A Season To Dance Scavenger Hunt – Stop Six!

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A Season to Dance by [Patricia Beal]

Book: A Season to Dance

Author: Patricia Beal

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Release Date: May 6, 2017

Ana Brassfield has her path to the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House all figured out until her first love, renowned German dancer Claus Gert, returns to Georgia to win her back. Despite a promising start towards her ballet career and pending marriage to landscape architect, Peter Engberg, Ana wonders if her dreams of dancing at the Met are as impossible as her previous romantic relationship with Claus.

Then, an on-stage kiss between Ana and Claus changes everything.

Convinced the kiss is more than a one-time mistake, Peter breaks off their engagement. With an old dog crippled by arthritis and dreams deferred but not left behind, Ana moves to Germany to be with Claus. But the ghost of his late wife, Ana’s own feelings for Peter, and the pressure of earning a spot in a large ballet company are a high price for a shot at success. Ana seems on the verge of having everything she ever dreamed of, but will it be enough?



Welcome to the blog today! Do you have any interesting research stories to share?

For the sake of being accurate, I purchased a Frist Response pregnancy test, used it, and threw it against the bathroom floor. I was interested in knowing if it would break (it did!), and if so, how and in how many pieces. Then I wrote about it.

LOL. That’s one way to research it!! It’s time for a fun girls’ weekend, and you can only invite authors to attend. Who would you pick and why?

Heather Day Gilbert, Jessica Osborn Patch, and Cara Grandle – because they are big on accurate and wild research, and we could catch up on the latest crazy things we’ve done to write well. A while back I wrote a post about this topic, and here’s what these three ladies contributed to the post. Enjoy!

Author Heather Day Gilbert: “So far, I had my hubby duct tape my wrists to see if I could break it (I did!), then I had my daughter shut me in a car trunk to see what it was like. These were for my contemp mysteries. I have also shot guns my characters use, etc.” (For the full results of the duct tape experiment, check out Trial by Twelve.)

Author Jessica Osborn Patch: “Once I let my best friend blindfold me and tie my hands behind my back then throw me in her trunk and drive around. I was curious if I could count turns. After a few you can’t. I should note she didn’t mention she bought canned goods and forgot to get a bag out. I was sore for days. I wanted to kick out her taillight, but her husband was against it. She however said I could. Also, we stalked a stranger for several days. And we discovered he was cheating on his wife. It’s crazy what you can find out by following someone, peeking in their car and Facebook stalking. So that’s about it. Please still like me!”

Author Cara Grandle: “I hosted a poker party because I’ve never played and needed to take notes. I visited a friend who owns draft horses to see if I could climb on without a saddle (I couldn’t but a young 20s guy did). I made my husband lay on the floor and fake unconscious while I tried to drag him and get him up on the bed (not happening). I had my husband carry me limp a couple city blocks to see if it was attractive or a hot sweaty, puffing for air mess (I ain’t petite. It was a mess). And I laid across the back of a horse while someone else led it to see if I could be unconscious on my stomach and limp and not just slide off one side or the other. That one worked…” 

I love this answer. I hope you’ll let me come too!! What do you want your readers to get from reading this story?

Jesus is still the answer. Only God can fill the God-shaped hole of the heart. No amount of romantic love and professional success will bring lasting joy. And for those who already know all that, I pray the novel (and the story behind the story) will encourage them to keep praying for the lost sheep in their lives. In July of 2012 I said to the god of my imagination, “god is dead.” Six months later I was putting down my sword, surrendering, and giving my life to Christ. That person who seems a million miles away from God could be closer to their season to dance than you think. Keep praying. 

Amen. Thank you for sharing and stopping by today!


Patricia Beal

Patricia writes contemporary women’s fiction and romance. She is a Genesis Award semi-finalist, First Impressions finalist, and the author of A Season to Dance and Desert Willow (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, 2017 and 2020). She writes from Fayetteville, North Carolina. Visit her at http://www.patriciabeal.com for more.



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