New Adult / Contemporary Romance
Date Published: June 10, 2015
Rory’s once promising ballet career was destroyed by family tragedy and illness. She turned her life around and became a lawyer. Now at the start of her legal career, she lacks passion in her work and self-confidence in her abilities. But when she meets gorgeous, mysterious Russian ballroom dancer, Sasha, at a firm holiday party, her passions for life and dance are immediately re-kindled.
Since being torn from his Siberian family as a child, Sasha’s life ambition has been to be world ballroom champion, a path he was destined for until his former partner pulled the plug on their partnership. She went on to win the world title, leaving him, without a partner equal in ability, forever in second place. The instant he lays eyes on Rory, he recognizes the depth of her passion and talent, and falls hard for her in more ways than one.
But she also reminds him of great pain from his past. He must not only overcome his own demons but convince her to leave her demanding law career, and all that she has worked for in her adult life, to train with him full-time in order for their partnership – both on and off the dance floor – to work.
This is part one in a continuing three-book series.
#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?
Yes, definitely. I’m still working at my day job, doing contract-based legal work, but I would love more than anything to write full time.
#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?
Having the time to do it. I work at my day job sometimes ten or more hours a day, staring at a computer. So, it’s hard to come home and look at a computer some more! Fortunately, I do contract-based assignments, so sometimes I have months between projects. That’s when I get most of my writing done. I just write, write, write for eight or more hours each day when I have time off like that.
#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?
I met a really wonderful writer when I first moved to Los Angeles named Robena Grant. She was assigned to be my mentor in the LA chapter of RWA (Romance Writers of America) and she went far and above her duties with me! She really helped me, carefully reading the entire first drafts of all three manuscripts that formed the Fever series, and making both line edits and suggesting substantive changes. She’s super knowledgeable in romance writing and was incredibly helpful to me. I am so grateful for her support!
#4 – What is next for your writing?
I am working hard on the next romance novel in the Infectious Rhythm series. It’s set in the same Hollywood studio in which Rory and Sasha’s story is set, and involves some characters readers have met in the Fever series.
#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?
Yes, definitely! I recently got back from the RT Booklovers Convention in Dallas and I came home with about 70 books! It’s so hard to decide which to begin first. So, I’m currently reading three of them at once: Emma Chase’s Overruled, Christina Lauren’s Sweet Filthy Boy, and Sylvia Day’s Captivated by You.
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Passions soar, hard career decisions are made, and competitors attempt sabotage when shy lawyer Rory meets tantalizing Russian dancer Sasha.
This or That?
#1 - iPd or Mp3?
#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla?
#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries?
French fries. I like the shoestring ones, with a really delicious, garlicky dip.
#4 – Comedy or Drama?
That’s hard. Depends what I’m in the mood for. How about Dramedy?
#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks?
#6 – Fantasy or Reality?
Fantasy! I like escape J
#7 – Call or Text?
#8 – Public School or Home School?
#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate
Hot Chocolate. With whipped cream.
#10 – eBook or Paperback?
I have to go with eBook. As much as I love holding a physical book in my hands, with its fun, colorful cover, I ultimately value being able to change the font and brighten the screen and carry all my books with me on one small device.
After working for many years as a criminal appeals attorney in New York, Tonya Plank now lives and writes in Southern California. A former amateur ballroom dancer, she wrote the dance blog, Swan Lake Samba Girl. Her first novel, Swallow, won several awards, including gold medals in the Independent Publisher and the Living Now Book Awards, and was a finalist in ForeWord’s Book of the Year and the National Indie Excellence Awards.
When not writing, she enjoys taking road trips with her rescue dog, Sofia, devouring Mexican food and Cadillac margaritas, sweating to dance-based workouts, cuddling up with her cats and a good book, and seeing dance performances of any kind. Her favorite places in the world are Lincoln Center in New York City, the Pacific Coast Highway from Laguna Beach to San Francisco, and the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah.
To connect with her, please find her at www.tonyaplank.com where she tries to blog regularly.
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