AUTHOR OF THE MONTH for July is adventurer Alli Sinclair. Though Aussie born, Alli spent her early adult years travelling the globe: scaling mountains in Nepal, Argentina, and Peru, rafting the Ganges, and riding a camel in the Sahara. She lived in Argentina and Peru and it was there her love of dance bloomed. When she wasn’t working as a tour guide, Alli could be found in the dance halls dancing the tango, salsa, merengue, and samba.
In 2016, Alli took out the Best Established Author title in our AusRom Today Reader’s Choice Awards and in 2014 earned the coveted AusRom Today Reader’s Choice Award for Book of the Year with her novel Luna Tango. Alli’s love of travel shines through each novel and her latest novel Beneath the Parisian Skies is no exception. Also available for free download at the moment, is the prequel to Beneath the Parisian Skies, Parisian Dreams.
Beneath the Parisian Skies
A sweeping saga about love, truth, grief and passion — and what it takes to fulfil a dream.
Ballerina Viktoriya Budian narrowly escapes Russia with her life. She arrives in Paris determined to start afresh with the famed Ballets Russes but her newfound success is threatened when her past returns to haunt her. Forced to choose between love and fame, Viktoriya’s life spirals out of control and the decision she makes seriously affects the lives of many for years to come.
Paris, present day
Australian dancer Lily Johansson returns to Paris, the city that broke her heart and destroyed her ballet career, hoping to ease the guilt over her fiancé’s death and to make amends with her estranged sister, Natalie, a ballerina with the Bohème Ballet. Terrified of loving again, Lily nevertheless finds herself becoming entangled
with talented composer Yves Rousseau.
Meanwhile, vying for the role honouring Viktoriya Budian, Lily’s sister Natalie develops an unhealthy obsession. As Natalie’s behaviour becomes increasingly erratic, Lily fears for her sister’s safety and sanity. When Natalie goes missing, Lil and Yves set out on a desperate quest across France to find her and, along the way, battle their own demons.
Could the search for her sister lead Lily to realise that ballet — like love and life — should not be abandoned so easily?
A free prequel novella to Beneath The Parisian Skies.
When Australian Lily Johansson earns the opportunity to dance for the prestigious Bohème Ballet in Paris, she fulfils a lifelong dream and continues a family legacy — but it comes at a cost.
While Lily falls in love with the City of Light and her professional life catapults her into fame, her personal life suffers as the relationship with her fiancé deteriorates. On a stormy night, an argument sends Lily racing across the road and a speeding car tragically changes her life forever. Lily’s heart, once full of love and hope, is smashed to pieces and her career crumbles into a hopeless mess. Stumbling into a solitary future she’d never planned, Lily must learn to live with the grief of losing the man she loved and find her way in an unfamiliar world.