Kathryn R. Biel
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About Kathryn R. Biel
Never one to be accused of being a shrinking violet, I use humor, often inappropriate, to deal with real life. Filled with the inability to sit still and blessed with the ability to multi-task, when I'm not writing, I'm working as a pediatric physical therapist. I can also be found dancing, knitting, watching Marvel movies, and doing absolutely anything to avoid cleaning my house. Through my stories of resilient women, let me help you find your funny.
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Titles By Kathryn R. Biel
Here lies Ophelia Finnegan, Hopeless Romantic. Not to be dramatic, but I'm pretty sure that's what my tombstone is going to say.
During my thirty years on this planet, I've made a lot of poor decisions pursuing my ideal man. It may have something to do with my slight obsession with romantic comedies, especially those of the British variety. I mean, if Bridget Jones could find her Mr. Darcy, surely I can too, right?
And if I can't live it, I can at least write a steamy romance novel about it. Except I'm too scared to do that. It's so much safer to stay in my not-at-all fulfilling job and live vicariously through the ClikClak video app. It's all well and good, until my surprise visit to my boyfriend doesn't go as planned, and the video of my humiliation ends up going viral.
In a surprise twist (like any good romantic comedy should have), the guy I'd handed off my phone to film my unexpected humiliation turns out to be hotter than hell British soccer player Xavier Henry. And he's looking to get traded up here to Boston. The quickest way to make that happen is if he becomes an American citizen … by marrying an American woman.
I volunteer as tribute!
OMG, marriage of convenience is my favorite romantic trope of all time, and now I get to live it. If nothing else, I'll have great material for that book I swear I'm going to write. All I have to do is remember that this is pretend and that those rock-hard abs aren't really mine to stroke and lick.
Put me in, coach! I'm ready to take one for the team.
Kisses and hugs, Ophelia
When therapy meets theater...
Nobody likes packing up their things and moving to a small town in the middle of nowhere. Especially when that town is called Hicklam. But you know what's worse than that? The fact that thanks to my a-hole ex-boyfriend, I've spent the past ten years with crippling panic attacks.
Yeah, that's been fun.
But no more. I have hope for Hicklam. Well, at least for a therapist who can help me with my PTSD. I mean, it's not like I'll ever be able to perform on stage again, even though it's all I wanted to do with my life. Hell, I can't even sing along with the radio anymore.
And speaking of singing, the guy who hired me to help with his renovations is always singing. I thought it would bother me, but it makes the days go faster. Or maybe it's his dimples. Or maybe it's the fact that he needs me to help save his family business. He must be desperate—I'm not exactly Joanna Gaines.
If he's willing to risk everything on me, maybe it's time for me to take a chance. Not just in life but in love too.
Take a Chance on Me is an open-door, emotionally charged romantic comedy that will leave you crying, laughing, and tapping your toes for the talented cast of The Edison Theater.
"Look on the bright side, Millie. At least you don't have cancer."
Testing positive for the BRCA gene only means one thing: Millie Dwyer is almost certain to develop cancer at a young age. After losing her grandmother and mother to the dreaded disease, Millie's always feared a similar fate. But now the twenty-nine-year-old has technological advancements on her side, including radical surgeries, that can save her from ever having to deal with the Big C… but at quite a cost.
Now Millie has to come to terms with a new normal—new breasts, missing ovaries, hot flashes, insensitive friends, and, worst of all, the knowledge that she'll never have biological children. One thing's for certain—she's never planned on trying to navigate the dating scene with all this on her plate … but on the road from loss to love, Millie finds that laughter certainly is the best medicine.
Once upon a time, I used to be famous. Then semi-famous. Now I'm obscure, mostly because I'm trying to stay out of the limelight, while trying to keep one of Hollywood's biggest secrets. And I'm sort of miserable. But with three weeks in the Big Apple, child free, maybe I can figure out what exactly I'm doing with my post-Sassy Cat life. I know what I want, but I don't know how to get it.
Once upon a time, I wanted to be on stage. Now I'm content to control things from behind the curtain. I'll do anything to make The Edison successful, as long as it doesn't break my one cardinal rule: don't date an actress.
But this isn't a real date. I'm here to convince this washed-up pop star to headline one of our shows this summer. Except she doesn't seem that washed up, and it certainly feels like a real date. Especially when she sings to me.
So let's make this one night a fling. A one-time thing. I'm never even going to see her again. But now thanks to a meddling reporter, The Edison needs her.
But I need her too.
This is either going to be the perfect match or an epic disaster. Either way, the show must go on!
Vision of Love is the toe-tapping, song-singing follow up to the award-winning Take a Chance on Me. This romantic comedy will have you belting out show tunes and pop hits, while waiting for your swoony happy ending.
Erin McAvoy is living her best life. A lover of tacos, witty T-shirts, and Pinterest, Erin is always ready to tell you about her favorite thing—the animals she tends to at one of the nation's best zoos. But then there's that other thing she doesn't like to talk about: how a supposedly-for-fun DNA test revealed that Erin has a strong genetic predisposition to breast and ovarian cancer. She'd like to conveniently ignore that elephant in the room, except for the fact that unless she does something soon, Erin will miss out on her only chance to have a baby.
Up to this point, the only guy she's needed in her life was a sloth—the animal kind, not the lazy kind—named Barry. Turns out, if you want to have a baby, a sloth is not the right man for the job. Growing up in a conservative family, Erin's never even considered any other options, until now. She doesn't have a lot of time to wait, and online dating isn't for the faint heart.
When co-worker Xander Barnes—foe—or friend?—or maybe even more?—comes up with a plausible solution to give her the baby she wants, Erin realizes this may be her last chance to grab the tiger by the tail. Her family may not agree with her choices, but Erin knows that if one leopard can change his spots, then she can too. And maybe, just maybe, this will be everything she's ever wanted.
Do your best. Be the best. Whatever it takes.
It sounds like a line from some superhero movie, not a family motto. Except it is the Moose family creed. We even have it on T-shirts. Snazzy apparel aside, it means I've grown up with a lot of pressure to, well, be the best.
Except I'm not. No matter how hard I've worked, it's time to face the fact that I'm never going to have a career as a professional ballerina. I'll do the next best thing—I can dance in the theatre. Thanks to that eight-week drama camp when I was a teenager, as well as a stubborn-to-the-point-of-foolish drive, I'm ready to take on this challenge, even if it means moving from New York City to a small Upstate town.
Especially if it means I get to be reunited with the boy I fell in love with at that camp…
Oh no. I'm not working with her.
She broke my heart, ghosting me after the most incredible summer together. But now, here she is, and we need her to make The Edison successful. The stakes are high, and if this show works out, there's a shot I'll finally get my chance to bring the production I've been writing ever since she left me to the stage.
The show must go on. Whatever it takes.
USA Today Bestselling Author, Kathryn R. Biel, takes you back to The Edison Theater for Act Three in this powerful and moving tale of second chance love and finally loving yourself.
The New Beginnings Series that you loved in Made for Me continues!
I thought not winning Made for Me was tough, but arriving home to find a one-word note that my ten-year marriage is over is a lot worse. So here I am, a suddenly single mother in my mid-thirties, doing what everyone advises me to do—have a fling.
If only it was that easy.
I'm not your typical PTA mom, but then again Tony doesn't seem to be the typical meaningless fling. He's too young for me and much too cute and funny and too sexy.
I'm going to need a new attitude if I'm ever going to figure this out.
And then they lived happily ever after ... right?
Not necessarily in my case. I thought marrying Crown Prince Stephan was the happy ending to my fairy tale. Little did I know that after the 'I do's,' there'd still be dragons to slay.
Namely, my curmudgeon of a father-in-law, otherwise known as the King of Montabago. He's so old-fashioned and cranky, and no matter what I do, he doesn't seem to accept me into the Royal Family.
I think marrying a prince was a mistake.
Montabago is on the brink of change, as am I. If I'm going to get my storybook ending, we're all going to need a New Beginning.
I don't like to think about my past. Absent father, train wreck mother, and then there's my twin sister who belongs on an episode of Jerry Springer. They're the poster children for complicated, and I want nothing to do with that kind of life. That's why I left Ohio and started over in Boston, never looking back.
Because running away and living in denial is totally an acceptable way of adulting.
That way I don't have to admit that very bad thing I did to the guy I'd been in love with since the day we were born. I didn't mean to deceive him that way. It was an honest mistake. But still, the past is in the past, and that's where it'll stay. If I work hard enough, I can outrun the family legacy, as well as my terrible secret.
But suddenly, the past is no longer in the past. He's standing right in front of me, in this bar in Boston, looking hotter than ever. And hell, he's a doctor, like he always said he'd be. I think an ovary just exploded. I'm wearing leather pants, no bra, and I've had way too much tequila.
This could get complicated.
Paradise by the Dashboard Light is a stand-alone closed-door friends-to-lovers romantic comedy with heat, tension, and interesting family dynamics.
I've committed a cardinal sin in my traditional Italian family. I'm 29 and unmarried. Not only that, but I'm now jobless and homeless and moving back into my parents' basement.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, so applying for a reality TV fashion show seems like a good idea. And it is, until I find myself on the show, Made for Me, tasked with designing a wedding gown for a princess.
It's pretty apparent I'm the underdog here—vanilla in a sea of thirty-one flavors—but I need to prove to everyone, most of all myself, that I can do this. And I know I can, if only I could focus on designing instead of falling in love.
Maybe, just maybe, I can do both?
INDIEREADER AWARD WINNER FOR BEST CHICK LIT! "MADE FOR ME by Kathryn Biel is like your favorite binge-worthy television series--a fun reality show romp bursting with drama, romance, and high fashion."
READER'S FAVORITE AWARD WINNER! "This is what I think of when I think 'Chick Lit.' Light, easy, fun, funny, and something I smile about every time I think of it. It will leave you wanting just a little bit more. I highly recommend MADE FOR ME."
Samirah Lundgren is trying to forget. Forget her mom is gone and her dad abandoned her. The easiest way to do that is at the bottom of the bottle, at the height of the Manhattan party scene. But her poor choices put her in the path of people with malicious intentions. Utterly alone in this world, Samirah is determined never to trust again.
Michael Salinger also knows loss. When a drunk driver left him paralyzed two years ago, the last thing Michael expected was for his fiancée to leave him. But she did, and is now marrying his best friend. Former best friend. He never expected to be deserted at his lowest point.
Can a broken body and a shattered soul find the redemption they need to heal each other?
TW: This book contains an off-the-page sexual assault.