Editor’s Note: Now that these posts have all been published, you’ll find clickable links below to each installment in the series. Enjoy!
If you enjoy reality shows, or have ever wondered what it’s like to get famous from one, then you’re in for a special treat. I am hosting Reality Show Rundown Month on my blog in June and will be featuring my interviews with former contestants from the shows Survivor, Top Chef, Beauty and the Geek, Shark Tank, Bachelor Pad, I Love New York and Big Brother. What was the best part about being on the show? The hardest part? Did being in the spotlight help the contestants to advance their career goals? Would they recommend the reality show experience? How do you handle being on TV after tragedy strikes in your real life? They’ll tell you all of that and more, and quite candidly. The schedule is as follows:
1. Billy Garcia, Survivor: Cook Islands – June 1
2. Michelle Costa, Big Brother 10 – June 2
3. Betty Fraser, Top Chef – June 3
4. Shawn Bakken, Beauty and the Geek – June 7
5. Walking the Plank Excerpt from Sink or Swim – June 8
6. David Olsen, winner of Beauty and the Geek - June 9
7. Leslie Haywood, Shark Tank - June 13
8. Hashim Trends Locario, I Love New York – June 15
9. Losing the Reality Show – Excerpt 2 from Sink or Swim – June 18
10. Natalie Getz, winner of Bachelor Pad - June 20
11. 8 Tips on Trying Out for a Reality Television Show - June 22
I’m hosting this month because my new mystery suspense novel Sink or Swim has a reality show theme. You don’t need to be a reality show fan to enjoy the book, which is a cross between a cozy mystery and a romantic suspense novel, but if you do like reality shows, then you’ll get a kick out of the premise. How do you change the channel when reality TV turns to murder? After starring on a hit game show set aboard a Tall Ship, personal trainer Cassidy Novak discovers that she has attracted a stalker. Soon, she will need to call SOS for real. The book has been endorsed by Stephenie LaGrossa, fan favorite Survivor: Palau, Guatemala, Heroes vs. Villains; Michelle Costa of Big Brother 10; and Shawne Morgan of The Amazing Race 16 and is available in multiple bargain e-book formats.
Bargain e-book versions available from:
Barnes & Noble (Nook)
Sony Reader Store
All Romance Ebooks
Also available as part of the Young Ladies of Mystery Boxed Set.
My heroine Cassidy Novak is fictitious, but the above reality show personalities are flesh and blood. Don’t miss their informative and entertaining interviews about what it’s like to be a reality show star. As a former reporter for magazines and newspapers, I had a great time doing these interviews. If this series was appearing in a newspaper, it would be called a “package” because of all the different parts.
If you have a moment, please check out the Sink or Swim book trailer below, set to the song Every Breath You Take, to kick off the festivities.