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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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WISH Book Tour

I’m excited to announce the Official WISH Blog Tour kicks off today! We’ve got a lot of great posts to share with you including insider info about ballet, interviews, excerpts, the official playlist and a giveaway. Hope you’ll tune in and enjoy!

THE OFFICIAL BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE:

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January 12th
Dark Readers >> Review
Indie Authors You Want to Read >> Excerpt
Catch the Lune >> Guest Post
A British Bookworm’s Blog >> Review
Books Direct >> Review + Excerpt

January 13th
Book Bitches Blog >> Review
The Bookish Owl >> Interview
Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books! >> Review
Carmel and Kyla >> Excerpt
Cosying Up With Books >> Top 10 List

January 14th
Girl in the Pages >> Review
YaReads >> Guest post
The Book Bratz >> Review
Mom With A Kindle >> Excerpt
Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile >> Review

January 15th
Becky on Books >> Interview
Istyria book blog >> Review
trips down imagination road >> Review
Reviews from a Dreamer >> Review + Playlist

January 16th
The Hardcover Lover >> Review
Prisoners of Print >> Review
Sincerely, Annie >> Guest Post
Sassy Book Lovers >> Interview

Enter the giveaway here:

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The Top 10 Gifts From the World of Ballet in 2014

It’s been said that the best gifts can’t be bought– and this was never more true than this past year. 2014 was a huge year of gifts from ballet, with some high-tech breakthroughs and historical firsts. Here’s my list of the Top Ten Gifts from the ballet world.

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1. World Ballet Day. This unprecedented, uber-exciting event gave us twenty-four hours straight of livestream ballet from the Australian Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, The Bolshoi Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and the Royal Ballet. More about this event here.

2. Pointe shoes went high tech. Technology brought us a pointe shoe that traces a dancer’s movements and turns them into a new form of art.

3. Ballet West moved into their new home. Sparkly, and brand–spanking new, the company celebrated this new era with an opulent gala.

4. Christopher Stowell returned to San Francisco Ballet. Stowell, a former principal dancer with with San Francisco Ballet,  has already received critical acclaim for his work as ballet master.

5. A new edition of Smuin Ballet’s the Christmas Ballet. A Bay Area favorite, the Christmas Ballet truly is the gift that keeps on giving–an ever-evolving Nutcracker alternative–new kinds of fun every year.

6. The Nutcracker turned 122 this year. Perhaps the best-loved ballet of all time. Read more about it here in this lovely post from Tutus & Tea.

Nutcracker27. 7.Misty Copeland made ballet history. Copeland debuted as American Ballet Theater’s first black Swan Queen, performing Odette/Odile, Swan Lake’s quintessential role.

8. Outstanding dance reads by Misty Copeland, Michael dePrince and Brandy Colbert. Copeland’s Life in Motion and dePrince’s Tking Flight:From War Orphan to Star Ballerina are both memoirs, striking stories of women who go for their dreams despite all odds. Colbert’s Pointe is a dark page-turner set in the ballet world.

9. Australian Ballet wowed the West Coast during their US tour. The company presented Graeme Murphy’s innovative version of Swan Lake–make sure you check out the gorgeous shots in this link.

10. The Bolshoi Ballet’s Nutcracker came to a theater near you. Seeing the Bolshoi was never easier than Solstice Even at cinemas across the globe.

As you open your gifts this holiday season I hope you take a moment to reflect upon the gifts that come without a price tag…the best gifts of all.

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

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