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Thursday, January 25, 2024

Blog Tour- OTHER STAGES by @classicalgrrl With A Deleted Scene & A $10 Amazon GC #Giveaway!

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the OTHER STAGES by Terez Mertes Rose Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!


About The Book:

Title: OTHER STAGES (Ballet Theatre Chronicles Book 4)

Author: Terez Mertes Rose

Pub. Date: January 25, 2024

Publisher: Classical Girl Press

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 325

Find it:  Goodreadshttps://books2read.com/OTHER-STAGES 

They thought the professional ballet world was tough. Then they tried parenting.

From the author of Outside the Limelight—named a Kirkus Best Book of 2017comes a story about parenting, the performing arts, surviving high school and fighting back, in this gripping finale to the Ballet Theatre Chronicles.

Katrina Devries, having navigated the cutthroat world of professional ballet to arrive at the top, has found the perfect life as a principal dancer and mother of a three-year-old. But when her partner announces he’s found true love elsewhere and moves out, Katrina’s perfect world begins to crack. Devastated, she turns to April, her best friend among the company’s artistic staff. 

April, a seasoned ballet master and parent, is confident she can solve any problem thrown her way and plants a distraction at the studios: a handsome young pianist, eager for work as an accompanist. Only it’s April’s teen daughter, not Katrina, who falls for him, hard.

Now April’s dealing with new, tougher problems on the home front and at the studios, where a celebrity choreographer’s ballet featuring Katrina borders on disturbing. When he and his ballet reveal violence—toward Katrina—April must make a controversial decision that upends protocol and imperils the careers both she and Katrina have worked a lifetime to build. 

Other Stages chronicles the behind-the-scenes challenges of professional ballet, parenting and friendships, amid the journey of learning what to accept and when to fight back for what’s right.

“An accomplished interweaving of character trajectories in the intense world of ballet.”-- Kirkus Reviews

"Other Stages is a fascinating peek behind the curtain of elite ballet, and the price it exacts from the women who dare to become mothers in this rarified, exquisite world, all while making the agonizing look effortless."-- Kristina Riggle, bestselling author of Real Life & Liars and Vivian in Red

"Don’t be surprised if you find yourself devouring Other Stages—this is one of those stories that keeps you up way past midnight, turning page after dazzling page in anticipation of the grand finale. Brava! to Terez Mertes Rose as she brings down the curtain on this remarkable series.”-- Lauren E. Rico, award-winning author of Familia, the Reverie trilogy and Solo


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Deleted Scene

The following deleted scene serves as a wonderful chronological bridge between the end of Book 2, Outside the Limelight, and Other Stages. I hated to delete it, and am delighted to share it here, as it helps explain Rebecca’s important arrival within the story.


Rebecca Lindgren, senior corps dancer with the West Coast Ballet Theatre, has made her peace with leaving the company at the end of the season. But when artistic director Anders’s ex-wife, Sabine, director of the Brussels ballet company they’d once co-directed together, calls him in a panic, begging for administrative help for the next few months, Anders sees a win-win solution. When he floats the idea past Rebecca—stay on the WCBT roster, full pay, but go work for Sabine in Brussels—she accepts the offer without hesitation. After so much drama and conflict within the company—admittedly created by her—she needs time away from the WCBT and San Francisco. The budding romance with Ben, Anders’ second-in-command, will have to wait.


Rebecca arrived for her first day on the job at Sabine’s studios in Brussels, queasy with jet lag, intimidation and insecurity. She needn’t had worried. Everyone was kind and welcoming. The company was a third the size of the West Coast Ballet Theatre, and the elegant European ambiance permeated both the old buildings and the dancers’ personalities. Sabine’s English was excellent and Rebecca discovered most of the company’s business was conducted in English because of the multi-national mix-up of both staff and dancers.  Rebecca worked most days and in the late afternoons, she attended French classes. But what proved most helpful was that she had a knack for understanding the big picture of how a ballet company was run, thanks to three years of college classes in San Francisco. Ballet administration fascinated her. She found herself intensely curious about Sabine’s work world, wanting to learn more and more. Sabine wasn’t annoyed by Rebecca’s constant questions as Anders had been the previous year. “Anders was right about you,” Sabine commented one afternoon, eyeing Rebecca thoughtfully.

“In a good way or a bad way?” Rebecca asked warily.

Sabine laughed. “A good way.”

Anders was a tricky subject, even from across the Atlantic. Sabine had been Anders’ wife. Rebecca herself had been Anders’ lover. Well. For one night. The hold Anders had on her had gone much deeper than sex. Deeper than infatuation. It was one of the reasons things had grown so complicated between her, Ben and Anders.

“He’s glad you’re here, you know,” Sabine commented.

“He wanted me away from there,” Rebecca said. “Away from him. And Ben.”

Sabine shrugged. “I’m thinking we’re all managing to profit from this setup. You as well.”

“You’re right,” Rebecca admitted.

Brussels felt safe. Here, working alongside Sabine and learning so much, she had escaped an untenable situation, but had found a way to stay in the dance world. Back in San Francisco, she would have had to watch Ben and the others commence a new season, full of motivation for new roles, new ballets, reprisals of old, favorite roles. To no longer be a part of that world—who knew what levels of pain that would cause her? Anger. Grief. Rage. Loss.

Returning to San Francisco, still connected to the WCBT via Ben, could she live within that bittersweet zone, watching others dance when she couldn’t? Here in Brussels, in a different kind of dance company, a different environment, it was uncomplicated, even enjoyable.

Anders had told her, before her departure, that upon her return in October, he’d find her a position within the company—except not as a dancer. She’d be surrounded by those she’d danced with for the past decade. Only then would she find her answers.


About Terez Mertes Rose: 

Terez Mertes Rose is the author of the Ballet Theatre Chronicles (OFF BALANCE, OUTSIDE THE LIMELIGHT, BALLET ORPHANS, OTHER STAGES) and A DANCER'S GUIDE TO AFRICA. Writing nonfiction as Terez Rose, her work has appeared in numerous journals, anthologies and online publications. She makes her home with family in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Visit her at The Classical Girl where she blogs about ballet, classical music and life, with twin dollops of humor and philosophy thrown in.

BookFunnel Author Newsletter sign-up links:

Free e-copy of Book 1 of the Ballet Theatre Chronicles https://dl.bookfunnel.com/czq1onfuil

Free excerpt from soon-to-be-released Book 4” https://dl.bookfunnel.com/gf3kr7k7ua

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will win a tote bag of Ballet Theatre Chronicles, a finished copy of OTHER STAGES, & a $10 Amazon gift card, US Only.

Ends February 13th, midnight EST.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:


Two Chicks on Books

Deleted Scene/IG Post


Lady Hawkeye

Excerpt/IG Post



IG Post

Week Two:


Kountry Girl Bookaholic

Guest Post/IG Post



IG Post/TikTok Post


The Momma Spot

Guest Post


#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Review/IG Post



IG Post



IG Review


Callisto’s calling

IG Review

Week Three:


Review Thick And Thin

Review/IG Post



Review/IG Post


Country Mamas With Kids

Review/IG Post


Girls in White Dresses



Confessions Of The Perfect Mom

Review/IG Post

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