Announcing Book 4 of the Ballet Theatre Chronicles

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It is with great pleasure — always one of my favorite posts — that I announce the imminent arrival of my next novel, Other Stagesthe fourth and final book of the Ballet Theatre Chronicles.

Together now… WOO HOO!!!


They thought the professional ballet world was tough. Then they tried parenting.

From the author of Outside the Limelight—named a Kirkus Best Book of 2017comes a story about parenting, the performing arts, surviving high school and fighting back, in this gripping finale to the Ballet Theatre Chronicles.

Katrina Devries, having navigated the cutthroat world of professional ballet to arrive at the top, has found the perfect life as a principal dancer and mother of a three-year-old. But when her partner announces he’s found true love elsewhere and moves out, Katrina’s perfect world begins to crack. Devastated, she turns to April, her best friend among the company’s artistic staff.

April, a seasoned ballet master and parent, is confident she can solve any problem thrown her way and plants a distraction at the studios: a handsome young pianist, eager for work as an accompanist. Only it’s April’s teen daughter, not Katrina, who falls for him, hard.

Now April’s dealing with new, tougher problems on the home front and at the studios, where a celebrity choreographer’s ballet featuring Katrina borders on disturbing. When he and his ballet display violence—toward Katrina—April must make a controversial decision that upends protocol and imperils the careers both she and Katrina have worked a lifetime to build.

Other Stages chronicles the behind-the-scenes challenges of professional ballet, parenting and friendships, amid the journey of learning what to accept and when to fight back for what’s right.


Here’s what people are saying…

“An accomplished interweaving of character trajectories in the intense world of ballet.”
Kirkus Reviews

Other Stages is a fascinating peek behind the curtain of elite ballet, and the price it exacts from the women who dare to become mothers in this rarified, exquisite world, all while making the agonizing look effortless.”
— Kristina Riggle, bestselling author of Real Life & Liars and Vivian in Red

“Don’t be surprised if you find yourself devouring Other Stages—this is one of those stories that keeps you up way past midnight, turning page after dazzling page in anticipation of the grand finale. Brava! to Terez Mertes Rose as she brings down the curtain on this remarkable series.
— Lauren E. Rico, award-winning author of Familia, the Reverie trilogy and Solo

Look for OTHER STAGES in bookstores and online on January 25th, 2024! 

And in the meantime, check out the other three books in the series if you haven’t already. Just click on their titles.

Book 1 — Off Balance

Book 2 — Outside the Limelight

Book 3 — Ballet Orphans

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