Welcome Guest Blogger Amanda Brice

Hi, Guys,

Today, I’ve got a real treat for you.  Debut YA author Amanda Brice’s debut YA novel CODENAME: DANCER released last week, and I can’t wait to read it.  Amanda blogs with my alter ego, Christie Craig, over at Killer Fiction, and I’m really excited to have her join me.  So…take it away, Amanda!

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I admit it. I’m obsessed with Dancing with the Stars. Despite the fact that each year the star quality gets dimmer, I just can’t help it. I have to watch.

I started dancing at age 3, when my mom enrolled me in a ballet and tap combo class. My parents still have my yellow Cuddly Duck costume from my very first dance recital, which will be 30 years ago this June! Throughout the years, I started taking more styles and more classes per week until I was dancing nearly 30 hours per week as a teen. Tap was always my best style, although I also did ballet (including pointe), jazz, lyrical, novelty, contemporary, and then later I studied flamenco and ballroom.

I danced on the ballroom dance team in college, which was a total blast. We traveled all over the East Coast for competitions against other schools. My favorite memory was a spur-of-the-moment decision to enter the open Lindy Hop competition at the Ohio Star Ball with my friend Jonathan. We’d never even attempted lifts before the night before…literally! But we decided to do it, and lo and behold we made it to the finals, which meant all bets were off. We could do any aerial moves we wanted.

And we won!!!! That was a real shock, but so much fun! And all the better since we dressed the part, with me in a vintage 1940s dress and saddle shoes.

I know it sounds cheesy, but dance is in my blood. So when I decided to write a YA mystery, I knew it would feature a heroine who was a dancer. I had this idea to set a series at a performing arts boarding school because it would give rise to an ensemble cast of quirky creative types to get into all kinds of scrapes.

Then one night I was watching DWTS and it hit me. What if teen celebs came to the school to film a new reality series? And thus Codename: Dancer was born.

I got to appease my celebrity Gawker/TMZ-obsession and create my own cool crime-solving chick (who I’d hoped would be a hipper Nancy Drew). Perfect!

What’s your reality TV guilty secret? Leave a comment and one lucky commenter will win an e-book copy of Codename: Dancer.

Amanda Brice lives outside Washington, DC with her husband and toddler daughter. An intellectual property attorney for a large federal government agency, she combines her love of writing with her legal career by speaking on basic copyright and trademark law on the writers’ conference circuit. Her debut novel, Codename: Dancer, was released last week. You can learn more about Amanda and her books at her website (http://amandabrice.net/).

 

Thanks, Amanda!  In addition, I’ll also give away a copy of Born at Midnight, so let’s get those comments going!

C.C.

16 thoughts on “Welcome Guest Blogger Amanda Brice

  1. I’ve never read a book about a dancer before + it also has a mystery/thriller side to it. Sounds like a good combination of her dance years and job now, as a attorney.

  2. Thanks for having me today, C.C.!

    Petra, the reason I wanted to write Codename is because there seem to be so few books for teens featuring dancers. There’s tons of dance books for preschoolers, but not much for older girls. I’ve discovered a few gems lately (Girl in Motion by former Miami City Ballet dancer Miriam Wenger Landis and The Queen Bee of Bridgeton by Leslie DuBois) but not much else. This is the type of book I would have loved to read when I was a teen because it combined dance and a mystery, so I hope people enjoy it!

  3. This book soundds really interesting, I like the sound of a series of mysteries set in a dance school! I love the cover and the title. As for my reality t.v. guilty secret it’s X-Factor I never miss it though I shamefully admit to watching a series of America’s Next Top Model once!

  4. Hi Amanda,

    Thanks so much for joining us here today. The only reality show I really watch is American Idol. Don’t know why, but I love listening to singers. Hmm, maybe in my next life that’s what I’ll do.

    CC

  5. That is neat that you still have your costume from almost 30 years ago. The only reality T.V. show I watch is Survivor.

  6. Hi,
    Amanda your book sounds like a great read. I generally do not read mysteries but I am intrigued. I am secretly addicted to Destination Truth and watch it every week …shhhhh

  7. Hi Amanda,
    Your book sounds great. I used to dance when I was little, but I have two left feet so I never lasted beyond tap. 🙂
    The only reality tv show I watch nowadays is Survivor. However I can’t stand the bickering anymore. Maybe I’m just getting too old to watch it, so I DVR the episode and then fast forward to the challenges and then to the vote. It takes me probably 20 minutes at most to watch an episode.

  8. Hi Amanda,

    OMG I am so excited for your book. There are so few books about dancers, which is sad but true. Plus it is a mystery & I love that your MC is a hipper Nancy Drew! My guilty pleasure reality tv show is TMZ too, but of course I also LOVE So You Think You Can Dance.

    We have a lot in common! I have been a dancer my whole life too, so I am so glad you decided to write a book featuring a dancer! You & I are very similar, I did every type of dance & was on a dance team. Although tap was never my strongest suit (though I love to watch it) I am much better at jazz. That is so cool that you did ballroom, I have always wanted to learn! I am also finishing up school to become a paralegal, how coincidental 🙂

  9. my guilty reality TV show has to be jersey shore or the kardashians! i’ve got to admit i also love watching Peter Andre’s reality TV show (people from the UK will know who he is)

  10. I love this concept, the dance/reality show combo. And the title is great too. 🙂

    Hmm, reality shows. The Amazing Race, Survivor, American Idol…Top Model (cough cough…that would be my biggest guilty secret, since I wanted to model when I was a kid lol). Oh, and I enjoy laughing at Man vs. Wild since it’s such a crock.

  11. Oooh, so many good ones! My cousin was supposed to be on The Amazing Race but she gets motion sickness, so obviously that didn’t happen. But her best friend was on (a few seasons back…she and a friend were the Southern Belles from South Carolina).

  12. Hi Amanda! Your book sounds like a lot of fun to read! When it first began and for the first few seasons, I was also a huge DWTS fan. But over the years, I lost interest… and picked up interest in American Idol. I’ll admit it; I’m a huge AI dork. I call in votes and everything. 🙂

    Good luck!
    Erin

  13. The only reality TV show that I watch is American Idol and I am so hooked on it, I just can’t miss it. DVR it every week. Your book sound fabulous and I would love to read it.

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