To ambitious belly dancer Melanie Drake, celebrity drummer Taz Roman is a self-absorbed playboy she prefers to avoid… until he makes her a tantalizing offer.
He needs someone to pose as his live-in girlfriend to get his meddling sister off his back. In exchange, he’ll coach her through the upcoming Belly Dance Divas’ audition.
But when Melanie’s fake feelings turn real and their secret backfires, she discovers Taz isn’t the man she thought he was. As the deception threatens to destroy her dreams and his career, she must find the courage to fight for what she truly wants.
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DeAnna, thanks so much for stopping by. So how did you get started writing?
I’d say it grew from my love of reading. When I was a kid, I would check out as many books as the library would allow—I think it was a dozen—and I would read them all and be back the next week ready to check out more. When I wasn’t reading, I was usually daydreaming and those daydreams became like stories in my head.
When it came time to choose a career, I wanted to write fiction but that didn’t seem practical, so I want into journalism. I loved that career. I spent about 15 years in that field and I loved telling stories that affected people. Eventually, though, I wanted to tell my own stories again. My first novel sold to a New York publisher in 2008, and I’ve been focused on fiction ever since.
What was the inspiration for your book?
The inspiration for DANCE WITH ME, as well as all of the California Belly Dance Romance series books, came from my lifelong love of the art and history of belly dance, and especially the years I’ve spent in belly dance classes here in Southern California. The women I’ve met through belly dance are some of the boldest, most adventurous, and most confident women I’ve ever met, and the men they date and marry? They’re pretty amazing, too. I love taking readers into this little-known world and sharing with them all the wonderful things about it.
What’s the one genre you haven’t written in yet that you’d like to?
Science fiction or fantasy. I have a few story ideas that I’m dying to pursue, but I just haven’t been able to give them time to fully develop yet.
Are there any genres you won’t read or write in? Why?
No. I like a compelling story no matter what genre it might be. I enjoy reading a little bit of everything.
What are you up to right now? Do you have any releases planned, or are you still writing?
I’m putting the finishing touches on a short story that picks up a few weeks after the end of DANCE WITH ME, and continues the story of the two main characters. It’s titled ANOTHER DANCE, and it should be available very soon.
Alright, now for some totally random, fun questions. Favorite color?
Crimson. I love the word, and I love the color.
Tough one! I have several, but today it’s “Room with a View.” I love all the old Merchant-Ivory period pieces, but “Room with a View” is the best of them, in my opinion.
Book that inspired you to become an author?
“The Witching Hour,” by Anne Rice. When I started this book, I couldn’t do anything else. I blew off dates with guys and my friends because I could not tear myself away. I remember thinking it would be the most amazing thing in the world if I could write a story that would captivate someone as fully as that book captivated me. And I still think that.
You have one superpower. What is it?
The ability to fly. I would love that. It would also make gridlocked freeways here in Southern California a lot easier to tolerate.
You can have dinner with any 3 people, dead, alive, fictitious, etc. Who are they?
Anne Rice would definitely be one. I think it’s already established that I’m a big fan. Jane Austen would be another. I’d love to know what she thinks of the enduring popularity of her books. Lately I’ve been re-reading Edgar Allan Poe, so I think it would be fascinating to add him to the table, too.
Last question: Which of your characters are you most like and how/why?
This one is tough, because the truth is, there’s at least a little bit of me in every character I write. I usually don’t recognize it until much later, but when I look back there are always things I see that relate directly back to something in my own personality or history. Which one do I wish I was most like? That would be Janaya, who has appeared as a minor character in SHIMMY FOR ME and DANCE WITH ME, but she’s going to be getting her own story very soon. She’s so carefree and confident, and I would love to be more like that.
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DeAnna Cameron writes about feisty heroines transformed by true love and belly dance—one of the oldest and most exciting dance forms in the world. Her novels have been translated into Japanese, Polish, and Serbian, and her work has been praised for its “deft prose, energetic characters and . . . colorful images” by RT Book Reviews. Before turning to fiction, DeAnna worked as a journalist, writing and editing for several Southern California newspapers and magazines. When she isn’t writing, she shepherds a local writing community called O.C Writers and edits LitCentraOC.com, an online resource and showcase for local authors. She lives with her family in Orange County, Calif.
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