About the books …
The Publicist (Book 1)
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.
The Publicist: Book 2
The story only an insider could tell.
Publishing: An industry of out-of-control of egos, unrealistic expectations, and books with the shelf life of milk.
This is Kate’s world, but for how long?
When one of Kate Mitchell’s star authors is carted away in handcuffs, she thinks 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. When her career and love affair hit their expiration date, 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. Nicholas 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. 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.
These books, faithful readers, are delicious. And oh, how I enjoyed them.
The first one introduces us to Kate and Mac. He’s married, she isn’t, and he is her professional superior. Yes, Mac’s marriage has been in a bit of a dormant state for about ten years, and, yes, Mac seeks “friendship” where he can find it. But that cold, sterile marriage of his isn’t going anywhere, and he makes that clear to all of his paramours.
Kate has been too busy building her career to dally in significant romances, and she has not had much social interaction with Mac. When they do begin professionally colliding, though, certain physical, certain personal collisions are close behind.
And as a connoisseur of hot headboard rockin’, I can say that we are THRILLED that Kate and Mac collide.
Naturally, things don’t go as smoothly as we’d like. There is the whole Mac-is-married thing, and then there is the whole Kate-is-an-independent-woman thing.
In the second book, just as the romance starts to intensify, some publishing intrigue begins hovering around. Kate has concerns about one of the authors her company wants to publicize, but she has no proof. Just a sort of premonition. Her friendship with the nephew of a client also begins to take a more romantic turn, largely because Mac is, you know, married and all.
There are times when you will want Kate with the other guy, just because, as Mac himself points out, that guy can fully be with her and give her the future she deserves. What about love – true, abiding, passionate, LOVE? Does Kate feel that for the other guy? She sure feels it for Mac.
Again, the hot headboard rockin’ scorches.
One of the reasons I enjoyed these books so much is that I flat out love Kate and Mac. Yes, they occasionally infuriate me, but they’re so real that you will think you must know them. Their faults are real and accessible, and their love is real and understandable. Sure, we don’t applaud infidelity, but Mac is just so yummy. So, so yummy.
Grab these books and read them. There is a third one coming, and its focus appears to be on a character other than Kate and Mac. That’s fine, actually. I want to imagine their future on my own.
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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