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HOPE: Indigo Ballet Series, book #2 New Book Release

I don’t know about you but cake is one of my favorite things about birthdays. There’s something about the candles…and all that icing.

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Happy Book Birthday!

 

I’m writing today to let you know about a different kind of birthday. Specifically, a book birthday (sorry, no cake). HOPE, book #2 of the Indigo Ballet Series has been officially released today! I’m very excited to share it with you. You can read an excerpt below and grab your copy here. I hope you enjoy reading HOPE as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Happy Reading!

HOPE: Indigo Ballet Series book #2

HOPE: Indigo Ballet Series book #2

 

Excerpt

Someone grabs my elbow firmly and I turn to find the new guy leading me to get a spot in line. I scowl at him and then at my elbow. “Um…hi? That’s my elbow.”

You do not wish to dance?” he says, eyes wide. His accent is silvery, melodic. Also hot.

Um, no–I mean yes–I mean, you’re grabbing my elbow a little too tightly.”

He drops it like he’s been scalded, holding up both palms in defense. A stray lock of brown hair curls along his temple. “My apologies. Sometimes I forget myself.”

I look at him as I try to appraise whether or not he’s making fun of me, but his face is unreadable. Also I can’t look at it for long or I might get hypnotized. “Riiight,” I say.

We wait in silence, watching the other dancers ahead of us. When we reach the front of the line I see our two reflections–dark and light–in the mirrors that run along the entire front wall of the studio and decide they are complementary. At least it’s nice to have a tall partner for a change; my opportunity to dance with someone my size is limited because I dwarf several of the other boys in the room.

I start to move and feel his hands firmly on my hips. His breath warms the back of my neck and I feel myself flush. Normally I’d take a glimpse in the mirror to make sure my alignment is perfect, but I don’t dare. For reasons I don’t want to admit to myself, I feel nervous and jittery. We face each other and he offers his hand as I come into arabesque. He starts the slow promenade and I chance a quick glimpse at his face. He smiles and I catch my breath. I switch my gaze over to his shoulder and notice that my palm is slick with sweat. I’m so embarrassed I feel heat in the tips of my ears. I pray my face isn’t bright red.

He slides a hand around my waist for the dip and I close my eyes. “Relax,” he says into my ear. “I’ve got you.”

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And…. for your listening pleasure: The official playlist for HOPE:

The Official Hope: Indigo Ballet Series Book #2 Cover Reveal!

Hi Folks! Happy Tutu Tuesday to you! On this super–special ballet-ish day I’m so excited to share the cover for Hope: Indigo Ballet Series (book#2) with you! Also, I need to stop using so many exclamation points. But I am really, really excited, can you tell?

I’m positive most of you will agree that a stupendous cover makes is mondo important (don’t you agree?) and if you’re a visual person like I am it’s always the first thing you check when you’re considering a book.

This cover owes its life to the incredibly talented Fiona of Fiona Jayde Media. One of the best things about being an indie author is finding cool, creative people to work with and I totally lucked out when I met FIona. I asked for something pretty and ethereal and she made it so…using one of my photos (of the gorgeous cover Colette–you may remember her from book #1 of the series) and a scrumptious color palette.

So here it is, nice and big so you don’t have to strain anything to get a good look:

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Thanks so much for taking the time to pop over and check it out! I’d love to hear your thoughts. Remember, the official release day is Tuesday, April 26th!

 

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Perfect Holiday Books For Dancers and Holiday Book Giveaway!

It’s the time of year when most people are searching for the perfect holiday gift,  but finding the perfect gift for dancers isn’t easy. If you’re looking for gifts for dancers (particularly those who love to read) then have I got a list for you!

Walls

Nova Ren Suma’s supernatural tale of guilt and of innocence. On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of the Aurora Hills juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom. Tying their two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries…

What really happened on the night Orianna stepped between Violet and her tormentors? What really happened on two strange nights at Aurora Hills? Will Amber and Violet and Orianna ever get the justice they deserve—in this life or in another one?

Tinypretty

Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars in this soapy, drama-packed novel featuring diverse characters who will do anything to be the prima at their elite ballet school.

Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette’s desire to escape the shadow of her ballet star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And perfectionist June needs to land a lead role this year or her controlling mother will put an end to her dancing dreams forever. When every dancer is both friend and foe, the girls will sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best.

Wish by Grier Cooper

For Indigo Stevens, ballet classes at Miss Roberta’s ballet studio offer the stability and structure that are missing from her crazy home life. At almost 16, she hopes this is the year she will be accepted into the New York School of Ballet. First she must prove she’s ready, and that means ignoring Jesse Sanders – the cute boy with dimples who is definitely at the top of Miss Roberta’s List of Forbidden Things for Dancers.

But Jesse is the least of Indigo’s concerns. When she discovers her mom is an alcoholic, it simultaneously explains everything and heaps more worry on Indigo’s shoulders. As her mom’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, Indigo fights to maintain balance, protect her younger brothers from abuse, and keep her mother from going over the edge. When the violence at home escalates, Indigo realizes she can no longer dance around the issue. At the risk of losing everything, she must take matters into her own hands before it’s too late. Wish, the first book of the Indigo Ballet Series, can be purchased HERE.

raisingTheBarre

I just finished reading Raising The Barre by Lauren Kessler and the subtitle: Big Dreams, False Starts, & My Midlife Quest to Dance The Nutcracker tells you what this book is about: An award-winning author’s journey to reclaim the daring of her girlhood by dancing in the world’s most popular ballet, The Nutcracker, with a professional company.

Kessler weaves just the right amount of humor, courage and ballet trivia to make this book a fun read. It’s the perfect gift for adult ballerinas, would-be ballerinas or anyone who’s ever harbored secret dreams of becoming a dancer.

And don’t you love the cover?

Now for the fantastic news! This week on the blog I’ll be giving away a brand new, shiny hardback copy of Raising the Barre…so enter now! Enter often! Share with Friends…and good luck!

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Looking for more books for the dancer in your life? See last year’s reading list here.

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New Ballet Fiction: OFF BALANCE by Terez Mertes Rose

If you are one of those people who feels a flutter in their heart when a new book is released–especially if it’s a book about ballet–then you’ve come to the right place. I’m pleased to share the news of this brand-new, hot-off-the-press novel from Terez Mertes Rose: OFF BALANCE.

Terez Mertes Rose is a writer and former ballet dancer whose work has appeared in the Crab Orchard Review, Literary Mama, Women Who Eat (Seal Press), A Woman’s Europe (Travelers’ Tales), the Philadelphia Inquirer and the San Jose Mercury News. She reviews dance performances for Bachtrack.com and blogs about ballet and classical music at The Classical Girl. She makes her home in the Santa Cruz Mountains with her husband, son and too many cats. She loves good food, good wine, great books, and a good (but not too hard) adult ballet class. She also publishes under the name Terez Rose.

Isn't the cover gorgeous?

Isn’t the cover gorgeous?

About the Book:

Alice thinks she’s accepted the loss of her ballet career, injury having forced her to trade in pointe shoes onstage for spreadsheets upstairs. That is, until the day Alice’s boss asks her to befriend Lana, a pretty new company member he’s got his eye on. Lana represents all Alice has lost, not just as a ballet dancer, but as a motherless daughter. It’s pain she’s kept hidden, even from herself, as every good ballet dancer knows to do.

Lana, lonely and unmoored, desperately needs some help, and her mother, back home, vows eternal support. But when Lana begins to profit from Alice’s advice and help, her mother’s constant attention curdles into something more sinister.

Together, both women must embark on a journey of painful rediscoveries, not just about career opportunities won and lost, but the mothers they thought they knew.

OFF BALANCE takes the reader beyond the glitter of the stage to expose the sweat and struggle, amid the mandate to sustain the illusion at all cost.

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AUTHOR Q&A

1. Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

That’s a trick question, because it’s my third novel of six that’s heading out into the world this month. But we’ll go ahead and call this novel both “my first” and “my most recent,” to keep life uncomplicated. Sound okay? So. Where did I get the idea? This is going way, way back. I wrote my first novel in 2002 about a ballet dancer who runs off to Africa to escape her problems, only to encounter thornier ones there. I spent over two years on it, lovingly crafting it, and while it didn’t earn me an agent, it impressed one enough to say “great stuff but a tough sell. Please keep me in mind, though, for the next one.” Well, two years and a polished manuscript later, turns out she hated the next one, but she still liked my writing enough to chat with me, discuss what she felt my strengths were as a writer. “Why not a ballet novel for the next one?” she suggested. “I loved what you wrote about ballet in your Africa novel. It’s a fresh topic [particularly back in 2006] and I think editors would take interest.” The conversation took place on a Friday afternoon, and I told her, with a confidence I didn’t feel, that “sure, I can make this happen! Let me tootle around with some ideas over the weekend and I’ll touch base early next week.”

Well. I am simply not that talented a creative writer. Essays, I can whip off in a few days’ time, but novels? Even the core idea? Yikes. I finished the call, wandered outside to my front yard, and began walking in small circles, thinking, shit – what have I done?” Because every aspiring novelist really, really wants an agent, and this was an agent I’d targeted as someone I wanted to work with, over two years earlier. I went to bed that night, mind blank, in a mild panic. Saturday, all day, I cast about for ideas with little success. And then, on Sunday in yoga class, it all came to me, spilling out like a tipped over jar of honey. An ex-dancer (like me). A rising star dancer (never like me, but ah, every dance student’s fantasy, right?). Romance (always my favorite writing topic). The struggle to actualize not just professionally but internally. The struggle to face the difficult things in life you keep running from (a recurring theme in all my novels). The way friendships can both nourish and challenge you. All amid the glorious backdrop of the ballet world, where I’d devoted so much of my time, energy, love and attention, through my adolescence and young adulthood.

In the course of one afternoon, OFF BALANCE was born. I tore out of that yoga class, hurried home, hastily sat down in front of my desktop and stopped writing only to make meals for my family, get some sleep, get my son off to elementary school and various mandated afterschool activities, but my mind was always, always, inside my story. Three months later I had it, the first draft of OFF BALANCE.

 2. What are you currently working on?

I’m tweaking Outside the Limelight, Book 2 of the Ballet Theatre Chronicles. It goes out for an edit in July, formatting in August, and its own pretty little cover in early September. Then it’s off for pre-pub marketing for a Nov 10th release date. After that, I get to pull out Black Ivory Tango, for some of my readers the novel they love the most. I think because it reads like a cross between Bridget Jones’ Diary and Out of Africa. Well. Probably a bad analogy. But you get that it’s set in Africa, right? White woman stumbles along in this new culture and ultimately embraces it [and the gorgeous African man she can’t stop thinking of]. It’s much more romance-based, in my mind, than the others. It was my first novel. I didn’t know what was happening as I wrote and wrote and wrote, about this African guy named Christophe, and Fiona, my main character, was just hopelessly, impossibly infatuated with him. I was, too. Never has a fictional character had so much hold on me. It’s not a well-formed novel, but everyone who’s picked it up has gobbled it down. It seems like my readers enjoy its honesty, its organic nature. (And, I’m going to guess, the sex scenes.) Christophe, as a character, is sexy and compelling, and Africa is such a weird place to live and write about. Working on that novel was like entering another dimension. So. Less ballet world, there, although Fiona is a ballet dancer, which is a curious vocation in provincial Africa. But I digress. Well, you asked, I told you. I’m working on making those two novels ready for market, for their late 2015 and 2016 releases, respectively.

3. What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

If you don’t love the process, really love to write, well, don’t do it. If you can’t not write, well, there you go. Write. The reward is in the journey, and journeys don’t pay well. I am okay with the fact that I’ve devoted an astonishing number of hours over the past twenty years to project after project, with very, very little income generated. We’re talking something like $2.00 a week for a thirty hour work week. But what do I get instead of money? Oh, wow. My spirit, soul and heart all sing when I’m engrossed in my work, or when I look over a finished product. It’s a good feeling like nothing else on earth. Over the years, I’ve tried the 9a-5p route, the sales representative route, the hotel and food/beverage industry route, the teacher route, and nothing, nothing, came close to nourishing me like my writing has. If that’s the way you feel, too, well, WRITE. But do this, too: try those other worlds, those other jobs. Bump along in the wrong place for a while. Nothing makes the right place resonate more than finding it after living in the wrong place/space for a while. And besides, if you’re going to be a writer, you have to have something to write about. Don’t go immersing yourself in your ivory tower, away from the real world, all the time. That’s escaping life. Writing shouldn’t be about escaping life. It should be about taking what’s tough, what’s unutterably beautiful, what’s baffling or enraging, and using your skills as a sensitive, thinking person, to craft prose that reflects how you feel about the world. Or that shines a new light on an issue, a problem.

Feel free to give a shout out to Terez! You can find here here:

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