dancing between the beats
Life, Like Dance, is What Happens Between the Beats
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My debut novel, 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.
Five Star - BOOK REVIEW FROM READER’S FAVORITES (April 2020)
Dancing Between the Beats by Lynn Nicholas is an impressive novel whose main character, Paige Russell, moves to Tucson, Arizona in search of her father. After her mother’s untimely death, Paige (now twenty-four) signs up as a dance instructor at Desert DanceSport studio. Naïve and unsure, Paige is only slightly aware of the discord that lurks below the surface of the studio’s circle. She is soon caught up in the feuding as Sylvie Goldstein, a professional dancer, begins to view Paige as a threat to her professional career, when Sylvie’s dance partner, instructor Tony Moreno, becomes captivated by the new arrival. Adding to the drama, Paige also catches studio manager Marcos Stephanos’s eye. Meanwhile, Katherine Carrington, the studio manager, struggles to keep the studio financially stable.
From the story-telling to the development of the characters, the novel is adeptly written and results in an engaging and entertaining story. Adding to the main plot about Paige’s obsession to find her father, the tantalizing gossip going on in the studio reveals other characters’ intriguing pasts. Katherine, for instance, struggles with wounds developed during her childhood and past marriage. The novel is infused with humor, which makes the work even more appealing. As the story moves forward, unexpected revelations are made and dramatic scenes play out, further developing the conflicts in the plot. Despite the different sub-plots, the story comes together beautifully, and, in the end, answers are provided for all the sub-plots introduced in the work. It also remains focused on its main characters which give the story direction. Dancing Between the Beats by Lynn Nicholas is a fantastic women’s novel that features an entertaining set of characters.
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