Thursday, November 23, 2017

Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway: The It Girl and Me: A Novel of Clara Bow by Laini Giles

The It Girl and Me: A Novel of Clara Bow by Laini Giles

Publication Date: March 25, 2017
Sepia Stories Publishing
eBook & Paperback; 341 Pages
Series: Forgotten Actresses, Book #2
Gere: Historical Fiction/Biographical
Daisy DeVoe has left her abusive husband, her father has been pinched for bootlegging, and she’s embarrassed by her rural Kentucky roots. But on the plus side, she’s climbing the ladder in the salon of Paramount Pictures, styling hair for actress Clara Bow. Clara is a handful. The “It” Girl of the Jazz Age personifies the new woman of the 1920s onscreen, smoking, drinking bootleg hooch, and bursting with sex appeal. But her conduct off the set is even more scandalous. Hoping to impose a little order on Clara’s chaotic life, Paramount persuades Daisy to sign on as Clara’s personal secretary. Thanks to Daisy, Clara's bank account is soon flush with cash. And thanks to Clara, Daisy can finally shake off her embarrassing past and achieve respectability for herself and her family. The trouble begins when Clara’s newest fiancĂ©, cowboy star Rex Bell, wants to take over, and he and Daisy battle for control. Torn between her loyalty to Clara and her love for her family, Daisy has to make a difficult choice when she ends up in the county jail. Here, Daisy sets the record straight, from her poverty-stricken childhood to her failed marriage; from a father in San Quentin to her rollercoaster time with Clara, leaving out none of the juicy details.

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About the Author

Originally from the counterculture mecca of Austin, Texas, Laini discovered a love of reading early on, and when she was eight, decided to be Nancy Drew. This dream was dashed when she realized she was actually a big chicken, and that there were no guarantees of rescue from tarantulas, bad guys with guns, and other fiendish plot twists. She finished her first "mystery novel" (with custom illustrations) when she was nine. She set the writing aside for a while when life got in the way, but was led back to it through her interest in genealogy and 18 months of enforced unemployment due to moving north for maple-flavored goodies and real beer. Reading old microfilm stirred new life into her interest in writing, and watching early silent films struck the match. Like most other writers, most of her monthly budget is spent on coffee and books. She lives with her husband and their two gray cats in Edmonton, Alberta. For more information, please visit Laini Giles' website. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Wednesday, November 1 
Kick Off at Passages to the Past 
  Thursday, November 2 
  Friday, November 3 
  Monday, November 6 
Review at Bookish 
  Tuesday, November 7 
Feauture at WS Momma Readers Nook 
  Thursday, November 9 
  Friday, November 10 
Review at A Bookaholic Swede 
  Monday, November 13 
Review at Creating Herstory 
  Wednesday, November 15 
Review at A Chick Who Reads 
  Friday, November 17 
Excerpt at A Literary Vacation 
  Monday, November 20 
Feature at Let Them Read Books 
  Wednesday, November 22 
Feature at The Lit Bitch 
  Thursday, November 23 
  Friday, November 24 
Feature at CelticLady's Reviews 
  Saturday, November 25 
Excerpt at T's Stuff 
  Tuesday, November 28 
  Wednesday, November 29 
Review at A Book Drunkard


During the Blog Tour we will be giving away 5 paperback copies of The It Girl and Me! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below. Giveaway Rules – Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on November 29th. You must be 18 or older to enter. – Giveaway is open to US & Canada only. – Only one entry per household. – All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion. – Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

My Review

I was not sure if I would like The It Girl and Me: A Novel of Clara Bow. I am pleasantly surprised how great of a read it is. I was hooked from the first page and was intrigued all the way to the end. I did not know much about Clara Bow before and after reading this, I found myself googling her name to learn more about her. The author sure did do her research! Wow! I liked how she used Clara’s best friend and confidante, Daisy DeVoe, as the main character. I just loved Daisy and rooted for her throughout.

Great book!! I highly recommend it and give 5 plus stars.

I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

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