Today we're spotlighting book one of the Dancers and Divas series, Passion and Pain, by Kathy Petrakis! If you liked movies like Fame and Step Up you'll definitely want to check this series out! Here''s the synopsis of Passion and Pain:
“Does passion and desire guarantee success? Can friends really be trusted? Can true love be found beneath lust and deceit?
These are questions tenacious street dancer Elena Martinez faces as she struggles to compete against the most talented students at New York’s top Performing Arts High School. Along with her best friend, the carefree and mischievous Sebastien Duval, they are determined to make center stage.
But the singing diva Letitia has other plans. Beautiful, talented and popular, her desire for revenge could ruin everything for Elena and Sebastien. Now, they must fight against prejudice, treachery and deceit as Letitia sets out to destroy Elena’s friendships, her romance, her dignity and her dreams. Can Elena win the battle for true love, happiness and success?”
Excerpt from Passion and Pain:
Anya glared at him with her arms crossed. She looked him up and down without any attempt to be discrete. She noted his vest top, hairy chest, multiple tattoos and baggy pants with distaste. Like she needed to see his boxers. She hated hip hop dancers. Male ones anyway. They were so, so classless. She never imagined her ballet career would come to this.
Darius laughed. “Better get used to it, princess, cause you’re going to be seeing a lot of it.”
Anya shifted uncomfortably at his tone. She had to do something or this hour would last forever.
“I suppose you could show me what you have,” Anya said as she sat in the corner of the room, head held high.
“Really? Hmmm. Fine.” He put on some heavy hip hop music and danced aggressively for a minute.“And that’s how it’s done!”
“You call that dancing? That looked like martial arts gone wrong. I wanted to run for the police, not watch you.”
“The point is it made you feel something. You felt scared. That’s called an e-mo-tion.“
“Whatever. And stop treating me like a child.”
“Stop acting like one.”
She pouted in reply.
“Why don’t you show me what you have, seeing as you are the mentee?” he said.
“Fine, no problem.” She put on some classical music and went through a minute of her solo. She leaped and turned gracefully, knowing she looked fantastic.
Darius clapped mockingly. “Great!” Anya beamed even more. “If I wanted to go to sleep. That was about as heartwarming as hugging an ice statue.”
Anya was infuriated and humiliated. How could this person possibly see her flaws so easily?
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Kathy Petrakis was born and raised in Sydney Australia by Greek immigrant parents. She always had a passion for the performing arts - dancing, acting and singing but they were hobbies giving way to a traditional professional career in banking. Before this book, her writing was used to entertain friends with her unusual, and often disastrous travel adventures from around the world.
By the hand of fate, Passion and Pain and Bittersweet were born while living in London, heaven for lovers of the performing arts. After launching Passion and Pain, she returned to Sydney for the launch of the sequel, Bittersweet.
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