Sunday, October 16, 2011

May I Have This Dance by Roseanne Dowell

Returning to a summer resort in 1997, Elizabeth Ashley sits in the gazebo watching her granddaughter and a young man who reminds her so much of her first love. She fell in love with a boy her stern father didn’t approve of. One who didn’t come from the “right stock” as he put it. Her memory takes her back to 1955. Back to a time when life was fun and she was full of life.

I know I sound like a broken record, but I absolutely love the fact that e-books have brought back the world of short fiction.  I’m incapable of writing it.  I’m incapable of even telling a short story.  When I start to say something my kids usually interrupt and say, “To make a short story long, Mom…”  See?  I’m doing it now.  Not so Roseanne Dowell.  She is another of MuseItUp Publishing’s master short storytellers.  May I Have this Dance is a forty-two page reminiscence of sweet young love. It begins innocent and whimsical, and then turns heartbreaking when the young man abruptly writes a her a “Dear Elizabeth” letter.  Now forty years later after a loveless marriage, several years of acceptance and solitude in her divorce, she’s back watching her granddaughter cavort on the beach where she met the one who got away; the one she never got over.  But then, hadn’t he refused to elope when she begged him?  She supposed she’d be sitting here divorced and alone even if he had agreed.  Ah, youth… If we could go back—knowing what we know now, would it change anything?  I guess you’ll have to read this wonderful tale to find out.  It’s definitely worth it.

Price:  $2.50

My book, Rock Crazy just came out and I’m going on a blog tour.  My author blog this week is the first official stop, but Rochelle’s Reviews is also on the tour.  Follow me through the tour and you could win a prize.  One lucky commenter can choose a signed copy of Rock Bound, or a Rock Crazy tee shirt or mug.  The full schedule is on the left-hand column and the next links are at the bottom of this post.

So, be sure to leave a comment here, and then go over to Rochelle Weber, Author and meet Katie McGowan of Rock Crazy.  Leave a comment there and I’ll see you on Thursday, October 20, 2011 over at Decadent Decisions, Lynn Chantale’s blog.

I’ll draw a name from among those who comment on all of the stops between now and The Long & the Short of It Reviews on November 14, 2011 and I’ll announce it here on November 15 2011.


  1. Thank you for a great review. I can't wait to read your book.

  2. As I said, you should be wet-noodling me for getting your name wrong, but it's fixed now!