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Thursday, 8 October 2015

NBtM TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Dancing in the Sand by Maria Imbalzano

Dancing in the Sand

by Maria Imbalzano



An accomplished dance major in New York City, Ava Woodward is pursuing her dream of becoming a professional in a national dance company.  But a celebratory weekend in Newport, where she meets the man of her fantasies, has devastating consequences that change her life forever.

Brian Stanhope, a Harvard graduate, poised to join his father’s company, suffers a brain injury in a horseback riding accident, which affects his memory. He has no recollection of his graduation party weekend or the beautiful dancer who turned his head and stole his heart.

When they reunite eight years later, the magic of their powerful attraction binds them together, but the past holds a secret that even love may not be able to overcome.


“Are you married?”

Not the question she was expecting. “No.”


He smiled. A very sexy, very familiar smile. Was he flirting?

Ava shook her head. “No. What about you?” The words fell out of her mouth before she had time to catch them, and she inwardly winced. “Never mind. That’s none of my business.”

“It can be. Especially since I’m not married or entangled either.”

There could be no mistaking it now. His easy banter. The way he drew a person in with a direct and open question. The mating game, according to Brian. It all came back. The way he had enticed her before. So simple for him—the master. But she knew better than to fall for him a second time.

“We should stick to our working relationship.” Ava hoped her regret in that decision didn’t shine through. She picked up the signed fee agreement. “I’ll have my secretary make a copy for you.” She rose and moved around the desk. “How would you like to pay the retainer? Check? Credit card?”

Brian raised an eyebrow. “All business, I see.” Yet, the hint of a smile tugged at his lips. “Check. Do I make it out to you?”

So playful. Like he’d been that weekend. If she didn’t keep her wits about her, she’d fall right down the same rabbit hole.

“No. The firm. I’ll be right back.”

Out in the hall, she stopped to fan herself. The heat he generated should be captured for raw energy. No need to frack. She wiped away the smile inching over her lips. Do not cave in. You’ll only get hurt. Again.

Reentering her tiny, airless office with his copy of the agreement in hand, she snapped into business mode. “Thank you so much for giving our firm the chance to represent you. You won’t be sorry.” She held out her hand to shake his.

He stood, following her lead. “I’m sure I won’t.”

She would have preferred to end their contact there, but she couldn’t let him meander through the halls trying to find the exit. “I’ll show you out.”

Avoiding further conversation, Ava led Brian to the reception area, just as Peter emerged from his office.

“Brian, I’ll get back to you shortly, after I have a chance to review your documents.” Peter clapped Brian on the back.

“Great,” said Brian. “By the way, I have tickets to the Knicks game Saturday night. Floor seats. Would you and Ava like to join me?”

Ava’s brain screamed no, as Peter accepted for both of them. Of course, he was a rabid Knicks fan and why would it cross his mind that a lowly associate would have better things to do on a weekend night than generate good will with a new client?

She gave a tight smile in assent, as she knew she had to, turned and strode straight to her office where she closed the door and bit her finger to keep her shriek from reaching the lobby.

3 out of 5 (good)

Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

*I received a copy of this book from Goddess Fish Promotions in exchange for a fair and honest review.*

The overall story in this book was great. The idea behind the story is that they hook up for a weekend and then life shatters for both.  Year later down the road they meet up again.  However, this times, he doesn’t know who she was as his horse riding accident caused memory loss.  These types of situations do grab me into a book and keep me reading. It just brings to point that if love is meant to be, it will be.  

The writing in this story was done well and edited well.  There are not any major grammatical or spelling issues so the structure of the paragraph helps the sentence flow. The detail was written well and easy to picture and understand each scene as the author wrote them. The story flows well. 

One big pet peeve of mine is reading stories where one person is looked down on because their wealth isn’t on par with the others.  It’s something that kind of turns me off towards the story so the beginning of the story was hard to get through.  It depends on each person and reader. This might not be a big deal to other readers.  It’s not a major knock against the book or even the writing, the rest of pretty darn good.

I can’t put my finger on anything specific that makes this book out of this world or super great. It’s a good read but simple. If you are wanting something fancy then this isn’t the book for you. If you are looking for a good with a good story and want it to be well written, this is your book!

 If you could have personally witnessed one event in history, what would you want to have seen?

Being a lover of pop-culture history, I would have wanted to be at the Beatles concert at Shea Stadium on August 15, 1965. Not as a witness from the stadium seating, where you couldn’t hear a thing due to the mass hysteria of screaming teens, but up close and personal. Back in 1965, I had a crush on Paul McCartney, but being ten years old and fickle, I would have dated or married any of them if asked (and if I was of an age to date or marry). Since we’re fantasizing, I would have liked to be in my early twenties when attending this momentous event. Further, I would have wanted to accompany the Beatles in their helicopter from the Pan Am building in NYC to the stadium and hang out with them in the team locker room while they waited to perform. What we would have talked about is a mystery, since I know nothing about the music business or even playing an instrument. I suppose I would have engaged them in small talk about their trip to NYC and then been tongue-tied because they were famous.

Another of my absolute favorite artists was there in the locker room – Mick Jagger. Mick and I also go way back in my love for him -- ever since the movie “Gimme Shelter” came out. About twenty years ago, my husband and I had fourth row seats to a Rolling Stones concert and I swore that Mick locked eyes with me (but I digress). Back to the locker room at Shea Stadium. To have experienced personal time talking, laughing, taking photos with all of these pop culture superstars would have been the thrill of a lifetime.

I still love Beatles’ songs and know all the words to most of them. However, the songs they sang the evening of the Shea Stadium concert were un-hearable. But to experience the euphoria with the masses, to feel the energy of 55,600 fans at the first stadium concert in U.S. history, to witness the elevation of these four young band mates from Liverpool, England to international stardom, would have been amazing.

I wouldn’t have wanted my experience to stop there though. When the Beatles left the stadium after their 37 minute set, they went back to New York City and stayed at the Warwick Hotel. The next day they entertained Bob Dylan and the Supremes in their hotel room. Oh, to have been sitting around for those conversations.

But is it really conversation I would have wanted to experience? I’m a romance writer. I can come up with a much better plot then that. Poor Paul doesn’t know what he missed.

Maria Imbalzano will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Click HERE to enter - ends 9th October

Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Maria Imbalzano is a matrimonial lawyer in central New Jersey where she not only uses her law degree to navigate her clients through the court system, but her psychology degree to guide them through their personal struggles. While writing motions, legal memoranda, and briefs is fascinating, it pales in comparison to creating memorable characters and taking them on their emotional journeys.

In addition to practicing law and writing fiction, Maria enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters either at home or at the Jersey Shore.

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Tour Organised By: 

Goddess Fish Promotions


  1. What are you working on now? What is your next project?

  2. Hi Mai: Thanks for stopping by. I am currently working on a series about high school girlfriends who are now in their early 30's and experiencing difficulties in their relationships as well as life. They lean on each other for advice and support. The first book in the series is about a divorce lawyer who learns her husband is cheating on her, and she now is in the same boat as her clients. The second book is about a music executive who doesn't want a long-term relationship but finds the man who can change her mind. Being a romance writer, there are romantic relationships which fuel each story.

  3. Thanks for sharing your honest review!