Sunday, September 09, 2012

Guest author: Heather Thurmeier

Today I'd like to welcome fellow Crimson Romance author HEATHER THURMEIER to my blog.
I first met Heather via #chicklitchat on Twitter and she's lovely!
Heather, over to you!

Reality TV: Why I Love It!

I’m a lover of reality TV. Always have been and probably always will be. I know there are some people out there who hate reality TV, but I think they’re crazy. Just kidding. I think you’re all wonderful! But I’ll never understand the appeal of medical or cop dramas. It’s just not my thing. It’s too dark for my evening viewing pleasure. So why do I like reality TV?

1. The drama! Oh my goodness. These contestants make drama in all shapes, sizes and forms and on every single episode. You never know what you’re going to see, but it’s always entertaining!

2. It’s lighthearted! I don’t have to worry about watching something dark and disturbing right before bed if I turn on a reality show. About as deep and dark as it gets is if an alliance member gets caught fraternizing with the opposition.

3. People watching! I’m one of those people who are always watching the way people act or talk or dress or whatever. It’s not that I’m judging them in any way. I could really care less how any one likes to be/do. But I’m always gathering little bits of information to use as reference later on. Watching a reality show is like getting to eavesdrop on people from the comfort of my own couch.

4. For the romance! I know, you’re thinking I’m talking about shows like Bachelor/Bachelorette, and I am! But I’m also talking about almost every other kind of reality TV show too. So many of them put the contestants into such close quarters for the duration of the show that they are bound to get a little… naughty… while they’re there. I mean really, how can you put a bunch of hunky men and beautiful women together into the same living environment and not expect them to hook up. It’s inevitable. And I love to see if any of those showmances will actually last because once in a while they do!

5. For the research, of course! My love for reality TV led to writing a new series of reality TV romances. Now instead of only watching the show for enjoyment, I’m also watching for research purposes… or at least that’s what I tell my husband! I take note of the contestants, the situations they put themselves in, the challenges they have to compete in and the twists and turns each show takes over the course of a season. And all just so my reality TV romances will feel authentic to my readers. It’s a tough job, but I do it for my readers… ;)

What’s your favorite reason to watch reality TV?

Happy reality TV viewing… and reading!

Heather Thurmeier
"Heather Thurmeier writes sweet, funny romances that capture your heart!" --New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Probst
"Heather Thurmeier's hunky heroes and feisty heroines will have you laughing out loud, falling in love . . . and coming back for more!" --Carly Phillips, New York Times bestselling author


Twitter: @hthurmeier

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FALLING FOR YOU is the first in my reality TV series and is now available at Amazon, B&N and iTunes.

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.


Heather Thurmeier said...

Thank you so much for having me on your blog! I'm thrilled to be hanging out with you today!!

Kristina Knight said...

what a fun premise for a book, Heather! I love reality TV, although I usually skip the dating shows...they give me the queasies! Good luck!!

Erin Richards said...

Heather, I couldn't have said it better about reasons why I love reality TV too! That's why I have your book on my TBR list. Can't wait to dig into it. Such a fun idea. Great post!

Anonymous said...

My favorite reality tv shows are the ghost hunting ones. It's my 'safe' way of investigating the paranormal without actually having to do it. tee hee I have gone to the Myrle Plantation in Louisiana. I did not see anything and the night was peaceful. The next day I was taking photo of the house. In my photo is someone looking out. Next photo no one is there. Love the interview and what a great story.

Wendy S. Marcus said...

Hi Heather!
I got the idea to write The Nurse's Not-So-Secret Scandal after watching an episode of Hoarders:Buried Alive.

I'm not much of a TV watcher. But when I do watch, there are a couple of reality TV shows I like. Say Yes to the Dress. Cake Boss. Storage Wars (believe it or not!) Pawn Stars. I don't really like shows where people go out of their way to act badly to increase ratings.

Elizabeth Meyette said...

Great post, Heather! I am not a reality tv fan, but your enthusiasm could convince me to try it! Lol I look forward to reading your book.

Heather Thurmeier said...

Hi everyone! Thanks so much for stopping by to chat with me and Nicola! I'm glad to see I'm not the only reality tv watcher, although I'm surprised I'm out numbered! You girls have no idea of all the fun your missing on Bachelor Pad. LOL

Romance, Rumours and Rogues said...

You're welcome, Heather, was great to have you pop in and visit! :)

Romance, Rumours and Rogues said...

Reality TV books are so much fun, Kristina.

I don't watch the shows myself but they always intrigue me...

Romance, Rumours and Rogues said...

Agreed Erin!

Romance, Rumours and Rogues said...

Wow Mary, I have goosebumps!

Romance, Rumours and Rogues said...

lol, same here Betty :)