Today, Kimberly Rose Johnson is my guest on Wednesday Writers and she will be telling us about the background for her contemporary Christian romance A Waltz for Amber. Welcome back, Kimberly.
Growing up I loved the performing arts. Music was my passion. I sang and played the piano as well as took ballet. As a teenager I would rush home from my ballet class to watch the TV show Fame. I loved it! As life progressed my enthusiasm shifted to the creative arts, but I’ve never lost my love for music. Performing arts are featured in my series Melodies of Love. Each book focuses on a different branch of the arts.
In A Waltz for Amber I combined my past love of ballet with my love of singing. The heroine is a ballet instructor and dance choreographer, and the hero is a choir teacher. It was such fun creating characters who share my passions.
I didn’t have to do much research for this book since I’ve lived in the world of each of my characters. It was more a matter of jogging my memory than anything—It’s been a long time since I was in a ballet studio. J
I wanted to write this story set during the Christmas season because it has become a tradition for me to publish a Christmas book. Ever since my first published book, also a Christmas book, released back in 2013, I’ve been blessed to have a book release for the holiday. I really enjoy writing stories set during the holiday season. There’s something about the warm and cozy feeling I get when I immerse myself in a Christmas book.
I know it’s too early for Christmas, but since this is a Christmas book I hope you will indulge me. Do you enjoy the Christmas season? What is your favorite part?
A Waltz for Amber
By Kimberly Rose Johnson
A young woman’s business success depends on a one-time crush who broke her heart. Can she trust him or will their past destroy her future?
Their passion for the arts divides them. Can they overcome their differences and find true harmony?
Amber, a struggling dance teacher, is desperate to make a success of her studio. The quickly approaching Christmas recital should help except for one problem—the high school music teacher scheduled the holiday program on the same night, causing a conflict for her students. Will she be able to sustain her business or will she lose everything in the pursuit of her dream?
Chris is thrilled to be back in his hometown. However, his past won’t stay in the past, and the pretty dance instructor is a constant reminder of his failings. He wants to make up for his youthful mistake directed at her, but how?
“Great class today, ladies.” Amber Jackson looked to each of her top five dancers in her intermediate ballet class. “Remember we have our first rehearsal for the Christmas recital this coming Monday evening. I need all of you to be here.” Without them, the recital would be a flop. “Have a great rest of the weekend.”
The girls rushed to the wall where their bags were hung and quickly slipped sweats over their leotards and shrugged into jackets.
Amber loved this time of year, especially in Oak Knoll. The crisp fall air put an extra spring in her step. Humming “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” she followed after the girls and slid a pair of jeans over her leotard, pulled a chunky black sweater over her head, then drew the pins from her bun and tugged off the band holding her thick hair in a ponytail. She massaged her scalp quickly with her fingers then ran them through her hair. “Much better.” She was a bunhead through and through, but wearing her hair down felt really good, too.
“Amber?” a timid voice asked.
Still facing the floor-to-ceiling mirror, she spotted Natalie standing behind her. “Hi.” She turned to face the girl. “You did a great job today.”
A nervous smile tugged at the teenager’s face. “Thanks. But I have some bad news.”
Amber’s good mood vanished. “What’s wrong?”
“I can’t be in the recital.”
“But you have a solo.” The girl practically floated across the floor when she danced.
“I know, but Mr. Daniels scheduled the winter program at school on the same night.”
She forced a smile. “We’re doing a matinee. Surely you can do both.” She’d booked the auditorium at the community center in the afternoon since the rental fee at that time of day was cheaper. Saving money was key as she tried to grow her dance studio and turn a profit.
Natalie shook her head. “No, because he scheduled a dress rehearsal for the afternoon and it’s the same time as the ballet recital. If I miss any rehearsals, my grade goes down.”
Why was the name Daniels so familiar? “What class does Mr. Daniels teach?”
“Choir. He’s new. But he said he graduated from Oak Knoll High School.”
About the Author:
Award winning author, Kimberly Rose Johnson, married her college sweetheart and lives in the Pacific Northwest. From a young child Kimberly has been an avid reader. That love of reading fostered a creative mind and led to her passion for writing. She especially loves romance and writes contemporary romance that warms the heart and feeds the soul.
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