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.
Shelf Life is the 2nd book after The Publicist by Ms. Christina George. It is a continuation of Kate and her struggle to work on her own and be successful. The first book deals her work the most. The second book deals more about her feelings which is interesting to read.
I love the second book. I love the triangle between Nick and Mac. Kate has to make up her mind which guy he really loves the most. The second book is deeper than the first book. It also share more of Mac story so he can finally let go of his wife and fight for Kate’s love. Kate tries to move on without Mac but she cannot deny that she loves Mac. Their path meets again and this time she cannot deny that she has more feelings for Mac. I feel badly for Nick but the heart has to learn to love what the heart tells you. I cannot wait for the third book to read and find out if Kate and Mac finally says their ” I Do’s”.
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.
Everyone Is Going to Hate Me aka The Journey of Writing a Sequel
by Christina George
I have a good friend and writing buddy who, around December, got pretty sick of my “I think they are all going to hate this book” emails. Climax, which is (in theory) the final book in The Publicist series was a risky book to write because I took some significant chances and really changed the trajectory of the original story. I remember after I sent the book to Amazon and posted the pre-order date I broke out in this cold sweat, convinced that everyone was going to hate it and me. Then I recalled a story someone once told me about another book, far more significant than mine will ever be. You may recall it: Gone with the Wind.
I remember when a friend of mine who used to work at Time Warner told me about how the sequel to Gone with the Wind came to be. Possibly one of the greatest books ever written and one that clearly had so much more story to tell. He told me that they knew what they were up against, a second book after such an amazing first one, but there was a market of readers who wanted to know: Did Scarlett get Rhett? So someone from Time Warner went to the Mitchell estate and said “We want to publish the sequel” and so, the rest is history. Now you may not have liked the sequel in fact you may have hated it but that’s the great challenge with writing a sequel.
Now I don’t, in any way, compare my work to Mitchell’s, but I do think that in the world of storytelling story continuations are always tough (tougher of course when you’re a mega bestseller). They require a leap of faith that if you take this trip, that your reader will go on this journey with you. That’s not an easy bet with so many really fantastic books out there. Readers have a lot of options but the thing that I find is once I’m invested in a character, I want to see what happens next and so we sit down and pen a follow up book and hope, fervently, that our reader will, too.
So far it seems that the readers (and I love you all) are enjoying the journey and I am impossibly grateful for that. It’s hard to understand the unlimited insecurities authors feel when writing a book, most days I just want to rock in a corner. Thank God for good friends like the one who said “If they hate you, you’re a publicist, you’ll find a way to use that, too.”
I received the book for free from iReadBookTours . I did not receive any compensation.