To celebrate the release of my reality-TV themed mystery novel, Sink or Swim, I’ve connected with some fantastic authors whose novels revolve around the world of reality TV or television in general.
Below is a list of current bargain titles with a link to the book on Amazon. Scroll past the books to learn about our interviews with real life contestants from your favorite hit reality shows!
Sink or Swim by Stacy Juba – After starring on a hit game show set aboard a Tall Ship, personal trainer Cassidy Novak discovers that she has attracted a stalker. Can she trust Zach Gallagher, the gorgeous newspaper photographer assigned to follow her for a local series? As things heat up with the stalker and with Zach, soon Cassidy will need to call SOS for real.
Forever Since An Apple by Ken Welsch – Reality TV stardom. Garage band dreams. Through the lens of his camera, student news photographer Daniel Evart sees a world in which opportunities are evident and success is clearly defined. If only life was that simple.
Love Waltzes In (Dancing Under The Stars) by Alana Albertson – When dancing reality star Selena Marcil’s ex fiance, Marine Bret Lord, gets cast on Dancing Under the Stars, Selena must face the man she left years ago to pursue her dreams of fame.
Hollywood Confessions (Hollywood Headlines) by Gemma Halliday – When the producer of the trashiest reality shows on TV winds up murdered, reporter Allie Quick’s killer headline leads her down a deadly path.
Stand By Your Hitman (Greatest Hits Mysteries) by Leslie Langtry – Missi Bombay invents things that are a great asset to her family of assassins, but her job becomes tougher when someone sabotages the set of a wild reality show in Costa Rica.
Danger in High Heels (a humorous romantic dance mystery) (High Heels Mysteries) by Gemma Halliday – Amateur detective Maddie Springer investigates after a dancer is murdered on the set of a reality dance show and the celebrity partner becomes the prime suspect.
Paradise By The Rifle Sights (Greatest Hits) a novella by Leslie Langtry – Paris Bombay is looking for lasting love, but ends up with an assignment as the new Bachelor on a reality show and a number of inconvenient death threats.
Signs of Love by Chanta Rand – A fading R&B star resuscitates his career as the bachelor on a dating show while trying to keep an attractive IRS auditor off his back.
Video Vixen by Elaine Raco Chase – If you’re missing your favorite soap – meet the zany cast of Always Tomorrow led by Vixen Mallory! They are on a mission and Vixen is their bait!
Death by Killer Mop Doll (An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery) by Lois Winston – Crafts editor Anastasia Pollack’s stress level is maxed out when she and her fellow editors get roped into unpaid gigs for a revamped morning TV show and the producer winds up dead.
Planning for Love (Aisle Bound) by Christi Barth – Wedding planner Ivy Rhodes is not about to let a personal problem stop her from getting ahead. So when she’s asked to star in the reality TV show Planning for Love, it doesn’t matter that the show’s videographer happens to be a recent—and heartbreaking—one-night stand.
A Fine Romance (Aisle Bound) by Christi Barth – Her friend is depending on her to run a new romance store, and Mira can’t afford to let her down. Sam Lyons should probably apologize for the troubles he’s given her, but every time he sees Mira he can’t resist antagonizing her.
Friends to Lovers (Aisle Bound) by Christi Barth – The third book in the Aisle Bound series. Wedding florist Daphne Lovell gets chosen to compete in a reality television flower show that could lead to her exit from the Windy City and away from true love.
A Taste of Texas (Harlequin Super Romance) by Liz Talley – Passionate read-headed chef Rayne has been working to broker a deal with The Food Channel for a travel/cooking show. She must choose between leaving to do the show or staying in a small Texas town as sparks fly with a too-hot-to-touch contractor.
Falling for You (Crimson Romance) by Heather Thurmeier – 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.
Stuck on You (Crimson Romance) by Heather Thurmeier – If being forced to team up with reality TV’s favorite bad girl wasn’t enough, falling for her brother might just make this reality show a real nightmare.
Lost Without You (Crimson Romance)– Zoe Oliver never wanted to be on another reality TV show… until Chip Cormack made an offer too good to refuse. He’s guaranteed her a payday this time and a chance to redeem herself in America’s eyes.
Topped Chef: A Key West Food Critic Mystery by Lucy Burdette – When Key Zest food critic Hayley Snow is tapped as a judge on a reality TV cooking show, she learns that stakes are high because the winner could become the next cooking superstar. When another judge turns up murdered, she must figure out who’s taking the contest too seriously before she becomes the next victim.
The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap – an anthology from Kimberly Kincaid, Donna Kauffman and Kate Angell. Kimberly’s story has a reality TV angle and is also a sneak peek into her Pine Mountain foodie series coming up with Kensington in early 2014. One hotshot pastry chef hungry for prestige, one pragmatic baker with her business on the line, and the contest of a lifetime only one of them can win.
For Younger Readers:
Codename: Dancer (The Dani Spevak Mystery Series) by Amanda Brice – It’s like Nancy Drew in toe shoes when hit TV show Teen Celebrity Dance Off comes to the campus in this light-hearted tween mystery, a finalist for Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® Award for Best Young Adult Romance.
Instant Preplay by Karl Fields – Thirteen-year-old Logan ends up in suburban L.A. with his grandmother, where boredom and new-kid obscurity pose a hazard to his health…until he discovers the DVR attached to his television records shows before they air.
Do you know a reality fan who is also a bookworm? Then please send them a link to this post or help to spread the word on your social networks. And you know what? Even if you hate reality TV, there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy these books anyway as they represent a wide range of genres including mystery, romance, young adult, and middle grade novels, offering rich characterization and plot twists. A couple of them are about TV in general rather than reality TV, but we still thought those books were fun to include as they give a glimpse of the entertainment world behind the scenes!
Also be sure to stop by our interviews with real life reality show contestants!
Benji Schwimmer (Winner of So You Think You Can Dance)
Rory Bushfield – (Winner of Splash)
Behind the scenes of the Books4RealityTVFans promotion: Interview with author Stacy Juba on Ruby Slippered Sisterhood
Stacy’s review of Splash
Billy Garcia, Survivor: Cook Islands
Michelle Costa, Big Brother 10
Betty Fraser, Top Chef
Shawn Bakken, Beauty and the Geek
David Olsen, winner of Beauty and the Geek
Leslie Haywood, Shark Tank
Hashim Trends Locario, I Love New York
Natalie Getz, winner of Bachelor Pad
8 Tips on Trying Out for a Reality Television Show