Hi! This is the blitz for Always Second Best by Elodie Nowodazkij!
This blitz includes an excerpt from Always Second Best, and interview with the author, and 2 giveaways.
One giveaway is a Kookie Krysp Reads exclusive giveaway for ONE copy of two books in the Broken Dreams series by Elodie Nowodazkij, and the other is a blitz-wide giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card and a chance to name a character in Elodie’s next novel. Enjoy!
Em steps back and tilts her head, looking at me carefully like she does when she’s trying to assess me. “If it’s important, if you need someone to talk to, I’ll always be there for you. But…” She takes a deep breath, almost like she wants to ground herself. “I don’t want to be the one you use. That’s all.”
“I’ve never used you.”
“Whatever,” she replies and I know the conversation is over.
I turn the music on. Em stretches, letting her body fall on the leg she has propped up against the mirror. I get the spot next to hers and do the same. We switch legs. We look at each other in the mirror.
“Tomorrow, they want you to show them your technique—which is perfect—but also the emotions.” I grab the remote control and change the music to Sleeping Beauty.
I stand next to her. And pull her to me. “We know your technique is amazing. Show me how you fall in love.”
“W-what do you mean?”
“Aurora…at first she falls in love.”
Em gulps but then she stares at me, raising an eyebrow that says, Two can play this game, my friend. “Yes.” Her voice is breathy. And she may be winning the game I didn’t even know we started just by looking at me.
“You need to let those emotions loose, your movements need to be full of passion, and your eyes need to have that passion in them too.”
Em positions herself, with one arm up and the other behind her back. She angles her foot and then starts dancing. Her movements surround me, she surrounds me. One pirouette, one jump, one pas de deux… She’s looking at me, like I’m her anchor point, like I’m the only thing that makes sense, like she’s in love with me.
I want to grab her hand. I want to pull her to me. I want…so much.
But I know if I move she’ll disappear back into that hole inside of herself.
So, instead I dance alongside her. An answer to her unspoken questions. A promise to her unspoken demand.
And when we stop, both out of breath, she kisses my cheek before turning away.
It may not be much, but it’s a first step.
- What do you love most about Em & Nick?
How much they love one another. It takes them time and it’s not always easy and they make mistakes but at the end of the day, they understand one another and are there for one another.
- Do you have plans to write more books in the Broken Dreams series?
I have a few more…I may or may not be currently writing a holiday novella featuring Camilo—the “bad” guy from One, Two, Three and Chloe, a new character.
I’m also outlining Jen’s story. Jen is a part of A Summer Like No Other and Always Second Best…and I’m actually thinking of her moving to France for the summer after the showcase for an intensive workshop at the Opéra de Paris. Thinking out loud here… And I also have a novel about Becca—Natalya’s best friend. Oh and maybe about Roberto—Emilia’s brother.
- Wow, that’s quite a lot. Any chance we’ll see Em & Nick again though?
Hmmm. Definitely in Jen’s story, they will pop up. And I may or may not be looking into writing a few short stories…featuring Tonio & Nata, Em & Nick and maybe Giovanni & Roberto.
- Emilia & Nick are ballet dancers. Natalya in One Two Three and One Dream Only was a ballet dancer. Are you also a dancer?
I danced ballet for a few years, but nothing like Natalya or Em or Nick…I’ve done research, watched videos, read articles and tried to remember what I loved about ballet when I was dancing. It’s a world I tried to learn a lot about. Part of the Broken Dreams series will move a bit away from ballet thought when it comes to Becca’s story and Camilo’s.
- What is your favorite part about writing?
I have several favorite things I love about writing. The creating process. Yes, it can be super painful and sometimes I hate it, but I am still grateful that I get to call this “my job”. And then, I love the contact with the readers. Really, don’t hesitate to reach out to me on Twitter (@ENowodazkij) or per email (firstname.lastname@example.org) And if you’ve read my books and enjoyed them, I love hanging out in my cozy book on Facebook ☺ (https://www.facebook.com/groups/954159761294820/)
Blog Only Giveaway
Thanks to the author and Xpresso Book Tours, I have the opportunity to give away ONE eBook copy of two books in the Broken Dreams series, Summer Like No Other (Book #1.5) and Always Second Best (Book #2), by Elodie Nowodazkij! (Open internationally)
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