. Bella was it!”

You can find the rest of her review and more than 40 others, at the Bella Amazon page.

Writer’s Digest Calls Bella “Beautifully Written”

Writer’s Digest describes Bella as “a beautifully written novel,” and calls central character Bella “a fascinating character, selfish and yet vulnerable.”

From Writer’s Digest’s “About Us:”

Our charter publication Writer’s Digest literally “wrote the book” on writing and getting published. For more than 90 years, the experts at Writer’s Digest have been publishing books, magazines, competitions, conferences and distance education materials for writers who want to polish their skills and hone their craft.


“Trust” Author Keefer Reviews Bella

“Piacente writes about what he knows.  He blends together his knowledge and understanding of Beltway politics, Southern culture and the news business while mixing in a romantic story line, all of which combine to make a compelling read.” Sean Keefer, author of The Trust. Sean’s full review is here.

Reviewers’ Stars Piling Up for Bella

  •  Drew me in, hook, line and sinker.  Reader Favorites Reviews. Read more.
  • An enchanting political thriller bursting with intrigue … ” Book Garden Reviews has more here.
  • A strong and smart debut novel. Reader Views Review has more to say on this page.
  • Bella comes with the highest recommendation. Book Pleasures. Read more.
  • Well-paced and sucks you in.  IGH. Read more.