Bella is Back!

Hi friends, Such exciting news! Bella and DJ are returning in a whole new series! Yep, you read that right! The "Weddings by Design" series will debut in a couple of months, starting with book one, Picture Perfect. Here's the blurb: Feisty wedding photographer Hannah McDermott has dealt with her share of difficult brides. But none can compare to the ultimate Bridezilla she's dealing with now. Still, she's trying desperately to impress Bella Neeley, Galveston Island's most sought-after wedding planner, so she can take the top spot in Bella's list of recommended photographers--a spot currently occupied by her arch-rival, Drew Kincaid. What she doesn't count on, however, is falling head over heels for the competition.??With her contagious humor and cast of quirky characters, Janice Thompson gives readers more of the bridal business drama they want in a brand-new series all about those long-suffering people who make beautiful weddings happen. Readers are desperately waiting for more of Bella and this new series brings her back in a big way, while introducing new characters fans will love. Fans will laugh out loud as they experience this breezy and entertaining novel from a great storyteller. The reason I'm posting so early is to share one very important fact that readers might not know. Bella's story is tied to my Hollywood (Backstage Pass) series, and the characters from both series merge in this new/third series. So, IF you enjoy the "Weddings by Bella" series, and if you're looking forward to the new "Weddings by Design" series, you might want to go back and read the "Backstage Pass" series while you're waiting. You'll learn a LOT more about Brock Benson (and his love life) in The Director's Cut (book three in the "Backstage Pass" series). You'll see a lot more of Brock in this new series, too! (In fact, he's going to appear on "Dancing with the Stars" in Picture Perfect). To entice you even more, the first book of the "Backstage Pass" series is currently free on kindle. That book, Stars Collide, is one of my favorites. Here are all of the books in order:   ?WEDDINGS BY BELLA: Fools Rush In (free on kindle) Swinging on a Star It Had to be You BACKSTAGE PASS:  Stars Collide (free on kindle)  Hello Hollywood The Director's Cut (with LOTS of references to Brock Benson) WEDDINGS BY DESIGN: Picture Perfect The Icing on the Cake (in editing stages/see blurb below) Thompson has a deft hand with dialogue and fantastic comic timing.”— Scarlet Lindsey is making a name as the best wedding cake designer in Texas, but will a handsome guy derail her dreams? Readers will be swept up in the world of weddings and the unexpected moments that make them memorable Scarlet Lindsey’s aunt Wilhelmina may be Galveston’s most popular cake baker extraordinaire, but she’s also getting on in years. But when Scarlet decides to take on the role of cake decorator to help her eccentric aunt out, it’s just the beginning of a series of misunderstandings and mishaps that will lead her to compete in a cake challenge on national television—and might even lead her to finding her true love. Fan-favorite Janice Thompson is back with more wit, more weddings, and more of what her readers love best: bridal business drama. Bella and the gang are all here and readers will fall in love with the newest quirky characters straight from the creative mind of a fantastic storyteller.     There you have it, folks. Bella is on her way back. You'll see her through the eyes of brand new characters and will revisit people you've loved from my prior series. Go ahead and pick up a free copy of Stars Collide today and finish up the "Backstage Pass" series before Picture Perfect releases in a couple of months. Then you'll be ready to roll with the new characters!


  1. Hi Janice, thankyou so much for your wonderful series on Bella & DJ and all their wonderful, wacky family & friends. All three books were delightful but the 3rd one, which I have just finished today, was my favourite. I think because it spoke more about her love for God and for DJ….and who doesn’t love a happy ending and there were SO many of them in Book Three! God bless you as you use your gift for His glory, kind regards, Ann (Australia)

  2. Hi Janice:
    I just finished Fools Rush In and what a charming story it is. It was my first experience with a Kindle book on my iPad and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Just kept flipping pages to find out what happened next. And I can’t wait to start the next one.

    I’m curious why the Kindle books are free. Is that deliberate? Was it your choice or did your publisher recommend it? Do the free books encourage readers to buy other books, buy more, spread the word? I’m asking because I’m in the process of finding an agent/publisher for my novel and would love to learn the ins and outs of the business. Especially practices that work.

    Thanks for your help. And again, thanks for a wonderful story. I’m. Not Italian but I love the phrase Finche c’e vita c’e speranza. It sums up so much.


    • Janice says:

      You’ve made my day! Woo-hoo! Thank you so much for reading (and for letting me know that you enjoyed the story)!

    • Janice says:

      Oh, and Nanette, the first book in each series goes free after it’s been out a year or two. That DEFINITELY encourages sales with the subsequent books. It’s worked beautifully!

  3. Bree Crawford says:

    I love both series -Bella’s and the Backstage Pass. Can’t wait for the new one!!!!

    • Janice says:

      Yay! Thank you so much. I’m so thrilled that you’re looking forward to reading the new books, and grateful that you took the time to read Bella’s story! I love those stories, myself. :) Can’t wait!

  4. Courtney Milleson says:

    Hello – I’m trying to reach Janice in regard to a future speaking opportunity. Where can I access her email address? I’ve looked on the site, but have been unable to find it.

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