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Former Country Music publicist John Schlimm debuted his e-book, "Twang: A Novel" in early June, providing the ultimate, jaw-dropping insider’s look behind the stage curtains, Stetsons, and rhinestones of the billion dollar Country Music industry. "Twang" takes readers backstage of the sold-out concerts, inside the homes and bedrooms of Nashville’s sexy and rollicking Country Music aristocracy, and to a seamier side of show business that has yet to be revealed.
In the tradition of Lauren Weisberger’s "The Devil Wears Prada,", Erica Kennedy’s "Bling," Plum Sykes’ "Bergdorf Blondes," and Jackie Collins’ "Rock Star," Twang will leave readers guessing who’s who in this southern, down-home and not so subtle tell-all.
Twang follows several over-the-top fictional Country Music superstars and insiders through one unforgettable year in their lives. Headlining the story is super PR savvy, flame-haired diva Salome Field, an eccentric, tiara wearing and wand waving legend who is known to her adoring fans as the self-proclaimed “Fairy Field Queen.” Along with rebellious younger sister, Willa Field, the two Country Music icons have fought their way to the top of the music charts as The Field Sisters. Yet these women share a devastating secret buried deep beneath their honed images and infamous catfights.
Across town, the bankable but sensual girl-next-door with Country’s most beloved angelic voice Hope Tanner is about to make a shocking announcement that will send the entertainment world into a tailspin. Meanwhile, her Country heartthrob husband, Thad Evans, becomes annoyed by his wife’s actions as he guards his own red-hot skeletons in the closet.
On the flip side of the celebrity machine is Nat Oldham, the former southern beauty queen turned publicist, whose company, Headline Publicity, represents Salome Field. However, Nat has loftier ambitions and her ultimate goal is to promote an unknown act to superstar status and become Publicist of the Year. Enter The Border Babes, a sexy and untamed quartet of Country Music chicks who are about to turn Nashville upside down.
And if Salome doesn’t have enough problems, her ego-driven son, Ashley Field, strives to establish himself as a serious actor in “Hollywacked”, and on Broadway contrary to a type-cast, A-List status that depends more on his last name than on his acting abilities and an insatiable desire to screw practically anything that moves.
But what all these Country Music luminaries really have to worry about is their “friend” Billie Blotter, the famous columnist for Country Crooners Magazine, who has earned the trust of every superstar in town. Working under the public premise that he’s compiling the ultimate “tribute” book in the industry, Billie is secretly writing the ultimate tell-all that will shatter the squeaky-clean image of Music City USA.
About the Author:
John Schlimm is a former celebrity publicist and professor of public relations who has worked with some of the biggest superstars during his tenure in Nashville and throughout his time in The Vice President’s Communications Office during the Clinton Administration. In addition, John is the international award-winning author of several books, including The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Cookbook (awarded “Best Beer Book in the U.S.” and “Best Beer Book in the World” by Gourmand International), The Seven Stars Cookbook (named one of the “Best Cookbooks in the U.S.” by Gourmand International), The Pennsylvania Celebrities Cookbook, The Straub Beer Cookbook, The Straub Beer Party Drinks Handbook, Straub Brewery, Corresponding With History, and other titles. His next book, The Tipsy Vegan, will be released this fall. He has traveled the country speaking about cooking, entertaining, and public relations, and has been featured on such national media outlets as The Ellen DeGeneres Show, QVC, NPR, Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food, and Fox & Friends. He also holds a Master’s Degree from Harvard University.
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Ann-Marie Nieves of Get Red PR is doing a giveaway of 2 gift cards ($10 each) to the book retailer of the winners’ choice – ibooks/itunes, B&N, Amazon. Just read this excerpt from the novel and tell us what you think will happen next. Please include your e-mail address in your comment.
International Giveaway. Ends July 19th at midnight EST.