Current and Forthcoming Books

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New in 2024! Other Stages, Book 4 of the Ballet Theatre Chronicles

Off Balance, Book 1 of the Ballet Theatre Chronicles —  May, 2015

Outside the Limelight, Book 2 of the Ballet Theatre Chronicles — October, 2016

A Dancer’s Guide to Africa, a novel — Oct, 2018

Ballet Orphans, a prequel, Book 3 of the Ballet Theatre Chronicles — January, 2021

Other Stages, Book 4 of the Ballet Theatre Chronicles — January, 2024

OTHER STAGES, Book 4 of the Ballet Theatre Chronicles

The season’s off to a bumpy start at the West Coast Ballet Theatre for longtime friends Katrina and April. Katrina, a star principal used to getting the roles she wants, hopes Javier, her onstage and domestic partner, is about to propose. He’s the father of her son, after all, never mind that he’s bisexual and their love is platonic. Instead he informs her he’s found true love elsewhere, is moving out, and, oh, he’s requested a new partner for the company’s forthcoming gala.

Kylie, April’s daughter and babysitter for Katrina’s son, is miserable in high school until the day she, too, finds true love. That she’s 14 and he’s 28 is a small matter, she decides. That he’s her mother’s friend and falling in love with Katrina is a much bigger problem. She vows to keep her secret from her mother, a company ballet master who just wants her girls—both her daughters and the dancers she oversees and rehearses—to be safe, healthy and happy. Now April’s dealing with a moody, unknowable teen, gala rehearsals misfiring, and a loose-cannon celebrity choreographer whose ballet featuring Katrina borders on disturbing. When Kylie, in a fit of despair, attempts the unthinkable, just as the choreographer and his ballet reveal violence—toward Katrina—April must make controversial decisions with far-reaching consequences, no matter the cost, to protect her girls.  

OTHER STAGES chronicles the challenges of parenting, of adolescence, the bonds of friendship and the journey of learning what to accept, when to defy, and when to fight for what is right. 

BALLET ORPHANS, Book 3 of the Ballet Theatre Chronicles

It’s 1990, and New York soloist April Manning is trying to rebalance her world in the aftermath of her parents’ deaths. An offer to join the struggling West Coast Ballet Theatre as a principal dancer seems like the perfect opportunity for a fresh start—a new life in San Francisco, an exciting step up in her career, and the hope of a redefined sense of family. But the other dancers are wary, clannish and tight-lipped, particularly about an incident that hastened the departure of their beloved artistic director, leading to the arrival of his replacement, the young, inexperienced Anders Gunst. And no one wants to talk about Jana, a former company member who defiantly walked out rather than work under Anders. It is Jana herself who offers April hints, and even friendship, where she reveals a loneliness and hunger to belong that newly orphaned April well understands. But there is something troubling about Jana, and what April doesn’t know could prove deadly. 

A prequel to the Ballet Theatre Chronicles, BALLET ORPHANS explores the work and sacrifices required to arrive at the highest tiers of the professional ballet world, coupled with the primal, universal desire to belong, to love and be loved, and the lengths we’ll go to protect those we call family


Fiona Garvey, ballet dancer and new college graduate, is desperate to escape her sister’s betrayal and a failed relationship. Vowing to restart as far from home as possible, she accepts a two-year teaching position with the Peace Corps in Africa. It’s a role she’s sure she can perform. But in no time, Fiona realizes she’s traded her problems in Omaha for bigger ones in Gabon, a country as beautiful as it is filled with contradictions. Emotionally derailed by Christophe, a charismatic and privileged Gabonese man who can teach her to let go of her inhibitions but can’t commit to anything more, threatened by an overly familiar student with a menacing fixation on her, and drawn into the compelling but potentially dangerous local dance ceremonies, Fiona finds herself at increasing risk. And when matters come to a shocking head, she must reach inside herself, find her dancer’s power, and fight back.

Blending humor and pathos, A DANCER’S GUIDE TO AFRICA takes the reader along on a suspense-laden, sensual journey through Africa’s complex beauty, mystery and mysticism.

OUTSIDE THE LIMELIGHT, Book 2 of the Ballet Theatre Chronicles

Rising ballet star Dena Lindgren’s dream career is knocked off its axis when a puzzling onstage fall results in a crushing diagnosis: a brain tumor. Looming surgery and its long recovery period prompt the company’s artistic director, Anders Gunst, to shift his attention to an overshadowed company dancer: Dena’s older sister, Rebecca, with whom Anders once shared a special relationship. Under the heady glow of Anders’ attention, Rebecca thrives, even as her recuperating sister, hobbled and unnoticed, languishes on the sidelines of a world that demands beauty and perfection. Rebecca ultimately faces a painful choice: play by the artistic director’s rules and profit, or take shocking action to help her sister.

Exposing the glamorous onstage world of professional ballet, as well as its shadowed wings and dark underbelly, OUTSIDE THE LIMELIGHT examines loyalty, beauty, artistic passion, and asks what might be worth losing in order to help the ones you love. Named a Top 100 Book of 2017 by Kirkus Reviews. (“A lovely and engaging tale of sibling rivalry in the high-stakes dance world” – starred review in January 2017.)

OFF BALANCE, Book 1 of the Ballet Theatre Chronicles

Alice thinks she’s accepted the loss of her ballet career, injury having forced her to trade in pointe shoes onstage for spreadsheets upstairs. That is, until the day Alice’s boss asks her to befriend Lana, a pretty new company member he’s got his eye on. Lana represents all Alice has lost, not just as a ballet dancer, but as a motherless daughter. It’s pain she’s kept hidden, even from herself, as every good ballet dancer knows to do. Lana, lonely and unmoored, desperately needs some help, and her mother, back home, vows eternal support. But when Lana begins to profit from Alice’s advice and help, her mother’s constant attention curdles into something more sinister.  

Together, both women must embark on a journey of painful rediscoveries, not just about career opportunities won and lost, but the mothers they thought they knew.