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Fifty Shades of Black and White: Anatomy of the Lawsuit Behind a Publishing Phenomenon Paperback – May 15, 2018
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"If the scandalous nature of Fifty Shades of Grey excites you, wait until you read about the true life scandal behind the publication of the breakout book trilogy. Told with cinematic flair, Mike Farris and Jennifer Pedroza take the handcuffs and blindfolds off, to prove in the end... Lady Justice is not blind after all."
--Aaron & Jordan Kandell, screenwriters of Moana and Adrift.
Fifty Shades of Black and White features more compelling twists, turns, and climaxes than a night with Christian Grey.
Jeff Prince--Fort Worth Weekly
Take a trial lawyer who is a great storyteller, give him a shocking true story about a steamy fictional story, add big publishing houses and big film companies, and then turn him loose in a Texas courtroom to get justice. What you end up with is a huge jury verdict and a book about it that you can't put down. Mike Farris, seasoned trial lawyer and superb writer, teams up with Jennifer Pedroza to tell an incredible but true story--Fifty Shades of Black and White.
--Gerald R. Powell, Practice Court Professor, Baylor Law School
No whips or chains were involved but an independent Texas publisher of ... Fifty Shades of Grey slapped around a former colleague in court for duping her out of royalties. --Darby Kendall, Eye on Texas
This is what happened next for the Australian mum and her Texan friends who published [Fifty Shades of Grey] in the first place... Interested to know who came out on top? Well, the trial took place in Texas, so strap yourself down for a wild ride. Caroline Overington--The Australian Women's Weekly
This is one of the most fascinating legal battles of our time--and there's no one better suited to tell Jennifer Pedroza's story than Mike Farris and Jennifer herself. In this book, they lift the lid on all the insider strategies and skullduggery involved in the high-stakes litigation concerning what may be the most profitable book series of all time. I read the whole thing in a single sitting. Fifty shades of fun!
--William Bernhardt, author of Justice Returns
- Publisher : Stairway Press (May 15, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1941071899
- ISBN-13 : 978-1941071892
- Item Weight : 1.16 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.93 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,798,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As authors Farris and Pedroza take turns laying out the events that led to the you-can't-make-this-stuff-up litigation, Fifty Shades of Black and White reads more like a movie script. One cannot miss the many similarities between the fiction and non-fiction Shades. In E.L. James fiction, back-and-forth emails endear readers to the characters. In Pedroza/Farris' non-fiction, the real-life email exchanges between the publishing partners is maddening as greed erodes once blossoming friendships, ruins careers and threatens the very livelihoods of those who helped put the Shades series on the literary map. With millions of dollars and reputations at stake, the drama of Fifty Shades of Black and White is so intense at times, I had to set the book down and walk away.
In full disclosure, I am a friend of Jenny Pedroza and had been one of her authors with the publishing house she helped create. While Pedroza was accused of breaking a non-disclosure, I was on the edge of my seat reading as I learned things she had never shared -- until now. More than a story about our judicial system, theft and betrayal, this book is also a story about strength, courage, reclaiming one's life and the unshakable bonds of true friends and family. A person can only be pushed so far until she is forced to fight back and, for Pedroza, there was no longer any room for grey.
Oh, and if you're on a Kindle be sure and follow the footnotes, they're mostly entertaining and not weird-looking legal citations.