Life, Like Dance, is What Happens Between the Beats
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Dancing Between the Beats is romp into the world of ballroom dance, obsession, and white collar crime. It's a character-driven novel where interweaving story lines unfold from three main perspectives: narcissistic studio owner, Katherine Carrington; debonair dance master, Marcos Stephanos; and the studio’s newest young instructor, Paige Russell.
The spine of the novel is our need to belong, to find our tribe. The running theme is the fallout that occurs when expectations clash with reality, and the status quo unexpectedly changes.
A Look Under the Cover
In the space of two months--September 13 to November, Friday the 13th--life for everyone at Desert DanceSport flips inside out.
Twenty-four-year old Paige Russell, still grieving the death of her single mother, defines herself as an orphan. Her obsession to find the father she never knew takes her to Tucson, AZ, where she settles in as the newest ballroom instructor at Desert DanceSport. But Paige’s newfound sense of belonging could be short-lived. Swirling under the glamorous surface of Desert DanceSport are rivalries and conflicts that threaten future of the studio, and Paige is hiding a life-changing secret of her own.
Studio owner Katherine Carrington is grappling with complicated cash-flow issues of her own making. As her stress level rises, her demeanor ricochets between controlling and neurotic. Katherine’s identity is defined by her ownership of the studio, and losing it would mean losing herself.
Aging playboy Marcos Stephanos, dance master and studio manager, is too distracted by the disarming new-hire Paige to focus on the warning signs of Katherine’s erratic behavior. Will his nonchalance cost him his career?
Top dance instructor Tony Moreno finds flirting with Paige so tantalizing he misses practice sessions with his ambitious, professional partner, Sylvie Goldstein. Instead of burning up the floor with Tony, Sylvie is smoking with resentment against her unwitting rival, Paige.
Will misunderstood intentions and ego-driven altercations force the exposure of secrets and betrayals at the studio so many call home? Who will adapt and who will retreat when expectations clash with reality, and the status quo suddenly shifts?
Laced with humor, Dancing Between the Beats offers an insider’s view of the world of ballroom dance, along with a smattering of off-beat insights about relationships.
PHOTOS from book launch and signing party in January 2020