Featured Selection: Prancing Around with Sleeping Beauty by Stacy Juba
The Sleeping Beauty in this romantic comedy isn’t sure she wants to wake up.
Dance instructor Rory Callahan likes to play it safe. When she meets Kyle, he’s impulsive, persistent, and her exact opposite. He’s pushing her to tango way past her comfort zone and keeping Rory on her toes more than twenty years of dance teachers ever had.
Unfortunately, he’s the grandson of her family’s archrival and she doesn’t want to disappoint them. Her parents imagine her as a proper princess – hence her namesake Aurora, AKA Sleeping Beauty.
Complicating matters, Rory’s also dealing with a surgeon boyfriend who’s perfect for her (sort of), an obnoxious boss, and desperate dance moms. Kyle wants to change her whole life, but Rory doesn’t like the stakes. After all, princesses are the ones who get the happy endings. . .aren’t they?
This sweet romantic comedy is a standalone and can be read on its own. All books in the series can be read in any order so jump in at any time.
About Stacy Juba:
Stacy Juba got engaged at Epcot Theme Park and spent part of her honeymoon at Disneyland Paris, where she ate a burger, went on fast rides, and threw up on the train ride to the hotel.
In addition to working on her Storybook Valley chick lit/sweet romance series, Stacy has written books about ice hockey, teen psychics, U.S. flag etiquette for kids, and determined women sleuths.
Stacy is also the founder of the Glass Slipper Sisters, a group of authors with fairytale-themed romance novels.
When she’s not visiting theme parks with her family, (avoiding rides that spin and exotic hamburgers) or writing about them, Stacy helps authors to strengthen their manuscripts through her Crossroads Editing Service.
She is currently writing the next book in the Storybook Valley Series.
Review by Phyllis – Among the Reads:
I love author Stacy Juba’s sense of humor! I chuckled, giggled and may have even snorted through Prancing Around with Sleeping Beauty. The story abounds with quirky characters such as Rory’s grandfather who has an obsession with gnomes, her grandmother who loves to play the fairy godmother and give princess deportment lessons, and her friend the costume mistress who dresses up as Red Riding Hood and wanders around the park just for fun to name just a few.
The story starts with a romantic airplane proposal “Marry me Rory”, which ends up not being a proposal from her boyfriend or for her. Oops! And then things just go downhill in that relationship from there.
Rory’s full name is Aurora Rose Callahan. She is named after none other than Sleeping Beauty, and her family loves to shower her with rose-themed gifts in honor of her middle name. The only problem is that she hates roses. But can’t tell them for fear of hurting their feelings. Which pretty much sums up her character. A people-pleaser who adores her family, she is in a tough spot.
There is such amazing detail in the story about Storybook Valley, the theme park owned by her family. Details about the various rides, the layout of the park, how the rides operate, how fast they run. Seriously, I read things like this and am so amazed at the author’s ability to fully create a world like this.
In addition to this, there are also incredible details about Duke’s Animal World. Information about how they care for the animals in captivity using injection training. And how to provide medical care for a giraffe without using general anesthesia which could cause it to fall and break its neck. I won’t go into detail here because I know you will want to read this yourself.
Oh, though this story does stand by itself before you read it you’ll want to pick up a copy of Fooling Around with Cinderella and read it to enhance the experience!