Welcome back to fellow Casablanca author, Elizabeth Michels! She’s here to celebrate the release of book 2 in the Tricks of the Ton Series, Desperately Seeking Suzanna:
Thanks for hosting me on the Casablanca Authors Blog today! I’m so excited to be here, celebrating the release of the second book in my Tricks of the Ton series, Desperately Seeking Suzanna! Suzanna is a fiery vixen who puts gentlemen under her spell as she dances the night away…too bad she doesn’t exist. In truth, Suzanna is just ordinary Sue Green who has either truly unfortunate dancing skills or simply bad timing, as she injures a gentleman and then refuses to dance with him repeatedly over an entire season. Isn’t dancing fun?!
I’ve always loved all types of dance. I started taking ballet lessons when I was 4 years old and continued with it until I went away to college. In addition to ballet, I’ve taken tap, jazz, hip hop, attended master classes and even went to New York to see if the professional dancer’s life was for me—it wasn’t. But, I digress. I still love to dance at parties. This is a launch party, right? *taps on computer screen* So, let’s get this party started! I love going to events that have a DJ and a dance floor. It’s so much fun to bust a move with good friends. Of course, there is always the issue of how one looks while busting said move.
I like to think I look like this on the dance floor…
Unfortunately, I’m pretty sure I actually look like this…
Or maybe, on my best day, this…
However I look, it doesn’t matter though. I dance for fun and nothing more, much like Sue in Desperately Seeking Suzanna. She is busy entertaining her sister and cousins with a drunken cancan dance down a stairway when she meet something she wasn’t expecting, something that would change her life forever…
Sue smiled and hurried to the landing where the stairs turned to the left, and spun to face her family. She held the banister rail behind her back and allowed her arms to slip to the sides as she arched her back and shot a seductive look over her shoulder into the darkness. The girls laughed as Victoria called out, “Suzanna, you light skirt!”
Gathering the hem of her gown once more, Sue dipped one foot down to the next step as one might test cool water in a pond. Then she ran her foot up her other leg and began kicking with each step down the stairs. She paused her descent every few steps to shimmy her bosom for the enjoyment of her family. They were still laughing as she neared the bottom of the steps. She raised her skirts to the point of indecency and kicked as high as her leg would allow, attempting to finish her dance with flair.
It wasn’t until the toe of her beaded slipper met something hard that she stopped and immediately fell back onto the step behind her with a thud.
Her eyes grew wide beneath her mask as she looked up at the figure wearing black at the base of the stairs. His golden blond hair was the only bit of color shining in the dim lamplight cast from a single wall sconce. His head was bend away from her so she couldn’t see his face. Who had she injured? Had he seen her dance? She wasn’t even supposed to be here. Oh, what had she done?
“You broke my nose!” His deep voice was muffled behind his hand.
I hope you enjoyed this peek into Desperately Seeking Suzanna. Thank you again for hosting me today! Now, let’s dance! What’s your favorite dance move?
Thanks to Elizabeth for joining us today! To enter to win one of two copies of Desperately Seeking Suzanna, answer Elizabeth’s dance move question in the comments. Open to US and Canada only, please leave an email address so you can be easily reached. Winners will be chosen on Thursday, March 6.
DESPERATELY SEEKING SUZANNA BY ELIZABETH MICHELS – IN STORES MARCH 2014
Her Cinderella Moment…
Sue Green just wanted one night to be the pretty one. But a few glasses of champagne and one wild disguise later, she's in some serious trouble. Who knew the devastatingly handsome face of Lord Holden Ellis would get in the way of her foot? And how exactly did all that high-kick dancing start in the first place? At least she blamed it on her new persona—Suzanna—so Society's most eligible bachelor will never find out the truth.
All Holden wants is the truth. Who was that vixen who seduced him so thoroughly, then disappeared? The only one who seems to have any answers about Suzanna is Miss Sue Green. She's promised to help him find his mystery woman, but she's not being all that helpful. And the more time Holden spends with Sue—witty, pretty, and disarmingly honest—the more he realizes he may have found exactly what he's been looking for all along...
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Elizabeth Michels grew up on a Christmas tree farm in rural South Carolina. After tip-toeing her way through school with her focus on ballet steps and her nose in a book, she met a boy and followed him a thousand miles away from home to Kansas City, Missouri, before settling down in North Carolina. She attended Park University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Interior Design. Elizabeth is a lover of happily-ever-afters; she invites you to read her stories, get lost, and enjoy. For more information, please visit http://www.elizabethmichels.com.
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