Shelf Life (The Publicist #2)

18068418Title: Shelf Life
Author: Christina George
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date: August 2013
Length: 274 pages
Series?: The Publicist #2
Genre: Chick Lit, Romance, Contemporary
Format: e-book
Source: author
Challenge: n/a

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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.


Kate’s life is quickly on a downward spiral. Her beloved friend, revered author Allan Lavigne, has left her a beautiful and wonderful surprise. His nephew Nick is trying to become something more in Kate’s life. Kate is evading and lying to her best friend to avoid “the talk,” and she is falling even deeper and deeper into a relationship with her married co-worker.

But she keeps getting crappy books that will only sell because of the sensationalism of the moment: like two twin sisters who gunned down their Hollywood parents and blew threw millions of their inheritance. That’s what Kate is working with, trying to publicize. She’s struggling, trying to juggle everyone, keep everything on an even keel and keep things in a realistic perspective. Her authors are demanding to see rave reviews and their books on the bestsellers lists.

The harder things become for Kate, the more and more she leans on Mac, who is also working his magic with the head boss to pull strings for Kate. Indeed, she gets assigned to a book that could elevate her career, but Kate gets the creeps from the author. Something is just not right…and when he is carted off in cuffs, everything at the publishing house is in a whirlwind of panic. This could be the end.

Some very serious things happen, Kate is betrayed by both Mac and her boss, and Kate finally learns why Grace is so adamant about ending the relationship with her married co-worker. Kate decides a change of scenery will be nice, and ends up in California with Nick. She decides to take a plunge with her life and the gift Allan left her.

George has continued Kate’s tale, and Allan’s legacy is seen, but I feel that Kate again takes some things for granted. She faces some hard things in this novel, and some hard decisions. But even more, she ends up wrecking someone’s life. It was hard to read, and I struggled to find sympathy for her. She landed herself in the position based on her mistakes and refusal to face facts in her life. In this sense, I feel that George glazes over the decision-making process for Kate, and that is the result. Kate is too much living in the moment, and does not see – or want to see – the consequences of her actions. Just as in the first book, I don’t feel that Kate has undergone a lot of personal growth. Her professional life is in tatters, but she is like a phoenix, born from the ashes thanks to Allan.

6556822About the Author

I’ve 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, hell it’s more fun to guess, right? I continue to work in publicity and help authors because at the end of the day I do love books, I love publishing, and I love authors. I hope you’ll enjoy this romp through Kate’s world as much as I enjoyed creating it.  Have fun reading Kate’s posts!

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Christina George
    Mar 15, 2014 @ 13:05:00

    WOW thank you for this review. You are spot on. Kate did not grow enough – but she will. I’m working on Book Three which will show more of her taking responsibility for what she’s done. It had to come full circle for me and I really appreciate your honest assessment. Thank you so much!


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