This is my stop during the book blitz for Once in a Lifetime by Kathryn R. Biel. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 11 till 24 September. See the tour schedule here.
Once in a Lifetime By Kathryn R. Biel
Genre: Women’s Fiction/ Chick Lit
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 5 September 2017
Ten years ago, the Sassy Cats were at the top of the charts until Callie Smalls walked away to pursue her career in fashion and television. The other four members—Angie, Tabitha, Mandy, and Daphne—were left to fend for themselves and continue on with their lives.
That is, until the day when Callie decides to book a gig for the group at a major music festival, without talking to her former band mates. Scattered across the country, at different points in life, can they rekindle the magic in the music?
A soccer mom who’s husband doesn’t know about her past. A fading star, sacrificing all to stay in the spotlight just one second more. A party girl, challenged with her most important role yet. A tiger mom, fighting for her son. A desperate woman, unhappy and alone.
A lot can change in the course of a decade. Will it be harmony or hatred for the Sassy Cats?
You can find Once in a Lifetime on Goodreads
“We want you to go on tour.”
I look at my cuticles, trying to let them know that I’m bored and will need to be seriously convinced. “Of course you do. It’ll sell more tickets. My season was the highest-rated ever.”
The producer shifts uncomfortably. He doesn’t like my attitude. To be honest, neither do I. I’m channeling my inner Callie. Of course I want to go on tour. Inside I’m jumping up and down, clapping like a little schoolgirl. It’s a chance to keep performing. To be in front of people, hearing the applause. So what if it’s for dancing rather than singing? Dancing was always my strength. I was a dancer first. But really, at heart, I’m a performer. The only place I want to be is on stage. A different city every night—yes please.
I can’t let him know how desperate I am for this chance. How much I want it. How much I need it. Instead, I sigh and roll my eyes. “I guess. When would it start? I have some commitments coming up.”
That’s a lie. Since finishing Hollywood Dance Off!, my calendar has been more open than I’d like. Sure, there were media appearances immediately following, but after about a week, no one cared that I was the winner. It was Season Thirteen after all. People are getting bored with the whole premise. But I wasn’t lying when I said my season was the most watched. It may have had something to do with my competing—and winning—with a torn ACL and cracked rib. More likely it was because I played up the romance angle with my partner. He totally wasn’t interested in me, but I paid him to pretend he was. Gayle, my manager, thought it up, and dang if she wasn’t right about it. She can be pretty ruthless.
I need her to be, since I’m not by nature. All I want to do is sing and dance. Gayle makes it happen. The acting lessons she made me take have paid off throughout my fake romance with Sergei and in high-stakes negotiations like this.
Sergei and I “broke up” in a dramatic fashion. We had to, obviously. That cost me extra. By the time that happened, right before the final show, we couldn’t stand each other. It made me sad though, because in another life, I think Sergei and I could have been great friends. We have similar work ethics and drive for perfection. He’s funny and gets my need to be in front of people. The pressure of the show, not to mention the pain, did not bring out the best in me, and I took it out on Sergei. Much like I did with Cameron, my ex-husband. He didn’t have to stay and love me, so he didn’t. Sergei had to stay, and he resented it. And me.
I don’t blame him.
The producer looks relieved. “That’s great. I’m sure we can work around whatever you’ve got. We’ll be in touch about the rehearsal schedule. Sergei will be so happy you’re back!”
Why didn’t I realize that touring with the Hollywood Dance Off! crew would, of course, mean Sergei and I have to work together again? Because I’m a stupid idiot, that’s why.
But at least I’ll be on stage. It’s the only thing that matters.
Telling stories of resilient women, Kathryn R. Biel hails from Upstate New York where her most important role is being mom and wife to an incredibly understanding family who don’t mind fetching coffee and living in a dusty house. In addition to being Chief Home Officer and Director of Child Development of the Biel household, she works as a school-based physical therapist. She attended Boston University and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The Sage Colleges. After years of writing countless letters of medical necessity for wheelchairs, finding increasingly creative ways to encourage insurance companies to fund her client’s needs, and writing entertaining annual Christmas letters, she decided to take a shot at writing the kind of novel that she likes to read. Kathryn is the author of ten women’s fiction, romantic comedy, contemporary romance, and chick lit works, including Live for This and Made for Me. Please follow Kathryn on her website, www.kathrynrbiel.com and sign up for her newsletter at bit.ly/KRBNews.
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