Chloe Behrens

Biography

Chloe Behrens was born in Hudson Valley, NY into an Italian/Sicilian family. She now resides in the suburbs of Dallas, TX. 

"I fell in love with writing as soon as I learned how to read," she says. "Picture books progressed into lovelorn poetry. Poetry turned into short stories, and then the Van Steenburgh Family began in my teenage years. The story began, and then it wasn't until my early twenties that the second novel in the series came out. The last novel in the series was written this year. It was hard to put it to rest after it being with me for so many years." Still, she triumphed on. 

After the release of her Van Steenburgh saga, she penned two more books -- neither of which belong to a series. "Breaking Berlyn was so fun to tell because of the characters. Gavin and Berlyn's banter is so witty, and I love how he keeps her on her toes. He finds ways to open her up to new things, and she really needs that. Sometimes, we all do." 

Happily Ever After: A Tale of a Wedding Planner, has become more popular as a chick-lit/contemporary romance. It's being featured in the Frankfurt International Book Fair 2012, and is her best-selling book, yet! "I think it's because the main character Banner is so flawed, and independent. A lot of the fun, fearless women of today can relate to her. She's strong-willed, career-oriented, and she's human. She makes mistakes." Her male counterpart, Christian Brenhoff, is the epitome of what every woman wants, but doesn't want. "Or so she thinks. I don't know. We are all guilty of judging people, and when it backfires on us, we sometimes don't know how to handle that."

She is currently working on her second series, and when she's not typing away on her laptop working on a story, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her pets, and life with her longtime boyfriend/best friend Shaun. "My life is an adventure," she adds. "One I thoroughly enjoy with each passing minute!"

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
The only method to my madness is the actual madness. For me, a story idea can be sparked by being out at dinner and observing someone's movements. It has been sparked from a drive in the country, or while on vacation. Once the characters begin taking form in my head, dialogue begins, and I kind of just begin to type or write everything they have to say. Then, a novel is born.
How do you approach cover design?
I'm very particular about how I want each cover to look. I'm very visual, and as I'm writing a story I will grab onto a concept and think that it would make for an awesome cover. After the novel has been finished, I shop around or I refer to one of my closest friends, whose photos I have used for my cover art, and I spend a lot of time perfecting it. For me, the cover is just as important as the story.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Chloe Behrens online


Where to buy in print


Books

Forsaken
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Series: Ella Rose, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 95,290. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2013. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
In this prequel to the Ella Rose series, you travel back in time to meet a little girl named Fiorella Rose Parisi. Fiorella’s childhood is comprised of loneliness, and neglect that all stems from her mother’s complete disregard. Her pain became her greatest inspiration.
Fallible
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Series: Ella Rose, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,860. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2013. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Ella Rose is no stranger to tragedy. It very well could’ve been her middle name. She’s buried her ex-boyfriend, her mother, and a relationship with her former manager that made her feel like a dirty secret. So, in her mind, she can pretty much handle anything. Except Cash Murphy’s advances, for some reason.
Flawed
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Series: Ella Rose, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 95,460. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2013. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
After the devastating death of Jonathan Bradley, and a scandal that resulted in being shunned by her manager, Ella Rose flees to New York, in the second installment of the series. Her intent is to land the perfect role, and to create a life as far from Los Angeles as possible. Coincidentally, it also put her in the direct path of Cash Murphy, once again.
Fallen
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Series: Ella Rose, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,770. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2013. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
In this stunning opening to the series, you will embarks on a tale of love, lust, pain, heartache, and fame in all its glory. Just make sure you check your morals at the door.
End of an Empire
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Series: Capitani, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,890. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Sloan Capitani is done with the lies, the cheating, the drama, she's especially done with the Capitanis, and she's pretty close to being done with the only family she has left. The Capitani Kingdom is crumbling. Would Van really plan to murder her if he would stand to gain millions? Just when you think you've got it all figured out, Vegas's Finest figures out a way to betray your trust, again.
Legacy of Lies
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Series: Capitani, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 102,360. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
It's been nearly a year since her husband Van was fatally shot, and Sloan Capitani has since had a crash course in the family business. When Van Capitani appears out of nowhere, she feels like her prayers have finally been answered. Instead, his homecoming turns out to be the beginning of her worst nightmare. Friends, Family, and Love all go out the window, in this lusty Capitani sequel.
A Vegas Monarchy
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Series: Capitani, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 103,410. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Sloan Harrison is twenty-one years old, raising her teenage siblings, along with taking care of their ailing father. Money is tight, responsibilities are overwhelming, and work is the only life she has, outside of home. Until Van Capitani walks into the bar she works at. It's easy to get swept up in a world of high-rise condos, unlimited luxury, and the dangerous allure of the Capitani family.
Falling from Grace
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Series: Van Steenburgh Family, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 79,400. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
When we last left Van Steenburgh Manor, Hope and Trent thought they'd finally found forever-happiness. When we return, it’s for the funeral of the man who brought them together. It doesn’t matter how many layers of dirt you throw over a casket… Some things just can’t stay buried forever. And the secrets that live on at Van Steenburgh Manor refuse to stay covered up.
Happily Ever After: A Tale of a Wedding Planner
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,940. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2012. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Banner Mancuso loves her job at a prestigious Dallas hotel. Working closely with Christian Brenhoff, the hotel manager, has it's ups and downs. The downside being that he has pursued her relentlessly since the day she was hired. This journey follows a very guarded Banner through a rebound that lasts way too long, and sees her through events, friends, and clients alike that help open her heart
Breaking Berlyn
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,600. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Berlyn de Luca had her entire life mapped out. She had a plan. That plan didn't include dating. Every girl wants a fairy-tale, but it’s not often that Prince Charming rolls up in his fancy car, and the damsel in question freaks out and high-tails it in the opposite direction. In Berlyn’s world, there’s not enough room for both Love and Ambition, but the two will duke it out until the end.
The Handle of Faith
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Series: Van Steenburgh Family, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 94,860. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
Hope worked hard to put her painful past at Van Steenburgh Manor behind her. But the manor is not finished with her, yet. Her past comes back to haunt her, taking her on an unforgettable journey where she comes face-to-face with the man that drove her away. Old wounds are re-opened, old flames are re-visited, and secrets are uncovered. Nothing has prepared Hope for the twists and turns ahead.
Hope Is a Waking Dream
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Series: Van Steenburgh Family, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,940. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2012. Category: Fiction » Drama » American
Hope de Havilland was always aware that her mother had a dark childhood she refused to speak of, which caused her to flee her home when she was sixteen. But after Hope's parents are involved in a fatal accident, she finds herself tossed into the very world her mother had run from. A world comprised of wealth, fancy galas, etiquette, and lies. Will she figure out her mother's past? Or repeat it?

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