Today, I am delighted to welcome Australian author Stefanie London as my guest blogger. Today, Stefanie is blogging about her new release, Only the Brave Try Ballet.
About Stefanie London:
Growing up, Stefanie came from a family of women who loved to read. Her favourite activity was going shopping with her Nan during school holidays, where she would sit on the floor of the bookstore with her little sister and painstakingly select the books to spend her allowance on. Thankfully, Nan was a very patient woman.
Thus, it was no surprise Stefanie was the sort of student who would read her English books before the semester started. After sneaking several literature subjects into her ‘very practical’ Business degree, she got a job in Communications. When writing emails and newsletters didn’t fulfill her creative urges, she turned to fiction and was finally able to write the stories that kept her mind busy at night.
Now she lives in Melbourne with her very own hero and enough books to sink a ship. She frequently indulges in her passions for good coffee, French perfume, high heels and zombie movies. During the day she uses lots of words like ‘synergy’ and ‘strategy.’ At night she writes sexy, contemporary romance stories and tries not to spend too much time shopping online and watching baby animal videos on YouTube.
Stefanie loves hearing from readers, you can find her and all her contact details at her website.
Inspiration for Only the Brave Try Ballet:
I have always been fascinated by the world of ballet, as a young girl I had lofty dreams of taking the stage in Swan Lake. Unfortunately bad ankles and numerous injuries prevented me from earning my pointe shoes, but the love of ballet glamour never faded.
I wondered what would happen if a professional ballerina sudden lost the ability to dance en pointe. How would they regain their identity? Would they find passion elsewhere? This little seed of curiosity coupled with an article I read about football players in the US taking ballet lessons to help with injury prevention was the foundation for Jasmine and Grant’s story. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Description for Only the Brave Try Ballet:
Football pro Grant Farley is nursing an injury and needs to get back into shape—fast. Ballet wouldn’t be his first or even his last choice, but he’s desperate. Enter tantalizingly prim teacher Jasmine Bell—one disapproving arch of her eyebrow and Grant knows he’ll enjoy getting her tutu in a flutter!
But it’s not only Grant’s flexibility that Jasmine’s pushing to the limit! He knows she feels the heat between them, so why won’t she give in to it? Time to convince Jasmine that if she’s brave enough to dance en pointe she can certainly handle a fling with him!
Excerpt from Only the Brave Try Ballet
She shouldn’t be baiting him. No doubt he’d be the kind of guy to enjoy a little verbal sparring. But the words had slipped out before she could stop them. It was too…fun. And she needed a little fun right now.
He grinned at her, confirming her fears. ‘If I want something, there ain’t a force in the world that will stop me from having it.’
Jasmine gulped. His pointed look sent liquid fire through her veins. There was no doubt in her mind that she was on his list of things to want. She had to remind herself that this was business and—fun as it might be, she was only after a pay check. But that grin…the crooked, self-assured way he smiled…it was like a fist through her stomach.
No, this would not work on her. She wasn’t another airhead groupie ready to fall at his feet.
‘You can’t have everything you want. That’s not how the world works.’ And didn’t she know it.
He raked his eyes over her. ‘Watch me.’
Awareness tingled on her skin. She could feel his gaze so keenly that it might as well have been the brush of his fingertips or the rasp of his tongue for what it was doing to her insides. She bit down on her lip, trying unsuccessfully to blank out the flickering reel of R-rated images in her mind.
‘Since you’re so strong of mind, why don’t you focus some of that energy on this lesson?’
Stefanie’s Contact Information:
You can find Stefanie and all her contact details at her website.
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