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Roz Lee | Dance Like No One is Watching

I have two left feet. And no rhythm. What does that mean? For one, I can barely walk and chew gum at the same time, and for sure, I can’t dance. Believe me -- I’ve tried. Isn’t going to happen. I’m so uncoordinated I can’t even keep up with a workout video, even the ones that aren’t dance related. Zumba? Forget it. This is also the reason I didn’t make even the Pep Squad in high school. I just couldn’t shake all the different things that needed shaking at the same time -- not without causing serious harm to those around me. I know. It’s sad. However, I’ve learned to live with my physical limitations and don’t think I’m missing that much. You’ve heard the saying, ‘Dance like no one’s watching.’ Well, what can I say? That’s the only way I dance! So, if you come by my house and the music is turned up loud, don’t peek in the window. You really don’t want to see it. Really.

One of the advantages of being a writer is I get to live vicariously through my characters. In the third book in my Lothario series, LOVE ME TWICE, I had my characters Tango. Poor Sean isn’t much of a dancer (must take after me), but he can Tango. After all, it’s only five steps, repeated over and over. His partner in the Tango, Celeste, has chosen the dance as platform for negotiations between herself and Sean. I couldn’t help hearing the music in my head as I wrote the scene. The strong piano chords, and the sensual violins, emphasized the emotional turmoil between these two people as they strode across the dance floor, switching leads as they worked out the terms of their relationship.

Here’s a little excerpt from that scene. Can you hear the music in your head?

"Condition Three -- I want kids. Three."

She turned her back to his chest, wrapped one arm over his shoulder, and cupped the back of his neck in her palm. God, the woman could seduce a monk. Electricity skittered along his spine from the point of contact with her fingers, to her sweet ass pressed against his groin. He found it hard to think.

Sean held her close with one hand splayed low on her abdomen, and stroked the fingers of his other hand from her wrist, along her arm, past her breasts to her hip. Her shiver encouraged him. She was as affected as he was by the sensual game they were playing. He bent his head, brushed his lips against the pulse in her neck.

"One," he counter-offered.

She did something with her feet, and before he knew it, she was face to face with him. She flattened one small hand against his chest and pressed the collar into his skin.

"Two." Like a true negotiator, she countered without passion, but the pressure of her hand on his chest propelled him backwards. He considered arguing further, if it would keep her hands on him.

"Done." He’d give her a whole goddamned baseball team if she wanted, but she didn’t have to know that, not yet anyway. They could renegotiate pregnancies later, preferably in bed. He was smart enough to know this wasn’t about the numbers, but the principal. An image of Celeste, round with his child, made his already stiff erection go hard as steel. If he wasn’t inside her soon, he’d die. "Is that all?"

One sinful leg slid through the slit in her dress and caught his thigh in a stranglehold. He wrapped one arm around her waist, and the other slid from her ankle to her thigh, where it came to rest, anchoring her to him. He drug her across the floor like a caveman bringing home his woman. Celeste wrapped her arms around him and pressed her cheek to his shoulder. Ahh. Surrender? He should have known better. She used her position to spin him around and bring him to his knees.

Leave a comment to be entered to win a free download of LOVE ME TWICE. Are you one of the lucky people born with rhythm, or are you as uncoordinated as me?

About the Author

Roz Lee is the author of a series of erotic romances set on a the fictional cruise ship, the Lothario, aka THE LUST BOAT where anything goes! Roz has been married to her high school sweetheart for thirty-two years and is the proud mother of two grown daughters, both in grad school. She divides her time between her home in rural New Jersey, and Los Angeles, where her husband works. She’s never without her laptop and prefers to write with her Labrador Retriever, Betty Boop, by her side. Roz admits she’s addicted to Facebook, chocolate, and travel, not necessarily in that order.

When she’s not clicking the computer keys, she’s either on the road, looking for a new adventure or at the gym, where she claims some of her best ideas come to her while she’s on the elliptical. She confesses some of that has to do with the hot, sweaty men to be found there too, but don’t tell her husband. He thinks she goes there to stay in shape!

Roz loves to hear from readers. You can find her at the following links.

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Comments

36 comments posted.

Re: Roz Lee | Dance Like No One is Watching

I've definitely got 2 left feet! Your book sounds awesome and I would love to read it!
(Edwina Cowgill 12:55pm August 18, 2011)

Love the exerpt. Very steamy scene. Looking forward to reading your book.
(Pam Howell 8:06am August 18, 2011)

Definately uncoordinated...Love the book cover!
(Dawn Staniszeski 8:49am August 18, 2011)

I couldn't hit water if fell off a boat but I love to watch other people
dance and pretend!
(Jenn Hart 9:06am August 18, 2011)

I dance well in my head but not in real life. Love the excerpt!
(Beth Elder 10:34am August 18, 2011)

I have no rhythm. None. But I love it when others do it :)
Loved the excerpt!
(Karyn Good 11:22am August 18, 2011)

I'm the same... no rhythm or coordination! Thanks for the excerpt and giveaway!
(Erin Fender 11:35am August 18, 2011)

I am lucky to have rhythm, but everyday walking..watch out. I fall going
UP the stairs. People look for my "Lucy" moment of the day. I love to
disappoint them and if I think wow a day without banging myself up of
tripping, there goes my legs. But start the music, my body knows, and
teach a few steps that last a lifetime (rhumba, sumba, even foxtrot) I
become graceful.
(Carla Carlson 12:16pm August 18, 2011)

Sadly I do not I can dance... would love to be able to, but I never look graceful... Thanks for the chance to win!
(Colleen Conklin 1:00pm August 18, 2011)

I love music but I can't get that message down to my feet.
Blessings,
Marjorie
(Marjorie Carmony 1:21pm August 18, 2011)

Oh, yes! I have rhythym, beat, count. I can dance. I can sing. I am music!
(Kelli Jo Calvert 1:22pm August 18, 2011)

Your not alone, I can't dance either and never could. Your book sounds fantastic and I would love to read it.
(Gail Hurt 1:51pm August 18, 2011)

i can sway my hips...but i am tone deaf so it may not be on beat....i love how she negotiates too..thanks for the contest
(Chele Blades 2:09pm August 18, 2011)

Nope, I can't dance either. Love the steamy excerpt!
(Jane Limback 2:44pm August 18, 2011)

I do love to dance, especially ballroom dancing! The foxtrot is my favorite! I'm adding this to my wish list!
(Tracey Dent 3:04pm August 18, 2011)

I love the music and hear the beat---but I simply can't get my body to do what I want it to do--so no dancing for me.
(Sue Farrell 3:11pm August 18, 2011)

I can dance! I made sure my boys took dance class too. My mom taught us to Twist, Cha Cha, Charleston, Pony, Jerk, Swim & the Locomotion, swim and then in the 70's when we were going to dances it was easier to Hustle, Slide......
(Marcelle Cole 3:29pm August 18, 2011)

Took ballet for 4 or 5 years, still can't dance... well maybe like Elaine on Seinfield!
(Cate Sparks 3:36pm August 18, 2011)

When I was younger, I loved to dance, now my arthritis keeps me from doing a lot of things.
(Wilma Frana 4:01pm August 18, 2011)

Hi Roz and welcome! I am not a good dancer, which is a good thing, since my DH isn't either. Love your blurb about LOVE ME TWICE. Congrats on it's release. I definitely want to read it! Thanks for the giveaway!
(Cathy Phillips 4:17pm August 18, 2011)

I'm a reader, not a dancer. Oh, I've tried to dance, but with 2 left feet it is just not possible. I will stick to reading and fantasizing that I am gracefully dancing.
(Jody Hollenbeck 4:22pm August 18, 2011)

I can dance,but not great. Now my husband loves to clown around on the dance floor,so I stay away from him . Good luck with the book
(Deb Pelletier 4:25pm August 18, 2011)

I'm quite uncoordinated. I can't dance. I have no rhythm. I have taken music classes and I have no beat.
(Kai Wong 5:33pm August 18, 2011)

My dancing skill is as bad as Carlton's fom Fresh Prince of Bel Airs. I can not sing if my life depended on it. What I am good at is imagination. I love reading to expand my own little world.
(Cindy Olp 5:45pm August 18, 2011)

Actually, I am still a good dancer, would love to read your book. On Goodreads I've found myself new authors!!!!!!! Love it!!!
(Joanne Bozik 6:34pm August 18, 2011)

I love to dance,but like to more often. Thanks for giving me a
chance to win your book. Sounds great!
(Linda Hall 6:43pm August 18, 2011)

REALLY HOT!.....just like the weather in Austin, Texas....where I'm entering this contest. This incendiary tome should be sent to the most appreciative (aka sizzling) clime!
(Carla Schuller 8:34pm August 18, 2011)

I am quite uncoordinated can't dance, can't sing, have no sense of rhythm! But reading I can do! lol
Sounds like a great story, really hot. Can't wait to read it!
(Deborah Rudd 8:49pm August 18, 2011)

I have to say that I'm one of the lucky ones born with rhythm. If I didn't have it, I never would have been able to play the cello from Junior High through High School, and make it to First Chair in the Orchestra. You have to be able to keep tempo with the music, so I was fortunate. I also love to dance, but married a non-dancer, so at weddings, I take what I can get for a partner most of the time. Since I'm getting older, and have to be a bit more reserved, I can't get up there with my Nieces and make a total fool of myself. My health also prevents me from dancing the way I'd like to, but when my medication kicks in properly, you might see me there with my older Sister for a fast one. :) I have to say that your tango passage was really hot!!!! I can't wait to read the book!! The cover was really hot looking as well!! Someone did a great job on it!!
(Peggy Roberson 9:54pm August 18, 2011)

I dance well in my dreams... not so much in real life. :)
(May Pau 10:31pm August 18, 2011)

I have been luck to be able to dance fairly well all my life. Although I was dancing once and my sister in law commented that I was missing my pole! I was so shocked I just stood with my mouth hanging open.
My husband said he would consider it a compliment. I'm not so sure.
lol
(Patti Paonessa 10:47pm August 18, 2011)

I have no rhythm no matter how much I want to be able to dance. I'd love to win this book. Please enter me. Thanks.
(Lisa Kendall 10:52pm August 18, 2011)

I can get away with dancing free-style but not so much for ballroom or anything synchronized, not that I let that stop me though! If it has a beat I'll dance to it.
Good luck and happy writing!
(Tracie Travis 10:54pm August 18, 2011)

I've got the rhythm, but I never get to dance. Too busy playing while everyone else dances! That's what I get for being a professional musician, I guess.

Later,

Lynn
(Lynn Rettig 1:56pm August 19, 2011)

I can move with the beat and choreographed a dance for a grade in gym at school. Taking ballroom dance lessons helped, too and so did Modern Dance in college.
(Alyson Widen 7:22pm August 19, 2011)

I wasn't born with it but learned it at 30. I started taking dance lessons after flunking out of an exercise class I couldn't keep up with. I learned there was no hopping going on, it was all learned like walking, when you were done with one foot they teach you what to do with the other. They teach you what to do with your body and booty and arms and hands....I even ended for 2 1/2 years running a Swing and partner Hustle dance group/club which meant monthly to dance. I had to stop for my first back surgery at 35. I would take lessons and dance in betweeen surgery's but I've gone through eight surgery's to my neck and back and don't know aftetr this last one if I'll ever be able to dance again. I know I won't be able to compete on an amateur basis again, I had a state title in Swing for one year and partner Hustle and have various other titles a second in Cha Cha at another competition.... I love dance more than anything, anyone can learn to dance even if you can't hear the beat in music. I dance with such a fellow for over a year and often counted for him as he danced to keep him on time. It took him about 2 years but he eventually learned where the beat in music was!
Anyone can learn to dance with the right instructor!\
It's very hard to learn from a video as things are reversed.
Don't be too hard on yourself, Zumba moves too fast you have to learn slower!
(Brenda Rupp 7:35pm August 28, 2011)

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