The drive to her townhouse was quiet. Alan put a CD into the player and set the volume on low. She leaned her head back, closing her eyes as they rode without talking. Arriving at the townhouse, Alan parked and walked around to Jillian’s side of the SUV. It had been a long day and the effects of the wine she had consumed were taking their toll.
He opened her door and as she swung her legs out, she stumbled as she stood. “Whoa there,” he said as he steadied her.
She leaned in close to his chest as he held her, taking in just one more smell of his masculine scent, before righting herself. “I’m okay, but shame on you, Alan Armstrong, for contributing to my wine consumption tonight.”
He laughed, “Oh, so now I’m at fault.” They walked up to the front door and stopped. “I had good time tonight, Jillian. So good in fact, I want to spend more nights with you.” He leaned down and brushed his lips across her mouth.
The second kiss was long and lingering. Jillian responded eagerly. She touched his arms and pulled herself closer to him. As they came up for air she came to her senses and pulled away, angry with her loss of control. He moved forward, his face coming toward her to reclaim her lips. As she turned her head away she said, “We can’t do this.”
He grined and replied, “Sure we can. And I think we do it well.”
She stared into his eyes and in a wooden voice repeated, “We can’t do this.” The brightness left his eyes as his grin faded. A lone tear rolled down her cheek as she whispered, “I’m married.” The words were out of her mouth before she realized what she had said.
Title: To Dance One More Day
Author: Rachel Jones
Genre: Contemporary Romance
From her early teens, ballet has been an integral part of Jillian Russell’s life. One by one, she loses her parents, grandparent, husband and child. If being alone in the world wasn’t bad enough, a medical diagnosis takes away her chance to become a prima ballerina.
Knowing a part of her will die if she walks away from ballet, she changes her focus and builds a ballet company and opens a dance school. This endeavor takes all her resources and leaves no time to build new relationships outside her world of dance. Jillian rationalizes if she doesn’t build relationships, she can’t be deserted. And she’s not sure she would survive another loss.
Handsome trauma surgeon, Alan Armstrong has relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina for a fresh start. Until a few years ago, he had always envisioned his future to include a wife and children. But after his father died in a plane crash from lack of medical attention, his focus for the future has shifted to equip himself professionally to set up a rural clinic. A supporter of the arts, Alan finds himself on the board of the North Carolina Ballet Company. He has always had a penchant for fixing things. Realizing Jillian’s professional life could use some help, it is not long before he realizes he is drawn to her romantically as well.
They fall in love, but when Alan discovers Jillian has been misdiagnosed, he tells her she must decide between their love or a performance career in ballet.
In 1977 Rachel earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education and taught music for ten years. After the birth of her second child, she returned to school and in 1991 earned her Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing and passed the state boards for registered nurses. She has been a labor & delivery and antepartum nurse since that time.
Anticipating her retirement from healthcare, Rachel decided to write her first novel at age fifty-seven. For years she had experienced scenes of heroes and heroines rambling about in her thoughts and spilling into her dreams. So it was a no-brainer that she should attempt to capture these thoughts on paper.
Rachel resides in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia with her husband of thirty-seven years. She has three adult children, who help spoil their Labrador retriever. She is a member of Georgia Romance Writers, Southeastern Writers Association and is a PRO member of Romance Writers of America.
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