Monday, February 02, 2015

SHELF LIFE, by Christina George

Please join me in welcoming author Christina George to Hello, My Name Is Alice!

Interview with Christina George

1. Do you have any advice for writers?
Yes, I think it’s that you should really be vigilant with your marketing. You know stuff takes time – I always say that. But the key to a solid marketing plan is an author who is engaged in their own success. When you are engaged you’re commenting on blogs, you’re dialoging with your reader and you are careful about who you hire to do your marketing. Look, no one can do miracles. I’m on this book tour and it’s great but will I sell a thousand books because of it? Maybe but maybe not. That’s not why I’m doing it. I’m doing it for exposure. Get enough exposure and you’ll sell books. But don’t expect every “ping” you get to warrant a big blockbuster sale because it may not.

2. What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you?
I once had a breakdown in front of Tom Selleck who tried to comfort me. I was coming off of a very difficult book launch with some celebrity authors who were, eh, difficult beyond reason. When they left I sank into a chair and well, there he was looking impossibly handsome. “Can I help you?” He asked. Well, how’s that for an opening to another book?

3. The scariest?
I worked (briefly) with Mildred Mohammed, the ex-wife of the DC Sniper. She had written her memoirs and was looking for publishing advice and she was lovely but her stories of being married to him were horrifying.

4. The strangest?
I one time had an author come to me and tell me I was a “Star Child” and apparently we've all come here to save the planet from aliens who live under the crust of the earth. Yeah, strange. But it’s been a pretty funny ongoing joke with my editor. You know, editing the Star Child can be pretty taxing work.

5. Name a quirky thing you like to do.
I sniff books. Yes, I’m a book sniffer. And I have no shame. I’ll do it in bookstores, tag sales. Must. Sniff. Books.

My Review

Here's what I thought of The Publicist (Book One). And... Shelf Life (Book Two) gets better! You can read this as a standalone, but I would recommend reading Book One as well, so that you get a good feel of who Kate, Mac and Nick are.

I wish I am as smart as Kate. I wish I have a Nick in my life. I certainly wish that somehow there's a Mac in my life, but as readers of the books already know, it is a very complicated situation to be in.

Mac stays married in a non-functioning marriage but has been unfaithful and very careful in managing his affairs, in that, he never gets emotionally attached to the women he sleeps with. And then Kate changes everything.

Nick (Allan Lavigne's Greek-god-lookalike nephew from sunny California) is a love competitor. His advantage is that—unlike Mac who is married and will stay married—he is single and a very responsible bloke. He's also entrepreneurial and wealthy to boot. So what is a girl like Kate to do?

It's complicated. Mac owns her heart. Nick is her rescuer from her career catastrophe. She loves both men, but is it really so? Both men play such an important role in her life. I found myself rooting for both Mac and Nick. While the mind will choose to do the logical thing and Nick is the logical, Mac is what the heart is screaming for.

The character development in Shelf Life is really good. It is as good a page-turner as The Publicist, and I found myself totally engaging with all of them. The good old Allan Lavigne is a wonderful (supporting) character, in my opinion. There are also enough work crisis to keep you occupied. The book opens with a prologue about an author that is having a panic attack just minutes before going live on a TV show, and Kate has to manage that. "Manage" is an understatement.

I can't wait to get started with Book Three, Climax. I really hope to see if there is any hope at all for Nick and what is going to happen to him. I really do think that Christina George has created something good here. If you love books and have a curiosity for the publishing industry, The Publicist series is a great place to dig in.

Stay tuned this Friday, 6 February, for my review of the third book, Climax, and the guest post by Christina George.

Book Synopses: It’s an industry of out-of-control egos, unrealistic expectations, and unfulfilled promises.

This is publishing and it’s Kate’s world, but maybe not for long.

When one of Kate Mitchell’s star authors is carted away in handcuffs, 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. With the shelf life of her career and her love affair quickly expiring, 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. Nick 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.

But 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.

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.

Connect with Christina: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~ Goodreads

Where to buy the book: Amazon

Many thanks to Laura Fabiani from iRead Book Tours for sending me a complimentary copy of this book. Please visit the other blogs for the iRead book tour for Climax for more reviews and giveaways.

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