Thursday, July 14, 2011

"Twang" and treats!

**Giveaway is now closed**

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.

You can find him on Facebook and Twitter.

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.

17 comments:

Kim W. said...

Maybe what happens next is....

....Salome will accidentally walk in on a naked Derk as he's getting ready to shower and they'll have a quick, hot, steamy sex session. Then she'll rush back to her party, with Derk not far behind, and they'll go back to "pretending" to be hostile.

I dunno....sounds like it could happen! It doesn't actually explain Salome & Derk's relationship in the excerpt, other than hinting at a PR/agent-type relationship maybe, so hopefully they are not related or the above story line would just be sick & wrong ;-)

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marybelle said...

The Fireworks end with a fizzle rather than a bang, with Salome feeling this is a mirror to her inner feelings.

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faithspage said...

Salome's big announcement is that she is engaged to Derk. Now she has to decide to do with his indiscretions.

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Colleen Turner said...

I think Derk is going to go wash himself off and Salome is going to head back to the party and pretend everything is fine. I think she is going to wait till Derk gets back (who I think she is already married to but who can't keep his pants zipped) and announce to everyone that she is pregnant and ready to "settle down" with her husband. She will give it a try but the call of the road will get the best of her and she will leave Derk and go back on tour.
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shanaelyse said...

Derk, a man who likes to have a hand (and other body parts) in everything, implores Salome to allow him to set off her giant firework spectacle. The firework initially malfunctions and severs part of Derk's finger. When it finally launches, though, the amazing display reads in glowing letters, "Derk, rot in hell, you bastard. Adios, Salome."

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Jel ♡ said...

i think she has some special announcement to make? or maybe somethings up because of the amount of money she spent on one special firework? hmmm.

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Dolly said...

What happens next is....

....Derk showers and dresses in time for the fireworks, because Salome controls the purse strings - but that's all she can really control in her life; she'll never control his penis!

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Jencey said...

Salome watched Derk and Luella leave separately to find the nearest shower. She sighed, and walked towards the entrance of the barn, and threw the pitch fork on the ground. The boots stomped and she dusted her hands off. Salome walked with a purpose back towards the party with a smile pasted on her face. The music got louder as she headed towards the house.

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Nancye said...

Wow! That was pretty cool! Sounds like a great book. Now, what will happen next.....I think that the big firework she had "sunk all her money in" will accidentally explodes causing a huge fire. Salome will help rescue people with Derk's help. The next day the newspapers will be all about the heroes.

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meandmom said...

I think she goes back to the party and acts like nothing has happened and makes her big accouncement but later that night she throws him out and makes him sleep in the barn with the animals.

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krystal_lynn said...

I'm thinking that Salome goes on to her party as usual, gives a shocking speech and a firework display that includes some kind of message in it. The way a guy proposing would have a message in but in her case, something less romantic, more scandalizing. As for Derk, he's going to end up on the tail end of the sh-t stick.

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Denise said...

She will go to her party happy as a clam and announce a surprise. Maybe a pregnancy or divorce? He will go take his shower, cower in fear and then set his eyes on a new target at the party. And I think that other girl will be too shamed to speak to either one of them.

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Ruby said...

wow awesome start!! I think what will happen next is that Salome will announce to the world just how much of a sleaze Derk is and that she is dumping him and upgrading him for the poolboy!

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Margaret said...

.....Derek entered the party and as he received a few dirty looks and few pinched noses he slipped into the background, as quickly as he possibly could while snagging a drink of champagne on the way. He gulped it down just as Salome entered and headed to the makeshift platform in the center of the room. Her speech began and ended with a round of applause and a few celebratory shrieks but all he heard slip from her lips was "I'm pregnant".... The only thing he could think at that moment was I need a stronger drink.....

(My take on what happens next...thanks!)

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karenk said...

i think that salome has a special announcement to make...and it doesn't include derek.

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