Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Holdout Tour Stop ~ Guest Post + Giveaway

Welcome to this stop on The Holdout Blog Tour! Thank you to Shane at IFB tours for organizing this and to Laurel for creating a great guest post for you all to read!

Check out the tour schedule here.

Before the guest post, here is some information on the book and the author featured:

Release date: September 12th 2013
Publisher: PMI Books
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:
Robin wanted to win The Holdout, a cutthroat reality TV show, so she gave it her all, challenge after challenge. Then she fell for Grant, with his irresistible eyes and heartbreaking life story.

But Grant was only using Robin as they competed for a million dollars. Once home, Robin wants to hide from the humiliation as episodes of The Holdout are aired, and she worries her family was right all along; she’s not a survivor.

Yet she could surprise everyone, and have the last laugh.

Besides, Robin now has jury duty. And as she forges ahead, confronting her demons about bravery, justice, and romance, Robin will come to decide which is more important: the courage to stand alone, or the strength to love again.

Laurel Osterkamp’s award winning novels have been hailed as funny, intelligent, snarky and poignant. She is the author of four novels and two novellas, including the November Surprise series, which, like The Holdout, features the Bricker family. Laurel was recently on a federal jury, and she loves watching Survivor.

laurel.pmibooks.com | twitter.com/laurelosterkamp

I asked Laurel to write about which reality tv shows influenced The Holdout and how. Here is her guest post about it! (My mom watching reality tv all the time, including Survivor, so I really like seeing reality tv in books.) Enjoy!

Obsessions, Survivor, and Fiction

In July of 2000 I was finishing up grad school and getting my master’s degree in education. I had also just moved in with the man who is now my husband, and I was about to start my first fulltime teaching job. In addition to all that, I was in a comedy-improv group, and we were performing a lot that summer.

So I had a lot to think about.

But do you know what I spent most of time on? Watching, reading about, and obsessing over the new reality TV show, Survivor. Sure, the show is now a dinosaur, but at that time it was the newest, shiniest object on television. And I was transfixed.

I remember going online to read the message boards about it. I was putting off writing the “thesis” I needed to complete to get my degree. This was before the internet was used for much for research, and my topic wasn’t one I was particularly crazy about - male versus female performance in math classes. (I’m an English teacher. What was I thinking?)
So every morning, my boyfriend would leave for work and I would force myself to sit in the tiny second bedroom in our new place, which we were using as an office. I would stare at my computer, and then I would log on, not to write or do research, but to visit the chat-rooms. “Just ten minutes” I would tell myself, “and then I’ll get to work.”
The chat-rooms I visited, but never commented in -  they were all had theories about who would win. There were also some spoilers that turned out to be false. After all, Gervaise DID NOT WIN. Richard did, and I still haven’t gotten over that.
So yeah, I was consumed. It was all so new, and nobody had any idea what would happen. I was totally rooting for Gretchen, because she was so strong, likeable, and competent. And as for Richard, who was such a jerk, every episode I waited for him to get voted out. But he never did.
The concept of the show fascinated me. Every week a new person was voted out, so only the strong shall survive. Right? What I didn’t realize at the time was Survivor would redefine strength, and that in reality television, what’s just is not necessarily what is right.
Now, thirteen years later, I still watch Survivor, though I have skipped a season or three. And now my eight year old son watches it with me, but he talks a lot, so I’m constantly missing important moments.
But I still like to pontificate over how I would do on the show. Probably not very well.  While my endurance and strength are okay, most of the challenges are about speed and skill, and I would be awful at those. Plus, I like to stay hydrated, and I don’t know if I could survive on the little drops of water they get out there. Still, I like to think I could play the social game, and that the group dynamics wouldn’t get the best of me.
But I know I’m never going to be on Survivor, which why I wrote The Holdout instead. It was a lot of fun to create a character who could succeed if only she’d find her inner strength – one who could kick some ass in ways I’ll never be able to. People have said my book is a romance about justice, and that’s true, I guess. But it’s also a tale of self-discovery, about what happens when we need to find our voice amidst a group of people.
Survivor is all about group dynamics, and really, so is life. And that’s where the fun comes in.
The tribe has spoken.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. This is a really nice guest post :)

    Thanks for participating!

  2. Thank you for hosting me on my tour!

  3. This is a great giveaway!!! I'm not sure what I would buy if I did win it. I jump with joy when a giveaway is open internationally!

    1. Oh, I bet. I really like it when those living outside the US get an opportunity to win something.

  4. NIce guest post! Thanks for awesome giveaway and thank you for making it open internationally! :D


Hello potential commenter! Thank you for visiting my blog! Comments always brighten my day. :) I'll try to reply as soon as I can.