dancing between the beats
Life, Like Dance, is What Happens Between the Beats
A romp into the world of ballroom dance, shaded with a tinge of white-collar crime. Delve into the hazards of friendships, obsession, and "creative" accounting.
Dancing Between the Beats is a character-driven novel, set in the world of studio-based ballroom dance. In the fictional dance studio, Desert DanceSport, a muddy river of betrayal, obsession, and white-collar crime meanders under the surficial glitz and glamor of ballroom dance. Expectations soon clash with reality, forcing relationships and the status quo into the upheaval of change. As everyone soon learns, life, like dance, is what happens between the beats.
The story line unfolds from three main perspectives: narcissistic studio owner, Katherine Carrington; aging playboy and dance master, Marcos Stephanos; and a seemingly naïve new-hire, dance instructor, Paige Russell. The drama is tempered by the pragmatism and humor of the adult students, who are emotionally tied to the studio and have a stake in its success. In the end, everyone is driven by a need to belong, to find their tribe.
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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, an Interview, and More
WOW! Women on Writing ran a super book & reader promotion for Dancing Between the Beats in July 2020. It includes an overview of the novel, reader reviews, and an interview ! Interviews are daunting for me, and I really had to fire up the brain synapses to answer some of the questions thrown at me. The interview was thorough, and should answer everyone's questions about inspiration for the book and the writing process. WOW did a great job. You will find the link HERE.
The book launch and signing party was held in January 2020. All other events, including participation in Tucson's wonderful Festival of Books was cancelled due to the COVID19 shutdown. All other book-related events were cancelled for 2020, BUT you can still order DBTB online. Love to get your reviews and feedback.
In Tucson, copies will soon be available at the Oro Valley Public Library