Thursday, September 27, 2012

Reality Bites with Heather Thurmeier

Good morning Princess with a Pen Land!  I’m so excited to have Heather Thurmeier stop by to chat with you today.  She is a wonderful author, super gal, and one of the nicest people to have in your life.  I'm a lucky Jen.  Heather has little something to say about the “reality” of  Reality TV.  Enjoy!
Isn't she gorgeousness?  I need that necklace, Heather.

Thank you so much for having me today, Jen!! I’m thrilled to be here to chat with you and all your lovely blog followers and readers. Today I’m chatting about reality retakes!

Reality TV shows always make it seem like everything is 100% real. But are the shows really real?

I suspect it isn’t.

I’m sure “most” of the show is real, or at least real enough. However, no one in their right mind would ever decide to do some of the crazy things they do on these shows in real life. Can you imagine someone eating breakfast one day and thinking, “You know what my life is missing today? Jumping through flaming hoops over a pool in a mansion with 15 other people while I’m completely blitzed out of my mind. That sounds like fun!” But once the producers put the contestants into some kind of crazy competition, they really do have to complete it. They do have to get themselves through that hoop of fire swinging over the infinity pool.

I’m sure the fights are real too. Contestants often get more upset than they would under normal circumstances. But how could they not? They’re in a house with strangers, being put in situations they’d never normally be in, sleeping at odd hours, and spending a lot of time drinking. Those fights have to be at least partially real, don’t you think?

But what about the other stuff? What about the on-camera interviews? Those must get retakes, right? I can’t imagine that every interview goes perfectly the first time. Sometimes, the contestants must get a do over.

Now here’s a question for you, why can’t we get retakes in real life? Don’t you ever wish sometimes that you could just rewind your life a few minutes and make a different choice, have a different reaction, or not embarrass yourself in some way? Don’t you ever wish you could take back something you’ve said the instant it flies out of you mouth?

I do. I’d love a few choice retakes in life.

But alas, our lives are not reality TV… they’re just plain old reality.

No retakes allowed.

Happy reading!

~Heather Thurmeier

Thank you so much for stopping by Heather and spending time with us.  You can check out more below and don’t forget to pick up her book, Falling for You!  I’m off to the beach with one of my besties for the weekend.  It is some much needed R&R girl time, where no Happy Meals will be allowed.  Have a wonderful weekend!
Bless and be blessed,

"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, Lost without You ~ Coming Soon!

Falling for You Blurb:

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.

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Author Bio:

Heather Thurmeier is a lover of strawberry margaritas, a hater of spiders, and a reality TV junkie. Her passion is contemporary romance—writing stories filled with laugh out loud moments, uber-hunky heroes, feisty heroines, and always a happily ever after. You can find out more about Heather's books by visiting her blog:


  1. Thanks so much for having me today Jen!! And thanks for all the sweet compliments too. You're too much. I'm a lucky Heather. ;)

  2. Certainly scripted. Worse than really bad improv. Ew.

  3. I agree - I think a lot more of the show is "scripted" than we think. Still fun to watch, though!
    Thanks for a wonderful post.
    Enjoy your weekend.