Truth, Lies and Love in Advertising Book 3
by Adele Royce
June 18, 2021
Available in: Hardcover, Paperback, Audio, e-Book
This is how it all started. Princess Smile is the prequel to Camera Ready, narrated by lovable but flawed Jane Mercer. Jane struggles with her self-image while reaching for the stars in the cutthroat world of Los Angeles advertising. As she claws her way up to the position of Director of Accounts at the ad agency, Warren Mitchell & Associates, her career goals force her into fierce competition with her colleagues. When Jane is coerced to comply with a client's unreasonable and sordid requests, she frantically seeks an escape.
Enter the savagely handsome Craig Keller, managing partner of rival agency Keller Whitman Group. Jane has admired him from afar, and he's taken a sudden interest in her, offering a prestigious high-paying position along with a long list of benefits that only existed in her wildest dreams. Jane is willingly lured into Craig's professional and romantic web, quickly learning that his money, attention, and affection come with an even higher price---one she is not sure she can pay.
A high-stakes tale of ambition, friendship, secrets, brutality, and desire,Princess Smileis a must-read for the contemporary woman.
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? Nabokov, 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. After getting her lit degree, Adele pursued a career every English major would love: She went into publicity and advertising in the casino industry. Adele originally vowed to be an English professor -- but being broke and in severe student loan debt put her on a different path. After wandering the hinterlands of Nevada seeking adventure, she landed on the Las Vegas Strip. The casino industry in general is a mind-blowing experience; but picture a youngish PR woman juggling the promotion of famous entertainers, restaurants, night clubs and retail stores. Oh, and gambling. Lots of gambling. Adele essentially got into The Fly machine with Curious George (not saying she looks anything like a monkey) unwittingly scraping up against non-fictional characters who boasted joyously unsavory reputations one could only imagine. Yet, they existed in her colorful world full of unbelievable plot twists -- for many years. With some luck, Adele took her PR battle scars and moved into advertising; her already unpredictable life changed forever. For this was what she always dreamed of since her Bewitched days -- but now she could live it, sans witchcraft, for the most part. 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 10 consecutive first place awards for her short stories -- soon to be published in a collection! Adele resides in San Diego, California with her husband and cat.