I’m pleased to be the first stop on the blog tour for Christina George’s novels THE PUBLICIST and SHELF LIFE. Today I’m sharing all the details about the novels, including my reviews and an exclusive author interview with Ms. George herself! Sit back and enjoy!
First, the book trailer!
Miss Riki’s Review of THE PUBLICIST:
Who isn’t just a little bit intrigued by what goes on behind the scenes in the book publishing business? Luckily, Christina George has been there and she has penned the ultimate novel depicting the over the top expectations of authors and the sordid affairs of those who represent them.
In THE PUBLICIST, we meet Kate Mitchell, an up-and-coming young publicist with a knack for handling difficult clients. She works for a well-known and highly respected New York publishing house alongside her handsome and more than a little irresistible Editor, MacDermott Ellis. Mac is married and Kate is determined not to let herself get involved, but after Mac comes to her rescue at a book signing nearly gone bad, she can’t help but fall for him.
Despite Mac being married and all signs pointing to him being a total scumbag, you can’t help but fall for the man who resides in a loveless marriage. He’s tender and careful with Kate and has obvious respect for her. Kate and Mac fall in love slowly, both hesitant to jump into anything too serious. Just when you think they’re hitting it off and things can’t go wrong, Kate meets charming Nick and everything is up in the air with a love triangle. At the end of the novel the love affairs are undefined and perilous, with Kate’s feelings torn between the two men, leaving the reader wanting more from book two.
I loved Kate as the lead character. She’s spunky and smart and has a great spirit. The behind the scenes tales of big name writers and celebrity authors were engaging and fun, and seeing Kate navigate the world of author egos is never boring. She has integrity and does the right thing in really bad situations and it’s easy to root for her.
If you’ve ever wondered what goes on behind the closed doors of a publishing house, you won’t be disappointed with THE PUBLICIST. It’s packed full of insight and details that will leave you riveted.
Miss Riki’s Review of SHELF LIFE:
The second book in The Publicist series jumps right in where book one left off, with Kate juggling high profile author antics and putting out fires as they threaten to consume her. The story moves forward quickly, bringing even more drama and higher stakes. Not only is Kate faced with a scandal that might end her career, but she’s also forced to choose between two men who both make her feel loved and desired.
The love triangle in SHELF LIFE gets emotional and I found myself torn between Kate choosing sweet and reliable Nick, or charming and highly desirable Mac. The best written love triangles leave the reader torn between each side, and SHELF LIFE delivers. I didn’t envy Kate for having to make the decision!
SHELF LIFE has all of the behind-the-scenes glimpses into the world of book publishing that readers loved in the first book, along with new characters that readers will both love and love to hate. The novel is a fast-paced, fun look at publishing and promotion that will leave you wanting more.
Q&A with Christina George:
What books did you love growing up?Candidly I loved Nancy Drew, I wanted to be Nancy Drew solving mysteries and helping people. Loved those books. I also loved all of the Laura Ingalls books, such a fascinating life she had.Why do some authors fail?Well there are a few reasons actually. One is that their ego gets in the way of their success. Meaning that they see this fame they want and assume it’s theirs just because they wrote a book. The second is that they don’t do enough or aren’t willing to put in the work needed to succeed. Though we love overnight success stories they rarely happen.What do you hope your obituary will day about you?That Christina George started in publishing as a publicist and ended up being one of the best loved romance authors ever. Is that too pretentious? How about the bestloved author on Staten Island? Or New Jersey? Maybe I’ll start small :) But I’d love to write full time – as any author would I’m sure.What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?Well publishing is easy now, thanks to selfpublishing – and I always tell authors that writing is the easy part (though I know it does not feel easy when you’re in the midst of it). But for most authors, the marketing is really tough. That’s why I encourage them to reach out to someone who can help, maybe a fellow author or going to a writers conference or something. Don’t isolate yourself, that’s the worst. It’s hard to do it alone.What marketing works for you?Reviews work very well as does engaging with readers. I love getting reader feedback.Do you plan to publish more books?Yes, I do I really want to keep writing more about the publishing industry. It seems that the topic engages people, the behindthescenes stuff…What else do you do to make money, other than write? It is rare today for writers to be full time…Very true – I’m a publicist in my “day job” I work at a publishing house and work directly with authors. I’ve been in publishing for twenty years.How do you feel about social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter? Are they a good thing?Yes, I do feel that they’re helpful if they are used the right way. So, sometimes I see authors getting on these sites and sort of dwindling there. They get on them because they feel they have to, and yes to a degree that’s true. But the bigger picture is how consistent can you be on those sites – what do you really have time for? Do what you have the time for, do what you can master. If that means that you’re just on Facebook, then that’s fine. I would rather see authors pick one thing and do it really well than get on a half a dozen sites and be only mediocre.
What are you most passionate about? What gets you fired up?
I love great authors and good books. I love it when I go to a writers conference and “discover” a new voice or something. That’s the best thing ever. I am passionate about good authors who are putting out quality content.
What makes you angry?
When really good authors are overlooked or their books don’t get noticed. That really bothers me and sadly, I see a lot of it in my line of work.
How do you think people perceive writers?
That’s funny because there is a “perception” about being an author. I think a lot of folks assume that if you’re published, you are immediately successful and those of us who know the market know this is the farthest from the truth. Ask any author who has been in the publishing industry for a while and they will tell you that it’s a rough road and an overnight success can often take years…
How do you feel about self-publishing?
I love it, I think it’s a great way for authors to get their work out there. Look, not everyone will find their way to a major publishing house, that’s just not going to happen. Selfpublishing, if it’s done right, can be a fantastic way to get yourself “out there” and start building traction for you, your career and your book!
About the Author:
Christina George has worked in publishing for twenty years (give or take). Here’s what this book isn’t. It’s not a slam against publishing (though it is broken) and it’s not a slam against authors (though some of them are crazy). This book is not autobiographical though many of the stories are true. No you won’t know which ones, cause it’s more fun to guess, right? George continues to work in publicity and helps authors because at the end of the day she does love books, she loves publishing, and she loves authors. She hopes you’ll enjoy this romp through Kate’s world as much as she enjoyed creating it.