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.

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The Dance Off books are discounted this week!

In honor of tonight’s season finale of Dancing with the Stars and Take the Lead‘s two RITA® Award finals, both Dance Off books are discounted this week!

Today’s the last day to get TAKE THE LEAD at $.99. Tomorrow it joins DANCE WITH ME at $1.99 until Friday. Links below.

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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.

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If you’re an unpublished RWA member with a completed manuscript, you might want to consider entering the Golden Heart Contest.

The Golden Heart is an annual contest for unpublished authors run by the Romance Writers of America.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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Let me know if you have any questions you’d like me to answer here! Or better yet, send me a tweet. 😉

Dance with Me is here!

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This has been quite a year, folks. Back in January, I had just finished editing Take the Lead and sent it off to agents and the Golden Heart contest. Natasha and Dimitri had emerged as the next couple in The Dance Off series, and I had a vague blurb. That was it. Now, less than a year later, Take the Lead was named one of The Washington Post‘s 5 Best Romances of 2017 and Dance with Me is available for everyone to read. So yeah…quite a year. Thanks for following along, and I hope you enjoy Natasha and Dimitri’s story.

Dance with Me, the second in a sizzling new series about finding love on and off the dance floor.

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Natasha Díaz is having a day. She’s trying to prove she can make it as a professional dancer, but she’s overworked, out of cash, and her roommate has just moved out. When she comes home to find a hole in her ceiling and her bedroom flooded, she’s desperate enough to crash with the one guy she can’t quit. She accepts his offer with one condition: no sleeping together while she’s living with him.

Dimitri Kovalenko has never lived with a woman before. But when Tasha’s in need of a place to stay, he suggests she move in without a second thought. He accepts her condition, hoping she won’t stick to it. They’re good together, both in the ballroom and the bedroom. Since their first dance, she’s never been far from his thoughts. Sure, she’s a pro and he’s one of her show’s judges, but they’re not currently filming, so no one needs to know.

Living in close quarters shows Dimitri a side of Natasha he’s never seen before, and he likes it. A lot. Too bad she’s doing everything in her power to keep him at arm’s length. When an injury forces Natasha to take it easy or risk her ability to dance, it’s his chance to show her that the rules have changed, and she can trust him with her heart.

Check out the Pinterest board and Spotify playlist for Dance with Me!

Countdown to Dance with Me

Dance with Me, Book 2 in The Dance Off series, releases in three weeks!

I do have more stories planned for the characters from The Dance Off world, but no release dates yet. Hopefully next year! In the meantime, I’m having fun developing a new contemporary romance project and gearing up for Dance with Me‘s release on December 12th. As with Take the Lead, I’ve made a Dance with Me Spotify playlist based on what I listened to while I was writing the book and songs that inspired some of the scenes, and a Pinterest board for Dimitri and Natasha. Enjoy! And if you’ve started a playlist or board for Dance with Me, let me know!

 

Interviews

I’ve got a few interviews posted in different places, so I’ll link to them here (and on the Press page).

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RT Book Reviews featured me for their Debut Author Spotlight, where I talked about getting “The Call” and attending the Fame school. Read it here.

USA Today’s HEA blog included me in an interview with Priscilla Oliveras, Mia Sosa, and Sabrina Sol, three awesome Latina romance authors. We talked about the influence Latinx culture has had on us as writers, cultural stereotypes we hope to dispel in our writing, and made some book recommendations. Read it here.

I also answered questions about my writing process and publishing journey for 17 Scribes, the website for authors debuting in 2017. Read it here.

Let me know what you think, and if you have any questions you’d like me to answer here! Or better yet, send me a tweet. 😉

Take the Lead is here!

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This is a big day for me—the debut of my first book! If you’ve been watching this space, you’ll know this has been something I’ve been working toward for a while. I recently wrote about my evolution as a writer over on the RWchat blog, and I talked about my publishing journey over at the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood. Still, it’s weird to think that a year ago, I had three chapters of a story I was excited about, and now, finally, Take the Lead is out in the world! More info below!

 

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TAKE THE LEAD, the debut contemporary romance from 2017 Golden Heart finalist Alexis Daria, is out now! The first in a sizzling new series about finding love on and off the dance floor.

 

Gina Morales wants to win. It’s her fifth season on The Dance Off, a top-rated network TV celebrity dance competition, and she’s never even made it to the finals. When she meets her latest partner, she sees her chance. He’s handsome, rippling with muscles, and he stars on the popular Alaskan wilderness reality show Living Wild. With his sexy physique and name recognition, she thinks he’s her ticket to the finals—until she realizes they’re being set up.

 

Stone Nielson hates Los Angeles, he hates reality TV, and he hates that fact that he had to join the cast of the The Dance Off because of family obligations. He can’t wait to get back to Alaska, but he also can’t deny his growing attraction to his bubbly Puerto Rican dance partner. Neither of them are looking for romantic entanglements, and Stone can’t risk revealing his secrets, but as they heat up the dance floor, it’s only a matter of time until he feels an overwhelming urge to take the lead.

 

When the tabloids catch on to their developing romance, the spotlight threatens to ruin not just their relationship, but their careers and their shot at the trophy. Gina and Stone will have to decide if their priorities lie with fame, fortune, or the chance at a future together.