Elodie Nowodazkij

11703443_849562428415090_4130152645719682156_o A Summer Like No Other (Broken Dreams, #1.5)   Always Second Best (Broken Dreams, #2)

A Summer Like No Other

Synopsis:

She’s his best friend’s little sister. He’s the biggest player of them all.

They shouldn’t be together. But this summer’s just too tempting.

Sixteen-year-old Emilia Moretti’s goal for the summer is simple: forget her brother’s best friend—Nick Grawsky—ever existed. It should be easy: He’s spending his summer in the Hamptons, adding girls in tiny bikinis to his list of broken hearts. Guarantee he won’t be telling them they’re like his little sisters. This summer, Emilia won’t stay awake at night thinking about him. She’ll need flawless ballet movements to have a shot at next year’s showcase, and she’s finally ready to search for her birth parents. But when Nick decides to stay in the city, Emilia’s resolve disappears in a pirouette. Maybe it’s the spin they needed to be together. As long as she doesn’t get stuck believing in happily ever after…

Nick is tired of pretending to be the happy, let’s-have-fun guy. His father wants him to change his career from professional dancer to…lawyer. He needs to put all of his focus on dancing to prove to Daddy Dearest he’s good enough to make it big. And he may have a case of the bluest balls in history courtesy of Emilia. She’s off-limits: The bro code with Roberto even forbids the dirty thoughts he has about her. Besides, he’s not boyfriend material. He only has time for flings, for girls who don’t expect much, for girls he doesn’t want to kiss goodnight. He knows he should resist her, but he’s not sure he wants to…

At least for this summer.

It’s going to be a summer like no other.

Companion novella of ONE, TWO, THREE

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Always Second Best

Synopsis:

Sometimes being first isn’t what you expected.

Seventeen-year-old ballerina Emilia Moretti is tired of always being second best. And she’s going to prove the world she deserves to be first. In her upcoming School of the Performing Arts showcase. In the eyes of her birth parents. And in the heart of the guy she loves. She spends hours rehearsing, hours dreaming about becoming number one, hours imagining how her entire life is about to change. But when nothing goes the way she planned, she’ll need to realize what it really means to be first.

Eighteen-year-old Nick Grawski doesn’t want to follow Daddy Dearest’s rules any longer. He’s going to prove he’s meant to be a dancer—not a lawyer—and he is not going to stay away from Em just because his father demands it. He needs to show Em that—this time around—he’s there to stay and that he won’t break her heart again. Even when her world goes down to shit, even when he finds out his dad may have been trying to protect him all along, even if being there for one another is harder than falling in love.

ALWAYS SECOND BEST is a novel of hope and heartbreak and broken dreams. It’s a novel about falling in love and discovering that being first isn’t always what matters.

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The Interview

1. Hi Ms. Elodie, tell me something about yourself? 
 
I’m French, I lived in Germany and now call Maryland home. I will never lose my French accent. I love cheese. And wine. Oh and a Nobel Prize of Economics did carry my suitcase last year 🙂
 
2. What inspires you to write “Always Second Best”?
 
When I first wrote the first book in the Broken Dreams series, Emilia was a secondary character with a tiny role. But for some reason, she spoke to me. And I already knew she was going to be with Nick. Then, their stories got louder and louder and I knew she was struggling with feeling like she was always “second” never “first”. Nick…oh Nick. Nick has a lot of issues, but overall he just gets Em. He understands her and he really wants the best for her.
Those characters inspired me.
3. Do you love ballet a lot , that’s why the theme of your story is about ballet dancing?
 
I do love ballet. I used to dance (not professionally at all though) when I was little and I dreamed about becoming a ballerina. I even went to the Opera de Paris after winning a poetry contest when I was maybe six years old and was mesmerized by what I saw. The first book I wrote in this series was Natalya’s story…after talking about Center Stage on Twitter, she just spoke to me and then I did research to understand more about the ballet world and the dedication it takes to get to that level.
 
4. Tell us about Broken Dreams series?
The Broken Dreams series is all about first times and second chances. It’s about finding oneself even when everything seems to go the wrong way and love.
Most of the books also center around the ballet world, but two of them will actually not have anything  to do with ballet 🙂 They will be about secondary characters from One Two Three. One is about Camilo, the “bad boy” of that novel, and the other about Becca, Natalya’s best friend.
 
5. Who is your favorite characters in your book? 
 
Oh tough question. I love love love all characters in this book, even the ones who may not seem all that great. But the one that I especially love is Nonna. Em’s grandmother. She’s sweet and strong and is there for her grandkids and she’s funny. Loved writing her and getting into her head.
 
6. Where can readers find you? 
 
I am on Twitter quite a bit, on Instagram and I love talking to my readers in my cozy nook on Facebook 🙂
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