Monday, August 17, 2015

Book Blast: The Forgotten Flapper by Laini Giles

The Forgotten Flapper: A Novel of Olive Thomas (Forgotten Actress Series, Volume 1)

Publication Date: August 1, 2015
Publisher: Sepia Stories Publishing
Formats: eBook & Trade Paperback
Pages: 411

Genre: Historical Fiction/Biographical

A presence lurks in New York City’s New Amsterdam Theatre when the lights go down and the audience goes home. They say she’s the ghost of Olive Thomas, one of the loveliest girls who ever lit up the Ziegfeld Follies and the silent screen. From her longtime home at the theater, Ollie’s ghost tells her story from her early life in Pittsburgh to her tragic death at twenty-five.

After winning a contest for “The Most Beautiful Girl in New York,” shopgirl Ollie modeled for the most famous artists in New York, and then went on to become the toast of Broadway. When Hollywood beckoned, Ollie signed first with Triangle Pictures, and then with Myron Selznick’s new production company, becoming most well known for her work as a “baby vamp,” the precursor to the flappers of the 1920s.

After a stormy courtship, she married playboy Jack Pickford, Mary Pickford’s wastrel brother. Together they developed a reputation for drinking, club-going, wrecking cars, and fighting, along with giving each other expensive make-up gifts. Ollie’s mysterious death in Paris’ Ritz Hotel in 1920 was one of Hollywood’s first scandals, ensuring that her legend lived on.

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About the Author

A native of Austin, Texas, Laini Giles grew up the daughter of bookworms, and became a Nancy Drew devotee early on. When she realized there might be no escape from hairy tarantulas and bad guys with guns, she put her detective dreams on hold and wrote about them instead, finishing her first mystery novel with custom illustrations when she was eight. It was this love of mystery combined with a love of old MGM musicals and The Marx Brothers that led her to check Kenneth Anger’s Hollywood Babylon out of the library during her formative years. Ideas began to simmer.

A graduate of the University of North Texas, she put the writing on hold for a while when real life
got in the way (i.e.—she met and married her Canadian husband and headed north for maple-flavored goodies and real beer). She highly recommends moving to another country and not being able to work for a year for finishing any novels you may have laying around.

Laini and her husband live in Edmonton, Alberta with their three gray girl cats, nicknamed The Supremes.

For more information visit Laini Giles’ website and blog. You can also find her on Twitter and Goodreads.

The Forgotten Flapper Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, August 3

Kick Off & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, August 4

Interview at The Maiden’s Court

Wednesday, August 5

Book Blast/Spotlight at History From a Woman’s Perspective

Thursday, August 6

Review at Book Nerd

Friday, August 7

Book Blast/Spotlight at What Is That Book About

Monday, August 10

Review at Book Babe

Tuesday, August 11

Book Blast/Spotlight at Room With Books

Wednesday, August 12

Character Interview at Boom Baby Reviews
Spotlight & Giveaway at Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus More

Thursday, August 13

Review at Beth’s Book Nook Blog

Friday, August 14

Spotlight & Giveaway at To Read, or Not to Read

Saturday, August 15

Book Blast/Spotlight at Please Pass the Books

Monday, August 17

Book Blast/Spotlight at A Literary Vacation

Tuesday, August 18

Book Blast/Spotlight at Let Them Read Books

Wednesday, August 19

Review at A Book Drunkard

Thursday, August 20

Spotlight & Giveaway at View From the Birdhouse

Friday, August 21

Book Blast/Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews

Monday, August 24

Review at A Chick Who Reads

Wednesday, August 26

Review & Giveaway at Raven Haired Girl

Thursday, August 27

Book Blast/Spotlight at Svetlana’s Reads and Views



  1. Sounds like such a fascinating read. I'm definitely looking forward to reading The Forgotten Flapper. Thanks for the post.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    1. Doesn't it, though?! Thanks for taking the time to stop by and leave a comment Carol! I really appreciate it :).