If you’re not following your dreams, whose dreams are you following? Find out if Kitri’s forbidden step into Irish dance will cause her stumble and lose her family’s support in NO ONE’S WATCHING! Available from Astraea Press right now on Amazon:
At summer dance camp, the romance of Swan Lake collides with the raw energy of Riverdance as fourteen-year-old Kitri falls hard for all things Irish. Especially her crush-turned-partner Blake.
Although she’s expected to follow in her mom’s and grandma’s turned-out footsteps – dance in a ballet company and teach at the family dance school – Kitri can’t help exploring this forbidden dance form. Why is her mom so hostile about Irish dance?
For the end-of-summer dance camp performance, Kitri and Blake are chosen to perform Irish dance, and the stress of defying her mom becomes unbearable. When her arch rival is injured, Kitri is offered the coveted ballet piece in place of Irish dance. Will she destroy her mom’s hopes or tie a Celtic knot to her new passion, suffer the fallout, and hang on?
Posted in Books, Dance, No One's Watching, Writing
Tagged ballet, dance camp, Ireland, Irish, Irish dance, NO ONE'S WATCHING, release day, Riverdance, summer dance camp, Swan Lake, YA contemporary, young YA
SMACK! In my YA novella, KISS AND TELL, one of the characters takes the form of magical lip gloss!
Here’s a brief history of that indispensable article of make-up:
In 1930, Max Factor invented lipstick for the film industry in order to make actresses’ lips shiny in the black and white films. This influenced the popularity of make-up as a whole and was made available to women everywhere.
Flavored lip gloss was invented in 1973 by Bonne Bell and is still popular. I had a 7-Up flavored version in the seventies. It was delicious.
Lip gloss comes in a variety of applicators like tubes, pots, and bottles. They can be glittery, shiny, colorful, and flavored. And in KISS AND TELL, with the mythological character of Verity the Sibbecoss, lip gloss can be MAGICAL!
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Tagged Bonne Bell, history of lip gloss, Kiss and Tell, lip gloss, lips, make up, Max Factor, Sibbecoss
Cerro de las Mentiras
Southern Spain’s Cerro de las Mentiras, or Mountain of Lies, is hardly a romantic getaway. But it is a great place that really exists and serves as a setting for part of my YA novella, KISS AND TELL. It looms in the distance and, because of its name and scruffy appearance, is the perfect backdrop for a devastating character transformation.
Cerro de las Mentiras is located in the province of Granada in the beautiful and (yes) romantic Andalusian region of southern Spain. It is sparsely vegetated and hiking the circular route takes four to five hours. Unstable weather dumps intermittent snow, fog, and rain on its rocky top which is perfect for the scene where the water naiad as Amélie is collected as rain droplets to her cloud goddess mother and is transformed into Verity the Sibbecoss.
Here are suggested accommodations from Traveling Luck in case you’d like to plan a romantic hike and visit. Be on the alert for any odd weather involving clouds!