Happy February – official (according to me) KissingBooks month! And welcome to what I hope will be another annual giveaway series, much like the Christmas Reads series I do each November/December. This LOVE STORIES giveaway series is thusly named for two reasons – first, because I love stories and second, because I love Love Stories.
Throughout the entire month of February, I’ll be spotlighting swoony Christian fiction & ‘clean read’ romances. Three cheers for KissingBooks!!! So… grab a fan or two, your trusty fainting couch, and maybe a freezer just to be safe and start making your KissingBooks tbr list! Oh… and did I mention there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)
Today features Reality Show Romance by Shannon Kent & one of the author’s more memorable Valentine’s Days.
REALITY SHOW ROMANCE
SERIES: My Korean Crush #4
GENRE: Contemporary Romance (clean)
RELEASE DATE: January 23, 2019
‘Til the end of the show do us part
Letty McDonnell—a hug first and ask questions later kind of gal—stumbles into an unexpected scandal with her favorite K-pop star when she spots him at the airport. Is it bad timing or a blessing in disguise? The international publicity leads to a job offer from the reality show Marry My Stalker, where the two pretend to be man and wife as they complete a variety of crazy couple missions.
Wacky challenges, jealous fangirls, and a language barrier can’t slow Letty down. Especially when she has handsome translator, Ben Park, whispering in her ear. He steers her away from cultural faux pas and offers behind-the-scenes encouragement as she maneuvers the unfamiliar public arena. But is he sincerely interested or just doing his job? The affectionate words her fake husband says for the cameras are always repeated by Ben’s caring voice, and Letty begins to wonder if a romance without spotlights or red carpets is the real path to true love.
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a memorable valentine’s day
by Shannon Kent, author of Reality Show Romance
What do you think of when you hear the words February 14th? Candy hearts and long-stemmed roses? Or flashing lights and psychological torment? I wish my Valentine memories only included the sweets and flowers, but … there’s always a “but”.
In 2014, an unexplained fainting episode made my doctor order a round of tests to sniff out the cause, and a humorless appointment maker scheduled my EEG for Valentine’s Day. What exactly was an EEG? The unfamiliar initials gave no clue to the trial that awaited. While other women prepared for an evening out with boyfriends or husbands, the technicians drew on my face and taped wires to my head. Per the preparation instructions, I was running on maybe three hours of sleep. I guess they liked their victims slaphappy. Sitting me in a recliner, they positioned strobe lights a few inches from my face and the horror show began. The bursts grew brighter and faster over time. What kind of mad scientist came up with this test? Could it be any crueler?
The staff’s next instructions? Breathe only through my mouth. We all know panic can lead to hyperventilating, but it also works in reverse. The more I huffed and puffed, the crazier I felt. Was I losing my mind? Someone make this torture stop! Perhaps in an attempt to encourage me, I was informed that I was halfway through already. Only halfway! I clawed onto my sanity by reciting Psalm 23 in my head. “The Lord is my shepherd …”
Lights. Breathe. Panic.
Lights. Breathe. Panic.
The vicious cycle continued. Why were they trying to break me? I felt like the captive heroine in an action flick. All that was missing were the Russian accents. What was it? The combination to my garage? My social security number? Grandma’s cranberry salad recipe? Just tell me what you want!
I’ll skip to the happy ending where the results were normal, and I didn’t need psychiatric counseling when it was over. But there was a plus to that awful day.
Admit it, Ladies. We don’t always get the red carpet treatment we hope for on a date. But a guy would have to sink awfully low to reach the basement level of February 14, 2014. No matter how disappointing my Valentine’s Days might be in the future, I can always tell myself:
“At least I don’t have wires taped to my head.”
Shannon Kent is offering a print copy of Reality Show Romance + samples of her fave Korean skincare brand, including a lip sleeping mask (it’s like a lip gloss) to help lips be kissably soft for Valentine’s Day! (US only) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What interests you most about Reality Show Romance? What’s been one of your most memorable Valentine’s Days?