Julie Brown

JULIE MAYERSON BROWN began her career writing humorous essays, using her two adorable (yes, biased opinion) sons as unwitting muses, for an LA based parenting monthly. After several years as a columnist, Brown began freelancing. Her work has appeared in the Daily Breeze, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Jewish Journal, and Parenting Magazine.

An original “Valley Girl” from Encino, California, Brown now lives on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, a rural suburb of Los Angeles, with her husband, two sons (who return from college periodically for laundry service and home-made chicken soup), four (yes FOUR) boxer dogs, and hundreds of wild peacocks. An “at-home” mom and community volunteer for over twenty years, she is a founding member of a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to protecting children and teens.

Her first novel, The Long Dance Home, was published by Mischievous Muse Press, a subsidiary of World Nouveau Books. Her next book, The Second Sister, will be released early 2015. When not writing novels or rescuing dogs, Julie is reading, gardening, cooking, or bargain shoe shopping online (not necessarily in that order…)

Cece Camden has a plan—for work, for love, for life—and she believes she is right on track. But on her 29th birthday, her grand plan begins to unravel, and the disciplined former ballerina’s life is turned upside down.

Newly unemployed and devastated to learn she and her boyfriend are not on the same page, Cece returns to Clearwater, her hometown in Northern California wine country, hoping to find comfort for her broken heart with her family. Being back in Clearwater only adds to her stress, however, when she reluctantly agrees to help rescue a small-town production of The Nutcracker.

Having once been the ballerina that would make Clearwater famous, Cece’s return attracts attention, inspires gossip, and forces her to examine a decision she made years before at the most vulnerable time of her life. As old wounds are opened and secrets revealed, long-held beliefs about Cece’s childhood are challenged, leading her to question everything she thought she knew about family, love, and herself.

As Cece struggles to accept the truth, she lets go of one dream and discovers a new one, opening her heart to a purpose and a future she had never imagined.

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