May 7, 2015

Blog Tour of The Publicist by Christina George -- REVIEW

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Title: The Publicist (The Publicist #1)
Author: Christina George
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Women's Fiction
Publication Date: November 2012
Published by: Self-Published
Source: Copy Given by Author and Tour Organizer


ARA'S NOTE:
I thought this was going to be a boring book. I'm just going to put it out there. I thought going over it was gonna end up being a chore. I guess it was because I thought the book was going to be too technical. I, for one, have no idea what happens in the publishing world. I pictured a tedious job with lots of papers and tons of time in the office. I had no idea it was this cutthroat, fun, and exciting!! Don't even get me started on the drama. Needless to say, I was once again proven wrong (happens a lot lately), and I loved it. A lot. 

SYNOPSIS:
Behind every book, there’s always more to the story.

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 always sell (at all) 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. Kate wants to do the right thing but her hormones seem to be driving her decisions. Then there’s Allan Lavigne, once a revered author, now as forgotten as yesterday’s news; and his nephew Nick, who wants to sweep Kate away from New York for another coast, California.



As Kate tries to navigate the landmine of publicity, the 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 sex, more celebrities, and more scandal.


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CHARACTER BACKGROUND:
Kate Mitchell or "Katie" to special people is a strong, smart, and goal-oriented woman. She's a wonderful publicist and part-time superhero. She normally knows what to do with every situation thrown at her, but not this one. Not the one involving her heart...and body.

MacDermott "Mac" Ellis is the best publisher there is. He's influential, rich, charismatic, and drop-dead gorgeous. He's married, with two boys in college, but that foesn't stop whatever he's feeling for Kate. He is stubborn after all. 

TO LOVE:
The first thing I loved about this book was this scene: 

“Miss?” A tall, handsome police officer leaned into her. “You were great. You really knew what to say to calm her down.” 

“Thank you,” Kate said in almost a whisper.
“May I ask who you are? Her friend? Sister? Lover?” 

“None of the above.” Kate’s mouth turned into a slight smile, “I’m the publicist."

At first I thought the author forgot to mention the relationship between Kate and Haley. Apparently it was just for dramatic effect. Very well played Ms. George. 

The Publicist gives readers, who knows nothing about the publication process, insight on what happens before our favorite books are released. It's a bold move on Christina George's part, and it was a successful one, if I may say so myself. The passion between Kate and Mac (whew! Mac...) wasn't instant, which was a breath of fresh air. The instant chemistry in most office romance books have been exhausted, I think, so reading a "love story" that gradually grows makes the connection stronger and more colorful...realistic even. 

Mac is...Mac. There really is no word to describe him! He's deeply infatuated with Kate, he respects her independence, and admires her professionalism. He's a wonderful publisher, the best in the business probably, but he's very humble about it. He helps people in big ways but for him what he's doing is insignificant. He's not perfect though. Why? He's married. He's married and has been cheating on his wife for a long time. Their marriage is complicated, which you'll know more about once you read the book. I've never been a fan of cheaters (who is?), but there's just something about Mac that entices a woman to sin, you know? Or am I just being weird?      

TO BLEH:
The story started off too slow. There were a lot of detailed recounting of the day's schedule. I found that a bit of a waste in space, and I guess a brief summary would've been better rather than the one on the book right now. I also found that Kate tends to have the most inapproproate thoughts at the most inconvenient time. Exhibit A: 

 How does one decide what to wear to a suicide? Kate pondered. 

That was while she was trying to convince someone to not jump off a building. I have a point here, right? 

SUMMARY:
Straight to the point...I LOVED THIS BOOK. I give this 4.5 stars, but I'm not going to round off. This is a very interesting read; good for people who's passionate about books and literature, and women who wants a McDreamy. There might be a few pages you skim through because they're pretty irrelevant, but overall, reading The Publicist is a great way to spend your time.

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.

AUTHOR LINKS:
Website: http://www.thepublicistnovel.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/@publicistgal
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kate.mitchell.528316
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6556822.Christina_George

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3 comments:

  1. I love this thank you -- and I 100% get that book 1 started slow. If I had to do it all over again, I'd speed it up. But you know in the age of "everything can be revised" maybe I will. I sincerely appreciate this, thanks for reading it and for this fab review!!

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    1. Whoa! Now I feel a bit embarrased. *cheeks turrn red*
      Well I hope I did it even a bit of justice. :-) I loved the book and the series, so it was 100% my pleasure. ^_^

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    2. Not at all --- as a writer you need to be able to take *all* feedback in stride. Learn from it, etc. If you can't learn from your readers, then you have no business being a writer. That's my motto anyway :-) And you're spot on, I've had several people comment that book starts off a bit too slow. THANK YOU!!!

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