Climax (Book Three)
Kate Mitchell has never forgiven herself for breaking Nick Lavigne’s heart. Now he’s back and he’s moved on, and it’s affecting Kate’s life more than she’s willing to admit.
Kate Mitchell has everything. She's the head of a crazy successful publishing house, engaged to the traffic-stopping sexy Mac Ellis and she's about to sign one of the biggest authors of her career.
And that's when everything falls apart.
Everything is perfect…until it’s not.
In a city of 8 million people Kate manages to run into someone she never expected to see again.Nick is handsome, impossibly kind, every girl’s dream, and Kate’s former fiancé. He’s also the brother of the rising star author she’s trying to sign. Now that Nick’s back in town and has moved on he insists he’s over Kate, but part of him still can’t get past how amazing they were, and his sister won’t let anyone forget how brutally it ended.
When Mac is dealt a life-changing blow, it forces Kate to question every single choice she’s made.Follow Kate as she embarks on a journey of life and love, navigating through the decisions that will change it all forever.
Shelf Life (Book Two):
The Publicist (Book One)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.*****
Shelf Life (Book Two):
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.*****
Love is Never Really Over, Just Over Thereby Christina George
People often ask me what, if anything, is true in my books and I tell them: most of it, with a few exceptions.
About 80% of the author stories are true and most of the publishing stories and characters are real too, including MacDermott Ellis. That's actually how The Publicist came to be.
They say that out of great tragedy often comes great triumph and while I'm not sure that's true in every case, I would say that it's at least partially true in this case. I knew Mac, the real Mac, and dated him for almost a year. It was the best and worst year of my life. He was as magnetic as Mac, as charming and, sadly, had a dark secret much like our Mac, though I didn't find out the last little tidbit till I was in way over my head and at that point, I knew I had to get out. But getting out, as we all know, isn't always easy.
No matter how difficult the relationship is, or how dark things become, there is nothing harder than leaving someone you love. The process, at times, felt like I was turning myself inside out just to recover. I had friends of course and thank God for Gracie (yes, she is a real person), because without her, I'm not sure where I'd be.One night, after Mac and I broke up, Grace and I were at dinner and she said, "You should write down these stories, it'll be cathartic." And so I did, I wrote them down in diary form initially and then later, turned it into a novel.
To say that MacDermott reminds me of Don Draper isn't an understatement, though he was not initially created to be a mirror of the infamous Mad Men character, it's just how it turned out. Sometimes in writing the truth we unearth things we never knew existed. The deeper we dig, the more we find. Like Mac's need to always undermine his own happiness or the fact that in the end, maybe he really can't be happy.
So yes my friends, Mac was and is real though I haven't seen the real Mac in many years. The recollection of what we once had will always be burned into my mind. As Kate says in book three: Love's never really over, just over there.
Did I write these books because I'm still in love with him? No. I mean, maybe book one started out that way, but as I moved through Kate's life and her relationship with our fictional Mac, and now, as we process all of this in book three I realize that I stopped loving the real Mac ages ago. Loving him the way people are supposed to love each other. And the books helped me do that. They helped me see the truth behind that relationship and even though I once believed that my Mac was the last man I would ever love, I realize now that it was a dream built on pretty shaky ground. Where there is no foundation, there can be no future.
So I'm grateful for the time we had and the lessons I learned and I hope that someday he finds the happiness he's spent his life hiding from. As for me, it's an ironic ending to all of this that these books are my greatest love. Born out of heartbreak that dissolved into triumph seems like a pretty ironic ending and while it's not the "Hollywood ending" we all expect or hope for, it'll do just fine for now.*****
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.
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