Dance All Night is here!

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Dance All Night, a holiday novella set in Alexis Daria’s award-winning Dance Off series about finding love on and off the dance floor.

The next installment in The Dance Off series is live! If you enjoy lighthearted Christmas romances with swoon-worthy dance numbers and a hefty dose of humor, this novella is for you. Dance All Night features Nik Kovalenko (from Dance with Me) and Jess Davenport (from Take the Lead), but it can be read as a standalone. Nik and Jess were a joy to write, but this release is extra exciting because it marks me dipping my toe into indie publishing waters. The experience was super fun and I’m so happy to be able to bring you more Dance Off stories!

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Broadway hotshot Nik Kovalenko is a confirmed bachelor.

Ballroom champion Jess Davenport is a bona fide Scrooge.

Last year, they shared a midnight kiss at a New Year’s Eve party that made both of them believe—briefly—in the magic of the holiday season. The magic was cut short when Nik went on tour the next day, but he never stopped thinking about that kiss—or Jess.

When the holidays roll back around, Nik runs into Jess again. He doesn’t want to spend another year pining for the Scrooge who got away, so he tells Jess he’ll stay if she’ll give him a shot at being her Christmas Present.

Jess thinks he’s full of it, but she agrees to three dates. If Nik can make her believe in holiday magic in a place as un-wintery as Los Angeles—and convince her that he’s ready to stick around—she’ll give him a chance. But he won’t know until New Year’s Eve. If she kisses him at midnight, he’ll have his answer…

Check out the Spotify playlist and Pinterest board for Dance All Night!

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6 Writing Craft Techniques in One Draft

6 Writing Craft TechniquesBooks on writing craft aren’t for everyone, which is totally fine. I happen to get a lot out of them, but my approach is to take what works and scrap the rest. When I read craft books, it’s with an eye toward finding the gems that will supplement and strengthen my existing process, then I promptly forget the parts that don’t resonate with me.

While drafting Dance All Night: A Dance Off Holiday Novella, I noticed I was using elements from a number of different sources in my process, and I was able to pinpoint which craft books had given me each of these tools. The thing was, I hadn’t really thought about this as I was doing it. As I’d read each book, I had filed away the parts that appealed to me in my mental writer’s toolbox. During the process of planning, drafting, and revising the novella before sending it to my editor, I had used these tools without thinking, “I should use that step from that method.” The tools were just there, right when I needed them.

In this post, I’ll walk through each step and link the book that gave it to me. My thanks to all of these wonderful writers for sharing their tips and knowledge!

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3 Tips for Writing a Novella

3 Tips for Writing a Novella from Alexis DariaAccording to Wikipedia, the maximum word count for a novella is 40,000 words*. By contrast, my full-length novels are over 90,000. That’s more than twice as many words! Some authors excel at writing novellas, but if you’re like me and used to writing long, how do you cram a full romance into a smaller package? Well, I do it with a little planning.

Here are three tricks I use to fit a an emotionally satisfying romance into a shorter word count.

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Countdown to Dance All Night

Dance All Night: A Dance Off Holiday Novella, releases in five weeks!

I’m so excited to share Nik and Jess’s story with you. It takes place after the events of Take the Lead and Dance with Me, but even though the previous couples show up briefly, Dance All Night can be read as a standalone. If you love lighthearted Christmas romances with swoon-worthy dance numbers and a hefty dose of humor, this novella is for you.

Dance All Night is available for preorder and will be up on NetGalley soon, but for now, you can get in the mood with the Spotify playlist and Pinterest board!

OTP Podcast: John Legend and Chrissy Teigen

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This month, I visited my publisher’s One True Pairing podcast to talk about one of my favorite celebrity couples, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen. We played a little game called “Take the LEEEgend,” a play on John’s name and the title of the first book in my Dance Off series. I had a great time recording with Marissa and Erica. Also, congrats to John and Chrissy on the birth of their baby boy! You can listen to the full podcast here.

Top 5 Sexiest Dances on Dancing with the Stars

Last night, Dancing with the Stars premiered its 26th season. Since the first episode aired on June 1, 2005, the pro dancers and their celebrity partners have treated us to hundreds, if not thousands, of dances. It’s impossible to choose a top five overall, although I tried. Instead, I narrowed the field a bit to choose the sexiest dances, with no repeats of dance style, dancer, or star. Even then, it was hard to choose just five, but I persevered. Here are my Top Five Sexiest Dances from Dancing with the Stars.

Dancing with the Stars Rashad and Emma Viennese Waltz

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Dance with Me bonus scene

The events in Dance with Me take place three years after Dimitri and Natasha first meet, so here’s a bonus scene showing how that moment went down. I shared this on Facebook last week, but I wanted to give this scene a permanent home on my site. I’ll be sharing more like this with my newsletter subscribers, so make sure you’re signed up!

I recognize him immediately.

Dimitri Kovalenko, one of the judges, a dancer who catapulted to stardom thanks to a dance movie made almost 15 years ago.

He’s so hot I can’t stand it.

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5 Reasons to Enter RWA’s Golden Heart Contest

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If you’re an unpublished RWA member with a completed manuscript, you might want to consider entering the Golden Heart Contest.

The Golden Heart is an annual contest for unpublished authors run by the Romance Writers of America. You can find all the details and rules here. I was a Golden Heart finalist this year, and I definitely wasn’t aware of all the benefits before I entered. A few people have asked me about the experience, so I wanted to put everything in one place. If you’re looking for the chance to build community and get your work and your name known before you sign a deal, hopefully this post will help you decide if entering the Golden Heart is right for you.

But first, a few tips about entering.

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Links Roundup

I have a bunch of writing-related blog posts planned, but for now, here’s a links roundup of my latest interviews, lists, and guest posts. (These are also posted on the Press page.)

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