Dear Reader Friends,
I hope this post finds you well, and that you are all enjoying the fun, excitement, and festivities of the season. After all, it's the most wonderful time of the year!
I just wanted to share some exciting news with you all. My second children's novel 'The Academy - First Year' will be released on Monday December 21st, 2015 - just in time for the Holidays!!!!
I can't wait for you all to read it.
Being accepted into the English Ballet Theater's Academy of Dance was Molly’s dream, but will that dream turn into a nightmare that threatens her chances of ever becoming a ballerina? Enter the hallowed halls of the Academy: a prestigious ballet school steeped in history and rich with tradition, and peek behind the stage door into a world filled with pointe shoes, tutus, friendships and rivalries.
Every young girl dreams of being a ballet dancer, of stepping gracefully onstage at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden in a beautifully bejeweled tutu and sparkling tiara - and Molly Plum was no exception. Our story begins when 11 year old Molly, a budding ballerina from an impoverished borough of London, auditions for one of the much coveted, but very limited, places at English Ballet Theater's Junior Academy of Dance: a fictitious boarding school located in the Royal borough of Windsor But after a nerve-racking audition at the senior school, and much anxious waiting for the postman, Molly discovers to her delight that she has been accepted into the Academy on a full scholarship.
Despite having to fight tooth and nail with her disagreeable mother, who is under the misguided impression that ballet is a frivolous and silly hobby, for permission to even attend, Molly begins her new life at Howard Hall - a five story, ivy-covered 250 year old manor house, surrounded by 200 acres of vibrant greenery courtesy of the Great Park - in the Fall. And despite making an instant enemy in the horribly stuck-up but incredibly talented, Pandora Pemberton, she soon settles in to life at the Academy, with all of it quirks, rules and traditions, and takes to her dance classes, pointe lessons and academic studies like a ballerina to toe shoes.
But will all of her months of hard work, stress, tears, and dedication mean that Molly will be chosen to fulfill her dream and perform as Clara in the English Ballet Theatre’s Christmas production of ‘The Nutcracker’? Or will Pandora Pemberton – with the help of the sniveling sycophant that is Araminta Masters, and Pandora’s dreadful snob of a stage mother - see to it that not only are her chances of dancing on stage with one of the finest ballet companies in the world scuppered forever, but that her days at the Academy are numbered too?