“A man with a damaged soul fell in love with a ballerina with a broken body.”
When Neal Medwin glimpses Mina Automne for the first time, he’s a man whose soul is darkened with memories of a painful past, whereas Mina is a vibrant, strong, young woman. She’s a determined ballerina who’s carefully planning and painting her life.
Neal steps into her existence and threatens to shatter Mina’s plans with an impossible request.
Mina can’t help the fragile man who’s invading her home, even though their parents used to be close friends and she knows of Neal’s hurtful background. She allows him to linger within her lovely and artistic world, however, hoping he might find some peace and solace.
Slowly, their conflict turns into friendship, and eventually into love, until a terrible discovery ruins Mina’s projects and forces her to let go of all her dreams, and of her sweet, damaged man.
Neal is unable to fight for Mina and for the unripe love they share, because he’s not ready to leave his past behind. He’s not strong enough – not yet.
Mina Automne danced through the pain until she managed to turn it into pleasure. She didn’t need music to accompany the movements of her legs, of her arms, of her fingers, for the wind was the conductor of an orchestra of the most particular instruments. It shook the leaves of apple trees and made them chime. It played among grapevines and teased them like fingertips on violin strings.
The lavender flowers bowed forward as Mina’s neck arched gracefully backwards.
The weeds trembled, while Mina’s body spun and leaped higher and lighter.
The sky above was a cerulean blue, dotted with pure white clouds, and Mina’s lithe limbs reached for those unblemished shapes.
When she danced, her parents’ disapproval did not matter; when her frame played, the hurtful words of her ex-lover could not break her.
Mina was shaping her life around her art, and she was going to be the greatest. There was nothing wrong with her choices, and there was nothing wrong with her body. She was meant to be a ballerina, and she was capable of feeling pleasure.
The wind teased her fiery red curls; the long strands caressed her bare shoulders and arms, and her blood felt ablaze with adrenaline. Beads of sweat ran along the pale skin of her face, and touched her lips. Mina licked the drops, and tasted salt mingled with excitement. She arched up towards the bright sky, and declared herself a creature of power and beauty.
About the Author
Petra March is the Award Winning Author of the A Touch of Cinnamon
Series and of the stand-alone novel, A Different Kind of Lovely.
Her book, All the Skies I will not See, is a Library Journal SELF-e
Selection. The book won the 2016 Pacific Book Awards for Best Short
Story, and was a Gold Medal Winner (Fiction – Short Story) in the 2016
Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards. In 2015, the book was a
Finalist in the 2015 Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards, won the
Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Best Novella, earned the Literary
Classics Seal of Approval, and received a 5-Star Review Seal from
Readers’ Favorite. The literary magazine Shelf Unbound listed All the
Skies I will not See amid the 2015 Top 100 Notable Books.
The multi-award winning All the Skies I will not See features characters
from Petra March’s other works: A Veil of Glass and Rain(Special Edition),
A Dream of Lilies:A Novella, and A Different Kind of Lovely:A Novel.
A Veil of Glass and Rain(Special Edition) was a Finalist in the 2016 I
Heart Indie Contest (New Adult), organized by the Las Vegas Romance
Writers of America, and was featured in the June 2015 issue of the
publication InD’tale Magazine; Book Riot listed A Veil of Glass and
Rain amid the 100-Must-Read-Books by International romance authors.
Petra March graduated summa cum laude in Theater and Cinema Studies at
the University of Rome 3, and earned a MA degree from the Catholic
University of Milan. She studied Screenwriting and History of American
Cinema at UCLA and NYU, and worked as screenwriter in Italy and
France, where she also taught Creative Writing in elementary schools
and junior high schools.
Presently, she keeps traveling and dreaming through her novels and
stories; just like Petra, her characters are deeply in love with
Europe and the USA.