Skaters Monica Jones and Brad Peltonen share a passion for ice dancing. From the moment Brad pulls Monica in for an unexpected but welcome kiss at the end of a skating session, she wonders whether they have enough in common for a relationship off the ice, and whether Brad really has eyes for another skater.
Monica, a single mom and paralegal in Center City, Michigan, has been working with a coach for six years through the test levels of ice dancing – bronze, pre-silver, silver, pre-gold – and is now skating at the gold level. If she passes the four gold dances at a test session, she will be declared a gold dance medalist, akin to a black belt in martial arts. Brad shares the same goal, practicing daily with Monica at noon skate.
When Monica loses almost everything except her life in a devastating apartment fire, she must postpone her upcoming ice dance test and come up with the funds for a new pair of very expensive skates. She must also deal with unsuccessful test sessions, Brad’s sudden illness and the loss of her job.
Margie Wilson, an amateur ballroom
dancer, moves back to her hometown in Michigan to care for her mother and
begins teaching ballroom dancing at the Williams Dance Studio. She falls in
love with one of her students, despite his being off-limits because of their
Monica Jones, another dance instructor and single parent, struggles to support her young daughter while trying to re-establish a relationship with her parents.
Tom Williams, the studio owner, fights to keep the studio afloat despite acts of nature, irresponsible employees and family surprises.
Find out if the Williams staff is successful in teaching their students to dance, and how much fun they have doing it!
Carol Mackela is the author of Noon Skate, a novel about ice dancing. She is a gold dance medalist who enjoyed twenty years of ice dancing and is a competitive masters springboard diver. Her paternal grandparents, Finnish immigrants, settled in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where her father was born. Carol grew up in Flint, Michigan and is a retired federal government attorney. She lives in Northern Virginia near her daughter and son-in-law and their lively Siberian husky. Carol’s first novel On Your Feet! - a romance about ballroom dancing - received an Indie Excellence Award in 2009.