Course Description

This award winning novel of a family torn apart has a gripping quality that offers a mesmerizing look into Russian life with riveting insights into the word of competitive salsa dancing.

When you never give up hope
love will find a way
Where ever you have to go
love will lead you
and all you have to do
is simply--DANCE!

THE SALSA CONNECTION--AN INTERNATIONAL ROMANTIC THRILLER is romantic thriller won the Royal Palm Literary Award for best thriller. The story moves from the salsa clubs of St. Petersburg, Russia to New York to Louisiana and, finally, to Italy. The red-hot thread of the dance runs through a novel that
explores the Russian mob, slavery and prostitution rings, and the art world, as well as love, loss, revenge and the strength of family ties.

When Nickolay Panov left St Petersburg, Russia to go to New York City for an international ballet competition 25 years ago, he was considered one of the best ballet dancers in Russia. The Americans say he was murdered. The Russians say he defected. In any case, he never returned. Just before Nickolay disappeared, several priceless paintings and icons from a major museum were stolen. While he was accused of the theft, no solid proof has ever been offered to tie him to it. However, evidence shows that the stolen goods were shipped to America. The CIA and the Russian Government are still pursuing all leads connected to the heist, and so is the Russian mafia.

Sveta was three years old when her father disappeared, so it's a shock when, in the mail, she receives an invitation to a salsa dance competition in New York. At the bottom of the invitation is a note: "Please come to the competition and
enter, my little lady." No one but her father has ever called her that. Why has her father surfaced after all these years? Sveta wants answers, even if it means entering the late-night, sultry world of salsa dancing in St Petersburg and New York City and coming into uncomfortably close contact with the Russian mob.



As a true international digital nomad, Johnny Ray, one crazy laid back beach guy, has a passion for life and adventure who loves to share his stories in his novels and business books, both with his readers or on stage as a speaker. As an avid traveler and professional businessman conducting business worldwide for years he has made many interesting contacts and received numerous awards for top production.

Johnny has owned and operated several real estate companies, several insurance companies, and a stock brokerage company in the past but currently operates the International Digital Nomad Society, the Sir John Academy, Sir John Productions, and Sir John Publishing. He loves radio and TV talk shows, as well as speaking in front of various audiences as a keynote speaker.  Feel free to contact him if you need a guest speaker. You can find out much more about him and his passion for writing, coaching, speaking, training and helping others through the Internationals digital Society on his about site at

When it comes time to play, he is very active in many sports including dancing, swimming, tennis, biking, and skiing.  While he loves adventures that are new, interesting and challenging, while making worldwide friends that share his passions is a special gift.

Johnny is based in Clearwater, Florida and while he can be found in one of the hundreds of coffee shops along the beach working on his next novel he also travels the world showing others how to be successful as a digital nomad and would love to have you join the society which you can by subscribe to here on this site.

Johnny’s writings have been added to this site to provide funds for the International Digital Nomad Society which provides support and resources to those working, or wanting to work as digital nomads. If you want to purchase his work in paperback, hardback, or an audible form please visit his Amazon author page at . You can also find his books in around 43,000 book stores worldwide. If you do not see it on the shelf, ask the attendant or store owner to order it for you and it will usually be there in 2 days.


Johnny Ray

I love writing novels and generally consider my work to be international romantic thrillers. Many of my novels have made international best sellers, and I have won some awards like the Royal Palm literary award along the way.I am in the process of moving most of my work (except those under a pen name, etc.) over to this site but it will take a few months to do so as I have obligations with various publishers worldwide I have to work out. I would estimate the total number of novels on this site to be around 15 to 20, so keep an eye out for them.My work in the future will be available here as well. Let me know if you have any questions and I will do my best to answer them for you.

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