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Penny is a dancer at the Grande Teatro, a finishing school where she and 11 other young women are training to become the finest ballerinas in Italy. Tucked deep into the woods, the school is overseen by the mysterious and handsome young Master who keeps the girls ensconced in the estate and in the only life Penny has ever known.
When new memories appear, showing a life very different from the one she thought she'd been leading, Penny begins to question the Grand Teatro and the motivations of the Master. With the sweet kitchen boy, Cricket, at her side, Penny vows to escape the confines of her school and the strict rules that dictate every step she takes. But at every turn, the Master finds a way to stop her, and Penny must find a way to escape the school and uncover the secrets of her past before it's too late.
“You’re on.” Maria shoved Penny out from behind the curtain.
Trying to loosen her fingers and pull them away from her temple, Penny pirouetted her way to center stage.
“Smile,” Madame sang out in a patronizing voice.
Penny ignored her. If she made it through the routine without her head exploding, it would be a miracle. She wasn’t about to force her lips into a maniacal grin.
She reached her position in center stage and the doors to the room burst open. The piano stopped, mid-note, and Madame startled upright. Some of the girls bounded out from the wings. The others scurried forward from their places onstage. In unison they all dropped into a curtsy. Even Madame.
Penny and Ana were the only ones left standing upright, but at least Ana realized her mistake and dipped down, a second behind the rest. Penny just stood there, glancing around like someone had forgotten to tell her the rules to a game. Then her gaze slipped to the door and settled on the figure standing there.
"A dark adventure, stunningly written!" —Jay Asher, author of #1 New York Times-bestseller Thirteen Reasons Why
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Once I was done with my copyedits I could look back on The Midnight Dance and say... that was a lot of work. Hard work. Excruciating work. I love drafting a novel. The writing is the creative process for me, the fun part, the playing with characters and watching their story unfold. Editing is work. Editing is killing my babies ...read moreNikki Katz, writing, Editing Update, editing, The Midnight Dance, author
One of my favorite things about Swoon Reads is the cover design voting. I love that we give you, the readers and fans, the chance to assist in the direction of the book cover. But I will also admit I was a little nervous to actually see those designs. My book is definitely about dance. The title is The Midnight ...read moreparanormal, YA, vote, ballerina, Nikki Katz, book, winner, Swoon Reads, young adult, poll, novel, cover, dance, dancer, creation, romance, winning, The Midnight Dance, historical
I'm a little bit obsessed with titles for my manuscripts. Sometimes they change during the writing process, but I usually try to have something that represents the novel before I start writing. Even if it's just one word (in fact it's almost always just one word)! Thus Strings. Actually my title for a while was Severed Strings ...read morefiction, YA, Strings, Nikki Katz, change, Swoon Reads, young adult, title, ballerina, news, The Midnight Dance, dancing, historical, teen, author