Author Guest Post
Do you watch reality TV? I do and I’m not afraid to admit how much I love it! I can’t help it. Reality TV shows are just so… awesomesauce! ;)
But one thing I always wonder about is whether or not the contestants I see on the shows are being their genuine selves or are they ‘playing the part’ of the contestant they think viewers wants to watch. It’s hard to tell since we don’t know these people in their real lives. And honestly, the show that we see may be edited together in a way to make a contestant sound or look a certain way. But regardless of editing, the contestant still says and does the things that get edited together for the show, right?
So are the people on the shows really real or are they playing up some angle for the cameras? Are they playing the villain because viewers usually like the villain to stick around for drama? Are they playing the good girl and trying to be friends with everyone to win votes from the other contestants or viewers? What do you think?
In my book Falling for You, my characters are pretty true to their real selves. They don’t try to become some other character when the cameras are rolling versus when the cameras are turned off. Of course that doesn’t mean they are 100% authentic at every moment. But neither are we in our normal lives. Cassidy tries her best to contain her clumsiness and acts more confident that she actually is. But I don’t think that means she’s playing a character or acting a part. I think that means she’s human, just like us. She wants to put her best foot forward and do the best she can in an uncomfortable situation…and what situation is more uncomfortable then being forced to date your ex-boyfriend on national television while falling in love with the cameraman assigned to follow you around 27/4? I think Cassidy handles it all very well given the circumstances!
Have you ever had to push yourself to be something you’re not normally because of a situation you’ve found yourself in? I’d love to hear about it!
Thank you so much for having me on your blog today!!
About The Author
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Publisher: Crimson Romance
Publication Date: August 20, 2012
Format: Paperback - 244 pages / Kindle - 403 KB / Nook - 394 KB
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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AUTHOR WEBSITE: REALITY TV TRILOGY
Falling for You - book 1 (available now!)
Stuck on You - book 2 (available February 11, 2013)
Lost without You - book 3 (available July 1, 2013)
"Heather Thurmeier's hunky heroes and feisty heroines will have you laughing out loud, falling in love ... and coming back for more!" ~ Carly Phillips, NY Times Bestselling Author
"Heather Thurmeier writes sweet, funny romances that capture your heart!" --NYT and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Probst
Love and Lattes, Love on Landing, Love or Luxury, Bunny Hills and Bikinis, Falling for You ~ Available now! Stuck on You and Lost without You ~ Coming Soon!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
Newly single Cassidy Quinn is thrilled to be a contestant on the new reality dating show, The One.
But her excitement turns to horror when the gorgeous bachelor turns out to be her ex-boyfriend. Seeing Brad again makes Cassidy realize she might not be as “over him” as she thought—and then she meets hunky cameraman Evan Burke.
After watching his brother lose his wife in a tragic accident, Evan vows never to fall in love. But following Cassidy around as her personal cameraman makes him question his decision, and resisting her gets harder with every sunbathing, bikini-wearing day.
Cassidy and Evan begin a forbidden affair while her ex-boyfriend tries to win her heart back one groping, awkward moment at a time. If Cassidy can manage to stop falling off horses (literally), stop falling onto her ex-boyfriend, the bachelor (yes, literally), and stop falling in love with backstage playboy Evan, she might still make it through the show without becoming a tabloid sensation.
But soon Cassidy must choose between the ex who broke her heart and the cameraman who might never love her back. For Cassidy, this reality show just got real.
My Book Review:
Are you a fan of Reality TV shows? Are you addicted to the dating reality shows The Bachelor and The Bachelorette? If you are a fan (even if you are a secret closet fan ... shhh ... I won't tell anyone!), then author Heather Thurmeier's first book in the Reality TV Trilogy, Falling for You is a must read!
It has been six months since twenty-eight year old New York banquet manager Cassidy Quinn's ex-boyfriend Brad trampled her heart and left New York for California. So when her meddling little sister Keira signed her up to be a contestant on the new reality dating show, The One, she was ready for a new adventure. Cassidy may have been ready to find love, but she didn't count on the Bachelor being her ex-boyfriend Brad! And if that isn't bad enough, Cassidy is attracted to her personal cameraman, Evan Burke, who is professionally off-limits.
Evan has witnessed his brother tragically losing his wife, and has vowed never to fall in love. But when he sees Cassidy, the attraction is mutual even though he tries to resist her charms.
Evan and Cassidy engage in a forbidden behind the scenes affair, but things get complicated when Brad throws his hat in the ring and tries to win back Cassidy's heart. What's a girl to do when she's falling in love and has two men vying for her attention?
Falling for You is a sassy behind the scenes look into the Reality TV dating shows. Written in the third person narrative, author Heather Thurmeier weaves a humorous tale of finding love on a Reality TV dating show with a mixture of drama, showmance and enough twists and turns that keeps the reader thoroughly entertained. This fast-paced story will keep you in stitches as Cassidy stumbles her way through the challenges on and off the show in order to find her Mr. Right. If you are a fan of reality dating shows, this story will simply draw you in just like the TV shows do!
The author transports the reader into the world of reality dating shows with an eclectic cast of characters who are realistic, flawed and just plain fun to get to know. Cassidy is a down-to-earth, klutzy but lovable girl who you can't help but embrace. Try stepping into her shoes and see how hard it is to decide which man you would choose to give your heart to! Evan is simply irresistible, emotional baggage and all! This hunky man had my vote, it was so much fun following how their attraction unfolds behind the scenes. Then there is Cassidy's ex-boyfriend and Bachelor, Brad. I was not a fan of this guy, he's a player that really isn't into finding true love, and I found myself frowning at his feeble attempts to win back Cassidy's heart. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the catty contestant Zoe. You know that every reality dating show has one (or more) of these types of women as a contestant, and I have to admit that I was thoroughly entertained by her antics. With a great cast of characters; quirky dialogue and interactions; and an entertaining romantic comedy storyline, Falling for You is one heck of fun read that will leave you satisfied!
Falling for You is the first book in the Reality TV Trilogy. This story will draw you and get you hooked on the drama just like the reality TV dating shows do. It will also keep you in suspense waiting to see what will happen in the next two books in the series!
RATING: 4 STARS ****