The Merchant of Venice Beach

The Merchant of Venice Beach CoverThe Merchant of Venice Beach, first in the Venice Beach Romance series, by Celia Bonaduce. It was published on August 1st, 2013, by eKensington.

  • Word Count:  approx. 68,000
  • Genre:  Contemporary Romance


The Rollicking Bun—Home of the Epic Scone—is the center of Suzanna Wolf’s life. Part tea shop, part bookstore, part home, it’s everything she’s ever wanted right on the Venice Beach boardwalk, including partnership with her two best friends from high school, Eric and Fernando. But with thirty-three just around the corner, suddenly Suzanna wants something more—something strictly her own. Salsa lessons, especially with a gorgeous instructor, seem like a good start—a harmless secret, and just maybe the start of a fling. But before she knows it, Suzanna is learning steps she never imagined—and dancing her way into confusion.

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The Merchant of Venice Beach Tour Banner I had the opportunity to ask Celia about the dancing part of her story – has she ever taken ballroom dance lessons? It is a hobby? If so, did it make it easier to write the story.

Here is her answer…

My sister-in-law, who lives in San Francisco, came home to the Los Angeles area for Christmas a few years ago and I asked, as I always did, “How are your tango lessons going?”  She proceeded to tell me that her instructor, who had been teaching her for years, had one day resigned from the studio without telling her – and she felt so abandoned, she went into therapy.  I found that fascinating – I mean, my sister-in-law is a paralegal! – and the idea that I should write about that experience just wouldn’t leave my head.

There is the conventional wisdom that you should “write what you know.” The problem, of course, is that I knew nothing about dancing, nothing about the dance culture and nothing about dance instructors.  Clearly, I was going to have to start taking dance lessons in order to write this book. And so I did – I went to a dance studio and signed up for salsa lessons.  Why salsa and not tango?  When I first started lessons, the idea of practically strapping myself to a man I didn’t know seemed just a little outside my comfort zone.  Now that I have been dancing for a few years (I now do all Latin Ballroom and Tango), I don’t think twice about it.

I have always tried to be aware of staying healthy, but I have never been a sports-oriented person.  I always felt as if I should be given a medal for breaking a sweat. Because I wasn’t the world’s most coordinated human being, I shied away from any group sports – and that included group dance lessons. I’m just not one of those people who quickly “picks it up.”  I knew that if I was going to get the experience I needed to write this book, I was going to have to bite the bullet and fork out the cash (around $80.00 each) for private lessons.  I am so grateful that the idea of writing a book about dance opened up this world for me.  Dancing is addicting.  I adore being in the studio and I take a combination of private and group classes – because I am now good enough to do so!  I love being good enough that an instructor can call on me to help teach classes (albeit, beginner’s classes).  The funny thing is, now that I’ve been in the studio all this time, I have to admit, if one of my instructors took off without telling me, I would be very wounded!

About Celia:

Currently a Field Producer on HGTV’s House Hunters, Celia Bonaduce’s TV credits Celia Bonaducea lot of ground – everything from field-producing ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to writing for many of Nickelodeon’s animated series, including Hey, Arnold and Chalkzone.

An avid reader, entering the world of books has always been a lifelong ambition. eKensington’s The Merchant of Venice Beach, A Venice Beach Romance Book # 1, was published August 1st, 2013.

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Giveaway Details:

There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:

  • 5 print copies of The Merchant of Venice Beach – US Only
  • 3 X $10 Electronic Amazon Gift Cards – INT

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3 thoughts on “The Merchant of Venice Beach

  1. What a fascinating dance story. I LOVE watching So you Think you can Dance. Basically because I am so big and clumsy and really can’t dance! LOL…It’s great that you found this new outlet and have done so well at it. Congrats! 🙂


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