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Panic Button by Gilbert M. Stack

Posted by Gilbert Stack on November 27, 2020 at 8:20 AM

It’s Escape for the Holidays on my Facebook author page, and today’s feature is my first published novel, written for a series called Reality Love in which each author created a romance around a Reality TV show. After giving the matter a lot of thought, I decided to turn the reality show idea on its head. In Panic Button, you aren’t voted out. The show terrorizes you into voluntarily giving up your chance at the prize money. So if you’d like to escape the pandemic for a few hours by entering a bizarre game, with a deranged host, on an isolated island, why not try Panic Button? Here’s the blurb:

Ellen Specter thought she knew what she was getting into when she won her spot on the new Reality TV show, Panic Button and a chance to win a quarter million dollars. Take a few contestants, isolate them from the rest of the world, set them a few competitions and watch the sparks fly as people forge and break alliances in a desperate attempt not to be voted out. Too bad that’s not the way things work on Panic Button—a show designed to terrorize people into freely giving up their chance at the prize money. To make matters worse the show is run by a mentally disturbed host who doesn’t seem to care how badly he has to hurt people to convince them to leave.

 

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