Guest Post — Jennie Marts

Welcome to the Blog, Jennie Marts, good friend and fellow Coloradan. Everyone here at Through Heart-Shaped Glasses knows what September and the fall means…TELEVISION! Jennie’s here to give us her scoop on how tv works out for her. 😀


Tales of a Television Show Hoarder

By Jennie Marts

Fall is in the air, which means an end to lazy summer days filled with reading books and eating popsicles and a start to crisp, cool days, getting out our favorite sweaters, cuddling under blankets to read, and eating everything pumpkin, from our bread to our lattes. It is also the time to clean out the DVR and get excited for all of our favorite premieres.

I don’t know about you, but my DVR is always at about 80% full, yet I complain that I never have anything to watch. I think I am a bit of a television-show Hoarder.

This fall, as I prepared to record my favorite reality TV show, Survivor (die-hard fan! Haven’t ever missed an episode!), I realized that I never watched the final three American Idols and I never heard who the winner was all summer. That told me I could probably stand to miss those last three episodes. But I was behind nine Glees and couldn’t bear to lose any of those because they had Cory in them (so sad). But you really have to be in the mood to watch Glee.

I record every Modern Family because that shows makes me snort-laugh and then I don’t delete them because I tell myself I will watch them again. (I don’t). I always have a few Ellens in there if I saw she had a celebrity guest that I loved (I had saved a show with Philip Philips-love him! And I love those spots with Sophia Grace and Rosie-those little girls kill me!)

My favorite show is Hart of Dixie so I try to keep several of those on my DVR. I don’t want to watch them too fast because then I would run out. They are best savored, when you have time to just sit down and enjoy watching Wade…er, I mean…the antics of the town of Bluebell.

Like cleaning out those closets and tossing the clothes you never wear, I sucked it up and made some room in the DVR (in reality, I also did a marathon run of trying to watch every show in my list in one afternoon!) So many new and exciting shows to start filling up my list with again. I never miss a Parenthood and as a writer, I ADORE watching Castle! And The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones can’t get here fast enough!

Soon my DVR will be back to 85% capacity, full of exciting shows to watch. And you will most likely find me in my favorite spot, curled under a blanket with my golden retriever, Cooper, in the corner of the sofa, an icy cold Diet Coke and a bowl of Cheetos on the end table, with my head buried in a book, the television and my list of hoarded shows forgotten, as I lose myself in the magic of a story.

Now it’s your turn, tell me what show is filling up your DVR or that you are most excited to have come back this Fall. I am giving away a Kindle copy of my romantic comedy, Another Saturday and I Ain’t Got No Body, to a random commenter. It is the first in the Pleasant Valley Page Turners series and the second book is due out later this fall.

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Jen Profile PicJennie Marts has been dreaming about writing a novel since she was in fifth grade and self-published her first Nancy Drew style mystery to a small readership of family, teachers, and two friends.

She lives in Colorado with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. Tucker, her golden retriever, was the inspiration for the dog, Beau, in this story.

Jennie enjoys being a member of (RWA) Romance Writers of America, the Pikes Peak Chapter of RWA, and Pikes Peak Writers.

JennieMarts_AnotherSaturdayNight_200-COVERJennie spends her spare time playing volleyball and reading and believes you can’t have too many books, shoes or friends.

Jennie loves to hear from readers. Visit her website at , follow her on Facebook at Jennie Marts Books , or Twitter at @JennieMarts.


Sunny’s not sure she’s even looking for Mr. Maybe, when her friends decide to find her Mr. Right.

Sunny Vale considers herself a dog-loving, romance-reading, homebody. But her life goes from dull to deadly when her book club fires her from her own love life and sets her up on six blind dates- one of whom might be with a murderer. More trouble arrives in the dead of night, in the form of Jake Landon, a mysterious stranger, who breaks into her neighbor’s house and possibly her heart. But Jake is packing more than a loaded gun in his well-fitting Levi’s. He brings an arsenal of secrets and plenty of heat to Sunny’s ho-hum summer.

Jake Landon finds himself caught up in the capers of the sexy blonde in the house next door. But he has his own agenda which doesn’t involve playing hero to a curvy second-grade teacher and babysitting her panty-puking puppy. He’s got other problems like fiery explosions, a missing person…and a parade of jerks Sunny insists on dating.

Could Sunny’s Mr. Right be right under her nose? Even though Jake is gorgeous, likes her dog, and has abs she can crack an egg on, can she really go out with him if he’s just murdered her next door neighbor?

Women of all ages will enjoy this tale of humorous, women’s fiction, that also has a touch of cozy mystery in this small town love story.

About Beth Rhodes

Beth jumps into life with both feet...or head first. Impulsive and spontaneous to a T, she joined Passionate Critters and never looked back. She loves writing and reading, which made this wonderful group of woman a perfect match for her.

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About Beth Rhodes

Beth jumps into life with both feet...or head first. Impulsive and spontaneous to a T, she joined Passionate Critters and never looked back. She loves writing and reading, which made this wonderful group of woman a perfect match for her.

17 Responses to Guest Post — Jennie Marts

  1. You are speaking my language now! But to maximize my DVR space, I also have Netflix (for those shows I don’t mind waiting to binge on after they put up last season) and Hulu for the shows (mostly ABC) that I can subscribe to and watch when I get around to it. Both work on my DVR AND I can watch them at work during downtime or pop on some headphones when the kids make me crazy, lol.

    I’m most excited for a new show I checked out today, The Blacklist. It was seriously good. And, FYI, even baldish, James Spader can still give that intense look and say anything, and you think, “Sure, James Spader. Whatever makes you keep looking at me that way.” *sigh*

    I’m also a serious Once Upon a Time fangirl. The show should be cheesy… but it’s just good.

    Thanks for the great post, Jennie!

  2. Jennie – I had to smile because I’m a hoarder too. I like detective shows, and tape a lot of the English ones that we get down here in NZ. I’ve been enjoying Downton Abbey – waiting for the new series – plus an Australian show set in 1930s Melbourne called Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries. I’m also a sucker for travel and cooking shows.

  3. Bethanne says:

    This isn’t a we’re-better-than-you-are-thing, but we don’t have cable. We don’t have a DVR. We actually got rid of Netflix after leaving Georgia last year.

    I was always a tv girl growing up. Loved shows and movies. Now, I can hardly get through a movie! And i don’t want to pay the prices for the television. 🙁

    BUT, I still love PBS’s cooking shows. I love Castle, but rarely stay up to watch it anymore. most of the shows I catch are showing online. Yes, even Castle and The Middle and Modern Family, I can catch online the next day. Matt and I have been watching Burn Notice for a long time. We skipped around for a good bit but are now doing the all-the-way-through version and are in Season 5.

    i would like to pick up Netflix again soon. The truth is, there are so many distractions already–for the kids and for me!! I’m worried if I jump, i’ll never get anything done. 😛

  4. MK Meredith says:

    So love this! LOL! I use to fill my DVR with Burn Notice, but alas, it has come to an end. Modern Family, Bones, The Mindy Project, Grey’s Anatomy, Downton Abbey, New Girl. I like comedy and science apparently. Throw in Downton Abbey for the mind boggling difference in societal casts. But, I don’t feel guilty for watching. And neither should you! It’s all part of the job. Analysing the shows, movies. What is their call to action? What is the black moment, the climax? LOL! That is what I tell myself anyway!! Loves!

  5. Marty says:

    I just had a serious DVR quandary. AMC just ran a Breaking Bad marathon, prior to the series finale last Sunday. What a bonanza! All 62 episodes, in a row! I freaking love that show. But would my DVR stand up to the test? No way. And could I even re-watch the whole five seasons any time in the near future? No way, too. So I let it go by, but cried in regret just a little bit. I’ll probably ask for a boxed set for Xmas or something, just to have it for a rainy (or flu, or snow) day.

  6. You’re so funny, Jennie! The only show I have a hard time turning away from is Hell on Wheels. Just when you think it can’t get any worse…well, you know. Great post!

  7. Robin Nolet says:

    Funny blog, Jennie! I don’t have DVR but I do have On Demand, which helps. And we’ve worked our way through half of LAST season’s Homeland thanks to NetFlix. The one show I HATE to miss is Big Bang…such an addict. And of course, it’s the final season of How I Met Your Mother. I would watch either of those online if necessary. Just remember, if you delete things, you can probably buy/rent them someday, or watch them online if you really miss them. Nothing is ever truly lost anymore! 😉

  8. Jennie Marts says:

    Hi all! Thanks for having me on your blog today! Looks like this is a popular topic! I think we all love a good story that makes us fall in love with a character and sneak a little peak into their lives. Books and television let us escape into the worlds of aristocrats (I LOVE Downton Abby) and join in the fun of a group of Friends who make us laugh and cry and root for Ross and Rachel! I love hearing all the shows you love (I think we need to check out this BlackList). Keep the comments coming! More ideas to fill up my DVR- I have 15% left! 🙂

  9. Sutton Fox says:

    Another Once Upon A Time fangirl here. And it seems we’ll DVR Big Bang whenever it’s on. Probably because one of us a geek. So the jokes are personally funny. lol. Late to the party as we are, we’ve been watching a lot of Top Gear, the BBC version which we absolutely love!

    What a fun post. Your book looks like a very entertaining read. Thanks so much for being here with us today. 🙂

  10. Cindi Madsen says:

    I love Hart of Dixie so much! I’m counting down to when the 2nd season is on Netflix so I can catch up (Oct 2nd, for the record) I can’t stand to delete an ep of New Girl because I can always put an ep on when I need a good laugh.

  11. Harris Gray says:

    Jennie, you said you spend all your non-writing time on Candy Crush, so I don’t understand the TV references. I also lied when I said that Wells Fargo receives all my non-writing attention. Sometimes (a lot of times) I will watch sports. I am stuffing my DVR with Washington Redskins games. The full 16 game season. Yes they are terrible, now, but imagine the drama if they somehow manage to turn things around and beat the Broncos in the Superbowl!! That will be riveting television. And in the meantime, if they don’t win the SuperBowl, I will have been spared from wasting all my time watching them. (Also a lie, I watch them every chance I get.)

  12. Mimi Foster says:

    What a cute post. I LOVE Hart of Dixie, although I missed most of the current season because something came on opposite it and I don’t know how to DVR (horrors!) So one day maybe I can bring the popcorn and we can spend an afternoon watching a few episodes.

  13. Lynn Crain says:

    Wow! A woman after my own heart.

    I have to watch TV differently now that I live in Europe. Most of the shows are a year or so behind the States and in German since I live in Austria.

    So, I honed it down to a few I love, things like Castle, Once Upon a Time, The Walking Dead and Bones then I added a few new ones like The Blacklist, Elementary. I purchased them through Amazon when I’m home and load up my Amazon Unbox and I’ll be entertained for quite a while.

    Sometimes, if I’m lucky and the VPN works, I can get them right away by watching the next day. But it’s rare that my internet works as planned over here. Since I still have cable for my kids in the States, I can log onto my cable network and watch a few that way.

    Still, I love watching TV as it inspires me to write something better than what I’m seeing. And that is well worth it.

    Thanks, Jennie, for the wonderful look into fall tv and the fantastic book excerpt.

  14. Terry Odell says:

    I’m not much into tv, but my DVR is full of cooking shows. Top Chef Masters, Chopped, Cutthroat Kitchen, Iron Chef… and then Hubster and I record CSI and NCIS. I record Blue Bloods just for Tom Selleck. I rarely, if ever, watch tv live.

    Terry’s Place

  15. DeAnna says:

    I’m a book hoarder. Right now, the LIBRARY TBR books are over two feet high, let alone my regular bookshelves. But…sadly, my wonderful stack of romances is waiting for me to finishe DR. SLEEP. But it’s October. Gotta read something scary 🙂

  16. Jennie Marts says:

    Thanks everyone for your great comments! It sounds like we need to show up at Terry’s house around dinnertime! My husband would probably be in favor of me recording a cooking show or two. 🙂 I am also a big fan of Once Upon a Time. I love how they integrate the old fairy tales into modern times! Happy to have some fellow Hart of Dixie lovers out there! Thanks so much for having me as a guest on this blog. I really enjoyed hearing all of your comments! Stay tuned to hear the winner of the book. And for the record, Harris Gray, I can play Candy Crush WHILE I watch TV! Lol!

  17. We have more kid-shows on our DVD than anything else, but I record Top Chef, The Voice, So You Think You Can Dance, and all the shows where women pick out their wedding dresses. 🙂 So I guess you could say I’m a big reality show fan.

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