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Length: 5 hours and 54 minutes
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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.
How I Came to Write The Publicist by Christina George
First, let me say that I never planned to write two books, let alone three. But the first book will be special in a way that goes beyond it being just a book.
I had gone through a bad breakup with the real “Mac” (I wrote a blog post on this character here: http://www.thepublicistnovel.com/love-is-never-really-over-just-over-there) and I was really in need of a way to move on. But as they say, in order to get over it you must get through it. So book one actually started out as a diary of sorts. I was telling stories, the stories of my work and my love. The man I thought at the time was the great love of my life. Over the course of the books Kate finds a much different path with Mac than I did, but book one was wildly cathartic. It wasn’t until I started putting these stories together that I realized this could be a book. I added in a few author stories (80% of the stories in book one are real) and changed the names to protect the guilty and published it. But then at the end of it I realized that there was more to tell. So came book two and so on. But the Genesis of book one was heartbreak which, when you’re writing a romance novel, seems altogether perfect.
Okay…I’ve already read The Publicist Books One and Two (Shelf Life) and love, love, loved them. You can check out my review of the books HERE. I totally jumped at the chance to review the audiobook version of The Publicist Book One. First, because I already loved the story. Second, I listened to the sample on Audible and loved the sound of the narrator. I was not disappointed. The narrator did a fantastic job of bringing Kate and all the other wonderful characters to life for me. Many of them sounded just like I pictured them! This was for sure a 5/5 story for me in ebook form, and I’d give the audiobook version even more stars if I could. Lisa knocked it out of the park, and I can’t wait to hear her read the next book in the series.
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