High school is a big deal for many of us. It's when we have our first loves and when we feel like big cheeses as we try to figure out what we want to do in life. But the big question is... what happens next!
WALTZIN' BLIND answers that question for Lila and Austin, the main characters from Author Connie L. Smith's book- Jivin' Tango. The sporty couple (her dance and him football) must navigate not only the high school drama but secrets!
WALTZIN' BLIND is a wonderful Young Adult read that brings the reader back to the feelings of high school-- the first loves, dances, and best friends. The characters are engaging and will bring to mind some of your old best buds!!
Dancing in the storm is one thing. Waltzing in a secret one? Way harder.
Five months have passed since Lila and her dancer partner, Trent, placed third in the annual dance competition. That’s also when she fell, hard and fast, for her childhood friend, Austin. The dance competition was a dream come true. Austin was the surprise of a lifetime and proof that unknown things can be good—blissful, even, like a perfectly choreographed waltz under a moonlit sky.
But lately, the unknown things are piling up. Her friend, Jacey, is keeping secrets, her parents are acting odd, and Austin is most definitely hiding something from her—something big. And is she losing her mind, or is she suddenly being watched?
Her world no long feels like a graceful waltz, but a mosh pit of dancing elephants she has to ignore if she wants to keep her sanity, even if it means closing her eyes to everything around her. After all, it’s her tried-and-true method of coping, and she’ll cling to it for dear life.
Lila’s waltzing blind through an obstacle course of secrets. One misstep, and she’ll break under the weight of all the lies and deceit, and the carnage won’t be pretty.
The thing about a waltz? One misstep is easy to spot and hard to ignore, let alone two, three, four…
Don’t Miss the Exciting Sequel to Jivin’ Tango, the beginning of Trent and Lila’s love story. Praise for Jivin’ Tango- “This book involves several lessons many women need to learn. It's also a well written love story. The characters are relate-able and fun. Ms. Smith gives us a front row seat to events pretty common in the high school world.” -Book Reviewer
With a heavy sigh and not a bit of an answer to that question, I push the “send” button to make the call anyway.
“Austin,” Lila answers. Unhappily.
Yeah, this could be bad. “Hey, Munchkin. I’m sorry about canceling our date.”
“Through a text.”
I wince and reluctantly nod. “Yeah. Through a text. Something with the team came up, and I had to deal with it.”
“What with the team?”
“Something that’s probably nothing,” I say, rolling my eyes at my own words. “I know that’s not much to go on, but it’s really nothing to worry about.”
“Then why can’t you tell me what it is?”
I scrounge for an answer, but come up with nothing.
She only gives me a few seconds before she sighs and starts talking again. “You know what? I was out running with Jacey today, and I’m tired. I’m gonna get off here.”
“Lila,” I start, but then pause, unsure of what to say. “I’ll make it up to you, okay?” I finally manage. “You pick a night this week, any night, and I’ll come up with something incredible for us to do. All right?”
“Yeah,” she agrees, but it isn’t an excited agreement. In fact, she sounds downright dejected. “Later, Austin.”
Before I can get out an “I love you,” I hear a dial tone.
Connie L. Smith spends a decent amount of time with her mind wandering in fictional places and enjoys giving readers an escape from the real world. Her stories are clean tales, including fantasy, romance, and children’s books, that take readers to fun and fantastic places. She holds a BA in Speech Communication and History and an MA in English and Creativity Writing, and she is also pursuing her MAT. She teaches English and writing concepts to middle school and graduate students, and she will always—always—support the Oxford comma.
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