Romantic Comedy Author Tawna Fenske Has a Bad Habit To Share
I have a confession. It’s something my girlfriends hate about me, and I’ve even been known to fib about it once or twice.
Each season, I seek out spoilers for The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.
It’s not tough to do, and Reality Steve (the best-known Bachelor spoiler in the biz) has called out the show’s pivotal plot points and finalists with startling accuracy for many years.
Almost as many years as I’ve been watching the show, which I’m not ashamed to admit is A LOT.
Whenever the show is on, I gather with a devoted group of girlfriends to drink wine, eat good food, drink wine, gossip, drink wine, and tune in to see what crazy choices the Bachelor or Bachelorette has made that week.
Did I mention the wine?
My love of The Bachelor, coupled with my fondness for self-help books, is part of what led me to write my newest romantic comedy, At the Heart of It.
It’s the story of Kate, a talented producer who lands her dream gig running a reality TV show starring her self-help idol, Dr. Viv. But Kate gets a huge shock when superhot book nerd, Jonah (a guy with whom Kate had one amazing date) arrives on set with ties to the storyline that end up making him a reluctant participant in the show. As the cameras start rolling, everyone has secrets to hide—especially the kind that can break hearts.
But back to the spoilers.
I don’t know what makes me so desperate to know how the show ends, but it’s become an addiction of sorts. Some seasons I swear I won’t do it, only to find myself sneaking peeks at the online spoilers.
Here’s the funny thing, though—this last season, Rachel’s season of The Bachelorette? I didn’t look. I sat on my hands and forced myself not to seek out even one, teeny-tiny little spoiler.
It was tough, guys.
But I did it, and you know what? The finale gutted me.
I won’t lie, when Rachel told Peter goodbye and chose Bryan instead, I may have screamed at the television. I even got a bit sniffly at the reunion show when it was so clear something still simmered beneath the surface for Peter and Rachel.
In a way, it was a good experiment for a romance author. Yes, readers can assume with relative certainty that the hero and heroine will wind up together at the end of the book. But how they get there—that crazy, complex, hilarious, heartbreaking journey (to use a phrase from The Bachelor)—that’s what leaves you invested in the story.
And when the ending takes you by surprise, at least in some small way, that’s a powerful thing.
I don’t know what that means for my future viewing of The Bachelor, nor will I give out any spoilers for At the Heart of It (you’ll just have to read it!)
But I do know I’m ready for more wine.
How about you, dear readers? Not the wine, but the spoilers. Do you read the ends of books? Do you look for spoilers of your favorite shows, or do you prefer to be surprised? Please comment and let me know!
At the Heart of It
Love doesn’t stick to the script in this witty romance from USA Today bestselling author Tawna Fenske.
TV producer Kate Geary is in unscripted heaven. She’s piloting a reality series featuring her favorite self-help guru, Dr. Vivienne Brandt. The Dr. Viv—whose nuggets of wisdom helped Kate get through some of her toughest times. Thanks to Dr. Viv, Kate is almost on the verge of figuring everything out. That is, until Jonah Porter, the superhot book nerd Kate just spent an amazing date with, appears at the show’s first meeting.
Jonah did not want to get reeled into a world filled with invasive crews, pushy network execs, and over-the-top drama, but a connection to the story leaves him no choice. Fortunately, Kate—hot, smart, and funny—helps make it bearable. Now they’re both on the verge of violating their contracts as they find themselves sneaking around off set. But the cameras have a way of finding out everyone’s secrets…especially the ones that can break hearts.
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Tawna Fenske writes humorous fiction, risqué romance, and heartwarming love stories with a quirky twist. She traveled a career path that took her from newspaper reporter to English teacher in Venezuela to marketing geek to PR manager for her city's tourism bureau. An avid globetrotter and social media fiend, Tawna is the author of the popular blog, Don't Pet Me, I'm Writing, and a member of Romance Writers of America. She lives with her husband in Bend, Oregon, where she'll invent any excuse to hike, bike, snowshoe, float the river, or sip wine on her back deck.
Tawna has published several romantic comedies with Sourcebooks, including Making Waves, which was nominated for contemporary romance of the year by RT Book Reviews. She also writes interactive fiction capers for Coliloquy and the steamy, heartwarming Front and Center series for Entangled Publishing. Tawna's quirky brand of comedy and romance has won praises from Kirkus Reviews, which noted, "Up-and-coming romance author Fenske sets up impeccable internal and external conflict and sizzling sexual tension for a poignant love story between two engaging characters, then infuses it with witty dialogue and lively humor. An appealing blend of lighthearted fun and emotional tenderness."