BLOG TOUR: Hope, by Grier Cooper (Indigo Dreams #2)

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Hi, there! Welcome to the first blog tour of May ❤ I’m talking about Hope, the second book in the Indigo Dreams series, by Grier Cooper!

I know I had promised a review for both books in the Indigo Dreams series (Xpresso Book Tours, the host for this tour, was kind enough to send me review copies for both in exchange for honest reviews), but life got in the way 😦 I’m still reading and reviewing them someday, I just need to know when, haha! For now, I have a good stop and excerpt to show you guys how awesome I think this series may be!!

Hope

Hope

by Grier Cooper

Indigo Dreams, #2

Publication date: April 26th 2016

Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

summary

Indigo is living the life she’s always imagined at the famed New York School of Ballet. Or is she? Although she hopes she’ll be chosen for the company, her ballet teachers aren’t talking and their silence is confusing.

When Indigo is singled out for a coveted solo she feels her dreams are finally within reach, until she finds out she’s dancing with Felipe Gonzalez, the school’s smolderingly hot rising star. In the days that follow, Indigo questions everything she thought was true and finds herself making surprising choices.

After a fateful piece of paper reveals the truth, Indigo must ask herself the hardest question of all: can she take control of her own future to create the life she wants?

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purchase links

You can find Hope in both paperback and ebook formats ❤

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excerpt

Madame Z cranes her head, looking for someone. “Brianna, dahlink, come to me.” Brianna is always first to be placed. She’s the star of our class and the best dancer I’ve ever seen. It’s not enough that she’s gorgeous, with long auburn hair, perfect skin and legs that go up to her chin. She’s also incredibly nice, which makes it impossible to hate her.

Five more dancers are placed, including Nikki, who slinks past me with a knowing smirk. My heart sinks further each time I’m not chosen. I stare at my feet for comfort. Madame Z’s selection process always makes me feel bad. It’s like waiting to be chosen for grade school team sports all over again, misfits and losers last. Only it’s much worse here because my future depends on it.

“Eendigo.” I snap to attention when I hear my name. “Come to me here.” Madame Z gestures for me to stand in the middle. Of the fourth row.

I take my spot while she finishes assigning groups and questions erupt in my mind like a flock of irate, clucking hens. Why am I only in the fourth row? And more importantly: What do I have to do to get in the front row?

 I’m still trying to figure out the answers when I realize Madame Z has begun demonstrating the next combination. I shake my head and my brain goes quiet. Luckily I’m a quick learner so I know what I’m doing when it’s time for my row to go. All the other bodies in the room fade into the background as mine becomes precise machinery, dialed into the tempo. I will my leg higher, push my body to go further. Give more. Give all.

 Madame Z starts jumps at exactly 11:18. Maggie and I lock eyes. She points at the clock and cocks a knowing look at me. We have an ongoing bet about what time Madame Z will start jumps–it’s always somewhere around 45 minutes before class ends, which is about double the time any other teacher makes us jump. I roll my eyes. I’ve lost the bet again today.

Twenty minutes later we’re on to the best part of class for me. I love big jumps most of all–those huge leaps where we defy gravity and fly across the room. But it’s the moments in between these exercises–when the other group is dancing and my group has to stand and watch–that my resolve waivers. I watch Brianna and wonder if I’ll ever be anywhere near the dancer she is. I wonder why we’re even in the same class. Her cabrioles are insanely perfect, delicate yet powerful. She flies across the room when she grand jetés.

How can I compare myself to her? I can’t.

This is why I’m pretty sure that even though I’m putting every fiber of my being into this class, it’s not enough.

Awesome, right? ❤ I took an interest in this series because I was a ballerina when I was a child. I did ballet for two years before moving cities and stopping classes. One of my childhood dreams was to become a Bolshoi ballerina – I lived in a city in Brazil that has one of their ballet schools, so it was something “possible”, haha! You know, if I really wanted to pursue that further and hadn’t moved out. But I digress, sorry! I hope I like Indigo and that I can somehow life my childhood dream through her 🙂

also in the series

Wish, Indigo Dreams #1

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the author

Grier began ballet lessons at age five and left home at fourteen to study at the School of American Ballet in New York. She has performed on three out of seven continents with companies such as San Francisco Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet, totaling more than thirty years of experience as a dancer, teacher and performer.

Her work has been praised as “poignant and honest” with “emotional hooks that penetrate deeply.” She writes and blogs about dance in the San Francisco Bay Area and has interviewed and photographed a diverse collection dancers and performers including Clive Owen, Nicole Kidman, Glen Allen Sims and Jessica Sutta. She is the author of Build a Ballerina Body and The Daily Book of Photography.

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giveaway

One lucky winner will take home an e-book copy of Wish, book #1 of the Indigo Dreams Series + a $10 Amazon giftcard!!

To enter this lovely giveaway, just click here and good luck: GIVEAWAY!

That’s it, thanks so much for reading! Also, thanks to Xpresso Book Tours for all the support and for my spot on this tour!!

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BOOK BLITZ: Hope, by Grier Cooper (Indigo Ballet Series, #2)



Hello, there! Welcome to a lovely book blitz for Hope, the second book in the Indigo Ballet Series by Grier Cooper! 😀 Courtesy of Xpresso Book Tours, of course 🙂

Hope
Grier Cooper
Indigo Ballet Series #2
Publication date: April 26th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

summary

Indigo is living the life she’s always imagined at the famed New York School of Ballet. Or is she? Although she hopes she’ll be chosen for the company, her ballet teachers aren’t talking and their silence is confusing.

When Indigo is singled out for a coveted solo she feels her dreams are finally within reach, until she finds out she’s dancing with Felipe Gonzalez, the school’s smolderingly hot rising star. In the days that follow, Indigo questions everything she thought was true and finds herself making surprising choices.

After a fateful piece of paper reveals the truth, Indigo must ask herself the hardest question of all: can she take control of her own future to create the life she wants?

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And the best part is that you can expect reviews for both books in the series until May 😀 Xpresso Book Tours select me for the blog tour as well and provided me with review copies! Yay! Thanks again, by the way ❤

purchase links

You can find Hope in ebook format only 🙂 This line is quite ironic, haha!

Amazon

also in the series

Wish, Indigo Ballet Series #1

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AMAZON

excerpt

Maggie plunks her bag down, grabbing the spot next to me. “Ten minutes ‘til the fun begins,” she says. She glances around furtively before adding, “Who knows what torture she’ll dish out today. But inquiring minds want to know: will she reach new levels of cattiness or will we be left sorely disappointed?” She grins wickedly as she finishes tying a ribbon on her pointe shoe.

Neither of us fares well when Alexa Damore teaches class. She’s known for her snide comments and keen ability to pick people apart. “I’ll take disappointment over outright humiliation any day,” I counter. “But who knows. Maybe one of these days she’ll be miraculously transformed.”

Maggie arches an eyebrow. “What?” I continue. “It’s not too much to hope for–a little prayer can’t hurt. Pray with me. ” I fold my hands together and duck my head down. Maggie smacks me.I stick my tongue out at her while I finish tying my shoes. I refuse to climb on the negativity train with her. It’s never a good way to start class.

The door to the studio glides open and a sudden hush sweeps through the room, as if the oxygen has been sucked away. Alexa Damore has arrived–but she’s wearing street clothes–and she’s not alone.

Benjamin Stafford, Artistic Director of Manhattan Ballet Theater, also known as the man who holds our future in his hands, stands in the center of the room. From where I stand, the ambient light behind him illuminates the outline of his body, as if he’s a living embodiment of a god. Then again, he is a god in the world of ballet. The silence is deafening as he slowly rotates around, gazing at each of us in turn. He flashes a brilliant smile and it’s all I can barely look at him. He’s even larger in life than he is onstage with broad shoulders, chiseled features, dark, tousled hair, and blazing blue eyes. On any given day he’s something to look at, but the glowing outline thing further illustrates the glaring difference between him and everyone else in the room.

His eyes fall on me and my heart flutters in my ribcage. I immediately stand a little bit taller and suck in my gut. My breath gets shallower and tighter. I close my eyes and force myself to breath normally. Passing out in class is not the way I want to make an impression.

I may not survive this class.

the author

Grier began ballet lessons at age five and left home at fourteen to study at the School of American Ballet in New York. She has performed on three out of seven continents with companies such as San Francisco Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet, totaling more than thirty years of experience as a dancer, teacher and performer.

Her work has been praised as “poignant and honest” with “emotional hooks that penetrate deeply.” She writes and blogs about dance in the San Francisco Bay Area and has interviewed and photographed a diverse collection dancers and performers including Clive Owen, Nicole Kidman, Glen Allen Sims and Jessica Sutta. She is the author of Build a Ballerina Body and The Daily Book of Photography.

Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter

giveaway

One lucky winner will take home a SIGNED copy of Wish, book #1 of the Indigo Ballet Series + a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

To join this giveaway, just click the Rafflecopter link bellow and good luck! 😀

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That’s it, thanks so much for reading! I’m very excited to read both Wish and Hope 😀 Stay tuned!

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