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FALLOUT GIRL: Hollywood Lights Series #5
Modern, fresh, and entirely credible, Fallout Girl is a love story wrapped inside a heart-rending struggle for personal freedom.” —Sonja Yoerg, author of All the Best People and Middle of Somewhere
“A dangerous, sexy, motorcycle ride of a story, which pulls off the feat of being both humorous and heartbreaking at the same time. Pryal brings us a strong, yet vulnerable heroine, and doesn’t shy away from the darker side of mental illness. You’ll be racing through the pages and rooting for Miranda the whole way.” —Sandra Block, author of the Zoe Goldman series
“Pryal weaves a compelling story of friendship, family, and love with a honest look at mental illness that doesn’t shy away from the painful realities so often hidden beneath the surface.” —Susan Bishop Crispell, author of The Secret Ingredient of Wishes and Dreaming in Chocolate
Family, deadly secrets, and a woman on the run in L.A.
The day she buries her mother, Miranda George jumps on a plane from North Carolina, telling no one where she’s heading. She wants to disappear and start over. She arrives on the Los Angeles doorstep of college friend Daphne Saito, and even though Miranda hasn’t seen Daphne in years, Daphne welcomes Miranda into her home and her makeshift L.A. family.
The problem is, Miranda is on the run from family. All family. Family, in Miranda’s experience, can get you killed.
Miranda takes off again, but this time her plan is much more sinister. She certainly doesn’t expect her friends to track her down. When they bring her back from the edge, the question remains: will Miranda be able to save herself and her newfound friendships? Or will she remain strangled by the past?
Blue Crow Books, 2018
Entanglement: Hollywood Lights Series #1
“Equal parts heartbreaking and heartening, Entanglement shines a light on the interior lives of two flawed and fascinating women.” —Camille Pagán, author of Woman Last Seen in her Thirties
“Pryal deftly portrays relationships that are under the magnifying glass, obsessive and dysfunctional, while still capturing the complexity and love of those intense early twenties friendships.” —Kate Moretti, New York Times bestselling author of The Blackbird Season
“Entanglement is an evocative story of enduring friendship, rivalry, and the ties that bind. A heartfelt, fabulous novel!” —Diane Haeger, award-winning author of Courtesan and The Secret Bride
Best friends with troubled pasts escape to Los Angeles, finding danger along the path to redemption.
Awkward Greta, the fiercely intelligent daughter of a philandering physics professor, doesn’t relate to people nearly as well as she relates to facts and figures. While Greta gets quarks and string theory, she hasn’t a clue where men are concerned—which is exactly why she doesn’t see it coming when someone tries to kill her.
Greta moves to Los Angeles after college to join her best friend Daphne Saito. Charismatic Daphne teaches Greta how to wear stilettos, apply lip gloss, and navigate Hollywood nightlife. Daphne is determined to succeed, and drags an unwilling Greta into the limelight with her.
One night Daphne takes her Hollywood ambitions a step too far, and her actions push Greta into the path of danger. Can their friendship—and Greta—survive?
Blue Crow Books, 2017 (First published Velvet Morning Press, 2015)
Love and Entropy: Hollywood Lights Series #2
“Poignant and thoroughly entertaining, this is a novella you won’t be able to walk away from … And you’ll think about long after the last page. Fantastic read!” —Kristy Woodson Harvey, author of Dear Carolina and Lies and Other Acts of Love
“Love and Entropy is utterly captivating … an intriguing novella of newfound friendship and youth. Katie Rose Guest Pryal writes with a rare understanding about the complexity of new adulthood and what it means to be a true friend.” —Tina Ann Forkner, award-winning author of Waking Up Joy and The Real Thing
In this fast-paced new adult novella, a tension-filled weekend at a lake house will change the lives of two unlikely friends forever.
One hot North Carolina summer, Daphne Saito and her boyfriend, Sutton, encounter awkward physics geek Greta Donovan, a fellow college student at elite Cameron University. But while Daphne sees Greta as someone worth befriending, Sutton’s motives are far from pure. A romantic spark and a cruel joke send Greta and Daphne’s new friendship into a tailspin over a weekend that will either end in betrayal or redemption.
A retelling of Shaw’s classic Pygmalion (which also inspired My Fair Lady), and filled with unexpected heroism, Love and Entropy reveals what can happen when we let our vision of what others should be cloud our vision of who they are.
Blue Crow Books, 2017 (First published Velvet Morning Press, 2015)
Chasing Chaos: Hollywood Lights Series #3
“Pryal pierces L.A.’s film industry veneer to find complex and relatable characters and then winches the ties between them, pulling the reader right into the fray. The result is as psychologically astute as it is engaging.” —Kathryn Craft, award-winning author of The Far End of Happy
In this suspenseful follow-up to Entanglement, love, friendship, and betrayal create chaos in glamorous, yet often vicious, Hollywood.
Daphne Saito is a beautiful and talented Hollywood screenwriter with a seemingly perfect life. Yet her troubled past threatens to unleash chaos at any moment.
Daphne has wandered from one meaningless relationship to the next, afraid to love. Harm has always come to those around her. While planning the Hollywood wedding of her best friend, she meets Marlon and lets her guard down. Daphne feels hope for the first time in years.
But on the night of the wedding, an unstable ex-boyfriend plans revenge and an enigmatic woman from Daphne’s past arrives with a vendetta of her own. Danger is on the horizon for those close to Daphne—and for her.
Blue Crow Books, 2017 (First published Velvet Morning Press 2016)
HOW TO STAY: Hollywood Lights Series #4
“Engaging characters lead the reader through a poignant and layered narrative about the universal desire for something so elusive—a safe place to fall. Make no mistake, this novella contains a tremendous amount of depth and insight in its condensed pages. You’ll be left wanting more of the Hollywood Lights series as soon as the last page is turned!” —Amy Impellizzeri, award-winning author of Lemongrass Hope and Secrets of Worry Dolls
“How To Stay is an intelligent romance. The central tension isn’t whether the girl will get the guy, it’s whether she will let herself–something all readers can relate to and enjoy.” —Brandi Megan Granett, author of Triple Love Score
“A quick paced, smart, and romantic read.” —Karissa Laurel, author of the Norse Trilogy
A princess, a pauper, and a dog…
From the outside, it might seem like Miranda George has the perfect life—a wealthy family, a great education, a good paralegal job after college in her parents’ law firm. But all is not what it seems. When she’s assigned to Matthias Pino, the newest hire of The George Law Firm, she believes that he’ll be just like any other baby lawyer her parents have hired over the years: narcissistic, self-satisfied, and vain.
When Matthias Pino meets Miranda George, the princess of Winston-Salem, he doesn’t try to wine and dine her. Instead, he shows her where he grew up, in the trailer parks outside of Winston-Salem. He takes her to his brother’s dog rescue farm instead of to a fancy brunch. If she’s going to choose him, he wants her to choose the real him.
But when a family nightmare threatens to drag them apart, Matthias learns that Miranda isn’t nearly as tough as she seems, and Miranda learns that the hardest thing to do is to—quite simply—stay.
Blue Crow Books, 2017
NICE WHEELS: A Novelette
Does true love ever come around twice?
Barbara, a medical resident, lost her Air Force pilot husband when his plane was shot down by enemy fire in Afghanistan. She wonders if she will ever love again, or even feel warm again. She focuses on her work as a dermatologist, and her friendship with a pilot in her dead husband’s unit.
When Chris, a fellow resident at the hospital, sets his sights her Barbara, she freezes him out. But Chris isn’t easily deterred. Will Barbara’s fear keep them apart? Or will Chris be the one to break down Barbara’s barriers?
For Book Clubs
Are you in a book club? Interested in reading one of my books? Download a book club reading guide for Entanglement: A Hollywood Lights Novel. If your club is reading one of my novels, I’ll happily visit your club—in person if you are nearby or via Video Conference if you are not.
May 7, 2018: FALLOUT GIRL: A Hollywood Lights Novel, RELEASE DAY!
Jan 22, 2018: FALLOUT GIRL: A Hollywood Lights Novel, COVER REVEAL on Traveling with T Blog.
February 7, 2018: Author Event at Regulator Books in Durham with Barbara Claypole White and Katharine Ashe.
September 12, 2017: HOW TO STAY: A Hollywood Lights Novella, RELEASE DAY!
June 6, 2017: HOW TO STAY, Hollywood Lights #4 RELEASE, in Box Set “Dog Eared Love.” (Will release again as standalone book later in 2017.)
Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 7pm: Book signing at Barnes and Noble, Greensboro, N.C., with fellow author Lauren Faulkenberry.
Monday, June 6, 2016: CHASING CHAOS Release.
Saturday, April 30, 2016: Friends of Southern Methodist University, Tables of Content Dinner, “Haute Young Author.”
Monday, April 25, 2016: CHASING CHAOS available for pre-order.
April 1-30: CHASING CHAOS available to reviewers via Netgalley.
January 28, 2016: CHASING CHAOS Cover Reveal on the Tall Poppy Writers blog, TallPoppies.org.
December 16, 2015: Talk and book signing at the O’Henry Women’s Club, Greensboro, NC, 11:30am.
September 17, 2015: Bull’s Head Bookshop, Chapel Hill, NC, 3:30pm. ENTANGLEMENT reading/signing.
September 15, 2015: ENTANGLEMENT Twitter Chat, hosted by book blogger Tamara Welch of Traveling with T, 1pm. Hashtag #vmpbooks.
September 9, 2015: “Marketing Your Book” panel talk delivered on behalf of the Nonfiction Authors Association at Regulator Books in Durham.
June 23, 2015: Barnes and Noble, Greensboro, NC, 7pm. ENTANGLEMENT reading/signing with fellow author Kristy Harvey.
June 5, 2015: ENTANGLEMENT release!