Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Publicist - Audiobook Tour Review and Giveaway

Book 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.

Author's Bio:

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 audiobook:


Normally I don't listen to audio books because they have a habit of making me fall asleep. However when I was approached to be part of this tour, I thought, OK, I'll give it another go. Admittedly this time, I decided to listen while I was working and found it helped pass the time while doing data entry.

Narrated by Lisa Cordileone this book held my attention for the most part. However there were times I found myself tuning out as the story seemed to drag on, and on, and on.

The plot and story line are typical chick-lit, however I feel that a lot of the additional storyline was not needed, and at times there was more telling then showing. 

Our leading lady Kate while trying to be the all professional publicist, at times acts like a giddy school girl, and this discrepancy in her character found me loosing interest in her character. Our leading men, while all encompassing and gorgeous I also found superficial. 

While many people read chick-lit for this pretty-boy escapism, I found myself comparing it to an episode of The Bold and The Beautiful.

I give this book 4 dragonflies.


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