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New On The Shelf At Fiction Books This Week

Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week.

Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday, is currently ‘on tour’ and being hosted by a different blogger each month.

Your host for September 23rd 2013, is Bob over at ‘Beauty In Ruins’

So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for Bob, after all, we all like to receive them!

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!


I was first introduced to debut novelist Kathryn Biel, in an excellent ‘Guest Post’ spot she participated in, where she was talking with Naida, over at ‘The Bookworm’  Imagine my surprise then, when Kathryn contacted me out of the blue, to ask whether I would like to read and review a copy of ‘Good Intentions for myself’. Never one to pass up the opportunity to check out a new book, this is my first feature post and I am looking forward to this book getting to the top of  my reading / review pile.


Maggie Miller is about to start her life in Boston. She’s done with grad school and has a good job as a pediatric physical therapist. Maggie sees herself as plain and ordinary, nothing remarkable. She doesn’t see that surviving a horrific car accident that killed her mother and brother as anything special. She’s had bad taste in men and is jaded, and has decided to lay low while she focuses on her career. Matt Slavin is Maggie’s best friend from college. He has an atrocious girlfriend, who hates Maggie for no reason. But he also has this good friend from home. Ryan Milan is a drop-dead gorgeous young attorney who, despite significant reservations, has relocated to Boston to start his career as a prosecutor. He is good at reading the people he’s prosecuting, but cannot read women. Maggie and Ryan dance around each other, never sure of where the other stands. After months of push and pull, they finally realize that the other is actually interested. After finally getting together, they are pulled apart by Ryan’s family tragedy, and he is unable to return to Maggie. Just when Maggie thinks she does not have the strength to rebuild again, she finds she no longer has that choice. And when they’re finally reunited seven years later, Maggie’s life is barely recognizable…


Image Of Author Kathryn BielKathryn Biel was born and raised in Upstate New York.  She attended Boston University, where she received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Following college, a poor economy took her to Ohio, where she found not only a wonderful job as a physical therapist in a special education school, but the man that she would marry as well.

Although she had sworn never to return to Upstate New York, jobs and family pulled Kathryn back and she has been contentedly settled there ever since.  In the midst of raising a family, Kathryn returned to school, and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The Sage Colleges.

Kathryn continues her work as Chief Home Officer and Director of Child Development of the Biel Household, as well as holding down a few part-time gigs as a physical therapist.  With a specialty in school-based pediatrics, Kathryn can often be found writing letters of medical necessity for her students.  However, eventually those letters, as creative as they became, were no longer enough to satisfy Kathryn’s urge to write, and she set about writing her first novel,’ Good Intentions’.

Kathryn is an avid reader, although she admits that often she reads fluff rather than substance.  She hopes that her writings provide the entertainment and escape that she has received from so many others.  She has officially been bitten by the writing bug, and is hard at work on her second novel, as well as keeping up with her own personal blog.  When not working, running the kids to and fro, writing, or cleaning the house (which she admits is almost never), Kathryn also enjoys sewing, scrapbooking and dancing.

Even though publishing in any form is cool, there is something about holding a book with your name on it, with your words in it, that is very, very cool.

Kathryn has also recently entered the ‘facebook’ world, so if you are connected, then why not stop by and say hi!


I have so far resisted the urge to join the ‘facebook’ community, largely because I just don’t have the time to communicate across all of the many social media networks, although I can see the time coming when I shall be forced into making decisions and choices, or run the risk of getting left behind in the fast moving and changing technological world.

I can’t wait to discover all your own great new finds this week … so please stop by and share your link


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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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    • Hi Kathy,

      I think that at least some of the character of Maggie, is based upon the author herself, although Kathyrn’s mother is very much alive and her husband bears no resemblance to either Matt or Ryan; which is just as well, because it sounds very much to me as though one or the other, or possibly even both of them, is messing Maggie around and after all that she has been though, she simply doesn’t need any more grief or upset in her life.

      An intriguing premise and a storyline with great promise, I am looking forward to this one.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a good week.

  • Hi Yvonne. I am glad you are going to be reading Good Intentions! It does sound like a great story. I know what you mean about social media like Facebook. It’s hard to keep up with everything, but yet one does not want to be left behind. I was on Facebook, but I recently de-activated my account. There’s just not enough hours in the day for it all, and it’s very easy to get sucked into those social forums and waste too much time. For the most part I still Blog, I’m on Twitter and Instagram . Those three are enough to keep me busy…lol.
    Enjoy your Sunday.

    • Hi Naida,

      Thank you so much for featuring Kathryn on your site and getting us connected.

      ‘Good Intentions’ does sound like a good story and I am liking the character of Maggie, so long as she has the strength of character to make sure that she isn’t taken advantage of, after her horrendous ordeal. Neither of the male protagonists sound like particularly strong characters, however there is obviously a twist in the story towards the end, which Kathryn isn’t giving away in the blurb!

      I find myself wondering just how strong the blogging community is, in the face of the many social media sites, which take up so much time and bandwidth these days. I really enjoy promoting and featuring authors and their books and have found that I am now reading substantially less in the way of mainstream fiction and many more of the ‘fringe’ books, written by relatively new and aspiring authors. I just hope that the blogging world continues to support these new writers, although blogging is quite a time consuming hobby I know, but I just love it!

      Have a great week.

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      I am sure that after having had such a horrific time following the tragic deaths of two of her close family members, Maggie will enjoy having some fun moments in her relationship with Ryan. However, it seems that tragedy is never far away from the couple, even though, as the saying goes … ‘Lightning never strikes in the same place twice’ … or does it?

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate the visit.

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      ‘Teatime For The Firefly’ sounds like such an intriguing and interesting premise, that it is definitely one for my reading list.

      I shall be on the look out for your review, to see what your take on the book is.

      I hope that you enjoy the story and have a good week.

    • Hi Irene,

      As the author Kathryn Biel, is very much writing about what she knows best, I am hoping for some good descriptive narrative in the book, with a realistic and plausible plot to back up the words. I am looking forward to reading what promises to be an accomplished debut novel.

      Thanks for stopping by, your visits are always welcome and your comments always appreciated.

  • What a beautiful cover, I love it! Good Intentions sounds like a book I would really enjoy. I love reading about relationships, especially a love story waiting to happen. Throw in a tragedy and you have a whole other side to the story which would definitely keep me reading, wanting to know how everything turns out.

    Can’t wait for your review!

    • Hi Vicki,

      It sounds as though there are several complex relationships going on here, possibly a bit of a love triangle between Maggie, Matt and Ryan?

      I can’t wait to find out what has happened to Maggie’s life to make it barely recognizable when she meets Ryan again after so long apart. Is it a second tragedy, or something totally different which involves Matt in some way! My imagination is already working overtime on this one!

      I hope that you get the opportunity to read this story one day, as you are already sounding hooked on the storyline, as much as I am!

      Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

  • Thanks for the kind words. I hope you all enjoy the book. Bloggers like Yvonne and Naida are so kind as to help me spread the word about my work, which is so very important to me.

    • Hi Kathryn,

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read the comments which have been elicited by the post. It is always means so much more when an author takes a few minutes to interact with their readers.

      Have a great week and continued good luck with the book sales.

  • I could read this book, looks really interesting. I am out getting some ideas for some seasonal reads, I would recommend The Reindeer Keeper by Barbara Ward, she also has The Snowman Maker. THey are really good winter reads about Christmas and family. Worth a look at her site, barbarabriggsward.com. I am going to add this one to my TBR list right away! Great post and Thank You!

    • Hi Jerri,

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time and trouble to comment, I always appreciate it.

      ‘Good Intentions’ is definitely intriguing, especially as Kathryn has hinted at a twist to the ending, which doesn’t sound all that happy.

      I checked out your recommendations and Barbara’s website. The books sound great and her blog is captivating and so interesting, thanks for the ‘heads up’.

      Enjoy the rest of your week.

    • Hi Lainy,

      Thank you for choosing to stop by Fiction Books today. I love ‘meeting’ new people, so your visits will always be welcome and your comments always appreciated.

      I have quite eclectic tastes in reading genres and have had my horizons broadened even further, since I began blogging and taking on author and publisher review requests. I think now, that the only genre I still shy away from and don’t have the slightest inclination to try, is science fiction.

      I enjoy a good romance, be it historical or contemporary, from time to time, so I am looking forward to reading ‘Good Intentions’. Its author Kathryn Biel, is so lovely and friendly, that agreeing a review and feature posts for the book, was a ‘no brainer’ for me.

      Have a good week.

    • Hi Tracy,

      The fact that some aspects of the characater of Maggie are based on the author herself, is a good sign for the quality of the storyline, as far as I am concerned, although I do hope that Kathryn doesn’t lead quite such an eventful life as Maggie, you do wonder how one person can have so much bad luck!

      You have me intrigued to know which bits of Maggie’s character remind you of your friend. I do hope that your friend hasn’t had quite so much bad luck with her life in general and her love life in particular. If her life, like Maggie’s, is now unrecognizable from what it was, I do hope that it has changed for the better, as, I am hoping, has Maggie’s.

      It all makes my own life sound a little mundane and boring, but I rather think that I prefer it that way!

      Enjoy the rest of your week and thanks for stopping by.

    • Hi Mary,

      ‘Good Intentions’ is a debut novel from a new author, although bitten by the writing bug, Kathryn’s second novel is well underway and a third is in ‘thought mode’ right now.

      Thanks for your interest in this week’s post, I appreciate your comments.

Written by Yvonne