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The Only Way to Dance by Elodie Parkes



Thank you for inviting me to drop by the blog today with my story, The Only Way to Dance.

This erotic romance is part of the hot new anthology from Evernight Publishing scheduled to release June 20, Executive Assistant, features twelve of Evernight’s best-selling authors. Add it to your Goodreads TBR or look for it tomorrow on Amazon, Evernight, All Romance, Siren Bookstrand and Barnes&Noble.

Chrissie wins an interview with a prestigious advertising agency. Fate conspires to make the day difficult. The only bright spot, her meeting with the gorgeous Dylan Cross, but who is he, and will their steamy attraction to each other prevent her from having the job she so covets?



There’s a back story to the inspiration behind this story. I saw the call for the anthology, and had no ideas for it, so I’d stopped thinking about submitting, then…

A friend of mine who’d been hoping for an interview with a company across country was suddenly invited to a meeting. She took a plane to the interview and sitting next to her was a dishy guy. They ran into some turbulence and both lurched around a little with their laptops. It got them smiling and talking about flying.

Disembarking they went their separate ways. My friend told me she watched him get a taxi and sighed.

At the office building, she arrived on the floor where the interview was to take place. An admin assistant asked her to sit outside the door. She waited for a moment or two and then as she glanced down the corridor along it, strode…you guessed it, the dishy guy from the plane…AND he was part of the interview panel.

Everything went well for my friend, although she said she was disappointed to find the man didn’t work in that branch of the company and she’d probably never see him again. We giggled about how she stared at his lips a few times in the interview.

Her story got me thinking about the ‘what ifs’ in life. What if he’d asked her to dinner? What if he worked in that branch and liked the look of her as much as she liked him?

That night a story popped into my head. Not what happened to my friend because it has a happy ending as all my stories do. The story is ‘The Only Way to Dance’, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I loved writing it.



Read a snippet:

The elevator stopped. Chrissie’s stomach dropped a little as the elevator car glided the last few inches and the door slid open. The dishy guy had taken her mind off the confined space. She smiled as she walked down the corridor to the designated office. At the door, she realized the man was still with her. Is he having an interview too? His presence gave her a rapid heartbeat. Shyness flooded her, as he leaned around, and opened the door. He stood so close she felt his breath on her ear, a gentle tease. Her thighs clenched as he turned his head to speak, his face close to hers. Dark blue eyes held a kind expression. Kissable lips moved.

“Hi, Chrissie Forbes, isn’t it? I’m Dylan Cross. I’m on the interview panel today. Go ahead.”

Chrissie could hardly breathe her reaction to this man was so strong. She opted to nod her agreement about her identity, and accepted the invitation to go into the room ahead of him. He’s on the panel. How am I not going stare at him or even speak coherently? Pull yourself together. He’s not that great. He is that great, but you’re a professional, an independent woman. Do you want this job or not?

Copyright Elodie Parkes 2014, Evernight Publishing, All rights reserved


About Elodie Parkes:

Elodie Parkes is a British author writing romance, erotic, contemporary, and often with a twist of mystery, paranormal or suspense. Her books are always steamy, cool stories and hot love scenes.

Elodie lives in Canterbury with her two dogs. She works in an antique shop by day and writes at night, loving the cloak of silent darkness that descends on the rural countryside around her home.

Elodie writes for Hot Ink PressMoon Rose PublishingEternal PressSecret Cravings, and Evernight.

She has also released titles as an individual indie author.

Find Elodie online: Blog  Tumblr  Facebook  Twitter  Amazon USA 


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Author: emilycale

Erotic romance writer. Runs on caffeine and wine. Don't feed after midnight.

8 thoughts on “The Only Way to Dance by Elodie Parkes

  1. Sounds like a hot story, Elodie! Thanks for hanging out with us today!

  2. Thank you for the chance.

  3. Hi 🙂 Thank you for inviting me to the blog today. I’m so excited because the book releases tomorrow YAY 🙂

  4. I can’t wait to read your story, Elodie. What great inspiration you received. 🙂
    All of my interviews have been pretty nerve-racking. Eek. One of my easiest interviews took place at a coffee shop which is like my mother ship, lol. Anyways, I was comfortable and confident in that interview. I also got the job. Go me.

  5. Sounds fantastic.

  6. Oh, it sounds really good. Do things in real life happen like that? Yeah, I think they do.

  7. I’m a fan of knowing the “where the idea came from” answers on stories in general, but I especially like this one! Probably because I love when things like this happen in real life. Yeah, mostly nothing comes of it, like with your friend, but every so often it does, and isn’t that what I adore seeing depicted in my fiction. I hope the anthology is a big hit for all you, and I look forward to reading it. Thanks for sharing with us!

  8. Elodie is a fabulous author. She takes you on the journey with the characters. Love her stories. Thank you for the chance.

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