11 November 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Shelf Life: The Publicist – Book Twoby Christina George

If even 10% of some of the crazy stuff that could happen in the job of a publisher, I’m really glad I’m a bookkeeper. Like REALLY glad. There is absolutely zero percent chance I would smack an author or coworker. Or anyone that looked at me sideways. Just wow. Perhaps the dysfunction of traditional publishing houses has been the real downfall of them and the upswing of self-publishing.

After reading (and laughing) through the first book, I was really excited to see this book come out. And it did not disappoint. Full of laughs, insanity, completely over the top and ridiculous. It’s one of those books you just want to curl up with, have some chocolate and giggle your way through. It’s a beach read. A bubble bath read. That kind of fun book that will clear your head of any heavy reading.

No, it’s not War & Peace – and thank goodness for that. It’s fluff. It is what it says it is.

However, it also has the undertone of the main character, Kate, finding herself in the world. It’s about realizing that life is too short and doing what makes you happy, looking past other’s faults, accepting others for who they are and forgiveness. Maybe that sounds a little too deep for a fun book, but that’s what I took away from it.

Recommended for fans of the first book and chick lit readers. You don’t have to have read the first book to get what’s going on, but I highly recommend it.

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.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Book count for 2013: 41

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