THE CONTINENTAL started as a play on the story from the classic Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers movie ‘Top Hat.’ I even shamelessly reference this in the novella! In case you haven’t seen that (and I recommend that you do; go ahead, I’ll wait), here’s how I played it.
Elena is a young ballroom professional working on a long-term goal: having her own studio back in her home town of Visalia. In order to get there, she’s working long, hard hours and making connections wherever she can … and trying to undo some damage from an unsuccessful early competitive partnership.
Elena’s friend Vanessa, from that years-ago competition season, gets in touch about a project she’s working on with her new husband. They meet up at the biggest DanceSport competition on the West Coast … but not until after Elena has met Tony, a tantalizing Italian … and he’s kissed her. The only problem: he’s Vanessa’s husband!
Or … is he??