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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Indulge Yourself Event with Naima Simone

Naima Simone is the author of sizzling contemporary romance and romantic suspense featuring hot alpha men and kick-ass heroines who experience the first bites of desire, the dizzying heights of passion, and the tender, healing heat of love.

She is wife to Superman, or his non-Kryptonian, less bullet proof equivalent, and mother to the most awesome kids ever. They all live in perfect, sometimes domestically-challenged bliss in the southern United States.

Top 5 Reality Show Indulgences

I have a confession.


I’m a realty TV ho. Yep. There. I said it, and I ain’t taking it back. Seriously, I am a reality TV junkie. Give me your loud, your ratchet, your weave-and-wig-snatching masses yearning to let their freak flags snap free! I love it all! My hubby doesn’t get it—but neither does he get the ID Discovery obsession, but that’s another post… But why the fascination? Honestly, I’m not sure if it’s the train wreck aspect of it. Or that I’m nosey and voyeuristic as hell. Or the unflagging curiosity to discover how far a little bit of spandex can stretch. Yeah, it could very well be all of it. Still, from Real Housewives to Black Ink Crew to Little Women, I’m hooked. The more shade the better! So, what are my absolute fave reality shows? Why, I’m so glad you asked!

1. Love and Hip Hop: There’s Love and Hip Hop New York, Atlanta, Hollywood and now, Miami. And I’m here for it all! Although the name of the show is a bit misleading. It should be Sex and I’m-On-This-Show-So-I-Can-Launch-My-Shoe-Make-Up-Or-Fashion-Lines-and-Future-Career-in-Hip Hop. That’s more accurate. I mean, look at Cardi B! One year, she’s whipping around that pole, and the next tearing up the Grammy’s stage with Bruno Mars! You can’t tell me Love and Hip Hop doesn’t change lives! But the love sit’i’ations—we need a score card and Twister board game to keep track!—rivals, cheating scandals, family feuds, fights and public battles in restaurants keep me glued and utterly fascinated.

Ratchet Level: 10+

2. 90 Day Fiancé: Ohhhh TLC, I love you. Whatever person in your head office dreamed up the premise of this show needs a humanitarian award. Seriously, it has given me so many joyful, cackle-filled, WTF-ery moments that I doubt my life would be as bright and deliriously happy without it. Now, let me make it completely clear that I see nothing wrong with the 90-day Fiancé Visa. Nothing at all. But there’s a whooooole lot wrong with the people applying for THESE Visas. It’s just a dysfunctional smorgasbord of neediness, gullibility, family tomfoolery, he/she’s-only-marrying-you-for-the-Green-Card, hot-sex-with-the-Instagram-model-has-annihilated-my-brain-cells-ness. I actually witnessed a man chase down a water buffalo for a dowry of a woman half his age. Yaaaahs!! It doesn’t get better than that!

We’re Scared for You to Walk Outside & Chew Gum at the Same Time Level: 7

3. American’s Next Top Model: “You wanna be on top?” *singing theme song* ANTM is an international phenomenon! It’s season 24, and in all the years ANTM has been on, it’s spawned versions all over the world! And I have been a loyal, faithful sycophant since season 1 when Adrianne Curry—aka Peter Brady’s ex-wife—won. Now, I readily admit that I’m living vicariously through the models with their gorgeous makeovers, beautiful—sometimes outlandish—photo shoots and amazing pictures. And I cannot lie, I love criticizing the pictures. Most of them are you-did-the-damn-thing, but others… Yikes. I also love the judges. They’re hilarious! Tyra Banks is so funny, and the parade of modeling industry professionals that have served as judges have given me laughter, life and memes. Yes, yes, yes. As long as they keep rolling out more seasons of ANTM, I’ll be there for it!

Face Beat For the Gawds Level: 10+

4. WAGS: Like Love and Hip Hop, WAGS (Wives and Girlfriends of Sports Stars) has several versions: Miami, LA and Atlanta. Doesn’t matter though. These wives, girlfriends, ex-girlfriends and wannabe girlfriends all know how to light it up! Can we first talk about the fierceness of the fashion and weaves? Then there’s the draaaaaama. Yes 6 a’s. The cattiness, backbiting, fights, cursing, shade—all while looking fabulous. I swear, it makes me PM my bestie and say, “I know we’re not a size zero, the size of our asses is the result of Big Macs instead of squats and silicon, and our husbands are more athletically-challenged than athletes, but I love you. ‘Cause I don’t have to worry about you airing my files on Instagram when we’re in a snit, throwing a $20 drink in my face in public, or you not being my friend because your other bestie decided I’m thirsty.” In a nutshell, WAGS strengthens friendships. That’s the main reason I watch. *cough*

Take Several Seats Level: 8

5: Project Runway: Again, another phenomenon! A fashion institution! Not only do we get to see the designers’ creative processes all the way through to beautiful creations week after week, but I’ve been introduced to people I wouldn’t otherwise know. Mainly because I’mma a thrift store-Old Navy-Rue 21 kinda girl. Tim Gunn, Isaac Mizrahi, Michael Kors, Zach Posen, Nina Garcia. I feel like they’re my peeps! But I have to admit, the best things about Project Runway are the hilarious quotes! Thanks to Tim, I now say flotsam and jetsam with a ton of flourish! Or how ‘bout these gems: “It's a little Shirley McClaine when she played a hooker with a heart of gold.” Or, “I feel like a pope at a sex club.” And one of my absolute faves: “She really looked like a space queen from a porno movie!” Come through, RuPaul! But the best? Can I say it? Do I have the go-ahead to say it? Make it work. Yes! Reality TV gold!

You Better Work Level: 10+

So, dish! Do you have a reality TV show guilty pleasure? Or any guilty pleasure indulgence? I’m giving away a $5 Amazon gift card to someone who shares! Open internationally!

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Boston socialite Morgan Lett is having a run of bad luck. Her fiancé just dumped her for her stepsister, the charity foundation she’s given her life to is in danger of folding, and now, the gorgeous man she bid on and won at a masquerade bachelor auction turns out to be a cold-hearted jerk…and her new employer.

Millionaire Alexander Bishop needs the best wife money can buy. In order to inherit his family business, he must get engaged—fast. And Morgan, with her beauty and pedigree, is the perfect candidate. Her sharp tongue may drive him crazy, but she needs money to save the foundation she loves, and he needs a fiancée. It’s a flawless arrangement—no strings, no love. But soon she has him craving more, and cursing the platonic terms of their agreement.

Still, he won’t allow need—no matter how hot it burns—to threaten everything he’s built.

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  1. I'm not a huge fan by my husband LOVES Survivor, Project Runway and Amazing Race. My daughter's love The Bachelor/Bachelorette.

    1. My hubby and I watched Survivor and Amazing Race for years! We've missed the last couple of seasons, though. And Project Runway is my show! And my daughter has started to watch with me too. LOL! I must admit, I watch The Bachelor and Bachelorette. Although, this season they had the LAMEST bachelor in TV history! And I'm still sulking over the last Bachelorette's pick. Why, Rachel, whhhhhyy? LOL!

  2. My reality show indulgence is Married at First Sight. I love all of the drama and always find myself way too caught up in the couples' relationships.

    1. Me, too, Michelle!! I've watched since the first season! I loooves me some Married at First Sight! The drama, the arguments, the antics, the will-they-won't-they-stay-together--LOVE! And don't sometimes you ask yourself, what in the world the experts were thinking to match some of these people up?? LOLOL!!

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    1. That might be a good thing, Mary. It's like crack! LOL! Like I just finished watching the reunion show of Love & Hip Hop. Trash TV at its best!

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    1. Oh yes!! This is a good one! I always feel like I can do a quick step or samba after watching!!

  5. I don't have any guilty pleasures

    1. Whaaaat? How did I not know this, Timitra?? Stick with me. I'll hook you up! :-D

  6. Of course! My daughter turned me into them, 😲😂
    Let's see, Black Ink, Love &Hip Hop, Vandurpump Rules, 90 Day Fiance, Real Housewives( Only the Beverly Hills),

    Oh and I love the fixer upper reality shows like Bar Rescue!

    1. You just ran through my list!!! LOLOL!! YES! These are ALL my shows! And I used to love Bar Rescue! Everything about it! The only reason I don't watch it now is because I don't know when it comes on! But the guy who does the rescues is going to be on Dr. Phil tomorrow!

  7. Confession: I don't watch TV. I've never even heard of a lot of these shows.

    1. I just clutched my pearls, Joanne!! The horror! You, me, VH-1. STAT! LMAO!!!

  8. I don't have a TV, only Netflix. And the only realty TV shows I watch are the cooking ones!

    1. I luuuuvs me some Netflix. I can let this go if you tell me you love Stranger Things... But that is your only out!

  9. I watch dancing with the stars...

  10. Ru Paul's Drag Race and the Amazing Race (but I hate the couple that won this past season!) And Zumbo's Just Desserts on Netflix!

  11. I like to watch Worst Cooks in America and I love the ID channel.