Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Something To Offer

As you’ve read in my bio, I used to be a dancer, a dance teacher, and a choreographer. I loved all those roles, and I miss them. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I love being a writer. But Christmastime was always so special at my dance school. Before the holidays—around October, the studio would sell hoodies, dance bags, and T-shirts with the dance school logo embroidered on them—most of the girls would have their names added as well. Oftentimes, the moms would pull me aside and ask to have their daughter’s order set aside—intending to give the hoodie or T-shirt as a Christmas gift.

Even though I had my own family, when Christmas day slowed down to a purr, I would find myself thinking about the girls from my dance school who had received the dance merchandise as gifts from their parents. Somehow it made me feel warm inside to know that my dance stuff was under Christmas trees throughout the tristate area (PA, OH, and WV). I felt good that I had something to offer that people would find worthy to give as a Christmas gift. And when the Christmas break was over, the girls would come bounding into the dance school proudly sporting their new dance gear. Truly fun times.

Those days are gone, but they have been replaced by the knowledge that people are now giving my books as gifts. Now on Christmas morning I know that somewhere—well beyond the tristate borders, someone is receiving one or more of my books under the tree or in a stocking. I imagine them finding a cozy quiet place after Christmas day has settled down. Perhaps in a chair close to a crackling fire they study the cover, read the dedication, the inspirational quote that lies within the first few pages, and then they turn to the prologue to let the adventure begin. Yeah, I still get that warm feeling inside knowing that my writing stuff can be found under Christmas trees.

*Sigh* I still have something to offer on Christmas morning, and for that I am truly blessed. I hope your Christmas season is filled with joy and 2017 brings peace and good health.


Five years ago, First Force operative Grant Ketchum let the ballerina of his dreams dance right out of his life. 

After her American adoptive parents had been killed in an automobile accident, Silja Ramsay returned to her birthplace, Russia, to take the position of the principal dancer for the Novikov Ballet Company. She was living her dreams, and although they had very little contact, Grant was proud of her. 

The owner and director of the ballet company, Natalia Novikov, has a dark secret: her beloved ballet company is almost broke. Natalia has become so desperate for funds to keep the company afloat that she’s forced her dancers to prostitute themselves to financial contributors at exclusive after-show parties. 

As the prima ballerina of the troupe, Silja has been exempt and kept in the dark about the parties, until a big-time American financier, who is obsessed with Silja, offers to bail the failing ballet company out and provide Natalia with everything she will ever need. His prerequisite: Silja must become his personal companion, live in his home, and fulfill his every desire. 

Against her will, Silja is taken to the American’s mansion, but before she goes she manages to send a text to the only man who can save her, Grant: 


Now Grant Ketchum is on a mission to find his lost ballerina and rescue her from this powerful man’s subjugation. He will do anything to get her out alive. 

If they survive, will he let her chasse out of his life again?

To The Breaking Pointe Excerpt

Yekaterinburg, Russia:

A crowd had gathered in the reception room in the basement of the Mockba Theatre. The room wasn’t particularly large, yet it was quite elegant with red velvet swags hung in the archways, gilded crown moldings, and crystal chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. A bar was set up in one corner while a violinist played softly in another.  

“It is ridiculous! An outrage! Dominik Potrovic should be included in the auction!” Ivan Belsky bit out in Russian. “A choice—that is what the contributors should have! We spend a lot of money at these parties!”

Natalia waved at the bartender for a glass of wine. “I have already explained this to you, Ivan. Dominik is in a relationship with our choreographer, Edvar. He is not available for the auctions.”

“Several of the dancers are married! Yet here they are—to be auctioned as the rest. I understand why Silja Ramsay is not present—she is an American, but there is no excuse for Dominik!”

“I do not understand. You always choose from the box filled with the ballerina’s shoes, not the male dancers. So why do you fuss?”

“I enjoy the girls very much. But Dominik—”

“If you are not happy with our selection of dancers, pull your bid and be on your way.”
Red-faced with frustration, Belsky let out a loud harrumph, and then stalked into the party just as Ballard Crafton rounded the corner.

“Where is Silja?” he asked Natalia as he searched through the party guests. The room was filled with men, a few older women, and most of the dancers from the Novikov Ballet Company. Only one dancer in particular was missing... Silja Ramsay.

“As always, there are plenty of lovely ballerinas here to choose from this evening, Ballard. Forget Silja for now. I will keep working to make her come around. 

“No. I am tired of spending time with ballerinas that I don’t want. I only fantasize that she is Silja. I want Silja!” Ballard said. 


Author Bio:
For twenty-six years Cindy’s life whirled around a song and a dance. She was a professional dancer/choreographer for most of her adult life and never gave much thought to a writing career until 2005. She often notes: Don’t ask me what happened, but suddenly I felt drawn to my computer to write about things that I have experienced with my husband’s Thoroughbreds and happenings at the racetrack—she muses: they are greatly exaggerated upon of course—I’ve never been murdered. Viola! Cindy’s first book series, Unbridled, was born. Currently there are five books in the series.

Cindy is a huge fan of romantic suspense series’, especially with a military ops theme. Although she isn’t one to make New Year’s resolutions, on New Year’s Day 2013 she made a commitment to write one. At this time, there are four books in her black ops series, First Force: Into the Crossfire, To the Breaking Pointe, Into the Dark., and To the Brink. Book number five Into the Dawn is scheduled to release in September of 2017.

People are always asking Cindy: Do you miss dance? With a bitter sweet smile on her lips she tells them: Sometimes I do. I miss my students. I miss choreographing musicals, but I love writing my books, and I love sharing them with my readers.
Cindy resides on her forty-five acre Thoroughbred farm with her husband, Bill and her Cocker Spaniel, Allister near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


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  2. I am very glad that you are offering me something for the peaceful days after the chaos of the holidays!!! :) I CANNOT wait to read this book!!!!
    Happy new year!!!

    Mandyblackwell25 at Gmail dot com


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