Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Shelf Life Book Review and Tour (iRead Book Tours)

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I read Shelf Life:The Publicist - Book Two in exchange for honest review from iRead Book Tours. The book was the sequel to The Publicist(my review). The book was written by Christina George.

About the Book (From Media Kit)

​It’s an industry of out-of-control egos, unrealistic expectations, and unfulfilled promises.

This is publishing and it’s Kate’s world, but maybe not for long.

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.

Author Interview

1. Do you have another profession besides writing?

Yes! I’m a publicist, I was a publicist long before I was a writer.

2. What is the last great book you’ve read?

Well, I read a lot for work so that’s a tough one. I am also weird in that I often read several books at once so here we go… I recently read Kristan Higgins latest book and I love it. I also know her from events and she’s an unbelievably lovely person which is nice because you know, we've all met some authors who aren't. I am in the middle of reading Seth Godin’s latest book (Seth aka smartest man on the planet) but the most memorable book I've read is Gone Girl, I read that last year and it terrified me. Boy, talk about dysfunctional relationships. The movie didn't disappoint, either.

3. Are any of the stories real?

Yes, many of them are real. Though the names have been changed to protect the guilty, as it were.

4. Tell us about Kate, are you Kate?

I wish! No, Kate’s the kind of person I wish I was. She tells it like it is, she is sort of lost in a system that doesn't often support the author and, many times, she’s left to manage an author’s expectations of fame – or lack thereof.

5. You seem to poke a lot of fun at authors. Does this mean that you don’t like authors?

I do have a lot of fun with these authors but again, many of the stories really happened so it’s not like I just pulled these stories out of thin air. I love authors (and now I’m an author!), but many of them are misguided and, as any publicist will tell you, promoting a book isn't an easy job. I once had lunch with a very famous book publicist who has since retired from the industry. When I asked her if she’d ever promote books again she said “Oh God no.” Now, granted, most of us love what we do, though there are days, however…

My Review

The book starts out with a client, who locked herself in the green room. Kate, the publicist, doesn't know what to do until she remembers something, the client's manager told her to do. Kate hates doing this to her clients, but sometimes it works wonders when clients are in panic mode during a book tour. The next book focuses on twins, who killed their parents. Yay, the life of a publicist. 

The book has a nice flow to it and is well written. I had read a few chapters quickly. I may have to backtrack and read/listen to both book 1 and 2 before I read book three, the Climax (review is coming up soon for Perfect Chaos). Some of the characters, who worked at Kate's office, I forgot.

I wanted to read the book to continue the series. As an author, I do love the antics of what Kate goes through for her clients. 

Purchasing options

You have many options when it comes to purchasing the books. You can purchase the Shelf Life, using the link above. You can purchase The Publicist Book One and Two (Shelf Life). Finally, you can purchase book 3, Climax: The Publicist, Book Three (which I review on Perfect Chaos, later on this month.)

The book is available in Kindle and Paperback format. The book is prime-eligible. 

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