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The Publicist Book One and Two by [George, Christina]
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Get the books everyone is talking about. Packed with Romance and Sex. Get the Complete Publicist Series now!
This book includes a free bonus chapter from Book Three!

Packed with Romance and Sex, here’s what readers are saying:

“If you’re looking for this year’s Fifty Shades of Grey, you’ve found it with The Publicist.” JollyBuzz

“…this book grabbed my interest from page one. I’m sure Ms. George has more than a few industry insiders chuckling at her stories and cringing at how close to home they hit.
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Can one woman change an age-old institution like publishing? Probably not, but Kate Mitchell sure wants to try. As a publicist with a large, respected New York publishing house, Kate finds herself at the mercy of a broken publishing system, books that don’t sell, and author egos that are often, well, as big as the island of Manhattan.
Enter the star editor, MacDermott Ellis: Tall, handsome, charismatic, married, and ready to save the day. Then there’s Allan Lavigne, once a revered author—now as forgotten as last year’s bestsellers and his nephew Nick: Tall, gorgeous, sweet, single, and ready to sweep Kate off her feet. Kate wants to do the right thing but her hormones seem to be driving her decisions.
As Kate tries to navigate the landmine of publicity, over-the-top author expectations, and the careful dance of “I’m sorry, your book isn’t on the bestseller list this week,” she also finds authors who are painfully overlooked by a publisher wanting more romance and sex, more celebrities, and more scandal.

Includes Book Two:

Publishing: An industry of out-of-control of egos, unrealistic expectations, and books with the shelf life of milk. This is Kate’s world, but for how long?

When one of Kate Mitchell’s star authors is carted away in handcuffs, she thinks it’s only the beginning of her troubles. As her world crumbles around her, Kate desperately looks for anyone to hold onto but finds that happy endings are truly works of fiction. When her career and love affair hit their expiration date, Kate sets off on a new adventure….

Starting over in California is easy, but Kate soon learns that leaving her old life behind isn’t. Nicholas Lavigne is eager to help her forget, but two things still own her heart, the dream of discovering the next great American novel, and MacDermott Ellis. As Kate tries to rebuild her life she finds a surprising gift that reboots her career in a new and unexpected direction. Suddenly her name becomes synonymous with one of the biggest bestsellers publishing has seen in ages and she's welcomed back with open arms. At the height of her success the ghosts of her past come back to remind her of the world she'd been trying to forget and the man who never let go of her heart. Behind the book, there’s always more to the story.

Welcome to Publishing, the ego has landed.

I read the first book which was brilliant! So I was very excited when the second book came out. This one was better than the first! It pushed the limits with the steamy scenes in the bedroom and the affair that Kate and Mac had. Always, in an affair there will be obstacles to get past. Some of the things that happen in the book makes me wonder how accurate the description of the publishers job is. I'm assuming it's pretty accurate. Kate finds herself growing and becoming more focused on herself so she can make a difference in her field, which any one would do in her shoes. I really felt book one was great but this one blew it out of the water! Great book! ZootZoot - Reader review in romance and sex category!

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These books certainty aren't in the category of Fifty .shades....thank heavens! While it is a well written romance novel, sprinkled with some great hot scenes, the story revolves around an interesting , captivating women , her pursuit of a fascinating career and life challenges with the men she falls for. Once you're in, you won't want to put the books down and they will hold you until the end. Finally a good read with a lead character, a women , Kate who we can admire instead of a weak, sniffing insecure lead female character.
Hats off to the author who gave a look Into the publishing industry, with characters we can relate to and a story that intrigues us, all at the same time.
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I liked the book but I found she put her own thoughts about the industry in there too much..I could almost see she doesn't like the current way books are published..
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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Ok. Not gonna lie. I crawled into work this morning because I stayed up late last night to finish this book. I enjoyed all the characters. The story line held my interest through both books and I can't wait until September for the third. This is not some cheesy romance novel. If I could have rated this higher I would have.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c5daedc) out of 5 stars WARNING: This is not your typical contemporary romance. May 6 2014
By Vicki Ladd Keener - Published on
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This book departed from the "normal" contemporary romance and I applaud the author for daring to go where others wouldn't. In love with a married man? Scandalous! Making love with an available man while continuing to yearn for another? Shocking!

Due to subject matter, this book leaps from the romance genre to mainstream.

The author gives us an awareness of what goes on inside a publishing company and it's not at all pretty.

Four stars instead of five because it needs someone to proofread it word for word.
30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c8b8a98) out of 5 stars Both books reviewed below ! April 9 2014
By Gaele - Published on
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The Publicist
4 stars
I was curious about the ‘insider’ approach to publishing: so often we hear author stories, or as book reviewers only read the title: and we aren’t aware of the struggles to get a title TO the public: we are removed from that part of the journey. Christina George gives us a character in Kate: a publicist with a well-respected NY house that is struggling to keep their market niche.

I really enjoyed Kate: her ability to just tackle things head on at full tilt, without letting all of the ridiculous bad behaviors get her too flustered: at least not that we see. Kate is at the bottom of the feeding pool at her work: the editors get the credit for the titles, the owner takes the accolades and awards, and she is often left to deal with screaming mimi fits at 3 am when an author is having ‘a moment’. I will say that I was more than a bit disappointed in her when she stepped over the line with Mac, the star editor and renown philanderer of the office. There was a bit of “insta-love’ there, falling for all of the safe and secure feelings that she had with him, even though I felt many were based in her fear of commitment – with him married she could enjoy the moment.

Mac is an interesting guy: usually the editor who grabs the best titles: the books that are literary winners and manage to rise to best—sellers, he is entrenched in his marriage, but that will not keep him from choosing a side dish frequently. While one of the catch phrases in the book is “the ego has landed”, when often referred to authors, Mac is the first (yet not the only) character who also has some aggrandized self-import.

While a publisher cannot exist within a vacuum, there are several other characters worth more than a brief mention: the president of the publishing house is more concerned with the NYT list and the bottom line than quality: always seeking to push editors to accept books in the “next hot” phase. Kate’s best friend Grace is a dose of reality: making Kate face her own failings, being there to support her, and even sharing the questions and potential pitfalls in her relationships. In fact, it is Grace who ultimately provides Kate with one of the necessary tools to change her life. Alan, is the other person who gave Kate a Hand. An award-winning author, much like Salinger, he only wrote one book, and then retired from the spotlight. Kate was tasked with bringing him some information from the publisher one day and the two formed an easy friendship: he would answer her questions and provide his insight, she would provide company and conversation and bring him fresh groceries. Alan has also been talking Kate up to his nephew, Nick, and was not so secretly hoping that the two would hit it off, despite Nick’s living in California. Other minor characters develop more importance in the second story, and are often integral to the twists.

Told from Kate’s point of view, with insets of conversations and descriptions, the sense of ‘being there’ is entirely tactile and intriguing. Not only did I enjoy the sense of the publishing world and the frustrations that are common to those in the industry as they were revealed, but the ability to actually apply titles to some of the situations that Kate both sorts and manages was a fun time: while only experiencing some of the pressure that a publicist does, as a book blogger I could SO relate to some of the temper tantrums, gossip and rumors.

To me, this was less of a romance and more of a “week in the life’ of a publicist: although I did have several issues with the romance element. WHY oh WHY do single women ALLOW married men to use trite, tired and patently ‘easy’ excuses to justify their bad behavior, and then become partners in crime? My marriage is in name only, she lost interest in me, I won’t ever divorce her BUT….. **insert eyeroll here**…. Yeah, that just made me cringe more often than not. But, I will say that their connection was real, if I only felt it as a lusty one.

Intriguing, with lots of elements to identify with and a great opportunity for Kate to make huge changes in her life’s direction and work, this was a fun story that I devoured in one sitting, and went straight into the second in the series right after.

I received a Galley copy of the title from Marketing Experts via the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

Shelf Life – 4 stars
Picking up right where The Publicist left off, Christina George continues to follow Kate’s journey as she navigates her choices and decisions. I’m not always a fan of her romantic entanglements: involvement with a co-worker is messy, one that is married and has a reputation as a Casanova is even messier. But, she is trying to find new footing and moved to the other side of the country to give a relationship with Nick a try.

I really did like Nick, but Kate was so unnecessarily unfeeling toward him: we could see her confusion and the need to get away, but running to someone just wanting them to fix the issue was immature at best, and destructive at worst. The only piece of Kate’s life that was working was her plan to continue to publicize and promote books, starting with opening her own office as she brings a favored employee from the old firm into her new world.

Most of the story however, is Kate struggling with her next step: seeing if she really does want to continue in the publishing world, and whether or not she can overcome the judgment of others regarding her decisions. Kate’s life certainly doesn’t lack for dramatic moments, and neither does the publishing world: from publishers caring only about the bottom line, to authors who need therapy, the look at the people behind the curtain in the publishing world is a fun read for everyone.

Mixing in some redemption and comeuppances for the characters, and twists that resolved several of the character’s personal issues, perhaps too neatly, the story manages to stay fresh and moving forward while wrapping up many of the loose ends that appeared early on. I believe that this is expected to be a trilogy, and it will be nice to have one more look at the characters and how they are faring in the cutthroat publishing and promotion world as they navigate personalities, evolving reader tastes, and attempt to master the media outlets to get the books in front of readers.

I received an eBook copy of the title from Marketing Experts for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c5ca144) out of 5 stars Room for improvement May 24 2014
By Poisoned Rose - Published on
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Actual rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

I did not finish this book, and I’m sorry for that. Most of the writing was fine, but I couldn't get through it.

What I liked: The character thoughts were witty, in places. At the beginning, the reader stayed in scene with the character, and the expository details were woven into the action, which was nice. The setup for the story was good, although it was a little unrealistic. The writing started off at a good pace and kept me engaged, although it slowed down as the story progressed.

What I didn't like: There were four big issues I had with this story, as far as I read.

First, there was A LOT of product placement (places, place names, brands, etc.). Not only are those references ineffective if readers aren't familiar with what's mentioned, but the references were so frequent that they prevented the author from providing descriptions and writing so the reader could SEE where we were, with the character. Show, don’t tell. For example, I’ve been on the subway in New York City. But someone who hasn’t been on the subway, wouldn’t know that you go underground, it’s hot from the moment you get down there, you go through a turnstile where you scan your subway card (and sometimes it doesn't work the first time), you wait on a platform where you can see into the tracks on both sides (which always made me nervous), the subway cars rattle, some subways go through and the air whooshes by (watching them makes me motion sick), and some subways stop and go. Sometimes on the subway there are enough seats, and sometimes the cars are so packed that people are on top of one another. There are an infinite number of setting details that I didn't have the space to write and that the characters could have chosen to focus on. Details like that would have characterized Kate better than me being told about her and, depending on what the she chose, those details would have increased the tension.

Second, the writing relied a lot on stereotypes, which I REALLY don't appreciate, since I am a writer and a person. As a writer, I didn’t appreciate all of the rips on authors and the publishing industry. As a person, I understand when characters have certain opinions that I don't agree with, but these views seemed out-of-character, like author-imposed opinions, rather than organic character opinions, and the dependence on stereotypes was offensive and served as a way to avoid describing people as unique individuals. I don’t read books so I can read about stereotypical characters.

Third, so many opportunities for details were missed, with the red carpet event, the interviews, the airport travels, the all-day author meetings. Skipping those, and not describing them, took all the fun and tension out of the story. Those are times when things happen, where the story takes place. The scenes started jumping too quickly, and nothing happened.

Fourth, the reader was given so many names at the beginning of this story that I didn’t know who was important and who was who. So many possible love interests/conflict-makers were mentioned that I didn't know who to focus on. It's overwhelming for the reader and not interesting because I didn’t care enough about the main character. Along with that, some of the background information seemed irrelevant to the story. And there didn’t seem to be much at stake for Kate; she had a pretty good life, except for a few small mishaps.

This review is my personal opinion. And I’d like to suggest to the author a writing exercise: keep the characters in the same place for as long as possible and describe, describe, describe. Describe everything.

Despite the problems I had with this book, I hope the author keeps writing because there is a lot of potential and room for improvement.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c6ce024) out of 5 stars Really Entertaining! April 7 2014
By Betty Yoder - Published on
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These two books are really entertaining! Get your chores done and reward yourself with time to read these. The author has written both books using characters that hold interest from famous "spoiled" folks to "down home" characters you can appreciate and love. The story line is one that most of us know nothing about, publishing and publicizing books, and how that whole scenario happens. It is believable and exciting and will entertain younger adults and older alike. They are easy to read books that keep you wanting to read more!