Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Guest post by Nicole Helm + Giveaway

Please give a warm welcome to Nicole Helm, Entangled Indulgence debut author, who stops by to tell us a bit more about her brand new release: Seven-Night StandSeven-Night Stand's heroine works in reality TV. So I was curious to hear more about Nicole's relationship with it: how did inspiration strike? Does she enjoy watching reality TV shows? And most importantly why did she think this would make a great setting for a contemporary romance? So read on to hear what Nicole had to say and you could even win a copy of Seven-Night Stand.

I love TV. I always have. I love a good story, and TV tells a story just like a book or a movie does, only it keeps going week after week. I don't have to leave my favorite characters until the final episode (or, if I was watching a soap, until they're killed off).

To me, reality TV really isn't that much different than a sitcom or drama. We know they're scripted, so it's just like another recurring story. Even the reality competition shows are like their own story. The way something is filmed can create a villain or someone to root for or a whole lot of drama.

Still despite all my love of TV, when I set out to write Seven-Night Stand, it wasn't to pay homage to reality TV. Inspiration struck from an actual event.

My grandpa runs a small private airport (which is why you'll see a lot of airport stories from me in the next year). A few years ago someone called him with the idea of doing a television show about his business. It never went much farther than that. A few years later, I saw a writing contest for a 1,000 word start to a category romance that had to include a man and a plane. I'd already written a romance centered around an airport based on my grandpa's, but it didn't fit. The reality show idea, though, did, so I set about creating my own airport and the reality TV show that would be the story's conflict

Though Vivvy works in reality TV, none of this book actually takes place with a show being filmed. It's all about Vivvy scouting out an idea for a possible show concept. I thought that would be kind of an interesting angle for a backdrop because, at least for me, I don't really think about how a TV show comes to be.

And what better conflict for two contemporary characters than business versus business? Both characters love their jobs and for Vivvy to keep hers, she needs a hit show idea. For Nate to keep his business from becoming the butt of a joke, he needs to keep his dysfunctional family off TV.

Then love has to come along and mess everything up. Ain't it always the way?

I grew up with my nose in a book and a dream of becoming a writer. Luckily, after a few failed career choices, a husband, and two kids, I get to pursue that dream.

I write down-to-earth contemporary romance over the backdrop of America’s flyover states for Entangled Indulgence and Samhain Publishing.

I live in Missouri with my husband and two young sons, and write my novels one baby’s nap at a time. I’m slightly (okay, totally) addicted to Twitter (nicolethelm), the St. Louis Cardinals, and someday owning a barn.

You can connect with me at my WebsiteBlog / Twitter / Facebook

Reality TV scout Vivvy Marsh loves her job, but she'll lose it if she doesn’t find a hit. When she’s sent to Kansas to scout a show, it looks like a bust...until she meets sexy pilot, Nate Harrington. His family would make the perfect show to save her career.

Nate can’t deny his attraction to Vivvy, but no way can he let this show take off. The Harrington family is riddled with secrets, and she wants it all out in the open. For the next seven days, he’s going to stop at nothing to keep her out of his family's business, even if it means keeping her distracted in his bedroom.


Entangled Publishing has generously offered an ebook copy of Seven-Night Stand to a lucky commenter!

To be entered just leave a comment and tell us: do you like and watch reality TV or is it something you steer clear of? And by what kind of reality show would you be tempted to watch?

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 8 March 2013!

Good Luck!

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