From Jackie’s website –
A sexy sun-drenched thriller set on a state of the art
luxury yacht off the coast of Cabo San Lucas…
A tropical getaway with a cast of global power-hungry elites turns sour when
they find out maybe they don’t control as much of the world as they thought…
In The Power Trip you will meet Aleksandr Kasianenko, a billionaire Russian
oligarch, as he sets sail on The Bianca. You’ll meet his sexy supermodel
girlfriend, whom The Bianca is named after, and five dynamic, powerful and
famous couples invited on the yacht’s maiden voyage: Hammond Patterson, a driven
Senator, and his lovely but unhappy wife, Sierra. Cliff Baxter, a charming,
never married movie star, and his ex-waitress girlfriend, Lori. Taye Sherwin, a
famous black UK footballer and his interior designer wife, Ashley. Luca Perez, a
male Latin singing sensation with his older decadent English boyfriend, Jeromy.
And Flynn, a maverick journalist with his Asian renegade female friend,
You will also meet Russian mobster, Sergei Zukov, a man with a grudge against
Aleksandr. And Sergei’s Mexican beauty queen girlfriend, Ina, whose brother,
Cruz, is a master pirate with orders to hold The Bianca and its illustrious rota
of guests for ransom.
The Power Trip — Take it if you dare.
book from the 70s that was also a movie in the 70s. Where kids pashed, had sex,
sunbaked on the beach, ate chico rolls and called each other moles.
situation in this country and the rest of the white world?
names and bullied and this show will be on for six weeks and there will be name
calling and emotional bullying in every episode.
to do it today.
channel ten is bringing it back to life and God I hope no kid follows in the footsteps
of the character and think it’s okay. Otherwise the rate of bullying may go up
and guess what will get blamed….
why can’t I call her a mole?”
This shits me.
She’s barely out of jail and apparently she wants to write a book, and apparently she could make millions out of it.
This shits me because this is EXACTLY the sort of author traditional publishing houses are after. I’ve written about this before. Publishers either keep going with authors who have proven they can make money, or they want “reality” books, which consist of celebrity, cooking, weight, health, money etc, but also, real/true life stories.
Oh yes, Amanda’s story will be right up their alley because they’re not interested in little unknown authors anymore. They have to save their money to give it to celebrities or big name authors or little people like Amanda Knox who’s been in jail for 4 years.
No wonder so many go the self-published route. At least we retain control!
A week or so ago I found this story on Twitter, about an author who has sacked her publisher.
Novelist Polly Courtney is dropping her publisher, complaining her books are marketed in a ‘sexist’ and ‘degrading’ manner. The 32-year-old writer, who shot to fame after penning an expose of life in the Square Mile, dramatically sacked HarperCollins at the launch of her new book last night.
Despite helping her put out three successful novels, she attacked the publisher for ‘patronising women’ with ‘fluffy’ marketing campaigns. She said her new novel, It’s A Man’s World, was given a racy jacket and inappropriate title against her wishes.
The story follows the fortunes of a woman trying to make it at a lads’ magazine – facing a personal crisis when she realises she has forfeited her principles in the process. But despite its sober message, the jacket features a slender pair of women’s legs in high heels and a short skirt with the title reading: ‘It’s a man’s world – but it takes a woman to run it’.
Courtney, who has previously posted photographs of herself pole dancing on the internet, said the image was too racy – and wanted the novel to be taken more seriously. She said: ‘They dressed up my book as something frivolous, light and racy, which is the complete opposite of what’s inside my books. It is degrading to the writing and ultimately degrading to women. It’s sexist. A lot of chick lit patronises women. There’s intelligent writing out there and I don’t know why it has to be sold in such a fluffy package. The reason I left the City was to tell the story of how it really was and that there was sexism. Now my message is in danger of being lost.’
Courtney left investment bank Merrill Lynch to write her expose, Golden Handcuffs, about the perils of being a woman banker in the Square Mile. The self-published novel, which hit the shelves in 2006, was loosely based on her experiences as the only woman on a team of 21, where she said she felt like a secretary and endured sexist comments about her legs. The book attracted so much attention that HarperCollins decided to help her publish three further novels – with the latest one, It’s A Man’s World, released today.
Courtney said the novel aims to give a serious message about the damage lads’ magazines do to society – a concept not conveyed in the jacket design. Speaking at her book launch in central London, she said: ‘For those of you wondering what next for Polly Courtney, I can promise you that there will be more books. I can also promise you that they will not be published by HarperCollins or any other large publishing house. I will be ‘taking things in-house’, so to speak, and returning to self-publishing.Ill-timed? Despite Polly Courtney’s revelation that she is leaving her publisher, HarperCollins says her book will ‘fly off the shelves’. ‘I’m really proud of what’s inside this book. I’d just say one thing: don’t judge a book by its cover.’
Her move follows a decision by newsagent WH Smith earlier this year to remove the ‘women’s fiction’ branding from its shelves after it was branded sexist.
Courtney graduated from Cambridge with an engineering degree before being recruited into a £37,500-a-year banking job with a £7,500 golden hello bonus. During her time there, she was allegedly told she must have ‘slept her way into university’ and was barred from work social events. She left Merrill Lynch after taking £10,000 voluntary redundancy but still works in the City as a freelance strategy analyst. In 2006, Courtney’s website carried photographs of her pole dancing – which she said she had done ‘for a laugh’. She self-published one other novel before being picked up by HarperCollins, which published a further two before today’s release.
HarperCollins refused to comment on Polly Courtney’s public rejection of the publisher, which uses the imprint Avon. A spokesman said: ‘Avon is right behind Polly Courtney’s timely and important book. Our experience tells us it has a great look and feel and we think Polly will be delighted when she sees it flying off the shelves.’
I have to ask, why did she wait so long? They had already published three of her novels, and were releasing the fourth, so surely by now she had some say in what went on the cover. Surely when she signed the contract she could’ve had control over the cover, although most first time traditionally published authors get NO say and NO control over anything. Were the first three covers to her liking? The fourth wasn’t. Maybe she should have made sure she was going to have more say over the cover before sacking the publisher. As for the title, as a stand alone novel, the title is up to her, not the publisher, she’s not writing a Mills and Boon for God’ sake. But self-pubbing will now get her more sales I suppose.
I got this book last week and immeadiately got to highlighting the necessary line/paragraphs/chapters that pinpoint my life.
Do you want to be famous?
I’m going to try and follow this book as much as possible, but since I don’t want to be a speaker, parts don’t apply to me.
So peeps, once my books come out I’ll be trying to implement as much as possible.
I’m going to be famous peeps!
But then I already knew that!