Teaser Tour: Phantom’s Dance by Lesa Howard

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Teaser Tour: Phantom’s Dance by Lesa Howard

Phantom's Dance

Author: Lesa Howard
Published on: 2014-04-06
Pages: 342
Genres: general fiction
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About the Book:
Christine Dadey’s family uprooted their lives and moved to Houston for her to attend the prestigious Rousseau Academy of Dance. Now, two years later, Christine struggles to compete among the Academy’s finest dancers, her parents are on the brink of divorce, and she’s told no one about her debilitating performance anxiety and what she’s willing to do to cope with it.

Erik was a ballet prodigy, a savant, destined to be a star on the world’s stage, but a suspicious fire left Erik’s face horribly disfigured. Now, a lonely phantom forced to keep his scars hidden, he spends his nights haunting the theater halls, mourning all he’s lost. Then, from behind the curtain he sees the lovely Christine. The moldable, malleable Christine.

Drawn in by Erik’s unwavering confidence, Christine allows herself to believe Erik’s declarations that he can transform her into the dancer she longs to be. But Christine’s hope of achieving her dreams may be her undoing when she learns Erik is not everything he claims. And before long, Erik’s shadowy past jeopardizes Christine’s unstable present as his obsession with her becomes hopelessly entangled with his plans for revenge.

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I’m so excited to be a part of the Teaser Tour for Phantom’s Dance by Lesa Howard. Like the author, I have been a huge fan of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Phantom of the Opera since the first time my 7th grade English teacher play those haunting organ chords to prep us for reading a stage play adapted from the novel of the same name. I’m such a huge fan that I have a framed official movie theatre poster from the 2004 movie hanging in my living room and the t-shirt I got in 1993 at the Chicago touring production is a part of my beloved t-shirt quilt.

A Note of Inspriation from Ms. Howard Since I’ve been a huge fan of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, having gone to the theater alone to watch the 2004 movie with Gerard Butler as the phantom–helloooo hotty–attended a live presentation at the Hobby Center in Houston, bought the audio for the car and the DVD for the house, well it would stand to reason that it was what I listen to for inspiration while writing PHANTOM’S DANCE. And even I thought I would. But this piece, Dance of the Knights from Romeo and Juliet, turned out to be the inspiration for Erik, the phantom.

It’s also the piece Christine is listening to when she senses she’s being watched while attending Romeo and Juliet. The heavily metered rhythm was almost intimidating to me. At the same time, it has these softer more tender elements that speak to Erik’s character, too.

About Lesa Howard

Lesa Howard lives in the greater Houston area where she works as a writer-in-residence for the nonprofit organization Writers in the Schools, but her students know her as Lesa Boutin. Lesa was passionate about writing for teens before it was even labeled Young Adult, and her latest YA novel is PHANTOM'S DANCE, which is a modern retelling of Gaston Leroux's PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. She has two books written under the name Lesa Boutin: AMANDA NOBLE, ZOOKEEPER EXTRAORDINAIRE, and AMANDA NOBLE, SPECIAL AGENT. Visit Lesa at www.lesahowardboutin.com or contact her at lesaboutin@gmail.com.


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2 responses to “Teaser Tour: Phantom’s Dance by Lesa Howard

    • You are welcome. This looks like a good book!

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