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Welcome to the City of Angels, where angels don’t really exist.
This is the unsettling world of Los Angeles advertising,
where glossy, high-fashion campaigns obscure the
power, sex, and corruption underneath.
This is a world whose inhabitants think
nothing of blurring moral and ethical barriers
– they play to win but winning comes with a heavy price.
Occupation: Managing Partner, Keller Whitman Group
Wants: Original Chagalls, beautiful women, relentless workouts, to win at all costs
Poison: Bruichladdich Black Art 1992 Scotch
Kryptonite: Jane Mercer
Occupation: Director of Accounts, Warren Mitchell & Associates
Resides: Santa Monica
Wants: Couture on a budget, a bigger apartment, to be good at something, true love
Poison: Dom Perignon (when someone else is buying)
Kryptonite: Craig Keller
Occupation: Violinist with LA Philharmonic, Music Professor at USC.
Resides: Santa Monica
Wants: An honest woman, a house with a white picket fence, Ina Garten’s latest
Poison: Café Americano
Kryptonite: Risky business
Occupation: News Anchor, KVLA
Resides: West Hollywood
Wants: Her own show, mass adulation, larger breasts
Poison: Vodka, Soda, Lime
Occupation: Managing Partner, Warren Mitchell & Associates
Resides: Los Feliz
Wants: Respect for being mentored by Ogilvy, status quo, obedient employees
Kryptonite: Office drama
Occupation: Owns her own software company
Resides: Laurel Canyon
Wants: A clean divorce, a good party, the spring Chanel line
Poison: A fine red
Kryptonite: Boy toys
Occupation: Creative Director, Warren Mitchell & Associates
Resides: Sherman Oaks
Wants: Partnership, to have the BIG idea, the agency to go public
Poison: An ice-cold beer on a warm afternoon
Occupation: Media queen, Keller Whitman Group
Resides: Beverly Hills High Rise
Wants: Nicorette gum, a good New York bagel, a pair of balls
Poison: Strong coffee
Kryptonite: Cigarettes and Shalimar
Occupation: Creative Director, Keller Whitman Group
Resides: Venice Beach
Wants: Awards, small logos, no more revisions
Kryptonite: Lack of weed
Occupation: Vice President of Accounts, Keller Whitman Group
Resides: Somewhere in the O.C.
Wants: To cause Craig’s demise
Poison: Red Bull and Vodka
Kryptonite: Anyone who gets in her way
Keller Whitman Group:
Known as: National Agency
Age: 8 Years
Location: Downtown Los Angeles
Wants: To Be King of the World
Reputation: Big Man on Campus (BMOC)
Warren Mitchell & Associates:
Known as: Boutique Agency
Age: 18 Years
Location: Downtown Santa Monica
Wants: To be in the big leagues
Reputation: Good creative, never hooks the big one
Author of ‘Camera Ready’,
‘For Position Only’ and ‘Princess Smile’.
Adele Royce (a pen name concocted from two middle names) has had quite a journey so far. She fell in love with advertising at an early age – mostly from watching daytime reruns of Bewitched – this when skipping class through some feigned ailment. And, although Adele prefers Darrin 2 to Darrin 1, she was interminably fixated on the hilarity of mixing witchcraft with the invention of advertising campaigns, and the drama surrounding it.
Born in the heart of Los Angeles, Adele grew up not knowing what she wanted to be. But she wrote. Starting around age seven, she drove her teachers crazy pushing stories and poetry. She always had a penchant for the English language, which naturally, and rather stereotypically, made her horrible at math.
Adele entered college and became an English major (no surprise!), reading and writing about the literary greats. Her favorite authors? Nabakov, the Brontes, Hugo, Whitman – the pop 40 of classics. But her guilty pleasure was what became chick lit or women’s fiction or whatever the branding geniuses ended up with to describe stories women like – stories about relationships, men and women, singlehood, marriage and motherhood – stuff that should be consumed on a cozy couch dressed in pajamas and sipping wine.
Adele’s passion for writing conjured three manuscripts in a series – all about the world of advertising. The trilogy is rife with vibrant fictional characters in Adele’s favorite city: L.A. Adele has also received seven consecutive first-place awards for her short stories – soon to be published in a collection! At some point, she met the love of her life and escaped to Miami, where she started a marketing consulting company.Rate Now
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I read it over last weekend. Great narrative writing, engaging characters, a fast fun read especially during these difficult times. Escapist reading at its best. I am sending it out to friends and clients who are most appreciative for this gift of fictitious new characters to obsess over.
Camera Ready was the first one in the Truth, Lies and Love in Advertising series that I read and it did not disappoint. As a fashionista, the great cover hooked me and lured me into this wild world of fashion, company intrigue and romance. The characters are so real, and the writing so visual that you can picture every scene. I keep rooting for Jane every chapter to "do the right thing". Sometimes she does, and sometimes she doesn't but it's always fun! Enjoy it in your favorite chair with a great bottle of wine.
Adele Royce surprises us again with ?For Position Only?. Bad boy ad exec Craig Keller shocks us by actually turning into a human being. Still gorgeous but obviously troubled and flawed. Royce weaves an entrancing plot that zigs and zags to a shocking conclusion. Love her style!
A dramatic, romantic and comedic look into the underbelly of LA advertising. Adele Royce pulls us into her world of fascinating characters. Some seedy, some glamorous and a few who are both. What I like most about this story was the continuous build up of tension from beginning to end. I could not put this book down! Just when you think you know what's going to happen, she throws you a curve. Recommend this book highly!
Camera Ready, the first part of the series Truth, Lies and Love in Advertising, revolved around advertising exec, Jane Mercer, who had a love-hate relationship with her lascivious boss, Craig Keller. In the second book of the series, For Position Only, the story centers on boss, Craig Keller. It is now two years later and, oh, have things changed. Jane?s star is rising and Craig?s is losing much of its gleam. Not only are we re-introduced to the captivating, fast-paced, cutthroat world of advertising (think Madmen, and Sex and the City), but in a very clever Rashomon move the 1st person narrator has shifted from Jane in book one to Craig in this second installment. Another astute move is giving Craig?s Jewish mother hen secretary, Bobbi, a more prominent role. She?s both witty and endearing. But what truly makes this modern romance so appealing is that at its core For Position Only is about the intricacies of the heart. It cleverly deep dives into Craig?s, where we learn that things ar