Guest Post by Kate McGuinness, author of Terminal Ambition

Publisher: Two XX Press

Publish Date: March 24, 2012

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Maggie Mahoney wants justice for women at her law firm.
The firm chairman wants to be Attorney General.
Only one can win.

Sweeny, Owens & Boyle sits at the top of Wall Street law firms. Brilliant and beautiful, Maggie Mahoney became a partner and the trophy wife of its managing attorney. Her husband's death renders Maggie an outsider with the firm's male establishment and creates a power vacuum.

Obsessed with his dream of becoming the next Attorney General, firm chairman, Andy Anderson, chooses a surprising replacement: Jack Slattery, a reputed sexist. Jack's background hardly qualifies him for such a prominent position. Maggie suspects Jack has something on Andy, but what is it?

Andy's ambition drives him to desperate measures. With proof of misconduct in hand, Maggie demands justice, but it comes at a high price.

If ambition rules, can justice prevail?

Guest Post: I’m delighted that I was asked to write a guest blog. Terminal Ambition had a much larger romantic subplot when it was first considered by traditional publishers.

The title of the novel then was Remaining Silent. The common thread in the rejections it received was that book sellers like Barnes & Noble wouldn’t know where to shelve it. Did it belong with romances or with legal thrillers?

I took that as a challenge and decided to write a traditional romance. The genre was very familiar to me. I still have many of the “keepers” I’ve read (and re-read) over the years. I can’t imagine parting with LaVyrle Spencer’s Separate Beds, Sandra Brown’s Above and Beyond or Judith McNaught’s Paradise.

Once I decided to write a romance, I was determined to do it correctly. That meant research. Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women, a collection of essays edited by Jayne Ann Krentz, was incredibly helpful.

Perhaps too helpful. When I submitted Riding for a Fall, my cowboy romance, to Harlequin, it was rejected as having too many of the genre’s conventions.

I decided it was time to return to the “book of my heart” − the story of a woman lawyer fighting sexual harassment and discrimination. It was also time to embark on a serious study of the craft of writing. I took a number of invaluable classes at UCLA Extension.

Remaining Silent has been through countless revisions and titles since then. Now I think of it as the Neanderthal ancestor of Terminal Ambition. Maggie Mahoney’s name and essential character survived. Sam Forte kept his name but he’s a bit tamer – less of a rake than Rhett Butler.

Readers have asked if Maggie and Sam will get together. They’ll have to read the sequel Erotic Capital to find out!


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